Post-trib Moments 31-40
By Pastor Steven L Anderson
November 20, 2012
Post-Tribulation Moment #31 Revelation 3:10 The Hour of Temptation
Today I want to talk about Revelation 3:10. Revelation 3:10 "is a really clear" scripture that the pre-tribulation rapture believers will pull out to prove their doctrine. Here's what Revelation 3:10 says. "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Okay, so it's not so clear. It doesn't say anything about the tribulation, it doesn't say anything about the rapture, okay? But because there ARE NO clear scriptures that teach a pre-trib rapture, these are the type of vague scriptures that pre-tribbers will use to try to prove their doctrine. So when they read this, instead of just interpreting it literally and saying, "okay, hour of temptation"... They just automatically see that as "the seven year tribulation". Now, I don't see how "hour of temptation" can translate into seven years of tribulation, but that's what they believe, even though that's not what the verse says. But a couple of things about this verse that prove that theory to be wrong, is that number 1... The pre-requisite for being kept from the hour of temptation is keeping God's word.
The Bible says "because thou hast KEPT THE WORD of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation." Well, you don't have to keep God's word to be saved, you only have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. The Bible says that "whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life". And so if you have God's word, to go up in this so-called pre-trib rapture, well that would be works salvation. Keeping the commandments of God, keeping the word of God, keeping God's word... That is NOT going to get you into heaven. You gotta believe on Jesus Christ to get to heaven, it's salvation by faith, not by works. But not only that, the same people who teach that Revelation 3:10 is about the pre-trib rapture, they also teach that Revelation 2 and 3 are teaching "7 church ages", or "periods of time" covering the last couple of thousand years from the time of Christ, and that each one- this is in Scofield's reference Bible for example- each one represents these "certain years in time", and they all invariable teach that we are living in the "Laodicean church age", and we're so lukewarm. And how many times have you heard people say "we're living in the Laodicean church age". Now I don't believe in those "church ages" whatsoever. That's a whole other subject.
But I will say this, if Revelation 3:10 is about the rapture, well are they saying that the rapture already happened? Because supposedly "we are out of the Philadelphian age," and we are "into the Laodicean age", and Revelation 3:10 is spoken to the church at Philadelphia! So, if Revelation 3:10 is supposedly about the rapture, why is it spoken to the church at Philadelphia, if that is supposedly a "period of time", that is already past? Well, the bottom line is, is that all of this is false doctrine. The truth of the matter is, that the church of Philadelphia was a literal church, located PHYSICALLY in a town called Philadelphia. Had nothing to do with "church ages", or "periods of time". That's all a man-made false doctrine taught by Scofield and others. It's not real. And the "hour of temptation" has nothing to do with the 7 year tribulation whatsoever, because there IS NO 7 YEAR TRIBULATION, the tribulation lasts far less than that. And so this is basically just grasping at straws, trying to find something that teaches a pre-trib rapture. Frankly it just isn't there.
Post-Tribulation Moment #32 Olivet Discourse in John
Today I want to talk about the famous passage of scripture that's known as "the Olivet Discourse". It's found in Mathew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. Now, why is it not found in the book of John? If it's found in the other 3 gospels, why not include it in the book of John? Well, simple, because John wrote the Book of Revelation. And if we read the read the book of Revelation, we find the exact events laid out that we find in the Olivet Discourse in Mathew, Mark, and Luke. Let me just illustrate that for you quickly. If you remember in Revelation 6, that's where God starts to go through the end-times events, and he goes through the first 6 seals, as the seals are opened, okay? Well listen to this from Mathew 24. And I am going to show you how the Olivet Discourse mirrors exactly what we see in Revelation 6. The Bible says in Mathew 24, "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
Well, what's the first seal in Revelation chapter 6? The Bible says that when the first seal is opened, that there is a white horse, and he that sat on him had a bow and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer. Well this is none other than the antichrist. He's impersonating Jesus Christ, that's why he comes on a white horse, and he goes out to conquer and to take over. What's the result? The second seal, is that peace is taken from the earth, and there is great warfare, and they kill one another. Look how Mathew 24 matches up perfectly. It says "for many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ"- there's your first seal- "and shall deceive many, and ye shall hear of WARS"- there's your second seal- "and rumors of wars. See that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom"- still talking about warfare...and it says- "and there shall be famines". Well guess what the third seal is in Revelation? Famine. "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the oil and wine." So we're following the perfect order... Famines, and PESTILENCES, okay? Pestilence is mentioned in the fourth seal, when the pale horse comes and death and hell are given power over the fourth part of the earth to "kill with sword, and with hunger and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."
So you have pestilence, "earthquakes in divers places, all these are the beginning of sorrows. THEN shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you." What do they have in Revelation 6 for the fifth seal? Martyrs appearing in heaven who've been killed for the cause of Christ, and of course, as we go down the chapter, we see the same things mentioned, the sun and moon darkened, and all the events of the sixth seal. So, I don't have time to read the whole chapter at this moment. But, when we look at Mathew 24, and we put it side by side with Revelation 6, we see that the six first seals line up perfectly with what we read in Mathew 24, in that exact order. Because basically, Revelation 6 is John's version of the Olivet Discourse. All scripture is given by inspiration of God of course, and it's the holy ghost that revealed these things to John, and also Jesus Christ spake by the Holy Ghost when he preached them in Mathew, Mark and Luke- same events.
Post-Tribulation Moment #33 the Mark of the Beast brain scan technology
A lot of times, what those that believe in a pre-trib rapture will try and throw at you, is this doctrine of "well, if those who take the mark of the beast are damned eternally, and if Christians are going to be here during the tribulation, then what happens if a Christian takes the mark of the beast? What's going to happen? Since we know that they can't lose their salvation, and we know that whoever takes the mark is damned, if Christians are going to be here, how in the world is that going to work?" And they'll use that to attack the post-trib rapture. But here is the problem with their logic. Even those who believe in a pre-trib rapture must admit that there are going to be people saved on this earth during the tribulation. Because what they claim is that "oh, people are going to get saved after the rapture", and so forth... The so called "tribulation saints" is what they call it. And so both pre-trib, and post-trib believers acknowledge that there are going to be believers here during the tribulation. So to say that that is an attack on the post-trib rapture "how is this going to work?" doesn't make any sense when pre-tribbers believe the exact same thing, that there will be believers on this earth during the tribulation. And the answer is very simple, that no Christian will take the mark of the beast, it's THAT SIMPLE.
You say "well, what if you do? What if they do?" Well, you know, what if aliens land, and I'm abducted? I mean, you can say "what if?" all day long. The Bible makes it clear that no believer will take the mark of the beast, because the Bible makes it very clear that NO believer will be deceived by the antichrist number 1. And number 2, in order to receive the mark of the beast, the Bible teaches very clearly that you must worship the beast. It's always associated with worshiping the beast, and receiving his mark. Now, I think part of understanding this is understanding the motivation behind the mark of the beast. The Bible says that the antichrist is making war against the saints, and seeking to overcome them. His goal is not to get Christians to take the mark of the beast. His goal is to kill all Christians, and to persecute all Christians. So he doesn't want to give the mark out to anyone who is saved. Well, God says that no-one who is saved is going to be deceived by the antichrist. Well, think about this... What if there is a way that the antichrist will know whether you're lying or not? You know, let's say you go down to your local wherever to get the mark of the beast, you know, would it be far fetched to believe that they will have a way of determining whether your worship for the antichrist is really bonafide, whether you really do pledge allegiance unto the beast- or what ever you have to do to get this mark? You see today, there are all kinds of technologies coming out that involve brain scans.
And you say "come on Pastor Anderson, this is sci-fi stuff". Well, look, lie detectors have been out for a long time. And I understand that lie detectors are not very accurate. But they have been used and they have been somewhat accurate at times. And so as that technology expands and moves forward, I don't think it's that far fetched at all to think that there will be some kind of test, some kind of a brain scan or a super advanced polygraph system, that can determine whether you really are one who worships the beast and believes on him. And let's say a Christian just decides "well I got to buy or sell, I've got to bite the bullet and get the mark of the beast so that I can do this". You know, when they get down there and try to do it, some kind of an alarm is going to go off saying "hey, this is not legitimate, you're not one of us, you're not a true patriot", and they'll be arrested and they will be beheaded. So really they'll just be showing up for their own death.
Post-Tribulation Moment #34 Sabbath Day not mentioned in Mark 13
Today I want to talk a little bit more about Mark 13. It's an excellent chapter, and it really is a little bit different than Mathew 24. They both give the same outline of events, they both say that the rapture comes after the tribulation, and so on and so forth. But there are different things that we can learn from both of these chapters. So it's really interesting to compare them and look at the differences. What I want to show you today is a major difference in Mark 13, verse 18. The Bible reads "And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter." Period. Now, what's interesting about that statement is that in Mathew 24, the Bible says "pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, nor on the Sabbath day."
Now, a lot of people have pointed to that verse, where he says to pray that your flight is not in the winter or on the Sabbath day, to say that "Mathew 24 is only talking to the Jews, because he is bringing up the Sabbath day, that show that he is talking to the Jews." Well, a lot people have said "well, the book of Mathew seems to be geared toward the Jews, and the book of Mark seems to be geared toward the Romans, and the book of Luke seems to be geared toward the Greeks, and the book of John seems to be geared toward the world. And believe it or not, the book of Ephesians was geared toward the Ephesians! And the book of Galatians was geared toward the Galatians! And the book of Titus, guess who it was geared toward? Titus. But that doesn't mean that He's not speaking to all believers. But putting that aside... If mentioning the Sabbath day shows "well, this is talking to the Jews, this is talking to Israel". Well, okay, it's included in Mathew 24, which is a book that's sort of geared toward the Hebrews. But why is it just explicitly left out here in Mark 13? Why did God purposefully decide to leave out that phrase in Mark 13? Well maybe the answer is found at the end of the chapter in Mark 13:37, when the Bible says "and what I say unto you, I say unto all. Watch."
So it really falls apart when the pre-trib rapture crowd says "well, the mention of the Sabbath day in Mathew 24 proves that he is only talking to the Jews", when in Mark 13 He leaves out the phrase "neither on the Sabbath day". And not only that, he says the same thing in verse 24. "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." So you've got a post-trib rapture in Mathew 24, AND in Mark 13. In Mathew 24, "gearing it to the Jews", quote unquote, he mentions the Sabbath, if that's how you want to interpret that. But in Mark 13, he SPECIFICALLY leaves that phrase out. So that is a weak argument to say that he is only talking to the Jews. In Mark 13 he said that "I'm speaking to ALL".
Post-Tribulation Moment #35 More on Mark 13
Today I want to talk a little more about Mark 13; let's start in verse 24. The Bible reads "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." Now let's keep reading though, when we finish that part. "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: so ye in like manner, WHEN YE SHALL SEE these things come to pass, KNOW that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done."
And what he is saying there is that when you see these things BEGIN to come to pass, THAT generation will not pass, till all these things be done. So it's not spread out over generations. It's all going to happen at one generation. Now, what's interesting about this, he said after the tribulation, the sun and moon will be darkened and Jesus will gather the elect. He says "when you see these things come to pass, you will know that it's nigh, even at the doors." Listen to this, in verse 31, the next verse, we've read through 30. "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father." So people will point at that verse and say "see right there, the Bible says no man knoweth the day or the hour, it can happen at any moment." But he said that it was AFTER THE TRIBULATION, and then he said no man knoweth the day or the hour. So it would be like as if I said "well, you know, I'm going to leave Phoenix for a long extended trip, and I'm coming back after the summertime. I don't know when I'm going to be back, just be ready for me to arrive at any moment. It's after the summertime, but no man knoweth the day or the hour, but I'm coming back after summer." Does that mean I can come at any moment? No, because I'm coming back after summer. "No- one knows the day or the hour of my return, but we do know one thing, it's going to be after summer." Well, says no man knoweth the day or the hour of his return, BUT it will be AFTER THE TRIBULATION.
Post-Tribulation Moment #36 Even More on Mark 13
Today I want to go even further in Mark 13. Of course the famous passage beginning in verse 24 reads "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." Now look what the Bible says, beginning in verse 32. "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
Now a lot of people will say "well Mark 13 is just speaking to the Jews, it's not speaking to believers, it's not speaking to saints", because when you show them the passage in Mathew 24 about the trumpet sounding, Jesus coming in the clouds, gathering the elect... And then you show them the same thing in Mark 13, they reject it as talking about the rapture. They say "that's not about the rapture, that's only talking to the Jews." But, notice, he uses a parable here of Jesus going on a far journey and giving authority to his servants while he is gone. And he is saying "watch, you don't know when he is going to return. You don't know the day or the hour." So, let me ask you this... When Jesus left this earth, and ascended to heaven, did he give authority to the Jews? Did he give the Jews authority while he was gone? Or did he give that authority unto the saints, unto believers, unto the churches? Obviously, clearly, today the authority that God gave where he said "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost."
When he said "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth"... When he said "whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven"... Who did he give that kind of power and authority to at this time? Not the nation of Israel, not the "Jewish people", quote unquote. But rather he gave it to believers, to the saved. So, saying that this is talking to the Jews makes no sense, especially when you read the last verse, "And what I say unto you, I say unto all. Watch." He says right there he is talking to everybody, so... Mark 13 is not a passage that's for "the Jews", quote unquote. It's a passage that's for ALL saints, and all believers, and he says in verse 29, "So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors." We will see the sun and moon darkened, we will know that it is near.
Post-Tribulation Moment #37 Where is God's Wrath in Matt 24
Now the events of the tribulation are described in Mathew 24, Mark 13, he says "then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world, no nor EVER shall be." He describes the tribulation, and then he says "immediately after the tribulation shall the sun and moon be darkened", and on and on. Now, those who believe in a pre-trib rapture, they believe that when God pours out his wrath in the book of Revelation, they believe that that's the tribulation. They say that "the tribulation is when God pours out His wrath." But what's interesting about Mathew 24, and Mark 13, is that they both describe the tribulation, and none of them describe God pouring out His wrath on this earth. For example, when you read Revelation, you read about the seven trumpets, and the seven vials of God's wrath, and you've got the sea turning into blood, and you've got the rivers and fountains turning into blood. You've got men being scorched with great heat. You have these armies of locusts from hell, stinging and biting men, and men wishing that they were dead because they are in so much pain from these locusts from hell. You have these 200 million horsemen that have all this fire and brimstone breathing and smoke and death and...
I mean there are so many things that are described when God's pouring out his wrath, that don't show up AT ALL in Mathew 24 and Mark 13. So if those things are supposedly in the tribulation, then why did Jesus never mention them in Mathew 24 and Mark 13? Because when you look at the events of the first 6 seals, they line up perfectly with what Mathew 24 talks about, and Mark 13 talks about. They all line up perfectly because at then end of the sixth seal, that's when the sun and moon are darkened, and that's what the Bible calls "after the tribulation". So the 7 trumpets, and 7 vials of God's wrath are AFTER the tribulation. That's why they're not talked about in Mathew 24. That's why NONE of the events of the 7 trumpets, or the 7 vials of Revelation show up in Mathew 24 or Mark 13 at all, even though Mathew 24 and Mark 13 describe the entire tribulation period. That proves that God's wrath will NOT be poured out during the tribulation, but rather, the tribulation is time of man persecuting the saints, the devil persecuting the saints. I mean, read Revelation 6, and it lines up with that perfectly. Read Revelation 8, 9, 10, 11, about the seven trumpets, or Revelation 16 about the seven vials of God's wrath, it doesn't match up at all with what Jesus talked about. Because Jesus was talking about the TRIBULATION in that passage, and those events [in Revelation 8-11, 16] are God's wrath, two different things.
Post-Tribulation Moment #38 Chronological Order of Book of Revelation
Today I want to talk about the chronological order of the book of Revelation. Now, when you start reading Revelation in chapter 1, you've got John on the Isle of Patmos, so you're in the first century AD. Well, then you've got the letters to the 7 churches in chapters 2 and 3, STILL in the first century AD. Then when you get into chapters 4 and 5, you're looking at events that are up in heaven, and basically descriptions of things that are going on in heaven. When you get into chapter 6, you have the tribulation described, matches up perfectly with the description of the tribulation in Mathew 24 and Mark 13. Then, you get into chapter 7, you've got a great multitude appearing in heaven, that's the rapture. Chapters 8, 9, 10 and 11, you've got the seven trumpets of God's wrath being blown. Then when you get to chapter 12, it's interesting, because you have a really obvious gear change. At the end of chapter 11, the seventh trumpet sounds and you have a finality there that's saying "the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."- you have the beginning of the Millenium. So Daniel's 70th week ENDS, at the end of chapter 11. When you get to chapter 12, you jump back to the first century AD, and I'll prove it to you.
So the book of Revelation is very easily understood, if you understand that chapters 1-11 are in chronological order, but then in chapter 12, you jump back all the way to the first century AD, and then chapters 12 through 22 are also in chronological order. So you just cut it right in half. The first 11 are in chronological order, and the latter 11 are in chronological order. You say "Pastor Anderson, prove that the chronology jumps backward in chapter 12." Well, look at the beginning of chapter 12 with me. The Bible says in verse 1, "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Let's jump down to verse 5 for sake of time. " And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Now clearly, this is the birth of Jesus Christ. This woman gives birth to a child, a man-child who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron. The Bible talks about Jesus repeatedly in the Old Testament, as "ruling with a rod of iron". Psalm 2 is one place, there are other places where it describes him in that way. And then it talks about him being caught up to God and to His throne. That's the ascension of Christ. I didn't read it, but in verse number 4 it talks about how the devil was ready to devour her child as soon as it was born. Remember when Jesus was born, and Herod commanded that every child under the age of 2 would be murdered? Because he wanted to kill Jesus Christ.
And so we see the birth of Christ in Revelation 12. That's a very strong signal to us from God, that we've gone back in time. Because we know that that has already happened. So as we're reading chapters 1 through 11, there's a very logical chronological order. Then when we get to chapter 12, we're back to the first century AD, with the birth of Christ. And we go through the chronology all over again, it takes us through chapter 16. The seventh vial of chapter 16 lines up with the seventh trumpet of chapter 11. And then we go further, we get into the destruction of Babylon, we get into Armageddon in chapter 19, and we get into the great white throne and so forth. So I hope that helps you understand the book of Revelation, just to understand that chapters 1 through 11 are in chronological order, but then at chapter 12 we reset back to the first century, and then we're in chronological order once again. And we see the same events play out... Tribulation, then rapture, then God pours out his wrath. It's in both halves, and it's in the same order both times.
Post-Tribulation Moment #39 Two Mentions of Tribulation in Romans
Today I want to show you a couple of mentions of tribulation in the book of Romans. Now, I think the biggest problem with people who believe in the pre-trib rapture, is that they just don't know what the word "tribulation", and that's why I would strongly encourage them to look up the 22 times in the New Testament, that the word "tribulation" is used. It's used 22 times. I challenge you to look up those 22 mentions of the term "tribulation". You will learn a lot. And I don't think you'll still be pre-trib after you look up those 22 mentions. But let me just read for you, a couple of mentions from the book of Romans. Romans 5 says this in verse 3, "And not only so, but we GLORY in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience." So right there, "tribulations" or trials or troubles, are things that we go through, and we glory in them. Romans chapter 8 says this in verse number... let's see, let's start reading in verse 33. "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
So again, in Romans 5, we saw "IN our TRIBULATIONS", and in Romans 8, we see the same thing, "IN" all these things, "IN" tribulation we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. The other thing I want to point out about this passage is that in verse 33 he calls us "God's elect". And who is he speaking to? The Romans. He is speaking to the saved, whether they be Jew or Gentile. A lot of false teachers will teach that "the elect" are Israel today. Well, Israel is not God's chosen people today, they are not "the elect". We, that are in Christ are the elect. And so the Bible calls us, including Roman, Gentile believers, he calls us the elect, and he says "we're joyful in our tribulations, we glory in tribulations, in our tribulations we are more than conquerors." Look up those 22 mentions, NONE OF THEM supports a pre-tribulation rapture.
Post-Tribulation Moment #40 The Feasts of the Lord
Today I want to just briefly talk about the "feasts of the Lord", as laid out in Leviticus chapter 23. Now Leviticus chapter 23 lays out seven feasts of the year. 3 of those feasts take place in the first month, then later on in the year you have the day of Pentecost, what's called in the Old Testament "the feast of weeks", in the New Testament is called Pentecost. And then you have 3 fall feasts, that are in the seventh month. Their year started in the Spring, so therefore the seventh month is the fall, or the time of Harvest. Well, Jesus Christ when he came to this earth, he fulfilled the first 3 feasts to a tee. He fulfilled the Passover, he is our Passover, he was the Passover lamb, that taketh away the sin of the world. He was the unleavened bread of the feast of unleavened bread, he fulfilled the firstfruits by being the firstfruits of the resurrection. The day of Pentecost, obviously in Acts 2 fulfilled the Old Testament feast of Pentecost, or the feast of weeks as it's called. But the three feasts of the harvest have not yet been fulfilled. Now the Bible says in Mathew chapter 13, "the harvest IS the end of the world".
And so Jesus Christ fulfilled the Spring feasts at his coming, he is going to fulfill the autumn, or "harvest" feasts at his second coming. Now, what are these feasts, and what do they represent? Well, on the first day of the seventh month, you have the blowing of the trumpets. On the tenth day of the seventh month, you have the day of atonement. And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, you have the feast of tabernacles. Now a lot of people have erroneously concluded "well, the blowing of the trumpets, there you go, that's your rapture! Your pre-trib rapture!" That's not true at all, and let me explain to you a few reasons why it's not true. They say "that's the last trump of the year, and Jesus is going to come at the last trump! Blowing of the trumpets, first day of the seventh month." Well, that's not true, and here's why. First of all, if you look at the term "trumpets", that's plural. Whenever the Bible talks about the rapture in the New Testament, that's always a singular, a trumpet. And not only that but on the day of atonement, the tenth day of the seventh month, there's normally not a trumpet sounding on that day, at least not in Leviticus 23 or those type of descriptions. BUT, every fifty years, what was called "the year of Jubilee", and in the year of Jubilee, they would sound a trumpet, SINGULAR, on the tenth day of the seventh month, and when they would sound that trumpet, they would proclaim liberty throughout all the land.
Well in Romans 8, the Bible calls the rapture, or the resurrection of the dead in Christ, he calls it the "glorious liberty of the children of God." And on the year of Jubilee when that trumpet would sound, they would return to their possession, they would return to their family, they would return to their inheritance. Well, that's what we're doing on the day of the rapture. The trumpet- singular- is going to sound, and then we go home to be with the Lord. We return to our possession, we're going home to be with Jesus Christ for all eternity. You say "wait a minute Pastor Anderson, what's that feast of trumpets about?" Well, if you think about it, the first day of the seventh month is the mid point of the year, is it not? Because you've got six months before and six months after. Well if you remember, in the MIDST of daniel's 70th week, there is going to be the abomination of desolation. And that's where the antichrist begins to make war with the saints. Well, check the Old Testament, what does the blowing of trumpets represent? WARFARE. They would sound the trumpets as an alarm, when they had an oppressive enemy coming, they would blow with the trumpets, and the Lord would remember them, and the Lord would help them. Numbers chapter 10 teaches that.
So, the blowing of the trumpets is an alarm. It's an oppressive enemy the Bible says, that's coming. And so when those multiple trumpets sound on the first day of the seventh month, that is a picture of the warfare between the antichrist and the saints, how God's going to remember us and God's going to help us. On the tenth day of the seventh month, THAT represents the rapture, that year of Jubilee, sounding the trumpet, proclaiming our liberty, and so forth. Now, you say "Pastor Anderson, that's just your interpretation, that's just your opinion." Okay, well I've got proof, I've got evidence. Remember how I told you the first day of the seventh month is the mid-point of the year? Well think about this... The tenth day of the seventh month, where does that line up with Daniel's 70th week? Well, the Bible says in Daniel chapter 12, verses 12 and 13, "Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days"- and then the next thing he says to Daniel in verse 13, give me a second to turn there, he says- "But go thou thy way till the end be, for thou shalt rest and stand in thy lot at the end of the days", the end of the thousand, three hundred and five and thirty days. You see 1335 days into Daniel's 70th week, is when Jesus Christ will come in the clouds, and when the trumpet will sound. Well, that matches up EXACTLY with the tenth day of the seventh month. You say "prove it".
Okay, take the number 1335, since we're talking about a seven year period, divide it by 7, since the Hebrew calender only spans one year, you take 1335 divided by 7, you come up with 190.71, well, what's the 190th day of the year? the tenth day of the seventh month. Because of course there are 180 days in the first 6 months, so the 190th day, 3 quarters of the way through the day, you're going to be on the tenth day, and the seventh month! And so that right there lines up perfectly with the blowing of the trumpets, lining up with the abomination of desolation, the trumpet of the Jubilee sounding on the tenth day of the seventh month, representing the rapture. The trumpet sounds, the glorious liberty of the children of God. Not only that but Revelation 2:10 has a symbolic meaning as well. When the Bible says "Behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation 10 days, be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Those 10 days are representing the first 10 days of the seventh month of the Hebrew calender when it says, the blowing of the trumpets on the first day, and of course the first 3 quarters of the way through the tenth day, you've got the trumpet of the Jubilee sounding.
And so, I don't believe that that's all just a coincidence, it's very clear, it lines up perfectly, and the Bible is very consistent when it teaches that the rapture is going to come after the tribulation, but before God's wrath is poured out. It's going to be part way through Daniel's 70th week, more than half way through, 1335 days in. Now you say "oh, this kind of went over my head a little bit." Well, I encourage you to study further, Leviticus 23 and also there is a chart on our church website and also on the website KJVprophecy.com, that shows this all laid out on a chart, where maybe you can get a better visual representation of it. But the feasts of the Lord are fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ. The springtime feasts were fulfilled by his first coming, the harvest feasts are going to be fulfilled at his second coming.