Do you think it is reasonable for Jesus to return within a lifetime
when Israel becomes a nation again?
"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh
" (Matt. 24.32
I think we can all agree the fig tree represents Israel and the summer is the millennial kingdom. The branch was tender
no later than May 14, 1948 when Israel became a nation again.
"Summer is nigh" would be no longer than within a lifetime. "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away" (Ps. 90.10
Abraham entered the promise land at the age of 75. "So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran" (Gen. 12.4
1948 + 75 = 2023. Therefore, Jesus steps down on the mount of olives no later than 2023 so the very latest the Tribulation would be is from 2016-23.
Before the Tribulation starts certain events must take place.
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake;
and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair,
and the moon became as blood
" (Joel 2.31
, Rev. 6.12
Haiti 2010 was the second greatest number of deaths of any earthquake in history. Japan 2011 caused Japan to shut down all 50+ of is nuclear power plants and it was the 4th greatest earthquake in history in terms of magnitude. Back to back, year over year, the world has never seen two earthquakes together this devastating. Never! Wake up people!
There are 4 kinds of solar eclipses. The rarest is the Hybrid occurring about 5% of the time. And there are 3 kinds of hybrids. The H3 the rarest occurring about 5% of the time. And a solar eclipse is even more rare when it is a long version, that is, lasting longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds according to NASA. Amazingly, on Nov. 3, 2013 is the rarest of all solar eclipses--the long H3 Hybrid. The H3 Hybrid starts as a partial eclipse and finishes off as a total eclipse to produce that black sackcloth effect. This is the 4th one since Christ and won't happen again till the year 2172.
What follows next is the 2014/15 Total Lunar Tetrad that lands on passover, tabernacles and again on passover and tabernacles. The 6th one since Christ was 1949/50 when Israel became a nation May 14, 1948. The Armistice treaty was signed 1949. The 7th Tetrad was 1967/68 when Israel entered Jerusalem June 7, 1967. It won't happen again till 2582/83, and there is no unique solar eclipse preceding it.
"So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors" (Matt. 24.33
). Within a lifetime!
When does the 7 year Tribulation take place? It is not going to start in 2012 or 2013 or 2014 because the Temple construction must begin by the start of the Tribulation so the Antichrist can reign in it by the middle of the Tribulation.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months" (Dan. 9.27
, Matt. 24.15
, 2 Thess. 2.4
, Rev. 11.2
The 7 year Tribulation is 2,520 days (7 x 360) like all of Daniel's sixty-nine sevens were. 2,520 is the smallest number divisible by all numbers from 2 to 10. The 69th seven is concluded 4 days before Jesus died on the cross based on the sevens being 2,520 days each. The feasts of Israel are a rehearsal. The last 3 feasts deal with Jesus' second coming. Feast of Trumpets is the first of the last 3 feasts and pertains to rapture. Therefore, we should expect the Tribulation to start on Feast of Trumpets. This can be confirmed.
In 2015 Feast of Trumpets is Sept. 14, 2015 and the 2,520th day is Tisha B'Av Aug. 7, 2022 (1260th day), the day the first and second Temples were destroyed. Jesus returns to reign in the third Temple. The 2,550th day (1290th) from Feast of Trumpets in 2016 is the Day of Atonement in 2023. So which of these two 7 year periods will be the Tribulation?
It takes 2300 days before the Temple is cleansed. "And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed" (Dan. 8.14
There are 2300 days from April 21, 2016 the 4th day inspection of the lamb, the day before Passover, to Tisha B'Av Aug. 7, 2022. The same is true for 2017 to 2023. So we need another clue. There are seven sets of seven (7 x 7 x 360) from June 7, 1967 when Israel took over Jerusalem to Sept. 23, 2015 Day of Atonement (total of 17,640 days). This suggests that 2015 is the starting year of the Tribulation so the Tribulation would be Feast of Trumpets Sept. 14, 2015 to Tisha B'Av Aug. 7, 2022.
At any rate the first rapture according to readiness is on Feast of Trumpets Sept. 14, 2015 or Feast of Trumpets Oct. 3, 2016. I favor 2015 for several other reasons, because it is a Jubilee year, once every 50 years and it is a Sabbath year once every seven years. And Tisha B'Av in 2022 lands on a Sunday.