Quote Originally Posted by DeLane

I've been convinced by your site and others that the Rapture will indeed fall on the Feast of Trumpets. I've been studying the return of the Lord for over 20 years, and am excited to know that it is severely soon! I just have a question that perhaps you can clear up.

Why does the tribulation period have to start on the same day as the rapture? The tribulation kicks off with the confirming of a covenant (Dan. 9:27), but with all the chaos of the rapture and what it would bring to the world with millions suddenly disappearing, it seems unlikely that the world will be concerned with a treaty on that day. The fact that the anti-christ is able to confirm one at all lends to his unbelievable power during that time. I just think the rapture could happen and it be some time, perhaps even the 1 year anniversary on the next feast of trumpets for the anti-christ to make his move. This might put the rapture in 2013 or 2014. Then 2015 could still fit, and this truly would fulfill Jesus' words in Mat. 24 that no one knew the day or the hour, because it was not specifically on the day the tribulation starts.

I would be interested to hear your opinion on this, please just explain why tribulation Must start same day as rapture.

Thank you so much for your dedication, I look forward to hearing more. I preach anywhere I'm invited of the soon coming of Jesus, your website has helped tremendously.
Some reasons why the first rapture is not a year or two before the Tribulation starts:

1) Rev. 7.9 are the overcomers (not all Christians) "before throne" in 3rd heaven by being first raptured before the Tribulation starts. Then "when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour" (8.1) not a year or two. The Tribulation is "7 trumpets" (v.2). Then the "first angel sounded" (v.7) for the 1st trumpet. Only those Christians who were watchful (Matt. 24.42), prayerful (Luke 21.36) and keep the word of His patience (Rev. 3.10) will escape the hour of trial that is to come upon the whole world by being raptured beforehand.

2) Sept. 14, 2015 Feast of Trumpets is that day during the Total Lunar Tetrad. It can't be Sept. 5, 2013 because the Tetrad has not started yet by then.

3) Sept. 25, 2014 is not feasible because there are seven sets of seven (17,640 days) from June 7, 1967 to the Day of Atonement Sept. 23, 2015. Therefore, 2015 should be the year of the first rapture.

4) Satan reacts to this most spectacular event as he knows then his time is short so the 2,520 days begins on this day to start the countdown. The 2,520th day is Tisha B'Av Aug. 7, 2022 when the 1st and 2nd Temples were destroyed. Jesus steps down on Aug. 7, 2022 (the 1260th day) to reign in the 3rd Temple newly constructed.

5) "Our gathering together unto him.... Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition" (2 Thess. 2.1,3). First the Antichrist is revealed, known by his covenant or peace treaty for 7 years.

From the 1260th day to the 1290th day the Son of Man judges the nations. Then 45 days more to the 1335th day He sets up Israel as the center of all nations. The 1335th day is Oct. 21, 2022 after Tabernacles. Simchat Torah is Oct 18. There is an interesting congruency because there again is seen the 4 days of inspection from Oct. 18 to Oct. 21.

The Temple must be completed with 2300 days (Dan. 8.14) left to Tisha B'Av. There are exactly 2300 days from the 4th day inspection of the lamb April 21, 2016 (Passover is Friday April 22) to Aug. 7, 2022. Thus, the Temple must be completed by April 20, 2016. There are 220 days from Feast of Trumpets Sept. 14, 2015 to April 20, 2016. 2300 + 220 = 2,520 days.