24 Sep Jubilee Year Rapture
What is the rapture?
The rapture is a word describing the day when Jesus Christ send his angels to take his children to Heaven before the 7 year tribulation in order to attend the wedding banquet of the lamb. We list reasons in a previous article on why the rapture must be before the 7 year tribulation. Read more here: Is it pre, mid, or post tribulation rapture? This event will be as quick as a twinkling of an eye as described in the Bible (1 Corinthians 15:52). The rapture will trigger worldwide events as described in the Book of Revelation.
When will the rapture take place?
Jesus Christ said, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”. – Matthew 24:36. However the Bible gives a clue on what year the rapture will take place. This clue is found in the Jubilee.
What is the Jubilee?
Jubilee is a holy year after 7 sabbath years, which is every 50 years, that the ancient Hebrews celebrated . During the Jubilee year, there was a proclamation of liberty and redemption of possessions throughout the land. Slaves were free to return to their families. People who sold their land were able to redeem it. The land during this year will yield its fruit in abundance so the people could rest (Leviticus 25).
The sabbath symbolizes two things Heaven and Christ. Read more in our previous article here: Symbolism of the Sabbath. Sabbath means rest. In the Bible God describes rest as going into promise land when he was with Moses and Joshua which parallels with Heaven (Joshua 22:4, Hebrews 4). Only way we can go to Heaven is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. – Leviticus 25:9. The reason the trumpet of the jubilee is sounded on the day of atonement is to emphasize that blood of Jesus Christ, which atones for our sins, is the only salvation.
Salvation comes in threefold. Once we accept Christ, our spirit is saved. Our soul is being saved by the renewing of the mind through the Holy Spirit. Our body will be saved when it is raised at the 2nd coming of Christ or if you’re not dead at that time, you will be raptured. This is why Paul said not all would be asleep or dead but change in twinkling of an eye during the last trumpet (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The last trumpet is not the same trumpet mentioned in the Book of Revelation but it is the trumpet of end of the age of grace.
Freedom of Slaves
During the Jubilee, the slaves are free to leave and return to their family (Leviticus 25:10). This is a picture of those who are in Christ, who were freed from the servitude of sin to return home to their family in Heaven. Paul also wrote about being free from sin by being dead in Christ so that once he comes we will live with him (Romans 6:4-8).
Redemption of Land
During the Jubilee, people lost their land are able to redeem it and have it as their own land again. This is a picture of how God once lost us through the sin of Adam and Eve. Now he is able to redeem us through Jesus Christ. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, God was able to purchase us. Different parts of the Bible gave us a clue as well that God sees us as his precious field, garden, treasure and good seed in his land, etc.
- For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. – 1 Corinthians 3:9.
- Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. – Matthew 13:44
- But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. – Matthew 13:23.
- A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. – Song of Solomon 4:12.
- If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? – Luke 12:28.
- Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. – Matthew 13:31-32.
This should come as a surprise to us since God sculpt Adam out of dirt to the image and likeness of himself and breathe life into him so he will become a living soul.
Even though God has given us a clue on when the rapture will take place, this does not mean we should prepare ourselves daily to meet him. Even though the year is certain, the death is not certain. We can die at any time without any warning. So let us prepare to meet Jesus Christ by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and continue to seek a relationship with God.