Will the Rapture Occur on Sept. 23rd 2017?
Many are speculating based upon prophetic texts from the book of Revelation that September 23rd of this year, which coincides with the Hebrew Feast of Trumpets, that the New Testament "rapture" could take place. I have heard no one promise it, but it is being alluded too, and no doubt thousands are watching and wondering.
The text of Revelation 12 that is being speculated is the following verses:
"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:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 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."
This idea that these verses are a sign of the rapture of the church has gained a lot of momentum over the past several months, that even a ninety minute television documentary called "The Sign" was recently produced by and shown on Directv's, "Audience Channel":
(If you want to catch the documentary, click here, or check the Audience Channel for other showings.)
If you just take a moment to type into any search engine the words, "September 23rd" and "rapture" and you will see Christian and secular news on the subject. It's has now officially become "a thing".
To be clear, I am a skeptic. A very large skeptic in fact.
I am not saying nothing is up regarding this prediction, or even that something won't happen of great import to the world and with prophetic implications this September 23rd. As a matter of fact, lately I can't seem to post hardly anything of significance that DOESN'T seemingly line up with many prophetic texts, because I do believe we are living in what Jesus referred to as the "beginning of birth pains" or as the King James puts the "beginning of sorrows" :
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours 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: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (emphasis added)
However, the hypothesis out there right now does have problems.
To fully understand the Revelation 12 hypothesis, you might want to hear from the man who really did the research over a number of years and came up with the theory, Scott E. Clarke:
But, this does have big problems and has been refuted quite a bit too, here is just one:
I am forced to be brief in writing this post today, so let me just conclude with this.
I do not believe that the Revelation 12 "theory" if you will, that is going around the internet proves that the rapture will take place on the 23rd (at the time of this writing, it will be the 23rd in a few minutes in Jerusalem).
But I do think that this certainly could be seen as a sign in the heavenlies as Luke 21:25 states:
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring"
It isn't lost on me that on Aug. 21st of this year we had a solar eclipse, and that very well could and perhaps should have us, the Body of Christ, paying attention of what follows because Genesis 1:14 says, "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" (emphasis added).
And since just that SIGN, we have seen a lot of other signs in powerful demonstrative ways, certainly here in the U.S. and abroad.
I won't bother to name them, you already know. God is shaking and stirring this world, and trying to get man's attention. And the shaking and stirring will increase, until He has their attention.