Q&A | Are We The Generation of the Rapture?
"Scott, Are there any prophecies about Israel coming back into their land in 1948 and this being the generation to see the rapture and the Second Coming?"Scott Answers:
Steven, Yes. Here is the breakdown of the past and what is to come. Thank you for your question.Click Image to Enlarge | Click Again to Return
Prophecies Fulfilled in 1948:
Jacob’s descendants would regain control of IsraelFurthermore, after detailing the horrors of Daniel's 70th Week/The 7 year Tribulation Period, and using the parable of the fig tree blooming to prophesy about Israel (yet another prophecy), Messiah said in Matthew 24:34 ...
Israel would be brought back to life
Isaiah spoke of the nation of Israel being reborn in one day
Israel would be re-established as a united nation
The second Israel would be more impressive than the first
Ezekiel predicted when Israel would be re-established
The people of Israel would return to “their own land”
YHWH would watch over the people of Israel
Israel’s army would be disproportionately powerful
(Leviticus 26:3, 7-8)
The fortunes of the people of Israel would be restored
"Truly I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, (the generation which witnesses the above prophecies fulfilled) until all these things be fulfilled."
In summary, the generation which witnesses Israel being re-established as a nation will not pass until all things are fulfilled. Another way of putting it is that all things will be fulfilled before this generation ends.
One generation according to Scripture is 70-80 years (Psalm 90:10).
Presently (2014) it has been 66 years since Israel was established as a nation in one day on May 14, 1948 and began coming back into their land.
What Messiah meant about "all these things" being fulfilled is believed to be not only the Tribulation Period but also the feast days (YHWH's Appointments with man on His calendar) which are to be fulfilled in their given order from Leviticus 23 because they must be all be fulfilled in order for Messiah to finally establish His Millennial Reign which is the last fulfilment - post-Tribulation (Revelation 20:4-6).
YHWH says: "These are My Appointed Times" - Leviticus 23:1-2.
The fulfilled spring Appointments in order are:
Passover - Messiah's death
Unleavened Bread - Messiah's burial
First Fruits - Messiah's resurrection
Pentecost - The Ruach ha'Qodesh (Holy Spirit) given
The unfulfilled fall Appointments in order are - and likely mean:
Trumpets - Messiah's return for His bride (The Rapture)
Atonement - Messiah's second coming to earth
Tabernacles - Messiah's 1000 year Kingdom established
According to Messiah's words, "This generation shall not pass ...", I believe the generation of 1948 should therefore witness the latter three Appointments fulfilled. At present there are a maximum of 14 years before the end of the Biblical 1948 generation and for all Appointed Times to be fulfilled. 1948+80=2028.
Do I think it will take that long? Likely a little less ... and I do believe there may or may not be a gap of about one year between the rapture and the beginning of Daniel's 70th Week (Daniel 9:27). There is plenty of room within the next 14 years for the rapture and a 7 year Tribulation Period ending with Messiah's return to earth with His bride. Time will tell. Blessings!
Scott | August 6, 2014