When is the Rapture?

Rapture is a keyword with certain special meanings ascribed to it in various end-times theories. If it means the departure from planet earth of the human race, then we can find the date: 4000 years from the birth of the Patriarchs, 2000 years from Jesus’ own ascension and 7000 years from Noah’s flood. Instead of dating the event relative to the tribulation, we date it relative to the general resurrection, a much more fruitful approach.

This question is fairly frequent. When, I’m often asked, is the Rapture?

There are various passages that provide the sequence for this event. The key one here:

16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NIV)

This series of verses sequences most of the high level events in this part of the age. They key one being the resurrection of the dead. That event can be known and is dated and confirmed through several stories. Once we have the resurrection dated, seeing the dates of the departure from the human race is not hard to do. So, we start with the dates for the Resurrection:

Ezekiel’s time to the Resurrection of the Dead

Ezekiel is given a vision about how the living water that flows from the throne of God brings life. In that vision a measurement indicates the time to this period:

1The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. 2He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side. Ezekiel 47:1-23As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. 4He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. 5He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in -- a river that no one could cross. 6He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?" Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. 8He said to me, "This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. 9Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Ezekiel 47:3-12
(Ezekiel 47:1-9 NIV)

The measurement being being the total of 4000 cubits in this parable. This is the number of years, one cubit per year, from the very first temple reference to the point where this starts to happen.

Of course that reference was Jacob’s dream of a stairway to heaven at the Jubilee who’s 4000th anniversary hit in the spring of 2010. This date is not the resurrection directly, but the approximate date of the first event in the sequence given in Thessalonians. Jacob’s story from which this period is measured began a 20 year long adventure in Padan Aram. The last 12 of those 20 years is when his sons were born. This is an example of skew and it will replay again here. Just as Jacob went down to Padan Aram to work for his family, so too, will Jesus.

Years to raise the dead

Jacob’s 12 sons being born across 12 years are seen in further prophetic stories of this future era. The best is found here:

1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 22:1-5
(Revelation 22:1-5 NIV)

Here we see 12 crops, where each crop is usually something that happens once a year, with fruit from that crop yielded each month in each of those years. 144 total months of fruit. This contains the reference to the river of life from Ezekiel’s vision but it confirms the skew and that when we have placed the start of the 4000 years right we’ll have also found a story that takes 12 years for life.

Jacob’s story does that with the 12 years at the end of 20 as the time when his sons were born.

Auditable Date Report

These two clues support the math behind the following report. Jacob’s dream at Bethel was in the year 9001 from Adam. For our purposes here, as we always do, we’ll use the Passover date as our near-start-of-year date and base all calculations from that:

Report on the Resurrection of the Dead
Jacob’s Dream Date
Sun9001-01-14 AA4 Jan -1985 NS20 Apr 1512 BAUC3283214 AAN
-499-01-14 FE21 Jan -1986 OS20 Apr 2265 BC996057 JDN
4000 years from there
Mon13001-01-14 AA1 Mar 2010 NS16 Feb 2763 AUC4742414 AAN
3501-01-14 FE16 Feb 2009 OS16 Feb 2010 AD2455257 JDN

Of course Jacob’s sons were born in the last 12 of the following 20 years, or 9009 AA - 9020 AA. The 4000th anniversaries of those years are indicated in the following report. Note there is a leap month at 13014 that makes the following report uncertain by about 1 month. What is reported in the following report are simply the common Passover dates at the start of each Biblical year.

The following report runs out the anniversaries from the likely conception years as this fits the other stories better. Further tuning of these dates, likely +/- 1 year is possible given more study.

12 years of the Resurrection of the Dead
Crop Number 1
Wed13008-01-14 AA22 Feb 2017 NS9 Feb 2770 AUC4744964 AAN
3508-01-14 FE9 Feb 2016 OS9 Feb 2017 AD2457807 JDN
Crop Number 2
Sat13009-01-14 AA17 Feb 2018 NS4 Feb 2771 AUC4745324 AAN
3509-01-14 FE4 Feb 2017 OS4 Feb 2018 AD2458167 JDN
Crop Number 3
Tue13010-01-14 AA12 Feb 2019 NS30 Jan 2772 AUC4745684 AAN
3510-01-14 FE30 Jan 2018 OS30 Jan 2019 AD2458527 JDN
Crop Number 4
Fri13011-01-14 AA7 Feb 2020 NS25 Jan 2773 AUC4746044 AAN
3511-01-14 FE25 Jan 2019 OS25 Jan 2020 AD2458887 JDN
Crop Number 5
Mon13012-01-14 AA1 Feb 2021 NS19 Jan 2774 AUC4746404 AAN
3512-01-14 FE19 Jan 2020 OS19 Jan 2021 AD2459247 JDN
Crop Number 6
Thu13013-01-14 AA27 Jan 2022 NS14 Jan 2775 AUC4746764 AAN
3513-01-14 FE14 Jan 2021 OS14 Jan 2022 AD2459607 JDN
Crop Number 7
Sun13014-01-14 AA22 Jan 2023 NS9 Jan 2776 AUC4747124 AAN
3514-01-14 FE9 Jan 2022 OS9 Jan 2023 AD2459967 JDN
Crop Number 8
Wed13014-13-14 AA17 Jan 2024 NS4 Jan 2777 AUC4747484 AAN
3514-13-14 FE4 Jan 2023 OS4 Jan 2024 AD2460327 JDN
Crop Number 9
Sat13015-12-14 AA11 Jan 2025 NS29 Dec 2777 AUC4747844 AAN
3515-12-14 FE29 Dec 2024 OS29 Dec 2024 AD2460687 JDN
Crop Number 10
Tue13016-12-14 AA6 Jan 2026 NS24 Dec 2778 AUC4748204 AAN
3516-12-14 FE24 Dec 2025 OS24 Dec 2025 AD2461047 JDN
Crop Number 11
Fri13017-12-14 AA1 Jan 2027 NS19 Dec 2779 AUC4748564 AAN
3517-12-14 FE19 Dec 2026 OS19 Dec 2026 AD2461407 JDN
Crop Number 12
Mon13018-12-14 AA27 Dec 2027 NS14 Dec 2780 AUC4748924 AAN
3518-12-14 FE14 Dec 2027 OS14 Dec 2027 AD2461767 JDN

Jesus’ confirmation

Jesus references this same story and dates it himself when he raises Lazarus from the dead. The story takes an entire chapter but has its punch lines at the end:

24Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:2425Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-2627"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world." John 11:27
(John 11:24-27 NIV)

To take part in this resurrection requires that we follow Jesus now in order to be raised from the dead then. Further references in the story provide the time clue. Lazarus has been dead 4 days.

17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. John 11:17-20
(John 11:17 NIV)

This follows the standard pattern of 1 day being as 1000 years. Of course the first to die as a believer was Abraham, his 4000th year anniversary from being placed in the tomb was the 1967 war in Jerusalem. We’re in the season at that point, but have not seen faith of the Jews, nor the resurrection of the dead. We’re headed for it soon. On to more...

Anniversary of Jesus’ Ascension

Anniversary dates of Jesus’ own ascension land in this period. His resurrection, a pattern for all, was the 25th of March, 31 AD on the Old Style calendar. Converting that to the Bible calendar and running forward 2000 years indicates the anniversary were we are in the season for another resurrection, and ascension which is what we are looking for:

Jesus’ Passion + 2000 years
Jesus’ resurrection
Sun11019-10-11 AA23 Mar 31 NS25 Mar 784 AUC4019621 AAN
1519-10-11 FE25 Mar 31 OS25 Mar 31 AD1732464 JDN
2000 years later
Thu13019-10-11 AA19 Oct 2028 NS6 Oct 2781 AUC4749221 AAN
3519-10-11 FE6 Oct 2028 OS6 Oct 2028 AD2462064 JDN

Of course the ascension was 40 days later and is the primary indicated date for an ascension in this period as suggested by Thessalonians. The following is the date report for that 40th day:

Jesus’ Ascension + 2000 years
Mon13019-11-20 AA27 Nov 2028 NS14 Nov 2781 AUC4749260 AAN
3519-11-20 FE14 Nov 2028 OS14 Nov 2028 AD2462103 JDN

Contrast this late fall 2028 date with the year that makes up the birth of the last of the twelve, given above. This ascension date is while Benjamin is being raised from the dead. This makes sense since Benjamin was born while the rest of the family was returning home from Aram. The last group to be raised is apparently happening while the rest have already started departing.

Noah’s flood Confirmation

The entire story of Noah’s ark contains a reference to this same period. It was God himself who gave Noah and his family the 7 day warning. Of course his speech follows the same rules, 1000 years for each day, so 7000 years from that event is also a flood like event. The math for the anticipated future date is simply 7000 years after the flood. The flood itself, when Noah was sealed inside, was on a precise known date: 6020/2/17 AA. Running 7000 days forward is given in the following report:

7000th anniversary of Noah’s Flood
Thu13020-02-17 AA22 Feb 2029 NS9 Feb 2782 AUC4749347 AAN
3520-02-17 FE9 Feb 2028 OS9 Feb 2029 AD2462190 JDN

The Ark is a pattern object for the New Jerusalem. This 7000th anniversary date is not for Noah’s Ark, but God’s Ark or the New Jerusalem itself.


So, when is the Rapture?

After the resurrection of the dead, somewhere in or near the years 2028 or 2029. It appears to be spread out, with some already departing as the last of the dead are being raised to life. Jesus appears to have headed out in front of the rest of the race and is in the New Jerusalem as the rest arrive.