What is the evidence for the Rapture on the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah?
Many believe that the feasts of the Lord foreshadow events that will be fulfilled by Christ.
To begin, we need to understand that there are 7 Jewish feasts in the annual calendar (given in Scripture): 3 in the spring, 3 in the fall, and one not quite in the middle.
The first three are all pictures of what Jesus did at his first coming: His death for our sin, His sanctifying work by the removal of our penalties before God, His resurrection.
The last three feasts on the calendar picture events that happen at Christ’s second coming: the rapture (resurrection), the time of tribulation, the millennial kingdom starting.
The one in the middle is Pentecost, which pictures the giving of the law, the writing of the law on our hearts in the form of the Holy Spirit.
What is interesting is that of the 7 feasts on the calendar, Jesus is fulfilling all events during His life – either at His first coming or the last three at His second coming.
The first four of those 7 have already been fulfilled: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost. Each were fulfilled on the actual day of those feasts. Since that has been the pattern for the first four, the next on the calendar is the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) which represents the rapture.
Paul said our resurrection will happen at the shout and trumpet of an angel (1 Thessalonians 4:16). The trumpet feast pictures the moment of the Lord returning for His church (at the sound of the trumpet). So that has left some to speculate that the 5th event should likewise be fulfilled on its actual feast day.
So when the Feast of Trumpets comes around each year (late Sept-Oct), many think this may be the time of the year the rapture can happen.
However, Jesus says no one can know the day or the hour of the rapture. Is it possible to fulfill this on a feast day, and yet be unknown the day or the hour? Yes, because the Feast of Trumpets is a 2-day feast in the way Israel observes it and as such the rapture could happen on either day or hour.
The best advice: Be ready at any time! And if it is to take place on the Feast of Trumpets, then that will only make sense as God has been showing that pattern all along.