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Rapture in Spring or Early Summer?
"My beloved spoke and said to me,
'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
come with me.
See the winter is past; the rains are
over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.'
Song of Songs 2:10-13 NIV
The passage above is a depiction of the springtime wedding of King Solomon and his gentile sweetheart, his shulamite bride.
In verse 11, it says, 'the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. Israel experiences two seasons in a year. First, the winter season, the cool, rainy winter is experienced in Israel from the month of October up to April. The other season, the dry hot summer is observed from May to September.
The bride speaks of the season after winter. She also speaks of a season when flowers bloom, a season of singing or a season of merriment or rejoicing. She also describes this season as the time when fig trees form its early fruits. I believe the bride depicts the sceneries and setting that are observed during the month of May and June.
As I rewind my childhood days I remember the month of May as the season for the popular Filipino festival "Flores de Mayo." Now I know why this festival is celebrated in May. The month of May is one of the merriest months of the year for being the month of feasts. The month of June is notable for being the month of weddings, a time when most weddings are observed. Thus the month of May or June is a season of singing and rejoicing. In Israel, this season is considered an early summer, in the western countries like the United States, it is known as late springtime.
This passage somewhat suggests a possible late springtime or early summer 'Rapture of the Bride of Christ.' King Solomon is a type of Christ and his gentile bride, the Shulamite woman, a type of the Church, the gentile Bride of Christ.
The springtime Rapture is consistent with the Pentecost harvest. The Feast of Pentecost is celebrated usually in May or June. This year the western church celebrates Pentecost on May 23 while the eastern church will celebrate it on June 20. Pentecost harvest refers to the wheat harvest. Wheat harvest represents the harvest of the church, which will take place during the timing of Harpazo or the Rapture of the church. The Harpazo marks the end of the dispensation of grace.
There is a high probability as revealed in the Scriptures that late springtime and early summer could be the season of Harpazo or Rapture. About the year, we can never be certain about it. It could be this year, next year or the year after next year henceforth. Though still I cannot be dogmatic about it. But for me it is such a great revelation from the Bible.
The season of Harpazo may be upon us since we are living at the time of the closing of the 'fig tree generation.' It is of great importance that we establish a deep and strong relationship with God. If you do not have relationship with God it is about time to pursue such relationship. One can have this relationship by first acknowledging his depravity before God. It is written in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
A natural carnal man is bound to fall short of God's standard of perfect righteousnes. Man's sinful nature is bound to make him fall. Galatians 5:19-21 reveals the evidence of this nature;
"The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immoralit, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions, and envy; drunkennes, orgies and the like. I warn you as I did before, that thosr who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Galatians 5:19-21 NIV
Man's sinful nature will drive him to live a sinful lifestyle which is separated from God and outside the center of His will. This sinful lifestyle will lead him to destruction. It is written in Romans 6:23;
"The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
This death refers to the second death mentioned in Revelation 21:8, which refers to the Lake of Fire, the ultimate judgement.
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who prctice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars- they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.
To be delivered from this ultimate judgement, and to receive forgiveness from God, we have to put our faith utterly in Christ finished work on the cross as the only acceptable sacrifice for the atonement for our sin. It is written in Hebews 9:28;
"So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."
After trusting Christ as Savior, we have to abandon our sinful, worldly and sel-centered lifestyle and surrender completely our lives to His Lordship. Jesus says in the gospel of John, those who believe in Him should not remain in darkness. Darkness refers to the sinful life apart from God. As believers it is of great importance that we abide in the light of Christ. As believers we have this promise of John 1:12,
"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
This is the beginning of the most important relationship you will ever have in your life. This relationship is eternal and the one thing that matters most in eternity. Having God as your Father is the greatest blessing in life.