Jeff Bartell

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The Rapture this Spring???

As usual, there are always more things that I study and cannot fit into my 50 minute time slot.  When that happens I like to fill in the blanks with what I like to call:  “Deleted Scenes.”

Yesterday we looked at 1Thessalonians 4:13-18, that great passage in the scriptures detailing the events of the rapture of the church.  One of the points that we saw was that the rapture is likely to occur in the springtime of the year.  We saw that the Song of Solomon pictures the relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ (typified by Solomon, the son of David, the king of Israel) and his bride, the church (typified by the Shulamite, a daughter of Judah or Jerusalem).

In chapter 2 we saw that the bridegroom calls his bride to “arise, my love, my fair one, and come away!”  This is a great picture of the rapture of the church.  The timing associated with this “catching up” of the bride is found in Song of Solomon 2:11-13 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. So it is springtime!  The winter is past, the rain is over, the birds are singing, the flowers and plants are blooming!  It is a “re-birth” of sorts – life returning.

The question that many immediately thought of is this:  How does that work since it is not “springtime” at the same time all over the Earth?  The southern hemisphere has the seasons opposite from the northern hemisphere.  Although I cannot be 100% sure, the best and most plausible answer to that (very good) question is that it will be springtime in Israel.  So whenever that is – we might expect the rapture of the church!  (Actually that would be the same “springtime” for all of the northern hemisphere.)

One word of warning, please don’t think that God is limited to coming ONLY during the springtime.  He can come for His bride whenever He wants!  I find the comparison to the springtime a compelling argument, but I think it would be irresponsible to think that once June 22nd rolls around (1st full day of Summer), that Jesus can’t come back until the next March 21st!

This is a great subject to study.  Sunday was a lot of fun for many of us.  To hear the message in its entirety, you can click here.

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Hi! I just popped onto your site after searching for Song of Songs along with the Rapture. I’ve also done some study on the harvest times in ancient Israel, regarding the barley, the wheat, and the grape harvests. This also brings a picture of a “spring Rapture”.

The barley (believers) was separated from the chaff by wind alone (Holy Spirit). And on the Feast of First Fruits, the first ripe sheaf was cut from the field (the world) and presented to the priest (Christ) who would then wave it as an offering before God (in Heaven).

The wheat was harvested later, around Pentecost, and had to be cracked in order to get the hardened chaff off (a picture of those left behind who will become believers during the horrible events of the Trib).

The grapes (non-believers) were harvested last and thrown into the wine press to be crushed (God’s wrath) at the Second Coming.

I’m not sure if the Rapture is in spring. There’s a lot of evidence it could happen on the Feast of Trumpets as well. But one thing is for sure, 2011 is definitely a year to watch.



Great thoughts Becka! Thanks for the input. Obviously we can’t know for sure when it will all happen but I think there is some interesting evidence that the rapture could be in the Spring. As for me personally, this Spring would work just fine!



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