For all those who are reading this for the first time, I was one of the loudest voices on the newsgroups speaking about a "Rapture on Feast of Trumpets" this for Sept. 1999.
I'm sorry. I was wrong. I was a prideful idiot. I deceived myself. I have spoken presumptuously and deserve death under the Law according to Deuteronomy... And I deceived others who believed me. I lusted after the promise of the Kingdom, and through my pride and arrogance, I thought I could divine the time, and/or that I was worthy enough to be given divine revelation. Obviously, I was preaching out of my vain imagination, because I came to the wrong conclusions. Nothing happened! I was wrong! I'm sorry!
Do you want to know what happened? My thoughts on how I went so wrong?
The Full Apology 27k
[Mat 11:5] The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
[Mat 11:6] And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
[Mat 11:7] And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
Dead raised--occurs right before the rapture/translation
Not offended--meaning we freely confess we know him, and he confesses he knows us to God, which, according to the doctrine of salvation according to Romans 10:9,10, is salvation in the ten virgins parable of Matthew 25.
I don't know what the "reed shaken with the wind" means in the context of this verse, but the reed of gold used to measure New Jerusalem, as discussed here, literally shouts 5760 in several ways. ("in the wind" might mean "Holy Spirit" or moving through the air as in the Rapture.)
[Mark 11:6] And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
[Mark 11:7] And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
This picture is of Jesus' first coming, riding the virgin colt--which,
interestingly, was 'let go', and covered in garments, as we are covered
in white raiment in the Rapture.
[Luke 11:6] For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
[Luke 11:7] And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
At midnight? That's the midnight cry of Matthew 25.
Friend is come to me? That sounds like rapture.
Door shut? That's after the rapture.
[John 11:6] When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
[John 11:7] Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
Abode two days? Like the 2000 years. Jesus did not immediately
go to Lazarus to raise him from the dead, but waited until the third day.
"Third day" = 5760.
[Acts 11:6] Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
[Acts 11:7] And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.
Do I really need to clarify that one?
[Heb 11:5] By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was attested as having pleased God.
[Heb 11:6] And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
[Heb 11:7] By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as
yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household;
by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness
which comes by faith.
Are the numbers 5,6,7 significant? The first
Main, Clear Passage about the Rapture, in the first
Book written in the New Testament:
[1Thess 4:15] For this we say unto you by the
word of the Lord, that we which are alive and
remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
[1Thess 4:16] For the Lord himself shall descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[1Thess 4:17] Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The first time the New Testament talks of the Rapture, in 1 Thess. 4:15,16,17,
the numbers 5,6,7 are prominent, as
well as a couple of 1's, AND a 4. The letter 4, in Hebrew, also means "door", and Jesus said he is the door, the way to life,
and also was born at the start of the 4th Millinium, and "door" is a strong symbol of both Jesus and the rapture.
[Mat 25:10] And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
[Revelation 4:1] After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
[Rev 3:8] I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open
door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and
hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
[Rev 3:10] Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
[John 10:7.1] Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.