The Pentecostal Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ
Plus, an Additional Study—20 Reasons For the PreTribulation Rapture
by Jack W. Langford
Most Bible teachers have long recognized the prophetic nature of the Feasts in Israel’s liturgical calendar. The Hebrew prophets themselves spoke of future aspects regarding the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. The apostle Paul also spoke of the festivals as “a shadow of things to come” (Colossians 2:16, 17). Because of this, many have sought to find a celebration which would fit the Rapture of the Church.
There has, no doubt, been a lot of speculation and confusing use of Scriptures in this area of study. A few Bible teachers have suspected that the Feast of Pentecost best fits an application to the Rapture of the Church. However, because of certain unanswered questions they have hesitated to make that application. I believe that in this study you will find the right answers to those questions. Not only was the Church born at the precise time of the Offering of the Wave-loaves on Pentecost, but there are many other features about this Feast which typify the present Church dispensation.
Certain features in this investigation demonstrate that Pentecost is the only Feast day which was looked upon by Jewish teachers as a “mystery” Feast, a Feast which was identified with a time of Gentile redemption. In fact, we shall see that the apostle Paul uses terminology pointing to the Feast of Pentecost and to the Offering at Pentecost in regards to the future resurrection of the Church. We will also discover that this is the only Feast on Israel’s liturgical calendar which could typify the Rapture of the Church and at the very same time not be subject to the error of “date setting” in terms of its prophetic fulfillment.
In other words, we shall find that a Pentecostal Rapture of the Church does not violate the principle doctrine of “imminence” in connection with the expectancy of the Rapture coming of Christ.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE- What is Pentecost?
Acts 2:1 and 2
What is the Real Purpose of the Feast of Pentecost?
The New Field of Grain
Pentecost is to the Church What Passover was to Israel
CHAPTER TWO- Prophetic Observations
Prophetic Lessons in the Liturgical Calendar of Israel
The Prophets Speak of a Future Application of the Feasts
Observations by Bible Teachers
CHAPTER THREE- Is the Church Typified in the Hebrew Scriptures?
CHAPTER FOUR- IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS
How Many Feasts Are There?
The Important Arrangements of Pentecost
Relationship of Shavout to the Law
CHAPTER FIVE- PRELUDE TO PENTECOST
Offering of the Wave Sheafs of Firstfruits
Various Names For Pentecost
“Christ the Firstfruits”
Counting of Days
Significance of the Number 50
CHAPTER SIX- THE PARAKLETOS OF PENTECOST
Uniqueness of Pentecost
The Parakletos of Pentecost
The Administration of the Spirit
“When the Day of Pentecost was Fully Come”
The New Grain Offering
CHAPTER SEVEN- PROPHETIC ASPECT OF PENTECOST
Prophetic Character Derived From the Wave-Sheaf at Passover
The Prophetic Application of this Feast to the Church by the Apostle Paul
I Corinthians 15:20 and 23
Leviticus 23:7, Romans 8:11 and 23
Romans 15:15 and 16
Further Confirmations From Paul
CHAPTER EIGHT- FULL PURPOSE OF PENTECOST
Why Was the Church Born on Pentecost?
If the Firstfruit is Holy, the Lump is Also Holy?
Three Areas of Example
On Pentecost AD 30, a Preliminary Fourth Example
Both Christ and the Church Rapture
CHAPTER NINE- ENOCH AND PENTECOST
Enoch and the Rapture
Enoch and Prophecy
Enoch and the Mysteries
Enoch and Pentecost
CHAPTER 10- THE APPROACHING PENTECOST
A Unique Feature of Passover
Time of the Rapture of the Church
The Passover Which Closed the Age of Law
The Antitypical Pentecost Which Closes the Age of Grace
CHAPTER ELEVEN- DISPENSATIONS AND PENTECOST
Dispensational Comparisons and Contrasts
From the Letters of Paul- The History of Each Age
The Exact Close of Each Dispensation
How Will the Gentile Age Close?
CHAPTER TWELVE- PERFECTION OF PENTECOST
The Counting of Days
Two Human Blunders
The Divine, Perfect Consummation of Time
The Dispensation of the Fullness of Times
Fullness or Completion
The Restoration of Israel