Where Did All the People Suddenly Go? On the Rapture–Oct. 2016?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

As Bible scholars share the results of their studies of the approximately 25% of the Bible that deals with prophecy, one topic garners a lot of attention: the prophecy of a “Rapture,” or, “rapturo,” an event that indicates a sudden “snatching away” of believers according to the pattern of deliverance of God’s people from evil that appears many places in the Bible and in history.

Some believe in a “pre-Tribulation” Rapture, that is, before the unveiling of the final events that will impact the entire globe.

Others, a “mid-Tribulation” Rapture,” that is, in the middle of the seven-year period.

Still others, a “post-Tribulation Rapture,” where Jesus Christ returns for His people at the culmination of the end times events.

Additionally, there are some who believe that there will be no such event at all, or it is not to be taken literally but only in a spiritual sense.

For a brief overview of the various interpretations, see here. I subscribe to a pre-Tribulation view, but whatever view  one holds, it is wise to understand the core teaching and to “have one’s spiritual bags packed,” as it were, by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and remaining “close to Him and  daily in His Word” in order to proceed with wisdom and clarity in a cloudy, troubled–and dangerous–world that is getting more so every day.


One scholarly view shared by many is that the Rapture, like other major prophetic events in the spiritual timeline, is connected to a Jewish Feast. Indeed, several of the Jewish Feasts (the so-called “springtime Feasts”) have already been tied to documented historic events. Researcher Claire Gumbs’ tri-fold, available here, details these.

As related to the Rapture, many view the Fall Feast of Yom Teruah (also known as the Feast of Trumpets and Rosh Hashana–the Jewish New Year) as quite possibly the Feast linked to that event.

This year of 2016, Yom Teruah occurs, in Jerusalem, starting at sundown (when a  day on the Hebrew Calendar begins) on Sunday, October 2nd. For my time zone, on the West Coast of the United States, this is ten hours ahead of “us”. This map compares the time in Jerusalem with cities around the world, if you are interested in what time it will be where you live.

And why are this event and this feast so connected?

During the two-day period of the Feast of Yom Teruah (starting at sundown the first day to sundown the day following) the observing Jews will watch for the first glimmer of the new moon–which can occur at various times. And many prophecy scholars note that this event, among many other Scriptural evidences, is, then, the only Feast celebrated where nobody knows exactly “the day or the hour” it will occur.  It could be the evening of the first day or in the wee hours of the next.

That said, nobody really knows which feast, which year, what day. However, there are so many other prophecies synchronizing just now, there is good cause to at least consider that it might be this year.

From the date of this post, for us on the West Coast of the U.S., it is 3 days hence. But again, it might seem very much like the “season,” which we are to know if we study the prophecies, but again, proceeding with caution, as even Jesus said, God, the Father alone, knows…

In the meantime, we are to continue “occupying,” “blooming where we are planted,” if you will, as advised, until whenever it is, of course, and yet to encourage each other that it is certainly imminent.

But whenever the Rapture is to occur, there will be those “left behind” who will want to know what happened.

I have linked, below, to a site that has specialized in teachings on the Rapture and other related topics for many years. One “page” of the site is a list of “letters” to loved ones, family members, and others left behind with explanations of the event that has taken place, what will happen next, and what, now, to do.

The Tribulation period will be very difficult, and much courage and wisdom will be required of those who make the decision to become Christians during this period. Thus, I believe it may be time, whether for this year, next, or some other, to share this information to enlighten and encourage those who may be searching for answers–before, or after. May God bless you.

Letters from missing believers to those left behind.


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5 Responses to Where Did All the People Suddenly Go? On the Rapture–Oct. 2016?

  1. Yvonne Meek says:

    I have been so stirred in my heart for this festival this year. I want to celebrate it with a meal in my home. It seems as if the church is not ready. Many aren’t paying attention. They are like the foolish virgins. Thank you for posting your thoughts. Many blessings to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • pnissila says:

      Hello, Yvonne,

      You are right! Many are NOT prepared, sadly, as many churches are not teaching prophecy anymore, which is one big reason for the lack of knowledge.

      I cannot imagine how one maintains any level of peace without knowledge of Jesus Christ and what His Word prophecies. Not only about the Rapture, but about so many other revelations found there. Just now, my interest is piqued by the discoveries in the world of physics. Have you listened to interviews with, or read the works of, Anthony Patch (anthonypatch.com), for instance? He is one of the world’s CERN experts as well as a believer in Jesus Christ. The global science elites are playing with all sorts of quantum toys about which, if they knew prophecy, they would not be so cavalier. For one example of such a discovery, they claim to be “opening portals to other dimensions,” and for another, finding “the so-called God particle.”

      But, of course, all that is required to come under the protective wing of our gracious God is to believe… Another reader, below, has offered an example of how to receive salvation through placing one’s faith in Jesus Christ.

      I remind some who are just now coming to awareness (coming “awake,” as it were) to all that is going on in the world, and to our need for Christ, that it isn’t about all kinds of head knowledge…that in Jesus’ famous parable, even the “11th hour workers” are “paid the same rate”–in this case by placing their faith in Him, they, too will enter into the same eternal glory as people who have been believers for decades.

      But I think I am preaching to the choir!

      Blessings back at you :).

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      • Yvonne Meek says:

        I will share the info about CERN and Anthony Patch with my husband; he is quite interested in the info. Thank you for your reply. And yes, I am the choir, but preach it Sister!


  2. Carl Gordon says:

    For those of you who are ready to ask Jesus to save you now, here’s how : Pray “Jesus, I believe you are God, that you took on flesh and willingly took our sin, iniquity and guilt into yourself, and suffered our death. I also believe You were resurrected on the third day. In the Bible it is written that all who will receive Him to them He gives the right to become children of God, even to those that believe on His Name. Jesus I understand I am separated from You by sin and I ask You to save me. I receive You. Thank You.”

    Then get a Bible. Read it. When you ask Jesus to give you understanding He will. Talk to Him about everything and when He gives you instructions to do something do it. You will not be disappointed. You will want to be in heaven for eternity. It’s where the love is.

    Liked by 1 person

    • pnissila says:

      CG: thank you for the addition of “HOW” to become a believer, thus, be among those who will not miss out on the most amazing event in history–whenEVER it takes place!

      It’s not about religion or rites or rituals or pilgrimages…and on and on and on. But a simple relationship with Jesus Christ, He Who took care of all the “behaving” for us so that we could have the “power, love, and sound mind” of a new life in Him.

      And I LOVE your expression, “It’s where the love is.”


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