- May 17, 2010
Is the Chinese 'Year of the Dog' Also The 'Year of the Rapture'?
Jesus Christ states in the closing chapter of the Book of Revelation that on the outside of the gates of heaven...there will be dogs!
“Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
It is interesting that on February 16th 2018 will be the Chinese New Year which will herald in the year of the dog!
I just wonder if the Chinese 'year of the dog' isn't the same dog cited by Jesus Christ in Revelation 22:15. What if the rapture takes place during the Chinese, or lunar, 'year of the dog' when Jesus Christ returns for all of his faithful just before mankind's final judgment.
If the rapture does indeed take place during the Chinese, or lunar, 'year of the dog' then all those who are left behind will indeed become 'dogs on the outside' of God's Holy City.
Another point worth mentioning is that if Revelation 22:15 signifies the 'year of the rapture' as being during 'the year of the dog' then it would validate Christ's saying that 'the first shall be last and the last first' for it must be remarked that the last utterance by Christ in the Book of Revelation is - “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Revelation 22, while being the last chapter in the Book of Revelation and in the bible, points to the rapture as the first event that inaugurates all the other events in the Book of Revelation.
The Book of Revelation depicts mankind's final judgment as Jesus Christ said that man's last days will be like Noah's day and Lot's days. Noah's days ended with God judging mankind from above (hint: rain water) while Lot's days ended with God judging mankind from below (hint: fire and brimstone). The Book of Revelation highlights judgments by God's angels above and judgments by fallen angels (hint: Satan himself) below.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
It must be emphasized that days of Noah represent the 'Pillar of Cloud' and the days of Lot represent the 'Pillar of Fire'. Both a Pillar of Cloud and a Pillar of Fire led the Israelites (hint: soon to be the only righteous people left after the rapture) through the desert to the 'Promised Land' which is ultimately heaven itself!
Our last days are indeed God, as Jesus Christ indwelling in every believer through the Holy Spirit, leading his faithful as a Pillar of Cloud (hint: the indwelling Holy Spirit) and as a Pillar of Fire (hint: the resurrected Jesus Christ) through the desert of sin straight to the promised land in heaven.
Believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and then get baptized and rest assured that you'll be included in the rapture when Jesus Christ will return for all of his believers to live a life in heaven for eternity with God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit!