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for He will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth”

(Zeph. 1:15-18).

Examination, Rapture, & Resurrection

Elul, the thirty-day month before Rosh HaShanah is the be-

ginning of a 40-day period known as Teshuvah. In this Jewish

period, a man is to examine his relationship with God because

Rosh HaShanah, “The Day of Judgement,” is approaching. Pen-

itential prayers begin about one week before Rosh Hashanah,

when individuals are to search their hearts and return to God.

They believe that three groups of people will be judged at that

time. One group is placed in the Book of the Righteous, one

group is placed in the Book of the Wicked, while the destiny of

the third group is not sealed for another 10 days. At Yom Kip-

pur, the third group’s final fate is sealed in one book or the


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For those who receive or have received the Lord, they may

be able to escape His coming wrath by being raptured on Rosh

HaShanah, perhaps 10 days before the end:

“…before the ap-

pointed time arrives…before the day of the Lord’s wrath comes

upon you. Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who

do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility;

perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger”

(Zeph. 2:2-3).

Many have stated that there cannot be a rapture at the end

of the tribulation. This is because there would be no saved

people left on the earth to enter the Millennium. They under-


“Celebration, The Book of Jewish Festivals,” Yossi Prager, Jonathan David

Publishers, Inc., Middle Village, NY, p. 15.