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Long after the Day arrives as a thief, cosmic signs will signal the manifested coming wrath of That Day deep into the Tribulation Night. For within the Lord’s Day, immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light (Matt. 24:29). Joel wrote, The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come (Joel 2:31).
In like fashion, Luke penned, The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:20-21).
The great and notable day (Greek: conspicuous in the New Testament) is the great and obvious part of That Day, or that great part which is readily and easily seen. Thus, these signs are right before Gods manifested wrath of That Day deep into the Tribulation Night, but not the beginning of the Lord’s Day itself (the prior night before the Lord's Day dawn—2 Pet. 1:19), which will have begun much earlier in That Night at the revealing of the Antichrist to the Church—the Man of sin (2 Thess. 2:2-3). This revealing is reflected in the first seal opening, where you have a rider on a white horse—having a bow with no arrows. This is unmistakably the Antichrist who conquers by peace (Dan. 8:25, 9:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:3). In First Thessalonians 5:3, which in error reads "sudden destruction," is really inescapable destruction in the Greek, symbolizing the Day of the Lord, or the Tribulation period.
Paul wrote, For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2). Paul is translucently clear. A thief comes stealthily without announcing his arrival. In other words, a thief is sneaky. More often than not, we don’t know that the thief has visited until it’s too late. Comparatively, we should know perfectly well that the Day of the Lord will appear just as a surreptitious thief does, without announcement, and not at a pre-supposed hour (Such as Pre-wrath or 3/4 into the Tribulation, the generally accepted time of the sixth seal opening.).
The seven year Tribulation and the Day of the Lord both begin with birth pangs (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:3), thus they are one in the same. To think that any part of the Church will be redeemed before the Day of the Lord is to think that we are redeemed before the Day of Redemption (1 Cor. 5:5; Eph. 4:30); it is to think that we don't have to look for the Day and provoke one another to love and good works, and even more so as the Day approaches (Heb. 10:2425); it is not to follow the idea that we are to earnestly expect the Day of the Lord—2 Pet. 3:12—(the meaning of "hasting" in the Greek). Moreover, to think that the Day of the Lord doesn't begin until the sixth seal opening deep into the Tribulation, is to deny much of the earlier night.
In citing the four Roman summertime-night watches of the night, Christ, besides prophetically admonishing the end-time Church to watch for the Summer Harvest, clearly foretold of the unprecedented oppression and spiritual darkness of the coming Night. The four watches of the night symbolize the entire night of the Day of the Lord, not a Pre-wrath Rapture deep into the night, nor after it (post-trib). Thus, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (1 Thess. 5:2). In strict biblical exegesis, the Tribulation, like the Day of the Lord, also equates to a period of night (Mark 13:33-37; Luke 17:34); and this, prior to the dawning of That Day (Amos 5:20; Joel 2:2; 2 Pet. 1:19). If this isn’t so, then Christ isn’t the first light after the night, or the Bright and Morning Star of Scripture (Rev. 22:16). If we are to watch in the night, that means that the Day of our Redemption (Eph. 4:30) must also occur in the night before it dawns. And this why we have a more sure Word of Prophecy (2 Pet. 1:19), which enables us to reject speculation.
"But as the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:37).
In the above, Noah’s days are descriptive of the coming of the Son of man, but that coming is obviously not the traditional Second Coming. The Bible tells us to study, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). And, if we do so, great insight may be gained in understanding the days of Noah in the context of Christ’s initial coming.
Matthew and Luke both paint illustrations of abundance upon Christ’s initial return. In these illustrations, humanity is eating and drinking, giving and taking in marriage, building and planting, buying and selling. Strikingly, then, the worldwide economy is somewhat viably sound when Christ first returns. However, upon the Second Coming, and contrary to that of the Pre-wrath Teaching, all things in the economy won’t be fine; that is, if we believe the book of Revelation and many other parts of the Bible. To further this very insight, let us look at the opening of the third seal:
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard
the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld,
and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had
a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice
in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of
wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley
for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the
wine. (Rev. 6:5-6)
Jesus said, tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. (Luke 17:34-37)
Luke’s above account of “eagles” is not to be likened as real birds eating the flesh of captains and kings at the later Second Coming (Rev. 19:18). Conversely, these eagles are presented in the sense of demons (Rev. 18:2, Eccles. 10:20), gathered much earlier around the remaining dead Body of Christ. For the record, eagles don’t eat live bodies, but wait until the body becomes a carcass. No wonder, then, that Paul tells Christians: “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Eph. 5:14). No wonder, then, that Christ Himself told Sardis (an end-time segment of the Church) that they were dead, and this, in That Night!
Consider, then, the evil servant; that he won’t lose his or her salvation. Still, this servant will suffer the stripes of punishment as found in Luke 12:42-48, which is another likeness of his story. By the way, to believe that the Lord "delays His coming" coincides with one of the following views: Post-trib, Mid-trib, Preterist, Pre-wrath and the Doctrine of Second Coming Only Theology.
If Christians solely believe in the Pre-wrath Doctrine, or even Second Coming Only Theology, is it clear that a lack of faith or knowledge, or both, could jeopardize their preparedness for a sooner Wedding Feast? Advancing that thought, how will the unprepared stay on the house top and not come down to take anything out of their house? Or literally, how will they forsake the cares of this world in That Day (Luke 17:32), that is, if they don’t now hold the hope of His appearing within the Day of Redemption by faith which works by the use of love (2 Tim. 4:4-8)?
Christ’s “two bridegroom comings” in the Tribulation Night, once for the wise and once for the foolish, aren’t the Second Coming as the Second Advent is mistaken by some to be the only coming of Christ (this includes Pre-wrath). The first coming for the wise characterizes an open door, or no knocking (Matt. 25:10; Rev. 3:10). In sharp contrast, the actual second coming, which is not the traditional Second Coming, pictures Jesus knocking on a closed door. Here is an account of that coming:
And you yourselves like unto men that wait
for their Lord, when he will return FROM THE
‘WEDDING’; that when he COMETH and knocketh,
they may open unto him immediately. (Luke 12:36)
What is dangerous to believe is that a teaching is allegoric, while equating its meaning to nothing. Take Luke 12:36 for instance. Now we know that literal doors don’t exist for salvation, yet Luke presents a closed door, and knocking on that door. Likewise, so does James, although the door doesn’t actually exist in James’ passage either (James 5:9). Nevertheless, in both instances the meaning is a clear warning, and the substance of those warnings can’t, or shouldn’t be, brought to nothing. Now Christ, if we look at the original Greek, will return from the Wedding Feast for those who have experienced a closed door (Matt. 25:10-11; Luke 12:36). Incidentally, biblical watching is the act of putting on genuine faith (the Jesus of historical Christianity) that works by His inner agape love in That Night (2 Thess. 5:6-8).
With brilliant power and glory the traditional Second Coming of Christ will dawn. On that notable onset, the Lord of Glory will not be knocking. Rather, “the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26) when “every eye shall see Him” (Rev. 1:7). Certainly, then, the terminology of “knocking” won’t occur upon the Second Advent, nor will it on an earlier at-once Rapture of the entire Church. Affirmatively, Luke 12:36 confirms an early Scriptural return of Christ that isn’t the conventional Second Coming (including Pre-wrath), nor an at-once pre-Tribulation Rapture. A return that is typically overlooked, but is distinctly in the New Testament: a “return from the wedding . . . He COMETH—and knocketh.”
Chiefly holding the post-tribulation view, the Church for centuries believed that Christ will not return before the Second Coming. Nevertheless, the seasons change, and the due season is upon us. Jesus said, “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom the Lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?” (Matt. 24:45). Here, Jesus says in so many words, who will be faithful in the ministry to teach His untimely coming within the prior night of the Lord’s Day before it dawns? “Who,” because few have understood true end-time events. So, which “goodman” of the house (pastor) will give true spiritual food (meat) in due season? Indeed, which “goodman” of the house will teach and show by example, genuine watching? “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods” (Matt. 24:46-47). Watch therefore, in all of the night, not just at Pre-wrath.
This teaching is no way to demean those who have believed in the Pre-wrath Rapture. True eschatology is not an easy subject; therefore those who have had false beliefs are misled, but not automatically false brethren!
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