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A Light For The Coming Night!

Looking Deeper At The Pre-trib Rapture & Second Coming Only Theology Teachings!

Initially the Lord comes as a thief in the night (Rev. 16:15), not pre-trib or pre-night (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:1-3), or at the Second Coming dawn!

 

Christ Returning In All Of The Seven Letters.

 

Converse to the popular pre-trib coming, is the Lord’s return documented in the Seven Letters of Revelation! In fact, if we astutely look at the Seven Letters, a reference to Christ’s return may be found in each of them, including Smyrna & Laodicea, though it may not appear on a surface level. Therefore, this fact combined with the fact that none of the original churches exist today, tells us that these letters positively do speak to the end-time Church.

Christ in prelude of these letters walks among the churches or candlesticks on the Lords Day (Rev. 1:10), and this, as our High Priest in judgment (Rev. 1:12-18)—at nighttime (The seven stars in His right hand tell us it is nighttime. Also the need for candlestick light sets the stage of nighttime.). Then, and as already emphasized in this work, no longer will the Lord be sitting on His Fathers Throne until all enemies become His footstool (Psa. 110:1; 1 Cor. 15:27; Heb. 1:13); he arises in judgment (James 5:9). Moreover, this fact of Christ walking amongst the Churches proves that these letters are not historical stages, but end time segments of the Body of Christ who altogether exist simultaneously.

Simply put, the Lord will arise in judgment of the Church as our saving High Priest. This, then, is further evidence that these letters speak to Christ’s initial judgment of the Church in the Day of Redemption, when He stands at the hypothetical door (James 5:9) of salvation (Matt.24:33), and later returns and knocks on a closed door (Returns from the Wedding Feast—see Luke 12:36 and Rev. 3:20). Indeed, long before Christ returns as a triumphant King of Kings at the Second Coming with all His saints (1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14; Rev. 19:8, 14), He will return twice in That Night as a Jewish Bridegroom upon the completion of His High Priest duties.

Ephesus: Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from where thou ART FALLEN, and repent, and do the FIRST WORKS; or else I WILL COME UNTO THEE QUICKLY and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev. 2:4-5) In other words, Ephesus is in danger of losing her lamp light as the Foolish did in the Parable—to await Christ’s Closed Door Return (Matt. 25:10; Luke 12:36; James 5:9).

Pergamos: Repent; or else I WILL COME unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth (Rev. 2:16). (The unrepentant in this message will possibly be left behind until the Second Coming, that is, if they don’t repent—a sword protruding from His mouth, a description of the Second Coming in Rev. 19:21.)

Thyatira: But that which you have already hold fast TILL I COME (Rev. 2:25). But the unfaithful or unrepentant of Thyatira will be cast into the Great Tribulation (Rev. 2:22)—the latter half of the seven year Tribulation—to await Christ’s Closed Door Return (Matt. 25:10; Luke 12:36; James 5:9).

Sardis: Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou SHALT NOT watch, I WILL COME ON THEE AS A THIEF, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee (Rev. 3:3). See Rev. 16:15 for confirmation that this thief coming will be in the night, not the dawn of That Day—to await Christ’s Closed Door Return (Matt. 25:10; Luke 12:36; James 5:9).

Philadelphia: BEHOLD, I COME QUCIKLY: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown (keep in brotherly agape love)—an Open Door Return to escape the Hour of Test (the Great Tribulation) that comes upon all the Earth (Rev. 3:8-11).

Smyrna: Paralleling what the Persecution Church experienced at first, so shall Smyrna in the last. These things saith the first and the last.... Devastatingly, unlike the present Church who now owns the Blessed Hope of Christ initially coming (and, unlike Israel’s faithful remnant who will have a place prepared for them in the wilderness in Revelation 12), spiritual Smyrna of tomorrow will largely suffer martyrdom: be thou faithful unto death.

Myrrh, the meaning of Smyrna’s name, speaks to the bitterness of unbelief and to the sweet fragrance of conversion; to the bitterness of death and to the sweetness of the Resurrection. Also, myrrh speaks to the persecution, and to the sweet bouquet of deliverance. Although myrrh is bitter, it has a much sweeter fragrance, for which reason it is used in some of today’s top perfumes.

Speaking of fragrance, in ancient times, a king would leave myrrh on the doorstep of His unresponsive but prospective bride, reminding her that He had called during the night. And so it is with the Church that is literally called myrrh, which, by not knowing the Lord as we do now (Because Smyrna represents new converts deep into the Tribulation.), will fail to answer His call when He redeems the present Church earlier in That Night.

Laodicea: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me (Rev. 3:20). Notably, the Lord is standing not sitting, which means that all enemies, as prophesied in the Old and New Testament, have become His footstool. Thus Christ is standing in judgment (James 5:9). Eventually He returns from the Wedding Feast in progress and knocks on a closed door to redeem left behind Christians, so that they also can join the Feast, which is already in progress (Luke 12:36; Rev. 7:9-17). If Laodicea fails to heed Christ's council, they will be spit out of His mouth, which means they will no longer be in the Lord's mouth to confess to the Father—they will lose their salvation. Indeed, the Spirit and the Bride say come (Rev. 22:17); hopefully, end time Laodicea will hear the call—and await Christ’s Closed Door Return (Matt. 25:10; Luke 12:36; James 5:9; Rev. 3:20)!

In all of this, the Night-trib position is correct—watch therefore, that is, when Christ walks amongst the Churches in the night segment of the Day of the Lord before it dawns (2 Pet. 1:19)—with seven stars in His right hand (Rev. 2:1)!

Incidentally, biblical watching or being alert is the act of putting on genuine faith (the Jesus of historical Christianity) that works by His inner agape love (2 Thess. 5:6, 8).

Seven Churches Of Today & Tomorrow

If the Body of Christ didn't have a need to understand the seven letters, then the Spirit wouldn't have repeated Himself seven times, once in each letter: "He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches" (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). 

Despite the at-once Rapture teaching, the entire Body of Christ doesn't have an ear to hear. Simply, biblically, everyone does not share the same gift within the Body. The fact remains that the reality of Christ's coming outright appears in five of these letters, which the evidence overwhelmingly shows to be a partial redemption for the prepared (long before the Second Coming); the importance of which is paramount in these nearing end times. Note: Christ's coming, or result of His coming, is also depicted in the other two remaining letters, that is, if we know how to look for it. 

As taught earlier, upon the traditional Second Coming the nations will only see the sign of the Son of man in the heavens at first, not Christ Himself (Matt. 24:30). Oppositely, the faithful will see Christ at His initial appearing, and will be changed instantaneously to be like Him (1 John 3:2; see also 2 Tim. 4:8; 2nd Titus 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:7). So then, we are to be alert upon Christ's earlier Quick Coming, lest He catches us asleep (Mark 13:34).

      

Of no small coincidence, the Word mentions Christ's Quick Coming often. Twenty centuries later, isn't it time to believe it? That is, believe that Christ's instantaneous initial coming will have serious repercussions and/or rewards?

Literally, the Lord told Philadelphia: "Behold (see it—get it straight in your mind), I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Here, He really told Philadelphia, within the context of the Day of the Lord beginning in Rev. 1:10, that faith only works by agape love. Meaning, offend no man that they might have a legitimate reparation against you in That Day, which would delay your redemption at His first appearance. No wonder, then, Philadelphia has an open door! Note: To understand Christ's Quick Coming one must realize that the Second Coming will initiate by the Sign of the Son of man in the heavens. Thus, the traditional Second Coming is a much slower coming of Christ, wherein the world will only see the sign at first.

Unlike Philadelphia, Christ warned Ephesus: "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works: or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place (One can lose their light as did the foolish of the Parable.), except thou repent" (Rev. 2:5).

Defined, "the first works" that Ephesus lacks are the godly works of preferring others first, or the message from the beginning (1 John 3:11), of which the beatitudes are most descriptive (Matt. 5:3-16). So, Ephesus, or all those who practice Church without using God's love for others (God’s agape power in the believer), must repent.

So then, it is more than possible for this now enlightened segment of the end-time Church (Ephesus) to enter the Great Tribulation with the unfaithful of Thyatira (Rev. 2:22)! By the way, Thyatira is but one more prime example of Partial Redemption Theology, which in the case of this work, is the initial Bridegroom Return of Jesus Christ, possibly early in the Tribulation Night.

After the Day begins at that spiritual midnight hour, the wise will tell the foolish: "go to them that sell." Or go back to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, or to the ones who "biblically sell" (Isa. 55:1), and get your faith straight.

Forthrightly, Christ, who will arise and stand at Laodicea's closed door, instructs, "I counsel thee to buy of me, gold tried in the fire . . ." (Rev. 3:18). Now if Laodicea should refuse to buy in That Night, Christ will spit her out of His mouth. That is to say, Christ is warning Laodicea that they will no longer be in His mouth to confess to the Father. If such be the case, some in this segment of the end-time Church will lose their salvation, that is, if their door remains shut.

Similarly, Christ threatens to blot Sardis' names from the Book of Life if they don't repent (Rev. 3:5). Yes, it can only be the Day of the Lord which will declare Sardis' works (1 Cor. 3:13) that are ready to die (Rev. 3:2). Thus, we know with all certainty, as The Day of our Redemption is yet future, that these letters also speak to the future. So when Christ warns Sardis that He will come upon her as a thief, His warning is an ominous end-time warning for this segment of the Church.

Surely end-time Sardis is in darkness to the point that the day will overtake most of them as a thief ("If therefore thou shalt not watch. . ."), yet it is commonly understood within the Body of Christ that the whole Church (at once catching-up) is not in darkness. But as we should see, that isn't true. No wonder, then, that we are to see The Day approaching as we are to provoke one another to love and good works, and even more so, as it nears (Heb. 10:25). No, we are not to accept the teaching of an at-once pre-trib Rapture of the entire Church, nor teach it; lest we propagate and believe prophecy which isn't true.

As longtime Christians our faith must be productive. We must abide! Indeed, we must be in a state of fellowship with our Lord by bearing fruit or having borne fruit, proving and/or testing all things!

No, all in Laodicea will not repent. Eventually, too many will be spit out of the mouth of our Lord. Indeed, too many is even one who is lost. Or even one who can't be found in the mouth of Christ that our Lord may confess that Christian to the Father.

There is no doubt: Christ will STAND at Laodicea's closed wedding door. Concerning this door, it is prophesied that Christ will sit by His Father until all enemies become His footstool (Psa. 110:1; Acts 2:35; 1 Cor. 15:25; Heb. 1:13). Thus, when our Lord stands, He stands and walks in judgment of the Church as our High Priest (Rev. 1:10-20; 2:1), and this, in the end times right before He returns as a Bridegroom! Plainly, this can be no other time, but the time of the Tribulation NightThe Day of our Redemption!

No, the entire Church of Pergamos will not go up in the at-once Rapture (1 Thess. 4:15-17). Conversely, Christ will come upon many in Pergamos quickly (His initial Bridegroom Coming); and He will fight them with His Word, which is not to redeem them at His initial Quick Coming: Many will remain behind unless they repent before, or early in That Night!

No, Smyrna is not the present Church who holds the Blessed Hope of Christ coming, but the future converts deep into the Great Tribulation who are to keep their faith until death (Rev. 2:10); definitely the end times.

Speaking of Smyrna ("myrrh"), in ancient times a king would leave myrrh on the doorstep of His unresponsive, but prospective bride, reminding her that He had called during the night. And so it is with the Church who is literally called "myrrh," who, by not knowing the Lord as we do now, will fail to answer His call when He redeems the present prepared Church, and the foolish Church, earlier in That Night.

The Day Of Jesus Christ

Christ in Scripture always without fail initially returns in the night, not before the night, nor imminently. Surely at midnight there was a cry made—being nighttime (Mark 13:33-37; Luke 17:34; 1 Thess. 5:2)! This is why Christians are to watch and be wise—they are to see the Day approaching and provoke one another to love and good works (Heb. 10:25), for the first to be redeemed will be the prepared in the Body of Christ who biblically watch in That Night (1 Thess. 5:6-8). In concert, the Night-trib View featured in this work.

The Lord’s initial coming for the wise of the parable is symbolized by the Day of  Redemption (Eph. 4:30)—which is the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10)—which is the Day of Christ (2 Cor. 2:16; 2 Thess. 2:2-3)—which is the Day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14)— which is the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:7-8)—which is the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10)—which is the Day of the Lord  which comes as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10)—which again is the Day that Christians are to see approaching (Heb. 10:25), lest the Day come upon Christians unawares (Luke 21:34).

Again, we are to hasten The Day (Greek: earnestly expect). For it is the only Day of God (2 Pet. 3:12), which will come as a thief in the night (2 Pet. 3:10). Fittingly, again, it is the Day of our Redemption (Eph. 4:30) that will come as a total surprise, being the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6).

Some, however, are grossly confusing the issue by claiming that there are two days. What easily refutes that view is the fact that the Day of Christ (Luke 21:34-36), just like the Day of the Lord (Amos 5:18-19), will come upon the world unawares. Now the Day can't occur as a surprise twice. Simply, that won't happen. So it remains that the Day of Christ is the Day of the Lord, or the only Day that we are to earnestly expect, which again, is the Day of our Redemption.

Whether the watches of the night are literal or not, we have a second witness to the fact of the prior night segment of the Lord's Day, because the Day of Christ also holds a period of darkness (Joel 2:2; Amos 5:20).

In addition, we have a third witness. That is to say, Christ is the bright and Morning Star. Or the sign of the Son of man in the heavens, again, being the first light after the Tribulation Night. 

If this isn't enough to convince the skeptics, we have a fourth witness, which is the reality that the Day of the Lord will dawn (2 Pet. 1:19.) Now a day can only dawn after its night inception. Not to our surprise, then, we have a fifth witness to that prior night; and that is the fact that the Day of the Lord, like Jesus Christ Himself, will come as a thief in the night (1 These. 5:2). Isn't it time that all the Church believed it!

Moreover, and as already mentioned, "the night cometh that no man can work." Decidedly, then, we know PERFECTLY that the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the Tribulation Night, not after Pre-wrath (largely accepted as 3/4 into the Tribulation—the sixth seal opening). Despite the many assurances we have that the prior night of the Lord's Day and its dawning, it's a hard apple to swallow by hardliners who have a contrary and predetermined view of eschatology. Surely That Day will begin with birth pangs, not with the overwhelming signs of Pre-wrath. And our redemption will take place after the Day begins (! Cor. 5:5; Philip 1:6, 10; Eph. 4:30), not before it.

Yes, we do well to "take heed" (2 Pet. 1:19), until the Day Star arise in our hearts'til the first light after That Night arises in our hearts. For it is only by recognizing the coming prophetic night of the Lord's Day (Amos 5:20; Joel 2:2; Mark 13:34-35), that one can truly understand biblical prophecy, and actually watch for the initial Bridegroom Return of Jesus Christ. 

Most assuredly, pre-trib is out of the question; there is no such thing as a pre-night at once catching-up of the entire Church. For which reason, we must awake from our sleep, and again, watch in the coming night (Mark 13:34-35). 

Now no one knows the hour of the initial appearance of Christ, but we do know that it occurs AFTER That Day begins in That Night; that is to say, the Day of Our Redemption will occur upon a falling away in the Church (a great apostasy); and this, in connection with the revealing of the man of sin (the Antichrist) to the Body of Christ. 

On this note, Paul clearly wrote, "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that day shall not come except there come a 'falling away' first...." Some say this apostasy is the departure or the Rapture of the Church. However, the surrounding context remains to be apostasy, not the at-once Rapture. Moreover, the same Greek word is used in Acts 21:21 (translated "to forsake"), where it is presented as turning from the truth. So again, the Day of our Redemption shall not come unless there is an apostasy first, and the Antichrist (Son of Perdition) is revealed to the Church (Let no man deceive you by any means!).

Paul also wrote, "But you brethren have no need that I write you of the times (watches) and the seasons (the harvests). For you yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say peace and safety (Something that is impossible to happen at Pre-wrath, which again is 3/4's into the Tribulation.); then, sudden (Greek: unexpected) destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape."

Note Paul's blatant correlation of the call for peace and safety and the beginning of the Lord's Day, all in connection with the times and the seasons, that will come just as Christ will; that is, as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2; Rev. 3:3). Thus again, Paul's mention of the growing travail of a woman in labor in That Night (birth pangs), is his vivid description of how the seven-year Tribulation (Matt. 24:8) and the Day of the Lord begins, and culminates at the dawn of  the Lord's Day, which is the traditional Second Coming (2 Pet. 1:19).

Actually, the call for peace and safety after the nations rise against one another, will clear the way for the Antichrist to conquer (Dan. 8:25) by peace (the opening of the First Seal), which, again, will signal the beginning of That Day and its Tribulation Night. Now here lies an irreconcilable fact that, not to mention the other "trib positions," can't reconcile for the coming end times.

Not to be too personal, Pastors, have you considered teaching your congregations to hasten (again, Greek: earnestly expect) That Day (2 Pet. 3:12)? How to recognize That Day as it begins in the night segment of the Lord's Day? Is the Day Star arising in your hearts (2 Pet. 1:19)? Better yet, is the idea of a first light dawning after the Night, arising in your hearts? Indeed, are the truths of Christ's initial coming as a Jewish Bridegroom in That Night, arising in your hearts? That literally, we are to provoke one another to agape love, and godly good works, and even more so as the Day approaches (Heb. 10:24-25)?

Indeed, should we watch in the coming Night (Matt. 24:43)? Should we teach others to put on faith that works by agape love in preparation for That Night? Should many abandon their Second Coming Only Theology beliefs? And their at-once pre-trib Rapture beliefs? Pastors, should you keep your housesor better yet, your congregations from breaking up? "But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up" (Matt. 24:43). Now Pastors of the Body, I know that you are all good people, the Scripture even calls you "the goodman of the house," and I've personally passed from death unto life because I love the brethren, including you (1 John 3:14)! Still, will the Son of man find faith in all of your congregations upon His initial appearance? The kind of faith that perseveres and works by agape love?

 

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