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The Master of the House The Partial Rapture Debated Tithing, is it New Testament? The Ten Commandments The Hour You Think Not
The Holy Commandment Identified A Like Manner Return The Ten Virgins Christ Returns In All Of The Seven Letters
Second Coming Only Theology The Pre-Trib Rapture
The Parable of a Fig Tree The Rebuilt Jewish Temple The Restrainer
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The Days of Noah
Matthew wrote, "But as the days of Noah were, so shall the coming of the Son of man be" (Matt. 24:37). If we consider all the facts, we should see that Noah's days are descriptive of the coming of the Son of man, but not the coming of Christ at the traditional Second Coming. Again, the Bible tells us to study, "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15). And, if we do so, consequential insight may be gained in understanding Christ's initial return within the prosperous days of Noah.
Jesus said, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark" (Matt. 24:38). In the following, Luke gives us the same rendition as Matthew, except Luke graphically recounts them by adding the days of Lot: "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded" (Luke 17:26-28).
In the above, Matthew and Luke both painted illustrations of abundance upon Christ's initial return. In both prophecy illustrations humanity is eating and drinking, giving and taking in marriage, building and planting, buying and selling. Strikingly, the worldwide economy is somewhat viably sound when Christ first returns.
With that said, Will humanity be planning marriage deep into the seven-year Tribulation Night? Buying and selling? Building and planting? Making merry? To the extent that these attributes mark the timing of the end of the age? Or do these signs serve as a confirmation of a much earlier return of Christ in the prosperous and somewhat normal times of the early Tribulation Night (period)?
The answer? The prosperous and good times of Christ's initial return are not the times wherein great chunks of the Earth's population have passed away in the Great Tribulation (Rev. 6:4, 8; 9:15, 18)!
Upon the very end, and contrary to that of the Pre-wrath View (3/4's into the Tribulation—traditionally known as the opening of the sixth seal), all things in the economy won't be fine deep into the Tribulation; that is, if we believe the book of Revelation (the opening of the seals) and many other parts of the Bible. Forthrightly, making merry happens in the days of Noah long before the flood, not toward the end of the Tribulation Night during the then manifested Wrath of God upon Earth.
Deep into the Tribulation the hour of test will be upon all the world, not just part of it (Rev. 3:10). Jesus said, "For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation . . . neither shall be" (Mark 13:19). Harmoniously, and contrary to the Preterist View, John wrote, "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them" (Rev. 9:6). Note: the Preterist View is one that teaches that Christ already came in AD 70.
"Those days" are not the days of Noah wherein affluence and prosperity abound, but the future days of worldwide affliction. Suitably, "those days" are symbolic of extreme strife within the Great Tribulation (the latter half of the seven-year Tribulation, the Day of the Lord), and they shall have no equal (Isa. 24:6; Rev. 9:18). Unlike any other period of history, it is only in "those days" that men will seek death, yet it will supernaturally flee from them (This didn't happen in AD 70). Indeed, "those days" are yet to come!
As Luke reports, men's hearts will be palpitating in sheer pandemonium for the fear of those things coming on the Earth: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." Indeed, it is "those days."
Furthermore, the plagues of God's wrath will be striking the Earth. So much so, that the Bible tells us ". . .woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the Earth . . . " (Rev. 8:13); not to mention that the whole world will be rocking to and fro like a drunkard at the Second Coming (Isa. 24:20-21.
Again, Judgment begins with the Household of God (1 Pet. 4:17), not Israel or any other nation, including America (As Christians, we desperately need to get this point straight! Note: This doesn't mean the God won't let a nation suffer its own devices.). Consider, then, in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, five were wise and five were foolish (Matt. 25:1-13)—compared with: ". . . Two women (a picture of two religious people) shall be grinding together; 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 (the remaining dead Body of Christ), thither will the eagles be gathered together" (Luke 17:34-37).
At the end of the Great Tribulation there won't be anyone in the field working for a living. Then, in those extremely abnormal times of fear and worldwide havoc, neither will any two people be working at the workplace (Especially new Christian converts, who will not buy or sell, or receive the Mark of the Beast at that time.). As already shown, chaos and worldwide economical hardship will be the scene at the traditional Second Coming, which by no means represents Luke's earlier picture of normalcy when one shall be taken and the other left—again, the judgment of Christ begins with the Church, not the nations of the world. Indeed, the prosperous days of Noah are that period of time when the Day of the Lord will overtake the world as a snare, and yet, the world won't know it right away (Luke 21:34). Simply, in That Day, things won't be that bad at first, that is, in its beginning birth pangs!
Understandably, Luke's above account of "eagles," when one shall be taken in the days of Noah, is not to be likened as real birds eating the flesh of captains and kings at the much later Second Coming (Rev. 19:18). But as eagles (vultures) in the sense of demons (Rev. 18:2, Eccles. 10:20), gathered around the remaining dead Body of Christ. And this, sometime after Midnight (That spiritual time which begins the Day of the Lord.) when Christ will have taken the wise to Heaven. "Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Eph. 5:14)! Note: Paul wrote this verse in the direct context of admonishing Christians, not the unsaved of the world. Additionally, only lackadaisical foolish Christians are characterized as those who sleep in the New Testament (Mark 13:36), not the unsaved.
It is the general consensus that the number ten is symbolic of completeness. By that standard, the ten virgins represent the end-time Church. Championing this view, all ten were chaste. Although they slumbered and slept, all ten expended the oil before some suffered their lamps to go out. All ten, then, being blood-bought and justified by Christ, had the Spirit of God. No, none were tares; none were reprobates, but all retained the purity of virginity in the eyes of Christ.
To understand the parable, it must be affirmed that it is the Church portrayed by the ten virgins, not the nation of Israel. To verify this, we must only realize that the parable dramatizes midnight, or the second watch of the night, not the later fourth watch of morning. Factually, not only is it impracticable for the nation of Israel to meet their Messiah earlier than the Church, it simply won't happen (Jer. 8:20).
What is more important, is the fact that Israel, biblically, doesn't go to Heaven. Neither will they upon the Second Coming (Matt. 25:31; Zech. 6:12-13, 13:8-9; Rev. 12:6-17). For this is when our Lord takes His Throne in Israel after He delivers Israel. Long before, the Antichrist will confirm a covenant with many in Israel for seven years (Dan. 9:27). Indeed, it is Antichrist who is the Prince of the Covenant to be broken without hand at the Second Coming, not Jesus Christ (Dan. 8:25; 11:22). So, no matter how one censures it, the ten virgins in the parable remain to be representative of the Church, who attend the Wedding Feast in Heaven.
By custom, after the parents had decided on a price, a Jewish engagement began by the groom offering a glass of wine to the prospective bride. If she accepted by drinking the wine, he would then return to his father's house and prepare a place for her for about one year. Upon the father's approval of his preparations, returning, he would call on his bride to be at nighttime, and this, accompanied by two male witnesses at her door. Expectantly awaiting that hour, she, according to Jewish tradition, was always to be ready and watching.
Here, unveiled, lies the New Testament prophecy theme of Christ returning: the Church has drunk the wine of His very Jewish proposal; or the wine of the New Covenant, which is the shed blood of Jesus Christ for our sins (John 6:53). We, then, await Christ for the Wedding Feast to be held at His Father's House. Certainly, this is the exact nonparabolic language of John 14:1-3, wherein Christ goes away to prepare a place for the Body of Christ! Yes, the parents of the bride have agreed to a price (the death of God in the flesh), for which reason, you as a Christian have been "bought with a price" (1 Cor. 6:20). And, might I add, a very high price!
Scripture further corroborates the purity of the virgins, which singularly conveys the idea that salvation is by grace (Eph. 2:8), "not of works, lest any man should boast" (Eph. 2:9). Applicably, God instills His seed in the Christian by faith (1 John 3:9), making a person virtuous by Christ's merit (John 5:24, 6:47).
In reality, the Grace of God symbolized by the chastity of the virgins is self-evident: all were awaiting Christ by faith. However, some by their godly works of love for others (Christ's agape love in action) abided in the lamplight (1 John 2:10), giving them a greater hope of a sooner redemption. John wrote to the Philadelphian Church: I know thy works (works of agape love): behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. . . . Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (test), which shall come upon all the world . . . (Rev. 3:8-10).
Although the Scripture doesn't come right out and state it, the wise also entered an open door before it was shut (Matt. 25:10). Speaking of doors, the Parable of a Fig Tree tells us that when Israel (Fig Tree: Luke 13:6-8; Hos. 9:10; Joel 1:7) begins to sprout leaves (which can only be "green Gospel fruit" in association with the Gentile Times of Jerusalem being trodden under foot: Rom. 11:25; Rev. 11:2), we are to know that summer is near, "even at the doors" (Matt. 24:32-33). That is to say, the earlier partial harvest of summer will be near for the Church, even "at the doors" (a Jewish Wedding). Indeed, the times are representative of the comings of Christ; and the seasons are representative of the various harvests of our Lord. Note: Israel’s blindness begins to lift at the Lord’s Short Work (Rom. 9:25-29), or the Tribulation beginning, which fully lifts by mid-trib in the Day of the Lord.
Fully in line with the parable of the Fig tree, is the mention of the early and latter rains in the New Testament (James 5:7). The early rain, as we can verify in any Bible Concordance, was Israel’s seed-time rain (November-December). The latter rain, which also can be verified in this manner, was Israel’s March-April rain in preparation for the spring-summer harvest (a partial harvest—not a final fall harvest). Of course, as widely recognized in the Church, these two rains are symbolic of Christ preparing His people in the last days, which, by the way, is the context of James’s passage. The point being, these rains absolutely symbolize and call attention to the coming partial Summer Harvest for the Church.
Opinion: Antiochus Epiphanes who came to power in 175 BC, desecrated the Jewish Temple and killed 80,000 Jews. However, Antiochus of old is not singularly the King of Fierce Countenance who destroys by peace in feigning flatteries (Dan. 8:25, 11:21), for the future Antichrist also destroys by peace (Dan. 9:27; 1 Thess. 5:3; Rev. 6:2). Knowing this, it is this author’s conviction that the 2300 Day Vision begins when the four notable ones (Lysimachus, Cassander, Seleucus & Ptolemy) stand up. And this is why the four notable ones are NOTABLE, as are the FOUR WINDS OF HEAVEN; together depicting the end of time (Dan. 8:8; Matt. 24:31; Rev. 7:1). On this note, the four remaining generals of Alexander’s twelve gained complete control of the kingdom in 285 BC when Demetrius surrendered to Seleucus. Biblically, Daniel starkly highlights the very end of time a second time and third time in this chapter (Dan. 8:17, 19). Fittingly, the Israeli Temple will be rebuilt (“cleansed,” Hebrew: made right). In sum, the Day of the Lord seven-year night segment will begin when a future King of Fierce Countenance stands. This author personally believes the Antichrist possibly will stand or be revealed by 2015—the end of the 2300 years. Now due to the difference of the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the date might be as late as 2020. Whatever the correct date, we are rapidly getting closer to the beginning of the Lord’s Day—the Day of Christ—the Day of Redemption. Get Ready!
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The Day of the Lord is nearing—it is the Day that we are to see approaching and provoke one another to love and good works the closer it gets (Heb. 10:24-25)! In this vein, it’s a new Day at midnight when the whole Church will become very excited: "And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go you out to meet him" (Matt. 25:6). Indeed, it is the Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30).
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