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Initially the Lord comes as a thief in the night (Rev. 16:15), not pre-trib, which is pre-night (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:1-3), or at the Second Coming dawn!
The Pre-trib Rapture
First of all, there is no such thing as an all at once Rapture at pre-night—the Pre-trib Rapture. Secondly, when Christ comes initially, He comes as a Jewish Bridegroom with two male witnesses in the night as a surprise—not pre-night nor the morning of That Day. Thus the Bridegroom Coming of the Lord has everything to do with the Wedding Feast in That Night. Indeed, the Bride has made herself ready, wearing the righteousness of the saints (No, the angels don't wear the righteousness of the saints—for it is the Bride who has made herself ready, not the angels.). Moreover, it is the Bride who wears the fine clean and white linen, who is also part of the Army of the Lord at the Second Coming in that morning (Joel 2:2), the dawn of That Day (2 Pet. 1:19). Indeed, the Bride will be with the Bright and Morning Star at the Second Coming (Rev. 2:28, 22:16), the first light after the night.
At the Second Coming, the end of the seven year Tribulation Night—or the dawn of That Day (2 Pet. 1:19), Christ will return with all His saints, including the spirits of just men made perfect (Heb. 12:23)—those who sleep in Jesus (Duet. 33:2; Zech. 14:5; 1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude Vs. 14; Rev. 19:8, 14). Knowing that the Day of the Lord has a prior night segment to it, which begins with birth pangs (1 Thess. 5:1-3) as does the seven year Tribulation (Matt. 24:8), we are to watch in That Night and keep our garments (Rev. 3:3, 16:15). For again, it is the seven year spiritual night of the Tribulation, the Day of the Lord before it dawns (Mark 13:33-37; 1 Thess. 5:1-3).
In this vein, what the New Testament teaches is that there is a night period before the Day of the Lord dawns, just like every day that we live. Only this night isn't part of a 24 hour period; again, it is seven years of spiritual darkness called the Tribulation. Now the Tribulation, just like the Day of the Lord, begins in somewhat normal times and slowly gets worse, just like the beginning labor of a woman having a child—the pains get closer and closer—so do the happenings of the Tribulation, or Day of the Lord (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:1-3).
If the chapter division between 1 Thessalonians 4 & 5 is taken out, which doesn't exist in the original manuscripts, we find that it is not a pre night or Pre-trib Rapture that we are to be ready for, but a coming of the Lord as a thief in the prior night of the Lord’s Day, wherein we are commanded to watch (1 Thess. 5:6 8) and keep our garments (Rev. 16:15). Again, the seven year Tribulation and the Day of the Lord both begin with birth pangs (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 5:3)—they are one in the same! Factually, these birth pangs also destroy the idea that the Day of the Lord is a literal 24 hour period ending the Tribulation, or just one day. In this vein, the Day of the Lord in the New Testament, which is the Day of Christ, or the Day of Jesus Christ, or the Day of the Lord Jesus, or the Lord’s Day, or Day of Redemption, or the Day of God—is one in the same!
The night, or time when the possibility of Christ returning, begins when the night of the seven year Tribulation begins. To deny this, is to deny the commands to watch in the night (Mark 13:33 37; Rev. 16:15), or the Day of the Lord itself. In suit, the Day of the Lord is pictured as nighttime (1 Thess. 5:2), that is, before the Day dawns at the Second Coming (2 Pet. 1:19). On this note, the Pre-trib Rapture denies the night. Moreover, Second Coming Only Theology also denies the night, and the commands to watch in the night, while holding on to the end of the Morning Watch—or the position of just the Second Coming dawn. Conversely, in a Jewish Wedding the Bridegroom and two male witnesses never show up for the Bride during daylight or morning hours, whether it is pre-night or post-night. Translated, there is no such thing as the pre-night (pre-trib) Rapture, or just a Second Coming—both teachings are in gross error.
Now Christians are told to earnestly expect the Day of the Lord in 2 Pet. 3:12 (The word hasting is really to earnestly expect in the Greek.). In suit, since Christians are still here once the Day begins the night—(see 1 Cor. 5:5; Philip. 1:6, 10), we are told to provoke one another to love and good works, even more so as we see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:24 25). Moreover, it is impossible for the literal salvation to take place before the Day of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Thess. 2:2 3), being before the Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30), or once again, that night segment before the Day of the Lord dawns and becomes the Millennium (2 Pet. 1:19)—watch therefore and keep your garments (Mark 13:33-37; Rev. 16:15)—and don’t deny the watches of the Tribulation Night.
The Pre-trib Rapture teaches that Christ's initial coming will happen before the Day of the Lord; before the night (imminently). Conversely, the Word tells us, "Let no man deceive you by any means, for that Day shall not come (speaking of the Day of Christ) until there is a falling away and the man of sin is revealed. The point is, That Day will begin the beginning of the Tribulation; and once again, both the Day of the Lord and the Tribulation begin in the beginning of the night, just as we find in Scripture (1 Thess. 5:1-3). In simpler words, let no man deceive you in believing a Pre-trib Rapture (pre-night), for redemption is not automatic for aged Christians, whether its pre-trib or post-trib—again, watch therefore and keep your garments (Mark 13:33-37; Rev. 16:15)!
In this vein, the Trump of God in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 is not an anytime trump before the night, or a trump of a Pre-trib Rapture, but the Last Trump of the Last Day (John 6:40), being the traditional Second Coming. Even the idea of the Lord returning with a shout, and the Trump of God, and the voice of Michael the Archangel clearly also testify of this, and these represent a battle cry of the traditional Second Coming. The irony is, that there is no battle at Christ's initial appearance (1 John 3:2), wherein again, we are COMMANDED to watch (1 Thess. 5:6 8) for His appearing and keep our garments in That Night (Rev. 16:15).
The Rapture is not imminent. The Fall Feast of Trumpets does not symbolize the false at-once Rapture Doctrine, but the beginning of the Lord's Day, which will be the seven-year night segment before it dawns (2 Pet. 1:19) into the millennium. John heard the voice as the sound of a trumpet on the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10). Then in Revelation 4:1 John is caught up to Heaven at the voice which he heard in the beginning, which again is the voice as a sound of a trumpet, and this, at the beginning of the Lord’s Day.
Thus this voice and the angels seven blasts of a trumpet will all occur with the seven-year tribulation night, again, climaxed by the traditional Second Coming when the Lord returns with all His saints—including those who sleep in Jesus at the last day resurrection (John 6:40; 1 Thess. 4:14). All of this shall be followed by the Last Trump—or the Trump of God when those who are alive and remain (mentioned twice in the so-called Rapture passage) shall be caught up into the clouds (which clouds are us, the Body of Christ—Heb. 12:1) at His final coming (1 Thess. 4:16).
Christ in Scripture always without fail initially returns in the night, not before the night, nor again, imminently. Surely at midnight there was a cry made—described as nighttime (Mark 13:33-37; Luke 17:34; 1 Thess. 5:2)! That 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 go will be the prepared in Christ who biblically watch (1 Thess. 5:6-8) —which coming is symbolized by the Fall Feast, the Day of Atonement, the Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30); the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10)—the Day of Christ (2 Cor. 2:16; 2 Thess. 2:2-3); the Day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14)—the Lord’s Day which comes as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:3; Rev. 1:10).
Furthermore, the Day of the Lord, wherein Christ initially returns has the attributes of nighttime (Luke 17:34; Mark 13:35; 1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10 14; Rev. 2:1, 16:15), that is, before it dawns (2 Pet. 1:19). Thus again, Christ is the Bright and Morning Star, the sign of the Son of man at the traditional Second Coming—or the first light after the NIGHT—the dawning of the That Day (2 Pet. 1:19).
Speaking of the Day of the Lord before it dawns, or the seven year Tribulation night, it begins when there is a Great Apostasy, and that the Man of sin is revealed to the Body of Christ (2 Thess. 2:2 3), that is, when the Antichrist confirms (Hebrew: insolently prevails) the Old Covenant and/or the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in a peace movement (Such will cause great distress amongst the nations who will call for peace and safety (1 Thess. 5:1 3.).
Not to change the subject, but all Christians don't live and walk after the Spirit; many of the saved walk after the flesh. When it comes to being literally redeemed, the Lord will require an active faith in overcoming the flesh (The exception being new born babes in Christ.). This doesn't mean perfection, but in process; faith works by the use of agape love, no other way (Gal. 5:5 6, 14). Additionally, faith grows by servitude of others (Luke 17:5 10). In complete sync, biblically, to watch in that night, is this process (1 Thess. 5:6-8). It is to turn on Christ’s inner light of love flowing out to others, which is a choice and a decision on the part of Christians! In suit, Christ quoted the four Roman guard watches of the summer night—we are, again, to watch in the coming tribulation night.
Thus, in all of this, the Night-trib position as taught in Midnight’s Cry is both biblical and correct. This position alone teaches to biblically watch in the coming night of the Day of the Lord, as does the New Testament. The Night-trib position emphasizes the Lord’s Like Manner Return, which is His Bridegroom Return with two male witnesses, just as He left (Acts 1:10).
This teaching is no way to demean those who have believed in the pre-trib 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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The Night-trib View Is That Christ Returns in The Spiritual Night Of The Tribulation!