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The last recorded message of Christ in the Bible is the conclusive answer to all the questions regarding the "time" of His Return. "Surely I am coming QUICKLY" (Rev 22:20). The word "surely" is to encourage us, and the word "quickly" must challenge us. The Lord frequently used the word "quickly" in His messages to the Churches (Rev 2:5,16; 3:11; 22:7,12). This was literally believed by the Christians of the first century. That was one reason why they had been greeting one another with the word "Maranatha," an Aramaic term meaning, "The Lord is coming!" (1 Cor 16:22). If the first century Christians had lived with the every-moment-expectation of the return of Christ, how much anxious our expectation today should be! However, the Bible consistently discourages us from any date-setting. In His parting words Christ told His disciples, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority" (Acts 1:7). He had earlier told them repeatedly, "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming" (Mt 24:42; 25:13). But man is always curious to know what he need not know! When Christ says that He Himself does not know when He would return, why should we be curious about it? (Mk 13:32). Following the pattern of epochal events in the Biblical calendar, it is most likely that Christ would return in this generation. If we had known the exact date, we would not be ever ready but be postponing the preparation to the eleventh hour. It is in His sheer mercy and sovereign wisdom that the Father has kept this as a secret with Himself. We must know that we are living in the Church Age under the dispensation of grace. It is the period of time from Pentecost (Acts 2) to the Rapture(foretold in1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). It is called the Church Age because it covers the period in which the Church is on earth. It corresponds with the dispensation of Grace The messages to the churches are given immediately after the vision of Christ of Rev. 1. Rev. 2 & Rev. 3 make the second division of Revelation, containing only "the things which are," that is, the things concerning the church on earth until its rapture (1Cor. 15:23, 51- 58 1Th. 4:13- 17 2Th. 2:7) Let me restate again, The things concerning the churches 'until the rapture in Rev 4:1' are captured between Rev. 2:1 and Rev. 3:22 -> The epistle to Ephesus -> The epistle to Smyrna -> The epistle to Pergamos -> The epistle to Thyatira -> The epistle to Sardis -> The epistle to Philadelphia -> The epistle to Laodicea The seven letters to the seven churches located in Asia Minor to whom the whole book is addressed. I am doing a research on where this Asia Minor located in the current geographical map. I will share with you once I get the answer from The Lord. You may tell me if you got it it right. We are called to test every Spirit not to blindly believe everything as the false doctrines are so cheaply available these days. Each church is rebuked except the Smyrna and the Philadelphia. Warnings of judgment are given to all the churches except the Smyrna and the Philadelphia. The Ephesus was commended for ten things; the Laodicea condemned for ten things. Promises to overcomers are in each one. Each has the same admonition to hear. Four things promised for overcoming: 1. Power over the nations 2. Ruling nations with a rod of iron 3. Crushing all resistance of nations 4. The morning star All saints will be kings or priests under Christ and will rule the earth forever (Rev. 2:26- 27 1:6; 5:10; 20:4- 6 22:4- 5). As we are all fighting a good fight, I wish you all to be part of the over-comers. The second coming cannot take place until all of Rev. 1:1 THROUGH 19:21 is fulfilled while the rapture can take place any moment without anything being fulfilled.
The answer is in 1 Thessalonians 5:2,'.....the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night'. We don't know the day or time, only the Lord God knows. In fact, the disciples asked Jesus when the end times were coming (Matthew 24:3) and He told them the answer in Matthew 24:4-37. Jesus says in those verses that not even He knows, only God the Father. Verses well worth reading and they leave no doubt what the answer is. I read the NIV, but any version gives the same answer.
We don't know when that day is but in the Bible the rapture is called the "last day". 1 Corinthians 15..Gives a clear time that proves it happens at what the Bible calls "the end of the world". 1 Co 15:23.But each in his own order: Christ the first-fruit, and afterward they who are Christ's at His coming; 1 Co 15:24.then is the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He makes to cease all rule and all authority and power. 1 Co 15:25 or it is right for Him to reign until He has put all the enemies under His feet. 1 Co 15:26.The last enemy made to cease is death. Without a doubt the Rapture happens at the end of the world and these verses confirm it. Note that it says "Christ the first-fruits, and afterward they who are Christ's at His coming" This proves that their is no pre-tribulation Rapture as if there was another resurrection of the righteous at some partial coming of Christ. The key indicator is the one and only Resurrection of the Righteous dead that happens at the end of the world. This is confirmed in 2 Peter 3 Where the promise of His Coming and His return as a Thief coincides with the end of the world and universe. That is why it is a literal last day. The Parable of the wheat and tares Matthew 13:38-50 shows that this One Coming of Christ at the end of the world will be judgment day for the wicked as well. These verses in John also prove that this Rapture all happens together at the last Day. Joh 11:24..Martha said to Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Joh 12:48..He who rejects Me and does not receive My Words has one who judges him; the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. This blots out every effort to prove a pre-tribulation Rapture. There is no such thing in the Word of God. Thessalonians describes that final day like this, 2 Th 1:8.in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Th 1:9.who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 2 Th 1:10.when He shall come to be glorified in His saints and to be admired in all those who believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that Day. No one knows the exact time of the Rapture but we sure do know it's the end of the world and called "The Last Day"!
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