For the record, the seven-year Tribulation and the Day of the
Lord both begin with birth pangs; both
are one in the same. No where in the New Testament is it taught
that they are not the same. When Jesus described the beginning of the Tribulation, He
referred to it as "the beginning of sorrows," or literally birth
pangs in the Greek (Matt. 24:8), as Paul's description of the
Day of the Lord is the same (1 Thess. 5:2-3). Moreover, according to Bible
prophecy, the Bride and Bridegroom only come forth within the
Day of the Lord (Joel 2:16), not before the Day of the Lord in a
pre-trib Rapture, or before the Night!
Speaking of which, in strict biblical exegesis, the Tribulation
or Jacob's Trouble with birth pangs (Jer. 30:6-7; Matt. 24:21,
29, 40; Luke 17:34; John 9:4), like the Day of Redemption, also
equates to a period of night (Mark 13:33-37; Luke 17:34; 1
Thess. 5:2-3) prior to the dawning of the Lord's Day (Amos 5:20;
Joel 2:2; 2 Pet. 1:19).
So 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; conversely
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 "midnight cry" of the Ten Virgin Parable symbolizes a new day,
which is the Day of the Lord in That Night, or it’s night
segment before it dawns (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 1:19). In
this vein, it is that future Day when Christ actually returns
for the Church. Indeed, it is the Day of Redemption (Eph.
4:30), being the Day that Christians are to look for and provoke
one another to agape love (using Christ's inner love), and all the more so as it approaches
(Heb. 10:24-25). Indeed, the Day of the Lord is That Day
Christians are to "hasten," meaning in the Greek––"to earnestly
expect" (2 Pet. 3:12)––the Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30)..
Again, 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).
Now the Lord comes in the night as a Jewish bridegroom with two
male witnesses, and this as a surprise—at
midnight there was a cry made—a new Day, namely the Lord’s Day!
Watch therefore, in That Night (Mark 13:33-37; Rev. 3:3), and
keep your garments (Rev. 16:15). In addition, the Day of the Lord
will come as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:4, 2 Pet. 3:10)––just like Christ Himself will return (Rev. 16:15), not just on
the world, but also on many in the Body of Christ. Simply, not
only do the major denominations fail to teach the looking for
and the earnestly expecting of That Day, so do most smaller denominations in the Church, the living Body of Christ.
According to Paul, Christ will perform a good work in us "til
the Day of Jesus Christ." Until then, no man is to know the
hour, but is to live in expectancy of the hour within That Day.
Thus, we are to “approve things that are excellent; that you may
be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (Phil.
1:10). Until when? Until the Day of Christ. As it is written in
speaking of the Day of Christ, “let no man deceive you by any
means” (2 Thess. 2:3)!
Thus, the possibility of Christ's initial coming is ongoing, beginning at
early-trib, which premise is taught by accurate Bible prophecy.
In context, the seven-year Tribulation is the beginning of the
Day of the Lord, again, a seven-year period of night before the Day
dawns (2 Pet. 1:19). Out of sync, multitudes of Christians
incorrectly believe that they are redeemed before the
Day of Redemption, or before the Night of the Tribulation
(at-once pre-trib Rapture). No wonder, then, that the Day of the
Lord will overtake many Christians as a snare (Luke 21: 34), but
wise Christians knowing that there is no such thing as an
at-once redemption, will have the experience of expecting and
seeing the Lord's Day (Philip. 1:6, 10; Heb. 10:24-25), and
watch in the seven-year Tribulation Night (Mark 13:33-37; Rev. 3:3, 16:15).
Now if the chapter division is removed between 1st
Thessalonians 4 and 5, we don’t see an at-once pre-trib or
pre-night Rapture, but a return of Christ in the night segment of the
Day of the Lord, which in that passage Paul
describes as beginning with birth pangs. Additionally, we
immediately behold the "times and seasons," or more than one
coming of Christ and the various harvests. Indeed, long before
the Fall Harvest there is a partial Spring-Summer Harvest (Jer. 8:20; Matt. 24:32-33).
Unmistakably, then, the coming of the Lord with all His saints
is not a pre-night or pre-trib return. But a Second Coming
Return at the end of the seven-year Tribulation, the Resurrection of the
Last Day (John 6:40); or the dawn of That Day (2 Pet. 1:19). Indeed, the Lord will fetch His saints for
the Wedding Feast upon His earlier night returns. Thus, we are
to watch in the Tribulation Night, and this is why watching is
strictly a nighttime activity, especially since Jesus quoted the
four Roman Guard summer night watches (Mark 13:33-37). Indeed,
this is the Night-trib position of accurate Bible prophecy.
The pre-trib Rapture Passage? By situational analysis of Paul’s
first letter to the Thessalonians, we can further PINPOINT the
time of their literal restoration. Here is that timing: “To the
end he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before
God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
with all his saints” (1 Thess. 3:13). Paul informed the
Thessalonians in the first letter to them, that Christ
would establish their hearts as un-blamable upon the Lord’s
coming with all His saints. As a result, the Resurrection
and catching-up of 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (the supposed pre-trib
at-once Rapture Passage), singularly illustrates the Lord
returning with ALL HIS SAINTS at the traditional Second
Coming—or “the clouds” (Matt. 24:30; Rev. 1:7); including those
who "sleep in Jesus" (1 Thess.
Second Coming Only Theology
Second Coming Theology denies the night; the many commands to
watch in the night; the saints in Heaven at the Wedding
Feast—and the fact that the Bride that has made Herself ready. Now it is said
of those who deny the resurrection that they are denying the
faith. In this day and age, is our faith just to be centered on
the resurrection? The Second Coming? Or is our faith to be
centered on the promise of Christ returning as a Jewish
Bridegroom in John 14:1-3?
In clearer terms, is our faith centered on the promise of the
Blessed Hope—Christ actually redeeming us and taking us to
Heaven in That Night, wherein we are COMMANDED to watch? Or is
it to be centered on martyrdom, waiting for the dawn of the
Lord’s Day at the end of a seven-year Tribulation Night? Clearly
if the Church were here on Earth for the duration of the
seven-year Tribulation, She would suffer greatly and mostly die off.
Actually, there is a huge difference in the traditional Second
Coming compared to the instantaneous Lord's Quick Coming. The
Second Coming will be marked by the world only seeing His sign
at first (slow coming), compared to believers who will see Him
instantaneously as He is upon the initial Quick Coming of the
Lord (1 John 3:2; Rev. 22:12).
Of course, the saints of God are with Christ at the Second
Coming as clearly taught in Scripture (Duet. 33:2; Zach. 14:5; 1
Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14). Moreover, the angels
don't wear the righteousness of the saints, for the exegetical context dictates
it is the Bride who has made herself ready, not the angels who
are holy already (Rev. 19:7-8)!
So when Christ is the Bright and Morning Star, or the first
light after the night at the Second Coming (the dawn of that
Day), is He really saying it's okay to be disobedient to the
commands of the earlier watches of the night (Mark 13:33-37;
Rev. 3:3, 16:15)? For He won't return until the dawn of That
Day? Until the traditional Second Coming? Hardly!
By the way, Second Coming Only Theology wars against the truth—likewise,
so is it to teach and believe in the at-once
pre-trib or pre-night Rapture. For both teachings negate the
night and the Day of the Lord, which comes just as Christ does,
as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:3).
Now Second Coming Theology denies the rightful beginning of the
Lord’s Day prior night, when the antichrist and the Great
Apostasy is revealed to the Church (2 Thess. 2:2-3). Actually,
some in Second Coming Only Theology even place the beginning of the
Lord’s Day deep into the Tribulation Night at the appearance of
cosmic signs. This is a great error (the opening of the sixth
the Day of the Lord begins in
somewhat normal times long before the "great and notable" part of
That Day—conspicuous cosmic signs. Furthermore, as already stated,
the Day initiates with birth pangs (1 Thess. 5:3), not wondrous
cosmic signs deep in the seven-year Tribulation Night.
Most assuredly, Second Coming Theology is a false theology that
nullifies the Blessed Hope; it denies the Woman clothed with the
sun, or Bride which is in Heaven (Rev. 12:1). It denies the Open
Door to Philadelphia (Rev. 3:10); it denies that the faithful of
Thyatira will escape the Great Tribulation, whereas the
unfaithful of Thyatira won’t (Rev. 2:22-24). It denies the fact
that Ephesus is in danger of having her candlestick removed in
Revelation 2:5 (which is to have her rightful place of salvation
put on hold); it denies the fact that Smyrna represents
Tribulation converts after the Church is redeemed (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—myrrh is the meaning of Smyrna’s name.)
Second Coming Only Theology denies the fact that Laodicea must
open her door upon Christ standing in judgment and knocking on
her closed door (Note: Christ is prophesied in both Testaments
to sit by His Father until all enemies are made his
footstool—when He stands and walks in Revelation 2:1, this can only be
the readiness judgment of the
Church.). If she doesn't repent, Laodicea will be spit out of
the mouth of Christ and lose her salvation; She will no
longer be in the Lord’s mouth to confess to the Father.
In sync, Second Coming Only Theology denies the fact that
Sardis is to watch in That Night, or have Christ come upon her
as a thief—and if Sardis still doesn’t repent, or refuses to
watch, her name will eventually be removed from the Book of
Life. Moreover, Second Coming Only Theology denies the fact that Pergamos is to repent or
be left behind and face a two edged sword protruding from the
mouth of Christ at the traditional Second Coming.
Surely Second Coming Only Theology denies the Manna—the Bread of
Life, who is Christ Himself appearing in the night before the
Morning, or the dawning of the Lord’s Day. So this author asks
as did our Lord, "When the Son of man cometh, will He find faith
on the Earth?"
What's more, can the “hour you think not” (Matt. 24:44) be a
surprise at the end of a horrendous seven-year Tribulation? Are there those who teach “the Lord delayeth
His coming,” just as the Bible foretells?
Consider then, two shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall
be taken, and the other left. . . . If the good saints are the
ones left behind (This is a Second Coming Only Teaching
mistakenly based on Matthew 13:30.), are they working for a
living right before the Second Advent at the end of the
Tribulation? Will good saints receive the mark of the Beast
in a world wherein the economy is devastated, and this even more
so at the end of a seven-year Tribulation (Rev. 6:5, 13:17)?
Here are a few more questions: In the Great Tribulation, why
does an angel preach the everlasting gospel (Rev. 14:6)? Where
is the Church? Second Coming Only Theology? Behold, I come
quickly”; almost twenty centuries later, surely the Lord will.
But how can Christ’s Quick Coming possibly fit Second Coming
Only Theology wherein only the sign of the Son of man is beheld
at first (Matt. 24:30)?
"The first shall be last, and the last first." Since this verse is
always given in the strict context of literally reaping eternal
life (Matt. 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30), how can it possibly
fit the At-Once Rapture Teaching? Or Second Coming Only
But go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves”
(Matt. 25:9)? After the so-called at-once Rapture, who will be
left behind to go to them that sell? To go to the Father, Son
and Holy Spirit? After the traditional Second Coming, who will
be left behind to go to them that sell? Now if the foolish
were lost, why would the wise intentionally lie to them,
imparting hope? Is that a Christian thing to do?
Despite the widespread Rapture and Second Coming Only Teachings,
we as Christians are to "hasten" The Day (Greek: earnestly
expect). For it is the only Day of God (2 Pet. 3:12), which
will, in context, come as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2; 2
Pet. 3:10). Fittingly again, it is the Day of Redemption
(Eph. 4:30) that we are to earnestly expect! In other words,
Christians are still here on Earth when the Day begins, and
this, as a total surprise ("a thief in the Night" to many).
Moreover, will the angels accompany Christ when He knocks on a
closed door; that is, when He returns from the Wedding Feast
(Luke 12:36; James 5:9; Rev. 3:20)? Hardly! In this vein, who
can deny the fact that no other group of people can go to Heaven
other than the Church? Case in point, it is the foolish of the
Church who come out of the Great Tribulation and wash their
dirty robes in the blood of the Lamb, not the wise who are
instantly changed to be like the Lord upon His initial appearing (1
John 3:2). Thus it is only the foolish at this point who will
hunger and thirst no more; who have a need to wash their dirty
robes of fleshy acts and false doctrines because they didn't
keep their garments (Rev. 7:9-17; 16:15)—who also must open
their closed door immediately upon Christ's return from the
Wedding Feast (Luke 12:36).
In sum, only a few in Sardis will walk with Christ in white. Can only a
few be descriptive of an at-once pre-trib Rapture of the entire
Church? Descriptive of Second Coming Only Theology? In all of
this, the Night-trib position is correct—watch therefore in the
night segment of the Day of the Lord before it dawns—the Tribulation Night, just as we are commanded (Mark
13:33:37; Rev. 3:3, 16:15)!
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy
and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another and forgiving
one another; if any man have a quarrel against any, even as
Christ forgave you, so also do you. And above all these things
put on charity (the use of Christ's inner love as a lifestyle),
which is the bond perfectness” (Col. 3:12-14).
The seven messages to the
churches match the Night-trib position of Bible prophecy!
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