A Light For The Coming Night----The
Seven Letters Expounded!
Introducing The Night-trib
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 Lord (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess. 2:2-3).
For the record, the seven-year
Tribulation and the Day of the Lord both
begin with birth pangs,
as found in 1st Thessalonians 5:2-3 and Matthew 24:8. In support of this
fact, 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). 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)!
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, then, it is the Day of our 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 ("thief in the
Night" to many). Thus,
the possibility of Christ's initial coming is ongoing, beginning at
early-trib, which premise is taught by accurate Bible prophecy. In this
vein, the seven-year Tribulation is the beginning of the Day of the
Lord, a seven-year period of night before the Day dawns (2 Pet. 1:19).
Out of sync, multitudes of Christians incorrectly believe that they will
be redeemed before the
Day of our 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 night (Mark 13:33-37; Rev.
3:3, 16:15), the Night-trib position.
Initially, according to Bible prophecy, 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 of That Day (2 Pet. 1:19)! Consider, then, the Midnight Cry found in
the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:6) is the beginning of a new
day in That Night before it dawns—namely, the Day of the Lord (1 Thess. 5:3)—the Day of Jesus Christ
(Philip. 1:6, 10)—the Day of Jesus (1 Cor. 1:8,
Day of Christ ((2 Thess. 2:2-3) , wherein there
is literal salvation, being the
Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30). Thus, the book name: Midnight's Cry (Again, a new
Day of the Lord, which addresses the issues of Christianity, while mixing the
understanding of end-time events with sound doctrine and biblical preparedness.
This premise alone fits real Bible prophecy.
Simply put, if the entire Church were to go up in an at-once pre-trib Rapture,
or an at-once automatic redemption at the Second Coming, Why then the many outright
commands to watch (Matt. 24:40-51, 25:13; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:36, 38, 40,
17:34; 1 Thess. 5:6-8; 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 John 2:28; Rev. 3:3, 16:15.)? Why then the
command of Jesus to pray always to escape all these things that are coming upon
the world (Luke 21:34-36)?
Moreover, if the chapter division is removed between 1st Thessalonians 4 & 5, we
don’t see an at-once pre-trib or pre-night Rapture, but a return of Christ in
the night of the Day of the Lord, or Tribulation, which in that passage Paul
describes as beginning with birth pangs. In this vein, the prior night of Day of
the Lord and the Tribulation Night both begin with birth pangs (Matt. 24:8; 1 Thess.
5:3). 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 according to
Bible prophecy (Jer. 8:20; Matt.
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 Tribulation, the Resurrection of the Last Day (John 6:40). Indeed, the Lord will fetch His saints for the Wedding
Feast upon His earlier night returns, and then comes the final coming—the
traditional Second Coming! In sum,
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.
Second Coming Theology denies the night; the many commands to watch in the
night; the saints in Heaven at the Wedding Feast—and 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?
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 is here
on Earth for the duration of the Tribulation, She will suffer greatly and mostly
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)?
Simply, will there be
knocking at the Second Coming? Hardly!
Actually, there is a huge difference in the traditional Second Coming
compared to the
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 as He is upon His initial coming (1 John 3:2).
how about the saints of God? Are they with Him at the Second Coming as clearly
taught in Scripture (Duet. 33:2; Zach. 14:5; 1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14)?
In this vein , do the angels wear the righteousness of the saints? Or do people?
Interesting question, because if it is people, then people are with the Lord and
at the Wedding Feast before the traditional Second Coming, and very much a
part of the Army of the Lord (Joel 2:2; Rev. 19:8, 14). By the way, the answer
is 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)!!!
when Christ is the Bright & 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?
the way, Second Coming Only Theology is disobedience in action—just like it is
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). And that clearly is not the dawning of That Day!
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). Conversely, some in Second Coming Only Theology 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 seal).
In sum, 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
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 it can only be judgment of the Church.).
If she doesn't repent, Laodicea will be spit out of the mouth of Christ and lose her salvation (If so,
she will no longer be in the Lord’s mouth to confess her to the Father.).
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, it 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. In sum, Second Coming Only
Theology denies Christ’s Bridegroom Comings, which are the Open and Closed Door Returns
to fetch His Bride as a surprise in That Night.
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?" Or will the entire Church be wiped out
in the martyrdom of the seven-year Tribulation?
Will the Son of man
catch many SLEEPING at the end of a devastating seven-year Tribulation at the
dawn of That Day? Moreover, can the “hour you think
not” (Matt. 24:44) be a surprise at the end of a horrendous seven-year
Tribulation? Or is the surprise of Christ’s coming much sooner than that?
Is midnight the dawn of
That Day, as Second Coming Only Theology proponents would have us believe? Or is
midnight much earlier in the night? Are there those who
teach “the Lord delayeth His coming,” just as the Bible foretells? Or is Second
Coming Only Theology true?
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 (Rev. 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 Theology?
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? Moreover, if the foolish were lost, why
would the wise intentionally lie to them, imparting hope? Is that a Christian
thing to do?
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 that Night—the Tribulation
just as we are commanded (Mark 13:33:37; Rev. 3:3, 16:15)!
The seven messages to the churches
match the Night-trib position of Bible
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