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The secret of the mystery. Part 195. The Rapture will be the end of the age of no prophecy, Part 5.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Point 3. The Imminence of The Rapture.
Imminency = impending, or threatening to occur immediately.
Imminency is used technically for the fact that no prophecy has to be fulfilled before the Rapture occurs.

Many signs were given to the nation Israel which would precede the Second Coming - a totally different event than the Rapture.

The Church is told to live in the light of the imminent return of TLJC, JOH 14:2-3; Acts 1:11; 1CO 15:51-52;PHI 3:20; COL 3:4; 1TH 1:10; 1TI 6:14; JAM 5:8; 2PE 3:3-4.

1TH 1:10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

COL 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
1TH 5:6, TIT 2:13, REV 3:3 all warn the believer to be watching for the Lord Himself.

TIT 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
1TH 5:6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober-minded.

The multitude of signs given to Israel to stir them to expectancy would then also be for the church, and the church could not be looking for Christ until these signs had been fulfilled.

We would be looking for world wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in several places at the same time.

MAT 24:7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.”

We would be looking for the Regathering of Israel, Ezekiel 36-37.
The Rise of Russia and her allies in preparation of fulfilling Eze 38-39.

The Increase in Travel and Knowledge:
DAN 12:4 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”

The Capital and Labor Conflicts, James 5:1-6.
Scoffers will come and criticize God’s people, 2PE 3:1-2.

The Current Moral Breakdown in Society, 2TI 3:1-5.
A Rise in Lawlessness, 2TH 2:7-10.
A Rise in Occultism and Cults, 1TI 4:1-5.
Apostasy, 1TI 4:1.

The Church-age began with an event prophesied - the baptism of the Spirit -
Our Lord prophesied this in the upper room discourse and just before He ascended.

The Church-age terminates with the Rapture, which was also prophesied.

No prophecy between the baptism of the Spirit and the Rapture means that the Rapture is imminent.

Before the Second Advent occurs, there are many prophecies which must occur, the Rapture, the events of the Tribulation, and this is the message behind Rev 6-19.

Patience is a system of thinking Bible doctrine, a system of concentration, the application of doctrine to experience.

The Corinthian church was made up of losers, yet Paul thanked God concerning them because they were the beneficiaries of phenomenal grace, were in union with Christ, and most of all, were “enriched by Him.”

Each had a portfolio of invisible assets; his very own personal sense of destiny, the operational power needed to execute the PPOG; the indwelling of the Father, Son, and Spirit; and the 100% available divine omnipotence of the Father, Son, and Spirit.

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