THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (Dan. 12:4)
(Daniel 12:4) says-" But as for you, Daniel, conceal this words AND SEAL UP THE BOOK until the end of time; MANY WILL GO BACK AND FORTH, and KNOWLEDGE WILL INCREASE".
"SEAL UP THE BOOK "- Not that its meaning was to be left unexplained but that the book was to be kept intact so as to help those living in the future tribulation days. This prophecy is to be sealed until " THE END OF TIME". This does not mean the end of time but this time refers to that definite period of time which in the book of Daniel is the seventh week.
In view of the fact that we are in the interval immediately preceding this period; it is difficult to know just how much we understand. Since so many good man differ today on the interpretation of prophecy, it would seem to indicate that there is much that we do not understand . All of these will be opened up when we reach this particular period. This is the reason we need to keep our eyes upon one thing- " LOOKING FOR THAT BLESSED HOPE AND THE APPEARING OF THE GLORY OF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST" (Titus 2:13).
"MANY WILL GO BACK AND FORTH " - As the end approaches , people will travel about seeking to discover what the future holds. This refers to running up and down the bible in study of prophecy. Many shall search in through and through. There is a serious study of Prophecy being made by many scholars today which has not been done in the past. Different great Doctrines of the Church have been studied and developed during different periods of the history of the Church. At the very beginning, the Doctrine of the inspiration of the Scriptures was pretty well established- Also the Doctrine of the Deity of Christ and of Redemption. Other Doctrines were developed down through history. Today we are seeing more study of prophecy than ever before.
"KNOWLEDGE WILL INCREASE". I believe this means Knowledge of Prophecy. It is true that Knowledge has increased in every Field today, but this refers primarily to the study of Prophecy.
(Matt.24:36-39) says-" But of that Day and Hour no one knows, not even the Angels of Heaven , nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just LIKE THE DAYS OF NOAH. For as in those Days before the Flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving marriage, until the Day that
Noah entered the Ark, and they did not understand until the Flood came and took them all away; So will the coming of the Son of Man be".
THE DAYS OF NOAH. "LIKE THE DAYS OF NOAH " Closed an era with Judgment, so shall Christ return. In an age of great wickedness ( Gen. 6-The History of Noah), Men went about their daily living undisturbed by impending Doom ( Eating, Drinking, Marrying, giving in Marriage). But the Flood took away all the wicked, so that only the righteous will inherit the Earth. Likewise, THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN, following the great tribulation (Matt.24:29-31) will remove the wicked, in order that the Faithfull Remnant who have come out of the tribulation may participate in the Millenial blessings. Read (Matt. 25:31-46) for the Judgment of Gentile.
(Matt. 11:25-26) says, " At that time Jesus said, " I praise you , Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth , THAT YOU HAVE HIDDEN THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND INTELLIGENT AND HAVE REVEALED THEM TO INFANTS. YES, FATHER, FOR THIS WAY WAS WELL- PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT". Spiritual awareness of Christ and His Kingdom is not arrived at through Intellect or Common Sense. It is revealed to Babes or Infants. Those who, in response to Christ message, recognize their spiritual helplessness are able to receive His Teaching. The Glory of the Gospel is that both Learned and the Ignorant may become Babes.
The final explanation of Human response, however, lies in the good pleasure of God (Ep. 1:5; Phil. 2:13). (Ep. 1:5) says- " He predestined us to adoption as Sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will". Then ( Phil. 2:13) says- " For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure" .
The Rapture is a silent event. It is a surprise event. Nobody knows the Time and Hour of His coming. We, Believers, are commanded to be ready for His coming. The rapture of the Church can take place at any time that is why we are commanded to be Holy because without Holiness no Man shall see the Lord. (Heb. 12:14) says- " Follow Peace with all Men, and HOLINESS,WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD:" Then (1Thess. 4:7) says-" FOR GOD HATH NOT CALLED US UNTO UNCLEANESS, BUT UNTO HOLINESS." Then (Lev 11:44)says-" FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD: YE SHALL THEREFORE SANCTIFY YOURSELVES, AND YE SHALL BE HOLY; FOR I AM HOLY:----"
(1Thess.4:16-18) says--"For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with this words".
Rapture is going to be a very orderly procedure. The dead in Christ will rise first. Then all believers who are alive at that time will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. So shall we ever be with the Lord forever. This will happen before the tribulation. The Bridegroom ( Jesus) will meet His Bride (The Church) in the air and they will return to Heaven to observe religious ceremonies. Then after the seven years of tribulation, the Bridegroom with the Bride will return to earth to meet His own people, the Jewish remnant ,in the tribulation for a resumption of the festivities. Then Jesus will rule the earth with His Church for one thousand years.
The residence of the Church will be in New Heaven ( John 14:1-4). Every Believer is going to have a Mansion in the New Heaven. Among the creations of God, we are the only people (The Church) who will live forever with Him in The New Heaven. The dwelling place of the Old Testament Saints and The Jewish remnant after the tribulation will be in the New Earth , as God promise to King David that He will establish His kingdom in the New Earth forever. (2 Sam. 7:1-17). I believe the Gentiles that are going to be saved during the tribulation period will also dwell in the New Earth. We, The Church, are going to travel back and forth from New Heaven to New Earth while we rule together with Christ on the New Earth for one thousand years. It will be a glorious life for us because we keep flying from New Heaven to The New Earth for one thousand years without fare . I believe we can also travel and enjoy the Universe without getting tired. what a wonderful life it is to be with Christ forever.
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FROM THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS-
The ten virgins do not refer to the Church . They refer to the nation Israel . After tribulations there will be many Jewish remnants that are going to be saved. These are the people that belong to the five virgins that were wise and watchful for the second coming of Christ with His Bride for a resumption of the festivities ( A Jewish Tradition).
Although the marriage of Christ and the Church take place in Heaven, the marriage super takes place on this Earth. A Passage in the Gospel of Luke substantiates this. As our Lord is giving warnings and parables, He says, "Be dressed In readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Be like man who are waiting for their masters when He return from he wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to Him when He comes and knocks" (Luke 12:35-36).
So, Here in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Christ, pictured as the Bridegroom ,is bringing the Bride with Him, and the Jewish remnant are waiting for Him to come. While tribulation has been going on upon Earth, Christ has been yonder in Heaven with His Bride,The Church. Then at the conclusion of the seven years of tribulation, He comes back to Earth with the Church ,His Bride, for a resumption of the festivities (A Jewish Tradition).
Written by Osmundo S. Sabado
Edited by Orman L. Sabado