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Bible Prophecy: The Seven Letters To The Churches Explained!

 

 

The Sign of the Son of Man

 

Immediately after the tribulation of those days

shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall

not give her light, and the stars shall fall from

heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be

shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son

of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of

the earth mourn. . . . (Matt. 24:29-30)

The disciples asked the Lord an intriguing question: "Tell us . . . What shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world?" (Matt. 24:3).  Due to their Jewish heritage, a sign was more than essential to the disciples. Indeed, to them, a sign authenticated an event to be of God (Isa. 7:14; Luke 2:12). For which reason, Satan will seek to counterfeit signs through the Antichrist to deceive the Jews: "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders" (1 Thess. 2:9). Despite Satan’s fraudulent signs in the Great Tribulation, there will be one sign that will stop every one of His lying wonders: the sign of the Son of man coming in the heavens.

The opening of Revelation 12 pictures a woman in Heaven clothed with the sun: "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars" (Rev. 12:1). Distinctively, this great wonder embodying a woman is also a sign, for the words "sign" and "wonder" are synonymous in the Greek, and fully interchangeable. To that end, the armies of God are very much a part of the coming sign of the Son of man at the Second Coming (Rev. 19:8, 14).

It is the Church that is in Christ’s presence as He walks among the candlesticks in Revelation 1:13-16 (Rev. 1:20). There, on the commencement of the Lord’s Day, the countenance of Christ is as "the sun shining in his strength." Therefore, it only stands to reason that once the Church becomes fully redeemed, She also is in the heavens clothed with the "Sun of Righteousness." For the "Sun of Righteousness" is none other than "the bright and Morning Star," Jesus Christ. For it is Christ who breaks through the heavens with great power and glory at the Second Advent, being the first light after the night—the sign of the Son of man.

Besides the fact that most of the woman is in Heaven, two reasons dictate why the Heavenly Woman in Revelation 12:1 can also be understood comprehensively as all of God’s people. First, it was the lineage of Israel (the woman) which brought forth the man child, Christ Jesus (Rev. 12:5). Second, the moon under her feet represents the lesser light of Israel that remains here on Earth, that is, once the Church is totally redeemed and in Heaven. These, then, are the saved of Israel who remain behind, and are better known biblically as the remnant of her seed (Matt. 24:32-33; Rev. 12:17).

Broadly speaking, the lesser light of the moon also encompasses the future (deep) Great Tribulation converts of spiritual Smyrna. Historical Smyrna, an early Church, was mostly decimated by her persecutors as will this future segment of the Church: "be thou faithful unto death." Corresponding with that fact, Christ in Smyrna’s Salutation is the one who "was dead, and is alive," the first and the last. Fittingly, Smyrna of tomorrow is a branch of the future Church presently dead to the Gospel, who will come alive in their Great Tribulation conversion.

Paralleling what the Persecution Church experienced at first, so shall Smyrna in the last. Devastatingly, unlike the present Church that now owns the Blessed Hope of Christ coming (and, unlike Israel’s faithful remnant who will have a place prepared for them in the wilderness12), spiritual Smyrna of tomorrow will largely suffer martyrdom: "be thou faithful unto death." She is not appointed to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

To these, however, Paul does give an encouraging word: "Behold, I show [Greek: tell] you a mystery; we shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed" (1 Cor. 15:51-52).

To understand the timing of the Second Coming and its resurrection of the "last day" (John 6:40), is to perceive the timing of the Last Trump at the end of the Great Tribulation: "And the seventh angel sounded13 . . . And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged . . ." (Rev. 11:15, 18). Here, in the immediate and timely context of the following, John coupled the Last Trump of "the last day" to the traditional Second Coming of Jesus Christ: "And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun . . ." (Rev. 12:1.). So then, at the Last Trump of the last day there appeared a great wonder in Heaven—the redeemed Church returning with Christ upon the Second Advent (Chapter divisions aren’t in the original text!).

What shall be the sign of His coming and the end of the age? "There appeared a great wonder in heaven; a Woman clothed with the sun." A woman clothed with the first light of Day, the Morning Star, ultimately reflecting the full glory of Christ as He overtakes the heavens in His approach to Earth at the Second Coming, and this, at the dawning of the Lord’s Day with all His saints (1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude 14).

Resplendently, Solomon wrote: "Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?" (Song of Sol. 6:10). Who is she? She is the radiant Bride of Jesus Christ and all the righteous of all ages. Then, altogether, she will be fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners. Being fresh as a new day, "she looketh forth as the morning"—a glorious people prepared for battle upon the dawn of That Day (Joel 2:2)!

 

13 The seventh angel’s trump is the last trump recorded in the book of Revelation (Rev. 1:15).

 

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The Midnight Cry found in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matt. 25:6) symbolizes the beginning of a new day—namely, the Day of the Lord. Or the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10; 2 Thess. 2:3), being again, the Day of our Redemption (Eph. 4:30). Thus, the book name: Midnight's Cry (now revised as Get Ready),  which addresses the issues of Christianity, while mixing the understanding of end-time events with sound doctrine and biblical preparedness, and this according to detailed Bible prophecy. Simply, if the entire Church were to go up in an automatic at-once Rapture, 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 Rapture, but a return of Jesus Christ within the Day of the Lord, which in that passage, Paul describes as the birth pangs of That Day, or the Tribulation period mentioned by our Lord (Matt. 24:8). Additionally, we immediately behold the "times and seasons," and Christians are then told to watch (1 Thess. 5:6). Yet the world will face "sudden destruction," which in the Greek means "inescapable destruction," and this, as the Day progresses until the Second Coming dawn (2nd Pet. 1:19). Then, at that time God, who is Christ, returns with all of those who sleep in Jesus, and "all His saints" (1 Thess. 3:13, 4:14; Jude vs. 14).

 

 

 

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The seven messages to the churches more than fall in line with the Night-trib position of detailed Bible prophecy!

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