Print Email Jesus tells us when to "Look upfor your redemption draweth nigh" in Luke 21 (KJV) But first, three things to cover before we look at the 21st chapter of Lukeand what Jesus said. There are four references to the length of a generation in the Bible. A controversial position we hold is a partial rapture position where only 50% of believers are raptured. vs. 3. In Christ dwells ALL the fullness of the Godhead bodily. The same thing happens in Revelation 6. Sign up for our free daily newsletter. This passage might sound like it is describing the Rapture but it isn't. The one example given above is very clear because Jesus openly shows us how this works, in a way we can all see. In Youngs Literal Translation Luke 21:36 reads this way: watch ye, then, in every season, praying that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are about to come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.. Lastly, if we are to believe Jesus doesnt know the timing of the end but the Father only (especially after reading the quick articles mentioned above), then how is it possible for a limited knowledge Jesus, to teach the timing of the end in Chapter 21 of Luke? Bible prophecy is defined as Gods ability to speak the future into existenceAs the Alpha and Omegaeverything has already happened for the Creator and Author. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Seiss, a very prominent and still-respected commentator from the 19th Century, wrote the following on page 139 of his book, The Apocalypse: They are not unfilled beings, but ransomed sinners; for they give honor to Christ for redeeming themThou redeemed US by thy blood. Here is Seiss footnote on why the word us is used in Revelation 5:9: Some critics and expositors have rejected this (US), for the reason that it is omitted in the Codex Alexandrinus, and in the Ethiopic version; though the latter is not much more than a loose paraphrase. The short time detail regarding Satan, is one of the GREATEST indicators that Revelation 12, and the birth of the man child, is speaking about the Rapture/Catching Up/Caught Upbefore the Great Tribulation. The results? There will be only One Second Coming. Revelation 7:14 also shows that the ones clothed with white robes are they who came out of great tribulation. Why should Christians pray, and for what? Some might read this as a rapture passage due to the fact that not all translations have the word about, even though the Greek word literally means to be about, to be on the point of doing or suffering something and carries an air of expectation. But now, after reading Luke 17:37, my rapture theory disappeared! The destruction of the Temple did occur in 70 A.D. That is an historical fact. If you go to Revelation 14:13, it tells us there what that means. After all, Jesus just gave information necessary to know when the end is near, and warned us that being caught up in indulgences, drunkenness and cares of this lifeindicates we have not been studying the signs Jesus told us about, and to watch for. It is a Tribulation-Return passage. While rhetoricalthe answer is NO! 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. St. Peter Institute for Scripture and Evangelization. 19 In your patience possess ye your souls. 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Psalm 22:15-18 speaks of Jesus when He would be on the cross; Psalm 22:27-29 takes us to the End and on into the Millennium. The four verses above really require the reader to understand John 16:13-15. It refers to the judgment of the Noahic flood where the unbelievers were taken in judgment and the 8 souls were kept safe and dry in the ark (1 Peter 3:20). These three vss are NOT talking about the Rapture! Matthew 24. The only thing you might compare it to is The dead in Christ rise first the Saints and meet him in the sky to help fight the worlds armies this is not you and it is not me . It says, There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. So God makes a way of escape so that we are able to bear what we are going through. Then based on that, decide if you should include us as one of your resources with which you understand Bible prophecy. Will apathy or pride prevent the desire to research the information/articles that are presented here? 29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth (budding), ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. March 19, 2020 At Revelation 6:9, Jesus goes back in time to the beginning of the Tribulation, and tells us about the persecution that will be happening before (in time) the completion of all the events described in Revelation 6:1-8. It distorts the nature of Bible prophecy, by suggesting that prophecy only involves the KNOWLEDGE portion, and completely ignores the PERFORMANCE portion. Systematic Eschatology, search thief found on pages 3, 34, 51 & 74. And our faith suffers as a result. As mentioned, we read in the Bible that only 50% of Believers (the overcoming Believers) are raptured, because they were aware of what to watch for, not corrupted, not lost in the blinded Laodicean Church, but praying and watching, at the right time, as Jesus instructed, etc. Use tab to navigate through the menu items. Browse, sort & search all Bible Study resources. Holy Spirit, we pray asking for the fulfillment of your purpose as defined in John 16:13-15. These things must take place before. Luke 17 provides further powerful proof of the order of gatherings, as if the harmony of several passages so far were not enough. 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (indulgences), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Therefore, there is a much smaller window of time that Jesus says when to watch. Dr. Tregelles, on full examination, was firmly convinced of its right to a place in the text, before the Codex Sinaiticus appeared; and the presence of this (us) in that MS, ought to settle the question of its genuineness forever. If we tell Jesus He doesnt knowhow can He tell USwhat TO know? God does NOT always speak in the way we are used to hearing. Luke 21:36 says, Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. The instructions to watch and pray refer to us checking ourselves and making sure that we are ready. As always, Geronimo Stilton's adventures are amusing and exciting for younger readers. AND OF THE LAMB. 5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, 6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Just because Daniel chapter 12 follows chapter 11 in the text, does NOT necessarily mean that the time of fulfillment of Daniel 12s prophecies are after the time of fulfillment in Daniel 11s prophecies. When to look up, for our redemption draweth nigh. The Ark went up during the judgements, and then came back down to earth at the conclusion of the trial/cleansing. 25:31-46. After understanding Luke 21, who is willing to limit Jesus? The only question you must ask yourself is this: Which idea most fully glorifies Jesus: The idea that His deity was less than perfect. Perhaps this is part of what Revelation 19:10 means when it declares, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.. 1 Cor. Are our friends and critics excited about looking Jesus in the eyes and being accountable to HIM for the heart attitude of saying, Jesus, YOU did not know! which is the result of an error in each Christians understanding of Gods Word, that too many chose NOT to investigate? This is why we point out that in order to understand the timing of a prophecy, we cannot assume anything from our normal guidelines of reading. Jack Kelley published over 9,000 Bible Study resources here from 1999, until the Lord called him home in the fall of 2015. 25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY we can learn HIS timing of His prophecies. 30; Lucas 21:25-27) e consequentemente rejeitam tambm a promessa do arrebatamento como escape da grande tribulao para os verdadeiros crentes ( Lucas 21:36; 1 Tessal. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. Man's Wrath to God. Anyone who misses the rapture won't find it interesting, since the grace of God won't be available to help anyone. Read this short chapter of 1 Corinthians 12 in the NKJV as a refresher. 3 And He said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury (poverty) hath cast in all the living (everything) that she had. ", http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.php. The rapture describes the snatching away of the church (Christians). For those wanting the meat and potatoes version, click the Timeline link above. It is true that when the rapture occurs there will be a separation of believers from unbelievers when we are snatched away from planet earth. In the Jewish culture, the astronomical event, or idiom of the twinkling of an eye as defined through the Authors Jewish resources in Systematic Eschatology in brevity, is this: The twinkling of an eye starts when the sun visually touches the horizon on sunset, lasting until it disappears behind the horizon. J.A. Our salvation is more than a prophetic promise that we will be in Heaven with God foreverbecause a mere promise can be modified, changed, or broken. In this we find a good example of how to properly determine the timing of different prophetic passages. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4. 21:24), is probably so specific as to only be referring to the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. The Widow's Offering. For God, prophecy is speaking (creating) the future into existence. Luke 21:36New International Version. His truth gives us confidence in His planHis truth will never instill fear in us. Abomination of desolation. At the last trump: Systematic Eschatology page 32 First off, 1 Corinthians was written in 52-53 A.D. and therefore, cannot be referring to any of the trumpets of Revelation, since Revelation would not be written for another 40 years. We are not asking you to trust in us, or to trust in any special talent we have, or to trust in our credentials. Does the account of the Flood align with a rapture viewpoint? We ask you to follow the guidelines and standards called for in the Bibleand then simply hold us to those standards. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, The "falling away" in the Church (this detail is meaningful, because during the persecution of the Great Tribulation, there will be no moral compromise among Christians; under the horrendous persecution of this period, you either are, or are not a follower of Christthere will be no middle ground to "fall away" into). Luke 17:36 Jesus said, " Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left" (Luke 17:36 also Matthew 24:40). For a more detailed explanation on the importance of how and why Jesus uses the term before in Luke 21:12and how this is similar to how Jesus revealed Tribulation events to John in the book of Revelationwe expound on Jesus usage of the before at the very end of this article.**. What are the deceptions? The following is in response to the initial question and to disprove that Luke 21:20-24 is referring only to the destruction of the Temple, and Jerusalem, in 70 A.D. and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? Marriage and the resurrection (Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-40)Next a group of Sadducees came to Jesus with a question. Escape all these things, then, could be a reference to Gods guiding and protecting hand for His people. Only God/Jesus the Christ, could perform and reveal to us the kind of prophetic truth we find in Luke 21 and in Revelation 6-7. His teachings made the Bible clear and easy to understand, and impacted millions of lives. "The one shall be taken, and the other shall be left" (Luke 17:34). Some use Luke 17:34-36 to teach the secret rapture belief but to understand the complete picture of this passage, we need to read the verses before and after. You can also start or participate in a Bible-based discussion here in the Christian Chat . The Timeline link will help, and has a video tutorial to accompany it. A convict could not escape out of prison if he was never in prison. One of the more creative defenses I have seen against the pre-trib rapture (or the rapture in general) is that Luke 21:36 does not mean "escape" as we would think of it: Luke 21:36 KJV - Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Noah and his family were Overcomers graciously removed, as the Ark rose above the trial/cleansing. Second, Jesus is using before in the sense of saying that the persecution of believers will be at the forefront, or more important, than the other miraculous events and signs of the Tribulation. Link to the free book on our website: His Center Recommended Links. It is a result of our salvation that we go up in the rapture, which is the way of escape. The answer is no! Speaking to a Jewish Audience. If were believing something that is in contradiction to a direct statement of Scripturewell, friends and critics, its not the Scripture that needs to change. 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of . 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 7And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? Stay with us briefly for the foundation, before the meat and potatoes. Just like Jesus paid it all in suffering for our sinsJesus also knows it all when it comes to the time of the Rapture. 78:69), as if it was a mini replica of the real thing. 5 And the light (Jesus) shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Listen to our Bible studies now from your browser. Amos {3:7} Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The timing of a prophetic passage is determined by the details described within that passage. *For those who dont believe that a Rapture or Catching Up or Caught Up 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and Revelation 12:5 will take place1 Thessalonians 4:17 and Revelation 12:5. All we ask is that you evaluate our viewpoints on prophecy according to the three solid Biblical criteria that God has given to all of us, the three criteria we just listed above. Both Luke 21 and Revelation 6-7 are a prophetic description of the Great Tribulation. Where the Scriptures say twothe Jews said one. Conversely. TEXT. The Temple was seen as a microcosm of the world (Ps. It is true that somewhere there will two people together and one is taken while the other is left, however, that is not what is spoken of in Matthew 24 because of the context. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake. In the King James Version, in 5:9, we read, "And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed US to God by thy blood" The redeemed say this just before the first seal is opened, so that the Tribulation can begin. The second phrase in Isaiah 61:2b, the day of vengeance of our God; is not going to be fulfilled until the End. You can also download them to your computer, phone, or tablet. Many Christians assume He's describing the rapture and . 9 Luke Seventeen. The important thing is not to know when or how the end will come, but to be spiritually prepared when it does ( Matthew 25:1-13 Matthew 24:42-44 , Luke 21:34-36 , 1 . Jesus tells us to pray always, that we may be counted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and worthy to stand before the Son of man. ALL things were made by Jesus, and without Jesus, nothing was made. The sheep and goat judgment determines who will be allowed to enter Christ's millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6). A The key to understanding Luke 21:36 is the word "about". Since Paul does not define it, the trump mentioned, had to be a trump that all were familiar with, and is derived from other biblical or related sources. This is covered in Systematic Eschatology with resources, mostly on pages 32-38. Christian Chat is a moderated online Christian community allowing Christians around the world to fellowship with each other in real time chat via webcam, voice, and text, with the Christian Chat app. Jesus created time and is outside of the restrictions thereof. In fact, the exact same thing happens between Revelation chapter 11 and chapter 12even the numbers of the chapters are the same (as Daniel 11&12)! Even if you are a preterist, and date Revelation to late 62 A.D. it was still ten years later. 38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. So which viewpoint best satisfies the standard of Colossians 2:9? The best way to view our articles and Q&A. 12-19 Jesus says what will bebut the question that must be answered is WHEN will vss 10-19 take place in the order given by Christ? Remain confident in From the 10 Virgins parable (10 Virgins makes them all Christians), only half were prepared/taken. The event Jesus is describing is the Rapture, here also associated with the opening of a door. The shortest time is 2 minutes near the equator. At HisCenter.com, the four of us have been given the gift of UNDERSTANDING Bible Prophecy. Obviously, only God can do this. As thinking Christians, we would never support the mindless acceptance of potential terrorists into our Country without using our brains to evaluate who is coming in. for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. Yet when Jesus gathers the nations upon His arrival and . Luke 14:18 "And they all with one consent began to make excuse. Remember the following. Then, in Revelation 12-16 it starts over again from the viewpoint of being on earth. Jesus gives a stern warning in vs. 34. Most Churches definitions are an instant or a flash of time like the flash of a camera. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. AMEN! We are left with one possibility. Again, according to God's definition, if anyone wishes to perform Bible prophecy, they must be able to speak it (prediction) AND perform it (creation). Jesus is the Speaker through all Old and New Testament prophecy. Luke 14:19 "And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me. John 16:13 The Holy Spirit will guide into all truth. The correct reading of Revelation 5:9 is in the versions that have the word us in Revelation 5:9. However, in the Lord's return to the earth, it is the lost who are taken outjust the opposite of what happens in the rapture of the Church. Like this post? And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 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