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The Year 2012, The 66 Ancient Books, and File 13 (Part #3)… Or, The King Of Kings Is In The House!

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SIH STSTA ICONIn this blog series we’ve been looking at the teachings of Matthew chapter 24.

In part one, the Lord has shown us that no man, nor angel, will know the exact time of Christ’s coming and the end of the world.  From this we have drawn the conclusion that the 2012 theory cannot be relied upon, and therefore, must be discredited as pure speculation with no foundation in fact.

In part two, the Lord has taught us the ten groups of signs that reveal to us the general time frame of His coming and the world’s end.  We have seen that these signs are present in our world and many of these are increasing in intensity and frequency.  This allows us to know that the Lord’s coming is possible at any time.

Currently, we are in the time frame of waiting.  As we wait on the Lord to come back and waiting for the world to come to an end.  During this waiting period the world is slowly decaying around us.  (Roms 8:20-23)   The Lord’s second coming will begin the final phase of the world coming to an end.  This final phase will greatly accelerate the world’s ending.  So now, let’s see what will take place when the Lord actually comes back and the process leading to the world’s end as it enters it’s last stage.

THE SCRIPTURE:

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, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Mat 24:29-31)

THE STUDY:

“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”

The Greek word “tribulation” simply means to be burdened, to be pressured, or to face trials.  What is the “tribulation of those days”?  It is simply the different signs of his coming that we have already studied (false teaching, wars, famines, persecution of God’s people etc.).  In and of themselves, they are tribulation that we face on a day to day basis.  After Christ’s coming, however, far greater tribulation will fall upon the world.

In our text, at the coming of Christ, great changes will take place in the heavens. Christ’s glory and power are so great, He will outshine the moon, stars and even the sun.  In comparison to Christ, all of these will appear as if they are dark.  Or perhaps, the sun, moon and stars will actually be darkened and misplaced at His coming.  Remember, this is God, Himself, coming in the heavens to take His people home to be with Him; who knows exactly what effect His coming will have on the created world?

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” 

Please notice that the “secret rapture” of God’s people is not taught in Scripture.  Here, we find that when Christ comes back to take us home to be with Him the entire world will see Him (Rev 1:7).  Both lost and saved will see Him as He appears in the heavens.  Again, when He comes, we see Him coming with “power and great glory” … this is probably why the heavens will grow dark at His coming.

“And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Here is the great purpose for His coming back in the heavens.  It is to take the living saved (and the bodies of the dead saved) home to be with Him (1 Thess 4:13-18).  This will entirely remove the saved from the world before His wrath falls against sinful mankind.   Note, that the angels play a big role in retrieving the Lord’s people from the earth.

This event is the FIRST reaping as described in Rev 14:14-20:

“And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

The SECOND reaping is the beginning of His wrath falling upon sinful mankind in Rev 14:16-20:

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”

The promise of His second coming, and of the saints removal from the earth before His wrath falls, is commonly described as “the Rapture”.  This is the event we are talking about in Matt 24:29-31. This is the beginning of the last phase of the earth’s existence.  Within a short period of time, immediately after the Great Tribulation, the earth will be totally renovated preparing the way for our Lord’s return to the earth to reign. (2 Pet 3:12-13, Isa 65:17, Rev 21:1-5)  These promises are a source of great encouragement and strength to believers everywhere. (2 Thess 2:1-2)

Today, with joy in our hearts, let’s live our lives for Him!  ….

 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luk 21:28)

In our final part to this study, we will be seeing the end result of these events and what our responsibility is concerning these events.

If you have any questions concerning this blog, or if you have a subject you would like discussed, please feel free to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.    I will answer all emails via my blog, email, or both.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word. Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”


2 Comments

  1. Bernie says:

    Hi, I found that your conclusion on the prediction of the end of the world in 2012, as being speculative, and without any foundation of fact, to be quite interesting.
    I started to read the bible and found that most of the stories in it did not have much in the way of fact or foundation . I stopped reading it when I got to the part that said Noah was about 600 years old. Way too much fiction for me to go on with any further reading or possible beliefs of any validity.
    Your stories are interesting, though , and well written. I enjoyed your interpretation.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Let me say “thank you” for taking the time to read my blog entry. My blog is not intended for believers only, but also for those who have never come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. You are more than welcome to continue reading and leaving comments at any time.

      I understand your skepticism concerning God’s Word. You are not the only one that questions the validity of the Bible. I completely understand where you are coming from. At one time or another, we all question whether the Word of God is a perfect, reliable source of truth. As for me, after years of study, I have come to know, beyond a doubt, that the Bible truly is the infallible, source of all truth and wisdom for us to live by.

      Let me make two quick points in response to your comments:

      First of all, please keep in mind, like any other document, coming to an understanding of the Bible takes time and effort. The context, historical time frame and vocabulary are all important linguistic factors that must be taken into account to come to a proper understanding of the Word.

      But above all else, divine intervention in our lives is an absolute necessity in our search for the truth. (This is why prayer is an indispensible tool in our Bible study times.)
      Because of sins effects on mankind, we all have become blinded to the truth of His Word. It is only through the intervention of the Lord that our eyes can be opened to receive the knowledge the Bible has for us. If any of us come to an understanding of truth, we must give all the credit to the Lord for opening our eyes to that truth we have come to see and believe. Without Him we are helpless in our pursuit of truth.

      Secondly, is the example you point to concerning Noah’s age of 600. Yes, it certainly seems outrageous to say the least. Let me tell you even something more “strange”… did you know that Noah is not the oldest man in the Bible? A man named Methuselah was older, he died at the ripe old age of 969. (Gen 5:27) Talk about unbelievable! So, yes, I get it, I understand why you would question the validity of the Bible. But let’s take just a minute and try to answer the question… Does the Bible explain why these men were able to live to such an old age?

      Keep in mind, all the men who we see living to incredible ages lived a majority of their life lived before the flood. Prior to the flood the world’s environment was incredibly different than it is now a days.

      When God first created the world, He made an environment that was perfectly suited for man to inhabit the world. It probably had never rained before the flood, the earth was watered with a dew that appeared overnight and streams that came up from the ground (Gen 2:5-6). It was as if the world had a canopy of water (the firmament of Gen 1:6-8) over it that caused a type of greenhouse affect. This is why man could live to such incredible lengths of time before the flood.

      After the flood things changed, the water vapor canopy disappeared and the world began to be watered by rain instead of a flood. Due to the disappearance of the canopy of water, based on scientific knowledge of the “greenhouse” affect, several changes might have taken place… the sun UV rays would much more easily strike the earth’s surface which would be harmful to man, the nutritional content of the vegetation would be diminished, and finally, the oxygen levels on earth probably decreased.

      Whatever the changes were, it is obvious that following the flood man’s lifespan was drastically affected. It went from an average of 800+ years before the flood to the 100 or less average today. Within just four generations (Noah to Peleg) it had dropped to 200 + years and continued to decrease from there.

      In any case, my point is this… the long lifespan of pre-flood mankind can be explained, using the Bible, if, by God’s grace, we are willing to invest the time and effort to find it.

      How you deal with God’s Word is entirely up to you… do you give it a “fair chance” by continuing to read it and seeking answers to issues you do not understand, or do you simply reject it out of hand, and by doing so, reject the message of eternal salvation and redemption through the work of Jesus Christ? I trust that the Lord will intervene in your life and bring you to a place of trust in Him.

      My prayers are with you.

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