Luke 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
My thought's on this verse is,people won't think He is coming because they will be thinking He's already here
•He provides the food we are to eat...for it is contained in His Word. When we seek the kingdom of God He guides us to see and hear, to understand the written word. It is the food and drink He has provided! He knows what we need and adds deeper understanding as we mature. We are not to be doubtful...we are to know He is with us, teaching. Why does He name some His "little flock?" They are the chosen few, those that were/are prepared.....
Most christians never get off the milk
Absolutely NO ONE would be looking for, or expecting the Lord to return if they thought he was already here, and has already began his 1000 year reign.
This is also why we witness those who are eating and drinking, marrying and being given in Marriage. This is simply nothing but a false marriage supper to the wrong bridegroom.
JoshLeet....you have given us a very profound thought:
I don't at all think the millennium began in 70AD as some do however....your thought is very interesting. If the millennium is as I believe it to be, the "day of the Lord," then I must ask...does it begin at the beginning of the seventh trumpet when He comes "as a thief in the night," in Satan's great tribulation? Or, does it begin at the marriage? When is the marriage?
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, 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. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
But, does the wedding take place before that trumpet sounds? When the bride and bridegroom become one, when He dwells in us, walks in us...is that the marriage? Is that when the millennium began? I don't know. It seems to me it would begin at one time for all souls and that would be, I believe, at the seventh trumpet. However, I am wondering....I have always seen the "last trump," as the seventh but because of your statment question if it instead is the one signifying our individual physical deaths. In other words, we all have a last trump to face and we must "put on immortality" before that, we must be the bride with the bridegroom before our physical death, before our "last trump."
Anyone, something to consider......(it sounds confusing even to me....sorry, I'll keep thinking about it)
What few today have recognized concerning the events of Revelation, and how they are related one to another, Is Revelation is revealing to us, the actual events that will take place, that covers TWO transitions of World power.
Beginning in the seals, we witness mankinds futile attempts to continue to rule himself that will only lead to more war and economic collapse.
In the sixth seal we witness a series of events that the unbelieving world is accepting as the beginning of the day of the Lord. This is a very busy time propheticlly speaking.. This is not only the climax of the Ezekiel 38 war, Being accepted as Armageddon. But the world seeing the face of Him sitting on the throne is the promised "strong delusion" that takes place, that drives those who love not the truth into the aceptance of the Lie.
These people who have concluded the "great day the wrath of God has begun", will be expecting exactly that, followed by the return of the Messiah. INstead they experience the first four trumpets with only one third of everything being destroyed, followed by satan being cast out of Heaven, and his hordes of Angelics following close behind. This transition of power, begins in the sixth seal ,and lasts all the way through Rev. 11:1, where we witness the outer court being given over for 42 months.
Chapters 11, 12 and 13 all describe the same 42 month period, with each chapter concentrating on different individuals, or peope, and what they are going through during the false messiah's reign.
In chaptere 14, we witness the beginning stages of the second transition of power. This too is also a very busy time propheticlly speaking. This is not only the end of the time of Jacob's trouble, but also the end of the 70th week of daniel. It is at this point in time, the 7th, or "last" trumpet is blown.
It is very easy to make this conclusion. It is AT the sounding of the 7th trumpet, we witness, "the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of His Christ." The time of Gods wrath has come. The sounding of the last trumpet also brings on the first harvest of the 14th chapter. It is this event that will "reveal" the true identity of this one who HAS been ruling and reigning, claiming to be the Returned messiah. The second harvest of chapter 14 prepares the world to face the vials of the wrath of God. This is also the time we witness the servants of the Lord recieving their rewards. it is quite obvious the harvest has occured and the marriage supper has begun, as the wrath of God is Being poured out.
The second transition of power begins in Chapter 14, and lasts untill we witness Christ returning on his white horse in Chapter 19:11.
Revelation concentrates more on what occurs during these two transitions of power than anything else, with the first transition of power taking up FIVE chapters (6`-11)) followed by the description of the reign of the counterfiet christ (11, 12, and 13, three chapters), then folowed by the second transition of power being described Fron the 14th chapter to Chapter 19 (5 chapters).
Both of these transitions of power will occur in a very very compressed time peiod.