We’ve been over it before in this column. However, things are shaping so rapidly it again needs our attention. Prophecy watchmen on the wall should pay close attention.
The seminaries consistently ignore this prophetic indicator altogether. Or they steadfastly say it is to be applied to Jews alive during the Tribulation. It is not for the Church.
I say–and have done so for years–that the prophecy is specifically for our time–that is, the Age of Grace. I’m referring to Jesus’ foretelling of the time of His next intervention into the affairs of mankind. He described those days being like the days of Noah and the days of Lot.
‘m convinced the prophecy involved is so important for us to consider as this new year begins that we will include it here it in its entirety.
In the Matthew Olivet Discourse account, the Lord says that no one can know the day or hour of His coming. He next informs of what this time will be like and what to look for in being watchmen.
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (Matthew 24:36-42)
Jesus further expands in the Luke account:
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:26-30)
We have looked numerous times at these words of Christ. We have noted that the time of which He spoke in prophesying these matters could not be the time of His Second Advent. The world will be almost totally destroyed when Armageddon is raging. perhaps as much as three-fourths of the earth’s population will have died as a result of God’s wrath and Satan’s evil through the Antichrist’s reign. it will not be business as usual.
This prophecy about Christ’s “revealing” indicates plainly that it will be a time of buying, selling, marrying, planting–all of the activities that indicate business as usual. I maintain that because Christ doesn’t emphasize things that are mundane; he was talking here about a time when business was much better than usual.
As long as five years ago, we expressed in this Nearing Midnight column our belief that it would be a time of economic boom, not bust, that would mark when the Rapture of the Church would occur. It would be the think not time because the world, economically speaking, would be doing quite well.
Of course, not all the world is doing well at present, economically or in any other way. This has always been the case. The poor will always be with us, the Lord, Himself, told us.
However, for the part of the world where economies have the capability to thrive, the world, Jesus said in this prophecy, will be doing quite well at the time He is next “revealed.”
Almost every economic indicator is moving upward in America at this moment. This nation is the economic engine for the rest of the world. The better the U.S. does, economically speaking, the better the other nations who have the capability to thrive will do.
I’m dumbfounded at the fact that the true, Bible-teaching seminaries of America see this prophecy as being only for the Jews of the Tribulation. It seems to be a blindness they suffer.
However, I do know why the tremendous economic potential that has burst onto the scene is unheralded by the mainstream news media. They hate Donald Trump, plain and simple.
Now, I’m not so foolish as to think that the economic upswing is one built on sound economic principles. We are in a tremendous financial bubble that continues to grow by the hour. At some point it is going to burst. It simply defies the fiscal laws for it to continue without imploding.
However, it will not come to that point of implosion, I’m of the belief, until the Lord Says so. He is allowing it to move exactly toward the prophetic point the Lord Jesus foretold in the above scriptural accounts.
As I’ve expressed many times, this president is God’s chosen man for this hour, a builder, an entrepreneur extraordinaire. But, the mainstream news prevaricators refuse to report the tremendous economic growth the nation is experiencing. To do so would move in the opposite direction of trying to bring America down so that the globalists can usurp its wealth and power to construct the world order they wish to establish. They want desperately to destroy this president’s efforts to restore the United States to its former, leading status.
Antichrist’s global platform will be constructed, I believe, when the Rapture occurs and this phenomenal economic bubble explodes and comes down around the ears of an unsuspecting world.
The year 2018 could be the time. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Even so come! 🙂
Absolutely, Terry! It’s the “Babylon must rise before Babylon can fall” thing. Looking more and more like it all the time.
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Thanks again for this fundamental truth. I personally have been beating this same drum for years and might simply add that if we had only Matthew 24 verse 38 the most unlearned of Bible students could decipher the big question of “when” will Jesus return for his Bride. Verse 38 can be summed up in one easy-to-understand English word … NORMALITY.
BEFORE the flood there is no indication of wars, famines, pestilence etc. nor even judgment. The words of Jesus are clear. Clear enough for even a child … the coming of the Son of man will be as in the days of Noah BEFORE the flood. Not a perfect time … but “normal’ as in family picnics, vacations, weddings, doing the stock markets, going to Disney, buying a new house … all of which will vanish following the Rapture. “Normal” will end. The key word in verse 38 is BEFORE the judgment (flood). not after or even during judgment. I am also dumbfounded that learned students dance right past this fundamental fact and ignore it’s relevancy. I realize that I am saying basically the same thing that you have so eloquently stated (forgive me) but what a blessing to have our Lord make is so clear. He that hath ears to hear!
Ohhhh, I needed to read what Terry and Mr. Prather said ! I am sooooo tired, and I was sooooo sure that 2017 was going to be the year Christians would be taken Home that I was having a moment of depression. Okay guys ! I am back up and marching Forward…….renewed and invigorated !
Carol Cole, Atlanta
You are absolutely right. At Jesus’ Return, the world will be experience normal and routine events and business as usual. It is surprising that “prophecy experts” completely overlook this fact. When things seem to be normal and going great, THAT is the time to be on the lookout. It parallels the calm before a major storm in a weather system. My radar is up and looking forward to the Rapture of the true Body of Christ. All Aboard?
Things are so clear that I don’t think we are mistaken. We don’t know the day and the hour but we have the obligation to know the times, and this are the times, I think 2018 is gonna be very very interesting because it is 70 years after rebirth of the fig tree.
I run into so many people who are clueless. I REALLY wish someone would make a pamphlet……..just a very simple pamphlet………with all of the prophecies written out in 1-2 sentences from scripture. And over at the side of the pages, put the date each was fulfilled. A pamphlet instead of a BOOK. Something that is a “ fast reading “ item. THAT grabs attention a LOT faster than a BOOK. So many people don’t LIKE to read…..won’t take the TIME to delve into a BOOK……..or are too BUSY to read a book. GRAB THEIR ATTENTION ! Or, to put it bluntly, to SCARE THE HELL OUT OF THEM ! Yes, it is being deceptive, but after you get their FULL quaking attention, THEN gently guide their path until it is their HEART that is responding……..not their fear. When IIII became a Christian, IIII was very deceptive with myself ! My husband died. I had an actual vision of him where we talked for a minute. After that happened I figured the ONLY thing I could do………to be SURE I would ever SEE Barrett again, was to BECOME a CHRISTIAN. Deceptive, but in His Mercy, God understood and gently and lovingly guided my footsteps until I fell COMPLETELY in LOVE with my LORD and SAVIOR……….and Barrett completely took a backseat. So, MY thought is WHATEVER it takes to get their attention, and THEN guide them and “ grow them up “. Does anyone understand what I am saying ? A pamphlet……….we need a several paged pamphlet !
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