Chris posted this on Facebook Friday 28th May and I greatly appreciate his stance:
Following my recent post on the coming King – “Soon and Very Soon We’re Going to See the King” – I’ve seen much discussion on exactly what that means. Is it the Rapture? Is it Revival? Is it Armageddon and the Return to Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives?
This is a very personal response to those questions, and I know there will be many who disagree with me, but here’s my current thinking – and before anyone starts to shout, “You’re wrong!”, I want to quote a scripture – “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
NONE of us, NOT ONE, is anywhere close to being the sole arbiter of truth. Please remember that and choose your words carefully IF you wish to comment in disagreement.
Armageddon and the Return – I really do think there’s a few things, biblical prophecies like the rebuilt Temple, the Antichrist, the Gospel taken to every tribe and tongue, and more, to be fulfilled before Jesus returns. However, there’s also much being fulfilled of late, many signs, which gives us the impression that it will be sooner rather than later. I think this is not yet, but events are moving very quickly and it could just surprise a few folk!
The Rapture – ah, the Rapture! With so much disagreement over whether or not there will even be a “Rapture”, the discussions over this topic are endless. But in the context of ‘Soon and very soon’, I do believe it could be quite imminent.
There are those who vehemently disagree with this, who say it’s not for years yet, I’ve even heard as much as hundreds of years! Whilst I respect them, I also disagree with them.
When Jesus tells me, whispers to me, (emphasis RB’s) that He’s coming VERY, VERY SOON, I tend to listen to Him. When He shouts it – I sit up and pay close attention. I’m not saying any of us is right or wrong, I’m only saying, telling, reporting that which I believe I’ve heard from the Lord Himself!
For those who believe as I do, there’s the belief that the Antichrist, the man of iniquity, cannot be revealed until after the Rapture – and that’s just for starters. The subject is so huge that I don’t wish to start another pointless, endless argument – I’m just stating my personal position. Many may well have different views. That’s OK too.
Revival – another ‘hot potato’ in the church! Revival has started already! Maybe not in a church near you, but it has started elsewhere in the world! The thing is that it really is different from anything we’ve seen before! To those who look for another Welsh Revival or another Azusa Street – how can it possibly be the same – that was over 100 years ago! It won’t be like the Hebridean Revival, or Argentina, or Toronto, Brownsville, Lakeland, the Bay nor any other recent move of God.
There will be an outburst of the ‘greater things will you do’ of which Jesus spoke. Greater miracles, greater wonders, more and greater signs, way beyond our imagination, will be the hallmark of this revival.
So, “Soon and Very Soon We’re Going to See the King”, what does it actually mean?
Does it mean He’s coming in Revival, in Rapture, in His physical Return to Jerusalem?
Well, I’ve already said that I don’t believe it is His physical return, but I do believe it will be BOTH Revival AND Rapture – Revival then Rapture. Revival, already started, carrying on for some time, then concluding with Rapture. How long? 5 or 6 years is my belief – within the next ten years at least!
There you have my personal position! I don’t mind if you disagree because I’m not the sole arbiter of truth, but neither are you. This is not a discussion, just a response to questions.
It has just occurred to me that disagreement on this topic is good. It means that we cannot be sure exactly how scripture will be fulfilled. It keeps us open to modifying our views depending on how events unfold.
Watching, waiting, listening and trying to understand.
The bride is not ready. We need to seek the Lord on this. Knowing that it is actually only the Lord who can prepare the bride, but being ready to play our part in this – the part God has given each of us. We need to seek with an open mind because it will be different to what we think – and it has already started.
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Yes I agree Elizabeth. It is godly to disagree when we have open minds willing to be taught and learn. However, Chris is referring to the kind of heated, impatient debate (even from friends) that develop into an arrogant argument, as for example I encountered on Facebook only last week!
Well, I think its Revival first, then the Great Return. 2030 marks the 2000th anniversary of Christ’s ministry beginning. But, I AM NOT setting that as THE date of His return, but its worth bearing in mind. As for the Rapture, does it really matter? When it happens it will be at the optimum time in His plans. It would seem to be temporary, anyway. The enemy will fight back against the Revival, and that may be a time of persecution.
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