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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Edifier du Jour:Mark 13:13-32(NASB)
13 "You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. 14 "But when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing where it should not be (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 15 "The one who is on the housetop must not go down, or go in to get anything out of his house; 16 and the one who is in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 17 "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 "But pray that it may not happen in the winter. 19 "For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will. 20 "Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. 21 "And then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ'; or, 'Behold, He is there'; do not believe him; 22 for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect. 23 "But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance. 24 "But in those days, after that tribulation, THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, 25 AND THE STARS WILL BE FALLING from heaven, and the powers that are in the heavens will be shaken. 26 "Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory. 27 "And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven. 28 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 "Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 30 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 32 "But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
Well, I think I may have just turned into a post-tribber. “Did they start doing Star Trek cereal?” That post-tribber, Earnest, not Post Tribbles, the sweet, round Corn Puff-like thing being test marketed in a alternative universe near you. Verse 24 points to the fact that there will be a big tribulation and, only later, in verse 27, does Jesus come and gather His elect. Back up in verse 19, it state that the it will be the Mother of All Tribulation, so it’s unlikely that the manure-hitting-fan Antichrist era will come after that. I’m not that familiar with the standard pre-trib documentation, but they’d have to do some fancy exegesis to explain this away. The only thing I could conjure up is that the gathering of the elect here will be of the people who came to the Lord after the Rapture during the tribulation. That seems to be a bit of a stretch. A few comforting thoughts from this: the first is that that we won’t know when Jesus is coming back. So many people are thinking that the end is near, but we can’t count on it happening this year. One of these years Pastor Russ is going to be right, but it wasn’t last year. Also, we don’t have to be worried about Jesus sneaking up on us; it will be obvious when He comes.

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