One of the most misunderstood scriptures is listed in the Book of Matthew @ Chapter 24. Let's revisit this scripture with a deeper understanding and appreciation and see what we can glean from it.
When studying prophecy I have encountered a common denominator. The revealing of prophecy comes with a process. I have not yet come across a single prophecy that has occurred in an immediate fashion. They have always occurred over a period of time. Take (Genesis 3:15) for example, that prophecy was uttered by Jehovah 6,047 years ago and is still undergoing fulfillment. Sometimes, to gain a deeper understanding we must be willing to adjust our current understanding or at least keep an open mind.
Most make the claim that (Matthew 24:30) can only occur after the Great Tribulation, but let us reason among the surrounding scriptures. "Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in grief, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound, and they will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds, from one extremity of the heavens to their other extremity." (Matthew 24:29-31)
The phrase 'the tribulation of those days' refers to 'the time of trouble' or Last Days. Aren't these last days dark with pangs of distress? This allotment of troubled times is a Conclusion of a System of things. The End of the Gentile times that ushered in the Last Days. There was an Arabic term used in Biblical times when a Ruler fell from grace, the term used was 'His Heaven has Fallen!" The effects would be immediate for all to witness and experience. The scripture gives us some very detailed information as the scripture ends with, 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.' (Matthew 24:29) It's Spiritual and this manifestation pang or (woe) has been occurring since 1914, the year Satan and his hordes were hurled out of Heaven onto the earth. Each woe consist of a period of 40 years of refinement. The woes come to an end suddenly and abruptly as the final and third woe comes to its' end. (Daniel 12: 9-10)
The following verse states, 'Then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven'. That sign causes all the tribes of the earth to beat themselves in grief, including those who are rightly disposed for everlasting life, even those whom are anointed are not immuned to the manifestations of Christ's Presence. "For just as the lightning comes out of the east and shines over to the west, so the Presence of the Son of man will be." (Matthew 24:27) What is that sign? The four horsemen that ride, all have work to do. These four horsemen are part of that Composite Sign spoken of in Jesus' answer to the question, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?” (Matthew 24:3) They give evidence of Christ's Presence as the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
The third verse states that Christ 'will send out his angels with a great trumpet sound,' but what is the purpose? 'They will gather his chosen ones together from the four winds'. "The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first." (1 Thess 4:16) This prophecy was first spoken of at (Daniel 12:1-2) "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.” (Rev 7:3) "And I heard the number of those who were sealed, 144,000" (Rev 7:4)
The completion of the sealing of the 144,000 paves the way for the Last Days to come to their end. With that, the (pangs of distress) could come to their end for those rightly disposed for everlasting life, the Great Crowd. This very well could be the event that brings the Pollical Kings together proclaiming peace and security. "Whenever it is that they are saying, “Peace and security!” then sudden destruction is to be instantly on them, just like birth pains on a pregnant woman, and they will by no means escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
The ones who are deceived by the Kings of Gog of Magog by refusing to give Jehovah and his Anointed One credited will begin dying a death of everlasting destruction, the second death with no hope of a resurrection. They die forever in the manner of Adam and Eve. However, as they die off without knowing of such, they begin to witness a wonderous phenomenon that positively provides undeniable proof of Christ's Presence as our Brothers and Sisters begin to receive the Blessings of Jehovah's Kingdom Government. (Daniel 2:44)
"He forgives all your errors And heals all your ailments; He reclaims your life from the pit And crowns you with his loyal love and mercy. He satisfies you with good things all your life, So that your youth is renewed like that of an eagle." (Psalm 103:3-5)
"Let his flesh become fresher than in youth; Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor." (Job 33:25)
It's at this point the wicked recognize that they are dying of sickness and old age. For when they come against you, they will not succeed, but look for a faster way to die themselves. "In those days people will seek death but will by no means find it, and they will long to die, but death will flee from them." (Rev 9:6) The death they die will be a slow one, so don't feel sorry for such ones who hate God's Holy Name with slander.... walk away and have plenty to eat, plenty to drink, sleep in security... and meet with family and friends in security, as you enjoy your newfound prosperous day of health. This Day of Relief will last 1,000 years and this phenomenal display will be too much for the wicked who reviled your faith.
"Look! My servants will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart, But you will cry out because of the pain of heart And you will wail because of a broken spirit." (Isaiah 65:14)
WTS Quote: "When Jesus ascended into heaven, according to the record, “a cloud caught him up from their vision.” (Ac 1:9) The disciples did not see Jesus riding away on a cloud, but rather, the cloud obscured their vision of him. This helps us to understand Jesus’ words concerning his presence: “They will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory,” and Revelation’s statement: “He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him.” (Lu 21:27; Mt 24:30; Re 1:7) In past cases clouds represented invisible presence; but observers could “see” the meaning with their mental “eyes.” In this case the physical occurrences that are visible would cause the one looking to “see” or realize that Christ is invisibly present.—See also Mt 24; Mr 13; Re 14:14."
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