THE LORD' S RETURN
The Coming Of The Thief
"For as a SNARE shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole
earth." - Jesus, Luke 21:35.
A great many of you
will agree that the bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth is now very
close at hand. While those of you who do not look for the Lord's return
in the near future, or perhaps not even at all, I charge you in the all
beautiful name of Jesus Christ whom you serve, that you give serious consideration
to the thoughts here set before you.
To illustrate: I
have heard the vapid argument that since Christ said He would ever be
with us -- even unto the end of the world (Matt. 28:20), manifestly it
would be impossible for Him to "return." But glance at His other glorious
promises such as found in Matthew 24:27-31, Mark 8:38 and others, as well
as the unequivocal evidence given by His two messengers according to Acts
1:10, 11. You will understand that His promise of ever remaining with
us referred to the presence of His Holy Spirit, which He promised to send
back after His return to the Father (Jh. 15:26).
The greatest of deluding
arguments about His return, is the contortion of His statement, "but of
that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father
only" (Matt. 24:36).
Look at that first
word 'but.' What is it? It is a conjunction, binding that statement to
the one just previously made. What was that? "Heaven and earth shall pass
The words of our
Lord were clear. He was talking about that dimly distant future day when
our heaven and earth shall pass away: of which day He said, that no person
knew the time, not even the angels of heaven, but His Father only. It
is not reasonable to postulate that on the Lord's return, both heaven
and earth shall pass away! IF such a puerile concept were to be implemented
by our returning King, then to what would He be coming? Whenever the two
"pass away," none can be left on earth. Were we to apply the full radical
meaning to "pass away," then but a void would remain. Reminded am I of
Paul's saying that after he became a man he commenced to think as a man.
Should not mature Christians do similarly?
Paul is emphatic
that since we are the children of the 'day,' we are not to be overtaken
by the Lord's return as "a thief" in the night (1 Thess. 5:4). Nevertheless,
there are many passages which do indicate uncertainty as to that 'day
and hour,' yet we should not go to the unjustified extreme of 'interpreting'
that to mean that we cannot approximate the time very closely. There are
two words in the Greek which have been rendered 'know.' One means to be
'aware of,' but without detailed and absolute knowledge. The second one
is that of absolute and positive knowledge, which is the one used in Scripture
to indicate the uncertainty with reference to "the day and hour" of our
Lord's return to earth. Did He not excoriate the scribes and Pharisees
of His day for "not discerning the signs of the times"? Let us strive
to deserve better....
Now swiftly I shall
set before you the proof that our Lord's return is immediately at hand:
yet I cannot say that I "know" (with absolute and positive knowledge).
It is but the human mind dealing with the Infinite: wherefore, unless
the conceit be too great, we will recognize the possibility of error.
Unless the Lord Himself was to appear and speak to a person, stating clearly
the year, month, the day and hour that He would return, we are not justified
to use the word "know." But when we have sufficiently studied His word,
and weighed the massive evidence which concurs that "these are the days,"
then we can certainly say that we know (are aware) that the time "is now."
In fact, we can be far more specific by narrowing down the 'now' to the
limited era of an odd few years; in fact, the year and day might even
God spoke of these
days through His mouthpiece in Isaiah 11:11: "the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people...."
You and I have seen
that fulfilled by their return to Palestine. With this in mind, we turn
to Matthew 24:32-34 where we see the Lord promised (His word is faithful)
that our generation which has witnessed this marvel, shall not pass away
until all the things He was discussing should come to pass. That included
His bodily return to earth.
I forecast the day
that Israel declared nationhood (May 14, 1948) about 6 months in advance,
published in a magazine article at that time. Not only an approximate
forecast, but precision to the day. Since I have made many of such forecasts,
founded in Bible prophecies (which statement I can prove beyond dispute),
I do not think it conceit to say that my understanding of prophecy and
of the days in which we live, might well be given serious thought....
Tishri is the seventh
month of the sacred calendar, which God ordained. On the 15th of that
month is the most holy festival of Tabernacles. He named it thus because
thousands of years ago, He predetermined that on that day He would commence
to 'tabernacle' with men - not as a man as in the days of our Lord Jesus,
but as very God returned to man.
Turning to the 14th
chapter of Zechariah we find that it deals with the Lord's return to earth,
and with conditions then obtaining and those to come. Verse 7 speaks of
that last dark day saying, "at evening time, it shall be light."
That light is the
shining glory of His person as He returns to earth. Because it will approximate
the time of sunset, we know that it will not be the 15th at Tishri, but
rather sunset on the 14th which opens the festival of Tabernacles.
During the last two
decades I have published at least a hundred and more prophetic equations,
all concurring that in these very years our Christian era shall terminate
in a crescendo of nuclear explosions which the Lord in person will bring
to an end at the moment of His bodily return to the Mount of Olives
lest "no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be
shortened" (Matt. 24:22). Many of the prophetic equations I have revealed
cannot pinpoint the day, and some not even the year, because they are
founded in remote events of history, the times of which may remain in
But that you may
better see the reason for several years being indicated rather than one
particular year, I wish to point out that the Lord's "return" will take
place in three stages covering a period of 31 years. Because most of our
Christian churches have never understood this mystery planned by God,
much confusion and dispute has arisen. When once we understand His three-fold
return and the detailed events to take place at each stage, then the mooted
Scriptures become clear and all knit to form a harmonious whole.
To begin with, the
Lord shall pull His master stratagem to bring His church unto its knees.
This He will accomplish by that act which He likened unto "a thief in
the night" and "the house broken through" (Lk. 12:39) to "take away His jewels" (Mat. 3:17). These will he the 144,000 which our Lord calls out
of this world "being a firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb" (Rev. 14:4).
Are not "firstfruits" plucked ahead of time from the ripening fruit?
God uses no wrong
words, neither false symbols. These 144,000 are usually claimed to be
Jews by many teachers, but that is in error. In so much as our Lord prayed
Ð "as in heaven so on earth," He declared that one would balance the other.
Therefore, are there 144,000 scheduled to be taken out of Christendom,
while a similar number of the returned Jews shall be earmarked to constitute
the elect conclave to oversee and direct (according to the orders from
the great King) the earthly and embryonic new Jerusalem (which will be
the seat of Christ's government during the forthcoming millennial and
The same heavenly
"firstfruits" were again symbolized for us by the five prudent virgins
who had oil in their lamps, as well as by Martha the elder sister who
first went to meet the returning Lord 'outside the city' (Jn. 11:20, 29-30).
Also, in the Old Testament they were beautifully depicted in Psalm 45
verse 13, and the first part of 14 by the "king's daughter."
So soon as the "firstfruits"
are plucked - vanishing into thin air - then will the remaining lukewarm
Church of Jesus Christ realize that they have been weighed and found wanting.
They will then know that, at the best, they had been but "foolish virgins."
As a consequence thereof, panic shall grip them, their repentance and
remorse shall be overwhelming. It is this strategy which our Lord has
planned to bring His complacent Church to its knees, and to get her into
that spirit of ''all out for Christ" or bust!
THE THREE STAGES
THE FIRST STAGE
As already elucidated,
the first stage of our Lord's return is to the earth's upper atmosphere
from where He calls unto Himself the firstfruits.
THE SECOND STAGE
Three and a half
years later (Rev. 12:6-14) He descends into the earth's atmosphere above
Jerusalem (1 Thess. 4:16-17) when the 'last trump' shall sound, calling
unto Himself that vast, innumerable company which have washed their robes
in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:9). As you will have gathered, they are
the "five foolish virgins" whom God has also symbolized by the younger
sorrowing sister, Mary, who "sat still in the house" (Jn. 11:20). In Psalm
45:14 they are shown by:
"...the virgins her
companions that follow her, shall be brought unto thee"
- and elsewhere in
Scripture referred to as 'concubines.' Thus is completed the second stage
of His "presence" as in His "return" He draws ever nearer to our earth.
THE THIRD STAGE
The third stage follows
two weeks later when with His Bride, and that vast innumerable company,
He descends to earth...
"...in flaming fire
taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ." (KJV) 2 Thessalonians 1:8
When His feet touch
down on Olivet (Zech. 14:4), the worldwide cataclysm which results, brings
an abrupt and complete stop to Armageddon. When His world-house has thus
been washed clean, and the remnant of His chosen people purged (Joel 3:21),
These three stages
of His return are symbolized in reverse through the vision of Ezekiel.
The firstfruits who have been baptized in the fire of His Spirit, and
live according to the pleasure of His will, are symbolized for us in Exodus
40:34, Isaiah 6:1, and Ezekiel 8:4 and 10:3. As Ezekiel saw the Lord's
glory depart by stages, so does He similarly return; the second stage
being described in Ezekiel 10:4. The third stage is shown us in Ezekiel
10:18 and 11:22 and its completion is verse 24.
As we study the account
Joshua left us, we see that Israel crossed Jordan, entering the land promised
unto their fathers on the tenth day of the first month. Except for their
priest and Caleb, most of them had been born in the wilderness (outside
of a percentage of those who were children when their fathers left Egypt).
That wilderness symbolizes
this world under the Christian dispensation: we are those 'children born
by the wayside.' Joshua portrayed Jesus (or the Holy Spirit working for
Jesus); in fact, their names were identical. The water-brimmed Jordan
symbolizes death, but Joshua took the them across on dry ground. All of
which was but 'a shadow of better things to come'! Those of us whom the
Lord finds with oil in our lamps, watching and praying, shall be taken
out - not tasting of death; then shall we flow into the land promised
unto our Christian fathers.
When? There is only
one day in whatever the year, and that will be the tenth of Nisan, 4 days
before the Passover. They must be with the Lord long enough to be shorn
clean from all earthly stains on the day of Passover, far up in the heavenlies
You must clearly
understand the three-fold stages of His return (as herein explained),
in order that when the day of great spiritual panic intrudes - or, even
before - that you, should you find yourself yet on earth, may know precisely
what to do. For more than five days following the rapture, the heavens
above shall be spiritually black, while on earth mounting and maddening
panic - not only among remaining Christians except for those who understand,
but through out all the land.
On the sixth day
following the rapture (Nisan 16), our Lord will send back to earth the
144,000 to warn and instruct the remaining household, even as our Lord
in the days of His flesh sent Martha back to tell Mary that He was calling
her (Jn. 11:28). Then Mary swiftly arose and went to meet the Lord outside
the city in the same place where Martha had met Him. The remaining church
must then seek "oil for the lamps" with all the spirit they possess. Demon
hordes will be cascaded to earth to obsess the unregenerate, and churn
them into foaming frenzy. But Church doors must be thrown wide open for
unceasing prayer, night and day.
From Nisan the 16th,
seven full weeks of relentless prayer must ascend to God: then shall the
answer come. On the fiftieth day shall the second Pentecost come to earth
on a worldwide scale, and light upon all who are "in the upper room."
Once more shall cloven tongues of fire appear. Once more shall we see
the very power of God on earth as was manifested by our Lord of old, even
to the extent of doing greater and mightier and more wonderful works than
He did (Jn. 14:12). What glorious days await the sons and daughters of
Yet, on the other
hand, the greatest terror and bloodcurdling horrors shall fill our land.
Forget not that the Lord permitted a legion of devils to enter the herd
of swine: the swine were crazed, and stampeded to their own destruction.
We are told there were "about 2000" which prophesied of that many years
until that 'shadow prophecy' was to fulfill (in accordance with what I
have just stated). That is why you have no time to lose: you must be fully
instructed and prepared for the days which lie ahead. Even though our
Lord might still "postpone," remember - OUR TIME IS SHORT!