A “Flash” and a “Blast”
And We Believers
Will be “Home” at last
By Pastor F. M. Riley
“For as the lightning cometh [erchomai] out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming [Parousia] of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase [body] is, there will the eagles be gathered together,” Matthew 24:27-28.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we [living believers] shall be changed,” 1 Corinthians 15:52.
Matthew 24:27-28 in the Lord’s Olivet Discourse has been skipped over or mis-interpreted by most commentators and prophecy teachers. These two inspired Scriptures set forth great blessings for those of God’s people who will seriously study the passage, and learn what the Lord was actually saying. In this study I want to point out and emphasize the truths set forth in these Scriptures. Join us for a study which I hope will be
enlightening, and a blessing to every reader.
THE FOUR GOSPELS
God’s Word is inspired of the Holy Spirit, 2 Timothy 3:16. Then it is not just “coincidence” that there are four gospels, each of which record the birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, since each of the four Gospels was written by a different disciple, each disciple was writing in his own way of normally speaking. Yet each disciple was being guided by the Holy Spirit in exactly what they were to say. This allowed for there to be a slight difference in the exact words used, yet there was perfect agreement on what they were writing about. There are no errors or contradictions in the four Gospels, even though each Gospel was written by a different disciples. THIS IS THE AMAZING WORD OF GOD! Glory to God!
I have emphasized this truth because each disciple often wrote of the same event in the ministry of the Lord Jesus, but used slightly different words in describing the event, or went into more detail on some events, each writer being moved by the Holy Spirit. Some events are recorded in only one of the Gospels, and not even mentioned in the other three. The Holy Spirit was guiding all four writers, in exactly what they should write, 2 Timothy 3:16. .
So when we turn our attention to the prophecies set forth in the four Gospels, we need to compare each of the accounts with the other writer’s account of the same prophecy. In making such comparisons, we can be certain that we have everything stated in any given prophecy, and not be missing something. Clear enough?
If not, then carefully study the prophecy given by the Lord used as a Scripture text for this study. Luke, in writing his Gospel, wrote of the very same event prophesied by the Lord in our Scripture text, written by Matthew. But Luke’s account sets forth details not stated in Matthew’s account. Following Is Luke’s account of the Lord’s prophecy set forth in Matthew 24:27-28.
“I tell you in that night there shall be two [men] in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Two [women] shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two [men] shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
And they answered and said unto Him, Where, Lord? And He said unto them, Wheresoever the body [is] thither will the eagles be gathered together.” Luke 17:34-37.
Dear readers, it is glaringly obvious that when the two accounts are compared, the Lord is speaking about the same subject in both
accounts. Notice the exact same statement made in both Matthew
24:28 and Luke 17:37. “…..will be eagles be gathered together.”’
Both passages are speaking about the Lord’s coming, and at what time?
The Context and How it is Stated
Notice that in Matthew 24:27, the Lord is explicitly speaking about His coming, describing it as being like A FLASH OF LIGHTNING. But which coming? His literal, visible, bodily, return to the earth at His second coming? Or…..could He be speaking of His coming “in the air” at the time of the rapture? Which return was the Lord speaking about in His prophecy? Well, let’s see…….
Go back to our Scripture text, and notice the two Greek words I placed in brackets. In the Greek text from which the KJV Bible was translated, there are two different Greek words used which refer to coming.
The first word in this text Scripture translated as “cometh” is the
Greek word, ERCHOMAI. See Strong’s No. 1831. This is the common word for anything, or anyone, coming. This word is used over and over again in the New Testament when speaking of any kind of “coming.”
The second word in this text translated as “coming,” is the Greek word, PAROUSIA.” See Strong’s No. 3952. This word is used over
and over again in the New Testament when referring to the Lord’s coming at the rapture. I urge our readers to check this out for themselves. Now the Lord used the word, “erchomai,” when referring to the lightning “coming,” but in the same Scripture changed to the word “Parousia” when referring to His coming. Is this just “coincidence,” or is the Lord trying to set forth a truth for His own believing people? Well…?? Glory to God!
Now notice that verses 27 and 28 are connected by a conjunction; the word “For.” In other words, the thought or subject the Lord was speaking to His disciples abou in verse 27 is the same subject or thought continued in verse 28. And what was the Lord’s subject or thought?
HIS COMING TO RESURRECT AND RAPTURE HIS PEOPLE TO GLORY!
This truth is glaringly evident when one compares this passage with the similar passage in Luke 17:34-37. In this latter passage the Lord is clearly describing the rapture of true believers; how they will vanish right before the eyes of those who refuse to believe. In Luke 17:37, the disciples then wanted to know where this event would take place? The Lord’s answer was, “wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.”
By Pastor F. M. Riley
January 15, 2020
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23.
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