Lewis Brackett (3 Oct 2011)
"Can we "know" when He's coming ?"

Can we “know” when He’s coming ?

Why does Rev 3:3 say:

Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Quite literally it seems to say that if we watch He wont come upon us as a thief. We WILL know When He’s coming !!!
The context of the word “hour” here does not mean hour of the day but rather the period of time: such as the generation, or maybe the decade --maybe even a year or two. But It’s a brief period of time.

Just like Matthew 24…….. Even though I do believe this chapter concerns the tribulation period and speaks primarily to the Jew; this verse is for the watchers in the final time:

Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

The watchers are seeing “these things” , hearing the approach of the four horsemen, we know we are in the “”final hour”” …….

We have been told by many preachers that there are no signs to indicate the approach of the Rapture, however when we see the approach of the AntiChrist and the Tribulation we “know” the rapture is even closer.

Can we “figure it out” by calculating feast days or numbers from this event or that event such as May 1948? Lots and lots of people have repeatedly done this. The latest frenzy was about the comet Elenin …… I mean all kinds of ”end of the world” speculation and trying to tie it mathematically or some other way to the feast of Rosh Hashanah …..

“The full measure of the Gentiles”
Romans 11:25 KJV For 1063 I would 2309 not 3756, brethren 80, that ye 5209 should be ignorant 50 of this 5124 mystery 3466, lest 3363 ye should be 5600 wise 5429 in 3844 your own conceits 1438; that 3754 blindness 4457 in 575 part 3313 is happened 1096 to Israel 2474, until 891 3739 the fulness 4138 of the Gentiles 1484 be come in 1525.

“Fullness” as used here in Romans 11:25 according to my Hebrew Greek key study Bible, Strongs# 4138 means the “complete number” and that there is a definite exact number of Believers to be saved before the rapture can happen. Believers who are Chosen by GOD before the Earth was created to be saved, who then in GOD’s own time through their free will choice chose to be saved.

Not one will be left behind…

John 10:29 My 3450 Father 3962, which 3739 gave 1325 [them] me 3427, is 2076 greater than 3187 all 3956; and 2532 no 3762 [man] is able 1410 to pluck 726 [them] out of 1537 my 3450 Father's 3962 hand 5495.

John 10:30 I 1473 and 2532 [my] Father 3962 are 2070 one 1520.

Quite literally, all those Fore Ordained by GOD before the rapture to be saved will be saved. Not one of Jesus sheep will be lost.

John 10:14 I 1473 am 1510 the good 2570 shepherd 4166, and 2532 know 1097 my 1699 [sheep], and 2532 am known 1097 of 5259 mine 1699.

John 10:26 But 235 ye 5210 believe 4100 not 3756, because 1063 ye are 2075 not 3756 of 1537 my 1699 sheep 4263, as 2531 I said 2036 unto you 5213.
John 10:27 My 1699 sheep 4263 hear 191 my 3450 voice 5456, and I 2504 know 1097 them 846, and 2532 they follow 190 me 3427:

All of this to point out that GOD knows the day, something we cant know.
IMHO God wont tell anyone ahead of time So please don’t get excited when someone tells you he knows exactly when Jesus is coming. I think Jesus coming is hastened by our faithful witness so that when the last person on GODs list is saved, then Jesus will come.

We are told to watch and be ready … Are you???
 
written by Lewis Brackett