The Doctrine of Imminence
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Are you ready?
Here is another study of God's word that is largely ignored by the mainline Church for various reasons. The doctrine of imminence is not a popular topic. Many preachers do not teach imminence.
Imminence is not prominent enough because many priests, pastors, and chaplains of America are not imminently prepared themselves or they would teach this important topic.
I encourage you to devour the Word of God on a regular basis to dig out and understand the importance of both salvation and imminence. The doctrine of imminence is clearly scriptural and can be found in passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Imminence clearly calls each of us to holiness, righteousness, and godliness as we walk, talk and live during our sojourn in an increasingly evil world. The command not "to curse the Lord God" is more correctly translated:
"You shall not act towards God in a casual or disrespectful way." It is more about how we represent God when we are alone and when we are to the public. In other words, it is a twenty-four a day totally encompassing Christian worldview.
Are You Ready?
The day will come like "A Thief in the Night"
The concept of the return of Christ is like a "thief in the night". This thief can and should become interpreted as imminence. From Matthew 24:43 Jesus will literally catch the majority of people off-guard without His eternal Spirit because they either do not believe or are not ready.
“But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.” (Luke 12.39)
The essential elements of Jesus’ warning are that no one knows the date or time when He will return. So much for date setting, but we who believe have to be in a state of preparedness or imminence.
That means watching for His imminent return. After all, the signs of the times alone should force us into a state of imminence. Making sure Spiritually we stay in alignment with the coming King of the world.
Jesus Christ gave us more than enough of the sign of the times of when He will return to get us who obey and believe ready for His return. Jesus warned that we should always be prepared because no one except the Father knows the hour of His return.
Of course, Jesus said this when he was in His earthly body. After His ascension to heaven, as Jesus sits on the right hand of the Father He has a knowledge of the date and time, controlling and holding the very matter in which we exist together. (Re. Matthew 24.36-44)
Jesus gave us clear prerequisites for the Second Advent. Let us take a look at a few. In this prophecy, Daniel is telling Nebuchadnezzar the meaning of his dream without any personal knowledge. The knowledge of the strange statue came directly to Daniel from God through the Holy Spirit. You can read this for yourself in Daniel 2.44-45.
Another passage from the prophet Daniel spoke prophetically of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in Daniel 7.9-14. Read for yourself and see what the Spirit tells you of this important verse.
The prophet Daniel wrote more about the days that are upon us. Daniel is another example of persons (three) who have nothing derogatory said about them in the Bible.
Daniel 12.1-3, "At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time, your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."
Zechariah speaks of the day of the Lord which is the day of God's wrath on a sinful people. Long after, Final judgment will occur at the end of the Millennial period at the White Throne Judgement.
Zechariah 14:1-15, "Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day, His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east.
And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making an enormous valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.
Then you shall flee through My mountain valley, for the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.
Thus, the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You. It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish. It shall be one day which is known to the Lord—neither day nor night.
But at evening time, it shall happen that it will be light. And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter, it shall occur. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day, it shall be—“The Lord is one,” and His name one.
All the land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem.Jerusalem shall be raised up and inhabited in her place from Benjamin’s Gate to the place of the First Gate and the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. The people shall dwell in it; and no longer shall there be utter destruction, but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem:
Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths. It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the Lord will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor’s hand; Judah also will fight at Jerusalem.
And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together: gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance. Such also shall be the plague on the horse and the mule, on the camel and the donkey, and on all the cattle that will be in those camps. So shall this plague be?"
Note: When you read this prophecy it sounds like Gabriel gave Jeremiah a horrific vision of a nuclear holocaust. A nuclear weapon was something Jeremiah could not have envisioned when the weapons in that day were spears, bows and arrows, chariots, and knives. Gabriel gave Jeremiah a message from beyond time and space.
Note 2: Good News, Nowhere in the Word of God is a disciple implored to get ready for God's wrath against sinful people who did not believe. Prove me wrong on this point.
Get Ready to Stay Ready
Jesus Christ Personal Warning
If you carefully read Matthew 24:36-51, the verses are Jesus warning for us to be ready – which is imminence in practical terms. What is a simple definition of imminence? It is the condition of being ready for what is likely to occur or happen shortly. Remember the people of Judah failed to understand they had God standing before them.
There is a historical event that needs mention here. In about A.D. 40 Caligula, tired of the Jewish uprising and quarrelsome nature, at that time ordered a statue of his likeness to be placed in the Holy of Hollies. Petronius knowing what the reaction of the Jews would be to this fails to carry out the order. Caligula finds out about his order not being completed then orders the death of Petronius. But Caligula dies by assassination just a few weeks after the order was issued. Ironically there is a mixup at sea, and the orders and news of Caligula's death never reach the troops. Petronius is officially off the hook!
Is it not interesting how God supernaturally intervened in preventing the premature desecration of the Holy of Hollies? It has not occurred as of today because the Temple was destroyed by the troops of Titus. The Tribulation spoken of by Jesus Christ has never taken place. When Titus Vespasian and the 5th, 10th, 12th, and 15th Roman Legions in late A.D. 69 laid siege to Jerusalem, the Temple was burned to the ground. Over one million men, women, and children died mostly from starvation if not from the sword of the Romans. Those that heeded Jesus warning were able to flee Jerusalem to safety.
Matt 24:15-22, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, those days will be shortened."
We now know a couple of things. First, if Jesus Christ said it, you can count on it. He said Daniel was a prophet, and if any academic denies this he is calling Jesus Christ a liar. I do not think that is wise. Second, the Tribulation spoken of by the Lord has never occured. It is forthcoming closer than we think.
The Clock is Running Out
The Judgment of Those That Do Not Believe
Jesus speaks of the judgment of the unbelievers which occurs after Tribulation and before the Millennium. He also issues a warning that most overlook. He said, "whoever reads this, let him understand" which puts the emphasis on each of us to do our homework. Someday soon there is going to be an accounting before Him,
Matt 13:41,"The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend and those who practice lawlessness,"
I will leave the following verses for you to discover on your own. Matthew 26:64; Mark 13:14-27; Mark 14:62; Luke 21:25-28; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 3:19-21; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Peter 3:1-14; Jude 14-15; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 19:11-20:6; Revelation 22:7, 12, 20.
However, the rapture of the body of Christ has no such pre-requirements. It is easier by far to preach this than it is to live it. So among other important reminders is the Doctrine of Imminence, that the rapture of the body of believers can happen in the twinkling of an eye, anytime or any day.
The financial implications of removing over 2 billion persons in the twinkling of an eye are staggering. Governments on the brink of collapsing will be the first to go. It will take the genius of the Antichrist to save the world from this incredible event.
Here are some additional scriptures that you will find useful in researching the "snatching away" of the body of Christ which refutes those that say it is not in the New Testament. They are: (John 14:1-3; Romans 8:19; 1 Corinthians 1:7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-53; 1 Corinthians 16:22; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; 1 Tim 6:14; 2 Tim 4:1; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; James 5:7-9; 1 Peter 1:7, 13; 1 John 2:28-3:2; Jude 21; Revelation 2:25; Revelation 3:10).
I hope this short article challenges you to study this subject and come to your own conclusions. As a professor, I encourage my students to study the subject and make their own minds up. I trust you will as well. Thank you for reading the articles and God's blessings.
Dr. Missler on Imminence
The Old Van Buren bridge into Canada
Which event are you getting ready for?
© 2013 Gary E Hill