THE (SECOND) COMING OF CHRIST
Second Advent of Jesus Christ is a theme which has been often
preached and discussed throughout Church History. Most Christians believe
that the event is an imminent one. It is generally referred to as
The Rapture. Each generation of believers has expected the Lord
Jesus Christ to come in their day when their bodies would be changed and
they would meet Him in the air (1 Cor.15: 51-52; 1 Thess.4:15-17). But, it
has been almost 2000 years since the Lord Jesus and His Apostles mentioned
about His return, yet He has not come.
The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Bride, His True Church, is
an imminent event. Many preachers have been guilty of teaching and
causing their flocks to believe that the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
'can happen at any moment'.
The use of the word imminent, or any similar word or words, in
teaching the sudden coming of Christ, is based on the
phrase, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye”, in 1 Corinthians
15:52. This phrase does not imply an imminent coming of
Christ but rather a change in the bodies of both the dead and the
living saints. After reading the following verses (and other similar or
somewhat similar ones), most Christians tend to have the impression that
the Lord Jesus was referring to His sudden unexpected coming in the sky:
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come”
(Matt.24:42), “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the
hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matt.25:13). [We shall deal with
the above passages later in this message.]
While it is true that an individual Christian may be called home to meet
the Lord at any time, the Lord will come for the whole body of His true
Bride in the Rapture only when all the prophecies pertaining
to His Second Coming have been fulfilled. All the prophecies
concerning the First Advent of Christ were fulfilled at the time of
His First Coming. Likewise, all prophecies concerning
His Second Advent will have to be fulfilled before He comes again.
When narrating the seven parables of Matthew 13, the parable of the fig
tree, and other parables, the Lord Jesus had foreseen that certain events
would have to come to pass before His Corporeal Return. The seven
parables of Matthew 13 were pointing ahead to the Gospel Dispensation of
the Seven Church Ages. As the fact was wrapped in mystery form, the
disciples could not understand it fully then. It was only later in their
lives when the Holy Spirit slowly unfolded the plan of God to them that
they began to have a full understanding. Certain statements made by the
Apostles showed that they had the revelation concerning the Lord's
Corporeal Return. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:6 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
clearly tell us that the Rapture will not take place
certain prophecies are fulfilled. And when those prophecies begin to
be fulfilled, then those who are truly God's children will know that they
are living in the season of the Second Advent of Christ.
I believe this is the very generation that Christ's Corporeal Return will
materialize because some of the
relevant prophecies have been fulfilled, while the rest are in the process
of the most important
prophecies concerning Christ's Second Advent that has already been
fulfilled was the appearance of His Forerunner. However, the
nominal Christians, who lack understanding of the Scriptures, tend to
doubt that there will be a Messenger who will forerun the Second Advent
of Christ. Yet, it is not only recorded in the Scriptures, but also in
human history, that before the arrival of a royalty or a dignitary at a
certain place, a forerunner would be there to announce his impending
arrival. If most Christians can accept John the Baptist as the
Forerunner of Christ's First Advent, why is it so hard for them to
believe someone who had the same power and spirit of Elijah to be the
Forerunner of Christ's Second Advent?
Malachi chapter 4
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of
the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,
AND the heart of the children to their fathers,
lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
There can be no doubt whatsoever that a
Forerunner had been sent to announce Christ's Return
in these last days of the closing of the Grace Age. Although he was widely
known, this man of God has not been recognized and accepted by the
religious systems and orders of our generation. Like the ministries of the
prophets of old and that of Christ Jesus, his ministry will continue to be
disputed by a majority of people. His life and ministry truly patterned
after that of the Biblical prophets of old. This Forerunner, who had the
spirit of Elijah (Mal.4:5-6b), was also the Messenger to this age of
Laodicea (Rev.3:14; 10:7). He was none other than the late William Marrion
Branham of Jeffersonville, Indiana, U.S.A. [The author is not dealing
with the subject of this prophet's life and
ministry in this message. For further information on the said subject, you
can write to THE VOICE OF GOD RECORDINGS, Inc.,
P.O.Box 950, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47131, U.S.A. or go to
The William M. Branham Website.]
Just as the First Advent of Christ was wrapped in a shroud of mystery, the
same is true of His Second Advent. Only a small group of God-fearing
people would be given the revelation of the event. When reference
is made to the Return or Second Coming of Christ, most Christians would
only think of Christ's Corporeal Return in the Rapture (which they
believe would take place at any time).
PAROUSIA - COMING
different words have been used to describe the Second Advent
of Christ in relation to His coming, His presence, His
appearing, and His revelation.
And one of the Greek words used is PAROUSIA which has often been
translated as COMING.
The word parousia emphasizes both the idea of being near or
being there and having come. It denotes both an arrival and
a consequent presence. It is said that the Christians in the Graeco-Roman
world used it as a technical term for the Glorious Return of Christ. The
borrowed term was originally used for official visits by royalty.
Remember, Jesus Christ is King of kings. Today, most Bible students stress
that the word parousia is used to describe THE CORPOREAL
COMING of Jesus Christ in the Rapture and HIS PHYSICAL
PRESENCE with those to whom He has come. It is only an assumption.
The word parousia, in itself, does not signify a physical
presence unless expressly stated. For an example, read the
statement of Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:10. Notice the adjective in the
phrase, “his bodily presence” (Grk: parousia tou somatos).
The phrase specifically denotes St. Paul's physical presence (cf. 1
Cor.16:17; 2 Cor.7:6-7; Phil. 2:12). When the word parousia is used
to describe the Return of Christ, the emphasis is more on THE
PERIOD of His Return rather than on THE COMING of
His Person. During this particular PERIOD of time God's many
purposes are worked out and accomplished as time ends.
Theologians and intellectual Bible seminarians will disagree with many
things discussed in this book because even among themselves they are
unable to agree on their own theories concerning the Second Advent of
Christ. They are divided over whether the Church will be raptured before
the Great Tribulation (Pre-Tribulation Rapturism), in the middle of
the Great Tribulation (Mid-Tribulation Rapturism) or after the
Great Tribulation (Post-Tribulation Rapturism). [Note: This author
is aware of a Parousia doctrine which is propagated by certain 'Endtime
Message' preachers in the U.S.A. Because of false ideas and
misinterpretations of the Word of God, it is but a false doctrine which
has confused many believers. There is no similarity between that
Parousia doctrine and the one taught in this book.]
All Bible students agree that Bible prophecies may contain more than what
is spoken or written. Bible prophecies often contain a double reference to
persons, things or places. They may also point to a dual event which may
span a considerable period of time. Such prophecies are not easily
understood and are a cause of the many different theories concerning
Christ's return. Two good examples of such prophecies are Malachi 4:5-6
and Matthew 24:15-22.
Now, what is the mystery that surrounds the Second Advent of
Christ? How will THE CHRIST of the Almighty God come, at the close of the
Grace Age, to be received by the elect?
Well, the mystery is that, before the
appearing of CHRIST THE (CORPOREAL) PERSON,
CHRIST THE WORD must first come to pave the way. As in the First
Advent, CHRIST THE WORD will precede the Glorious Return of CHRIST THE
pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell”
– Colossians 1:19
“For in him
dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily”
– Colossians 1:19
[Note: The Greek word for Christ is Christos. It is not a
name, but a title. Christ means Anointed or Divine. It is
derived from the Hebrew word Mashiach, the Hebrew word for Messiah.
There is only ONE SUBSTANCE which is DIVINE and that is the SPIRIT OF GOD.
God is the Divine Anointer Who gives the
anointing. God is not the Anointed One because
He does not receive anointing. He is not a PERSON. He is a SPIRIT. A
person who receives an anointing from God is called the anointed or divine
one. The divinity of the anointed one must be
distinguished from the Divinity of God, the Anointer.
The Old Testament prophets are called hoi christoi Theou, which
means the anointed (christs)
of God, because they carried the Word. According to the Apostle
John's revelation, “the Word (Grk: Logos) was made flesh”
(Jhn.1:14a) when THE ALMIGHTY SPIRIT incarnated Himself in Jesus
right after His baptism. It was THEN that JESUS CHRIST BECAME THE VISIBLE
PERSONALITY OF THE INVISIBLE GOD. At no time before His baptism was Jesus
GOD. He was only a sinless human being, who was God's Only Begotten in
whom and through whom God would manifest Himself to the world. Remember:
there is only One True and Living God Who is THE ALMIGHTY SPIRIT. And He
incarnated Himself in the One Body of Jesus. [There is only One Spirit (or
One God), One Body (Jesus, God's only Begotten Son), and One Incarnation
of God. Hence, the teachings of a Holy Trinity of Persons and
Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son
of God are false
doctrines.] Jesus was called THE CHRIST (not a Christ)
because He had the Full Anointing of God and He carried the FULL WORD (LOGOS),
the REVELATION of God bodily. The fullness of God is expressed in THE
PERSON Christ Jesus. Hence, the LOGOS of God and the SPIRIT of God
are ONE (Jhn.1:1).]
THE FIRST ADVENT
In the First Advent, when the PAROUSIA (COMING, PRESENCE) of the
Lord's Christ was on the earth in the town of Nazareth, besides Zechariah,
Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary, who else recognized it? Again, when the
Lord's Christ was born in Bethlehem, who else recognized His
Parousia besides those shepherds who were out in the field at
night? And, besides the wise men of the East who followed a star to a
house where the Child lived, who else recognized the Parousia of
the Christ, the King of the Jews?
And when the Child was presented to the Lord God in the temple at
Jerusalem, who else, besides Simeon and Anna, knew of His
did any of the Ecclesiastics of the Law recognize the
Parousia of the Christ when the twelve-year-old Lad was sitting in
their midst in the temple discussing the Word of God with them?
Evidently, except for those few blessed people, many could neither
recognize the days that they were living in nor realize that the
Parousia of the Lord had been in their midst for some 30 years. It was
not surprising that the majority of Israel could miss the revelation that
the Word of God had come in their midst because they had been in and out
of God's Word and playing the harlot. The same is true of the majority of
Church people today. Many are also playing the harlot, having
adulterated the Word with their filthy creeds and dogmas. They have failed
to recognize the day that they are living in. We know that not all who
profess to be Christians are the children of God.
THE PERSON OF GOD
When John the Baptist was upon the scene preaching the Gospel of
repentance, it was then close to the hour when the CORPOREAL PERSON OF GOD
INCARNATE would be ushered in and manifested to the people. The
Anointed Word, which had arrived in a mysterious way some 30 years
earlier, had paved the way. The VOICE of (an anointed) one crying
in the wilderness began to sound his message, “PREPARE ye the way of
the Lord…! He is among you! He will appear!” And not long after that,
John baptized Jesus. The Heaven was opened and the Almighty God came and
tabernacled in the flesh of Jesus who then became God Incarnate. (The
Anointing upon Jesus was the FULLNESS of the Almighty Spirit dwelling in
Him bodily to express His WORD.) Then John proclaimed Jesus as the
Messiah: “Behold the Lamb of God…!” The Visible Corporeal Person of
God HAD APPEARED and WAS MADE KNOWN to the disciples of John, who had
earlier received the Word which was sent to prepare them to receive THE
PERSON OF THE WORD. (Read 2 Timothy 1:9-10). THE WORD, which
had arrived some 30 years earlier, and ITS PAROUSIA, which was felt
by some chosen ones of God, HAD BECOME FLESH. GOD (THE SPIRIT AND HIS
WORD) HAD COME TO REVEAL HIMSELF to his people.
CHRIST THE WORD IN SPIRIT FORM HAD BECOME CHRIST THE WORD IN BODY FORM.
One is recognized spiritually by the revelation of the Spirit, the other
is recognized spiritually and literally by knowledge.
A PERIOD OF PROPHETIC EVENTS
Hence, we notice that the First Advent of Christ consisted of
events stretched over a period
of time and not
one single event which took place after John the Baptist's
proclamation: “Behold the Lamb of God…!” But when the fullness of
time according to God's calendar had fully come, God began to unfold His
PROMISED WORD concerning the COMING OF CHRIST and those who could
recognize it in that hour could say, “The Messiah is COMING”,
“The COMING of the Messiah is nigh”, or “The Messiah is HERE”
because the PAROUSIA (COMING) had taken place. Read Luke 1:42-43;
CHRIST THE WORD AND CHRIST THE PERSON
Similarly, the Second Advent (or Parousia) of Christ is also a
comprehensive whole encompassing several events. It would begin
with the Coming of the Word at a certain time and end with
the LITERAL APPEARING of Christ, the Person. CHRIST THE WORD would have to
come to the True Worshippers of God
CHRIST THE PERSON would come and receive them.
PREPARE YE! -- by
BEHOLD YE! -- THE
Thus, God would have to send THE SPIRITUAL AND PROPHETIC WORD
first to a group of spiritual people, who were known of Him before the
foundation of the world, and who would accept and receive THE WORD. THE
WORD would then fully prepare them and make them ready in
order that they would behold and receive THE (LITERAL) PERSON OF THAT
WORD. [It is interesting to note that the Hebrews do not separate
the words from the person. The words of a person, such as a dignitary, are
first sent forth via a document, a messenger, or other means, to a people,
nation, etc., in order to prepare them to accept and
receive the person. If the words of a person are accepted, then the
person will be accepted. Hence, in order for a person to be received, his
words must first be received.]
The Holy Scriptures show that both the First and the Second
Advents of the Lord's Christ are stretched over a period of time.
It must be emphasized that THE PERIOD OF BOTH ADVENTS OF CHRIST BEGAN WHEN
THE WORD CAME AND MANIFESTED ITSELF TO BRING ABOUT THE CORPOREAL APPEARING
OF GOD IN THE MAN, CHRIST JESUS. Such AN ARRIVAL and CONSEQUENT
PRESENCE of THE WORD would only be recognized by a group of God's
elect as can be seen in the Bible regarding His First Advent.
As for the Second Advent, we shall look into some passages of
Scriptures to get an understanding from the Gospel writers. We shall
examine closely as to why they wrote them the way they did. The passages
are: Matthew 24; Mark 13; and Luke 17:20-37; 21:5-36. These passages
relate the EVENTS of the Return of Jesus Christ. The accounts of the
events are similar but the presentations and the emphases are
different. And if we study them carefully we will understand that the
Return of Christ embraces many prophetic events before
Christ Jesus appears physically to whisk away the members of His Bride to
Heaven, and then come back with them to earth after the Great
Tribulation is over to set up the Kingdom of God.
Matthew chapter 24
1 And Jesus went out, and
departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to
shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I
say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another,
that shall not be thrown down.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto
him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and
what shall be the sign of THY COMING, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not
troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and
earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill
you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another,
and shall hate one another.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax
he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world
for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
[cf. Mark 13:1-13; Luke 21:5-19]
When ye therefore shall
see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the
prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him
16 Then let them which
be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any
thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his
And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck
in those days!
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
[cf. Mark 13:14-18;
For then shall be great
tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to
this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days
should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the
elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
[cf. Mark 13:19-20]
Then if any man shall
say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
[cf. Mark 13:21-23]
Wherefore if they shall
say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold,
he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning
cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall
also the COMING of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be
darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars
shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and
then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four
winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
13:24-27; Luke 21:25-28]
Now learn a parable of
the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth
leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it
is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all
these things be fulfilled.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass
13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33]
36 But of that day and hour
knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe
were, so shall also the COMING of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
Noe entered into the ark,
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so
shall also the COMING of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the
field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken,
and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in
what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would
not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also
ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made
ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant,
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord
delayeth his coming;
And shall begin to smite his fellow-servants, and to eat and
drink with the drunken;
The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not
for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him
asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there
shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The texts of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21:5-36 are
sometimes called The Olivet Discourse. Notice the questions
that were asked by the disciples of Christ after what He had said
concerning the impending destruction of the beautiful Temple in Jerusalem.
Matthew recorded three questions whereas Mark and Luke recorded
only two. The two questions recorded by all the three
writers are: (1) “When shall
these things be?” and (2) “What
sign will there be when all these things shall be accomplished?”
“What is the sign of the end,
the consummation of the age?” )
These questions are dealt with in the texts. However, the one
question that we should pay close attention to is that which was
not dealt with by Mark and Luke. The question is:
“What shall be the sign of thy COMING?”
“What shall be the sign of
THE THIRD QUESTION
Because this last question was not recorded and dealt with by Mark and
Luke, there was no necessity for them to record and deal with the answer
in their writings. Remember also that both these writers were not numbered
among the Twelve Disciples. Their gospels were compiled from materials
gathered from some of the Apostles whom they were acquainted with. When
reading Matthew 24 we notice that Christ's answers do not
correspond with the three questions. From verse 4, He prophesied of the
events that would take place by and by, and how that the situation would
get worse and worse. After verse 14, we should skip verses 15-22 and
continue with verse 23 to get a correct sequence of thought. Verses 15-20
are a sort of interjection which provide the answer to the question
about the destruction of the Temple, with reference to the prophecy of
Daniel the prophet concerning the abomination of desolation that
would come upon Jerusalem, and the Great Tribulation that will
follow with the close of the age (verses 21-22). Verses 15-22 are dual
prophecies of a similar event. A similar record appears in Mark 13:14-20.
However, Luke only mentioned about the desolation of Jerusalem but not the
Great Tribulation that will follow although he wrote about certain
events concerning the Sixth Seal (Rev.6:12-17) in Luke 21:25-28.
[Note: Many Bible expositors believe that the prophetic events in Matthew
24 parallel the Seven Seals of Revelation and that they will happen
sequentially, as recorded, entirely in the 70th Week of Daniel.
Some of them even believe that it is completely Jewish in character and
has nothing to do with the Church. Most of them interpret the Four
Horsemen of Revelation as False Christs and False Prophets (White
Horse), Wars (Red Horse), Famines (Black Horse) and
Pestilences (Pale Horse), and that these four Seals will be
fulfilled at the beginning of the 70th Week of Daniel. Now, if such
an interpretation is correct, this question needs to be answered — Why
are all these events (including earthquakes which are not parallel to any
SEALS in the Book of Revelation) happening now? In fact, they are
on the increase. Also, to interpret verses 9-14 as parallel to the
Fifth Seal in the period of Daniel's 70th Week would totally
ignore the millions of saints who had been betrayed, persecuted and killed
in their days.]
Matthew 24:29-31 and Mark 13:24-27 give a description of the events of the
Sixth Seal. They should be read following Matthew 24:22 and Mark 13:20
respectively as a sequel regarding the Great Tribulation.
We should take note of one important point in Matthew 24:25 and
Mark 13:23. The two verses appear to have the same meaning.
However, they have been presented differently in a few versions of
the Bible. The Authorized Version and the Numeric New Testament
present Matthew 24:25 as, “Behold, I have told
you before.” This implies that some time
before the Olivet Discourse, Christ had warned the
disciples about the various deceptions concerning His appearance. As a
matter of fact, some weeks before His Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem
(Matt.21:1-9; Lk.19:29-44), Jesus had given His disciples the
warning when He told them about the Coming of the Kingdom of God. Somehow
Matthew did not record the warning. But Luke did. Read Luke 17:20-37.
And since Mark did not deal with the parousia question, the
statements recorded by Matthew in 24:26-28 were absent in Mark's text.
Matthew recorded exactly all that Jesus had spoken on Mount Olives as he
viewed the Parousia of
Christ to be of great importance. Yet, there are slight differences
between his record and that of Mark's and Luke's. Luke was also careful
enough to record what the other Gospel writers had left out in the
earlier account (Lk.17:20-37). Apparently the topic of the SECOND
PAROUSIA (COMING) of the Messiah in the endtime, which covers many
EVENTS, had been widely discussed by Christ with His disciples.
MATTHEW'S RECORD —
“THE SIGN OF THY PAROUSIA”
From the parousia question which was asked by the disciples
in Matthew 24, two things ought to be clear to all Bible readers. First,
Christ was asked “What
shall be the SIGN of Thy
“How will Thou return?” or
“How will Thou appear?”
Second, the word parousia
was used with reference to the coming of a royalty who would make
his appearance. As such, it obviously could not be referring
to the coming of the Holy Spirit of Christ on the Day of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit is a Gift and a Seal of a believer. His coming was a
spiritual coming to comfort the believers as Christ had promised
As Jesus dealt with the appearances of false Christs and false prophets,
whose signs and wonders would deceive many, except the very
elect, He warned His disciples not to believe in rumours concerning
“Christ is here”
He said: “For as the
lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so
shall also the PAROUSIA
of the Son of man be” (Matt.24:27).
This verse 27 has been interpreted by many Christians to be the
sudden appearing of Christ in the sky where He
would be seen from the east to the west. Is it not a ridiculous
assumption? Do they mean to say that when Christ appears in the sky in one
part of the earth He could also be seen in the opposite part at the
same time? As I have just mentioned earlier, the question
“What shall be the SIGN of Thy Parousia?”
should NOT be inferred as “How
shall Thou return?” or
“How shall Thou appear?”
The word parousia
means more than that. Notice how Jesus related certain events to His
First, He mentioned about false
Christs arising. Then He warned His disciples not to believe in any
hearsay about “Christ is here” or “Christ is there”. And He
went on to make clear THE SIGN of His PAROUSIA by explaining it as
a type of lightning, and how that its illumination in one corner of the
earth could be seen in the other. So, the verse has nothing to do
with a sudden appearing of Christ in the sky.
Yes, the Parousia of Christ will not be in some remote
place or secret chamber, but His parousia will be known
as it illuminates from one corner of the world to
another. But who will know the sign? Upon whom will the
THREE PHASES, FIVE EVENTS
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Paul wrote that there will be three phases
in the PAROUSIA of Christ (v.15). The three phases are:
THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL, and
THE LAST TRUMP. The third
phase comprises the TRANSFORMATION OF THE SAINTS' BODIES — the
raising of the dead in Christ, and the transformation of the living
saints (cf. 1 Cor.15:51-54). Five events must take place and
be known to Christ's Bride before she will be caught up to meet
the Lord in the air. Thus, Paul also shows us that the PAROUSIA of
Christ is not just a sudden appearing of the Lord Jesus in the sky.
1 Thessalonians chapter 4
13 But I would not have
you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep,
that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them
also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not
prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and
the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so
shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 But of the times and
the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so
cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the
day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch
and be sober.
From 1 Thessalonians 5, we should realize that those who are truly the
children of God will undoubtedly know the times and the
seasons when the Parousia of Christ will take place. It will
be a period when the general populace of the world will
feel a sense of world peace and security, and the religious people (who
are without spiritual eye salve) will live in a state of total
spiritual darkness. As we know, thieves generally strike at
night when people are slumbering or sleeping. Hence, the world, which is
in darkness (having no understanding), will be overtaken by the
Parousia of Christ until it faces the wrath of God. But it will not
be so with the true children of God who put on the armour of God's WORD.
They are the children of light and of the day, and they will know
the SIGN of the Parousia of Christ. And the
of the Parousia will fall upon
them. For that reason, Jesus said:
“For wheresoever the carcase (Grk: ptoma) is, there will the eagles be
(Matt.24:28). Yes, wherever there is
freshly-killed meat – THE WORD OF TRUTH BEING
REVEALED – there will be God's eagles (God's elect) gathered together.
Beloved, do you not see that the
of the Son of man
begins with the Coming of CHRIST THE WORD to God's elect who are
watchful and prayerful, and are also ready for its time and season?
(Read and compare the parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew
chapter 25.) They are the only ones who could and would know about it.
The SPIRITUAL COMING OF THE ANOINTED WORD brings the
illumination that THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST has arrived for the
elect. This fact is
substantiated by the REVELATION OF TRUTHS which comes
forth from the WRITTEN WORD as FRESHLY-KILLED FOOD for God's
eagles, the elected members of the Bride of Christ. Obviously the
Parousia of the Son of man does not
only illuminate the FOOD of God (in a time and
season of darkness) that the eagles of God may gather together and eat
for strength and maturity until the CORPOREAL APPEARING OF
CHRIST, it also destroys
the spiritual deceptive works of the DECEIVER. All Satan's deceitful
workers – the man of sin (the son of perdition), the false prophets and
the false Christs – who work to bind God's elects will be consumed at
Christ's Corporeal Appearing (Manifestation) and Presence (2
It is interesting to see the
in the ceremonial events of
the Ancient Oriental Wedding. The
Friend of the Bridegroom would
wedding procession of musicians,
dancers, torch-bearers, and others involved in the wedding
home of the Bride.
The party would usually arrive at
(evening time) at the vicinity
of the place chosen
for the marriage
The Friend of the Bridegroom would give a 'shout', to
announce the ARRIVAL of the Bridegroom. While the
physical person of the Bridegroom was still way back
in the wedding procession, his PRESENCE had begun to be
felt by the people around. The brightness of the
torches or lamps would illuminate the whole realm of
activities. The 'SHOUT' of the Friend of the Bridegroom and the
'BRIGHTNESS' indicated the PAROUSIA of the
Hence, we see that the first phase (THE SHOUT) of the Parousia
of the Lord's Christ is the type of THE SOUNDING FORTH OF THE
MESSAGE OF THE SEVENTH CHURCH AGE MESSENGER (Rev.10:7). THE
SHOUT “Behold the Bridegroom cometh! Come ye out to meet Him!”
denotes an ARRIVAL and NOT some future appearing. (The sign of
the Messiah in the ministry of the son of man – the Seventh
Church Age Messenger – and the sign of the Supernatural Cloud formed
by seven angels in connection with the revealing of the Seven Seals
confirmed His arrival. Christ the Word of God is the Supreme Judge.
He has come to judge between Truth and Falsehood. The Revealed Word
separates the Light from the Darkness.) Although this first phase has
passed, THE MESSAGE still sounds unto those who will hear. As a
matter of fact, THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL (Chief Angel), which is
THE VOICE OF THE LORD, IS NOW SPEAKING TO THE BRIDE TO MAKE
THE LORD HIMSELF KNOWN AS HE SHOULD BE KNOWN before THE SOUNDING
OF THE LAST TRUMP.
THE DAY OF THE LORD
Continuing with His discourse, Jesus then pointed to the Day of the
Lord when He will actually appear in BODILY form to the world
(Matt.24:29-31; Mk.13:24-27; Lk.21:25-27). The Day of the Lord is
a period at the close of the Great Tribulation when the Lord
Jesus will pour out His wrath (contained in the Seven Vials/Bowls
of Revelation) upon the earth and then, together with His army of
saints, goes forth for the
Battle of Armageddon. He will fight against those who will unite
themselves against Jerusalem. In that day He will stand on the Mount of
Olives and cause a great earthquake to spilt the mountain into two from
east to west. (Read Zech.14:4; Rev.6:12-16; 16:12-16; 19:11-21.)
“And then shall
PHAINO, shine forth, become evident) the sign of the Son of
man in heaven:…and they SHALL SEE (Grk: OPTOMAI,
gaze with wide-open eyes at) the Son of man COMING (Grk:
ERCHOMAI, come) in the clouds of heaven with power and great
The word COMING in Mark 13:26 and Luke 21:27 is the same
word used in Matthew 24:30. This is the EPIPHANY (Grk:
EPIPHANEIA, appearing, manifestation) OF JESUS CHRIST in His return
to EARTH. It is not the epiphany to the saints at the Rapture.
The EPIPHANEIA of Christ is the FLAMING, VISIBLE
MANIFESTATION OF POWER of His PAROUSIA to bring about
something good – something glorious – to the world. The word
EPIPHANEIA is also used to describe His first appearing to bring
LIGHT – the Gospel – to the world of darkness (2 Tim.1:10 cf. Lk.1:79).
By now, we should understand that, like the First Advent of
Christ, the Second Advent also comprises a series of events which
will climax on the Day of the Lord. However, as Believers of
the Word, we are undoubtedly more concerned with His PAROUSIA
to the Bride until His appearing in the air to take her to His
As Jesus continued His discourse with His disciples He told them a
parable which pointed to the time and season of His
Parousia which “is nigh, …even at the door”.
“Now learn a
parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth
forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye
shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these
things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words
shall not pass away”
Luke chapter 21
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves
that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye
that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till
all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass
The parable of the fig tree “and all the trees” (included in
Luke) putting forth leaves points to the independence, as sovereign
nations, of both the nation of Israel (from which the Jews were forced
to disperse in the first century) and other nations. And with the
increase in the prophetic events, as foretold by Christ, the year
1948 (when Israel became a sovereign nation) was the transition
time between spring and summer. After Israel's independence, many
other nations also became independent in the following decade of the
1950s. That was the decade when the Second Forerunner of Christ
began to proclaim the Message of the Parousia of Christ. Yes,
summer is nigh! “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things,
know that it is near, even at the doors.” It is the time
and the season of the Parousia!
As we approach the rest of the text, we must bear in mind that Matthew
recorded three questions while the other writers recorded only two.
After Jesus had told His disciples the parable of the fig tree, He went
on to warn them about several things. When we read each record
carefully, we would observe that they are somewhat different from
one another. And Matthew's record is totally different from that
of Mark and Luke.
Since Matthew had recorded all three questions, he also had
to record the answer, which was provided by Christ, to the extra
question: “What shall be the sign of Thy Parousia?”
“But as the days
of Noah were, so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be. For as
in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took
them all away; so shall also the parousia of the Son of man be”
You should have noticed that this passage is not found in Mark 13 and
Luke 21. But there is a somewhat similar passage in Luke 17 which is not
part of the Olivet discourse.
Prophetically, Jesus foretold of the conditions at the time when His
parousia would take place. It would be a period when the conditions
shall be similar to that of Noah's day. Do we not see the same
conditions prevailing in the present generation? The prophecy is now
being fulfilled in our days.
But what was wrong in marrying, eating and drinking in the days of Noah?
Nothing, except that the people continued doing them without giving heed
to the SIGN of God's imminent judgment which was right in
their midst before
Notice the use of the phrase — “before the flood”.
What was “BEFORE the flood”? THE SIGN OF THE IMPENDING JUDGEMENT
OF GOD! But what was that SIGN? THE ARK! The ark was
the sign of the imminent judgement of the world! The people
ignored it, but Noah and his family recognized the message which
pointed them to the ark and safety. Although the ark stood
for several decades as an evidence of the imminent judgement, the people
disregarded its presence and continued with their activities. Even when
different pairs of animals were led orderly into the ark without any
hostility among them, the intellectual and religious people remained
blind to the 'illumination' of the SIGN.
After Noah and his family had gone into the ark, the huge door was left
open “for yet seven days” (Gen.7:4) for 'whosoever will come'
in before the rain began to flood the whole earth. (Mercy and
Grace are two of God's great attributes. The “seven days” type the
“seven years” of the 70th Week of Daniel. Like the water of the flood
which came after the seven days, the wraths of God (contained in the
Seven Bowls) will be poured out at the end of the seven years. During
these seven years there will still be mercy and grace for certain
elected ones of God (i.e. the Foolish Virgins and the Faithful Spiritual
Jews who will have to give up their lives as martyrs). They will be
added to the Family of God only after the Day of God's wrath shall be
complete on the earth.) All that went into the ark were safe. They had
escaped the judgement of God. But those who were outside were all judged
since the very day when Noah sounded his message. The judgement of
God upon the world at that time BEGAN when the ANOINTED WORD of God came
to Noah. The sounding of Noah's message was to bring the judgement upon
the world as well as to gather a people for a 'new world'. The ARK was
the CONFIRMATION that the ANOINTED WORD had come to do just that.
Nevertheless the people continued with their activities “and KNEW NOT
until the flood came, and took them all away”.
Yes, when the door of the ark was shut and the rain came, the people
began to realize that it was God Who was doing all those
'unconventional' things through Noah. The judgement was passed even
before the rain came. But they knew it too late. They should have
accepted the message of Noah when they saw all the activities around the
ark. Unfortunately, they did not.
“SO SHALL ALSO the parousia of the Son of man be.”
And so it is today.
Today, the majority of the people of the world, especially the
intellectual and religious groups, do not realize that the prophecy is
presently being fulfilled. Like the mass of people, Christians are also
being deceived and blinded by Satan as they go about
performing their religious duties or taking part in religious programmes
and activities. They do not recognize the significance of the day and
its message. This is the day of the fulfillment of the PAROUSIA OF
CHRIST. The SIGN was evident in the ministry of the son of
man, William Branham, who REFLECTED the very PRESENCE OF THE SON OF MAN,
Jesus Christ. Christ the WORD is here. The illumination
(brightness) of the Parousia has attracted the EAGLES to
come together and feed upon the fresh WORD OF GOD which is
prepared for them.
Yes, the SIGN has appeared in this present hour. The Rapture will
soon take place and be followed by a 'flood' of destruction — the
Great Tribulation (Dan.9:26-27; Matt.24:21). Just as it was in
Noah's time, so it is today. The general mass of people, who are
blinded by their own great intellectual knowledge of science and
technology, and the religious people by their religions, will continue
with their everyday activities without knowing what is happening right
now until sudden destruction comes upon them (1 Thess.5:2-3).
"THE SON OF MAN"
Notice also the title "The Son of man" used by Jesus in
His discourse. Throughout the Scriptures, the three titles often
used are: "The Son of God", "The Son of man" and
"The Son of David". All the three titles refer to Him,
and Him alone. Each title emphasizes a different aspect of the Man.
"The Son of God" refers to Jesus' Divine nature as Messiah. "The
Son of David" points to Jesus' genealogical link to King David and
His right to the Throne of Israel. And "The Son of man" focuses
on Jesus' humanity and His Prophetic Ministry.
The prophets of the Old Testament were called "sons of man"
because they were the "anointed ones" to whom the WORD of God
came. They were called "gods" (Jhn.10:35). Jesus is the
"Son of man" over all the "sons of man", that is,
He is the Prophet of prophets. The ministry of all the "sons
of man" REFLECTED the "Son of man" and His Ministry. Hence,
it should be clear why Jesus frequently applied the title "Son of
man" to Himself. The Parousia
of Christ begins when the ANOINTED WORD comes to a people.
And the Prophetic WORD must come through the PROPHETIC MINISTRY —
"SON OF MAN". And William Branham was a "son of man" who was
sent with the "SHOUT"
message to herald the arrival of
the "Son of man" — CHRIST THE WORD and GROOM (1 Thess.4:15-17).
He fulfilled the prophecy of Malachi 4:5-6b and turned the heart of the
children of God (in this endtime) to the faith of their Apostolic
Fathers. His prophetic "son of man" ministry REFLECTED the
"Son of man" and His Ministry in this 20th Century. The PAROUSIA
OF THE SON OF MAN IS NOW BEING FULFILLED. According to the sequence of
events, the elect have now entered the second phase of THE PAROUSIA
OF THE SON OF MAN (1 Thess.4:13-17). [Note: The
will continue to echo for the
remaining short period of time that the last few staggering elect may
hear and be gathered into the Body of Christ. But when the
LAST TRUMP begins to sound, the
door will be closed and mercy for the Gentiles will be over. O, children
of God, can you not discern the time? Be wise: get in now before it's
THE REVELATION OF THE SIGN
After Jesus had dealt with the SIGN of His Parousia,
He went on to describe what most Christians term as the 'The Rapturing
of the Saints'. When He comes, only those who are ready would be
taken up to meet Him in the air because they are watchful and
prayerful (Matt.24:40-44). Now, compare this passage with Mark
13:32-36, and observe the contrasting words used by the two writers.
Matthew recorded the positive
aspect of ONE WHO KNEW THE SIGN OF THE PAROUSIA OF THE LORD AND WHEN HE
WOULD COME BECAUSE HE WAS WATCHFUL.
On the other hand, Mark recorded the
aspect of ONE WHO DID NOT KNOW
WHEN THE LORD WOULD COME BECAUSE HE WAS
Matthew chapter 24
Then shall two be in
the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be
taken, and the other left.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in
what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and
would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not
the Son of man cometh.
Mark chapter 13
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time
For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left
his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man
his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the
house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or
in the morning:
Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
it is the SIGN OF THE
PAROUSIA which provides the knowledge of the hour of the Rapture.
Without the revelation of the SIGN OF THE PAROUSIA, no one will
be able to understand the final events of the Second Advent of Christ
which are beautifully and mysteriously portrayed in Revelation 10 as
seen by John in a vision.
In concluding His discourse, Jesus spoke of some very interesting
things which are now taking place (Matt.24:45-51). Truly, we can see
some faithful and wise servants (ministers of the Ascension Gifts of
Ephesians 4) whom the Lord has made rulers (watchmen, shepherds) over
His household (of eagles which are gathered together in various parts
of the world) to give them fresh meat (solid food, "carcase")
at the right time. These are the ministers who
the season of His Parousia
and, hence, the hour of His corporeal return. On the other hand, there
are also evil ministers who think that the Lord would delay His
corporeal return because they are not aware
of the season of His Parousia. They would smite (persecute,
kill the image of) their fellow-ministers and dine (fellowship) with
the drunkards (Christians who have lost their spiritual senses and
values, such as Ecumenists make-believers, "Jezebels", etc.). When the
Lord returns, not only would they be scourged, but they would also
have their parts in the Great Tribulation with the hypocrites.
LUKE'S RECORD —
“ONE OF THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN”
Having examined the Olivet Discourse, we shall now look into
Luke 17:20-37. Some ministers believe that this passage, beginning
from verse 22 or 23, forms part of the Olivet Discourse. We know that
this could not be so when we harmonize the events of the four Gospels
before and after it. Also this statement made by Jesus in Matthew
24:25: “Behold, I have told you before” could only imply that
He had an earlier discussion with His disciples on the subject of His
return to earth to set up His Kingdom.
And, if Luke had recorded part of the Olivet Discourse in chapter 17,
besides all that were recorded in chapter 21, he would have
contradicted himself when he stated: “It seemed good to me also,
having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to
write unto thee in order (that is, an orderly account),…”
Luke chapter 17
And when he was
demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should
come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold,
the kingdom of God is within you.
And he said unto the disciples,
The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the
days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not
after them, nor follow them.
For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part
under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven;
so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this
And as it was in the days of Noe,
so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they marri ed wives, they were
given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the
ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat,
they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted,
But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire
and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it
be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his
stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and
he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
Remember Lot's wife.
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and
whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
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
Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered
The earlier discourse by Jesus on the subject of His return to earth
was prompted by the Pharisees' demand to know when the Kingdom of
God would come. In reply to the question, Jesus gave the Pharisees a
firm rebuke before He turned to His disciples to discuss the subject
with them. He stated that the Kingdom of God did not come with
observation (Grk: parateresis), which means hostile watching
for some outward evidence or some visible display. The Pharisees
were doing that because they were hostile towards Jesus, and they
were keeping tag of His movement. Jesus continued and stated that no
one would be able to say “Look! Here it is!” or “See!
There it is!”, but that the kingdom was right in their midst or
among them. It was already there in the Person of the King — Jesus.
His very presence marked a kingdom!
Of course, the carnal religious Pharisees just could not grasp the
Truth. Likewise, today's religious organized churches also do not
recognize the Revealed Word of God for this hour.
Turning to His disciples, Jesus then revealed to them that there
would come a time when they would long to see
“ONE OF THE DAYS of the Son of man”,
but they would not be able to see it. (Remember the term "Son of
man" is applied to Jesus Christ in respect of His Prophetic
Ministry in carrying the WORD of God to mankind.) There would not be
another opportunity for them because He would be rejected by His
generation and be taken away and be crucified. His Prophetic
"Son of man" Ministry on earth
would then cease. Jesus also warned them not to believe in any
rumour that they might hear concerning His physical return. Such
rumours that “He is here” or “He is there”, in a
certain locality, could only mean one thing; that that Christ is a
false Christ (cf. Matt.24:23-26). Amen! [Even now, there are already
quite a number of men who claim that they are the incarnation of
THE SON OF MAN IS BEING REVEALED
Then Jesus continued to describe how He would return. Just as the
illumination of the lightning flash lights up from one end of the
earth to the other, SO SHALL THE SON OF MAN ALSO BE in the day when
He shall be revealed (cf. Lk.17:30). In other words, there would
come a time when THE SON OF MAN Ministry would again return to earth
and Christ's presence would be made known from one part of the world
to the other by the illumination (revelation) of the Word of God. It
would not be the Corporeal Person of Jesus Christ Who could only be
seen in one particular place, but rather
the Prophetic Ministry of THE SON OF MAN being revealed and
recognized from one corner of the earth to the other.
And just as the disciples saw the days of THE SON OF MAN in
their generation (before the Church began), the true disciples of
Christ in this endtime shall also see such a day (before the
Though the word parousia is not used in the passage,
the phrases “one of the days of the Son of man”
(Lk.17:22) and “in the day when the Son of man is revealed”
(Lk.17:30) reveal that THERE MUST FIRST BE A RETURN (AND
MANIFESTATION) OF ONE OF THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN MINISTRY.
would take place in a
generation with the same conditions which prevailed in the
generations of Noah and Lot. The people will be so taken up with
their daily affairs and activities that they will fail to notice the
events preceding the judgment of God upon the world.
The day of THE RETURN OF THE
SON OF MAN MINISTRY will mark
the beginning of several prophetic events which will unveil the
Coming of Jesus Christ for His True Church, His Bride, until His CORPOREAL
APPEARING (Grk: Epiphaneia)
(Grk: Apokalupsis) to the world at the Battle of Armageddon
in the Day of the Lord.
The verse “even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man
is revealed” carries a 3-fold revelation of THE SON OF MAN.
Firstly, THE SON OF MAN has been revealed to the Bride through the
ministry of a "son of man", William Branham. THE SON OF MAN, Jesus
Christ, through this "son of man" has revealed to His Bride that He
has begun His return (His descent – cf. 1 Thess.4:16) to earth to
claim her. The Day of THE SON
OF MAN is revealed to the elect by SPIRITUAL REVELATION of the
Prophetic Word which, in turn, gives the Full Revelation of the
Godhead and all His mysteries.
Secondly, after the Bride is raptured, there will be a return of
“one of the Days of THE SON OF MAN” to Israel. THE SON OF MAN
will be revealed SPIRITUALLY to the 144,000 Jewish servants of God
(Rev.7:1-8) through the two "sons of man" (i.e. the Two Witnesses of
Revelation 11) in order that they will be sealed. Thirdly, THE SON
OF MAN will appear corporeally in that Day of the Lord and be
revealed physically to the world. He will then judge the world,
cleanse it, and set up His Millennial Kingdom. As THE SON OF GOD, He
will be worshipped as God. But He will ascend the Throne of David as
THE SON OF DAVID and be THE KING of kings. Then, His Prophetic
Ministry will be over and He will no longer be THE SON OF MAN.
The people of the world, including all kinds of religious people,
will never be able to recognize
the day and its message. But
unto those who do, Jesus also warned them against having an attitude
of caring too much for their physical lives and material riches
insomuch that they shall even lose their own lives (Lk.17:26-33).
THE GATHERING TOGETHER OF THE EAGLES
In concluding His subject, Jesus touched upon the TRANSLATION OF THE
SAINTS. Not everyone who claims to be a born again Christian will be
translated, because not all who profess to be Christians are truly
Christians (cf. Matt.7:21-23). Our Lord will claim as His only those
whom the Father has given to Him (Jhn.6:37,65).
A casual reading of the last four verses of Luke 17 shows that
verses 34-36 correspond with Matthew 24:40-41, while verse 37 is
different from Matthew 24:28. Matthew 24:28 states: “For
wheresoever the CARCASE
is, there will the eagles be gathered together”, whereas
Luke 17:37 states: “Wheresoever the BODY is, thither will
the eagles be gathered together”.
"For wheresoever the
CARCASE is, there
will the EAGLES be
BODY is, thither
will the EAGLES be
As we have already noticed, the passage of Matthew 24:23-28 deals
with the question of THE SIGN OF THE PAROUSIA OF THE SON OF
MAN. Hence, the word CARCASE (a dead body, translated from the Greek
word 'ptoma' ) is rightly used in verse 28. The revelation
here is that the freshly-killed CARCASE is actually the WORD of God
being broken down, revealed and fed to God's elect, His eagles, in
this EAGLE AGE. The Parousia of The Son of Man illuminated
His Word and God's eagles flock to It to be fed. On the other hand,
it is recorded in Luke that the translated saints, the eagles of
God, would be gathered together to where the BODY is. The word BODY
is translated from the Greek word 'soma'. [Some Bible
students treat the word "body" as synonymous with the word "carcase"
and make no distinction between the two verses (and texts) in
question. However, 'ptoma'
denotes a fall, that is, a body slain for food.
But 'soma' denotes a
whole body. It is also used
metaphorically of the Body of Christ (Eph.5:23; Col.1:18, 22,24).]
Therefore, it is clear from Luke's text that the eagles of God, upon
their translation, will be gathered together into one BODY OF CHRIST
(not several bodies) to meet Christ Jesus in the air. (The Lord
Jesus Christ had also rightly typed the elect of this age as eagles
instead of lions, oxen or men. The Christians typed as lions, oxen
and men had already fulfilled their roles in the past three great
dispensations in combating Satan's riders on his White Horse, Red
Horse and Black Horse respectively.)
Before the saints of God could be gathered together into ONE BODY at
the Rapture, they must first be gathered together to the REVEALED
WORD of God. That is why it
was necessary for God to send a prophet-messenger, a son of man, to
reveal THE SON OF MAN. The late William Branham was that son of man.
And he heralded the PAROUSIA OF THE SON OF MAN. God gave him
the prophetic message to call the elect out of the bondage of
organized religions. The elect have to be united with the WORD OF
GOD in spiritual marriage, and be made ready by the WORD for the
Rapture to the Grand Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Today, there are about 2000 'Christian' denominations, sects, and
cults in the world claiming to be the True Body of Christ. Yet, each
is different from the others in their 'faiths'. As there is only
ONE BODY OF CHRIST, THEY CAN ONLY BE ONE TRUE FAITH. Hence, it
stands to reason that the ONE BODY OF CHRIST cannot be made up of
'Christians' from all these 2000 different 'faiths'. Read Ephesians
This is the Eagle Age, and
Jehovah Eagle Himself will provide Eagle food as He sounds forth His
Eagle scream. His Eagle screams will not only attract the eagles of
God, but also other kinds of birds which believe that they are
'eagles'. However, because the food is solid meat, which is suitable
only for true eagles' belly, and the place of abode, which only true
eagles can perch on, the rest would drop out sooner or later (cf.
Heb.5:11-14). Eagle's faith is not for any bird which looks like an
eagle, acts like an eagle or even screams like an eagle. Only the
true eagles are able to fly to where the Great Eagle's call is. They
are able to gather themselves together to feed upon the Revealed
Word of God and stay upon It. Amen!
Now is the preparation time for the eagles of God to prepare
themselves for their flight to Gloryland. Yes, eagles of God, feed
upon the PTOMA
which is prepared for you! Get nourishment, get strength! As
you hearken to His Voice and submit yourselves fully
to Him, your Faith will increase and be as strong as His, and the
day will come when He will call forth your name and scream:
“Fly, eagle, fly! Fly home to where the
Blessed be the Name of the Lord!
I hear the Eagle scream,
I hear the Midnight Cry:
“Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!”
He's coming in the sky.
Lift up your voice and shout,
Lift up your wings and fly.
The sunset gleams,
The Eagle screams.
He's coming for His Bride!
I hear the
I spread my wings and fly
To where Jehovah Eagle
Is calling in the sky.
Here comes the snow-white Dove,
He leads me as I fly.
I stay in line,
The Token's mine.
He's coming for His Bride!