Will the church be in heaven coming
with her Bridegroom? Or on earth waiting for her Bridegroom?
LOOK AT MT 24: (Click
here for another Lecture by Kay Arthur on Mt 24)
Context in Mt 23:37‑39 is that Jesus
was telling the Jews that they were not willing to come to Him and so the
Temple would be destroyed. He was the Shekinah glory and when He left the
Temple this time it was to be crucified.
And so He said in Mt 23:39 "For I say
to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say,' BLESSED IS HE WHO
COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'" To whom is Jesus speaking? Jerusalem
REVIEW OF MT 24
Mt 24:1 And Jesus came out from the
temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the
temple buildings to Him. 2 And He answered and said to them, "Do you not
see all these buildings? Truly I say to you, not one stone here shall be
left upon another, which will not be torn down." 3 And as He was sitting
on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell
us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming,
and of the end of the age?" (Note that He does not answer in this passage
WHEN the Temple we be destroyed in 70 AD ... that answer is given in Luke
21 ... but He does describe the signs of His coming.) 4 And Jesus answered
and said to them, "See to it that no one rnisleads you. 5 "For many
will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead
many. 6 "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see
that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but
THAT IS NOT YET THE END. 7 "For nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines
and earthquakes. 8 "But all these things are merely THE BEGINNING OF
BIRTH PANGS. 9 "THEN (after the things He has just described)
they will deliver you (He is still talking to Jews Kay believes)
to TRIBULATION, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all
nations on account of My name. 10 "And AT THAT TIME many will fall
away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. I I "And
many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. 12 "And
because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
13 "But the one who endures to THE END, (compare to v6‑the end)
he shall be saved. 14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be
preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and
then THE END shall come.
In Mt 24:4 ‑5 Jesus talks about "false
messiahs" who will seek to mislead many. Then wars. Then rumors of wars &
kingdom against kingdom. These things are just the BEGINNING OF BIRTH
PANGS (Mt 24:7). "THEN they will deliver you" ‑‑If Jesus is indeed talking
to the JEWS that will be believers during that time, then what Jesus is
saying is that these people will be delivered to tribulation and at that
time (when they are delivered to tribulation), many will apostatize (Greek
word "skandilizo", English "scandal") Or fall away, etc. And the gospel
will be preached as a witness to ALL THE NATIONS (remember that "nation
s)" is a key word you should be marking in some distinctive manner all
through the Bible). THEN THE END shall come.
THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
Mt 24:15 "Therefore when you see the
ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet,
standing in the holy place( let the reader understand),
So the Abomination of desolation (the
Antichrist) stands in the Temple when they deliver "YOU" up to
tribulation. So the Antichrist is now revealed for who he really is as he
walks into the holy place declaring himself to be God.
In 2 Thes 2:14 Paul is writing to the
church who is upset be they think that they are in the Day of the Lord.
Paul is instructing them that the Day of the Lord has not yet come.
MAN OF LAWLESSNESS REVEALED
2Th2:2 that you may not be quickly
shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message
or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has
come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless THE
APOSTASY CONES FIRST, and THE MAN OF LAWLESSNESS IS REVEALED, the son of
destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so‑called god or
object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God,
displaying himself as being God.
If there are Jews who have not fallen
away but have held their faith in the One True God, then what they will
see is this man walk in the Temple and say '7 am god". So the Day of the
Lord cannot begin until (1) The Apostasy occurs (2) the man of lawlessness
is revealed. If this is what happens in Mt 24:15, then you know that the
Day of the Lord begins and it is a day of destruction & of gloom, when God
judges the earth.
BACK TO Mt 24:
In Mt 24:4‑14 Jesus is giving a
"OVERVIEW" of the things that lead to the end, the coming of Jesus Christ,
and He clearly marks when things really get difficult (Mt 24:15).
JEWS WARNED TO FLEE TO THE
Mt 24:16 THEN (draw a line from "when"
in v15 to "then" in v16) let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains
17 let him who is on the housetop not go down to get the things out that
are in his house; 18 and let him who is in the field not turn back to get
his cloak. 19 "But woe to those who are with child and to those who nurse
babes in those days! 20 "But pray that your flight may not be in the
winter, or on a Sabbath; (Jews that held to the belief in God would not
travel. Note that there is no mention of the church. Yes Jesus was
speaking to the disciples but He was also speaking to Jerusalem. Kay
believes therefore that Jesus was speaking to Jewish believers.)
THE (GREAT) TRIBULATION
Mt 24:21 FOR THEN there will be a GREAT
TRIBULATION, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world
until now, nor ever shall. (Remember that in Mt 24:4‑14 we hear of false
messiahs, wars & rumors of wars and nations against nations ... THEN many
Jews will fall away ... THEN they will deliver you Jews to tribulation.
Some there will be a time like none other on earth, a time Daniel 12:1
referred to as "a time of distress such as never occurred" and in Joel 2:2
as "A day of darkness and gloom ... There has never been anything like it,
nor will there be again after it .. ", and Mk 13:19 "a time of tribulation
such as has not occurred."
So this is a VERY DEFINITE TIME that is
synonymous with the TRIBULATION (more accurately the "Great Tribulation")
because no where in God's Word can you find any other time period referred
to as "tribulation" except the time period we are discussing! Yes, we have
been taught and we have ourselves taught that "The Tribulation" begins at
the breaking of the first seal and went for 7 years until the Lord
returns. Kay relates that she previously taught that the entire 7 years
was the "Tribulation" and the last 3 1/2 years were the "Great
Tribulation'. After studying Daniel inductively, every time the coming of
the Lord Jesus was discussed, the emphasis was always on the last 3 and
1/2 years, "time, times, half a time" or 1260 days or 42 months. So what
does this have to do with the Church? You will soon see. Here in Mt 24:21
the specific length of time is not given but it is given in Daniel and
FOR THE SAKE OF THE ELECT
Mt 24:22 "And unless those days had
been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the
ELECT (this could be us but in context of this chapter more likely refers
to Jewish elect) those days shall be cut short. 23 "THEN if anyone says to
you, Behold, here is the Christ (Messiah) 'or 'Here He is,' do not believe
him. 24 "For false Christs (Messiahs) and false prophets will arise and
will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even THE
ELECT. 25 "Behold, I have told you in advance. (Don't think that the New
Testament is just for the Church ... it is also for the Jews.) 26 "If
therefore they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go
forth, or, Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them.
We know from Rev 12:6,14 the WOMAN
(JEWS) flees into the wilderness where she had a place prepared for her
for time, times and 1/2 a time. When the Antichrist stands in the Temple
in Jerusalem and makes the proclamation, Israel, the true Jews, not those
who have apostatized, who have come over to the side of the Antichrist,
but those Jews who are holding to their belief in a coming Messiah take
off and flee toward the South, toward Jordan, the one country that is at
peace with Israel at the time these tapes were cut in the early 1990's.
These Jews will be waiting for the Messiah. And they will say "I heard the
Messiah is in the wilderness, in the inner rooms, etc". But Jesus is
clearly warning them DON'T CONE OUT OF HIDING. Why?
WHO IS THE "CORPSE" & WHO ARE THE
"VULTURES" IN MT 24:28?
Mt 24:27 "For just as the lightning
comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of
the Son of Man be. (Lightning is OBVIOUS ... you won't have to seek
Messiah in the wilderness or in inner rooms ... His return will be like
lightning.) 28 "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather."
Who is the "corpse"? Kay believes the
"corpse" is in essence Israel and that the Antichrist gathers all the
nations in the valley of Har-Mageddon. Then the armies of all the nations
march on Jerusalem (where the "corpse" is located, the nations in essence
being the "vultures" that are seeking to demolish the nation of Israel).
THE ELECT AT THE RETURN OF CHRIST
Mt 24:29 "But IMMEDIATELY AFTER the
TRIBULATION OF THOSE DAYS (what "days"? note that Jesus had said that they
would be delivered up to tribulation and then the end will come. So
Tribulation begins with the Antichrist standing in the Temple and
continuing until Jesus returns). THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON
WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the
powers of the heavens will be shaken, (these cosmic descriptions are not
mentioned directly in the Revelation but they are mentioned elsewhere in
God's Word.) 30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky
(not in the wilderness), and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn,
and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with
power and great glory. (What happens when Jesus returns?)
Mt 24:31 "And He will send forth His
angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER HIS ELECT (If
these "elect' are Christians then where is the church when Christ returns?
On the earth. Right? On the other hand if instead of the "Church", the
ELECT here spoken of is the JEWISH ELECT, it is the Jews who will be
gathered from the 4 comers of the earth. where they have been scattered.)
from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
Mt 24:32 "Now learn the parable from
the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth
its leaves (Jesus is not speaking allegorically so He is not equating the
"fig tree" with the birth of Israel.), you know that summer is near; 33
even so you too, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS, (What things? Well what
did they ask the Lord Jesus? They asked what would be the signs of His
coming and of the end of the age. And so He told them the various signs we
have discussed above. So here the "YOU" Jesus is referring to is the Jews
recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 "Truly I say to you, THIS
GENERATION will not pass away until all these things take place.
Which "GENERATION"? In the context it
is the generation which sees ALL of these things. So what this is saying
is NOT that all the signs marking the end began way back in time. But He
is saying that this has to be a generation that lives at that specific
time, and who see THE BEGINNING (cf, "beginning of birth pangs') as well
as THE END.
COMING OF THE SON OF MAN LIKE THE
DAYS OF NOAH
Mt 24: 35 "Heaven and earth will pass
away, but My words shall not pass away. 36 "But of that day and hour no
one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father
alone. (So if someone sets dates you know it is NOT from God.) 37 "For the
coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. (What were
they like? read on) 38 "For as in those days which were before the flood
they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage,
UNTIL the day that Noah entered the ark, (When Noah entered the ark who
was left on the earth after the flood? the believers would be the only
ones to survive the flood. Only those in the ark were safe.) 39 and they
did not understand (Who? the unbelievers) until the flood came and took
them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 "Then there shall be two men in the
field; one will be taken, and one will be left.
41 "Two women will be grinding at the
mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. (Who was "taken from the
face of the earth" in the days of Noah? the unbelievers. The ones that
were left on the face of the earth after the flood were the believers. The
question then is: Are those who are still present on the earth when the
Lord returns the Church or are they others who have believed during the
time of the Great Tribulation.)
42 "Therefore be on the alert, for you
do not know which day your Lord is coming. 43 "But be sure of this, that
if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was
coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his
house to be broken into. 44 "For this reason you (WHO IS HE SPEAKING TO?
Jews or the Church?) be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour
when you do not think He will.
THE JUDGMENT OF THE SHEEP & GOATS
Mt 25:31 "But when the Son of Man comes
in His glory, and all gels i Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
32 "And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate
th one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and
He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. 34 "Then
the King will say to those on His right, (THE SHEEP) 'Come, you who are
blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world. (Is He referring to the Church or is that Jews? )
35 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; ... 37 "Then the
RIGHTEOUS will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and
feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? ... 40 "And the KING will answer
and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one
of these BROTHERS OF MINE, (the Jews) even the least of them, you did it
to Me.' 41 "Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me,
accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been
prepared for the devil and his angels;
There is Great Tribulation when the
Abomination of desolation stands in the holy place. There is tribulation
such as the world has never seen. The Jews are told to flee into the
wilderness. Then Christ comes and gathers His elect from the 4 comers of
the earth. He sends some into judgment and some He keeps. Two are grinding
at the mill. One is taken and the other is left. Then he JUDGES ALL THE
NATIONS and separates the SHEEP, the ones who live on (entering into the
millennial reign of Christ on earth) and the GOATS are cast into the lake
WHEN & WHERE DOES HE SIT IN
Are the SHEEP the church? Or is the
church separate from the SHEEP? When He comes to sit in judgment, is this
the church that has been kind to the Jews and they get to stay on the
earth? Or are these Gentile nations that are not part of the church but
yet who are righteous in that they have protected the Jews and therefore
God is letting them go into His Kingdom bc what they did to the least of
these His brethren, he did to Him? So these are the questions to consider
when Jesus Christ returns.
Rev 19:1 After these things I heard, as
it were, a loud voice of a great multitude IN HEAVEN, saying, "Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 2 BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS
ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was
corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF
IRS BOND‑SERVANTS ON HER." 3 And a second time they said, "Hallelujah! HER
SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER."
THE 5TH, 6TH & 7TH BOWLS
Rev16:10 "And the fifth angel poured
out his bowl upon the throne of the beast..." his kingdom is darkened and
they are IN AGONY. Rev 16:12 "And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon
the great river, the Euphrates (in present day Iraq, with Babylon on its
banks); and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the
kings from the east."... 14 ... spirits of demons ... go out to the kings
of the whole world, to gather them together... " to come against
Jerusalem. The 7th Bowl is poured out and Babylon is judged.
WHAT IS THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS AT
THE LORD'S RETURN?
1). Nations of world gather in the
valley of Har‑Mageddon to prepare to come against Jerusalem.
2) Babylon is destroyed (The 7th
Bowl ... Rev 19 describes her destruction by fire ... yes, it was the
Beast and the 10 Kings coming against Babylon but God was using them to
execute His judgment having put it in their heart.) The nations are
wailing at the site of Babylon Burning. God had told His people to come
out of Babylon and Jews who are there will come out and say "Jews return
to Jerusalem and seek our God." So He is bringing the Jews to their knees.
3). Then the nations come against
Jerusalem (Zech 14, et al)
Rev 16:19 And the great city was split
into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the
great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His
THE RETURN OF CHRIST, THE BRIDE &
Rev 19:6 And I heard, as it were, the
voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the
sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our
God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the
glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His BRIDE HAS MADE
HERSELF READY." 8 And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen,
bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
(From Ephesians & 2 Cor 11:2 we know that the CHURCH is the BRIDE.) 9 And
he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage
supper of the Lamb.'" (Jesus Christ – 2 Cor 11:2 "... that to Christ I
might present you as a pure virgin.') And he said to me, "These are true
words of God." 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to
me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who
hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is
the spirit of prophecy. " I I And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white
horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in
righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 And His eyes are a flame of
fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon
Him which no one knows except Himself. (Who is this? Rev I describes this
One as Jesus) 13 And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His
name is called The Word of God. 14 And THE ARMIES WHICH ARE IN HEAVEN,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white
WHO ARE THE "ARMIES"?
Rev 19:8 shows us the BRIDE = the
CHURCH is in linen, white and clean, so it could be the church.
Go to Rev 17:14 where John is writing t
the Beast and the 10 Kings who give their authority to the Beast.
CALLED, CHOSEN & FAITHFUL
Rev 17: 14 "These will wage war against
the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and
King of kings, and THOSE WHO ARE WITH HIM are the CALLED and CHOSEN and
Cross‑referencing Eph 1:4 we see that
"He chose us in Him (in Christ) before the foundation of the world... ".
Eph 1:5 tells us we are adopted as God's sons.
Eph 5 tells us we are the Bride of
Eph 2 & 3 gives you the mystery of the
Church, Jew and Gentile in one body of those who have believed. SO WE ARE
John 15:16 "You (speaking to the
disciples who are the first part of the church) did not choose Me, but I
CHOSE you, & appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that
your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name,
He may give to you.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE CHURCH IS
Rev 2 & 3, Jesus said to every church,
"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the
churches." Then He said "BE WHO OVERCOMES." I John 5: 5 And who is the one
who OVERCOMES the world, but he who BELIEVES that Jesus is the Son of God?
So in summary when Jesus returns it
looks like the church the Church is coming with Him.
Rev 19:15 And from His mouth comes a
sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the NATIONS; Is the CHURCH part
of these NATIONS? It does not appear that way from Scripture. So when did
the Church get up to heaven? So Kay believes that when Jesus returns to
the earth, the Church is not here. There are Jewish believers, the
offspring of the woman, Israel, who have believed holding the testimony of
Jesus Christ and they have kept the commandments of God.
WHEN JESUS COMES TO EARTH WHERE
DOES HE GO FIRST?
We know when the nations came against
Jerusalem, Zech 12‑14 teaches us that the city was captured, the houses
plundered, the women ravaged
Isaiah 34:1 Draw near, 0 nations, to
hear; and listen, 0 peoples! Let the earth and all it contains hear, and
the world and all that springs from it. 2 For the LORD'S indignation is
against all the nations, And His wrath (so clearly this is a time of
wrath‑is the church going to endure the wrath of God?) against all their
armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter
.... 5 For My sword is satiated in heaven, Behold it shall descend for
judgment upon EDOM, (So it appears that Jesus is going to return first to
Edom to where the Jews have fled into the wilderness. After the Antichrist
plunders Jerusalem, the armies of the nations will move toward Edom to
destroy the Jews hidden there.) and upon the people whom I have devoted to
destruction. 6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, It is sated
with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys
of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in
the land of Edom. 7 Wild oxen shall also fall with them, and young bulls
with strong ones; thus their land shall be soaked with blood, And their
dust become greasy with fat. 8 For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year
of recompense for the cause of Zion.
Dan 11:41 the Antichrist is not allowed
to go against Edom.
Isaiah 35:4 Say to those with anxious
heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance;
the recompense of God will come, but He will save you." 5 Then the eyes of
the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Up
to this point the Jews have not believed that Jesus Christ is their
Messiah. And God has blinded their eyes that they might not see and
Isa 6:9‑10 God tells Isaiah to go and
preach even though the Jews refuse to see and hear. When Christ returns,
the Nation has to repent in a day and as Christ comes to Edom, all of a
sudden their blind eyes are opened and they see that Christ is the
Messiah. Their ears are opened and they hear the truth of the word of God
and they believe as He comes to Edom and the nation is saved in a day.
WHO TRAVELS THE HIGHWAY OF
Isa 35:8 And a highway will be there, a
roadway, And it will be called the HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS. (In Mt 24:31 it
says they will be gathered from the 4 comers of the earth. And it is on
this Highway of Holiness that the redeemed Jews will be coming.) ...
9....These will not be found there. But the REDEEMED will walk there, 10
And the ransomed of the LORD will return, and come with joyful shouting to
Zion, (So if He is coming 4 Zion, He is not in Zion.) with everlasting joy
upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing
will flee away.
Isaiah 63:1 Who is this who comes from
Edom, with garments of glowing colors from Bozrah this One who is majestic
in His apparel, marching in the greatness of His strength? "It is I who
speak in righteousness, mighty to save." 2 Why is Your apparel red, and
Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press? (Rev 14:20) 3 "1
have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man
with Me. I also trod them in My anger, and trampled them in My wrath; and
their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I stained all My raiment.
4 "For the day of vengeance was in My heart, and My year of redemption has
come. 5 "And I looked, and there was no one to help, and I was astonished
and there was no one to uphold; So My own arm brought salvation to Me; and
My wrath upheld Me. 6 "And I trod down the peoples in My anger, and made
them drunk in My wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth."
If you go to Habakkuk 3 you see that
the Lord comes from Teman (Edom), trampling the nations
Hab 3:3 "God comes from Teman, And the
Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His splendor covers the heavens, And the
earth is full of His praise."
So from Edom, the Lord returns to
Jerusalem, standing on the Mt of Olives overlooking Jerusalem and is there
proclaimed and recognized for Who He is. He goes down into the Valley of
Jehoshaphat between Mt of Olives and Jerusalem where all the nations of
the world are gathered. Kay believes it is here that the Judgment of the
Nations described in Mt 25:3 1 ff takes place.
Where is the Church when Christ
returns? Kay believes they are with Jesus.
THE QUESTION FOR US
Oh Bride are you ready
for your Bridegroom?
Have you prepared your
(The righteous acts of
When our Bridegroom
and the dead in Christ are raised to meet Him in the air,
you will be properly
clothed to meet your Bridegroom.