in #spirituality4 years ago

This is DAY FORTY ONE of the daily devotional.

I am releasing a 50 day daily devotional about the end-times as revealed in Scripture. Along with the text, I will be providing a video where I cover the text of the day, and @verbal-d will be providing an audio version of it. That way, whether you want to read, watch, or listen, you'll be able to enjoy this study as you wish.

The plan is to release this devotional over the next 50 consecutive days, but life may "get in the way." We will do our best, but please be patient with me if I fall behind.

The SoundCloud Audio from @verbal-d

The YouTube Video from @papa-pepper

The Text I Originally Shared on the @narrowminded Account

DAY 41 - IMMINENT : Part 1

As I reasoned through these issues and attempted to discuss them with pretribulational church leaders, I was left wondering exactly what they had to support their view. I determined that if it could be proven from Scripture that the rapture was actually an imminent event, then all of my reasoning and attempted understanding of this issue would need to be found flawed. Since other arguments exist besides “not knowing the day or hour”, I will evaluate them now. Some of these will seem like a stretch, but I did not claim these verses taught imminency; the pretribulationists told that to me.

“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” (Acts 1:7)

Jesus had just spent forty days after His resurrection teaching His disciples about the kingdom of God. They had asked “wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6b). Obviously the disciples were still concerned with when Rome would get kicked out and Israel would get her freedom. Somehow they were still hoping that Jesus was the Conquering Ruler and not the Heavenly, Sacrificial Saviour. Even if this teaching pertained to His return, not knowing “the time or the seasons” only necessitates ignorance, and not imminence.

“And now little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” (1 John 2:28)

This passage obviously shares nothing about either timing or the lack of it. It simply commands us to “abide in him” that we may “not be ashamed before him at his coming”. The only way for us to “not be ashamed before him” is to “abide in him”, which is why we are often commanded to do so. Whether we meet Him via death or the rapture, we should always strive for sacrificial, effective, God-honoring living by the power of the Holy Spirit. To say that this passage is given to encourage all to expect His any moment return is not based upon what this verse actually says. This verse does say that “he shall appear… at his coming”, but nothing in regard to the timing of that event.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)

This proof text is even worse than the last to attempt to prove an imminent rapture return. It doesn’t even mention how one should live so as to be prepared whenever He does come. Here we are simply told that though “it doth not yet appear what we shall be… we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. When He arrives we will be like Him and see Him as He is. This is true. Yet, again, no timing, or lack of timing is given, and certainly no “Doctrine of Imminence”, only a statement that “he shall appear”.

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)

This verse, though views always vary, is pretty much the same as the previous verse. I find no imminency here, since it is only mentioned that he “shall appear.” He indeed will, but no reference to when (or when not) is made here.

Point #1: If the rapture can be shown to be imminent from the Bible, then all my reasoning thus far must be wrong, at least about the timing of events.

##Point #2: No verse evaluated so far has shown this to be true.


If anyone is really interested, I did post the entire volume through an alt account over a year ago. I did so as an experiment to see how hard it would be for a new user to get noticed on steemit, so I didn't let anyone know that I was doing it. You can click here to a post that has links to the entire 50 days of this devotional if you really want to read ahead. That information has always been available there since I first posted it. It is not the purpose of this series to just copy all of my previous work, but instead to transform it into some new outlets by releasing it in an audio and video format, to broaden the reach that this work has.

Again, though I will certainly never claim to know it all, I do believe that many are being lead astray by some popular beliefs. I hope that this project will be able to help many others understand the end-times more accurately. Thanks!


Just in case you are new to this series and wanted to check out the previous audio or videos, here are links to the posts from each day of this series.

Also - A special thanks to @allforthegood for helping design my cover image!

Until next time…

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These daily devotionals have been awesome. Thanks again...

You are indeed a blessing to this generation. Keep the good work going. @papa-pepper.

Thank you for following along.

Nice one @papa-pepper, its a good thing to be source of blessings to his fellow being. Well-done sir

Yes you are right , many people are being led astray by belief... but I am glad you are choosing to do this for us...rapture is imminent but nobody knows when it's gonna come... thank you so much for this ..may God continue to give u wisdom

good post..i really like it..good job

Wow. This is deep. As a Christian, I just believe in God, the Holy Trinity.

Anytime, I begin to think this deep about the rapture I just can't handle it

Since you dropped the link to the new alt account, I will did time to binge read the 50 articles.

Hopefully it'll help you understand a little more.

I believe that Jesus Christ is coming soon so I appreciate your sharing this! God Bless!

Cool! Glad to hear it, thanks!

Nice work done @papa-pepper
Your Good Karma will pay off in better way
Keep sharing i appreciate your work

Jesus have stated that, it is only the God the Father that knows of His return to earth. and when the time comes, He will appear like a thief of the night that we will be unaware of the time. He implied that everyone must be prepared of His coming and that those who is prepared would not worry for they be spared of the wrath that is to come like in the days of Noah.

I like post you @papa-pepper
Follow me @vardy yes

This is beautiful

Good blog ..
I am really appreciate to see this post ...
Carry on. best of luck dear 😊

you are most welcome dear @papa-pepper

upvote and resteemit done...

i always follow you...

if you like my blog please click upvote button..and resteemit

Glory to God! am new on steemit, and saw your post. so i decided to check to discover more about you when i bumped into this wonderful book. its needful to every human to understand that there is no time to waste but to persist and hold fast to the cross. As no one knows the time or when he will come, the best thing for each one of us to do is to abide in him and then no one can pluck us from his hands.

And i just read....

Yeah, really like these posts. Been seeing a few of them so far and they seem like good logical thinking, thus far.

It's true that we don't know when He will appear. Jesus gave so many parables about this with the "Wise and Foolish Virgins", the "Absent Householder".

The interesting thing is with the Virgins, women, in the Bible represent the church. So what's interesting is, they both fell asleep. Even Gods chosen people "feel" asleep, but they did wake up. They had the extra oil (Spirit) and were able to meet with their bridegroom.

Looking forward to your next post @papa-pepper

Thanks for continuing posting this end times. It reminds me a lot...

I always think of the rapture as the typing from the old Jewish wedding ceremony. Perry Stone has a great lecture on that ceremony. Glad that you are a brother in the Lord Jesus.

It is easy to loose sight of the most important mission-making heaven. I have been blessed by these deep revelations. God bless you abundantly

When we abide with Him, He in turn takes charge of our lives

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