posted on Jun, 24 2006 @ 02:48 AM
There are many takes on this topic... the first being that anyone who has asked Jesus into their hearts, confessing and repenting, honestly and
truthfully, will be raptured before the Hour of Temptation.
Then there are those who simply believe that it's already happened... etc. etc.
Well, try this. Revelations is a book of mysteries and wonders...those who read it, front to back, saved or not, will receive gifts. One of these
gifts may very well be: insight.
Revelations is a book of metaphors and prophecy. Truth and analogies to portray the Truth to our narrow human minds.
Well, try this glove on for size. In the first 3 chapters of Revelations, John does a great job describing how he felt about his dream, and what was
beginning to form in his dream. It starts out a little hazy, just like any dream, but at the end of Chapter 1 it starts to become clear... just as
soon as "one like unto the Son of Man" appeared before him. He was quiet alert then! Since it is safe to assume that Revelations is a
consolidation of the knowledge of all of the Word for the purpose of fulfilling the Will of God, I decided that a theory that my stepmother told me
about might actually be plausible. Begin reading Revelations as if it were the beginning. Once the stage has been set in chapter 1 for the rest of
the book(the first point of Revelations is to inform the churches of where they stand with Him), then continues the development of the beginning of
the End of His Will.
It's hard to describe, but simply put, imagine the seven stars (the angels as described at the end of chapter 1) represent the Sun, the Moon, and the
5 planets, Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn. The seven golden candlesticks represent the seven churches...which are the respective days. Sunday
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday.
Now the one like unto the Son of Man has given a name to each of these churches.Sunday = Ephesus, Monday = Smyrna, Tuesday = Pergamos, Wednesday =
Thyatira, Thursday = Sardis, Friday = Philadelphia, and Saturday = of the Laodiceans. To determine which church you are in, you would have to use
your birthday (mine being March 23, 1984) and find out which DAY of the week you were born on. That is your "church" and all those born on that
same day of the week are part of your "church".
How might this apply, you ask? Well... since it's in the Bible, the messages to those churches are ALSO TO US. Which one is you? Mine is
Philadelphia, as I was born on Friday. (Your original windows taskbar clock only goes back to 1980. You will need a more efficient calender if
you're born before then.)
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!
okay, okay, well... it's just a thought, but Smyrna and Philadelphia are the only churches God has nothing against. And of those two, Philadelphia
is the only one which will be saved from the Hour of Temptation. Smyrna will suffer 10 days (10 years) in prison, etc. to those who claim to be Jews
and are actually the synagogue of Satan. The rest, God has somewhat against ATLEAST, and must repent of those particular things... see if those
things said in the Word about your "church" according to my theory don't apply to you. So far, it has applied to my stepmother and her ex-husband
Anyway, like I said, it's just a theory. Despite theories, I realize the Bible clearly states the church of Philadelphia is the only church to be
saved from the Hour of Temptation. SO... chances are, most Christians are going to suffer somewhat tribulation regardless of what we believe. The
Word even GUARANTEES IT to those in the church of Smyrna, a church He has NOTHING against! Remember as He says...
Revelations 22:7 "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."
That doesn't mean WORRY about it. That means, keep the sayings of the prophecy in your heart, and you have nothing to worry about. Amen.
IMHO and humbly...