In doing some research on the doctrine of imminency, I noticed few people take the time to actually define what prophetic imminency means. First, let us look at the general definition of the key word "imminent:" "The quality or condition of being about to occur."
Imminency, as it relates to Bible prophecy, simply means that the return of Jesus Christ for the Church can happen at any moment. No warning signs will indicate a short-term countdown. We as Christians remain on alert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If a wife knows her husband normally gets home from work shortly after 4:00 PM, she knows that beginning at 4:00 PM, his arrival is imminent. If the woman knows her husband has to work overtime, the imminency of his 4:00 PM return is then in doubt. The only way for the rapture to be truly imminent is to have it transpire before the tribulation. If the Church were required to wait until after the manifestation of certain events, then there would be no doctrine of imminency. Call it the rapture... Whatever you will... We will at an unexpected moment be caught up with the Lord in the skies.... And then return to him to reign 1,000 years on this earth...
Nobody knows the hour when these things will occur...
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. - Matthew 24:36
But they will happen like they did in Noah's time...
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. - Matthew 24:37
In normal and everyday times the Lord Jesus comes for his church...
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, - Matthew 24:38
It will be a surprise for planet Earth when it does happen...
And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. - Matthew 24:39
People will be at their everyday tasks... And then disappear!
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. - Matthew 24:40-41
Reminded over and over to be ready for it in such an hour as we thing not!
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman 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. - Matthew 24:42-44
And also Lot and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is thrown in for good measure... In everyday normal times they were going about their business... And then in the same day the place is destroyed. So the wrath of God falls suddenly... We must be ready for the Lords return to happen at any moment and on any day. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 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.
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 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. - Luke 17:28-29
Here at 11:05 PM.... Gone at 11:06 PM!
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 unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together. - Luke 17:34-37
Edited by rockytopva, 17 July 2012 - 03:45 PM.