George Walker - Christ's Coming - St. Louis

Much is spoken in the New and Old Testament of Christ’s coming.  How is He to come and what are the signs of His coming?  How will He come?  Matthew 24-5 is being fulfilled now and points out the signs of His coming.  His coming again does not mean the end of the world, but speaks of the time when He will call His own unto Himself and when His own shall see Him as He is.  1 John 3:2, Matthew 8, Colossians 3:4.  God’s children will see Him, but others will not see Him until He begins His reign 1,000 years on earth. 

 

1 Thessalonians 3:13 to the end of the chapter, this happens before the millennium.  The Thessalonians were sorrowing for their dead and feared they would have no part in the reign and Paul assured them that they would rise first and we who are alive at that time would be caught up in the air alive.  All this takes place before the millennium.  Then will be a period of great suffering on the earth, which God’s children shall escape, because of being caught up in the air. 

 

While God’s children are in mid-air, they will be rewarded according to their works.  Look at 1 Corinthians 15:41 to the end of chapter.  Speaks of rewards that will be awarded to the children of God while they are caught up from the earth.  Different glories of the Sun, Moon and Stars.  Matthew 25 we read of the talents, speaking of rewards given, according to works here on earth.  Luke 17:34 speaks of His coming to take His own.  This is to take place in all the world at the same time, in the twinkling of an eye – His own will be caught up but those who remain will not see them. 

 

In one part of the world the people will be sleeping, in another  part they will be watching, all will go at the same time.  The marriage of Bride and the Bridegroom will take place in mid-air, during this time there will also be a time of great suffering going on upon the earth, read Luke 21:34 to the end.  Matthew 24:42-48, Mark 13:32-37, 2 Thessalonains 1:7-10.  This speaks of watching and praying that we may be accounted worthy to escape all the suffering and shows the truth that He will slip in at a time when some will not be watching and will find them unprepared.

 

Revelations speaks of the keen suffering after He has taken His own.  White Horse going forth to conquer.  This has taken place and it is the gospel message that conquers and wins hearts.  Red Horse – suffering caused by rejecting the White Horse, or gospel message, and taking place now.  Black Horse – deeper suffering – sword – famine – pestilence, while the Bride is in mid-air – everyone getting their reward measured out.  After this horse comes the Millennium when Jesus and His own come back to reign on earth for 1,000 years.

 

The forth, the Pale Horse – comes last, which is death and Hell.  Revelations 14 speaks of a form of worship that is diverse, that is yet to rise, it is different from all others, because it will speak against the God of Heaven (verse 8).  This beast will break the Babylonish power of false system or systems, he will reign a little while, then comes the Millennium when Jesus comes to destroy His powers on the earth.  After the Millennium the devil will be loosed to test those who professed during the millennium.  He will still be the devil.  To be chained for 1,000 years does not change him.