Post by stormyknight on Jun 6, 2018 19:30:58 GMT -6
So, on the way home from work today, my wife and I were discussing things. Both of us are tired. Tired of work, tired of the way things are, tired of dealing with abrasive people... just tired. And we both want to go 'home'. I'm sure a lot of you all can relate. I brought up that, since things haven't panned out this spring, I am hoping that Scottie Clarke is right and that the rapture will happen on, or very close to, the Feast of Trumpets(although he, adamantly, doesn't say what year). Given that the eclipse happened in August and the Great sign happened in September, that gives a year heads up. I feel as though the eclipse was a warning to the general public and the great Sign was the warning to all those who are 'looking up'. So if the rapture happens at FoT this year(2018), and thus begins the Great Tribulation, in six more years, 2024, the second eclipse will happen, giving yet another 'heads up' to those in the tribulation that one more year is left, making a full seven years.
Ok, having discussed that, I was in the process of talking about those who turn their hearts to God during the tribulation, a.k.a. 'the tribulation saints', that there would be those who turn right away having realized the rapture happened and so begin to believe. There will be those who turn as the tribulation is happening. But, come the second eclipse, I'm thinking there will be an upsurge of believers as there will be those that make the correlation that there is only ONE YEAR LEFT. It then struck me about the Parable of the Vineyard workers. Those who turned back to God at the beginning of the Tribulation just might feel a touch of resentment at their reward being the same as those who turn at the end. "But, Lord," they might say, "we suffered through the whole tribulation, tormented and beaten and beheaded for our belief!" Whereas those at the end of the Tribulation may receive somewhat less 'suffering'. (though I doubt that as things will have escalated to incredible levels)
At first, when I got home and looked up the parable, I stumbled at the words "For the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto..." Matt. 20:1. Wait, what?!?! That didn't sound like it fit my scenario. So I jump right in to BibleHub. Turns out basileia (Kingdom), refers to the rule of Christ. And ouranos (Heaven), refers to 'heaven, (a) the visible heavens: the atmosphere, the sky, the starry heavens, (b) the spiritual heavens.'
932 (basileía) especially refers to the rule of Christ in believers' hearts – which is a rule that "one day will be universal on the physical earth in the Millennium" (G. Archer).
3772 ouranós – heaven (singular), and nearly as often used in the plural ("heavens"). "The singular and plural have distinct overtones and therefore should be distinguished in translation (though unfortunately they rarely are)" (G. Archer).
So, I'm thinking that "Kingdom of Heaven", in this case, is similar to what we would know as the 'law of the land', or 'the rule of Heaven', or even, 'the way things work in Heaven "is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard." Matt. 20:1
Whether we like it or not, when we get there, there are certain rules we will have to abide by. I would think just getting to that place will erase all negative thoughts in the minds of those just entering, so that no resentment or bitterness will even occur. I mean, He did say that He would wipe away every tear. That must mean there will be a whole lotta cryin' goin' on! I'm sure they will be happy tears.