- Jul 27, 2013
Allenwynne beat me to it. There are two events. One event, no one knows the day or hour and we are admonished all throughout the NT to watch and be ready. The 2nd event is almost spelled out to the day and will be easily seen when all the prophecies take place and Jerusalem will be surrounded. One event, no one knows the day or hour, He will be in the air and only His own will se Him. The 2nd event, every eye will see Him and Jesus Himself will come to earth and destroy the enemy outside of Jerusalem. Then the 1000 year reign where Israel will be THE super power on earth, borders will be moved to as promised and life will be good. After that Satan be loosed a little while, then the judgment day.
Btw, the Greek in Revelation 1:7 does NOT imply that every human would see Christ return. It literally reads thus,
"Every eye shall see Him, that is, those who pierced Him...."
The verse is saying that every eye of those who pierced Him would see Him. This implies that they would be ALIVE at His coming. Take Caiaphas the high priest for example. Jesus told Caiaphas that he would see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power AND coming in the clouds.
But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power AND coming on the clouds of heaven. Matthew 26:64 ESV
Note: Jesus said, "From now on you will see...."
Two observations come from this,
1. Caiaphas would see Christ come in the clouds in the same way he would see Christ sitting on the right hand of power. Therefore, Caiaphas was not to see Christ come physically because he did not see Christ sitting at God's right hand physically.
2. Caiaphas would live to see Christ come. This is true for two reasons:
a. Caiaphas was to see Christ sitting on the right hand of power. Paul said that after Christ comes He no longer sits at God's right hand.
b. According to Premillennialists the wicked are resurrected AFTER the so called millennium expires. So how could Caiaphas see Christ come if he is still dead in the grave for a thousand years AFTER Christ comes?
Therefore, Caiaphas saw Christ sitting on the right hand of power AND coming in the clouds in his lifetime.
I have tried and tried to see the preterist view, and it just doesn't fit.
Futurism is dying in case you didn't know.