And when you see all these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your head, for your redemption draws near. (Luke 21 28)
Each time that I hear or see this verse quoted over the last 70 years of my life, I also hear it said that His coming is imminent to Rapture the church. There is never a focus by these teachers on “these Things”, all of which must have their beginning. Does that seem at all ironic in any way? For each time that it is stated it is stated precisely because something new is occurring or beginning in the world which in some significant way is confirming the prophetic scriptures (these things, coming to pass). Yet, imminent means overhanging, as with the blade of the guillotine that is ready to fall, there is nothing else which is to take place before it falls. So the fulfillment of the beginning of all these prophetic things declares an imminent event. Yet, with each fulfillment of the prophetic word we hear the same pre-Trib chant.
The reaction to this from the world has been skepticism. The reaction from the church for the most part has been to practically cease the preaching on the topic of prophecy and of His coming. My reaction is to tell you — yes, His coming is drawing nigh, it is near, this coming of our Lord, but not yet. For only those who endure until the end shall be saved as Jesus told us.
He also told us to preach this gospel involving both of His comings to all the world, and then He said and lo I will be with you until the end of the age. No it is not yet, because it is not pre-Trib.
This world is teetering over a precipice so dangerous that it cannot help but tumble into a Satanicly controlled period designed by the evil one to destroy any Hope held by believers, and when that time comes; then only the Lords coming will be able to end its fall. If those days had not been shortened, then no life would be saved.
Even so Come Lord Jesus.