Any born again believer should know that the Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures. Paul certainly knew that. He tells us how he spent years learning from the Lord things that no man had taught him concerning the gospel. He lets us know within his writings when it is that he has not heard from the Lord on a given subject. So understanding this we know that the Holy Spirit inspired His word concerning Jesus Coming, because that is a most important doctrine of the believer.

If you were God and you knew that you were writing to generations of mankind, the question is would you figure a way to explain to these various generations whether or not their Lord’s return would be clear and specifically for them as a generation of believersg? Certainly the Holy Spirit would have had this thought in mind as He inspired the writings of Scripture. Certainly Paul would have known that his Lord was not returning in his day; but that the Holy Spirit’s inspiration would have him thinking on the signs for a future time when things would be wrapping up for this age of humankind, and for mortal man’s rule.

“As always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Ph1l. i. 20, 21.

Pre-Trib thinkers may say today “if I’m raptured or if I die “, it will mean gain for me.

I believe that if you follow what Paul is saying, as he puts forth the sequence of the age, just how he who has been with and learned from the Lord things that he would not even tell us. Then he new that time must progress; then you will know that Jesus coming to him and. communicated to us was not to be a message of imminence. He instructs Timothy to preach what he himself has been jtaught in the way of doctrine, and not to depart from it, because Timothy’s teaching of doctrine would effect not only his own salvation but the salvation of those that would hear him.

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (KJV)

His teachings were to continue on beyond Paul, who died it is thought somewhere between 62 and 67 AD. And they were to continue beyond Timothy as well.

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to teach others also. 2Tim.2.2 NASB

Paul would have known Scripture very well. He would have been and is known as a most respected theologian of his day. If we know from the Scriptures today that the Jews were to be dispersed for rejecting their Messiah and later regathered in the last days, as we have seen occur; then Paul also knew that. So to believe and teach that they (Paul and Timothy) believed in an imminent coming of Christ is bordering on disinformation to use a current term.

So the Holy Spirit put signs in His message to allow His body to know when they would enter the days that we now see upon us. Paul knew this:

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (KJV)

Why would that be? Could it possibly be that as Dispensationalists tell us today: “Israel is God’s time piece”. Look back at yesterdays post, if this statement didn’t strike you.

So, Paul plainly states to us, that no one will see a resurrection to life eternal without being worthy “in Christ” and without seeing the signs presented in sound doctrine. Israel’s dispersion actually followed the Temples destruction a few short years after Paul’s death. Paul knew his Old Testament. He must have known that Rome’s evolution into a ten kingdom last days Beast must take place before Christ would come. There must be time for building a body of believers who would stand firm “in Christ”, and that anyone who has died in Christ must be raised or resurrected before there will be a Rapture.

I guess that I am open to being shown where I’m misunderstanding Paul’s teachings, but no one seems to want to tackle this understanding from within God’s word. If you , right now, are saying to me that what I am saying makes no sense to you; then you must have reason for so stating. You then are under obligation to explain your reason to me. Thinking me to be your weaker brother; if in fact, you believe that I’m wrong.

Because, It in fact makes no sense to me why we would propagate as a body of believers a position on imminence as it is being taught, but now we should be realizing that Jesus could not have come for over this span of now 2000 years. But, yet, for most to still teach it; when there are clearly signs associated with our Lord’s coming, which were not present for any of that time when seen from even Paul’s point of view.

We are seeing the signs.