> Rev 16:15
> 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that
> watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk
> naked, and they see his shame.
> How does this fit with the Pre-wrath view? It
> seems to support post-trib.
This is my take on it:
Bowl #2: All sea life is dead.
Bowl #3: All fresh water is polluted.
Bowl #5: Heating resources are depleted (gas, oil,
The kingdom of the beast is in chaos and his reign has
for all practical purposes, come to an end as was
indicated at the announcement from the 7th trumpet.
Bowl #6, Rev. 16:12-16: The assembly of troops to
Now, right in the middle of describing this troop
movement, we find an exhortation from Jesus,
addressed, probably to the readers of the book of
Revelation (Rev. 16:15) as a reminder of personal
("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one
who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk
about naked and men see his shame.")
The phrase, "come like a thief," occurs only 5 times
and always refers to the return of Jesus at the
arrival of the Day of the Lord (1Thes.�5:2, 4;
2Pet.�3:10; Rev.�3:3; Rev.�16:15). The use of this
term originated based on the parable Jesus taught at
"But be sure of this, that if the head of the house
had known at what time of the night the thief was
coming, he would have been on the alert and would not
have allowed his house to be broken into. "For this
reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour when you do not expect it."
Believers will thus, be reminded of the urgency for
testimonial consistency throughout their lives that
they might not "be ashamed, and shrink away from him
in fear at His presence," 1 John 2:28.
Unbelievers will once again be reminded that if they
are not spiritually prepared through salvation
relationship with God, they will be left behind at the
rapture and the men, if not killed by one plague or
another, will very likely end up as part of this troop
movement into the Valley of Megiddo where they will
face the sword of Jesus.
At all times throughout history, God has been faithful
to provide the information people need to enter into
relationship with Himself. This time of great judgment
from God is no exception. The 144,000 "servants" of
God are still present on the earth representing the
truth of God to all who will hear. The message of
these "servants" is found at Rev. 14:6-7 and is
called, "an everlasting gospel."
The quote from God at this point in the scenario,
indicates not only, God's concern for His own people,
that they be "prepared" through fellowship abiding
with Him, but that He is still concerned that all who
are willing come and and that all who "call upon the
name of the Lord will be saved."
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