The “Comings” of Christ in Revelation 2-3

Robert L. Thomas | May 18, 2010

Six of the seven messages of Christ in Rev 2:3 contain references to His coming. In three instances He promises to come and deliver His faithful from persecution, and in three He threatens to come and judge the unfaithful. In all six His coming is imminent, whether for deliverance or for judgment. The only way this can happen is for the deliverance (the rapture of the church) and the judgment (the beginning of Daniel’s seventieth week) to occur simultaneously. The two chapters provide three more passages that refer to His coming indirectly. The forecast in these too is for His return at any moment. A survey of other relevant NT passages reflects the same dual imminence for the two events. The phenomena surrounding these predicted comings lead inevitably to the conclusion that Christ’s return for His church must be pretribulational, because this is the only way to explain satisfactorily how the two future events can be simultaneous.

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