Here's my update for today, Monday, December 20, 2021:
Is the Church preparing for the Pre-Trib Rapture or for the coming Kingdom Jesus is coming to usher in? What is the 'Blessed Hope'?
The Blessed Hope is not that we will get to go first to our reward. It is that we will have a place for ever in his coming Kingdom (Government).
His Kingdom coming here on Earth IS our blessed hope. Not that we will avoid our responsibilities ahead of his true timing.
Jesus told us he would be coming 'when least expected.' But if the Church is expecting to be raptured ahead of his return, then it cannot be 'unexpected'.
What if he doesn't come when the Church expects it? Will parishioners give up and fall away? I suppose so... Jesus wanted to alert the Church to this.
Truth seems rare in churches now. Why? Let's get it back.
In Matthew 24:29 Jesus said that the sun, moon and stars will be darkened and no longer provide light as we know it. Then the 'powers of the heavens' will be shaken (disrupted). The 'rapture' does not occur until after that, not before. (Compare Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21).
Without sunlight and rain, there can be no weather, crops or drinking water. All life on Earth would go extinct if Jesus does not then come to the rescue. But he said that 'those days will be shortened for the sake of his chosen ones.'
Hold on to him and never let go! His return is as sure as the rising of tomorrow's sun.
Stay close to him, for we should live by every word he said, for that IS reality. That IS truth.
Elbert (Earl) Hardy