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PostSubject: Revelation Chapter 1 (Part 4) (verse 7)   Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:57 pm

Revelation Chapter 1 (Part 4) (verse 7)

Verses 7-8 is a quick synopsis of the entire book.  Verse 7 reads: “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.  So shall it be! Amen.” The beginning of this verse is the Second Advent of Christ, not the Rapture.  The Rapture will not be too advertised.  Concerning the Rapture, 1 Thessalonians 5:2 says that the “Lord will come like a thief in the night.” But concerning the 2nd Advent, we see that “every eye will see him.”  Not only will every eye on Earth see him, but also the dead (in Hades) will see him because it says, “even those who pierced him.”  Those who pierced him were Jews, and they are currently dead.  

Recall what Jesus said to the high priest during Jesus’ trial in Mark 14:62, "'I am,' said Jesus, 'And you [this high priest] will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'" Daniel 7:13-14 describes this same event: "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.  He approached the Ancient of Days and was lead into his presence.  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him."  One day everyone will worship him.  Philippians 2:10 says, "…that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father."

But during the Second Advent, Jesus is returning to everyone, but specifically first, to unrepentant Jews.  Zechariah 12:10-14 describes this event. I'll include the entire passage here:
"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.  They will look on me the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.  On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great, like the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.  The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives."

You don’t have to, but can look at 2 Chronicles 35:20-27 for information about Hadad Rimmon. Notice each of the clans mentioned: the clan of David is the kingly division of Jews; the clan of Levi is the priestly division of Jews; Nathan is David’s son, and Shimei is Levi’s grandson.  Both divisions represent all of the unrepentant Jews at this time during the end of the Tribulation.  

Keep in mind that the church (believers) will not be on Earth during the 7 year Tribulation period.  Jesus is going to Rapture us and the moment he does, the 7 year Tribulation will begin.  We will look at this in detail.  But both during the Rapture and Jesus’ Second Advent, the church is going to be present with him.  When Jesus comes to Rapture us, believers who died in Christ will be with him in the clouds and the believers who are alive at the time will watch as the bodies of the dead in Christ resurrect from the grave and float up to the sky to unite with the respective soul and that soul will then have a new resurrected body.  Then those Christians who are alive, looking on, will float up to join them and while in the sky, have their new bodies put on, ridding their current, sin-filled bodies.  Then we all leave together with Christ while the events of the Tribulation play out.  

During the Second Advent of Jesus, we will again be with him.  We will be there when the dead are judged because we will be part of the jury of their trials.  1 Corinthians 6:2 says, “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?”  And 6:3 says, “Do you not know that we will judge angels (referring to fallen angels, or demons)?” So even though the believers left Earth for a while, we will be back when Jesus comes back.  With that in mind, let’s look at the last part of Revelation 1:7, "…and the peoples of the Earth will mourn because of Him."  Certainly, the Jews who pierced him will mourn for obvious reasons when they see him during this time.  He will be here to judge and condemn unbelievers.  And all non-believers: atheists, those who confess other religions, etc. will all mourn when they see the truth of Jesus.  At some point, even believers will be mourning because of Him.  Revelation 20:4 says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes.”  Now in order for this verse to apply, there must be tears to be wiped during that time.  There are many reasons why a believer would mourn because of Him, but let’s consider just a few: Christians will mourn because we will realize that we could have done more for Him while alive on Earth; we will mourn because we will realize that we held to idols (money, self) and did not put Jesus as first in our lives; we will mourn because of the rewards we missed—the opportunities missed; we will mourn because of our sin.  These will not be tears of joy.  Jesus would not be wiping away tears of joy from our eyes, but rather, tears of regret and sorrow.  

I’ll cut it here because there is quite a bit to say about verse 8.
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