Greetings—I'm Robert Harris. In writing Midnight's Cry Revised, a Bible Prophecy Book, I’ve combined doctrinal readiness with the fact of Christ’s Bridegroom Return(s). Suitably, this work makes plain Christ’s initial return, which is not an all at-once redemption—whether it is the imminent Pre-trib Rapture Teaching (pre-night), or the Second Coming Only Teaching. Actually, both teachings negate large portions of Scripture. Indeed, if these teachings represented the whole truth, then there wouldn’t be a need to watch, or a need to prepare. No Tribulation Night? No Midnight Cry? No Four Watches? No Doors? No Knocking? No Jewish Wedding? No Bridegroom Return with two male witnesses? No Firstfruits? No Like Manner Return? No partial Summer Harvest? No Early and Latter Rains? No thief like coming in That Night? No place prepared for us? No, we are not bought with a price? In perceiving Christ’s first coming, these many Bible references all intricately link to a Jewish nighttime wedding. In sum, these many references are far from allegoric and meaningless.
Jesus warned Christians in the Olivet Discourse, "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (overindulgence), and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, so that day come upon you unawares. . . .Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things. . . .and to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36). Here in praying always, Christians are to be sober and not to be overtaken with overindulgence and the cares of this life, not unbelievers or Jews. And that is why the direct context of the Olivet Discourse switches from Jews in the last days to Christians at the mention of the summer, which is the partial Summer Harvest. And so it is in all Bible Olivet Discources in the New Testament.
First, unbelievers do not believe. Secondly, unbelievers do not pray always. Thirdly, only Christians can biblically watch, or to put on faith that works by love (1 Thess. 5:6-8). Fourthly, Christians are to stand worthily before the Lord, not unbelievers. Fifthly, believers need to heed the warning and look for the Day of Redemption in preparedness, not unbelievers or Jews who are under a different Covenant (Eph. 4:30; Heb. 10:25; 2 Pet. 3:10-12; Rev. 16:15). Again, believers are to look for That Day. "Midnight's Cry" in the Bible reveals the how of watching for Christ in the Day of Christ long before it dawns—featuring the Night-Trib View.
Points of Interest—The Night-Trib View:
The way this author understands Bible Prophecy, the initial coming of Christ will happen early in the night segment of the Day of the Lord long before it dawns (the seven-year Tribulation period). This is His first coming, which is an Open Door Return in That Night (Matt. 25:10; Rev. 3:10). The second coming of Christ, not the traditional Second Coming, is His Closed Door Return in That Night, sometime after the Great Tribulation begins at mid-trib (Matt. 25:10; Luke 12:36; James 5:9; Rev. 3:20). Both returns will be Jewish Bridegroom returns “at the doors” (Matt. 24:33). His third coming will be the glorious traditional Second Coming with all His saints (1 Thess. 3:13; Jude V. 14), or at the Second Coming dawn when Christ the Daystar is the first light after the seven-year night (2 Pet. 1:19)! Now the question is, are there any Scriptures to back this up? You bet—tons!
The Midnight Cry in the Parable of the Ten Virgins found in your Bible (Matt. 25:6) symbolizes the beginning of a new day—namely, the Day of the Lord in That Night—or the Day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30)—or the Day of Jesus Christ (Philip. 1:6, 10)—or the Day of Christ (2 Cor. 2:16; 2 Thess. 2:2-3)—or the Day of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14)— or the Day of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:7-8)—or the Lord’s Day (Rev. 1:10)—which is the Day of the Lord that appears as a thief in the night (1 Thess. 5:2; 2 Pet. 3:10). In sum, it is the Day that Christians are to see approaching (Heb. 10:25), lest the Day come unawares to Christians (Luke 21:34).Thus, the book name: (a new day), which addresses the issues of Christianity, while mixing the understanding of end-time events with sound doctrine and biblical preparedness. Now why are all these days one in the same? Because the Scripture nowhere makes a distiction of the days; again, they are one in the same!
On this note, if the chapter division is removed between 1st Thessalonians 4 & 5, we don't see a pre-trib Rapture taught in your Bible, but a return of Christ in the night segment of the Day of the Lord, which in that passage Paul describes as beginning with birth pangs (1 Thess. 5:3), as does the seven-year Tribulation (also, see Matt. 24:8). Additionally, we immediately behold the "times and seasons," and in suit we are told to watch (1 Thess. 5:6 8), and this, in the night segment of the Day of the Lord before it dawns (Mark 13:33-37; 2 Pet. 1:19). By the way, Bible Watching is to put on faith that works by love (1 Thess. 5:6-8). Unlike Israel lamenting that the summer is past and they are not saved (Jer. 8:20), there is a partial Summer Harvest (a partial Rapture) for the prepared in the Body of Christ (Matt. 24:32-33).
Absolute proof the Pre-trib Rapture passage is a traditional Second Coming passage: When Christ initially returns, He can’t bring all the saints with Him; simply, all won’t be redeemed yet. So by situational analysis of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, we can further PINPOINT the time of their restoration, which is not an all at-once Pre-trib Rapture (or pre-night), or resurrection. Here is that timing, which immediately is found in the chapter right before the mistaken Pre-trib Rapture passage: “To the end he may establish your hearts un-blamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints” (1 Thess. 3:13). Paul informed the Thessalonians in previous chapter three, that Christ would establish their hearts in holiness until the Lord’s coming with all His saints. So the catching-up of 1 Thessalonians 4:17, wherein the dead bodies of the Thessalonians are caught up to their cognizant spirits, singularly illustrates the Lord returning with ALL HIS SAINTS (those who sleep in Jesus) at the traditional Second Coming—or the clouds being the all the saints and angels at the Second Coming at the Resurrection of the Just on the last day (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 1:7). And this at the conclusion of the seven-year Tribulation night, wherein the Lord smites the nations at His coming (Rev. 19:14-15); the dawn of That Day (2 Pet. 1:19).