“Where I Am There Ye May Be”
The imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ is the single most expected event in all of history. It was expected by the disciples, it was expected by the early church, it was expected during the reformation and it was especially expected when the doctrines related to eschatology had come to the fore in the late 19th and early 20 centuries.
“Where I am there ye may be” are the words Jesus employed when he desired to encourage his disciples, not ‘where you are there I may be’, but “Where I AM there ye may be”, the difference is vastly important as we turn to the third istallment of the MAYDAY Series where address prophecy particularly.
These are days of needless confusion confusion regarding prophecy, so many strange views that are almost all based on preconceived ideas where both context and the literalness of the scriptures are so impossibly distorted. This is the reason once each year we undertake a study in that which one in four verses of the Bible speak of, Prophecy.
Jesus is expected Imminently, this is clear from the sampling of passages below. If he is expected IMMINENTLY you simply cannot hold to a position that teaches he can only come AFTER certain events or “signs” are accomplished, that is NOT Imminency!
The Pre-millennial and Pre-tribulations stand the Bible teaches is the ONLY position one can take that reads the Bible is a literal, historical and grammatical manner. No other notion fits the standard reading of the Bible other than that eschatological position.
“Where I am, there ye may be”, see’s Jesus return to take his people to himself, there are no “end times” readings anywhere near the context of this passage and to speak of this event as that which transpires at death is reading something into the text that is simply not there. Jesus simply makes plain that he is returning to receive his brethren to himself, that “Where I am, there ye may be”.
An exciting study that only partly reveals the imminent return of Christ for his Church.
Pr Edi Giudetti
|John 14:2–3||2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.|
|Isaiah 26:20–21||20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, And shut thy doors about thee: Hide thyself as it were for a little moment, Until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: The earth also shall disclose her blood, And shall no more cover her slain.|
|Romans 13:11–12||11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.|
|1 Corinthians 1:7||So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:|
|1 Corinthians 15:51–55||51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?|
|1 Corinthians 16:22||If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maran-atha.|
|Philippians 3:20–21||20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.|
|Philippians 4:5||Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.|
|1 Thessalonians 1:9–10||9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.|
|1 Thessalonians 2:19||For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?|
|1 Thessalonians 3:13||To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.|
|1 Thessalonians 4:16–17||16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.|
|1 Thessalonians 5:5–9||5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,|
|2 Thessalonians 2:1–2||1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.|
|2 Thessalonians 2:1–12||1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.|
|Titus 2:13||Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;|
|Hebrews 9:28||So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.|
|James 5:8–9||8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.|
|1 Peter 1:13||Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;|
|1 John 3:1–3||1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.|
|Jude 21||keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.|
|Revelation 3:10||Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.|
|Revelation 22:7||Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.|
|Revelation 22:12||And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.|
|Revelation 22:17–21||17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.|