“GNASHING OF TEETH”
by John Accomando
I’ve tried pointing out repeatedly how Paul said that the “Day of the Lord” (DoTL) comes only upon the wicked like a “thief”, and not the righteous, and that the Lord is still telling us to “watch” for His coming like a “thief” even after the 6th vial (Rev. 16:15), but I realized something else about the pertinent verses in the Olivet Discourse. Read the oft quoted verse again:
Matthew 24:43- “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.”
One should realize that the Lord described this in a post-trib context, because He laid out Matthew 24 sequentially (Beginning of sorrows- verse 8; Abomination of Desolation- verse 15; Great Tribulation- verse 21; His posttrib return- verses 29 onward). And again, just to reiterate, Paul said that the DoTL comes only on the wicked like a “thief”:
1 Thessalonians 5:4- “But ye, brethren, are NOT in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
And again, the Lord is still telling us to watch for His coming like a “thief” even after the 6th vial, which immediately precedes His post-trib, post-70th week return:
Revelation 16:15- “Behold, I come as a THIEF. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
In addition, the Lord compared His return to the days of Noah and Lot:
Matthew 24:38-39: “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the DAY that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them ALL away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Luke 17:29- “But the SAME DAY that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them ALL.”
There is no question that the Lord was describing instantaneous destruction of the wicked on the same “day” that He comes like a “thief.” This assures us that Matt. 24:42-44 is referring to His posttrib return.
Now to the verses that I’d previously overlooked:
Matthew 24:50-51: “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall CUT HIM ASUNDER, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and GNASHING OF TEETH.”
First of all, no one gets “cut” until Armageddon:
Revelation 19:21- “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
But look at a parallel verse from Luke:
Luke 13:28- “There shall be weeping and GNASHING OF TEETH, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.”
Did you get that? While pretrib imagines the “thief” reference to be a secretive appearance of the Lord, visible only to believers, the Lord said that the wicked shall see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God.
So much for the wicked believing a pretrib “alien abduction” has occurred. Not according to Scripture. The Lord inextricably linked His coming like a “thief” to the wicked seeing Abraham and the prophets, AND those wicked being destroyed, all on the same day. Again, the Lord told us to watch for His coming like a “thief” at the 6th vial, which is also when the armies are gathering for Armageddon:
Revelation 16:14- “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
And now for that great Spurgeon quote….
“Lay aside your prejudices; listen calmly, listen dispassionately; hear what Scripture says; and when you receive the truth, if God should be pleased to reveal and manifest it to your soul, do not be ashamed to confess it. To confess you were wrong yesterday is only to acknowledge that you are a little wiser today; and instead of being a reflection on yourself, it is an honor to your judgment, and shows that you are improving in the knowledge of the truth. Do not be ashamed to learn, and to cast aside your old doctrines and views, but take up that which you may more plainly see to be in the word of God.”