So when does all this take place? In the End times at the beginning of the third day. Psalm 2 indicates it will be a time when all the world turns against God's people.
Revelation 14 shows it taking place during events foretold in the book of Revelation, especially when his followers will go wherever he leads.
Zechariah 4 speaks of the mountain becoming a plain [humbled], making a place for the headstone to rest. Psalm 133 shows it's when brothers come to dwell together in unity.
Matthew 8 tells us it's when The Lord enters his place of rest, his disciples follow him and great storms arise outside.
. . . and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18) Summary
How can we claim that the church is not yet built or the body not assembled? Well clearly the members or parts are not yet in their proper place doing their intended functions. Now this is seen just by observing the state of the church. All we have today is a collection of building materials or body parts waiting to be put in place. But some may say that we are not to trust in what we see but in what the bible says about the church. This is a common place approach. Many preach and teach things that are seen in the Word but not seen in practice. To the outsider this will look like foolishness, hypocrisy or just plain stupidity.
In general we have lots of scripture that describe how we in the church are supposed to be, yet [except once in a while] we are not that way. This body of scripture is usually present in tense, but only occasionally present in our experience.
For example: If the Holy Spirit is supposed to lead us into all truth, how is it that all these people who claim to have the Holy Ghost can never agree among themselves? Because the scripture is not yet fulfilled.
So when will it be fulfilled? When all the rest of this happens.
Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. (Isaiah 52:8)
But what I'm suggesting is our problem lies in the literal approach to biblical interpretation. We think we're supposed to have it all, when all we really have is the down payment. The steak is on the grill but all we have so far is a whiff of the aroma.
What we really have is a body of scripture that is prophetic. It is present tense but really points to the future. It is describing how the church is supposed to be and how Christians are supposed to act.
But that's not how we are, it's how we will become when all this takes place; when we are revived or redeemed. It is unfulfilled prophetic scripture, but we normally don't realize that. It has been sealed till the time of the end.
Here is an example of one of those scriptures that are present tense but are actually unfulfilled prophecy.
But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels
To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)
And another example:
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:9)
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