Revelation 12, The Exit Sign and Imminence

We have had it pounded into our heads from the first time we studied prophecy that Jesus could return at any moment (I like that idea).  Lately we have had many people persuade us that no, Jesus will fulfill one of His appointed times when He returns for His bride.  The most likely appointed time would be the Feast of Trumpets (I like that idea too).  But which is it?  Is imminence real? And does the Rev 12 Sign settle the argument? 

Perhaps this article will add some clarity, from Greg Lauer at
What I want to do in this article is discuss both the doctrine imminence and its corollary that states the Rapture is a signless event, and the relationship of both to the REV12 sign. Many people in the Church today, especially established minsters, are staunchly rejecting the validity of the REV12 sign due to concerns that it violates the doctrine of imminence, and in a similar manner many balk at the existence of an alleged sign for a signless event.

On the other hand, some who embrace the REV12 sign are beginning to come against the doctrine of imminence or look for ways to weaken it because they feel it has become an obstacle that inhibits people from accepting the truth of what they see as an obvious prophetic fulfillment.  In other words, many on each side seem to be convinced it's an either/or affair, where you are obligated to either defend imminence


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Colossians 3:2-4

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.