Friday, January 14, 2011

Other Greek Words, Part 4: Phaneroo

In today's post, I'd like to finish up our study of Greek words by looking at phaneroo. This word means to reveal or to manifest. It is often used as a synonym for the word apokalupsis.

Phaneroo indicates Christ's "appearance in the world."

1st Advent

To gain an understanding of how this word is used in the New Testament, let's look at a few verses detailing the First Coming of Christ as a babe in a manger.

"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." (I Timothy 3:16)

"For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Hebrews 9:26)

"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you," (I Peter 1:20)

"And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." (I John 3:5)

Just a quick reading of these verses shows that the basic idea of phaneroo is Christ coming in the flesh. He is visible to all. He is seen by all.

Now let's look at a few verses connected with Christ's Second Coming.

2nd Advent

"And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." (I Peter 5:4)

The next time that Christ comes in the flesh, believers will receive their rewards! (Isn't that the same teaching that we found with parousia, epiphany, and apokalupsis?)

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:4)

We don't get our glorified bodies until the Revelation, the Manifestation, of Christ. We appear "with" him in glory. He is also appearing "in glory," and we are appearing "with" him.

"And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." (I John 2:28)

Why doesn't John talk to his 'little children' about the Rapture? Why does he point them to the Revelation instead?

"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." (I John 3:2)

When do we become like Christ? When he is REVEALED, MANIFESTED.

At his phaneroo!

To summarize, the phaneroo of Christ consists of:
  1. Christ appearing in the flesh
  2. Christ appearing in glory
  3. Christians becoming like Christ
  4. Christians appearing in glory
  5. Christians receiving crowns of glory

This is the Rapture AT the Revelation. It can be nothing else.


The parousia, the epiphany, the apokalupsis, and phaneroo of Christ all synchronize at one great crisis on the “last day.”

The Resurrection (the blessed hope), the Rapture, the trump of God, the gathering of saints, the rewarding of saints, the destruction of ungodly men and the destruction of the Antichrist all occur on the same day— the “great day of God Almighty.”

This is not what the pre-Tribulation Rapture teaches, but it is what Paul and the apostles taught.

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