Cyril of Jerusalem
was a distinguished theologian of the early Church (ca. 313– 386)On the Clause, And Shall Come in Glory to Judge the Quick and the Dead; Of Whose Kingdom ThereShall Be No End.Catechetical Lecture 15 or XV“4 .. For he saith,
Watch, for in such an hour as ye expect not the Son of Man cometh.
But since it wasneedful for us to know the signs of the end, and since we are looking for Christ, therefore, that we maynot die deceived and be led astray by that false Antichrist, ““12. But
this aforesaid Antichrist
is to come when the times of the Roman empire shall have beenfulfilled, and the end of the world is now drawing near. There shall rise up together ten kings of theRomans, reigning in different parts perhaps, but all about the same time; and after these an eleventh,the Antichrist, who by his magical craft shall seize upon the Roman power; and of the kings whoreigned before him, three he shall humble, and the remaining seven he shall keep in subjection tohimself. At first indeed he will put on a show of mildness (as though he were a learned and discreet person), and of soberness and benevolence: and by the lying signs and wonders of his magical deceithaving beguiled the Jews, as though he were the expected Christ,
he shall afterwards becharacterized
by all kinds of crimes of inhumanity and lawlessness, so as to outdo all unrighteous andungodly men who have gone before him; displaying against all men,
but especially against usChristians
, a spirit murderous and most cruel, merciless and crafty. And after perpetrating such thingsfor three years and six months only, he shall be destroyed by the glorious second advent from heaven of the only-begotten Son of God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the true Christ, who shall slay Antichristwith the breath of His mouth, and shall deliver him over to the fire of hell.13. Now these things we teach, not of our own invention, but having learned them out of the divineScriptures used in the Church”http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf207.ii.xix.html Note: the Antichrist will come “against us Christians” before the Resurrection occurs.The First Epistle of Clement, 23 (written around 96 A.D. by Clement, a prominent leader of the churchat Rome who knew some of the apostles personally and probably is the Clement referred to in:
And I intreat thee also, true yoke fellow, help those women which laboured with me in thegospel, with
other my fellow labourers, whose names
in the book of life.
This quote from in Ante-Nicene Fathers The Writings of the Fathers Down to A.D. 325 – the Epistle of Clement pages 236-237 shows that Clement followed the same view on theology of the Resurrectiontaught to him by the Apostle Paul in the eschatology of the event of the Resurrection being after tribulation and applied in 1 Thess 4:13-18. This is the same event as the Resurrection by Clements ownterminology we have to conclude that the event being described is indeed the Resurrection and notsomething else and this will be confirmed in Clements description in the same pages quoted above. Wecannot place the Resurrection at another time in eschatology.