This morning during the Office of Readings I was struck by something during the scripture reading. Let's take a look:
In this season of Advent we consider the first coming of Christ alongside his second and clearly here in Isaiah we have the Catholic view of the end times.
Look at verse 17 above. Compare it to this: (highlighting from Drbo.org, its a pain to remove it)
After this, the dragon appears to try and hurt the woman's son. Isaiah tells his readers to go inside their houses and hide during a tribulation. In the NRSV "indignation" is instead rendered "wrath".
Then the Lord returns. After everything else. At the end. This is the Catholic view of the endtimes. Jesus will return once, not two or three or five times. Once. This is also the order (without mention of tribulation) from the verse which is the basis of the relatively new rapture theory.
1 Thess 4:12f
The dead rise first. Just like in Isaiah. So, Paul knew what he was talking about. Of course, I don't mean to go into the end times here at length. This was just something that caught me attention.