How do you know if your view of the end times is correct.

Everyone thinks their view is correct, but how can you really tell, and how important is it really?

Both Jesus and Paul tell us to be careful that no man deceive you concerning this issue… Matt. 24:4, 2 Thess. 2:3.  Peter tells us that those who don’t get it correct, “..twist the scriptures as the always do…” 2 Pet. 3:16.   So obviously the warning stipulates that there is a lot of deception and twisting of the Word.

If you are interested in the truth, you must be willing to set aside all opinion, assumption, conjecture and speculation.  If you can do this the truth will become available to you.  This is not an easy task, especially if you have studied a lot of man’s opinion, and therefore see through those lenses.  If you, however, are new to the study, let the Bible be your guide.  Otherwise, you must be able to set aside all the movies, and ideas that may have bombarded you with man’s opinion over the years.

One certain way to understand that the Word of God has been tampered with is that certain ideas or doctrines create loose ends that must be tied up and explained by man. Like a child who has told a lie and must tell others to cover for the first on.  These ideas create sub-doctrines that cannot be substantiated by the Word and must be explained by someone in order to be understood.  You will not be able to find any explanation from the Word, because they are super-scriptural, and therefore added to the Word.  For the truth to be found the idea must flow with the whole of Scripture and all “loose end” must be dealt with by Scripture, leaving no room for man to interfere.

Here is an example of a loose end or sub-doctrine:  The pre-tribulation rapture view tells us that the bride is raptured seven years prior to the second coming.  That is the initial idea.  However it creates many loose ends that must be explained and must be addressed solely by man.  One loose end is the sub-doctrine of the tribulation saints.  The tribulation saint cannot be the bride, because the bride is in heaven (according to the view).  This causes many problems with the whole of Scripture; “we are one body in Christ Jesus”, the promises that apply to the bride, don’t apply to the tribulation saints, etc.  How can the saints be one body as a bride, and another as separate from the bride, and remain one body?  Man’s explanation of this view, tells us that the tribulation saints must become eternal heavenly servants of the bride.  This in effect makes the tribulation saints greater than the bride, because, “He who wishes to be greatest in the kingdom of heaven must become a servant of all.”  If that is the case, it would be more desirable to be a tribulation saint than a member of the bride.  There are a lot of other complications that this the concept of tribulation saints bring, and those who carry this particular view cannot agree exactly on how this all plays out.  Here in lies the problem.  It is super-scriptural in nature.  Not explained by the Word and therefore the end result must be conjured to make sense of it all. As a result there will be many views concerning the sub-doctrines.  Be careful that no man deceive you!

Another issue is a doctrine changing the Word to be able to accommodate their view.  Peter addresses this.  In order for the doctrine to be received it must be taught to those with a shallow understanding of the Word.

Here is an example of this:  Luke 21:36 tells us to pray always that we may be counted worthy to escape all that is coming upon the earth…  The pre-tribulation view tells us that the word “escape” in this passage refers to the rapture.  Okay if that is the case, what does this concept do with the rest of the verse?   “…Pray always that you may be counted worthy…”   Most have the understanding that the prerequisite to being raptured is being saved.  We are saved by grace and not by works or being worth… Eph 2:8,9.  However, for the word “escape” to be the rapture, we must be raptured by our worthiness and pray always accordingly.   So now we are told that only some Christians will be raptured because not all are worthy, although saved.  To continue this thinking, they would also loose any bride status in order to become tribulation saints. Perhaps even having to have to face martyrdom to earn their way into heaven because Christ died for the bride, and not for them.  This verse creates division among those who hold the view.   Some believe there is no division of those raptured at the rapture and some do.  Overall the understanding of salvation equating those “assigned for rapture” must be severed, otherwise we would have to be saved by works, contrary to the Word.   Jesus told us the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt. 25.  The five foolish were not only told, “depart from me, I never knew you,” but “go to hell” as well.   What they were not told is that they would get a second chance as a tribulation saint.  As you can see the Word gets changed to accommodate the view.

You must ask yourself, is your own desires clouding your view?   Often I get asked, “Why would you want to go through the great tribulation?”  As if what I want as anything to do with God’s plan.  The obvious conclusion to those who ask this question is that their personal desires have clouded their perception of the truth.

If Peter tells us that those who do not get it right concerning the view of eschatology (end times), “twist the scripture as they always do.”  The “as they always do” is huge.  That means that your perceptions of truth concerning your “end time” beliefs exemplifies your perception of the Scriptures as a whole.  This put great importance upon the study of eschatology.  We must be lovers of the truth, if not God Himself will send a delusion upon us as stated in 2 Thess. 2 at the end of chapter.

 

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15 Reasons the Pre-Trib View Has Failed

15 Ways that he Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine has failed…

1. Paul tells the bride of Christ how to get ready ON EARTH for when Jesus come with all of His saints… 1 Thess. 3:12,13 The dead in Christ rise first that those are the saints who Jesus is returning with for His bride. The bride makes herself ready by “the righteous acts of the saints.” Those acts cannot be accomplished in heaven. They must be accomplished on Earth.

2. The Scriptures that tells us that “no one knows the day or the hour” ALWAYS reference the SECOND COMING… ex. Matt. 24:36…”of that day, no one know the day or the hour…” Which day? They one just described in vs. 29-31,35… “immediately after the tribulation…”

3. Jesus tells us that He will return “Like a thief” Rev. 16:15, 2 Peter 3:10. This references the SECOND COMING. If He were to come 7 years prior in a Pre-tribulation rapture fashion He would have made Himself into a liar on the nature of HOW He declared He would come, “Like a thief…”

4. Jesus return is NOT imminent. Paul tells us two things that must happen first before we can be gathered together with Him… 1) A great apostasy must take place and 2) the anti-christ must be revealed… 2 Thess. 2:1-3. CAN YOU NAME or POINT OUT who the anti-christ is? NO, because he hasn’t been revealed yet. At this point you can only speculate.

5. The wrath of God is not temporal… it is eternal. We are not appointed to wrath…. BUT to SALVATION and forever living with Him. 2 Thess 5:9 AND 10. This same Greek word is used in the book of Rev. 3 times… Rev. 6:16,17 where MAN declares it, and Rev. 11 where GOD declares His wrath by judging the dead with eternal hell.

6. Jesus declares that He is STILL coming “Like a thief…” for those who are watching after the tribulation… Rev. 16:15. The view must relocate this Scripture to another location otherwise God would have been pouring out His wrath upon His own people. Thus twisting the Word of God to fit their agenda.

7. The tribulation saints… this is a very interesting doctrine. Tribulation saints cannot be the bride because the bride is supposed to already be raptured. Therefore, a NEW body of saints must be created to accommodate this doctrine making us no longer one body in Christ Jesus, but multiple.

8. Luke 21:36 Here the view ASSUMES that the word “escape” means rapture. For the Pretrib view to work, it must change the Word of God concerning salvation. We are saved by grace and not of works, yet we can only be raptured by praying always and our worthiness. The pretrib view must state (in light of Luke 21:36) that only the worthy saints are raptured and not everyone who is saved. Thus putting the unworthy into a tribulation saint category. Thus removing their “bride” status because they can no longer be the bride. The view tells us that the tribulation saints become eternal servants of the bride… thus elevating them greater than the bride, because he who is greatest in the kingdom is a servant of all…

9. Jesus didn’t blow off the disciples question in Matt. 24:3, and Mark 13. The disciples asked, “When will these things be…” What things? The destruction of the temple where not one stone is left upon another… 70 AD. The pretrib view sees ALL of what Jesus answers as futuristic suggesting that Jesus blew off the disciples question, and presents their accordingly.

10. The view must make light of the only places the New Testament Scripture refers to the MYSTERY surrounding the last trumpet… 1 Cor. 15:51,52 and Rev. 10:7

11. The view tells us that the bride is in heaven for the tribulation, however the Word tells us that she is making herself ready on Earth. Paul tells her how to make herself ready for when Jesus comes with all of His saints (who have died and risen first) to present her to the Father… 1 Thess. 3:12:13 She makes herself ready by her righteous acts… these acts must be preformed on Earth, therefore she cannot be making herself ready in Heaven, but on Earth.

12. To separate the Rapture event from the Second Coming event the pre-trib view has no alternative except to just flat out lie about it. It’s one thing to use opinion, assumptions and conjecture, but to present their lists of differences attempting to make the events two, it’s just one lie after another, making up their own scripture where it doesn’t exist.

13. The church of Philadelphia FULFILLED a contingency causing them to be worthy to escape the “hour of temptation”. The pretrib view tells us there is no contingency. The church just escapes it all through rapture… Rev. 3:10

14. 1 Thess. 4:18 tells us to “comfort one another with these words.” This is a wonderful thing, however the pretrib doctrine tells us the comfort is in escaping tribulation and not in the context. We see in the context specified as the fact that we are resurrected from the dead and forever live with Him. What is not understood is that the Sadducees taught that there was no resurrection from the dead. The sorrow was a result of their teaching. Jesus tells us to have “good cheer” and “peace” concerning our assignment to tribulation… John 16:33

15. When the 5 unwise virgins were told “I never knew you”, they were also told to go to Hell. They were not told that they would be given a second chance as tribulation saints. See Matt. 25

 

 

 

to be continued…