Is Salvation a Fundamental Issue attached to your view of Eschatology?

The matter of salvation is at the foundation of the rub that lies between the different views. The statement that “It does not matter…” defines you as a pre-tribber. The Pre-tribbers tell us it doesn’t matter what your view is in light of eschatology (the study of the end times). They tell us that it is a totally separate issue from salvation. If the pre-trib view is correct, then their statement is also has an element of truth.

However, if the Post-trib (and others) position is correct and Jesus comes at the end rather than the beginning, your statement is totally false. Their view is totally related to salvation. Often the pre-tribber is unaware of this fact, because of the pre-trib lenses that they wear.

You see, Jesus tells us the “parable of the sower.” A parable about salvation. In it there is different soils represented. The soils represent man’s heart. The fertile soil is the favorable soil, and in fact the only soil that makes it to heaven. It lacks the traits of the other soils that keep them from heaven. One soil in particular stands out. It is the stony soil, when persecution and tribulation come they immediately stumble and fall away… Mark 4:18. Obviously, this would be catastrophic for a pre-tribber to believe they wouldn’t have to endure the tribulation, just to be confronted with a new paradigm.

The parable of the 10 virgins also tells the story… Only 5 of the 10 have the oil to endure till the end. The other five are told, “depart from me I never knew you.”

When the Red Curtain fell in China and tribulation and persecution hit hard there, the pastors and leaders who once taught the pre-trib doctrine to their flock, saw many quickly turn from their faith as Jesus promised in Mark 4:18. Afterward, the had deep regrets that they hadn’t taught them to prepare for the promised tribulation and persecution that is assigned to all Christians…John 16:33, 2 Tim 3:12.

For a post-tribber to present their view to a pre-tribber, it is evangelistic in nature for them.

Peter tells of the importance of your getting it right concerning your view of eschatology.  In 2 Peter 3:10-16 he informs us that those who don’t get it right, “twist the Scriptures as they always do.”  NKJV   If that is the case it makes eschatology into a fundamental view.  Foundational concerning ALL of the Word.  Interesting to note in this passage that Peter who teaches “second coming” to the church tells us that it is Paul’s teachings that get twisted.  We know that the Pre-trib view IS the view that is derived from Paul’s teachings.  If Peter is not speaking of the Pre-trib view, then who?   Something to consider….

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2 Comments

  1. I have been diving into Scripture a lot recently and I can across your blog. I have not been able to fond a lot of practical information concerning being prepared for the tribulation. You seem to be very knowledgeable about all of this, I was wondering if you could give me some guidance and direction on what I can be doing and how I need to be prepared?
    Thank you,
    Amber

    Reply

    1. Absolutely,
      First is found in Luke 21:36. Jesus commands us to be praying always that we may be considered worthy to escape all things that are coming upon the Earth. A parallel passage is Psalms 91. Ps. 91 stresses the importance of a personal relationship with Him.
      Secondly, We need to understand and have the mindset that Jesus states: Those who wish to save their life will loose it and those who loose their life for my sake will save it.
      Thirdly, We need to understand the parable of the sower in Mark 4. The only characteristic of the “stony” soil is that they do not have the mindset for tribulation and persecution. Paul tells us that he glories in his tribulation… Rom 5:3, and James tells us to count it all joy when we enter into trials and temptations.
      Fourthly, we need to embrace the necessity to embrace patience. Patience is the first characteristic mentioned in 1 Cor. 13 concerning love… “Love is patient.” We can’t love without it… Also we are told let patience have her perfect work in us that we may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.
      Fifthly, we must embrace the hard scriptures, so that we love the truth no matter how much it hurts…. If we don’t God Himself puts a strong delusion over us… 2 Thess. 2:12.
      Peter tells us how we ought to live concerning the issue of the end times… 2 Peter 3:10-14
      I hope this helps. I considered being a prepper at one time, however the Lord informed me that he who wishes to save his life will loose it. Concerning our physical needs Jesus addresses this in Matt. 6. Seek first the kingdom of God and all this things (the physical needs) will be added unto you. The Kingdom of God is not that of words but that of power… 1 Cor. 4:20. In other words the miraculous. We are to be seeking the kingdom on Earth “as it is in Heaven.” In heaven there is no starvation, sickness, or wickedness. God will supply all of our needs according to His riches… Put your trust in Him… not in your own ability. It’s hard, but if you respond in the same manor today as your atheist neighbor does for their needs, you only practice atheism. God will do what He says He will.

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