Wednesday, 31 December 2008
RECOMMENDED READING FOR 2009
Hello again folks!!! 2008 is drawing to a close and, for me, it has been a year of ups and downs. I still am amazed at believers attitudes to the question of the timing of the rapture. The 'sacred cow' seems to be the theory that is the pre-tribulation rapture and any discussion or debate on the subject appears to bring about much angst to its proponents. True believers should be True Bereans and that means that they should look at what I call secondary doctrines such as the timing of the rapture with an investigative mind. What I find is not a checking of the scriptures to see it is so; but a manic, legalistic defence of the pre-trib theory ... at any cost. I applaud anyone who has the firmness of mind to check these things out for themselves in the Word without the motive of simply defending what they have been taught by their pastor, church or college. There is nothing wrong in testing and checking the pre-trib theory in light of the whole counsel of scripture. So, for you my friend[s], I have a challenge and a recommendation in one. Try reading one or both of these two  books. Just read them with an open mind ... check them out ... and then dismiss, accept or critique them to your hearts content. The point I would like to make is this. If the pre-trib theory [which is implicit at best but not explicit in the Bible ... in my opinion] is right then all well and good. But ... if it is wrong and the mid-trib; post-trib or pre-wrath rapture theorems turn out to be nearer the truth as the end times play out ... then you will be PREPARED [think on those foolish virgins]. That's all I'm suggesting here. Neither book is perfect but both are easy to read; have lots of graphs, glossaries and explanations to suit all tastes. If after investigating you decide to stick with the pre-trib scenario ... fair enough ... at least you would have been biblical in checking it out. Remember that Paul was not offended that the Bereans wanted to test what he preached and taught. Then neither should colleges, certain authors and institutions; church movements &/or pastors be offended if one questions this most sensitive of issues. The early True church did not escape chronic persecution; neither did it escape tribulation in the Middle Ages and neither will it at the end of days. Shalom ... and thank you for reading this blog from the bottom of my heart.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 31-Dec-2008