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 [2] 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

1 comment:

Lou said...

(I'D LIKE TO SHARE THIS ARTICLE WHICH I SAW ON THE INTERNET. LOU)

How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven (He is now there with the Father) “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. Since Jesus must personally participate in the rapture, and since He can’t even leave heaven before the tribulation ends, the rapture therefore cannot take place before the end of the trib! Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) (which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening - Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who would be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the posttrib end of “death” (15:54)! (Will death be ended before or during the trib?) If anyone wonders how long pretrib rapturism has been taught, he or she can Google “Pretrib Rapture Diehards.” Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 it was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” ["gathering"] in 2:1 can happen - the height of desperation!). Other Google articles throwing light on long-covered-up facts about the 178-year-old pretrib rapture view include “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Revisers of Pretrib Rapture History,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Pretrib Rapture Desperados” and “Deceiving and Being Deceived” - all by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” which is available at Armageddon Books online. Just my two cents’ worth.
Todd