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Four Reasons the Church Won’t Go Through the Tribulation

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Eschatology | 0 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – The Tribulation refers to the future seven – year period which the Apostle John describes in the book of Revelation 6-9. It is a period during which God will judge both the unbelieving world and His disobedient people, Israel. It will be a time of such trouble that the world has never experienced. Of this time and its trouble the Lord says that such “has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor will ever shall” (Matt. 24.21). In relation to the Church of Christ, there is a question that has been at the center of many debates: Will the Church go through Tribulation? For centuries now, the Church has been looking forward, watching and waiting for this blessed moment referred to as the “rapture”. At that moment, when the “dead in Christ”...

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The Church and the Prophecy Problem

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 in Bible, Eschatology, Theology | 2 comments

by Don Trest — Axiom: Misunderstanding the role of the church in the end times is the reason for spiritual misstep by the church and an array of doctrinal and practical problems for the church. I & II Thessalonians was written to show the relationship of the church to the Day of the Lord (End Times). I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 The Thessalonians had made the mistake of trying to place the church into the prophecies that were given to and about Israel. Thus, misunderstood doctrine led to practical problems and missteps within and by the church and Paul wrote to them to clarify the doctrinal issues that had led to the practical and ethical problems within the church. What the Thessalonian believers could not know, because neither the OT prophets nor Jesus in the Olivet Discourse revealed it, was that...

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Is There a “Dispensational” Approach to the Sermon on the Mount?

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 in Eschatology, Jesus, teachings of | 4 comments

by Jerry Hullinger – There is a general misconception among non-dispensational scholars that there is but one dispensational approach, namely, the Kingdom approach to the Sermon on the Mount. Moreover, this lone option is often misrepresented as well. Since dispensationalists believe the following: 1.            Jesus offered the Davidic Kingdom to Israel at his first coming 2.            Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount during the time of this offer And 3.            Israel rejected the kingdom offer by rejecting the Messiah Then 4.            The Sermon on the Mount has no application today Observe the three following citations: At the other extreme [the first extreme being Tolstoi and the Christian Marxists] is the earlier American Dispensationalism which relegated the Sermon to the millennial Kingdom, leaving a historical dichotomy between the present and the future…”[1] Some teach a dispensational view of the...

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A Picture of Imminence

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Eschatology, Theology | 0 comments

by Steven Hayes – “Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord . . . for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh … behold [He] standeth before the door.” (James 5:7-9). The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines imminent as “ready to take place; especially [as] hanging threateningly over one’s head”.  An imminent event is one that could occur at any moment; it is not, however, an event that is necessarily near, nor one that must occur soon.  In the New Testament, the coming of the Lord is an event that is portrayed as being imminent.  Such a portrayal has led to the recognition that the Rapture of the Church, in which the Lord comes in the clouds to gather believers to Himself and return to heaven (John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17), is to be distinguished from the 2nd Coming and must take place before the start of the...

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The Date-Setting Problem

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Eschatology | 0 comments

by Tommy Ice – At least six passages (eight if parallel passages are included) specifically warn believers against date-setting. Yet down through church history there has been an amazing amount of date-setting. About every two years there is usually someone who makes headlines proclaiming that they know the date of the Second Coming or the Rapture. The most recent incident involved the late Harold Camping. Interestingly, Camping comes from an amillennial, covenant theology framework. Many may be surprised that there is actually less date-setting today than there was 100 to 300 years ago. This is because in previous times so many prophecy teachers held to the historicist interpretive approach as opposed to the futurist systems that dominate the scene today. However, there are still some prominent personalities who engage in the biblically forbidden practice of date-setting.   Biblical Prohibitions...

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2 Thessalonians 2:13, A Rapture Passage?

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Bible, Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Eschatology, Theology | 1 comment

by George Gunn – Ἡμεῖς δὲ ὀφείλομεν εὐχαριστεῖν τῷ θεῷ πάντοτε περὶ ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοὶ ἠγαπημένοι ὑπὸ κυρίου, ὅτι εἵλατο ὑμᾶς ὁ θεὸς ἀπαρχὴν εἰς σωτηρίαν ἐν ἁγιασμῷ πνεύματος καὶ πίστει ἀληθείας, “But we ought to thank God always for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you, a firstfruit, for deliverance by the sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” Synopsis: 2 Thessalonians 2:13, though frequently cited in theological works as a proof text for the soteriological doctrine of election, is probably best understood eschatologically as descriptive of God’s promise to deliver the church from the persecution and worldwide judgments of the Day of the Lord by means of a pretribulational rapture. Introduction Years ago as a college student, I, like many Christian college students, wrestled with the issue of God’s sovereign election vs. man’s...

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