Friday, November 2, 2018
The silence is deafening, now, as the testimony of Jesus Christ is ignored regarding the time of the end. Generationally inherited ignorance of Christ’s post-tribulation rapture of His elect will reveal its deceptive fruit in the tribulation when “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10). It will be the fruit of the Church having tolerated false pre-trib, mid-trib, pre-wrath, and post-millennial rapture scenarios. But Christ did not give us a multiple choice of His gathering of elect saints, only one: “Immediately after the tribulation”.
Since John Nelson Darby (1800–1882), the father of dispensationalism, who crafted the pre-tribulation rapture narrative, thousands of ministers followed in his deceptive footsteps, having led millions to avoid the testimony of Jesus Christ regarding one of the most critical truths of the Christian faith – our Lord’s return and gathering of His elect saints. The collateral damage of this false teaching will be horrible in the tribulation, while presently, it changes the God of the Bible to a god of man’s desire and creation, one who grants our inheritance according to man’s will.
God’s love at John 3:16 is conditional, which is often ignored by ministers. But God, clarifying what it actually means to believe “in” Jesus, at John 3:16, said twenty verses later at 3:36, that, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him”. That’s highly critical to one’s enduring salvation, enduring the tribulation to the end at the last day.
For, it was Jesus who said that He gathers His elect saints “Immediately after the tribulation” (Matt. 24:29–31), at “the first resurrection” (Rev. 20:4–6), “at the last day” (John 6:40, 44, 54), “at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:51–52), when “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven” (1 Thess. 4:16), because “He [Christ] must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything” (Acts 3:21 NIV). Avoiding these truths and believing the assumption and conjecture of the pre-tribulation rapture is a guarantee of imminent offense, even to the great falling away.
Generational avoidance of the testimony of Jesus Christ regarding the end-times has created such a deceptive comfort zone of unbelief that it now seems spiritually okay to blindly avoid Christ’s teachings of the apocalypse, though He said, “See, I have told you beforehand” (Matt. 24:25). This is how the transhuman days of Noah and transgender days of Lot have washed over the world like a spiritual tsunami…and the Church yawns, and in many cases, even accepts it!
The same generational avoidance of the truth ignores Jesus parable of the fig tree at Matt. 24:32–35, not discerning that we are now in the seventy-first Hebraic year since Israel was reborn as a nation, for which God said the generation that sees this occur will not pass away until all be fulfilled. Though nations are in perplexity…the Church yawns. Nature is in revolt at the evils and destructive nuclear waste created by man; the Pacific Ocean is poisoned and unprecedented death washes ashore, which is all part of what God promised…and the Church is oblivious.
The truth is, the signs of the end of this age are everywhere, but very few have sufficient faith in Christ to teach those biblical truths, and to equip the saints in a faith that endures to the last day. Therefore, God said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6). But you can change that for yourself by actually believing the testimony of Jesus and preparing in it.
I implore you in the love of Christ, have faith in Jesus’ Words, not man’s words, demonstrate your faith in Jesus by believing His Words, not man’s words; defend His Words; do not become an end-time victim of generational unbelief by believing the false pre-trib rapture. You can break that generational curse of unbelief by submitting to the authority of Christ and trusting fully upon His Words. If you do that now, and walk in His truths, He will be your shield against unbelief in the present, and in days of severe tribulation to come. If you actually believe Him and prepare in His truths, Christ will never disappoint you.
The end of this present age has advanced undetected by most. Man is destroying the earth, he has polluted the rivers, seas and oceans with toxic waste. Man is again building Nimrod’s Tower of Babel in which all peoples become one under the United Nation’s New World Order and its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Biblically prophetic end-time events are now on the word stage on the guise of normalcy…but the Church remains asleep.
The days are not far off when food supplies will suddenly fall short of demand; nations will rage as violence and anarchy rule the day; wars and unprecedented death tolls. Then many who have been taught to believe the pre-tribulation rapture will begin to say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4). Offense will arise in the Church and many will fall away from the faith.
But remember the Words of the Holy Spirit, and to conform your faith in Christ to His truths, not assigning His Words to others, but personalizing His truths for yourself, qualifying what it means to effectively believe “in” Jesus, that, “he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” (John 3:36). The peace of God be with you now and always.
Marlin J. Yoder