Friday, July 28, 2023
The world is rapidly descending into prophetic end-time lawlessness, violence, pestilence, wars and rumors of wars, as the seven-year tribulation of Antichrist’s rule looms on the near horizon. Nothing is shocking anymore as the world has grown numb, and accustomed to its new normal. Similarly, the organized church, since its 1960s to late 1990s blitzkrieg of false warnings of an imminent rapture, has largely grown lukewarm, culture-approving, and spiritually apathetic. “Is there any real reason for the church to trust God’s Word anymore since the ‘imminent’ rapture, so wildly preached for forty+ years, twenty-five years ago, hasn’t occurred?” seems to be the deceptive forces driving the awful spiritual decline of the Dispensational organized church.
Regarding the end-times of this present age, the organized Dispensational church has grossly misplaced its trust. Rather than placing its trust in the testimony of Jesus Christ, and preparing therein to endure the seven-year tribulation to the end until the resurrection rapture of believers, the church, steeped in its false pre-trib rapture tradition, is totally unprepared for what’s coming. The organized evangelical church has taught its people the cruel false hope and hoax of a pre-trib rapture though there’s not one single verse of Scripture or passage that speaks of such a thing.
It was Jesus Christ who said that “Immediately after the tribulation of those days…He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:29–31). But the organized church wants you to believe that Jesus’ Words here don’t apply to you; that you should instead believe their pie-in-the-sky false teaching of a pre-tribulation rapture created by John Darby in about 1830.
Jesus said He gathers His elect “Immediately after the tribulation”. I call your attention to His identifying exactly who it is that He gathers “Immediately after the tribulation”. He gathers His “elect” – “Immediately after the tribulation”. Ask yourself, “If I’m a true Christians, am I part of His ‘elect’? Is that who I am as a true born again believer?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” The “elect” of God are the redeemed of the LORD, from both the Old and New Testaments. We are the blood-bought saints of the living God in Christ – “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:29). There is only one resurrection rapture “Immediately after the tribulation”, and Jesus, the Son of God, Himself, taught the same.
But I warn you in the love of Christ, any church that preaches and teaches the heresy of the pre-trib rapture is leading its people into the satanic jaws of deception that will produce offense, hate, and betrayal one of another, just as Christ taught at Matt. 24:10. When evidence of the tribulation is revealed, and it soon will be, and the two witnesses begin their ministry of Rev. 11:3, for 1,260 days, which is the first half of the seven-year tribulation, then the church will know it was lied to and deceived by their trusted theologians, pastors, and false teachers who loved the ear-tickling traditions of men, which make the Word of God of no effect, Mark 7:8, 13 rather than preparing in the testimony of Jesus, “the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:10). Dispensational pre-trib rapture ministers and teachers have created a god of their own imagination. They’ve created their own ear-tickling way of getting to heaven that excludes the “narrow gate…and difficult way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt. 7:13–14). Do you believe Christ, or men?
Marlin J. Yoder