There is something fascinating about the lies that we believe. They say a lot about us, and a distressingly high number of us aren’t interested in being shown how false our favorite lies are.
The problem is that lies are the biggest threat that we face right now. Our politicians are lying to us. Our educators are lying to us. Our media is lying to us. Our pastors are lying to us. And, worst of all, WE are lying to ourselves.
Of all the Christians out there, less than one out of a hundred is actually embracing the truth.
Here, let me give you a test. Read this:
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. – Zechariah 13:8
How you interpret this verse will indicate the lie (or truth) that you embrace.
If you tell me that this has already happened, and that there is nothing to be concerned about, well you are probably into Supersessionism, Fulfillment Theology or Replacement Theology. As with any good lie, there is some truth to it. But, your claim that we have replaced the children of Israel in the eyes of God is an absolute lie.
Of course, you might embrace Amillennialism. In that case, you have a severe problem with math, on top of your willingness to lie to yourself. The ‘millennium’ is only 1,000 years long, not two thousand.
Or, you could be a Preterist – which is such a shockingly bad lie that I hardly know where to begin. (Preterists have the same problem with math as the Amillennialists.) Do Preterists even READ their Bible?
Maybe you’re a dispensationalist. To be a strict dispensationalist, you pretty much have to believe that God keeps changing. Yes, each era in The Bible appears to be different than the one(s) that go before it… but, do you really believe that God is actually different in each of those eras?
Oh, and there’s something else that dispensationalists believe, and this one drives me nuts – pretribulationism. I’m sorry, but you have to do some pretty serious surgery on The Bible to make the scriptures say that we all get to escape the tribulation by being in some secret rapture. Yes, there is an escape, but only if you are watching – and, the pretribulationists are NOT watching.
In fact, if you believe in any of the above falsehoods, you are asleep. You think that you can ignore ANYTHING that has to do with prophecies of The Last Days – something like a quarter of The Bible. Can you honestly look at what is going on around you, and then believe that you are going to escape what is coming?
Well then… go back to sleep and forget that I said anything.
For the rest of us… if none of the above describes you… you might be one of the lucky few who understands exactly what is coming, and avoided being caught by the vast number of lies that have captured so many of us.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. – Luke 21:36
There is an escape, but you have to be awake and watching.