I know that it seems like this isn’t really all that significant, and three years ago, I might have agreed with you. But, we have brothers and sisters who are asleep, and you need tools to help wake them up.
Worse, as I dug deeper into this issue, I’ve found that the damage that this Lie has done isn’t limited to our ability to survive the Tribulation. It is corrupting our view of the Bible, and it has ALREADY caused horrifying trauma to Christians in far away places.
Like it or not, this Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie is just another version of the feel-good, prosperity doctrine from someone like Joel Osteen. It’s spiritual heroin, and it’s gotta’ stop.
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The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie – Part 4 – Causing True Harm
I completely understand why the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie took hold in the 1800s. People were terrified by the idea of going through any part of what was described in the Book of Revelation. They didn’t want to see their loved ones killed or hurt. They didn’t want the terrible suffering that could come… well, at any moment.
So, when John Nelson Darby incorporated the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie into his theory of Dispensationalism, it was like a gulp of water to a man dying of thirst. It allowed us to look at the future with anticipation, and not dread.
It was like heroin.
I have never taken heroin, but I’ve seen the horrifying effects. And, the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie is spiritual heroin in its purest form. It will put you to sleep with a smile on your face, and you will feel WONDERFUL.
I know one of the few people who have been able to escape heroin addiction, and he tried many different drugs as a young man. And, he says that there’s NOTHING like heroin. In fact, it’s so good that I can’t repeat how he describes it.
One of the great things about Taiwan, he says, is that it is almost impossible to get heroin.
Just one more reason to live here.
But, is it really that big of a deal to be hooked on spiritual heroin?
Corrie Ten Boom
Well, Corrie Ten Boom has something to say about that.
YouTube shortlink: http://youtu.be/5-IqRi6lvrM
Actually, I could stop right here. Corrie said it all, and this woman with such a beautiful soul will meet us in heaven with her own crown, for all that she has done.
Will you listen to what she said?
Will you wake up to the truth of the Bible?
We spoke lies to the Chinese Christians and the African Christians, telling them that nothing could possibly happen to them – that the future was bright and glorious, that God would keep them from persecution.
So, when persecution came, they weren’t ready.
Please Stay Home
Please, if you preach the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie, and you wish to go out and preach this lie to Asia and Africa…
We don’t need lies. We need the truth.
I heard a story about an African Christian that was meeting with a pastor for dinner, and he said something interesting. He told this pastor to stop sending missionaries to Africa. He said that they are preaching a prosperity doctrine, and it’s hurting them.
I tell you the same thing about Asia. I’ve lived in Asia for close to twenty years, and I can tell you that we don’t need missionaries to preach American Christianity. If that’s you, please stay home.
There are only two conditions of the Christian here in Asia. There are either people planning to kill them, or there are people trying to kill them. And, your pre-tribulation prosperity rapture fraud is killing us.
So, if you are a dispensationalist in Asia…
The rest of us will still need to clean up the mess you’ve made, but it’s better than having someone around who keeps making a mess.
And yes, dispensationalism is just another feel-good, Joel Osteen prosperity gospel.
You ARE Going To Suffer Persecution
Please get this into your head. It’s from the Bible:
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. – 2 Timothy 3:12
And please don’t tell me how you’ve suffered persecution.
Have you almost died from being beaten?
Have you had to run for your life?
Have you even been thrown in jail for Christ?
I know a Arab brother in Christ who went through ALL of that. I doubt that any of us are ready to go through what he’s gone through – yet, he’s out there, at the mosque, after prayers to try and reach other Arabs with the gospel.
None of us have suffered real persecution. Yes, I understand that life might not have been easy for you, but you still have no idea about what real persecution is. And this Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie is designed to keep you from being prepared for what Asian Christians have already experienced – and are experiencing, right now.
It’s The Great Persecution
Now, I’m going to add something to our discussion that you must get right, so pay attention to what I am telling you:
The Tribulation Is Not The Wrath Of God
I’m going to wait a moment to let that sink in, because it’s corollary is important.
Now, take a breath. Hold it. Let it out slowly.
Are you ready for the next bit?
Okay. Here it is:
The Tribulation Is The Wrath Of Satan.
Oh dear. You’re hyperventilating again.
Take a deep breath. Hold it. Let it out slowly.
If you need a chill pill, take it now, because I’m about to add insult to injury by showing you what the Bible says:
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. – Revelation 12:7-12
Then Revelation 12 goes on to say this:
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. – Revelation 12:13-17
That last verse is verse 17. I’ll repeat it here:
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. – Revelation 12:17
THAT is the TRIBULATION!
Did you get that?
For three and a half years, those in Israel – who have accepted Christ – will be sheltered from the wrath of Satan. Because Satan can’t get to these Israeli Christians, he will go after those Christians in the rest of the World that he CAN get to – again, for three and a half years.
That is the Great Tribulation, but it might be better to call it The Great Persecution – because that is what it is.
Maybe we should stop calling it The Great Tribulation and start calling it The Great Persecution.
Corrupting The Bible
It will be the greatest time of persecution of Christians that the world has ever seen – and your pastor is probably saying that you won’t ever see it. And, as Corrie Ten Boom said, any teacher who teaches such a thing is a false teacher.
Now, you might say that one false teaching doesn’t make you a false teacher.
Really? Are you sure about that?
Yes, I understand that we all get things wrong. I myself have been deeply wrong about more than one Bible passage. In fact, I’m sure that I am still wrong about something, somewhere in the Bible.
We are all sinful, and therefore prone to misinterpreting the Bible – and then teaching that misinterpretation. Worse, our misinterpretation isn’t just a corruption of one part of the Bible. It reaches out and corrupts the rest of the Bible.
Take my series on twisting the Bible:
It was inspired by an abominable statement made by John MacArthur – that you could still go to heaven, even if you took the Mark of the Beast.
Why did he make such a horrendous statement?
He reasoned that, since the Pre-Tribulation Rapture must be true, there would be no Christians on Earth, when the Antichrist came. He reasoned further that, since the Antichrist would make everyone take the Mark of the Beast, anyone who gets saved during the Tribulation would already have the Mark of the Beast. Therefore, his reasoning said that you CAN take the Mark of the Beast and still go to heaven.
Yet, he chose to ignore this verse:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. – Revelation 14:11
He also ignored this verse:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. – Revelation 20:4
And THAT is what happens when you allow false teaching to take hold of you. It causes you to ignore parts of the Bible – parts that are vital. It causes you to CORRUPT the Bible.
You Must Flee False Teaching
If you allow ANY deception to take hold of you, you will find your interpretation of the Bible to be corrupt. You will become a false teacher.
Now, like I said, we all get things wrong. The fact that we often learn something new when we read our Bibles, tells us that this is a process. It is a rare Christian that just happens to be in the right church that is teaching the right doctrine. Some of you have come from churches that have had so much wrong… well, it’s taken time for you to even be able to read what I’ve said.
I get that, because I’ve been there.
But, that’s why you MUST treat opportunities like this carefully. If you hold to a pre-tribulation rapture, I have proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have a problem.
You may not be able to agree with me yet that the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is a lie, and I understand that. But, you MUST seek the truth until this ‘problem’ that I have presented to you is dealt with.
Because the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie has corrupted your view of the Bible. You will only be able to deal with that corruption, when you’ve gotten rid of this lie.
Seek Out The Lies In Your Life
And yes, once you’ve gotten rid of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie, your work isn’t done. You must seek out all the other lies that you hold and get rid of THEM, too.
Satan has succeeded in his goal of causing the Body of Christ to fall asleep. And, as we have slept, he has crept in and taken power in this world. He has infected our churches with false doctrine. He has weakened our hands and loosened our grip on the Bible – and what it means to suffer persecution.
We are unready for the time when Satan will lose the war in heaven, and will be cast down to Earth. We are NOT ready for the coming of The Great Persecution.
Now is the time to stop the spiritual heroin and wake up.
There is no time left.
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
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