What about eschatology?

July 21, 2008

With all the fuss going around lately it really made me think more about eschatology and and where I stand on this. Some folks have assumed they know where I stand on this so let me take a couple of quick comments.

I believe that even the apostle Paul and other apostles may have believed that Jesus was returning in the time they were in. Since then many types of end times thoughts and belief’s have emerged. I do believe thought the Lord Jesus wants us to be prepared at all times with our lamps filled with oil and wearing the proper garments.

I do believe that there will be a literal anti-christ. One guy who will be empowered by satan and who will do lying signs and wonders. He will have a false prophet doing his public relations for him.

I am not a pre trib guy because of what Matt 24 states about the Lord and the trumpet being blown and the faithful being taken away after the tribulation. I know there are different opinions on this and if a pre trib rapture happens I am willing to go I am not seeking any adventure here. I am more in the pre wrath camp on all this. However it goes down Im sure God will prepare His people for whatever happens. I do not see where the rapture was taught in the early church (and I know there are dissenting views on this as well). It seems this did not come along until the 1800 and Darby. This could have been because of a number of reasons one could be that God was preparing His people for something that would be coming soon. We all just need to remember no one knows the day or hour when Jesus will return. I avoid guys like Jack Impe well I just avoid him because he is a date setter.

I however am not in the Preterists camp at all.

 

One of the biggest problems is that perhaps some do not believe in a literal antichrist so they ignore much what is currently going on inside Christianity.

There is going to be a one world religion eventually taken over by one man who will be the antichrist I think we can see a lot of that forming most of all with guys like Rick Warren.

 Rick Warren states on pages 285-286 of his book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” that Jesus told his disciples, “The details of my return are none of your business.”  And Warren also suggests that the study of prophecy is a diversion of the devil.

This is just a lie folks.

 2 Timothy3:16-17 states

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

All scripture would include prophecy. Rick Warren took and distorted a small portion of Matt 24 to suit his purpose while ignoring the rest of the text where Jesus goes into details about the signs that will come before His return. The Lord tells us in Matt24:22 to be prepared.  Concerning Rick Warren remember Jesus stated in Matt 24:5 “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Look also at Mark 13:5-37 where Jesus speak prophetically.

Look also at Luke 12:35-47

35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38 And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Then Peter said to Him, “Lord, do You speak this parable only to us, or to all people?
42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

So I guess it would be a good things to watch for the signs, and study prophecy but most of all prepare for our Lords Return because no one know the hour.

 Do I think that Rick Warren is the antichrist?

Of course not.

 Rick Warren is a very astute businessman but the antichrist will provide deception on a level this world has never seen before.

The sad thing is there is another camp that takes all this way to lightly and even jokes about it.

These are very serious times we are to  avoid those who continue to joke about this. And you surely dont want to hear about a heads up about deception from the other camp. Because then it will either be false or to late. Ultimatley you have to decide who is a good, relaible source of imformation.

Those who rely on scripture.

Or those who rely on their own writings.

This was not meant to be a huge article on eschatology and the many different views. You can goggle the topic if you want to see the varying views.

The Lord stated we should be ready at all times.

You decide.

Tim

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One Response to “What about eschatology?”

  1. I do believe that Warren shares these attributes mentioned. I however do not think Rick Warren is the actual anti-christ
    Tim

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