Question 5: Why do you think Biblical prophecy is not taught, or not accurately taught in Christian circles today?
Answer 5: It started to become obvious—at least from my perspective—that dark forces were at work. I want to be careful here. I’m not suggesting that my fellow pastors and Christian leaders are doing the work of devils and demons intentionally, any more than Simon Peter was when he rebuked Jesus in Matthew 16:22. Peter did rebuke the Lord when he prophesied his future suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. This man Simon heard only the persecution part of Jesus’ prophecy and told the Lord this cannot be, it can never happen to you. That’s what Peter said, one of Jesus’ closest disciples.
In 16:23 Jesus rebuked him in return and called him “Satan”. “Get behind me Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You do not have in mind the thoughts of God but the thoughts of men.” That is followed by pretty clear teaching on how his disciples must carry their own cross if they want to follow him, etc.
I saw a parallel. It is not about our motivations or even our love for Christ. Peter’s heart or motivation was not at issue. It is about being used by the devil in the way that Simon tried to change prophecy. Peter wanted to take Christ’s suffering and his cross from our Lord’s mission. Today Pre-Trib teachers want to take suffering and the cross—which is explicitly taught by Jesus, Paul, Peter and Scripture in general—from our mission. I know these are strong words but I began to see the Pre-Trib position as a clever deception of the enemy and an obstacle put in our path by men to keep God’s people from fulfilling their destiny.