“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it that way. But what will you do in the end? (Jeremiah 5:30-31 NIV)
As if mesmerized, all present nod toward the pulpit. Are the spellbound part of a mass hypnosis? The words roll off the tongue of the preacher (priest), “Jesus can come at any moment?” “His Coming is imminent. No more signs are necessary.” “The Lord will come for his Church like a thief in the night.” “We will be taken up in the rapture and changed in the twinkling of an eye.” So it goes. The robots are successfully programmed.
The mantra is reinforced by Christian television and books–even Hollywood has gotten into the act (ex. “Left Behind”, 2014). We could recite the story-line in our sleep. This is what most know of prophecy about the end times. But there is a problem; none of it is accurate.
Produce one clear Scripture that supports Jesus’ return can be at any moment. Ask the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) prophecy expert to cite a single verse, not just the required two or three Scripture witnesses, but one. There is none. So how did we come up with a doctrine that has no Biblical foundation? It doesn’t matter.
Teachers who repeat “No more signs are necessary” ignore the Lord’s prophetic “Olivet Discourse” (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). Some, to their own peril, twist it until it doesn’t mean what it says. So what?
They also fail to consider Paul’s rebuke of the Thessalonian believers. He reminded them that the Lord cannot come in glory and the gathering of the saints cannot happen until (1) the rebellion occurs, and, (2) the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:3) It makes no difference.
Other passages confirm that signs are God’s way of readying his people for what comes next on the prophetic timetable. In Thessalonians 5, the phrases “the day of the Lord” and “like a thief in the night” catch our eye. When we see “like a thief in the night”, it is in the context of the disastrous consequences for the unsuspecting who sleep or remain in a trance (Matt. 24:43, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3).
While people are saying “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. (1 Thess. 5:3-6 NIV)
Of course, the Bible has no relevance to the mindless masses if it contradicts their Group-think creed.
Confusing Paul’s teaching on the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 with his apostolic teaching on the general resurrection of the righteous in 1 Corinthians 15:42-58 has erroneously blended two events separated by a thousand years. The water has been muddied to create a false scenario (i.e. Jesus comes for the Church in the rapture and believers are changed in the twinkling of an eye).
Rapture is not resurrection, it is the rescue or the deliverance of the righteous.
Read your Bible. Ask yourself, “How can the general resurrection of the saints at the Judgment, taught in Revelation 20:11-15, precede the Millennium described earlier in Revelation 20:1-10? Does anyone care about the truth?
Prophets prophesying lies. Priests teaching by their own authority. People loving it that way. Question if this is you: What will you do in the end?
Snap out of it! Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:14b NIV)