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Question 11- Do you ever wonder why you? Do you get tired of the difficulties?
Answer 11- I am beginning to move beyond the “Why me?” question. Now I am more into the acceptance phase. (Sounds like the five stages of grief, doesn’t it?) It is my burden to bear and I am embracing it. I realize the pioneers get the arrows. I have seen a bit of this already from Christian “friends” but my study of prophets prepares me to deal with the hostility. This is not about me. This is not about writing a best seller. This has always been about being faithful to what God has called me to do and being used to help many through the coming darkness. I do not look for any rewards on this side but I do hope to hear a well done on the other side. I appreciate and enjoyed this opportunity to share with you. Thank you.
Tags: Bible, Christian, Christian leaders, end times, God, last days, Prophets of God, scriptures
Question 9- What do you see that troubles you most, particularly as it relates to what you write about in The Prophets of God?
Answer 9- That is a great question since it targets our greatest danger, as I see it. As I was presenting my case to a Christian brother, I cited some Scriptures that were used in The People of God to support one of my points. He responded, “I don’t believe that!” I was speechless! This was a Bible believing, Church-going Christian. He didn’t offer other Scriptures to refute my point; he simply shut off debate by refusing to believe what I was showing him. I have seen this too many times. I am seeing a tendency to dismiss anything that runs counter to our belief system, even if the evidence from the Bible may be conclusive. American Christians want to be “right” or “mainstream” more than they want to be accurate. I have come to accept the possibility there is a veil over most minds, at least for now.
Tags: Bible, Christian, last days, Prophets of God, scriptures, veil
Question 8- What audience do you intend for your books, such as The Prophets of God, to reach?
Answer 8- I realized fairly early that I was writing for students. Students are not necessarily young; neither is every young Christian a student. It is more of an attitude. But what I have discovered about this group is that they are extremely cautious. I have to tell you about this brand new Christian who was given The People of God to read. He told me how much he got out of it. It was the first book he’d ever read. But most students are reading a lot already. They won’t invest their time or money, even on something they are curious about, if they aren’t encouraged to do so by a peer or a teacher they trust. People who are not subject to “groupthink” are rare, but once an inroad is made, look out. Things could “go viral” in a hurry. That could happen, but I am okay if it doesn’t.
Tags: Bible, Bible students, Christian, new Christian, Prophets of God, Spiritual teacher, Students, Teacher, The People of God
Question 3: What are some of the fictions—myths as you call them—that you expose?
Answer 3: The one that comes to my mind first is that prophecy supports the notion that believers will be divinely delivered from an intense period of suffering, we call the Great Tribulation. It is a myth. Ask fellow believers in oppressive countries or areas of Africa, Asia and even South and Central America. I do not expose this as a myth—as you say–or other views that remove God’s people from the hot furnace of affliction, I let the words of Christ and his prophets do that. Another one that I call attention to is that not everyone who claims to be a Christian teacher or preacher—who is committed to the Bible and to following Jesus as Lord—is accurately portraying future events. (I am not questioning motives but motive is not the issue. Truth is.) What God intends to do this year and beyond is a matter of utmost importance. Most church-goers are getting it wrong from their leaders in the pulpit, on their TV and in their books of prophecy. To make matters worse, they are not encouraged to read and study the prophets for themselves. This is a major problem with severe consequences if it continues.
Tags: Biblical prophecy, Biblical Truth, Christian, Christian leaders, Christian Oppression, end times, Furnace of affliction, God, Great Tribulation, last days, prophecy, scriptures
Question 12- What would you like readers of Lifesaver to take away from the experience?
Answer 12-I hope that they’d say the book was fair. I hope they appreciate the objective way I presented my case with Scripture. I hope they realize after reading Lifesaver that truth matters. I hope they can see that Christians can disagree without making the other side out to be villains. I hope they can process everything and be able to take a stand against popular opinion. And, I guess, I want them to know if a brother or sister supports the “any moment rapture” position, it doesn’t mean they have horns. It only means they do not fully understand what the Bible teaches or correctly interpret prophecy–therefore, they are in trouble of being deceived.
Tags: any moment rapture, Bible, Biblical prophecy, Biblical Truth, Christian, Christianity, end times, Lifesaver, Rapture, scriptures
Question 6: Those who believe in the Pre-Trib Rapture seem to be able to find scripture to support their views. How can two totally opposite views come from the same scriptures?
Answer 6: It comes down to a difference of interpretation—a big difference. There is a reason for that. In each of my books, I place the “5 Major Rules for Bible Interpretation” up front, can’t miss them. I abide by these rules in what I write; it’s important for everyone to know that. If you want to attack my view, do it on the basis of the rules. These aren’t my rules. They are time honored rules developed by those who love the Bible. If only one is following the rules, then the one who doesn’t is free to say or do anything.
On the subject of the rapture there is no reason for reasonable and committed Christians to have any differences. One of the principles guiding sound interpretation is “That we have not arrived at the truth until all the relevant passages on the subject are harmonized.”
We hear PTR preachers giving lip service to the Word of God but we don’t see the same pastors, teachers, professors and supporters teaching this principle of harmonization (hermeneutics) with regard to prophecy. If they did, they could not remain Pre-tribbers. Period. There are Pre-trib zealots and defenders, but if they were harmonizing all the relevant Scriptures they would be faced with a decision—continue defending the indefensible or yield to the truth. This group remains Pre-trib because they go to the Scriptures with that mindset and look for anything confirming their view while dismissing anything that doesn’t. That is not interpretation according to the rule.
Tags: Bible, Bible Interpretation, Biblical prophecy, Biblical Truth, Christian, God, Rapture, scriptures, Word of God
Question 4: Didn’t you state in your book that you were once a Pre-tribber?
Answer 4: I believed it in the way a child believes in Santa Claus or that the moon is made out of green cheese. I believed it because those in authority whom I respected, loved and admired told me that Jesus was coming again, and it could be today! They gave me a couple Bible verses to hang this belief on, sort of as evidence, and others were saying the same thing. So there you have it, case closed, PTR had to be right because all the radio preachers I loved to listen to were in agreement!
I believed it but other than a couple of trite sayings and those verses, I couldn’t defend it or teach it with confidence. The topic confused me so I basically didn’t want any part of explaining it as a pastor, this was the way it is and don’t ask questions.
This is where I think most pastors of conservative churches are stuck. They dutifully repeat what they are told. They don’t want trouble from the powers that be in and out of their church and they don’t want to know anything that contradicts what they’ve been taught either. It is sort of like parents who watch what is said to their kids about Santa. They become very angry if someone tells them there’s no Santa Claus. People can be very protective about things that are not true.
Tags: Bible, Bible prophecy, Christian, end times, Jesus, John Finkbeiner, Pre-Tribulation Rapture, Tribulation
Question 3: If the Biblical evidence is as strong as you say for Pre-Wrath Tribulation, why do you suppose so many have adopted the Pre-Tribulation view?
Answer 3: My wise neighbor threw out a pearl of wisdom one day. He said, “Christians will hold on to a view, even if they don’t entirely understand it or agree with it, simply because they do not know of a better option.” I believe he nailed it. Pre-tribulationalism has had what amounts to a monopoly on the discussion of prophecy. They run a controlled media, (books, radio and TV), that excludes other interpretations even demonizing those who come up with them. They purposely have mischaracterized the Pre-wrath rapture position, which I show in the book. So, most remain Pre-tribulational. They lack the information needed to alter their position. It is sinister at its root. Keeping open debate on the subject of the prophecy of Scripture from those who want to hear it, evaluate it and make up their own mind, is a form of mind-control.
Tags: Bible, Christian, God, Great Tribulation, Jesus, Prewrath, prophecy, Rapture