Do Your Homework

Question:

I would encourage you to do better research on your subjects before you embarrass yourself with your writings. As a student of scripture I find your site very distressing.

If you, or I, or any other person, see a charismatic global leader stand in front of the cameras and present a signed peace treaty between the Israelis and the Arabs we are truly in dire times unless your reading the last few years of the tribulation (Jacob's troubles) as an allegory. Try to explain how anyone could hope to survive the times described.

You do say why does it matter on your web page. Jesus said, "no man knows the day or the hour..." and if you see the antichrist my dear friend you can and will know the day and the hour of His return. If you see the abomination of the Temple, you and those who find Christ can count the days. How do you account for the resurrection of the 2 martyrs in the streets of Jerusalem?

It does matter how we view the return of Jesus Christ, because Jesus told us to watch and pray. If we do believe that He will return after the rapture, we (being a weak people) do not watch and pray. The great tribulation is not upon us yet, so why watch and pray. What were we told to watch and pray for? Watch for antichrist? Watch for the building of the Temple? Pray for our children to not take the mark of the beast? Pray that Christ protects us from the plagues to come? Do we find hovels in the hills to flee to?

Response:

You said that I should do more research before writing what I do. Well I would like to reply that I wish you would look over more of my site before you charge me with not doing my homework. I have given this topic very much study. I have read and heard the best Pre-Trib scholars alive. I have sat under teachers in Seminary who taught it. And I have spent many hours discussing it with people. Even if you think I am in error, please don't charge me with not having done the resarch.

You mentioned that Jesus said no man knows the day nor the hour of his retrun. That is correct. However, if we divide the catching up (rapture) of the church from the second coming, as Pre-Tribulationists do, then Jesus' statement is in reference to the second coming, after the Tribulation (compare Matt. 24:36 with vs. 29-31). Therefore it is a much a problem for you as it is for me. As I point out in the section on "Imminency" in chapter 6, even Pre-Trib scholars recognize this.

I do think the exhortation to "watch" means that we should watch for the things that will precede his coming. After describing the Great Tribulation, Jesus said "when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door" (Matt. 24:33). I think we need to heed his advise to "Learn the parable from the fig tree" (v. 32). Paul said that we "are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief" (1 Thess. 5:4). This is because we know what to look for. Paul also said it will not come until the apostasy comes first and the antichrist is revealed (2 Thess. 2:1-3). If the exhortations to watch do not mean to watch for the signs which precede his coming, then what do they mean? Go outside and stare at the sky, watching to see if he is returning?

If you can show me where specifically I have gone into error and not just try to find paradoxes or unanswerable questions I would love to discuss this issue with you. Please show me where I have made a mistake.