A Response to End Time Weariness

I would like to introduce you all to author and prophecy teacher, Paul Kalbach. Paul has joined our advisory staff on The Gospel in the End Times, and what a great addition he has been.

Paul and I are very similar souls in regard to our love of the Lord,  our opinions of the Word, and prophecy. Our ministry is so lucky to have been introduced to him. I really enjoy Paul’s fantastic, spirit-enabled insights. Plus he is just a lot of fun to work with.

You might be familiar with Paul’s book, The Sign of the End of the Age (Cross Books 2013), which has tremendous insights for the church. There are very few books I’ve read twice. I read this book twice within a month – it is that good.

I plan to do a book review on this book (and a few other books) later this summer, but feel free to pick up a copy on Amazon now – you won’t regret it.  CLICK HERE.

Currently Paul and our other advisers and authors, Bob Brown and Joe Lenard, have been busy assisting in the development of a brand new DVD project, the first for the Gospel in the End Times. More on that project will follow in the coming months.

A Guest Blog

This week, Paul is offering a guest blog on this site – which is a response to a recent article of Olive Tree Ministries‘ Jan Markell’s. Ms. Markell published it in Prophecy News Watch, the  vehicle of the late Chuck Missler, so PNW has a pretribulational, Roman Antichrist point of view.

Ms. Markell’s original article can be found HERE. In his response, Paul does a masterful job of explaining why the theory of Imminence itself is actually the cause of the “End Time Weariness” that Ms. Markell writes about.

I know you will enjoy this insightful article.

A Response to End-Time Weariness   

By Paul Kalbach, Author: The Sign of the End of the Age, Cross Books, 2013 

 In the article, End-Time Weariness: Haven’t We Waited Long Enough? by Jan Markell, she has done the church a great favor by exposing an issue that cries out to be addressed. 

 What is going on with prophetic teaching? 

 We lament with Jan that certain popular end-times books and movies and events, like Israel’s nationhood in 1948, have led many to look at world events to determine God’s time-table. Many believe that the latest earthquake, tsunami, war, or war rumor means that we are very close to Jesus’s return. Some carefully track the moves of Russia, Iran, or other Mid-East nations to determine that we are about to experience the Psalm 83 War or Ezekiel 38-39 War.  

 What could go wrong with these approaches? 

 It turns out that what could go wrong has gone wrong!  

 As Markell has pointed out, if many respected teachers have taught this is what to look for and they don’t come to pass, “Late-Great Burn-Out,” “End-Time Weariness,” and “Rapture Fatigue” are inevitable. If “Date-Setters” have been wrong so many times, why wouldn’t this sow confusion and skepticism? 

 This is a serious issue that, beginning with incorrect interpretation and speculation, inevitably leads to doubt and disbelief. We are producing the very mockers Peter warned about in 2 Pet. 3:3. 

 Can we fix this? Indeed, we can, and it may surprise many that the fix has been in front of us all along. What we need is a more biblical way of looking at prophetic signs. 

Should Christians look for a sign? 

 First, in Heb. 10:24-25, Christians are commanded to love and encourage each other “all the more” when we “see the day approaching.”  The writer of Hebrews expects Christians to “see” Jesus’ coming approaching by observing a sign, and when we see it, to take action.  

 Second, in 1 Thess. 5:2-6, Paul confirms this. He tells us the return of Jesus will come upon unbelievers like a thief in the night, but that believers will not be surprised if they remain alert. Jesus, in His letter to the Church of Sardis (Rev. 3:3), also corroborates that He will only come to the unrepentant like a thief.  

 Finally, Jesus’ and Paul’s end-time teachings instruct us to: watch, see, be observant, not be misled, be alert, and be ready—about 35 times. Although much of Christian culture believes there won’t be a sign before Jesus’ return, watching for the coming of our Lord is actually commanded. 

 What signs shouldn’t we watch for? 

 The disciples were like us—they wanted to know the sign of Jesus’ coming and the end of the age (Matt. 24:3). Jesus didn’t tell them there wouldn’t be a sign, instead He gave them the information we need today to avoid being misled by wrong teaching and sensationalism. First, He taught that there would be events that were “not signs and that there was a specific sign to watch for. This sign would be a trigger for all end-time events leading to His return. 

 Jesus started His teaching with what were “not signs,” which He termed “only the beginning of the birth pains.” Jesus taught that although these events would occur near the end, they were not the sign to look for. These wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, and famines are things that have happened for millennia and cannot be counted on as unique signs. His warning is to not be misled by seeing these as signs. Interestingly, Jesus also didn’t mention a Mid-East Peace Covenant. This is also a “not sign.” 

 But sure enough, prophetic teaching, TV programming, and blog sites are concentrating on the very things Jesus said would mislead. Hearing about these “not signs” again and again becomes like the “boy who cried wolf.” 

 What is the sign we should look for? 

 Once Jesus had made clear what not to look for, He told the disciples what Christians should look for: the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through the prophet Daniel” (Matt. 24:15). Dan. 9:27 places this event in the middle of the 70th Week of Daniel, a seven-year period commonly referred to as “The Tribulation.” 

 God is not a God of confusion, and He wants us to understand this sign—the only event we are to look for to know that Jesus’ coming is near. 

 In 2 Thess. 2:1-4, a clear end-times passage about “the coming of our Lord and our gathering together to Him, Paul also warns about not being misled about the timing of the Day-of-the-Lord—which is associated with the coming and gathering. Paul explains that the Day-of-the-Lord will not come until the Antichrist desecrates the temple (the abomination of desolation). Therefore, Paul is confirming that the event to look for before Jesus’ return is the same abomination of desolation that our Lord specifically referenced in answer to the disciples’ question.  

 Can we all agree? 

 Much of the church is divided in controversy and lost in confusion over end-time “signs” and events. It doesn’t need to be that way.  

 In her section called “Déjà vu All Over Again,” Markell references events like moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the Gog-Magog War, and “the convergence of dozens of end-time signs,” resulting in a “collective sign.” But Jesus did not tell us to look for these events. Instead, He warned us about being misled by these events and gave us a clear sign to look for: the abomination of desolation 

 Silence from our pulpits and prophecy teachers on this clear and unambiguous sign has created much of this problem. The answer is to go back to what the Bible does teach. Be ready and watchful and observant of events but put them all in the framework of Jesus’ clear teaching. If we do, we will not grow weary, and we will know what to watch for. 

6 thoughts on “A Response to End Time Weariness”

  1. Daniel Stern’s translation also clears up the misunderstanding of Daniel 9. Just finished reading your book on 70 x 7.

  2. Thanks for the reply Nelson…we are in perilous times! The AOD is the clincher for sure, and on that we will agree! That aside….would you not be suspicious if the Jews resumed sacrifice on Temple Mount?…..I think that would raise your eyebrows….

    1. Sam, the start of sacrifices are absolutely necessary prior to the AOD, as is a “Holy Place” of some type, whether tent or building (I assume building). And although these signs are specific they are not tied to any timetable like the AOD. Sacrifices could be instituted 10 months before the AOD, 10 years prior or even a 100 years prior (although I doubt it). It is also possible (but not likely) that sacrifices could begin, end, and they be started again. We don’t have prophecies about how and when the sacrifices begin. So the start of sacrifices, just like the reformation of Israel, should catch out attention, BUT they are not the sign of the end. Only the AOD is. So, we should live in preparation at all times. I think that is the take-away and the lesson of the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The AOD will likely take the church by complete surprise, and unfortunately many will miss it completely.

  3. Nelson, I agree in principle, but differ on specifics……the prophecies that refer to the onset and character of the 70th week are not what the disciples asked of Jesus…..they asked, “when will these things happen, what is the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age.” They specifically did not ask what were the signs of the onset of the 70th week. The passage in Daniel 9:27 clearly describes some attributes of that mark the onset and nature of the 70th week…..believers may differ on the interpretation, but the prophecy is still there for us to study and ponder…..

    Additionally, John described 4 signs in the heavens, the Woman and Dragon of Rev 12, the Seven Angels of Rev 15, and the Angel in the Sun of Rev 19……I am not prepared to categorically explain these away as allegory….we may not be sure of the meaning, but they are indeed signs that occur prior to, and during the 70th week.

    I believe the biggest error is not in pondering what the events or signs may represent, but in connecting these somehow to rapture timing. This is where the disappointment and disillusionment sets in that you and Jan speak of….for many if not most of us who are pre-wrath, there is no disillusionment or disappointment at all….we see the prophetic descriptions lining up with world events, not that they point to a pre-trib rapture. As a matter of fact, I am greatly encouraged to see events unfolding as expected, which is a great testimony to the veracity of the Word, and greatly affirms it’s validity while simultaneously reinforcing our faith

    1. I think Paul’s point is pretty clear and I agree with it whole heartedly. It is not that there aren’t other signs: wars, rumors of war, earthquakes. Even a peace treaty can be considered, and certainly signs in Revelation can as well. All these things will happen during the end times. The problem with them is they are not UNIQUE, SPECIFIC, and CLEAR. For instance, war isn’t unique, and frankly neither is a peace treaty. Israel has already signed many, many peace treaties. Which one is THE treaty? The signs in Revelation aren’t tied to specific timing either. All of these signs fail as unique, specific and clear signs that we are to take action and KNOW the end of the age is upon us. Only one sign fits this description. The Abomination. When Christians see that they will know that the end of age is upon us, what to do, and how long until Jesus returns to set up his Kingdom (but they won’t know how long it is until the Rapture – of that day and hour no man knows).

      Yes, the endless Pretrib. Rapture date setting does add to the confusion, but frankly so does our own looking for signs of which I have also been guilty. All of it is speculation (Dan. 8 Iran/Turkey War, Peace Treaties, etc.) Paul has done a good job I believe of cutting thru the murkiness to focus us on what the sign is. All these other things tell us we are getting close, but the AOD tells us time for action.

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