There was a time I was tired of hearing about the subject of prophecy. What is more controversial than the end-times? If you want to see Christians embarrass themselves or start arguing as if they were talking politics, just mention the timing of the rapture! Everyone has an opinion and is quick to voice it. I wondered, why does this even matter? Isn’t winning souls the most important thing we can do as we wait for Christ’s return? Does it really matter what happens after Christians are with Jesus in heaven? Isn’t the key presenting the gospel to as many folks as possible to get them into heaven? Can’t we avoid that end-time stuff?
I wondered if all those folks who talk about end times are a little strange. Some are like Chicken Little—always seeing “the end” in every international happening. How is this prophecy business relevant to my family, my church or me? If any of that describes your thinking, you have come to the right place. That is exactly where I started out about ten years ago when God took me on this journey. Here is why understanding the end times is important and why it’s important now: prophecy is all about the gospel.
It’s All About His Heart It’s not about seals and trumpets and beasts and the Antichrist; it’s about God’s desire that all be saved.
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. (2 Pet. 3:9-10, NASV)
God didn’t give us all this prophecy for us to argue about like children. He gave it to us to save us. This is the main point about this entire website. Without understanding of these prophecies many will be lost. Time is growing short; he comes like a thief.
It’s All About Jesus
The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10 NKJV).
All prophecy is about Jesus and the gospel. The church has lost sight of this. Hopefully we can regain it. I believed that teaching about the end times was irrelevant and God changed my mind. Jesus opened the scriptures to me as he did with the disciples on the Emmaus Road. He did this so I could write to you and so you then could tell others. It’s simple; it’s not rocket science!
Our Deliverer is Coming! Jesus is about to undo all the tyrannical systems that men have developed over six thousand years . He is the deliverer of the poor, the oppressed, the enslaved and the broken; and he is coming soon! King Jesus will reign with justice and mercy. The end-times are not about the brief birth pangs for that is only part of the process – the end-times are about the birth of his eternal kingdom of righteousness!
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; …for I, the Lord, love justice. (Isa. 61:1-2, 8 NKJV, emphasis mine)
At the cross, Jesus set us free spiritually. At his second coming he will set us free physically. Everything wrong is about to be made right.
Our Current Thinking May be Off-Track
This point is incredibly important. Just as Jews in the first century misunderstood the prophecies of Christ’s first coming, today we may be misunderstanding prophecies related to his second coming. There are four major misconceptions about the end-times believed by a majority in the church today that are very dangerous. The eternal destiny of millions of churchgoers hangs in the balance. If we as a church continue to believe these misconceptions we will be completely taken by surprise by what will happen. I used to believe all four misconceptions myself. Well-intentioned, powerful men of God have taught them in seminaries and from pulpits. You may believe one or two yourself. This website explains that they are misconceptions and scripturally why they are so off track.
Do I Really Want to Read This?
In the back of your mind you might be thinking: “I’m pretty comfortable with my life and ministry right now. I don’t want to shake it up or worse yet, ruin it.” “Isn’t this kind of like getting the call to be a missionary to Africa?” “Do I really want to read this?” If so, consider a very stern warning of Jesus’ from Matthew 25. This is an end-time parable; Jesus is teaching on the prophecy he just presented in Matthew 24.
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.” “No,” they replied, “there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.” But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. “Sir! Sir!” they said. “Open the door for us!” But he replied, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.” Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matt. 25:1-13 NIV)
The parable applies specifically to the end-times (“At that time the kingdom will be like …”) All ten are church-goers (spotless virgins waiting for the return of their bridegroom, Jesus.) All ten have the “lamp” of scriptures. Psalms 119:105 (NKJV) says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Only one thing is different: the five wise virgins have oil for their lamps. They are prepared; they are ready. Then the unthinkable happens: Jesus shuts the door on the foolish virgins just like God shut the door of Noah’s Ark. Jesus’ final words are, “Therefore keep watch.”
My heart breaks for the foolish virgins. Many sit beside me and you every Sunday! I invite you to follow me on this journey, but bring a healthy dose of skepticism. I am not trying to convince you I am right about every single point. I am sure I’m not. I am fairly sure that everything we have been taught about end-times up to this point isn’t completely correct. You see, some prophecies have been sealed by God until the end-times (Dan.12:4). This means that what you and I have learned might be based on scriptures God made impossible for us to understand until he was ready for us to understand. But the fullness of time might be upon us now.
So come along, let’s let the scriptures speak to us. This website will guide us through Jesus’ testimony on the following questions:
1. What will happen before the tribulation?
2. What will happen during the tribulation that we need to know?
3. How should Christians and churches prepare?
4. What is the next step?
Please follow the posts in order. Jesus, whose testimony is the spirit of prophecy (Rev. 19:10 NKJV), will guide us through each question and give us understanding about what is about to happen. I can only promise it will be a wild ride.
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