IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GOSPEL

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.

NEXT: PROPHECY = SAVED SOULS

18 thoughts on “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GOSPEL”

  1. Hello Nelson,

    When I started to get really excited about the Gospel was when I learned that Jesus will set up his Kingdom here on Earth.

    You see, I am someone who loves this blue planet of ours. I cry tears of appreciation at the sight of His wonderful creation .. our oceans, forests, birds and trees, and everything in between. You might be guessing it by now .. I don t really want to go to heaven, wonderful as it may be .. and I know I m not alone in this thinking.

    I want to be a citizen of one of those nations who will travel to Jerusalem every year to worship the Lord (Isaiah 60), one of those who ll ‘each sit under their own vinyard’.

    When you speak of the Parousia (Rapture) and going to heaven, what insights do you gain from Scripture about what happens to us afterwards? Our bodies having been transformed, made incorruptible .. to come back to Earth, where we belong?

    Perhaps you ve already done a post on this that I haven t seen yet.

    Thanks in advance for taking a minute to reply!

    Blessings to you, Nelson, one of those who help the many understand,

    Brigitte

    1. I haven’t done a post on this yet, but it certainly deserves one. Scripture hints at what this may entail and believe it or not there is secular/earthly evidence as well. I will put it on my “to do” list.

  2. Nelson: Thank You for this website. I have been thoroughly enjoying it, and have recommended it to those who I believe have “eyes to see and ears to hear”. I would like to see a companion website discussing our Christian Jewish roots, especially the Jewish Prophetic Spring and Fall Festivals, and how they tie into our beliefs today.

    1. Michael thank you for your kind words.
      First let me tell you what’s coming in regard to the Feasts on this site, then I’ll give some suggestions for other reading.
      I am in process (I’ve started writing it) on a post about the numbers in Daniel (1290, 1335, 2300, etc.) and how they tie into the Great Tribulation AND the feasts of the Lord.
      I learned about the Feasts a long time back from Rosenthal’s Feasts of the Lord, a wonderful prophetic book. He also has a great Pre-Wrath Rapture book.
      The Last Shofar! by Leonard and Zoller ties also has a lot of end time connections to the Feasts of the Lord. I’d buy both books if I were you. They are excellent.

  3. Hi, one very overlooked but important part of the parable of the ten virgins is that Christ said the foolish virgins were those who didn’t know the day or the hour of his coming. Today if you ask someone about the “end times” you are very likely to be told…”no one knows the days or the hour…” meaning I don’t want to hear what you have to say about it. But actually, Christ says it’s the foolish virgins who don’t know the day or or hour. please read that parable again and this time with understanding who he is speaking to who don’t know.

    And since they don’t know, because they refuse to watch, and believe they can’t even know, they are out in the world when the Lord comes to their house to take his bride and they miss it.

    I would have rather stood there in the dark, waiting, believing and crying out to him to save me once I heard his voice than leave the house looking to buy more oil. Just sayin.

    1. Thanks for reading Cathy and your comments. Although I think you are spot on about the need to be watchful and the fact that the Church misses out that we can know the season of Christ’s return, the parable of the ten virgins teaches ALL the virgins are asleep, both wise and foolish. My new book, Are We Ready For Jesus, unpacks this parable in Chapter 2 and what Jesus is teaching us about why all the virgins are asleep. I can’t wait for you all to see it.

    1. Holly,

      This site is primarily designed for pastors and other church leaders so we didn’t see the need to explictly detail the elements of the good news. What you will see as you work thru the site, post by post, is how the gospel is both the first coming (Jesus died for us and was raised) AND the second coming (Jesus returns on the clouds, we are raptured/changed in moment and reign with him.)

      1. Vernon, could you kindly elaborate on the foolish virgins? You said all 10 were church-goers, yet the foolish were unprepared… What preparations are you speaking of?

        1. Hi Judy,

          This is Nelson. Vernon is another visitor to the site. This site reads like a short book. In fact, we are planning to publish it as a book in the near future, but reading it on line is “free.” Because it is an online book, it is best to read the website post by post in order to get the full understanding of what we are saying. So a quick answer to your question isn’t possible. We have one post on the parable of the ten virgins (THE PRICE OF OIL) in section 5. But it’s better to read in order.

          This website is based on the Olivet Discourse that Jesus gave us in Matt. 24 and 25. The disciples asked what would be the sign of Jesus’ second coming in verse 3. Jesus answered with 40 verses of “signs”, not one sign in Matthew 24. Then he gave us 5 “parables” to instruct us how to prepare. As you read on you will see that Jesus commanded us to “watch or see” these signs 7 times in these 2 chapters.

          Now you might ask why you haven’t heard about this before. Please note in the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt. 25:5 that ALL the virgins were asleep. The church is not and has not been fully aware of what is coming for centuries. Jesus has just chosen now to begin to unseal what has been sealed. This is a God thing not a man thing. His Spirit is revealing things to folks a little here and a little there, filling in the whole picture so his church is ready.

          So I hope you read on and enjoy. But be prepared to be challenged. There are four major misconceptions the church has believed for centuries. Nelson

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