The greatest evidence or proof for which one (pre or post) is correct is found in the scriptures used by Dispensationalist themselves to prove their contention. We have in the past looked at Peter’s contention, that Paul’s scripture passages are twisted with reference to what he (Peter) is teaching on (The Day of The Lord). But in this post we will look at scripture other than Pauls, which are being twisted. Your job as a Berean is to determine which message is using the twisted version of the scriptures. Let’s look at a Terry James quote:
“For this great event (the first phase of Christ’s Second Coming), there is no notice. No one knows the time of its occurrence. In the case of the Second Advent (the second phase), the exact number of days until its occurrence can be calculated.”*
(This above statement is referring to Jesus telling us that “no man knows the day or the hour of His coming)
*Then, Scripture records Christ’s most profound prophetic indicator to prove the point that this will not be a secret Rapture:”*
(Then this scripture is quoted as support of what has just been said.)
Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:28-30)
I will deal with his second point and this scripture first, because The Dispensational use of this passage is so obviously wrong. The first needs further scripture in order for us to understand its error.
So, Terry’s point in using this scripture just read is that Lot represents the church , and “the first phase of Christ’s Second Coming”, which makes this phase a taught and known event rather than a secret event. But though many if not all Dispensationalists use this scripture to teach a pre-Trib Rapture, it does not.
I said earlier that the teaching here is obvious. If Lot is meant at all by the Holy Spirit to teach the Rapture; then it must be Post Trib. For when Lot is taken out of Sodom, there is immediate destruction. There is no teaching of an extended period of tribulation for Sodom following Lots removal, but only an immediate destruction rained down.
Also if this example is really used to teach the Rapture, wouldn’t we also need to teach that among those taken up in rapture that there would be some destroyed in the air before they reached heaven? This is what happened as Lot’s wife looked back during Lot’s catching away. And the real point of this example in scripture is just that if one loves the world and the things of the world more than they do the Lord; then they are doomed.
Back to his contention concerning “Second Advent (the second phase), the exact number of days until its occurrence can be calculated.*
This will require a bit more scripture to unravel. So the exact number of days if calculated from the beginning of the making of a covenant or some say a peace treaty to begin this period, and last until the end of Tribulation is known, and it is. It will be 7 years. But we are not to know the day or the hour of the Lords return. So if the timing is post-Trib how can this be? This will be the subject of our next post otherwise this will get too long. I do get complaints over the length of my posts. See you next time.
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