Terry James, in his newest post writes as follows:
“Some weeks ago I wrote in my blog a commentary I called “The End Is Not Yet.” It began as follows:”
Following his restating of this former post’s beginning Terry then proceeds to outline why the Rapture as taught by Paul is pre-Trib. He says that he has received many e-mails telling him to reconsider his position, because we are already in the Tribulation. He never attempts to answer the post-Trib scriptural arguments presented to him, because he never approves those comments on his blog. He apparently does however read the e-mails forwarded to him. Yet, it is these facts of scripture which when taken together will disprove his case.
What he does do is to argue for the rising conflagration of events pointing to the coming Tribulation. He further states:
“God has promised to save one-third of the Jewish race as a remnant to be His chosen nation, Israel, during the millennial reign of Jesus on the throne of David.”
These are to be saved during the Tribulation according to him. These apparently he believes will remain mortal Jews, just as he believes that Gentiles saved during tribulation will be the mortal nations that we rule over. What does scripture say?
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (KJV)
This is the same promise given to the bride in scripture.
Then he says:
“This promise from God of deliverance from history’s most terrible time (Revelation 3:10) is for all who believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (Romans 10:9–10).”
Understand what is said here, because he is right about this. But in order for this statement and these passages to be in unity and not contradictory there then would be no further salvation for mankind once this hour of testing begins, because all who would read these words and believe in Jesus Christ, would be a part of this promise. Jesus alone brings deliverance from Gods wrath. He paid for the sin problem and sin is the reason for God’s wrath. If Revelation 3:10 represents God’s wrath then there can be no one saved from this hour on. God’s wrath will destroy all evil from earth, who are not in Christ Jesus. He is the only escape from God’s wrath. There is no deliverance from God’s wrath for those outside of Christ. Listen carefully to how His wrath is taught in scripture.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (KJV)
Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (KJV)
Then listen to this passage used by Terry, and ask your self just what are we saved from?
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV)
Romans 10:9-10 places all men who will ever come to Jesus Christ, as recipients of His every promise, and in Him we are saved from wrath. So there is a very big contradiction in the teachings concerning these events if you attempt to take the pre-Trib understanding of Revelation, that it alone represents God’s wrath, that any in Christ are saved from.
Here is what has been confused within this one article. All who die in Christ are to be resurrected and raptured before the tribulation; but, men are to be saved during the tribulation which they say is God’s wrath. What are they saved from? Some of these I would assume will die because of their salvation (their belief in Christ). But how can these be in Christ if all the saved dead are to be resurrected before the wrath in the pre-Trib rapture? So these tribulation saints are somehow saved without being in Christ.
But why has Terry backed off from his imminent return teaching which is integral to pre-Trib theology?
We find him delaying the Rapture in both of his titles listed in this article. “The End is not Yet” and “Still not Yet”. Two different articles.
So he then must believe that something will occur before Jesus’ coming for us. This very understanding is what I and other Post-Tribulation believers are criticized for, by him. The something that I believe must occur before is the Tribulation. We will discuss what his something is that must occur next. But the irony is that he thinks that I’m wrong because I do not believe in imminence now. I believe imminence comes late in the Tribulation. Yet he can delay imminence and it is perfectly ok.
Terry inserts a rather lengthy article:
“Fearing Civil War, Prominent NY Rabbi Suddenly Urges American Jews to Leave for Israel,” Breaking Israel News, April 29, 2020)
This article is a call for the return of the Jews to Israel, and it seems now that Terry believes that most Jews will return before the Tribulation will begin. he says:
“Most who study Israel and its end-times juxtaposition within the nations of the world believe God will move most into Israel for the coming Tribulation.” This then is what he must be awaiting.
Why has Terry taken this approach of delayed imminence, yet we cannot take the scriptures as reason for understanding the Tribulation to be different from God’s wrath? The question that all should be asking is — what is the hour that we actually are promised to escape? Read my post for further understanding: