A bit of irony must be pointed out from Terry’s latest post. This statement is concerning Paul’s teaching in 1 Thess. 5. Listen carefully to what is being said here by Terry.
Paul, brings up the worlds cry for peace and safety which will precede the Lord’s coming. So, of course, to Terry this is His coming in a separate Rapture for His bride. This event is argued to be an event for which there are no signs. The Rapture therefore is to be imminent which means that it has no preceding signs. Also meaning that it can happen at any time. Yet, in this quote Terry contradicts all of this and ties this coming Rapture to a very specific sign. He ties it to a time when the world is seeking for, crying for peace. And he further states it to be near the end when Christ is coming. Listen:
So this intervention Terry believes is (the Rapture) but he is telling us that it is to occur at a very specific time in history, and therefore it can only be imminent when certain things are present in history. Listen again to what Terry says:
So the thief in the night event is the time of the Rapture, and it is made known by the cry for peace and safety. Listen as Terry explains this, and forgive my photo-graphics of his text. Terry refers to Paul here as “He”:
So this Coming of the Lord to Rapture His bride is being admitted by Terry to not be imminent as He teaches and believes it to be; but instead it is marked with signs leading us to the day of the Lord. So when does Paul tell us that the day of the Lord will come? Listen:
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for [it will not come] unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, (NASB)
So Paul specifically tells us that the day of the Lord’s coming which he had told us in 1 Thess 5, would be preceded by the world’s cry for peace and safety, will also be preceded by apostasy and the revealing of Antichrist. All of these are signs of the coming day of the Lord, and they will all take place during the Tribulation. Paul tells us that the man of sin will set himself up in the Temple of God and proclaim himself to be God. This act requires the rebuilding of the Temple. So a rebuilt Temple is another sign. But what is important to understand then, is that this cry for peace from the world’s population is preceding the day of the Lord and is due to the battle of Armageddon which will see the armies of the world gathered together in a final battle before Christ will come. Listen again to what Terry says:
End-time conditions are replete with signs. The Rapture is of course an end-time event, because it must follow immediately after the resurrection. Yet, there are to be no signs for a pre-Trib version of the Rapture. That in-and-of itself should make one seriously think — is there really a pre-Trib Rapture?
The reason that these men are now changing their teaching is because we are now living amid these signs. One hundred years ago that was not the case, but they still were looking for their rapture. So what Terry is stating to be an end-time sign for his version of Rapture actually has always been an end-time sign for a post-Trib Rapture, even when he was years ago saying that there are no signs for the Rapture this scripture was a prominent sign for the day of the Lord. This is why Paul saw it even in his day when he wrote of it.
There is no question that the truth taught in scripture will prevail. Men who teach some twisted version of scriptural truth, will always be ensnared by their own teaching. As I started this post. Terry has abandoned the imminent return and he doesn’t even recognize what he has done.