I have been told that I’m leading many persons astray with what I am teaching. That accusation that I’m leading many astray is fair game, and should be a question asked for any message claiming it’s source from scripture. I have implied or in a case or two stated the same for others, so why should I not need to defend what I see as the eschatological teaching and doctrinal teachings of scripture?
The difference in my attempts and theirs is, I believe, the approach. I always give Scriptural reasons looking to both the application of what are perceived contradictions to clear statements of Scripture, and the logic brought into view on the subject from other related Scriptures. I always encourage debate.
But, even if somehow I’m missing some very important point, which will change my mind some day, if and when it would be shared with me, still there is apparently no penalty presented for one’s teaching to be believed within the doctrine of others. For their understanding is that eschatology is a non essential doctrine to salvation.
But, I hear Scripture differently — consider, if I’m wrong; then what am I to do with the clarity that is Scripture? The scriptures used in the book i penned to support what the book concludes, point by point, are when taken literally wrong (which must be impossible). Then they are not to be believed as they are written. Seems a strange understanding of study?
Aside from that, my being wrong would lead no one astray, for in the case of the pre-Trib Rapture, believers will be taken everyone with that Rapture. And they tell me that would be including everyone following my thought process who is, in Christ, even though it be seriously bad teaching. And they would be correct: for being in Christ is the measure of one’s salvation. So — No harm done by false teachers? Yes I did put a question mark there.
But, if I’m right everyone found to have been misled to think that they are not to see the promised persecution of believers during the Tribulation, will find themselves in the midst of Satan’s wrath upon them. It will come against the offspring, whom I believe us to be, of Israel, and what will that misleading by them do to their followers who are in the midst of their suffering? Jesus says those who endure to the end will be saved. Jesus says: many will fall away. All men not “in messiah” “in Christ” are promised God’s wrath. Are men who fall away still “in Christ”? Ephesians 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
The Tribulation itself cannot be that very specific wrath. Men not in Christ are left alive on earth following the Tribulation to then be destroyed by the wrath of the Lamb when He returns to set up His Kingdom. There are even some of them left after His return to earth when He proceeds to judge the nations of the earth. The goats of that judgment are thrown into the lake of fire, after Tribulation is done with. Read Matt. 25.
Even though the Tribulation probably does include some laser like surgical attacks on wicked men by God, just as He has done at various times throughout mankind’s history; still these attacks, although more concentrated in time, do not constitute the wrath, which God has promised to protect each and every believer from. If the Great Tribulation were the wrath of God from which we believers were protected; then every man who has ever lived on this planet, who is not in Christ, would need to be resurrected to experience the Great Tribulation, because they all are promised that wrath from which we as believers are all protected. Tribulation is most obviously not that wrath.
So again I argue my case using not my thinking , but the logic of Scripture itself. And again I invite anyone who has a scripture that will contradict what this logic states to please let me know in the comments section.
My desire is that every man would heed the gospel, and end of days teaching is within the gospels. Paul merely further explains that teaching, which comes from His own encounter with not only Scripture, but with the God head — all three.