Why I Believe In A Pre-tribulational
Departure Of The Church

Rock of Offence Commentary



Rather than only listing my articles--I have
included commentary by other Bible teachers
to illustrate that my beliefs are not an isolated
viewpoint. When someone else teaches exactly
what I believe--I'll let them.


Eschatology


The following articles discuss my position on Bible Eschatology and explains why I'm alarmed at the widespread apathy among Christians. Our beliefs about endtime events should never be treated as some "divisive topic" to be avoided in order to preserve unity.

Understanding when and how Jesus returns -- and the Christian's relationship to that event is directly tied to the same faith that secures our salvation. When I hear Christians dismiss this topic by saying, "I'm a 'pan-millenialist'--everything will 'pan out' in the end"....I get rightfully concerned. Why? Jesus is not a "pan-millenialist" and this attitude is totally foreign to the one He commanded us to have.

One imperative that Saint Paul mentions in order to be saved is the belief (in one's heart) that Jesus was resurrected from the dead (Rom. 10:9-10). You cannot obtain eternal life without believing in the physical resurrection of Christ because God's forgiveness and His promised refusal to charge the sins we commit to our account is directly tied to this truth.

"Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: AND IF CHRIST BE NOT RISEN, THEN IS OUR PREACHING VAIN, AND YOUR FAITH IS ALSO VAIN. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: AND IF CHRIST BE NOT RAISED, YOUR FAITH IS VAIN; YE ARE YET IN YOUR SINS. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. FOR AS IN ADAM ALL DIE, EVEN SO IN CHRIST SHALL ALL BE MADE ALIVE. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming." (1 Cor 15:12-23)



If we truly believe in Christ's physical resurrection from the dead -- then we will actively and eagerly watch for his return JUST AS HE COMMANDED US TO DO....

"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; AND UNTO THEM THAT LOOK FOR HIM shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." (Heb 9:28 KJV)


"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; LOOKING FOR THAT BLESSED HOPE, AND THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF THE GREAT GOD AND OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST". (Titus 2:11-13)



I've listened as certain preachers argue that Christians have suffered persecution and severe tribulation since the days of the early church. It's true that first century belivers in Christ were literally torn apart by lions for sport before cheering crowds of Roman citizens. Others were burned at the stake. Yet, these misguided preachers have convinced themselves, "if it's Biblical that Christians suffer persecution for their faith, then it's completely in line with God's Word to expect them to also suffer through the Tribulation at the end of the age. I've repeatedly heard this argument and it continues to represent a disastrous violation of the context of God's Word. There's a big difference between the persecution Christians suffer for their faith and being forced to endure the Tribulation period, which is an intense time of Divine wrath (judgment) sent on people and nations remaining on earth who reject God and His Son Jesus Christ. Persecution and God's wrath (judgment) are two totally different things in the Scriptures. Yet, most of these Christian leaders and their followers believe and teach that our salvation is somehow not complete unless we suffer through the Tribulation as some "final purification of sin", a penalty for failing to live according to God's holiness, or a punishment for less than perfect behavior. When you take this kind of theology to its logical conclusion, these preachers believe that Jesus didn't really provide us with a complete salvation, which is why we must be "purged and cleansed" from sin during this horrible future event. I continue to be amazed at the popularity of this false Christian theology among professing Christians who insist that they "trust Christ to save them". However, if the blood of Jesus didn't eternally and completely take care of the human sin problem -- and more "purging and cleansing" from sin is required, then I'm not sure what they're "trusting Jesus" to do for them.

Christ's salvation is not necessarily dependent on anyone's view of eschatology. But, it can reveal serious flaws in our spiritual foundation. In extreme situations (such as trusting in a false salvation dotrine based on works or personal merit) this error could be something that will prevent a person from receiving God's free gift of eternal life, while at the same time tricking them into believing they're a faithful and committed heaven-bound Christian. The most terrifying problem I see today is the subtle denial among professing Christians and their leaders of the sufficiency of Christ's blood to take away all sin. It is for this reason that I oppose post-tribulational theology and eschatology. Most of the defenders of the popular "post-trib" position will insist that they believe in the sufficiency of Christ's blood and preaches it in their church. Yet, they turn around and deny the sufficiency of His blood by insisting that Christians are required to endure God's judgment in the Tribulation. The Tribulation period has two purposes: FIRST, it's God's judgment AGAINST THE SIN (OR REJECTION OF THE SALVATION OF CHRIST) OF THOSE REMAINING ON THE EARTH. SECOND, it's God's disciplinary judgment sent on unbelieving Israel in order to bring her to repentance and salvation. Those who teach the Church is appointed to this judgement are exhibiting a subtle form of denial concerning the inconsistencies and contradictions found in their theology. God's wrath is unleashed on people during the Tribulation because they refused to receive Christ's redeeming blood as payment for their sin. True believers are exempt from this judgment because they trusted completely in Christ's blood, which is why the Bible teaches that they are removed (Jesus calls it "an escape") before the Tribualation begins. Yet, in spite of this fact the false teaching continues.

Personal "theories" and false theologies have no value in this discussion. Either you believe the blood of Jesus fully dealt with your sin as the New Testament Scriptures teach--or you don't. This is one of the worst cases of double-mindedness that exists in the institutional church. It deceives a lot of professing Christians and their leaders. I consider the popular "post-trib" belief system to be a subtle and dangerous attack on the New Testament Gospel of Christ.



Four Views Of End Time
Prophecy by Matthew McGee

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100 Million Church Members
Have No Knowledge About Biblical
Prophecy" by Bill Koenig

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Problems With Post-tribulationalism
by Ron Rhodes

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"Myths On The Origin Of
Pretribulationalism"
by Thomas Ice

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I hold the same beliefs as the Greek
Scholar, Kenneth Wuest who
authored the series, "Wuest's Word
Studies In The Greek New Testament".
His writings played an important role
in turning me away from my previously
held "post-tribulation" beliefs.
Author and Bible teacher Thomas Ice
accurately and clearly explains Wuest's
position in this article.

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My statement here is not meant to
suggest that I agree with everything
Tyndale Seminary teaches -- Yet,
I do agree with their pretribulational
position and their "64 reasons as to
why the "Rapture of the Church is
not the Second Coming of Christ" and
why both Jesus and the New Testament
treats them as separate events.

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"Why Do Some Teach that
the Church will Endure the
Tribulation?" by Grant Jeffery

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"Pretribulation Or Prewrath?"
by Ron Graff

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"End Time Events"
by Charles Capps

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"Characteristics Of A Watcher"
by William Handschumacher

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"How Some Christian Leaders Deceive
the Church About the Rapture"
A Rock of Offence Commentary

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"Has the Rapture Become Your Worst Nighmare?"
A Rock of Offence Commentary

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Articles Concerning Our General Beliefs
On New Testament Salvation




"Jesus Is Lord"
by Fred Handschumacher

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"The Battle For God's Grace"
by Fred Handschumacher

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"Our Position On Covenant Theology"
by Fred Handschumacher

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"Israel And The Church: The Differences"
by Thomas S. McCall, Th.D.

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"The Prime Directive of Christ's Authentic Gospel"
A Rock of Offence Commentary

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"The Holy Spirit's Role in Salvation After The Cross"
A Rock of Offence Commentary

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"The Spiritual Revolution of Christ"
A Rock of Offence Commentary

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"Justification by Faith: A Miracle of the New Birth"
A Rock of Offence Commentary

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"Dangerous Beliefs And Movements"
by Fred Handschumacher

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