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He Shall Appear Again and Again and Again?

Is Christ Coming Again, Again and Again?

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Hebrews 9:28 is generally one of the first verses offered as proof there is to be a yet future return of Jesus. Let us notice a few things about the text. 

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A (Kind) Challenge to Any Follower of Harold Camping

As I am sure almost everyone knows, Harold Camping of California has-- once again-- predicted the end of the world and the Day of Judgment. It is "without a doubt" and "guaranteed" to take place May 21, 2011. Now, let it be known that I have a pamphlet written by Camping that leaves no doubt about what he is predicting. In an earlier article, I issued a challenge to Camping to put funds in an account, since if he is taken as he predicts, he won't need his money and property after May 21, 2011. I have heard nothing from him or any of his followers, naturally. Well, below is an ad that was just run in a San Francisco newspaper. I am running it here as well. If any follower of Camping wants to sell me their really nice late model Acura, Lexus, Mercedes, etc., I will actually give $1000.00-- not just $500.00 for it now and my offer is serious.

Camping's predictions continue to be an embarrassment to the Christian world. I fully understand that good, sincere people are caught up in his prognostications, but, their sincerity does not validate his false prophecies. So, as kindly as possible, I am challenging any follower of Camping to put their conviction to practice. Contact me through this site!

Believe Harold Camping? I'll buy your car.
self | May 11th 2011 | HKMk23

Posted on Wed May 11 2011 04:18:47 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) byHKMk23

SF Bay area FReeper seeks Harold Camping True Believer with really nice car. Prefer newer Acura w/V6 but will consider other makes if under 50k miles. I will buy now for $500. You dine in style ahead of your grand exit; I get good wheels.

This offer absolutely expires 11:59PM May 21st, 2011

Armageddon #2

MORE ON ARMAGEDDON

Don K. Preston

The response to a recent article on Armageddon was excellent, so, I want to share a few more thoughts on this provocative and important topic.

Revelation 16.14f says that Armageddon is the gathering for the Day of the Lord. Technically, Armageddon is not a battle at all, it is the gathering for the war. The actual conflict is called Athe Great Day of God Almighty@ (Revelation 16.14). That Day would be the judgment of Babylon when God=s wrath would be completed (Revelation 16.17-21). This last issue is a critical fact yet often ignored. Why is this significant?

In Revelation 15.8 John saw the temple in heaven opened and he saw the Ark of the Covenant. The idea of being able to see the Ark, and to enter the Most Holy Place, the very presence of God, is awesome! Yet, John was told that no one could enter the Most Holy Place Auntil the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.@ No one could enter the Most Holy Place until God=s wrath was completed! When would that be?

God=s wrath would be consummated in the outpouring of the Seventh Bowl, in the judgment of Babylon (Revelation 16.17f). Who is Babylon? Babylon is Awhere the Lord was slain@ (Revelation 11.8). Is there any dispute about where Jesus was slain? Babylon was Old Covenant Jerusalem! Now, since the judgment against Babylon was to finish the wrath of God, notice what this means in regard to Armageddon.

The gathering at Armageddon (Sixth Vial), would be immediately before the judgment of Babylon (Seventh Vial). But Babylon was Old Covenant Jerusalem, destroyed in A.D. 70. Therefore, the gathering at Armageddon would be immediately before (Sixth Vial) the judgment of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Seventh Vial). Let=s follow up on this.

John was told that no one could enter the Most Holy Place, the direct presence of God, until the wrath of God was finished, in the judgment of Babylon/Jerusalem. Does the Bible speak elsewhere of when man could enter the Most Holy Place? Yes.

Hebrews 9.6-10 says the Old Covenant Temple worship was symbolic of better things to come. That service was still being conducted, and as long as that system stood: Aentrance into the Holiest of all is not made manifest.@ So, as long as the Old Covenant System remained valid, there was no entrance into the Most Holy Place. In other words, entrance into the Most Holy Place would be opened when the Old Covenant System was removed! Notice the perfect correlation with Revelation and the judgment of Babylon.

Entrance into the Most Holy Place would be at the end of the Old Mosaic System (Hebrews 9.6-10). But entrance into the Most Holy Place would be when God=s wrath was finished in the judgment of Babylon. Babylon was Awhere the Lord was slain.@ (Revelation 11.8, i.e. Old Covenant Jerusalem). Therefore, entrance into the Most Holy Place would be opened at the judgment of Old Covenant Jerusalem.

Now, since Armageddon was immediately before the judgment of Babylon/Jerusalem, this means that the gathering of Armageddon was immediately before the judgment of Jerusalem in A.D. 70! Armageddon has nothing whatsoever to do with our present or future. It is past!

I have written a book: Blast From the Past, the Truth About Armageddon. The book is available from this website in our bookstore. The book will challenge your thinking on Armageddon!

 

 

2 Thessalonians 1-- To You Who Are Troubled, Rest, With Us...

TO YOU WHO ARE TROUBLED, REST

Don K. Preston

As a young man I heard preachers quote 2 Thessalonians 1:7f : "To you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those who know not God, and obey not the gospel." The ministers would pound the pulpit threatening the audience with the terror of the possibly soon coming of the Lord against those who did not obey the gospel call. In later years, I too quoted that text, and appealed to it urging my listeners to beware of the coming of the Lord in flaming fire. The trouble is, when I actually read the text, I discovered that it is wrong to apply 2 Thessalonians to a future coming of the Lord!

Paul was writing to living breathing Christians of the first century. Well, wasn’t he? Those living breathing Christians were being persecuted at that time. In verses 4-7, Paul uses the present participial form of the word thlipsis to describe that persecution. It was not something that was going to happen in the far off future. It was happening then, to them.

However, Paul promised those living breathing, persecuted Christians relief from that persecution. The word translated as rest, is anesis, and means relief from pressure. The word thlipsis means pressure. When anesis and thlipsis are used together, anesis is always, without exception, relief from whatever pressure is being discussed. In 2 Thessalonians 1, the pressure was the pressure of persecution. Paul promised the Thessalonians that they would receive relief from their persecution "when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven."

Paul did not tell the Thessalonians they would die, and go to heaven to get relief from their persecution. Paul did not tell them that they would die, go to paradise of Hades and wait, and then, someday, the Lord would come. Paul told living breathing humans, being persecuted at that time, that they would receive relief from that persecution "when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven."

Are the Thessalonians still alive? Are they still under the pressure of that persecution? Did Jesus come and give them relief or not? (Recently I asked two different debate opponents this question, and they both said "No, Jesus did not come and give the Thessalonians relief!")

Paul said Jesus was coming, while the Thessalonians were still under persecution, to give them relief from that persecution! If the Thessalonians died and went to paradise or heaven, they would not need relief from persecution "when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven" would they? Would they need relief from the "pressure"of paradise? What kind of pressure is/was Hades?

If Jesus did not come in the lifetime of the Thessalonian Christians, while they were being persecuted, and give them relief from their persecution, then Paul lied to them, or his prophecy simply failed. He gave them a false hope of relief from their persecution. If Paul’s prophecy failed, or if lied to them, then he stands guilty of false prophecy and his writings are to be rejected.

But Paul was not wrong. Jesus did come in judgment of the persecutors, Old Covenant Israel (1 Thessalonians 2:15-17). Jesus did come and give relief to the Thessalonians. Paul was not wrong. It is the modern preachers that insist on putting Christ’s coming off into the future that are wrong. See my book In Flaming Fire, available on this website, for a fuller discussion of 2 Thessalonians 1. When we apply proper hermeneutics (interpretive practices) to the text, there is no way that it can be applied to a yet future, end of time, literal coming of Chris.

 

Eight Reasons Why Christ Is Coming Very Soon: A Response #6 (8)

8 Compelling Reasons Why:

Jesus Is Coming "Very, Very Soon" #6 (8)

A Response

Don K. Preston

We continue our examination of an article, sent to us by a reader, with the above title. We have examined the claims that the "restoration of Israel in 1948" is a positive sign of the end, and several other of the so-called proofs offered by the article. (We combined several points under the first article since they all deal with the restoration of Israel, by the way).

The article claims, its Point #8, that we must be in the last days because of the "Increase of both apostasy and faith." The article cites the prediction of 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:3-4 and 2 Timothy 3:5. These passages all spoke of the last days apostasy, and the author of the article insists that those prophecies must refer to our time. There are a multitude of problems with this claim.

Notice that in 2 Timothy 3 Paul told Timothy of the evils that would characterize the last days. What cannot be missed is that Paul told Timothy that he must prepare himself to confront the challenges of what was being predicted! In verses 14f the apostle urged Timothy to be faithful in light of the coming apostasy. Now, if Paul was so urgently cautioning Timothy to be ready to confront the "last days apostasy" it is certain that Paul did not envision the last days as being 2000 years away!

Second, there is no question that Paul believed himself and his generation to be in the last days. In Hebrews 1:1 he spoke of his generation and time as "these last days." Likewise, he said that Jesus appeared in the end of the age (Hebrews 9:26). In 1 Corinthians 10:11 the apostle emphatically declared that the end of the age was their generation!

Third, the things foretold by Paul are the identical things foretold by Jesus in Matthew 24, when he predicted the coming end of the age and the signs preceding it (Matthew 24:9f). And Jesus emphatically said that those things would be fulfilled in his generation (Matthew 24:34).

Fourth, Paul’s description of the apostasy and evil of the last days is virtually identical of Peter’s description of the wicked in 2 Peter 2, which he said would be true of the wicked in the last days. And here is what is so important. Jude, who wrote shortly after Peter, said that he was reminding his audience of what the apostles had said when they wrote of the events of the last days (Jude 17). But, Jude said that the men and events foretold by the apostles was in full swing when he wrote! As a matter of fact, it was the presence of the anticipated, dreaded events of the last days that called for Jude’s epistle! See Jude 3, and then notice his use of the present tense verbs to describe what was going on in his world, in his churches, when he wrote! Here is what this means:

Peter said that in the last days the apostasy would be present and scoffers would deny the Lord.

Jude said that the apostasy and scoffers foretold by Peter (the apostles) was present when he wrote.

Therefore, the last days foretold by Peter was present when Jude wrote.

 

This means, unequivocally, that the article under review, when it denies the presence of the last days in the first century, is wrong. The inspired apostles of Jesus said the last days were present in the first century, and they said that Christ’s coming was coming, "in a very, very little while" (Hebrews 10:37). Not once did they indicate that the parousia was to be delayed for 2000 years and then be imminent.

We have examined all of the so-called proofs offered by the article submitted to us. The article is simply one of many on-going, misguided attempts by modern exegetes to predict the time of the Lord’s coming. And yet, without fail, everyone of these predictions are wrong because they ignore the very Bible that they claim to be interpreting! The Bible is emphatic and specific that the coming of the Lord was to be in the first century generation. Those who ignore these undeniable facts are guilty of mis-using the Scripture.

 

 


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