Choices….

Now a days Christian Eschatology (the study of the End Times) is really easy to understand. You have choices. You get to pick between futurist, preterist, the historical and idealist views to choose from. Once you decide the one for your own view, then you will be able to interpret the Bible according to that specific teaching.

Once you get that in order then you can make sure one of these views fits like a puzzle. You can choose between liberal, existential, demodernized and dispensational. Or you can live a little crazy and mix them up to fit your own views on the Bible.

Then you get to have the honor of deciding if you want follow millennialism, premillennialism, postmillennialism or amillennialism. Or just do what your heart and mind tells you and take a little here and take a little there.

Once you have traveled that long windy broad road, you have hit the lotto! Depending how you have decided to let someone else read the Bible for you and interpret with blind eyes, you now get to pick the most important choice. Are you gonna go pre, mid, post-trib, pre-wrath or do what a small majority does and believe in a resurrection/2nd Coming for when Jesus comes back?

Do you see how ridiculous this is?!  I like to think of myself as a Realist. What’s that you might ask? That’s someone who actually REALLY reads their own Bible. We need more of these people today in these last days.

What is “The Temple, The Abomination and The Holy Place”?

If you were to ask the same question to people who watches, studies or is interested in Bible Prophecy in these last days, you will find out real fast how much the majority of them all agree. The majority will tell you that the Jews will rebuild a 3rd temple, the antichrist will set himself up in this temple and claim that he is God, and he will then set up some sort of abomination in the holy place that causes Jerusalem to become desolate. I have read this a thousand times in books that say the same thing but have different covers and titles. I have watched video after video that claims the exact same thing as the video before it. And every last one of them will claim that this is the gospel truth. But, the real question is this? Is it all true? What if one thing concerning these events wasn’t true? Would this allow their whole house of cards to crumble to the ground? What would these so called prophecy experts do if the very bedrock of their teachings ended up like the house that was built on sand? Can we be sure to trust what someone else tells us without testing it with what the Bible says?

This entire teaching of what I mentioned above is loosely based off of Daniel 9:27. I believe this one verse is crucial for knowing how you are going to look at and understand Bible prophecy in this day and age. They take the “he” mentioned in this particular verse and say that it is the antichrist and this is where they get the 7 year tribulation. But….what if the “he” mentioned isn’t the antichrist (and I’m using the term antichrist in place of man of sin or son of perdition because this is the term that has been used in this teaching. Even though the name antichrist isn’t actually ever mentioned in the Bible referring to a particular man, it is used in 1st and 2nd John when representing the spirit that denies that Jesus came in the flesh, denies that He is the Messiah and denies the Father and the Son). What if the “he” referenced back to the One who Chapter 9 was talking about the whole time? The Messiah or the Anointed One to come. No where in this verse alone or the entire Chapter for that matter, does it ever once refer to the antichrist. It would be more obvious to refer the “he” to “the people of the prince”. This would be Titus according to what the Preterist  says. But that just isn’t true. So if this “he” is Jesus, then this verse alone changes everything according to modern Bible prophecy.

Then what happens? You no longer have a 7 year tribulation where everyone argues about the timing of the “rapture”. Instead of trying to figure out the foundation to something prophetic, everyone wants to instead fight about something that has no real basis to it. To understand not only the prophetic aspect of scripture for the future, you need to know the historical background to rightly divide it all. What if the disciples knew what Jesus was speaking about when He said what He said in Matthew 24:15? What did it mean when the writers of the Gospel said “whoso readeth, let him understand:”, when Jesus mentioned Daniels abomination? Was He referring to all three abominations mentioned or referencing to one particular abomination? How would it change your outlook on the end times?

Can we be for sure that this 3rd temple will be built? I’m 99% sure this Jewish temple will be rebuilt but that’s not according to scripture. This will only happen because mans heart is continuously wicked. Wasn’t Jesus as our perfect sacrifice good enough or do we still need the blood of bulls and goats? Does Paul refer to an actual temple of God in Thessalonians or did he and in fact Jesus, mention something else about this temple? Was the glory of God ever in the temple in the time of Jesus and what does the historical record say about the inside of the Holy of Holies? If God was going to actually have a temple again (which He never would), wouldn’t it have to be in the exact same location as the first two and not a centimeter off? These are questions that need to be asked.

And if there is no temple that God would ever recognize in this day and age, where is this Holy Place actually at? It cant possibly be in the Holy of Holies can it? Wouldn’t the Ark of the Covenant need to be in its exact same spot to even make it Holy again?  Does the Bible ever speak about another Holy location that God recognized as HOLY? And what about this abomination. There is so much speculation on what it may or may not be, does the Bible give us any  hints? I am not going to claim that I have all of the answers, but I do believe the Word of God will show us things if we allow to get our own understanding out of the way.

If you are going to read my book “The Temple, Abomination and The Holy Place”, you need to drop every preconceived idea you had about Bible prophecy concerning these topics and look into these matters yourself. I’m not expecting anyone to take my word for it with what I’m saying. I do expect you to research it for yourselves, search the scriptures diligently and come to your own conclusion on what the Scriptures are saying. What do I personally expect from someone reading this book? I personally expect to be called names and be told that I’m in error by the profit prophets of today. As someone once told me recently, I’m sure the piranhas will love having their way with me. If that’s the worst to happen to me, I’m ok with that. I won’t be the one back peddling and having to recall hundreds of books, videos and teachings.

The power of suggestion and scripture

webSaveFromGodsWrathI think anybody can take any Scripture and make it fit to what they want it to say. Ever heard of the term the power of suggestion? Let’s take a look at an example of this power of suggestion and see how you can take a word or phrase to make it fit what you want it to say, just by suggesting something.

I will suggest the verse, “For we are not appointed to wrath”. Paul says this to the Thessalonians in 1st Thessalonians 5:9. Your first thought is awesome! We are not appointed to wrath, how great is that! Then you look in the book Revelation and see all these bad things happening that are associated to this word wrath. You assume that since we aren’t appointed to this wrath, we will be “raptured” on outta here before all these horrible things happen. So, just by suggesting this one sentence “for we are not appointed to wrath”, you can expect that because you are a Christian, you will never have to go through any wrath, especially in the great tribulation…..right?

Well….they never finish the rest of the scripture that says “but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him”. Interesting right? Paul was referring to the resurrection and the second coming in the second half of this phrase. Looking back in context of this scripture, this wrath that we are not appointed for is the wrath that Jesus took upon Himself at the cross.

It was the wrath of God upon man starting with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Jesus took the cup of wrath that was filled with mine and your sins, and drank that cup to the very last drop. So that we could have salvation and everlasting life in Him and only Him, by making Him the Lord of our life. If we decide to turn from God’s only begotten Son, then not only are we deserving of this wrath (like all of us are anyways) but we will in fact drink of the cup that was originally meant for us in the first place. Lucky for us, Jesus drank of this cup and because of Him, we aren’t appointed for this wrath. The wrath we all deserve.

My point is this, you can take any Scripture anywhere in the Bible and make it say whatever you want it to say. We will go through this great tribulation that is coming no matter what some say. Some would like to say that this verse is proof that we won’t. But Paul says, whether we wake or sleep at His coming, our salvation through Him is secured. So let me suggest this…that we should be like the Bereans and search the scriptures daily so we don’t fall into a “suggestive” trap. Let the scripture interpret scripture and don’t fall for what these paper back prophets suggest.

“This is designed as an encouragement to effort to secure our salvation. The wish of God is to save us, and therefore we should watch and be sober;…If he had appointed us to wrath, effort would have been in vain, for we could do nothing but yield to our inevitable destiny.” – Albert Barnes, Commentary on 1st Thessalonians 5:9

“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”

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