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The main reason we do not have revival in our churches is because we are content to live without it!  -Leonard Ravenhill

Tribulation And The Number 10

Is there any correlation between the number 10 and the time of great tribulation? I think maybe we have missed something there!

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by Paul Benson

…and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. -Jesus to the Church at Smyrna

Let me start by saying I am not really a big numerology buff. Many Christians are. And some take it to such extremes that they are seeing (and hearing) things I believe are not really there!

When we start searching for ‘revelations’ we desperately want to see, rather than searching for the voice of God to speak what he wants to say to us personally, we are opening doors that might be better left closed. Without the leading of the Holy Spirit we are likely to get distracted, or worse yet out-right deceived. And I actually feel straying too far into numerology can lead to a sin akin to seeking guidance from the stars. (I am speaking of astrology.)

I sometimes get lengthy e-mails so full of numbers, symbols, and disjointed thoughts trying to tie them all together that it is impossible to make heads or tails of what the person is trying to communicate. It sounds like: ‘When you add this to that and divide it by this you get so and so; and when that is compared to this number added to that one, and now related to all these other numbers, you MUST come to this conclusion!’

And I have to sit back and go: ‘Lord, is there anything you are trying to say to me through this jumbled up mess?’ And not very often do I get any ‘quickening’ from those lengthy treatises! Not to offend anyone but I see so many go out into la-la land over numbers and sequences of numbers that it has kind of turned me off to deeper exploration of this topic.

But in this matter, as well as all things, we must be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. And we should realize that at times God certainly does speak through various numbers in the Bible. I view the number 10 as being one of those prominent numbers. Let’s look at that number in relation to end-time events. Continue reading “Tribulation And The Number 10”

How Long Will The Prophesied ‘Time Of Great Tribulation’ Last?

The Wrath of God

by Paul Benson

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. -Jesus the Christ

In a comment concerning last weeks guest post ‘The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – by Rob Miller’ brother Roy Peterson brought up the question of the length of the tribulation and the later outpouring of God’s wrath at the Second Coming. Since answering this issue led to many associated thoughts I have put them into this weeks article. Continue reading “How Long Will The Prophesied ‘Time Of Great Tribulation’ Last?”

The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – Rob Miller

(This is a guest post by Rob Miller. His site is Sum Of Thy Word. I love the testimonies of those who have been delivered from the bondage of false teachings, and have chosen to take the simple truths of the Scriptures (as revealed by the Holy Spirit) as the foundation for their beliefs rather than man’s wayward theologies they have heard parroted from the pulpit. In this article on the rapture Rob focuses on those clearly stated truths to show the incorrectness of the pre-trib theory. I really appreciate work such as his that gives additional witness to what the Lord has shown me. -Paul Benson) Continue reading “The Rapture of the Church is after the Tribulation – Rob Miller”

The City of Neom (and its role in the fulfillment of end-time prophecy).

Should the city of Neom really be named ‘Neo-Bable’? Maybe!

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Much has been said recently about the proposed construction of a massive city in the middle-east named Neom. A vast metropolis that will dwarf New York City many times over, and built with AI as its central nervous system, it will also amazingly promote the modernizing of Islamic religion and culture, and the melding of it into a new-age mindset of global unity.  Of all the talks I have heard on this issue I would like to refer you to one by Watchman Alexander. Continue reading “The City of Neom (and its role in the fulfillment of end-time prophecy).”

20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!

Have YOU rejected the pre-trib rapture fable yet? You should!

The Pre-trib Rapture

 

by Paul Benson

The teaching of a Pre-trib Rapture to remove the Church before the final few years of this age is a dangerous and damaging doctrine that seriously wounds the understanding of those who are deceived by it.

It is so provably false that if it were ever argued in a courtroom it would be thrown out due to lack of evidence; and labeled as a frivolous claim!

But, as believers with a love for the truth, we must be able to do more than just state our opinion that such a claim is false. We need to be able to give people reasonable cause to doubt the validity of that doctrine! Here are twenty good reasons to reject that modern myth of escapism: Continue reading “20 Good Reasons To Reject The Pre-tribulation Rapture Fable!”

The Old Paths

Many are blind to the promises of blessing in God’s warnings of Judgment. Do you see them?

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Seek the old paths!

 

by Paul Benson

For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her. 7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds. 8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited. 9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets. 10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. 11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in… Jeremiah 6:6-11

In the sixth chapter of Jeremiah God sets forth a very stern warning concerning the approaching Judgment of his beloved city of Jerusalem. A very concise and descriptive warning of what would befall the inhabitants if they continued along their course of rebellion and corruption.

I have stated before that I believe there is a remarkable parallel between the condition of our nation and that of ancient Israel in the days before they fell victim to the Judgment of God and were stripped of the glory and blessing they foolishly thought they could never lose.

I don’t place much confidence in all the prophesying I am hearing of a coming era of peace and prosperity for the nation of America. It is a false vision and a delusion that mirrors the words of the false prophets pacifying (and fleecing) the people of Jerusalem in the days before her humiliation.

We are a nation already under Judgment; but most cannot recognize that fact as they do not understand God’s judgments are often unfolded in a progressive manner. Just because there are not fireballs or nuclear warheads falling from the sky, or super volcanos erupting, does not mean we are not currently being dealt with by the Almighty.

Though much could be said about the coming hardships this nation will face, and evidence shown that God is removing our staff and stay (Isaiah 3:1), my intention with this article is to focus upon the promise of blessing God has placed (as he normally does) right in the middle of this warning of coming Judgment. Continue reading “The Old Paths”

The Ostrich Theory PART IV (Looking At The Errors Of Hyper/Ultra Dispensational Acts 28 Theology)

Can wayward theology steal entire books of the Bible away from you? Absolutely!

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“I think this new ULTRA-Dispensationalism might be the way we should go! You guys want your doctrine Regular or Super-sized?

 

by Paul Benson

(This is PART IV of a series. You can find the former articles here: PART I, PART II, PART III. I thought I was finished with this series on the errors of Dispensational Theology, but seeing how some dismiss the rebuke of that theology by stating: “Yes most Dispensationalists ARE in error; but our own particular tightly-focused Acts 28 slant on Dispensationalism is the real deal!”, I thought I would go the extra mile and show proof that their own little niche is not a safe place either to hide from the truth that ALL Dispensational (aka Separation) Theology is absolutely out of sync with the Scriptures. P.B.)

The New Testament of the Bible gives us not only a firm framework of proper Christian doctrine, but also a vivid history of the activities and beliefs of the early Church. We can see a clear picture of what they believed and taught. It was not a complicated nor convoluted mess of theological ramblings that could only be understood and taught by the ‘Learned Ones’ of their day! It was a simple Gospel that could be easily grasped by the common man.

Dispensationalists claim their theology is totally based upon a ‘historical grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures’; but that claim is little more than hot air and wishful thinking. Their doctrine contradicts both the historical and grammatical context of a great deal of Scripture they claim actually teaches it!

And if Dispensational theory itself is a departure from the simplicity that is in Christ (2Cor. 11:3), then Hyper or Ultra-Dispensationalism is that departure on steroids! The notions of that theological mindset, and the given reasoning behind those notions, have so little accord with either the historic or grammatical aspects of Paul’s writings used to promote it that it boggles the mind anyone could consider it proper. Continue reading “The Ostrich Theory PART IV (Looking At The Errors Of Hyper/Ultra Dispensational Acts 28 Theology)”

The Ostrich Theory (Uncovering The Errors Of Dispensationalism) PART III

Have the teachings of man corrupted your understanding of the grace of God that brings us salvation? Are you sure?

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“ERRORS? WHAT ERRORS? DO YOU GUYS SEE ANY PROBLEMS WITH OUR THEOLOGY? I SURE DON’T!”

 

by Paul Benson

(This is Part III of a series of articles on the errors of Dispensational Theology. You can find Part I HERE and Part II HERE.)

Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul – an apostle of Christ

If there ever was a man who had a revelation of the majesty and glory of God, and the richness of his grace, it was the Apostle Paul! His writings are quite full of profound expressions such as ‘his unspeakable gift’ or ‘ the unsearchable riches of Christ’.

And Paul fully recognized our need for the grace of God. He devoted his life to the quest of *dispensing the wonderful grace of God upon those who would repent and open their hearts to the truth of Christ’s gospel. I see at least fifteen times Paul pronounced a blessing of grace upon the Flock of God in his letters; four times in which he used the exact phrase quoted above.

*This is the true and proper expression of the ‘dispensation of grace’ versus the bogus claim of dispensation(s) being a period of time. The true meaning of the word ‘dispensation’ has to do with stewardship or administration of an estate or household! Who wrested this new meaning out of the word dispensation? There never was a notion of the word dispensation being a segment of time or history before Darby’s flawed Dispensational theology infested the Christian Church!

As believers in Christ, we need a personal vision that mirrors the Apostle Paul’s. One of just how marvelous (and vital to our well-being) the gift of God’s grace truly is. And we need to understand how important it is to broadcast the Gospel in a manner that doesn’t mislead or outright deceive people about partaking of that saving grace. But so very much of today’s preaching and teaching fails miserably in that regard! Continue reading “The Ostrich Theory (Uncovering The Errors Of Dispensationalism) PART III”

The Ostrich Theory (Uncovering The Errors Of Dispensationalism) PART II

Have the ramblings of Dispensational preaching stolen the promises of God away from you? Are you sure?

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“ERRORS? WHAT ERRORS? DO YOU GUYS SEE ANY PROBLEMS WITH OUR THEOLOGY? I SURE DON’T!”

 

by Paul Benson

(This is Part II of a message on the widespread falsehood of Separation Theology. You can find Part I HERE.)

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2Corinthians 11:3-4

As believers with a love for the truth we need to exercise great care we never lose sight of the following fact: The truths that bring to us saving faith and the grace of God are simple truths. Those simple truths center around Christ’s propitiatory death on the Cross and the glory of his Resurrection, and also our personal association with that death and resurrection.

He paid a debt he didn’t owe; and we owed a debt we could not pay.

We are redeemed by the price he paid. We are washed and sanctified by the Blood he shed; and thus the door is opened unto us that we might enter into God’s presence as sons and daughters and inherit his eternal Kingdom.

Though there are certainly some truths of the Kingdom of God that are hard to understand (2Peter 3:16), the true Gospel that brings us to salvation is not complicated; nor is it contradictory. And (despite the claims of Dispensational theology) that simple message of salvation by grace through faith is not different gospels preached to different peoples in different dispensations. One Gospel to all people. Period!

The Apostle Paul had great concern that someone would come along with a corrupted message that would, with satanic subtlety, steer people away from the simplicity that is in Christ. And his concerns were not unfounded! Continue reading “The Ostrich Theory (Uncovering The Errors Of Dispensationalism) PART II”

‘The Ostrich Theory’ (Uncovering The Errors Of Dispensationalism) PART I

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“ERRORS? WHAT ERRORS? DO YOU GUYS SEE ANY PROBLEMS WITH OUR THEOLOGY? I SURE DON’T!”

 

by Paul Benson

… if the root be holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:16

I am a thinker. Maybe to a fault sometimes. But I like to ‘think-through’ the various facets of a doctrine to their obvious conclusion, and see if those conclusions hold an accord with the truth of the Scriptures or not. We often cannot tell for sure what sort a tree is by just looking at the root; or even by examining that tree as a mere sapling. But if we can view that tree in its mature state, and see the fruit it produces, the true nature of that tree becomes obvious.

Error in theology often has a progressive satanic nature to it. Over the years it can grow both in its subtlety, and also in its lure to the undiscerning. And in this ‘maturing’ of deception we also see a greater departure from the truth. Basically this growth or maturing of a doctrine is merely folks following various aspects of that doctrine through to their obvious conclusion; and then adding those ‘insights’ into the narrative they are presenting.

We can plainly see this evolution of error at work in Dispensational Theology. It is getting wackier and weirder all the time! Continue reading “‘The Ostrich Theory’ (Uncovering The Errors Of Dispensationalism) PART I”