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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

Christ Magnified in Our Bodies – Leonard Ravenhill

Does the world truly see Jesus in you or I? If not they should!

From time to time I like to revisit the sermons of great men of God who knew the ‘old paths’ and not the compromised and convoluted message we are hearing from most of today’s preachers and teachers.

If you are not getting fed and challenged by the preaching and teaching you are getting from your fellowship attendance (or lack thereof), do yourself a favor and seek out the preaching of those whose will do so. Feed your spirit-man. Don’t let him starve!

Truth is timeless. And a message that is truly anointed is just as anointed today as it was the day it was preached. Here is a sermon by Leonard Ravenhill that I believe exemplifies the true Gospel message. The video quality is not the greatest but the preaching sure is! Enjoy.

 

The Biblical Timing of The Rapture PART III: The Harvest and The Mystery!

Does the Bible present a clear and concise picture as to the timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ at the end of days? I believe it absolutely does!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

(This is part 3 of a series on the timing the Bible gives concerning the catching-away of the Church. You can find part 1 HERE. P.B.)

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. James – an apostle of Christ

The Bible teaches the day of Christ’s Coming is the day of Harvest the Lord has been patiently waiting for.  In the Scriptures we see this recurrent allegoric theme presented in the sense of this world being like a field in which the Lord is growing a crop of which he will someday harvest. We see that allegorical reference in the passage above by James, as well as in the writings of Paul.

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 1Corinthians 3:9

And we most certainly see this same comparison used in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ himself in his teachings that are recorded in the Gospels. Let’s look at what the Scriptures have to say about the growing and harvesting of God’s ‘crop’, and see what kind of timing we might find associated with Jesus gathering this crop unto himself. Continue reading “The Biblical Timing of The Rapture PART III: The Harvest and The Mystery!”

The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture PART II: The Resurrection Chapter!

Does the Bible present a clear and concise picture as to the timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ at the end of days? I believe it absolutely does!

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

(This is part 2 of a series on the timing of the catching-away of the Church to meet Jesus. You can find part 1 HERE.)

For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth. Psalms 33:4

All who claim to be Christians operate under the assumption that the various facets of their belief system come from the teachings of the Bible. We all claim to be ‘Bible-believers’! But I like to ask people the following:

Are you basing your beliefs upon what the Bible actually says, or upon what man says about the Bible?

The former is trustworthy; the latter is a good way to get full of erroneous notions about God and his dealings with us. This holds true to the question of the timing of the catching-away of the Church to meet Christ in the latter days. We can either base our beliefs about the Return of Christ and the catching-away of the Church on what the Bible really has to say, or upon what some man says the Bible teaches on this timing issue.

As we saw in the last article that timing is clearly shown in many passages of Scripture. Let’s look at some more places we see that timing expressed. Continue reading “The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture PART II: The Resurrection Chapter!”

The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture! PART I

Does the Bible present a clear and concise picture as to the timing of the catching-away of the believers to meet Christ at the end of days? I believe it absolutely does!

 

The Pre-trib Rapture

by Paul Benson

For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:20-21

In this modern generation much unneeded squabbling is taking place among the people of God over a question unmistakably answered in the Scriptures: The timing of the catching-away of the Church to meet Christ in the air.

For over 18 centuries the leaders and teachers of the Church were of a like-mind that the Resurrection of the Dead, and the joining of Christ to his Church, will take place at his Second Coming to Earth! And that prior to that blessed hope of the Resurrection at the Last Day the believers will face the onslaught of Antichrist’s war on the Saints. This is an undeniable historic fact!

Though world-wide this remains the majority position, regrettably in this day there are a great many who, having allowed themselves to be swayed by the wayward theories of man, have departed from the historical belief of the catching-away at the Second Coming, and have turned aside to embrace teachings that are merely fables.

Because the Western Church has let down its guard, and allowed itself to be inundated with unbiblical teachings that ‘turn from the truth’, there is now a divisive doctrine among us that the Church will escape the trials, tribulations, and persecutions of the final years in a ‘pre-trib’ rapture.

But though a multitude are stubbornly claiming the Bible truly teaches it, the Scriptures themselves give no such ‘pre-tribulation’ timing to the Coming of Christ for his faithful ones. In fact: Just the opposite! Continue reading “The Biblical Timing Of The Rapture! PART I”

The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!

Is the fact there are multiple scenarios being preached concerning Christ’s coming for his Church really just a matter of differing opinions, or is there a sinister agenda at work?

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The end result of embracing deception!

(I sometimes get correspondence from readers who cannot understand why I make such ado over the pre-trib rapture teaching and all it’s associated notions. They accuse me of everything from being divisive and damaging to the Body of Christ to being unloving and hurtful toward people. I recently received one of those ‘What’s the harm in believing and teaching a pre-trib position?’ comments; and since this article pretty thoroughly addresses that question I thought I would repost it. P.B.)

by Paul Benson

As a teacher in the Body of Christ, and called to be a watchman, I spend considerable time researching and writing on false teachings. One of the primary issues I am led to address is the error called ‘the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church’. I have written two books and numerous articles rebuking that falsehood with a major focus on examining each element of that teaching for biblical support. The answer is always the same. There really is none. The Bible does NOT teach two comings of Christ NOR a ‘pre-trib’ rapture. It is a provable falsehood; an invention of man.

While my efforts normally center on exposing the pre-trib theory as error, and then encouraging folks to believe and accept only what is plainly stated in their Bible, in this article I would like to focus on the damage done by embracing and teaching that myth. It is not a benign misunderstanding; nor merely an opinion as to the timing of an event. It is a cancerous seduction presenting grave dangers; many of which are not readily apparent. In my effort to bring these dangers to light I have enlisted the help of some like minded folks. I polled them as to their thoughts on what these dangers are; and I found their insights very thought provoking; as I am sure you will too. Continue reading “The Danger And Damage: Why The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Myth Needs ‘LEFT BEHIND’!”

The Church, The Tribulation, and The Great Falling Away – Zac Poonen

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I don’t know that I could possibly recommend a more insightful and balanced ministry than that of brother Zac Poonen. His teachings on Christian doctrine in general, and the eschatology in particular presented in the following video, are in excellent harmony with the Scriptures.

He, a former ‘pre-tribber’, left behind that erroneous teaching for the very same reason I did. He could not find it in the Bible though he searched for it diligently. The Word of God was speaking no such thing to him. The only place he was hearing it was from the pulpit! Continue reading “The Church, The Tribulation, and The Great Falling Away – Zac Poonen”

David Wilkerson – The Apostasy Of The Last-Days

Why are so many today explaining away certain truths of the Bible that men of God once greatly expounded upon?

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by Paul Benson

I want to share a message on 2Thessalonians chapter 2 by David Wilkerson with you. It speaks even louder today that when it was preached. But before I do I want to give you a sense of why I feel this message is so critical to hear right now.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  Mark 1:3

Just as John’s astute message on repentance prepared a straight path for the coming of Christ and his message to the world, so also will a repentance-less gospel make a crooked path in preparation for Antichrist and his. That path is being prepared before our very eyes!

Just as the true gospel that is according to godliness prepares the hearts and minds of those who embrace it to come into communion with ‘our Father who art in Heaven’, in a similar manner the corrupt and perverted gospel going forth in this generation is preparing those who are seduced by it to come under the spell of a not-so-heavenly father: the one from the black abyss! Continue reading “David Wilkerson – The Apostasy Of The Last-Days”

Changing The Truth Into A Lie: Apostasy Means Rapture?

Why is it that the Western Church is so willing to accept wacky alternative renderings of Scripture all the while turning a blind eye to the fact they are so obviously errant? Is this not apostasy in action?

Questioning the Rapture Theory
Falling away really means catching away? Gee, how could I have missed that? Silly me!

 

by Paul Benson

(I know I have recently touched upon the issues addressed in this article; but feel led to do so in a more thorough manner. So I ask my readers to please excuse any redundancy. P.B.)

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:27

Of all the truths critical to the well-being of humanity we can say certainly the most vital center around the love of God for us, and his desire to rescue us from the consequence of sin through faith in his Son and the sacrifice of Calvary. And I hope that divine truth reigns supreme in your consciousness!

And there is definite reason that the Apostle Paul said ‘comfort one another with these words’ in regard to the resurrection of the dead and the future catching away of the believers. The reality of the resurrection unto eternal life is the hope of the believer. And we should all be firmly settled in that hope.

But as a watchman at the wall I feel divinely compelled to consistently raise warning concerning another vein of truth. And that is concerning the danger of people of faith being seduced away from Christ by the lure of deception. That there are those who can with great subtlety twist the truth into a lie. And they can make these lies sound so plausible and reasonable with their ‘great swelling words of vanity’ (2Peter 2:18) that it can corrupt your understanding of God’s ways to the point you lose your grip on the truth.

And this is one area where we had better ‘get it right’! God is a God of Truth. Lies and deceptions are a defilement and an abomination to him! Please read the opening verse again asking the question: What will be the fate of those who turn aside to lies, and defile others with those lies?

Scary business. The path to eternal life is truth. We must not depart from that path!

Let’s look at another one of those lying notions that is gaining popularity in the Western Church. The deceptive teaching that the apostasy spoken of in 2Thessalonians 2:3 is not a falling away from the faith but is a reference to (and proof of) a ‘pre-trib rapture’! Continue reading “Changing The Truth Into A Lie: Apostasy Means Rapture?”

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?”