Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Matthew 24:32-34
It is amazing how deeply a false concept can embed itself into your beliefs; and also how fragments of error can remain behind, hidden away hindering the flow of truth, even years after your rejecting of that false concept in general. I rejected the notion of the pre-trib rapture theory early on; but it took some thirty years for me to come to the point where I could read the parable of the fig tree free from distraction.
I could go there and read it and get the gist of it, but never a solid, “This is what I’m saying, and this is what I want that information to do for you.” Without realizing it I would wander away to another train of thought and never get a fullness of revelation from the parable itself. It took a prompting from the Lord to show me this, and finally get free from the distraction that pre-trib theory inserts into this parable. Continue reading “The Fig Tree Parable Is NOT About Israel’s Rebirth!”
Much discussion takes place over the issue of who the ‘elect’ are in Matthew 24. But as always the Scriptures tell the truth of the matter. Have you been misled on this issue?
The following is an excerpt taken from the book ‘The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!’ by Paul Benson. It is available for download at no charge in PDF, E-PUB, or Kindle format. This is a very thorough look at the various facets of the pre-trib theory, and proves conclusively it is not correct doctrine.
Who are God’s elect in Matthew 24?
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Matthew 24:22
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in Heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of Heaven to the other. Matthew 24:30-31
If read in context and honest consideration the words of Christ in Matthew 24 present a very clear picture of the ‘catching away’ of the believers at the Second Coming of Christ after the great tribulation. In their efforts to obfuscate this truth and distract you from this assault on their doctrine there has been some wild notions, and even blatant lies, thrown at us from those espousing the pre-trib rapture theory. Continue reading “The Identity Of The Elect In Matthew 24”
Many people state that The Pre-trib Rapture is a valid teaching, but few have the courage to honestly examine any evidence to the contrary presented to them. Are you one of the brave ones?
By Paul Benson
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. Proverbs 14:15
Solid Proof The Pre-Trib Rapture Theory is False
I am not someone who likes to beat around the bush all day. Why waste the time? If there is a bird in that bush, reach in there and nab that rascal! As a researcher and a writer I prefer means and methods which get right at the heart of a matter. And I have a couple of questions I like to present to those who promote the pre-trib rapture theory which do exactly that. I find these two questions thought provoking and enlightening, but amazingly I have had great trouble finding a rapture theorist who will address these two questions in an honest and strait-forward manner.
I am either given as answers ‘straw-man’ arguments, which have nothing to do with my questions, or a sad rerun of ‘Discredit the message by discrediting the messenger’ (if I can find fault with you I can justify ignoring what you have to say). I can show where all my beliefs about the Return of Christ are plainly and clearly stated in the Bible. The rapture theorist (since it is an ‘implicit’ doctrine) cannot do so, and this lack of biblical support often becomes a great frustration to them. Let me pose these two questions to you, and ask you for an answer that is not an end-run around the question: Continue reading “Bible Proof The Rapture Theory Is False”
The Book of Daniel says the Antichrist will overcome the followers of Jesus during the time of the great persecution. But who gains the ultimate victory in this war?
by Paul Benson
Who Wins The War Against The Saints?
Recently someone stated to me the following reasoning as evidence the Body of Christ will not be here on earth to face Antichrist:
They said, “Jesus himself clearly says the Church is NOT overcome (Matt. 16:18), and therefore the Saints overcome by the Antichrist in Rev. 13 are not the Church Saints, but are Jews and Gentiles who come to Christ during the tribulation.”
This is but one of the numerous ‘proofs’ of the rapture theory I have been given that upon an initial hearing sound like they may have some validity, but when put up against the standard of God’s Word they fall apart like the proverbial house of cards. Let’s take a good look at what the Scriptures really have to say about the apparent defeat of the ‘tribulation Saints’. Continue reading “Does Antichrist Defeat The Tribulation Saints?”
The testimony of a miracle that happened in my family when my 18mo. old nephew was run over by a car and became critically injured.
Have Faith In God pt. I
by Paul Benson
Have faith in God
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:22-23
A remarkable statement don’t you agree? No, not that you could speak to a mountain and see it cast into the sea; and no, not that you can speak faith filled words and actually have whatever you say. These are awesome truths, but what I find remarkable is the fact that Jesus felt He had to tell a bunch of believers to have faith in God! This tells us that there is somewhat of a difference between believing in God and having faith in Him. Continue reading “A True Faith Healing!”
Do you use a modern Bible version? Have you ever wondered if the new Bibles are trustworthy? Maybe you should!
by Paul Benson
Is It OK To Change The Bible?
The validity (or lack thereof) of the modern Bible versions is at the same time one of the most hotly debated topics, as well as one of the most purposefully ignored issues, among Christians of this generation. For many this subject is a non-issue; they don’t read their Bible that much any way and any alteration of contents would breeze by them unnoticed (they are spoon fed their portion from the pulpit and that suffices them). Others see this questioning of the new Bibles as grounds for going to war over the issue, and great heated debates ensue pitting one camp against another.
But my suggestion concerning this subject is that we all get in the same camp (the Lord’s camp!), so to speak, and examine this matter in the context of truth versus error. Not pitting opinion against opinion, but honestly asking the following: “Are there corrupting changes being made to the modern Bible versions? If so where are these alterations, where did they come from, and how are they affecting the belief system of the Body of Christ? Continue reading “Can We Trust The Modern Bible Versions?”
A personal testimony of my being set free of nicotine addiction by a divine touch from the Lord.
HAVE FAITH IN GOD pt. II
by Paul Benson
…and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5
Hopelessly Addicted To Nicotine!
One of most difficult struggles I have ever faced was overcoming the addiction to nicotine. God had done such a marvelous work to bring me back into His grace and I was full of a zeal to move on in the things of God; but shamefully I was still in bondage to a 2 pack a day smoking habit. The habit was so strong it would wake me in the middle of the night and I would have to smoke to be able to go back to sleep. During the day it was hard for me to go even an hour with out one before feeling uncomfortable. Continue reading “Overcoming Nicotine Addiction”
Who are the Tribulation Saints? Do you think there is a possibility you will ever be one?
by Paul Benson
The Tribulation Saints
Much discussion and speculation has taken place over the subject of the Tribulation Saints (those alive during the prophesied Great Tribulation). Who are they? What will they have to endure? Are they saved by martyrdom, or by grace through faith like the rest of us? Are they a part of the Bride, or not? The discourse continues with a broad range of opinions tossed into the mix. But I would like to suggest to you that today’s Believers will never become Tribulation Saints! Does that statement surprise you, considering the fact I embrace the Post-trib viewpoint? Please allow me to explain why this is true. Continue reading “Will You Be A Tribulation Saint?”
The testimony of a friend who believes in Jesus but is only three-quaters of the way saved.
by Paul Benson
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up… Ecc 3:1-2
The Seasons Of Life
One of the things I like most about the Scriptures is they show us that many of the different aspects of earthly life are given to teach us about heavenly things. The relationship between a husband and his wife, as well as those with mother, father, sisters and brothers, all in one form or another speak of the way God desires to relate to mankind. In the same fashion, the many seasons of life – spring, summer, fall, and winter – infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old-age also speak to us of the different seasons in God’s dealings with us. Continue reading “Three Quarters Of The Way Saved”
A very realistic dream I had about dying and meeting Jesus. Has stayed in my mind for many years.
by Paul Benson
A Dream That Was Not JUST A Dream
I would like to share with you a dream that I had many years ago. It was so real that to this very day I could not say for sure that it was only a dream. Have you ever had a dream so realistic that you could remember all the details, even the emotions of it, years later? That’s how this experience has stayed with me; like the memory of an important day or event, that returns to your mind from time to time. Continue reading “A Dream-Vision Where I Met Jesus!”