Does John 14:2-3 Promise The Believer A Mansion In Heaven On A Street Of Gold?

What do you believe about the eternal home of the believer? Is it in line with the truth of Gods Word?

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by Paul Benson

I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory. And I heard about the streets of gold beyond the crystal sea; About the angels singing, and the old redemption story, And some sweet day I’ll sing up there the song of victory.  (Victory in Jesus -an old Gospel hymn by E.M. Bartlett 1939)

As followers of Christ we need to understand that a great share of what is commonly taught as doctrine is little more than the traditions of man which have no foundation in the Word of God. For example: we have heard all our lives that the Bible talks about the day that ‘the lion shall lay down with the lamb’; but there is not a verse in the Bible that actually makes that claim. If you don’t believe me try to find it!

It does say: ‘The wolf and the lamb shall feed together’ (Isaiah 65:25), but I guess that wasn’t lovey-dovey enough to make it into the Book of Traditions (many folk’s favorite Bible).

I am quite sorry to burst anyone’s bubble here but the notion of dwelling forever in a fabulous mansion on a street of gold in Heaven is just another one of those traditions that does not reflect the truth of Scripture. What does the Bible really teach about our eternal dwelling place? Is it in Heaven? Continue reading “Does John 14:2-3 Promise The Believer A Mansion In Heaven On A Street Of Gold?”

Why I Believe Christians Should STOP Using The Name ‘Rapture’!

Could our casual usage of the term ‘the rapture’ actually be aiding and abetting the Deceiver in his efforts to mislead the Church concerning things to come?

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by Paul Benson

I want to share with you something I feel very strongly about. I am trying to condition myself to use biblical terms instead of man-made ones (to avoid promoting man-made concepts). Here today I’d like to address our usage of the word ‘rapture’. I try not to use the word rapture unless I’m speaking about the errant pre-trib rapture theory and its various components. The reason being I have developed a deep conviction that doing so unwittingly promotes that deception. And I want no part of that action!

I believe it more appropriate we refer to our future hope the way the Bible does; and thereby stay on target with the truths the Bible really teaches about the Return of our Lord. If the Lord Jesus taught we would give an account of every idle word, would we not be wise to exercise great care in our choice of the words we use to refer to biblical matters? If you think the usage of the name rapture is a non-issue please consider what I have to say. Continue reading “Why I Believe Christians Should STOP Using The Name ‘Rapture’!”

Answering A VERY Misleading Question: Who Will Populate The Millennium?

To keep the spotlight off obvious weak points in their teachings deceivers will fuss on and on about over inflated non-issues to sidetrack and distract you. We need to recognize this as a main ingredient in serving up deceptive doctrines.

 

 

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by Paul Benson

Untwisting The Pretzel Logic of Pre-trib Theory

…and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4

Most pre-trib teachers and preachers have a pet ‘proof’ they like to take out and cuddle quite often. They claim that a post-tribulation Coming of Christ to catch away the Church absolutely cannot be the correct view as it leaves no mortals alive to populate the millennium. But is there any traction there; or are they merely spinning their wheels, and once again making a lot of noise over nothing?

Let’s look at the question of who will populate the millennium from the perspective of what actually is (and what is not) taught in the Scriptures; and not just the unsupported opinions and theories of man. Continue reading “Answering A VERY Misleading Question: Who Will Populate The Millennium?”

Could There Ever Be Such A Thing As ‘Tribulation Saints’ Without The Holy Spirit?

Will a multitude of new believers during the tribulation face the onslaught of Antichrist’s war on the Saints in their own strength and still remain faithful?

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by Paul Benson

The folly of Dispensational Theology states that the Age of Grace comes to an end at the event they call the Pre-tribulation Rapture of the Church; and that the Holy Spirit is also removed from the Earth at this time. But then they also claim there are those who get saved and follow Christ to the point of martyrdom during this time of tribulation.

The notion there will be followers of Christ during the time of great tribulation who are saved but not born again, and who are not indwelt by the Spirit of Christ, presents many problems both theological as well as practical. Let’s look at a few points I feel prove this notion is totally out of accord with the Scriptures; and therefor completely bogus. Continue reading “Could There Ever Be Such A Thing As ‘Tribulation Saints’ Without The Holy Spirit?”

The Word of God versus The Pre-Trib Rapture!

The following is a modified excerpt from the new book ‘The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!’ -by Paul Benson

 


The Pre-trib rapure



IN THE COURT OF GOD’S ETERNAL TRUTH

Judge Logos-Rhema Presiding

THE WORD OF GOD

VS.

THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE

THE CHARGES:  Fraud, Counterfeiting, Intellectual Property Theft, Perjury, Tampering With Evidence, Identity Theft, and Public Nuisance. Other charges pending.


Many transgressions against the truth have certainly been committed in the fabricating of the Pre-Trib rapture teaching; and those promoting that theory are nothing less than serial offenders! The conflicts between the Pre-Trib theory and the Bible are so grievous and irreconcilable it is evident that only one of them can actually be true. And if the deceitful means and methods used to preach and promote that teaching were utilized in the sectors of finance or commerce they might land some people in Jail!

If you go through the Word of God carefully you will find MANY verses which state truths so remarkably contrary to the pre-trib theory (and dispensationalism in general) that either their doctrine is false or the Bible itself is in error. One of the two is a counterfeit; an injurious fraud (and surely the guilty party is not the Word of God)!

To those who investigate the matter closely there is strong evidence deceptive practices have been employed in the promotion of their chicanery. Deceptions and distractions whose purpose is to steer you away from truths clearly stated in the Bible which speak totally contrary to their fraudulent claims. I am talking about Scriptures that absolutely would not have been worded in such a manner as they are if the pre trib rapture was a reality. A good many of these conflicts deal with the concept of faithfulness and reward. Let’s take a close look at some of this evidence, and you will see what I mean: Continue reading “The Word of God versus The Pre-Trib Rapture!”

A Deceiving Distraction: Who Is The Restrainer Of 2Thessalonians 2:7?

Who has not heard much discussion concerning the ‘Restrainer’ of 2Thess. 2:7? But how many have prayerfully considered the entire chapter? Have YOU?

The restrainer of the Antichist

by Paul Benson

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed…  2Thessalonians 2:7-8

One of the greatest hindrances to Bible study in the area of end-time prophesy is the mess many people make out of the 2nd chapter of 2nd Thessalonians. The distraction they introduce into the text has you asking and answering questions, which not only promote a falsehood in themselves, but so occupy your attention that you lose track of what the Apostle was truly saying in the first place. This subtle beguilement is so effective that it replaces a solid rebuke of the pre-trib rapture theory in these verses with a ‘proof text’ promoting it instead!

The element of deception here centers around a notion that the main focus of this text is the appearance of the man of sin (Antichrist), who has a ‘restrainer’, and that this restrainer is the Holy Spirit. Therefor the Holy Spirit (along with those he indwells) must be removed before the evil one can be revealed. But a proper reading of this chapter, without that attention absorbing distraction, shows something quite different! Let’s first develop some discernment about this distraction, and divorce ourselves from it; then we can receive the truths Paul was really presenting. Continue reading “A Deceiving Distraction: Who Is The Restrainer Of 2Thessalonians 2:7?”

Does Your Eschatology Jive With The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares?

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by Paul Benson

A lot of people will tell you: ‘The Parable of the Wheat and Tares is NOT about the resurrection of the believers and the catching away of the Church!’ The reason they must do so is because their beliefs on the end-times are so far removed from the truth they cannot reconcile them to the prophetic patterns shown in the Scriptures.

The types, shadows, allegories, and parables of the Bible were given us as a framework for our beliefs to fit into. They are a safeguard we must follow to keep our doctrine in line with the truth. Our beliefs must bear a striking resemblance to the picture presented by these patterns or something is amiss. Let’s see if our understanding of the end-time scenario fits the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares: Continue reading “Does Your Eschatology Jive With The Parable Of The Wheat And The Tares?”

Does The Myth Of -‘An Unknown Day (Rapture) Versus A Known Day (Advent)’- Really Prove 2 Separate Comings?

Many claim to prove TWO comings of Christ in the last days by showing the Rapture as an unknown day whereas the Second Coming is a known day. Just how solid is this claim?

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by Paul Benson

Two Comings Of Christ: Fact Or Fraud?

But of that day and hour knoweth no man… Jesus Christ

How many times have we heard the words ‘of that day and hour knows no man’ spoken in connection with the pre-trib rapture theory? It is one of the most commonly used phrases in promoting that doctrine. The notion we are expected to swallow is that Jesus was specifically speaking of the supposed pre-trib event when he spoke those words. But just what day was Jesus actually referring to? Some might be quite surprised by the answer to that question! Continue reading “Does The Myth Of -‘An Unknown Day (Rapture) Versus A Known Day (Advent)’- Really Prove 2 Separate Comings?”

Stolen Snippets – Unmasking The Deception Of The Pre-trib Theory

The true doctrines of the Christian faith are derived from truths expressly stated in the Word of God. False doctrines are built upon snippets of verse pulled out of context, and convincing claims that lack genuine support. Let’s learn to discern the difference!

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When Lies Look Like Truth

by Paul Benson

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. -Jesus Christ

Jesus taught us that the knowledge of the truth will set us free. Truth brings liberty! But equally true is the fact that falsehoods bring just the opposite. Lies bring bondage. And, sadly, some people are more comfortable with bondage than they are with liberty!

It is amazing the hold false doctrine can have upon people. We know that an unborn child is attached to the mother by an ‘umbilical cord’, and is fed by that cord. I think there is something similar that goes on with deception. People hold on to wayward beliefs like their very life depends upon it. Maybe we should call that an ‘unbiblical cord’? Continue reading “Stolen Snippets – Unmasking The Deception Of The Pre-trib Theory”

Why I Believe What I Do About The Return Of Christ And The Catching Away Of The Church. -Part 2

Does your eschatology truly have its foundation in the Scriptures? I can show my beliefs about the Return of Christ clearly and plainly stated in the Bible! Can You?

by Paul Benson

This is a continuation of part one of this article. You can find that first part HERE. Let’s jump right back into it, shall we?

The Wrath Of God Is Poured Out At The Return Of Christ And NOT Before!

Although many teach otherwise, it is clear from what is actually stated in the Scriptures that the Wrath of God is poured out at the Return of Christ, and not in the years preceding. A proper understanding of the difference between God’s Judgments upon mankind, and the outpouring of his Wrath, is crucial to a proper grasp on end-time prophesy. Many believers today lack that understanding! Continue reading “Why I Believe What I Do About The Return Of Christ And The Catching Away Of The Church. -Part 2”