Recently, there was a disagreement here on WordPress regarding the time and meaning of end times events as written in the Bible. I am not going to rehash that disagreement here. I got involved in the conversation to help my sister in Christ and to help bring peace and understanding to the situation. Many devout Christians who love Jesus with all of their hearts disagree with each other on the timing and meaning of end times Scripture. This is an unfortunate reality within the church. All of the conversations I have had over the past few days (here on WordPress and by email) with those involved in the disagreement have been constructive and righteous and I appreciate you all. I would like to share a couple of posts that I wrote about the end times back in August of 2018 when I first started blogging. Only a few people had seen my blog back then, so not many people have seen these posts.
Here is one I wrote on 8-25-18 about the Rapture. I actually wrote this post because of a disagreement a brother in Christ and I had about the Rapture.
Here is one I wrote on 8-22-18 about the mark of the beast.
I was thinking today about the different views of the end times and how many disagreements there are about it. The conversations over the last few days made me think about my old college buddy who became a Pastor in Boulder. We were catching up by phone a couple years back and the Rapture came up. He told me he doesn’t even believe in the Rapture! He is not Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, or Post-Trib; he just doesn’t believe in it at all! That was shocking to me and I disagreed with him, but he wasn’t changing his mind. Is he still my good brother in Christ?! Of course! We shared the Gospel together all over campus at the University of Northern Colorado back in the 90s and we even baptized people together! He loves Jesus with all of his heart and the main thing is he believes a person can only be saved by faith in Jesus and not by works.
I posted the front cover of Mark Hitchcock’s book because that is an awesome book to use as a Bible study guide to the end times. Pastor Mark is a humble guy. I chatted with him by email a couple years ago and it really helped me during my time of suffering. I love his books. His book “The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days” is my favorite so far.
Here is what I wrote about his book on the “Great Books” page on my blog:
“This is an incredible resource for studying the end times and Bible prophecy. If you want help understanding Revelation and Daniel, or you have ever wanted to dive deeper into understanding prophecy, then this is your definitive book on the subject! Mark Hitchcock has written over 20 books on end times Bible Prophecy, he is the senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member of Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a humble servant of God who I have enjoyed speaking with over email on several occasions. Powerful book!”
If you are looking for a great resource to study the end times, then Pastor Mark’s book is what I recommend. I believe he has a correct and clear understanding of the end times and I agree with his beliefs regarding the Rapture and all other end times events.
It is important to remember that our beliefs in the Rapture are not a salvation issue. My old college friend who is now a Pastor is not a deceiver because of his views on the Rapture. I wouldn’t point people to him for understanding of the end times, but he sure knows how to preach the Gospel. I am not saying the Rapture is not an important issue because it is and it should be taught correctly. However, there are many disagreements regarding the Rapture and the timing and meaning of other end times events and we should be careful in how we judge each other regarding those disagreements. There will be people that disagree with my views of the end times. That’s okay. I might disagree with yours. I am not here to argue with anybody about the end times. My focus is on helping the lost get saved. Not arguing with those who are already saved.
All we can do is speak the truth in love on our blogs and let the chips fall where they may. If you have a disagreement with a brother or sister in Christ, please contact them privately first. Please be very careful about publicly calling somebody out on your blogs. You might not have all the facts and you need to give the person a fair chance at responding to your disagreement. It is always best to seek understanding through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and talk with the brother or sister directly first.
I posted those links about the Rapture and the mark of the beast, so that people know clearly what I believe. I believe the overview of upcoming end times events is:
The Rapture (Pre-Trib)
7 year Tribulation
The 2nd Coming of Jesus
The Millennial Kingdom
Satan’s final revolt and defeat
There are a lot of things that take place within all that, but that is the general overview.
I hope I was able to help those involved in the disagreement. You all love Jesus with all of your hearts and we are brothers and sisters in Christ. We may not agree on everything, but we agree that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and a person can only be saved by God’s grace through faith in Him! Amen to John 3:16, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, and Romans 10:9!
I pray we all keep focused on Jesus as we fulfill the Great Commission He gave us in Matthew 28:18-20! May we love each other as He loves us!
Grace and peace to you all!
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus speaking in John 13:34-35