PART 1: NO ONE
LOVES A PROPHET
"... The prophet is a troublesome ... voice, hated by
the church's leaders and out of favor with the church's members.
Like a wild, ragged, unkempt coyote scenting from afar the
smell of carrion, like a raven always croaking out the same
cry, like a ... wolf howling on the mountain top, the prophet
travels throughout the church ... followed by suspicion and
hatred... He is ... a man who sees with a troubled heart -
but with clear eyes - the compromises the church is making
with the world today, and the consequences that will accrue
to it tomorrow ... Like all truthtellers who disturb the slumbering
majority and who unsettle the peace of the church's leadership,
he is avoided like a leper, persecuted like an enemy and those
with a reputation in the church for 'being somebody' detest
him. The prophet is an accuser, but today's Christians do
not want to admit their guilt. He is an intercessor, but Christians
do not want to be shown their error ... He is an announcer,
but Christians do not want to hear ..."
PART 2: THE
STUDY OF THE PROPHETIC
SCRIPTURES IS NOT EASY
The serious study of the Prophetic Scriptures is very difficult
to "come by" in today's church, the leaders of which
are DRUNK (Rev. 14:8) with the love of this world and
INTOXICATED (Rev. 14:8) with the wine of the American
New World Order System. The Bible says:
"... they are swallowed up [with the]
wine [of this world] ... THEY ERR IN VISION, THEY STUMBLE
"For all tables are full of [their] vomit
[i.e., their false teachings] ... " (Isaiah 28:7-8)
They teach error for truth; and like Balaam's ass, they prophesy
for money. Still, God's Word abides true, despite the false
teachings of today's Apostate Church, and what it has to say
continues to be AUTHORITATIVE and CONCLUSIVE;
indeed, insofar as the Book of Revelation is concerned, the
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear
the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are
written therein: for the time is at hand." (Rev.
No other book of the Bible contains such a promise. The fact
is, God wants us to know what His "Plan and Purpose"
in the "end of days" is so that we can prepare ourselves
for those things "which must shortly come to pass."
(Rev. 1:1) Specifically, the Bible says:
"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour
of God, THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND IN THAT EVIL DAY,
and having done all, to stand.
"STAND THEREFORE HAVING YOUR LOINS
GIRT ABOUT WITH [THE] TRUTH [OF GOD'S WORD] ..."
Concerning God's desire to bring us into His confidence in
these "Last Days," J. Dwight Pentecost has written,
"God, the architect of the ages, has seen fit to take
us into His confidence concerning His plan for the future
[of mankind and planet earth] and has revealed His purpose
in DETAIL in the Word [i.e., the Bible]. A greater
body of Scripture is given to prophecy than any other subject;
approximately one-fourth of the Bible was prophetic at the
time it was written."
THE STUDY OF THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES
IS NOT FOR DILETTANTES AND DABBLERS
But the study of the Prophetic Scriptures CANNOT be
approached in a casual fashion, and it cannot be undertaken
by DILETTANTES and DABBLERS; it can only be undertaken
by those who are willing to give themselves over to the occasional
DISCOMFORT of serious study. The Bible says:
"[To] whom shall He teach knowledge?
and [to] whom shall He make to understand doctrine? them
that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the
breasts [i.e., those who want to get serious with the Lord].
"FOR PRECEPT MUST BE [PLACED] UPON
PRECEPT, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT, LINE UPON LINE, LINE UPON LINE;
HERE A LITTLE AND THERE A LITTLE ..." (Isaiah 28:9-10)
The fact of the matter is, if people truly desire to come to
a FULL and THOROUGH understanding of what God
is doing in the world today, what His "Plan and Purpose"
is for them in these "Last Days," they must give themselves
over to the RIGOROUS and STRUCTURED study of the
Word of God - "precept upon precept," "line
These are the kind of people that the Lord is interested in
today - not the DILETTANTES and DABBLERS of the
Word of God who pick at this delicacy, poke at that morsel;
taste that dainty here, savor that goody there - whatever suits
their taste and pleases their palette. These are those people
who have in these "Last Days" given themselves over
to "old wives' fables" (1 Tim 4:7); people
"... will not ENDURE sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers,
having itching ears;
"And they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Tim.
These are those who are -
"... tossed to and fro, and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive ..."
"PART TRUTH" ENGENDERS CONFUSION
God is NOT interested in such people, and neither are
we; but the sad fact of the matter is, when we open up our training
to "all comers," we inevitably attract such people
- people who are unwilling to ENDURE the rigor that training
in the Prophetic Scriptures demands, and - as a result - walk
away from such training with "half truths."
I repeat, the study of the Prophetic Scriptures is NOT
an easy undertaking, and it cannot be approached in a casual
fashion. Indeed, John Walvoord says:
"Biblical eschatology (i.e., the study of "end
times") is the CAPSTONE of systematic theology.
It is not only climactic, the terminus and consummation of
theological study, but the presentation of eschatology is
also the supreme demonstration of theological skill. Here
as in no other field, except perhaps the doctrine of the person
of Christ, are the important tools of exegesis, synthesis,
hermeneutics, and theological system displayed."
In other words, trying to understand biblical eschatology without
a thorough understanding of the other great themes of the Bible
- themes such as the nature of man, the deity of Christ, salvation,
grace, how to walk in the spirit, the church, etc. - is impossible.
To jump into the study of biblical eschatology without an understanding
of these themes is like trying to understand advanced calculus
without understanding the basics of arithmetic. This is especially
true of people whose first "contact" with the study
of "end times" themes originated not from an interest
in the Bible per se, but in an interest in conspiratorial
thought (e.g., the Illuminist Myth and its various manifestations,
the New Age, political beliefs, racist ideologies, economic
perspectives and so forth) and then who "bleed" these
"extra-biblical" perspectives into their study of
Contra wise, the study of "end times" has suffered
from Christians who - while they might have more than a "nodding
acquaintance" with the Bible itself - have no corresponding
foundation insofar as history, culture, economics, etc. are
concerned. This is especially true of the graduates of today's
Bible Schools and Seminaries.
OUR METHODOLOGY: PRECEPT
UPON PRECEPT, LINE UPON LINE
Our first chapter in this book deals the "Nature of Man;"
we begin there because unless one understands what man's nature
is all about, it is impossible to have a real understanding
of what it means to be "born again." From there we
proceed to our second chapter, "Salvation" - that
is to say, what being "born again" actually constitutes.
Because we are building "precept upon precept"
and "line upon line," the transition between
the two subjects is effortless.
This leads easily into our third chapter: "God's Grace
as Contrasted to God's Law." Again, "precept upon
precept," "line upon line." Here we
begin to realize that we are entirely dependent on God's grace
- and that the only way we can fulfill the Law of God in our
lives is not by endeavoring to keep the Law now that we are
saved, but by "beholding and reflecting" Christ who
is now resident as a living Person in our spirit. Moreover,
we learn that it is not our duty to enforce the Law of God on
our brothers and sisters in Christ, but to get them to "behold
and reflect" Christ in their spirits - and everything will
follow from that. Again, "precept upon precept"
and "line upon line."
From there we transition naturally and quite effortlessly into
what the church-life is all about: that it is God's testimony
to the world, and that testimony is predicated on the love we
have one for another in the church, which in turn is predicated
on our willingness to extend grace to our brothers and sisters
in Christ (the same grace that God extended to us), which, in
turn is being worked into us as a reality as we "behold
and reflect" Christ in our spirit. Again, "precept
upon precept," "line upon line."
Our next chapter deals with the ETERNAL and UNCONDITIONAL
nature of God's four great covenants with Israel;
that these covenants are covenants of GRACE. Once again,
we are brought face to face with the fact of GRACE; that
as much as we as former gentile unbelievers are dependent on
GRACE, so also is Israel.
Again, "precept upon precept," line upon
line." [This fact will open up vast areas of the Prophetic
Scriptures at a later date.]
We then take this great fact of God's GRACE insofar
as Israel is concerned, and use it as a springboard to shred
the conspiracy theories which swirl and surround the Jewish
people and which form the basis of the "Old Wives Fables"
generated by IDIOTS and NINCOMPOOPS such as Alex
Jones, Pat Robertson, Tex Marrs, Paul Joseph Watson, Jeff Rense,
ad nauseum - conspiracy theories which inevitably
CONTAMINATE any serious study of the Prophetic
Scriptures and which eventually lead to ANTI-SEMITISM.
From there we move on to the matter of the Rapture; will it
be before the Tribulation, during the Tribulation, or after
the Tribulation? This is an extremely important matter because
it clears up innumerable misconceptions concerning the Tribulation
Period, and will impact on our future study of the Seven Seals,
the Seven Trumpets, the Seven Vials, the Abomination of Desolation
and countless other eschatological subjects. Again, "precept
upon precept," line upon line" - all of
the preceding material being the building blocks of our discussion
of the rapture, and this discussion then becoming an important
building block for our further discussions on other eschatological
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