Good news and bad newsJune 26, 2008 — Deacon Duncan
As the saying goes, I’ve got good news and bad news. It doesn’t matter which you want first because it’s the same news either way: The Tribulation has already begun.
All the signs of the start of the period called The Tribulation — predicted in the Bible as a seven-year period before the return of Jesus the Christ — have already occurred. This is only part of the research that I’ve uncovered recently while working on a new book…
The original working title was Are We Already in the End Times?, but I recently changed the title from a question to a statement. The new title is Tribulation: 2008.
The writer is Tom Kovach, columnist at renewamerica.us. The bad news is that, according to Kovach, we’ve all been Left Behind, including the True Believers (who, as it turns out, have sadly misinterpreted certain Bible verses about the order of End Time events). The “good news,” of course, is that this means Jesus will return in the year 2015, and we’ll have a thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity. Right?
You want exegesis? You want justification for Kovach’s claim that millions of Christians are wrong and only his interpretation happens to be correct? Check this out.
I identify four distinct periods of Biblical timing: the Latter Days, the End Times, the Tribulation, and the Great Tribulation. Many people seem to think that all four periods are the same, but are called by different names in different parts of the Bible. Not so. This past weekend, the signs were put in place to move us from the End Times into The Tribulation.
Some people think that The Tribulation will begin when the first of the Seven Seals are opened from around the scroll described in Chapter Six of Revelation. Not so. That was the beginning of the Latter Days. And, the first seal was opened more than one hundred years ago!
Wow, that’s certainly compelling evidence, eh? Ah, but wait, he has the facts to back up his claims.
The Tribulation is a period of testing for Christians, and a period of revealing the truth of Jesus the Christ as the Messiah of Israel. Jesus predicted that many Christians would “fall away” during the End Times, and many more would during The Tribulation. Time magazine has just released the results of huge survey that indicates many Christians do not believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life .
Yes, religious tolerance is surely a sign that the apocalypse is near and that believers deserve God’s wrath just as much as anyone else. And if that’s not enough genuine, honest-to-God proof, he also cites the fact that the above-mentioned survey was released on the Summer Solstice of 2008, and such remarkable fulfillments of Apocalyptic prophecy as the wildfires in California, the deportation of Christian pastors from somewhere, and the possibility that an earthquake might occur in California (and so soon after they permitted gay marriage, gosh).
I’ll take “Barking Mad” for $200, Alex.
PS: He did get one thing right. The idea of a “pre-Tribulation Rapture” is entirely extrabiblical. Nowhere does the Bible predict any pre-Tribulational Return, and II Thessalonians 1, which predicts the Second Coming, specifically states that the Second Coming is supposed to simultaneously reward the afflicted Church with relief, and the wicked with destruction, which pretty much eliminates the possibility of any post-Rapture Tribulation.