The only way in which the force of the above can be avoided is by saying that none of the descriptions of conflict affect the Church but only Jews who come to faith after the tribulation begins. We could then ask: If Jesus does not mean Christians when he says “you” in Matthew 24, how would we know that anything in the gospels addressed to “you” (disciples) applies to Christians? The theory that Christians are not addressed in Matthew 24:15ff (instructions for going through the great tribulation) sounds very much like an attempt to divorce Christians from what Jesus taught them in the gospels — indeed some ultra-dispensationalists have maintained that none of the material in the Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, Luke) is for Christians! When Jesus tells the twelve to go into the world and preach everywhere we all take this as a command to us. It was given to Jewish Christians but the body of Christ constitutes their descendants. What is said to them applies directly to us. When Jesus addresses believers telling them how to cope during the tribulation, this must mean that they must expect to be on earth during the tribulation.
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When is the Rapture is really a Question about when the dead are Resurrected
1. The Rapture/Resurrection event will occur at the last trumpet. Scripture knows of only one last trumpet, the seventh trumpet of Revelation 11:15. This trumpet sounds after or “post”-tribulation (Matthew 24:29-31). This is “the resurrection of the just” (Luke 14:14), when all the faithful will be rewarded. 2. Jesus spoke of the “elect,” whom he equates with the disciples and their successors in the church. Matthew, who is his own best interpreter, elsewhere means “believers” when he uses the term “elect” (Matthew 22:14): “Many are called, but few are elect” (Gr. eklectos). It is a basic rule of good exegesis that a writer must be allowed to interpret himself.
Preterism – Time Texts in the New Testament
Copyright© Tim Warner - 12/2003 The place to begin with the so called "time texts," on which preterism rests, is the Great Temple Discourse (Luke 21) and the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, Mark 13). These are the passages where Jesus expounded His second coming in greatest detail, the time delay between his first and second … Continue reading Preterism – Time Texts in the New Testament
The Olivet Discourse – Matthew 24 and Mark 13
The Importance of the Olivet Discourse The Olivet Discourse, contained in Matthew 24 and Mark 13, is the most straightforward and important teaching regarding the end of the age found anywhere in Scripture. It is the cornerstone of all New Testament eschatology. New Testament writers referred to this discourse repeatedly, and based their eschatology on … Continue reading The Olivet Discourse – Matthew 24 and Mark 13
Can we find the Rapture in Revelation?
One of the glaring weaknesses of the pretribulation rapture view is the complete omission of any mention of a pretribulation rapture in Revelation. The book of Revelation was written to the "seven churches of Asia" to reveal the things that "must shortly come to pass." Its name literally means "the unveiling of Jesus Christ." If … Continue reading Can we find the Rapture in Revelation?
No One will Know When Jesus will Return?
According to Peter, all of the prophets sought to understand the TIME of both Christ's first and second coming (1 Pet. 1:10-11). Seeking to discover the time is simply obeying Jesus' command in Matthew 24:44 to "become ready" so that you can "watch" appropriately, unlike the man in Jesus' parable who did not know, thus did not watch, and consequently bad things happened to him.
Matthew 24 and the Fig Tree
Matthew 24:32-33 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!" Many Christians have been taught that in Matthew 24:32 that the … Continue reading Matthew 24 and the Fig Tree