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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Summer Edition, 2017

The Biblical Call To Constant Spiritual Awakening

The New Testament is clear in its constant universal call to spiritual awakening. Prayerfully consider the following verses:

Romans 13:11: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”

Ephesians 5:14: “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”

I Thessalonians 5:6-9: “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.”

According to these passages, it is unscriptural for any professed Christian not to keep himself stirred-up and spiritually awake. Keeping stirred-up and spiritually awake means we are responsive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, plus we are intellectually open-minded toward objective biblical truth, however God may choose to bring that truth our way. There is no place for closed-mindness of any sort in any part of the Church of God.

Wesleyan Bible Prophecy and this newsletter challenges you to be open-minded about the matter of those “end-time” prejudices and preconceptions that we all most surely have. Our challenge is that we should not allow ourselves to become so locked into our preconceived traditional theories that we are no longer open to the possibility of any new insight ever coming along.

When we become locked into some preconceived theory of end-time teaching--such as Dispensational Premillennialism, which is the most popular example among us now--then we are in danger of falling intellectually to sleep--”settled on the lees,” as one Old Testament prophet put it, --and thus in need of heeding the New Testament call to spiritual awakening. The tendency of a fire is both to burn and to go out, depending on the intake, or lack thereof. A fire ceases altogether within a vacuum. Even so, a vacuous mind-set is detrimental to anyone’s spiritual well-being. Wesleyan Bible Prophecy brings a new level of insight into the heated debate over the validity of modern Dispensational Premillennial truth-claims. For example, we uniquely challenge what most people ignore--the Dispensational assumption of the existence of any future seven year Great Tribulation period, based on Sir Robert Anderson’s Nineteenth Century novel theory of interpreting Daniel’s prophecy of the Seventy Weeks.

If the future seven years does not exist in the New Testament in the first place (and it doesn’t), because Christ and not Antichrist is the divinely-intended covenant-maker of Daniel’s 70th week (which is, by the way, what the Christian Church for 1800 years believed and taught), then how can the Church be Raptured out before this non-existent future seven years?

Wesleyan Bible Prophecy’s clear and intelligent logical methodology puts the devotees of the modern Dispensational theory in an intellectual quandary, and forces them back to the drawing boards in review of their most cherished foundational assumptions--if they truly want to experience the New Testament call to constant spiritual awakening, that is!


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