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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Winter Edition 2005

The Shocking Bible End-time

    What does the Bible honestly teach about the end-time?

    It teaches that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night (I Thess. 5:2; II Peter 3:10). This means suddenness and unexpectedness. The applicable point of the metaphor is that the thief strikes when least expected.

    Now obviously the fact of Christ coming suddenly and unexpectedly, like a thief in the night, implies the need for careful holy living and watchfulness. Yet how can one rationally and intelligently watch for a thing, unless one knows specifically what one is supposed to be looking for? So what exactly are we supposed to be looking for?

    Why, the any-moment secret pretribulation rapture of the church, of course! Surely everybody knows that!

    A lot of people do think that, friend, but just because a lot of folks think that doesn't mean it's true. Let's deal with our assumptions, and think again.

    We'll start by examining the two key passages of I Thessalonians 5:2 and II Peter 3:10, where the "thief in the night" metaphor is used. What do these texts themselves actually say?

    They say that DESTRUCTION is what comes as a thief in the night, not some imagined removal of the church before some assumed seven year great tribulation time-frame period-a construction that is nowhere taught in the New Testament. Where does either I Thessalonians chapter five, or II Peter chapter three, say anything about seven years? And without any tribulation time-frame being stated in the texts themselves, how do we know that the rapture is "pre" anything in these passages?

    Not some secret pretribulation rapture, but JUDGMENT is what comes suddenly and unexpectedly, like a thief in the night, friends, and that judgment of the great and terrible day of the Lord is preeminently an event of fire. That is what the text of II Peter 3:10, itself, actually says!

    Notice further that "sudden destruction" is what directly follows the saying of peace and safety in I Thessalonians 5:3, not three-and-a-half more years of false peace under one-world-ruler Antichrist! And in Revelation chapter eighteen we read that Babylon is destroyed by fire. This is also the judgment of the end-time that comes momentarily, like a thief in the night (note the "in one hour is thy judgment come" expression used in verses 8, 10, 17, and 19).

    No future seven year end-time prophetic time-frame is required for last days Bible prophecy to be fulfilled. No Roman Antichrist making and breaking a peace deal with the Jews is required, either. What is required, rather, is the "hating of the whore" (Rev. 17:16). What is required, rather, is the division of the world in such a way as to isolate that entity, called the great whore Babylon, so that she, in God's perfect timing, may be fatefully destroyed.

    Darbyism teaches that at the end-time the world will come together under one-world-ruler personal Antichrist. The Bible teaches, to the contrary, that antinomianism, which means lawlessness, will cause the world to be divided and fall apart. Discerning readers will understand that we are talking about a deep-structure paradigm shift in end-time Bible prophecy motifs. The application of it to our present day--in view of us as "Babylon" about to fall--provides the ideology for a major reformation of fundamental Christianity in modern times. Darbyism has filled the evangelical church-world with antinomianism. Only its overthrow by the sword of truth can avert our destruction.

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