Is It Possible?
Is It Possible?
Is There Deceptive Doctrine In The Church?
This group had been believers in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture for decades. One big problem: They
held the doctrine so dogmatically that, when it did not occur when they thought it would (before the
emergence of the antichrist), they actually joined the world system and received the mark. Here’s
the story line.
Cindy and Bruce loved their church. They grew up at First Baptist, first met there and then went on to
be leaders of the young married class after their wedding. Three years after the birth of their first child,
things began to radically change.
Through the early years of the child-rearing process, Bruce and Cindy attended a local Bible seminary
upon the completion of their four-year college degrees. They wanted to be further equipped to “rightly
divide the Word of Truth.” During this time, the world underwent profound change. Then, a man emerged
on the global scene , one who Bruce and Cindy eventually discerned to be a strong candidate for the anti-
christ. Due to their church’s Pre-Trib Rapture position, they soon found it more difficult to serve. Why?
First Baptist was absolute in their commitment to this end-time position, so much so that Bruce and
Cindy started hearing messages from the pulpit saying this global leader was not the antichrist because
the Rapture must happen BEFORE the man of sin would become public. The messages continued to
teach that because this was not the antichrist, the congregation was strongly encouraged to join the
spiritual revival this global leader was promoting. It actually got to the place where Bruce and Cindy
were shocked at the willful ignorance of the pastor due to what clearly had become (due to undeniable
world circumstances) his absolute commitment to the false teaching of the Pre-Trib Rapture. We join
“Bruce, please understand, if you and Cindy reject my counsel and chose to fight this movement of
God, you will be in eternal jeopardy. Contrary to some of the cultic voices warning of this one who
they are calling the little horn, we know he is not the antichrist because the Rapture event has not yet
happened. You remember your seminary class covering eschatology. The next event of the prophetic
calendar is the Rapture. Imminence means nothing significantly needs to take place before our
departure when Christ comes for His Church. Therefore, this global leader is clearly NOT the
“Pastor Al,” Cindy responded, “You presume the Pre-Trib position. Through this three-hour conver-
sation with us, you have confessed you cannot cite one clear passage that affirms this timing of the
Rapture, yet you stand by it as if it were Gospel Truth. It’s NOT! As Bruce has asked multiple times,
what if you’re wrong about this assumption and this is indeed the antichrist? Are you prepared to
face God and give account for such presumption?”
Pastor Al calmly answered, “Cindy, he isn’t. That’s all I can promise you. Time will tell. You just
need to be patient at this juncture.”
At this, Bruce lightly tapped on Cindy’s back and she knew it was time to stop. “Pastor Al, thank you
for the time you’ve taken with us this afternoon. Cindy and I have to be going.” Pastor Al suggested
they close their time with prayer but Bruce and Cindy respectfully declined.
Immediately after their departure from the church office, Pastor Al was on the phone; Bruce and
Cindy were off making final plans to endure the time of increased persecution against God’s Saints
in Jesus Christ through the antichrist and his global following.
If indeed the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is false, we have a problem today. Many people hold to it so
dogmatically that, when the man of lawlessness actually comes on the world scene – and remember,
this one is biblically characterized as one bringing great deceit – they will indeed say, “This cannot be
the antichrist because the Rapture event has not yet happened.” In this there is huge deception, so
much so, that, if possible, even the elect are deceived.
We would like to encourage you to reread the Scriptures addressing the final days before the return of
Jesus Christ. Please go to the biblical passages and study this eternally significant doctrine, please!
And allow the text to say what it says. It will come to the place where a person’s eternal destiny is
determined. Actually this is already the case in light of the first sign which our Lord Jesus said will
unfold during the birth pains. Again, read it for yourself in Matthew 24. But there are other eternally
consequential events coming. Those, for example, who go on to receive the mark of the beast – the
beast of Revelation 13 which many believe to be the antichrist – will not inherit the kingdom of God but
will, “… drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and
he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of
the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night,
those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is
the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”
(Revelation 14:10-12; NAS-U)
Remember, there will not be one case of the elect receiving the mark of the beast. Those who take this
mark are not followers of Jesus Christ. As watchmen to the people of God in Christ Jesus, we must be
teaching this eternally binding Truth of Scipture. For God’s glory and praise, we do so at great cost
because love, including the speaking of truth in love to those who lives are hanging in the balance,
endures all things.
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