“...Then The End Will Come.” (Jesus in Matthew 24:14) Part I.


If you do not understand “terminal” in I Thessalonians 4:16,17, what part of
“THE END” do you not understand from Jesus in Matthew 24:14.  
Fundamentalists do not like to preach on Jesus teachings about
eschatology {last or end events of this old earth} in Matthew 24, because it
is so simple and straightforward, not allowing them to weave their little
Scoffield based fables on “rapture” and “one thousand years”.
{Fundamentalists, at least the popular ones need sensationalism to build
their own kingdom and make millions, and the well-to-do support them
because they want to hold onto what they have accumulated in this false
one thousand year kingdom on earth.  Even as Henry Steele Commager,
the great authority on American Studies, said, “Fundamentalism was
started by rich California Millionaires”, so they were blessed to have a
ready-made philosophy on eschatology generated years ago by Darby and
Scoffield.}  It is THE END of this old earth, and the beginning of the new
earth.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a
witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  (Matthew 24:14)

1-1:  The Apostles knew to ask the right question in the teaching
session with Jesus there on Mount Olives, recognizing the
simultaneous nature of the end of this old earth and the Second
Coming of Christ, with the words, “And what will be the sign of Your
coming, and the end of this age?”  (Matthew 24:3)
While the Apostle Paul, selected and called to do such and write most of
the New Testament, chose two primary signs to identify the time of the
Second Coming--the Falling Away and revelation of the man of sin, Jesus
uses one here in Matthew 24:14 to describe the terminal end of this old
earth.

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a
witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”  (Matthew 24:14)

NOTE:  Surely you know enough of missionary activity and evangelism
throughout the world to know that by now in the history of this old earth, all
peoples, tribes, and nations have heard in some form or fashion the
Gospel of Christ; and to know that the Holy Spirit, who leads in this
evangelism with quiet and persistent convictions on sin, righteousness, and
judgment, has either been withdrawn from the earth or is about to be
withdrawn from the earth.  Pentecostals, although agreed with
fundamentalism to be among the dominant religious movements of the last
decades, will never know the difference when the Spirit is withdrawn, so
effectively have they cultivated the faking of the tongues and other signs of
the presence of the Spirit.
1.  Paul and other Apostles already had the book of Matthew with these
teachings of Jesus on last things, and with the sign of the Gospel to every
nation as the end sign, so that Paul could be the chosen vessel to make
clear two other signs that had to come before the Second Coming.
NOTE:  Most books written by Paul came out of the need to deal with a
problem in the early Christian churches, who of course, already knew about
the book of Matthew.  The problem of II Thessalonians was that some
thought they had missed the Second Coming of Christ.  You see, this
church at Thessalonica and the other churches of first century Christianity,
had read carefully--goodness their pastors and elders had read publicly and
preached from it--the terminal and “the end” nature of the Second Coming.  
But had “they been left behind”, the same kind of false fear generated by
the fundamentalists Tim LeHaye.  {At least, he wrote in fiction so that it is
fiction based false fables and postulates of a “rapture” before the Second
Coming and “one thousand years” on earth for Christians only.  You see,
church members do not want to go through final tribulation; and
fundamentalists in the nature of “they will not endure sound doctrine” (II
Timothy 4:4,5) and the “heaping up of Bible teachers and preachers with
itching ears”, also church members purpose driven more by their own
desires than by the Spirit of Christ, have given church members what they
really want, and think they need, in preparation for the end events of
eschatology.
Paul adds to “the end” sign of Jesus, two other signs:  (1) the Falling Away
of most Christians from God, Christ, and the Bible {Paul really wrote a
whole book of Hebrews to explain, with the priesthood of Jesus, the nature,
inevitability, and causes of the Falling Away}; and (2) the precipitous end
event of the supreme servant or servants of Satan, the man of sin or son
of perdition.

“Let no one deceive you {yes, even today and in America there are
respected preachers and evangelists that would deceive you, the why of
which we must discuss later} by any means {today they do have many
subtle and spectacular means such as charts, invented words like “rapture”
and “one thousand years”, and statements of sensationalism}; for THAT
DAY {obviously the One Day of the LORD God of the universe presented
often in the Old Testament and the One Day of the Lord Jesus Christ, alias
the Second Coming, presented in the New Testament}...THAT DAY will
not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is
revealed, the son of perdition.”  (II Thessalonians 2:3)

2.  Whatever you do or do not know and understand about the last events
of this old earth’s history, you can count on the surety of these 3 signs of
the Second Coming and end of this old earth.
(1).  The Gospel of the kingdom is preached to every nation with the
guidance of the Holy Spirit convicting the world of sin, of righteousness,
and of judgment; and this is a witness to the world, so that all hear and
know the truth before God makes a final judgment on them.  Well, in reality
the judgment has already been made; and each citizen on the world before
the end just walks under that predetermined judgment for good or bad.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is
condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God.”  (John 3:18)
(2).  The present Falling Away of approximately the last 20-40 years from
God, Christ, and the Bible, consisting of the 5 stages of II Timothy 4:4,5:  
(a) intolerance toward sound doctrine among church leaders and church
members; (b) church member motivation by wants and desires, the
purpose driven desires of church members replace the purpose driven
Spirit of Christ; (c) the heaping up of arrogant Bible teachers and
preachers of  the “itching ears” type, often personal dreams and visions
especially as in the pentecostal movement taking the place of the
Revelation of the Bible, a Falling Away process that has the two aspects of
heaping out of local churches the preachers of sound doctrine and the
heaping in of those who agree with church members and satisfy their
wants; (d) the tragic and inevitable turning away from truth,  the brink of
which is that on which the church in America stands today; and (3) finally,
the being turned into fables.  There are certain groups like the Catholics,
Mormons, and Muslims, and others that long ago passed into this fifth
stage of the Falling Away ahead of the rest of the world, also Darby and
Scoffield.
(3).  Living Christians visual on the man of sin, the son of perdition, which
seems more and more to be a prototype man in the light of the current
events in the Middle East where so many Arab/Muslim enemies of
Jerusalem and the Jews surround Jerusalem and the camp of the saints.  
All the prototype man has to do in order to fulfill the long history of the man
of sin from Daniel to the New Testament is:  (1) be a man of war; (2) stand
in the temple claiming to be God; and (3) acting in history as though he is a
god.

1-2:  It is a shame that as the Gospel of the Kingdom to every nation
spreads now as never before, those with the ear of the world through
TV, can not offer more sound doctrine, especially on the end time
doctrines.  There is a lot of fire and emotion, but unfortunately not
accompanied by sound doctrine; and even more enthusiasm for the
money of the world, churches refusing to pay for their own
evangelism.  {The reality is that they are as much in this world-wide
evangelism for their own gain and status, more than for any other
reason of motivation; and that as part of the Falling Away, this has
become more and more acceptable among Christians.

Such a serious accusation against world-wide evangelism in the name of
Christ and the Gospel today, must be justified with Scriptural support.  
What is wrong with what evangelists are preaching on eschatology {last or
end time things}?  And consistent with Scripture, we practice the
admonition “not to judge according to appearance, but judge righteous
judgement”!
1.  Like the so-called prophet or evangelists from California who predicted
the end of the world, with a specific date in May, which did not become
true; there are hundreds of such fundamentalists and pentecostals who
base Predictions, not on the Revelation of the Bible, but on their own
dreams, visions, and what they call personal words from God Himself.

NOTE:  You can always tell those kinds of preachers, that is if you really
want to know the truth on the matter, by whether they have the condemned
attitude of I Corinthians 14:36, which by the way always comes with
gibberish as the speaking on tongues whereas in the Bible it is other known
languages--designed to facility communication instead of confusion, and
the total subject of I Corinthians 14:  that attitude being either that (1) the
Word of God came to them only, or (2) that they, their church or
denomination originated the Word of God.

“Or did the word of God comes originally from you?  Or was it you only
that it reached?  If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him
acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of
the Lord.”  (I Corinthians 14:36,37)

NOTE:  Sometimes it is difficult to tell what groups are doing more
damage to the sound doctrines of the Bible, whether it is those who have
no respect at all for the Bible as the Word of God, therefore substituting
their own “commandments of men for the doctrines of God”; or those who
try to supplement with words like “God told me” or “God said to me” their
personal so-called revelations for the solid and known Revelations of God
in the 66 books of the Bible.  In either case, the end effect is the same:  a
decrease in the sound doctrines of the Bible known among Christians and
the lost, and an increase in the intolerance toward sound doctrine, alias
“they will not endure sound doctrine”.
2.  Such false predictions of the end of the world have so much attention,
and even fear, that the world must be reminded, like Moses wrote years
ago about Prophets and Prophesy:

“And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD
has not spoken?’--when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the
thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD
has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be
afraid of him.”  (Deuteronomy 18:21,22)

The translation in the New International Commentary on Deuteronomy 18:
22 is helpful for more understanding, essentially saying that (1) if it is not
true, some very familiar with the Bible on eschatology can recognize it as
false the minute it is spoken, and (2) if it does not come to pass; then do
not give that much credence or especially “dread” to what was prophesied.
“when the prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, and the word is not true
or doe snot come to pass, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken.  
The prophet has spoken it in presumption.  You shall not dread him.”

NOTE:  Sometimes it seems that what really what makes a denomination
is those peculiar and unsound doctrines they support.

1-3:  That brings us to two other signs before the Second Coming
given by Jesus in the Matthew 24 teachings on the Mount of Olives to
His disciples:  (1) “Then many false prophets shall rise up and deceive
many”; and (2) “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of
many will grow cold.”  (Matthew 24:11,12)

1.  While human nature always dictates that it is not my pastor that is a
false prophet, or my evangelist, just like it is not my school or state or
community that is in trouble, if you listened to all the Christians in America
you would have to decide that right now in America there are only a few, if
any, false prophets.
2.  While we are often lead by the false literalism of the fundamentalists, or
out of our own personal desires as motivations, or intolerance toward
sound doctrine, and above all “the heaping up of Bible teachers with itching
ears” chose to do is forget or skip over the Bible fact that these false
prophets, lo and behold some of which are in our local churches and
denominations, “shall rise up and deceive many”.  Now, with their control of
the SBC, the fundamentalists can no longer blame these falsely called
moderates {in the process fundamentalists have slain thousands of careers
and reputations}, for THE RISING UP OF FALSE PROPHETS AND THE
DECEPTION OF MANY.  What the SBC is daily becoming, namely dying
and dead, now rests on their own shoulders!
3.  The end result of all this deception from the fundamentalists leaders is
that “as sin and lawlessness has abounded” with America’s part in the
Falling Away, the “love of many {southern baptists} has waxed cold”; and
the pitiful aspect is not of the Falling Away itself, but the failure of southern
baptists to even see the reality of the Falling Away itself.
a.  Fundamentalists deny or ignore the Falling Away itself.  You will not hear
them preach or teach on it, because the churches and the church leaders
are also leaders in the Falling Away.  My goodness, they are the only ones
who have something to fall away from; those of the world certainly do not
have any godly convictions from which to fall away.
b.  Fundamentalists false claim a “rapture” before the Second Coming to
rescue their church members from the Falling Away and Final Tribulation.  
Although many of them believe this false claim, it can not happen because
all similar events like “our gathering” are reserved for the very end.  Surely
millionaires and self-righteous would enjoy a special gathering for
themselves before the end, and apart from all the dead in Christ, and then
a thousand years of prosperity on earth enjoying all their earthly
possessions; but it just will not, according to the realities of Scripture,
happen!

NOTE:  Just stop to think about, how can there even be the falling away
Paul teaches in II Thessalonians if there are not Christians left on earth to
fall away.  And how can there be any more dead to die again later at some
fictitious time sequence, if all the dead in Christ have already been
gathered up from the four corners of the earth just before “our gathering” of
living Christians.

1-4:  Perhaps “Terminal” is a better word for you if you do not
understand “the end of this age.”

The whole context of I Thessalonians 4:16,17 is TERMINAL, the very end
event of the history of this old earth; and how in the world Swaggart and
the fundamentalists under the influence of Scoffield can read into this
Scripture events of history on this old earth, except for a new earth, is
beyond all Scriptural reason.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of an archangel, and with the trump of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise
first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be
with the Lord.”  (I Thessalonians 4:16,17)

1.  The Lord Jesus Christ Himself descending from heaven is obviously the
Second Coming of Christ, a terminal event for this old earth except in the
eschatological philosophies of Scoffield.
2.  All Christians of all history that have died are the first to be raised from
the dead, and this is also obviously a TERMINAL event of history and of
this old earth.
3.  Those that are alive and remain at the Second Coming of Christ, along
with the dead in Christ who have preceded us briefly will then “live with the
Lord Jesus Christ forever, this is also TERMINAL for the old earth and the
old life, and the beginning of a new life of a new people on the new earth.
4.  We, in all intellectual honesty and on the proper exegesis of Scripture
{hermeneutics} must point out 6 failures in fundamentalists interpretation of
Scripture that caused them to ignore and oppose such solid and sound
teachers on Bible eschatology as Ray Summers {WORTHY IS THE
LAMB} and McDowell {THE MEANING AND MESSAGE OF
REVELATION}.
a.  They manifested the group bad attitude of I Corinthians 14: (1) the
Word of God in the form of Scoffield notes on eschatology came to them
only, this within itself is quite a work of art since it was originated by a
Congregationalist minister in Dallas; and (2) the Word of God in the form
of these same notes came out of their Bible Baptist churches and little
seminaries.
b.  They failed to practice the ASPI, the authorized semi-public
interpretation of Scripture as advised in II Peter 1:20,21, keeping their
eschatological and other interpretations under control by comparison with
other easier to understand Scriptures.

NOTE:  The plain truth is that Scripture is of no private interpretation
whether that private group include Scoffield or fundamentalists.  It is
another way to say that Scripture is self-interpretative.

c.  Their bad attitude on love of Christian brothers, in the false name of
literal on Scriptures, allowed them to slay reputations and careers like men
at Southwestern Seminary and so-called moderate pastors much better
men of God than themselves, men like Bert Dominy at Southwestern,
Summers and Bernard Ramm at Baylor, McDowell at Southern Seminary,
and Winfred Moore at Amarillo.

NOTE:  Only the judgment day will show the full extent in the sight of God
of this destruction of fundamentalists in the SBC, while they in turn built up
their own careers and reputations.  How can we ever forget approximately
25 years ago as Bill Moyer interview W.A. Criswell, then the acknowledged
leader of the fundamentalists, was asked about the warfare between
fundamentalists and “moderates”, replying:  “We are going to keep fighting
until one side or the other wins.”

Brother, I don’t care who it is or how respected they were among southern
baptists, and especially fundamentalists, that is a lack of love and a spirit
of warfare among Christian brethren.
d.  Bless their little pea-picking hearts, as they ignored men like Dominy,
Summers, McDowell, and Moore on Scripture, and in the heat of the battle
to interpret Scripture and write and preach sermons, they bought the whole
Scoffield philosophy--hook, line, and sinker--on eschatology.  The prime
failure in total Scriptural interpretation was to ignore the reality that what
bound Satan was the coming of the Holy Spirit in great power and glory,
starting the “last days” and “the thousand years”; and what releases Satan
during the Falling Away, the “little while” of Revelation, is the withdrawal of
the Holy Spirit from earth predicted in II Thessalonians 2:7.
e.  There was a lot of jealousy among the small Bible Baptists churches
and denomination against the larger and more prosperous Southern
Baptist Churches:  Stanley, Criswell, and Rogers formerly of
fundamentalists churches and training moved into larger southern baptist
churches.   You know the old story, “The spirit within us lusteth to envy”  
(James 4:5)
f.  A certain denominational cockiness and peculiarity about the Security of
the Believer and rapid evangelism which allowed them to ignore both the
significance of the Parable of the Seed and Sower--in particular the seed
receive with joy then which the “cares of this world and the deceitfulness of
riches chokes out”, and a less than 9 month new birth which Jesus clearly
taught to Nicodemus.  This is just plain taking Scripture out of the total
context of the Bible, especially the New Testament, with a hunt and peck,
“go everywhere preaching”, proof text method they have chosen to trophy
as “literalism”!  {This so-called literalism has within itself been a successful,
group propaganda campaign which has led to control of the SBC.}

NOTE:  They should at some point, if any of them or their students have
been overcome by the intellectual honesty from Elton Trueblood, try to
reconcile their non-literal isogesis of “rapture” and “one thousand years”
instead of the “a” and “the” thousand years of Revelation.  Also reconcile
their philosophy of eschatology from Scoffield with the binding of Satan
with the appearance on earth of the Holy Spirit in great power, and
convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment--which
obviously restricted the work of Satan; likewise the release of Satan as the
Holy Spirit is withdrawn from earth.

1-5:  Now into all these simple and straightforward historical events of
I Thessalonians 4:16,17 why should fundamentalists try to read into
this complex additional events like:  (1) a rapture which is not even a
Bible word, it is Latin for “the catching up into the air”; and (2) one
thousand years on earth before these Terminal events of the Second
Coming.

The simplicity of the Second Coming , and by the way the words of I
Thessalonians 4:16,17, with first the resurrection of the dead caught up into
the air, and then with “we who are alive and remain...caught up together
with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” , and the forever of
eternity and the new earth is just so terminal that EXPERTS can not leave
it alone.  In all sincerely, these EXPERTS {x is for unknown and spert is a
drip under pressure} must be asked time and time again, “What part of
terminal do you not understand?”  Goodness, according to the Bible time
and time again, and apart from the Scoffield notes on eschatology that you
will read as additions at the bottom, the Second Coming is the same as the
ONE DAY OF THE LORD and Lord; and all is over for the history of this
old earth at that time.

NOTE:  You know, TERMINAL for the old earth, is the only concept that I
can think of to describe the total intent of Scripture on the Second
Coming.  And pardon me if in order to counter these non-biblical words and
concepts like “rapture” and “one thousand years”, I also invent by exegesis,
not isogesis, another word, the word TERMINAL; and the Bible concept
that this is terminal for the old earth and the beginning of the new earth.

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