|Does this early quote refer to a future catching away?|
For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.
--Epharaem the Syrian; 373 A.
About every two years someone will make a headline proclaiming that they know the date of the Second Coming (or the Rapture). A recent incident in example involved
The world may not even come to know of the exact day of the 'abomination of desolation'... if a time or events of Great Tribulation do not have their launch on earth in obvious day or moment, the premise that a faith and understanding other than 'pre' comes against 'no man knows the day' consequently evaporates.
Fierce persecution of the saints, and the fierce wrath of God against evil, would be two unlike things. As God carried Noah and his safely through in the great flood, God has well demonstrated His intent and ability to discriminate under the pouring-out of His wrath/judgment upon the earth. Whether you believe that God protects Hebrews or Christians, you believe that He is willing; you believe the same.
Adoption; not 'Replacementism'. Without the 'seed of Abraham', the Church does not live.
~ Presuppositionalism: accepting the existance of God and the truth of the Bible less any empirical analysis or rational proof for same.
~ Calvanism: God alone controls & delivers all things.
~ Theonomy: God's Law continues forever unchanged & unabolished.
~ Dominionism: domination of sin must be brought to an end within the individual, the family, the church, and society at large, inclusive; that the Christian should be about taking dominion in every place & purpose by the power of God in Christ.
~ Postmillennialism as per reconstructionism: the next advent of Christ awaits an extended period of authentic, dominant
|To the extent that Reconstruction or post-mil thinking obscures hope for the imminent return of Christ, there's a problem here. To the degree pre-millenial thinking has reduced our zeal for disciple-making in Christ, we coddle folly.|
The reconstructionist all too easily will eye politics as means to the end-s. Where and when do we see Jesus, or the early apostles, acting or calling to directly effect national-political upturn?
The world since has never been more than one-third Christian -- if as much. Will truly require some miracle from God to get the majority of contemporary billions through the 'narrow gate' which leads to life.
A Night With The Family [humor]
Preterism & Futurism
Analysis of Hyper-Preterism
---Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.