All my life, I was taught the pre-tribulation theory. To be honest, I'd rather that theory be true but, after some study, I am leaning towards the post-trib teachings. It's not just my recent Bible studies that are leading my in this direction, but it's also from personal experience with the current world society.
I truly believe that every Christian, at some point in their life, will go through a sort of personal tribulation. I'm talking about the persecution and suffering that we have to endure just for our beliefs. Maybe I am being dramatic, but look at what we Christians right here in the western world have to face almost every day:
- If we say that we are against homosexuality, adultery, or other social lifestyle sins, we stand to be cast out by friends and family and society in general. Look at what happened to the guy from "Duck Dynasty".
- Maya Angelou died today. What do you think would happen if anyone questioned the contrast in her new age beliefs with her claimed Christianity?
- When we point out all the sin that's around us (and accepted by society in general), we are thought to be hysterical, nagging, un-Christ-like. You know, because the same Christ who taught against sin must love everyone. Yes, he loves everyone, but he hates their sins.
- Because there are unrepentant sinners (and sometimes just plain liars) in our pulpits and congregations, we are told we are all fake. Some people even use these false Christians to "prove" that Christianity itself is false.
There are the extreme cases of persecution that we can read about in the news, like the woman in the Sudan who is being targeted because of her conversion to Christianity. My point here is that, besides the extreme examples, there are many cases of believers who are having to fight battles that don't often make the news.
We live in a time of many false prophets and wolves in sheep's' clothing.
I used to wonder about the verse in Matthew 24:24 -
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.How, I wondered, could everyone risk being deceived? Then I thought of the Boiling Frog Syndrome:
The boiling frog story is a widespread anecdote describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
Every day a Christian lives on this earth, he lives in danger of tribulation.
Dr. Martin made a beautiful point about the pre-trib/post-trib debate among Christians. He reminds us that while we are arguing over when Jesus is coming back, the important message is that he is coming back. Amen to that.
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