Paul Was Pre-Trib By Jack Kelley This is not meant to be a complete commentary…
By Pete Garcia
“We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” 1 John 5:19
We now live in a day and age, in which more information is available to the average person than at any other point in human history. An entire library’s worth of books could be downloaded onto a single hard drive. We could gain more information and understanding of human history in the course of an hour’s study with Google than our predecessors could just a generation ago. Knowledge is weightless, yet has weight. Knowledge is formless, but can be accumulated. As one idea builds on another, we simply find ourselves as the generation of whom became the beneficiaries of millennia of human reasoning. But the real tragedy of living in this ‘veritable’ age of information is that truth is no longer seen in terms of absolutes but is now measured in degrees.
The simple fact is, that truth is being suppressed at all levels by more agencies and forces than at any other point in human history. At a time when knowledge has become the most accessible and powerful commodity that man can possess, it is also the exact same time, when it has become the most dangerous. Knowledge is being aggressively censored politically, economically, geographically, religiously, historically, and educationally primarily because truth threatens to undo that thing which evil men seek…which is world domination.
The lesson that these men (and women) have learned from history, is that bullets, bombs and armies might conquer the world for a moment, but it cannot hold it. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and Hitler all tried their best with their mighty forces, and when the leaders die or the threat wears off, the natives rise up. Military might is not indefinitely sustainable. Knowledge can be corrupted, thus negating all the gains made in whatever arena it might be engaged in. Economics change as currencies and financial systems evolve. But what those globalists who seek world domination have realized, is that none of these alone can accomplish the mission. They must be linked together and each, weaponized. These are;
- Religious (ideological belief)
- Governmental (both political and militaristic)
- Economic (technologies, currency, and science)
This is also exactly how the Scriptures record. One man rises up in a future system, who masterfully garners all three. Revelation 13 then records a governmental system which rises up, who then through political machinations, whittles their leadership down to one man. This one man has a religious ally, who first coalesces the world’s religious into one ecumenical religious system, who then directs its worship to that one man. A totalitarian system of economics is also introduced, in which no transactions anywhere are allowed save that person has the mark of loyalty. The ‘mark’ could be the form of currency, or it could just be the system which allows for people to use their own currencies. Either way, if one didn’t have the mark, they cannot buy or sell.
“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” 2 Cor. 4:3-4
It is interesting that at the moments of greatest biblical revelation is exactly the same time when the world presses hardest against God’s truth being revealed. The truth, in regards to the factual history of mankind and the creation of the universe can have only happened one way. The true narrative of history is not subjective in nature but is objective. In other words, history isn’t opened to whatever interpretation we want to make of it because it only ever happened as it happened. And since there is only one true Narrator in this saga, God the Holy Spirit, it only makes sense that the Bible, which is a compilation of 66 books, written by 40 men over a period of 1,600 years, is both precisely accurate and inarguably cohesive in its design.
From the time He first hovered over the waters before creation, God the Holy Spirit has moved through the earth revealing truth to mankind. When this occurs, revelation and understanding both opens the understanding of the believers and confounds the world in its wisdom. When this occurs, biblical mystery becomes unveiled and man begins to understand more about God’s nature, their relationship to God, and the things that will happen in the future. But divine information is not unveiled all at once. Like the master tactician who lays enough information out there for the plan to move forward, but not enough that the enemy would be wise too, God has revealed His plan according to the Dispensations that man has found himself in. This would be why not everything was revealed to Adam. Or to Noah. Or to Moses. Or even to the Apostles. But when biblical truth becomes known, the demonic world scrambles to counteract the damage being done to their carefully woven, false narrative, they’ve laid to blind the world.
1st Century-the birth of Christianity had the pagan Romans and Jewish Sanhedrin oppose them
3rd Century-Gnosticism morphing into an ecumenical movement merging paganism with Christianity
7th Century-Explosion and expansion of Islam across the Middle East and Africa wiping out most of the Christian Middle East
8th – 15th Century-Dark Ages, biblical suppression by the Roman Catholic Church
20th-21st Century-Human secularism, pseudo-Christian movements, and New Ageism, and ecumenicalism
“By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1 John 4:2-3
The world hates the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is desperate in its attempts to destroy, corrupt, or thwart the message any way it can. What boggles my mind is, if the Bible is true (it is), and the world and all therein has come from God (it has), then the biggest story of our day should be (it’s not) that Jesus Christ came, died, and rose again, AND is coming back very soon. The world intelligentsia, media, military, scholars, skeptics, movers and shakers, have all pretty much relegated the return of Christ in the same category with UFO’s, Bigfoot, and the Illuminati. The only time the Rapture or the return of Jesus Christ even makes the news these days, is if some cult or nut makes a claim for a specific day when He will return. Even then, they only note it so they can make fun of the belief altogether, when that day comes and goes.
You can readily see how much trouble the world is in, with its burgeoning populations and the simple fact that, most of it is not Christian…at least in the Biblical sense. I’ve wondered how much longer God will allow the world to go, before returning. We often take 2 Peter 3:8-9 as meaning, God chooses to hold back as long as possible in order for some to repent. What if it’s the other way around? What if the longer God waits, the less people come to the faith, (Luke 18:8), so out of His kindness and mercy, He speeds it up? Longsuffering then, is tempered with a number (Romans 11:25) that completes the age of the gentiles and ushers in that final week, in which God concludes His dealings with the nation of Israel.
Jesus stated that Satan was a murderer from the beginning and the father of lies. He is not omnipotent, thus can’t know the future any more than you or I could. But what he lacks in omniscience he makes up for in information. He is the fly on the wall in the secret meetings. He is the one whispering in men’s ears to do evil deeds. He is a master of knowing what makes man tick. He has an overwhelming amount of authority, currently, in this world, and thus, has plunged the world into a web of lies and deceit. But it reminds me of something C.S. Lewis once wrote concerning the truth…a young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
For the world is jam packed full of evidence, all pointing to God. The world is jam packed full of historical evidence of the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. Philosophical, ethical, and moral truisms all point to the validity of the Christian faith as a belief system. In fact, the onus is not on the believer to prove that there is a God, but on the skeptic that there isn’t. We’ve been so conditioned by the world to try and prove that what we believe is valid that we forget that if we really believed what we say we believed, we would no more need to prove that God exists than we need to prove that gravity exists.
This is not to say we shouldn’t study, or that we shouldn’t make the argument, because some may be persuaded. But we ought not walk around thinking that the world is the way it should be…because it profoundly isn’t. What we are living in today is the façade. The real world will come when the Lord Himself peels back the sky and He and His armies decimate the current rulers and Christ establishes His own eternal kingdom. That is the reality…so start living like it. (Myself included!)
The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. – Alexander MacLaren