Pause for Effect

Chris

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Pause for Effect
By Pete Garcia

“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” – Luke 12:40

We often talk of how close we are to the return of Jesus Christ, and the imminence of His return still lingers in the air – yet that day seems so far away at times. So many ‘could be’ dates have come and gone. So many seemingly perfect dates have aligned with so many other apparent prophetic signs. We thought it would have been a perfect time for the Rapture. Yet we are still here. We’re caught in a paradox of emotions that cause those of us who watch, to wait patiently, containing the joy of the prospect of our eternal glorification in Christ.

At this late stage in the game of human history, there are only three kinds of people left not awaiting the return of Jesus Christ: those who know and don’t believe, and those that don’t know or don’t care.

With all the craziness going on in the world, how could anyone not think that this is the last generation? At the very least, can anyone who even remotely keeps up on current events, think that life will continue as-is for more than a few decades at the most? Our national debt alone will force a radical realignment in the way our nation and the world function.

Many Christians aren’t actively looking for the Lord’s coming. One reason for this is the resurgence of Amillennialism. Most of Christianity today believes the Church is the true Israel, and all prophetic events are then allegorized or historicized. From that perspective, they deny any biblical significance regarding Israel and the Middle East.

But for those of us who are watching and waiting, our anticipation continues to build with each passing day. As the days and weeks go by, countries go to war, nations collapse into chaos, there are unprecedented natural disasters and we see the signs stacking up like never before. Most importantly, we also understand the incredible significance of the fact that Israel has retained its identity and re-emerged as a nation despite tremendous odds.

But as the days turn into weeks and the weeks into months, before long, even events like Hurricane Katrina seem like a lifetime ago. So many things are happening in so many different spectrums prophetically, it is like we’re becoming desensitized to it all. It’s like being in a very noisy restaurant. No matter how loud it gets, you somehow get used to that level of distraction until it all blends into background noise. It’s not until we leave there and go outside, that you notice just how loud it was. This is the very thing we should be wary of.

As we move throughout the year, Jewish holy days will start to gain prominence and meaning as the time draws closer. The Feasts of the Lord are Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Weeks, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. We talk about how significant these events are and how a rapture event could fulfill them prophetically. Jesus literally fulfilled the first three of the seven main Jewish feasts through His death, burial, and resurrection. The Church was born on Pentecost and, given that all the feasts have been fulfilled chronologically and literally, we can have full confidence that the Feast of Trumpets symbolizes the next major event, being the Rapture of the church.

Not to say that the Church is limited to only being raptured during Rosh Hashanah (September-October), but if these events are following some chronological pattern, then that may be the case. But as watchful believers, we have to counter this idea with the issue of imminence, and that Christ could return at any moment. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess 1:9-10; 1 Thess 5:4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:7; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:2-3; Revelation 22:7,12, 20)

In a way, we work ourselves up for the possibility of Christ’s return around these specific dates. But when these dates come and go, we allow our hope to get temporarily deflated, as if the Lord let us down somehow. Maybe this is a fleeting moment for some, but for others, it can turn that disappointment into bitterness. Many Preterists have become that way because, at some point in the past, they got burned by buying into some teacher/preacher/prophet sell them a load of goods by date-setting Christ’s return.

We are as believers, commanded to watch, and be watchful for the Lord’s return well over a dozen times in the New Testament, yet this message is increasingly not being echoed from the pulpits of Christian churches. If the return of Christ is preached, then it is falling on increasingly deaf ears and hardened hearts.

So many red lines have come and gone. So many ‘point-of-no-return’ moments have presumably slipped by without a peep. The world delicately balances on a knife’s edge, wobbling to and fro, and just when things seem to lean a little too much in one direction, it somehow balances itself out. Wars that threaten to ignite World War III seem a whisper away and somehow remain there. Economies that seem to be faltering to the point of no recovery, suddenly recover.

And yet we can see the signs stacking up. We can see countries aligning themselves together politically, economically, and militarily in a way they’ve never done in the past and doing exactly as the Bible predicted. Those of us who take the Bible seriously can see the literal events of Zech 12:3 slowly gathering momentum and taking shape before our very eyes. Who would have thought, so many centuries ago, that a seemingly insignificant nation like Israel would demand such global attention?

We can turn on the news and see the steady downward trend the world is going. There appears to be no indication or possibility of a reversal. The apostasy in Christendom is rising and we can see the evidence manifest itself in the watered-down, lukewarm gospel messages on Christian television, in books, and in the pulpits. Furthermore, the very nature of Christ’s divinity, sin, and hell is being challenged by more and more so-called Christian leaders. This is all despite the optimism of the Postmillennialists and Reconstructionists.

Then, on a day when we least expect it, it will happen. We’ll wake up in the morning and thank the Lord for the day He’s given us. We’ll go about our usual routine. We might even think, ‘maybe today’. But then the reality of our lives quickly intrudes upon us – we have real bills to pay and real problems to sort out. You know the kind of day I’m talking about. Before you know it, it’s dark outside and you sit down to read or maybe catch the news…and bam! The Trumpet sounds and the voice of our Lord call out to us…”COME UP HERE!”

We know that God has His predetermined timeline and ultimate purpose. His schedule isn’t ours. Peter reminds us that God is not willing for any to perish and that the day of the Lord will come as a thief (2 Pet 3:9-10).

As we watch all these worrisome and perplexing events unfold and ebb, we should be encouraged to occupy and witness to the lost while we still have precious time. Our world cannot continue indefinitely under its current course. We live in an age that is an ellipsis of sorts, God’s national plan for Israel on hold (or paused) until our fullness comes to completion (Luke 21:24; Romans 11:25) and we do not know when that moment will come.

In the meantime, we must stay alert because…It really could happen today.

“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” – Mark 13:37

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daygo

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Can you really say most of Christianity thinks the true Church is Israel, I don't think so, more like the Church is ignorant of the Bible, they are more interested in things like community, prayers, showing love etc because of a lack of knowledge and that's to do with poor shepherding.
 

Chris

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Can you really say most of Christianity thinks the true Church is Israel, I don't think so, more like the Church is ignorant of the Bible, they are more interested in things like community, prayers, showing love etc because of a lack of knowledge and that's to do with poor shepherding.
Yep, the "Church" is today very ignorant of the Bible. Most churches have replaced the God of the Bible with one that they have created themselves. They have changed God who the Bible tells us is "the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow" with a god of their own imagination who "changes to whatever the political winds, culture's latest fads, etc."

The "Church" today has professed themselves, but have become fools. :sad The "Church" today believes that they know better than God and that He is just some old foggy sitting on his throne in Heaven just nodding and agreeing with whatever they say. :doh

The "Church" today thinks that God "made people gay" and that we should just go along with whatever is the whim of our culture at the moment. :doh

I'm afraid that the "Church" might be surprised when the rapture happens and many are still left here afterwards. :eek :sad

The Sunday after the rapture, the Church will meet with their LGBTQ clergy at the pulpit asking why they were left behind, the feel good pastors will give a sermon on "God loves you just the way you are", etc. etc. etc. etc. :doh

They have no love for the truth. Sadly, they have followed their vain imaginations and reasonings. There are ways that seem right to men, but lead to destruction.

We need to pay for the "Church" because I'm afraid they are in for a rude awakening. :sad
 
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RobinMc

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I feel that our pastor is afraid to teach prophecy, but he will do a David Jeramiah series on Sunday nites or something like that. He did a series on the book of Jude on Sunday mornings that was great, but the verse about the prophecy of Enoch, that is only in the book of Enoch, some people didn't want the book of Enoch referenced. I told him how much I enjoyed if and was thankful he covered it ALL.
Last year the week before the Feast of Trumpets, he had a guy come in and do a talk on why he believed the rapture may happen during that time, also surprising. I feel like he prefers someone else to say it instead of him.
 

Epieikes

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I feel that our pastor is afraid to teach prophecy, but he will do a David Jeramiah series on Sunday nites or something like that. He did a series on the book of Jude on Sunday mornings that was great, but the verse about the prophecy of Enoch, that is only in the book of Enoch, some people didn't want the book of Enoch referenced. I told him how much I enjoyed if and was thankful he covered it ALL.
Last year the week before the Feast of Trumpets, he had a guy come in and do a talk on why he believed the rapture may happen during that time, also surprising. I feel like he prefers someone else to say it instead of him.
But he is providing that your flock is fed. That is absolutely to his credit. Married to a pastor...I testify...he, actually, NONE of us, is good at everything. Not all are comfortable or desirous of articulating every message that needs bringing to a given audience--or perhaps should. It is the same scenario as asking an evangelist come to do a revival. I didn't realize for the longest time that some are gifted with "fire it up!" to strangers but incapable (psychologically, physically, temperamentally) of shepherding a "flock-family"--year after year, especially when the sheep are going through a biting or head-butting season. Ideally, each of us possesses something that can contribute to a special gift mix that the Lord has creatively wired His whole body to collectively put into use for His glory.

I love that you affirmed him...risk or no risk...affirmation flowing...especially in our times of "everyone's an exegetical expert." Affirmation as Jesus's hands, feet, and mouth for something worth affirming is always a good thing. Pastors/"leadership" are the brunt of a lot of blame going around. Some's well-placed, some reflects directly upon the sheep. There's no "one-size-fits-Church-assessment" at all. Anyone who has stayed faithfully put in pastoral ministry for three-decades-plus knows exactly what I mean, and I praise God for all who haven't, but manage to catch a glimpse anyway. :oops::bouncies :meet
 
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Epieikes

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I feel that our pastor is afraid to teach prophecy, but he will do a David Jeramiah series on Sunday nites or something like that. He did a series on the book of Jude on Sunday mornings that was great, but the verse about the prophecy of Enoch, that is only in the book of Enoch, some people didn't want the book of Enoch referenced. I told him how much I enjoyed if and was thankful he covered it ALL.
Last year the week before the Feast of Trumpets, he had a guy come in and do a talk on why he believed the rapture may happen during that time, also surprising. I feel like he prefers someone else to say it instead of him.
Will also add that eschatology is a SPECIALTY field/study/teaching, and many seminaries don't "cover it." If he brings in someone he thinks is going to bring a broader, accurate understanding to the flock, this is indicative a humility that is lacking in both the pulpit AND the pew in 2022 and should be applauded. Many pastors hesitate to share the pulpit for a variety of reasons. Residual, destructive fires needing extinction have been many a thing after many speakers come through--so it can be quite a risk. Holy Spirit trust and discernment, of who, what, when, where, and why, is paramount.

It may not be fear at all, but Spirit-led wisdom based upon the make-up of your flock and their overall readiness to hear and apply. That's why encouragers such as you are indispensable in this time. Even now, as my "Mike" prepares for the line-by-line Zechariah study we have begun three weeks ago, Dr. AW from SugarLand is one of his rock-steady prep resources...so thanks, RR! ;):amen
 

UntilTheWholeWorldHears

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But he is providing that your flock is fed. That is absolutely to his credit. Married to a pastor...I testify...he, actually, NONE of us, is good at everything. Not all are comfortable or desirous of articulating every message that needs bringing to a given audience--or perhaps should. It is the same scenario as asking an evangelist come to do a revival. I didn't realize for the longest time that some are gifted with "fire it up!" to strangers but incapable (psychologically, physically, temperamentally) of shepherding a "flock-family"--year after year, especially when the sheep are going through a biting or head-butting season. Ideally, each of us possesses something that can contribute to a special gift mix that the Lord has creatively wired His whole body to collectively put into use for His glory.

I love that you affirmed him...risk or no risk...affirmation flowing...especially in our times of "everyone's an exegetical expert." Affirmation as Jesus's hands, feet, and mouth for something worth affirming is always a good thing. Pastors/"leadership" are the brunt of a lot of blame going around. Some's well-placed, some reflects directly upon the sheep. There's no "one-size-fits-Church-assessment" at all. Anyone who has stayed faithfully put in pastoral ministry for three-decades-plus knows exactly what I mean, and I praise God for all who haven't, but manage to catch a glimpse anyway. :oops::bouncies :meet
Great perspective being the wife of a Pastor.
After reading Robin's post on her pastor, I thought, that's a bit odd. After reading your post, it makes perfect sense.
 

RobinB

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But then the reality of our lives quickly intrudes upon us – we have real bills to pay and real problems to sort out. You know the kind of day I’m talking about. Before you know it, it’s dark outside and you sit down to read or maybe catch the news…and bam! The Trumpet sounds and the voice of our Lord call out to us…”COME UP HERE!”
:cheer :cheer :cheer
 

athenasius

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The world delicately balances on a knife’s edge, wobbling to and fro, and just when things seem to lean a little too much in one direction, it somehow balances itself out. Wars that threaten to ignite World War III seem a whisper away and somehow remain there. Economies that seem to be faltering to the point of no recovery, suddenly recover.

And yet we can see the signs stacking up.
That summarizes how the last 2 decades have gone, not to mention the last 2 years especially. Teetering on a knife edge.

As the Restrainer holds back the Tribulation from forming till we are out of here.

Amazing times to live in.
 

Hidden

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When I started watching about 12 years ago, I have always pegged the 2020's or even the 2030's and 40's as possible time frame for the rapture and tribulation. So I don't share the frustration of many prophecy watchers that we're still here. If anything, the events of the last few years got me even more excited because they do clearly point to the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 

Mocha Latte

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The world delicately balances on a knife’s edge, wobbling to and fro, and just when things seem to lean a little too much in one direction, it somehow balances itself out. Wars that threaten to ignite World War III seem a whisper away and somehow remain there. Economies that seem to be faltering to the point of no recovery, suddenly recover.
That’s just it right here! For us, balancing on a knife’s edge is very precise and dangerous. It’s like the game Jenga…all it takes is that one wrong piece to be pulled out and the entire thing comes crashing to the ground. I think it is both the reason that makes us (watchers) realize the amazing work of the restrainer AND the thing that desensitizes those with hard hearts. For most, life has become increasingly chaotic but nothing truly adverse ever happens. People get comfortable thinking nothing bad will happen to them, so when that last piece starts the domino effect, they continue in denial. It’s dangerous to ignore the signs.
 
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