DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THE BIBLE?
BY: KENNETH GREATOREX
In the area of Bible prophecy teaching, I have come to believe that much/most of it does NOT agree with the Word of God. The following has been written to stimulate your understanding of truth. It is NOT meant to be all inclusive of every aspect. Please read with an heart open to the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 10:23: To His disciples: “…you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of man comes.” This was meant for their lifetime. Do you believe it?
Matthew 16:27-28: “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works …some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Are any of the hearers alive today?
Matthew 24:29-34: Read verses 29-33. Vs. 34 “Assuredly I say to you, this generation (The one He was addressing.) will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.”
Matthew 5:17-18: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets… I came to fulfill. I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, (“Heaven and earth” was the ruling religious structure of the day.) One jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” See: Hebrews 7:11-12, 8:13, 9:11-15, 9:23-26, Galatians 4:21-31. It was fulfilled and has ended!
Matthew 26:64, Jesus speaking to the high priest, scribes and elders said: “…hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” If they didn’t see Jesus as He said, then He was a liar. He spoke to people then alive. Do you believe it?
John 21:22: “…If I will that he remain (#3306 Greek: meno – to remain, tarry, abide, dwell) till I come, what is that to you?” (Literally: “while I am coming” – A.T. Robertson, Word Picture in the New Testament) Can you find John alive today? Did Jesus lie, or is our eschatology wrong?
Romans 13:11-12: “…for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed …the day is at hand.” If you can call nearly 2000 years, NOW, NEARER, and AT HAND, then plain language means nothing. Perhaps the “futuristic” interpretation of prophecy is wrong, if not, then Paul was.
1 Corinthians 10:11 “…they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.” Paul was writing this to Corinthian believers. Something was to happen while they were alive. The end of the Jewish age with its temple, law and customs was to, and did come!
Philippians 4:5: “…The Lord is at hand.” (#1451 Greek: eggus- near, nigh, ready) Why would Paul say this IF it was not for them? Jesus, using the verb “eggizo” (#1448 – to bring near, cause to approach, to be near), said in Mark 1:15: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.” Do FULFILLED and AT HAND have new meanings? Were Paul and Jesus wrong, or is popular eschatology/prophecy wrong?
Hebrews 9:26, 28, 10:37: “…but now once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin… .” Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many – He will appear a second time. For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and shall not tarry.” Is more than 1900 years a little while? To “not tarry” means there will be NO LONG DELAY. Since this was spoken to humans, one must presume it is based on our idea of time.
James 5:7-8: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” Why would these people need to “establish” their “hearts” for something that was not in their life span?
James 5:9: (Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!) Just how long do you expect He would stand? Perhaps for an aeon or two?
1 Peter 4:7: “But the end of all things is at hand.” (End – #5056 Greek: telos – the conclusion of an act or state. It denotes not only the ending of a departed state, BUT, the arrival of a complete or perfect one.) (At hand #1448: Greek: eggizo – to bring near, or cause to approach) Were Peter, Paul and Jesus wrong?
1 John 2:17-18: “And the world (#2889 kosmos- the order or arrangement of the day) is passing away… Little children it is the last hour…” How could it be the “last hour” with the world/order “passing away” then, if we want to put it into the future?
Rev. 1:2 “…must shortly take place.” Vs. 3: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” Why tell the people then to read, hear and keep it, if doing so were not imperative for them?
How often have you read these verses, and noted the significance of a then happening? Popular prophecy preachers tell us that these verses are IN THE FUTURE because they have misplaced Daniel’s last seven years from his 70 weeks. Imagine the stupidity of God in having a 70-week period, but putting the last half week of seven years off into a distant, and unconnected, time zone. The prophecy preachers can’t tell time, BUT GOD CAN AND DOES. The God we serve has always been on time, and is not confused like the world of religion. Such teachings have caused untold harm to many, me included!
There is a plan and purpose that God is working out throughout the ages and it doesn’t necessarily fit in with the traditional views that have predominated man’s thinking. These views are called, amillennialism, post-millennialism, and pre-millennialism [with it’s many variations]. A forth view, Preterism, interprets the apocalyptic language of the early Christians in terms of their view about the changing of the covenants, from Law to Grace, from Death to Life, from the Old to the New, and that it ended the old theocratic nation of Israel, making way for the universal Christian faith and age. When we accept God’s big DONE, in many these areas, it frees us to “hear what the Spirit would say to the churches.”
Books I would recommend reading are:
1. The Life and Works of Josephus. Read the section entitled “War of the Jews.” Josephus was a Jewish priest, and a military commander, whom the Romans captured. They authorized him to record the history of the wars between 66 and 70 A.D. He was present at the fall of Jerusalem, and the destruction of the temple, etc.
2. MATTHEW 24 FULFILLED, by JOHN BRAY. This is an in-depth study of Jesus’ prophecy, and is very well researched.
One must also read Deuteronomy 28. Out of sixty-eight verses, forty-eight deal with the curses that would come if the Covenant of the Law was not kept. Josephus records the ultimate fulfillment of this. John Bray also has much to say about it.
Our title of, “Do You Really Believe the Bible?” is meant to challenge you to check out for yourself rather than just accepting the popular ideas called “prophecy teaching.” You may not understand everything, but IF you are honest with God, He will make the truth known to you as you are open to receive it. Please open your heart and mind to the Lord and he will be glorified as you do.
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