Monday, June 09, 2008

What the world believes

For $40 a year you can purchase "Rapture Insurance." You've Been Left Behind is offering "Document storage and "Rapture" triggered email messaging system."

"You've Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends For Christ. Imagine being in the presence of the Lord and hearing all of heaven rejoice over the salvation of your loved ones. It is our prayer that this site makes it happen."

How it works:

"We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system."

"In addition to the e-mail function, users of can also store personal and financial documents on the site. Up to 150 megabytes of information would be sent to up to 12 people after the presumed rapture."

"In the encrypted portion of your account you can give them access to your banking, brokerage, hidden valuables, and powers of attorneys," explains the site. "

"There won't be any bodies, so probate court will take seven years to clear your assets to your next of kin. Seven years, of course, is all the time that will be left. So, basically the Government of the Antichrist gets your stuff, unless you make it available in another way."

The services offered by the site cost $40 a year. Heard told Threat Level that he already has paying subscribers."

They say 'why' preying on emotionalism:

The unsaved will be 'left behind' on earth to go through the "tribulation period" after the "Rapture". You remember how, for a short time, after (9/11/01) people were open to spiritual things and answers. (We are still singing "God Bless America" at baseballs' seventh inning stretch.) Imagine how taken back they will be by the millions of missing Christians and devastation at the rapture. They will know it was true and that they have blown it. There will be a small window of time where they might be reached for the Kingdom of God. We have made it possible for you to send them a letter of love and a plea to receive Christ one last time. You can also send information based on scripture as to what will happen next. Each fulfilled prophecy will cause your letter and plea to be remembered and a decision to be made.

What Post Millenialists are saying:

Pastor James McDonald author of Family Reformation Blog:

"Doesn’t that make you feel good?

Well, not me. I am increasingly troubled by what seems to be an escapist mentality in the church. Instead of praying for the lost and standing for the Gospel, we count down the days to the most recent prediction of the Lord’s Return. And now we can sit on our worthless tracts, letting the Web do the work for us.

When will the church wake up? We have been privileged to take the Good News to the lost, but sadly, only 30% of Christians in today’s 'missional' church feel personally responsible to share their faith. Only 30%! Pastors seem more interested in being 'relevant' than being living sacrifices. The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is compromised with promises of a better life rather than the call to take up the Cross. Even at this event, I heard about a new slogan adopted by a nearby church – 'You don’t have to believe to belong.'

There is a great analogy in this story of Moses. If we really want to see the fulfillment of God’s promises it comes when we put His commands ahead of our demands. Jesus clearly laid out for us the cost of discipleship:

Luke 9:23-26: Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.“

For the record – I don’t believe in the Rapture. I cannot find it anywhere in the Bible. I am not a pre-trib Christian. My days of following the latest Hal Lindsey prediction are becoming a distant memory. I believe we serve a victorious King and with His power we will see a victorious Church. While I do not believe this will occur in my lifetime, I do pray the Lord gives us hearts like Moses. Where we can look upon the lost in our midst, the postmodern and corrupt society wherein we live, and see by faith, a new day. May He wake us up from our daydreams to again take the saving Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth."

Dr. Richard Bacon is currently preaching a sermon on Revelation. Yesterday's sermon, "A Need For Certainty" opens:

"Turn if you will, to Revelation chapter 21. I appreciate very much the patience that many of you have shown toward not stoning me, as you've heard a view of the book of Revelation that I am sure is very new to many of you. Now it's not a new view of Revelation, this is the historic view of Revelation. This is the view of Revelation that all of the Reformers held to, to a man. This is the view that really up until the middle of the nineteenth century, the church held to for 1,850 years. But what has happened in the last 150 years, is that people have become very nervous about the future. And, Revelation does talk about the future. And so people have become preoccupied with this book. And I think preoccupied is not too strong of a word.

However, the interpretation that they have placed upon the book, has come from a previous mindset that views the old testament as fundamentally irrelevant to the church. In other words, they look at the old testament, and I am referring now to a point of view that has come to be known as dispensationalism. Dispensationalism came about in the middle of the nineteenth century....It's not something the church has held to for 2,000 years......That whole idea of prophecy is being fulfilled in our day is a mindset that grew up in the middle of the 19th century...

I'm going back with you in time now probably 35 years or more. 35 years ago I was being educated, indoctrinated, something, at a dispensational bible school. And in those days I had a couple of disagreements with some of the professors...they were very sure about the fact that the anti-christ was just about to take over the world, make a covenant with the Jews for 7 years, break the covenant, and basically blow up everything...that's dispensationalism for you in a nut shell...I remember asking one of my professors, 'Do you believe in free will, that a person can accept Jesus any time he wants to?' and the professor said, 'Absolutely that is a cardinal point of doctrine.' And I said, "What happens if anti-christ decides to accept Jesus?'" Hear the professor's response here.

1 comment:

Dutchess said...

that is think, i was five years old and I STILL missed it......geeze...