Are we headed into “dark days” and “troubling times?” Are we going to see an Antichrist arise that takes us into a Great Tribulation? Or are we headed into days of Holy Spirit manifestations with the Church rising up in power and authority? Our beliefs about the “last days” greatly affect how we interpret current events. It’s time we dig a little deeper to examine the popular End Times narratives to see which way we’re headed.
I recently re-read the book, VICTORIOUS ESCHATOLOGY, by Harold Eberle and Martin Trench. We have had Harold Eberle to our church and have been blessed by his amazing teaching gift and prophetic perspective. In this book, he and Trench challenge the popular “pre-tribulation rapture” doctrine by examining Scripture, the Church fathers, and history itself. They present compelling evidence that suggests everything that was prophesied in Matthew 24 (as well as much of Daniel and Revelation) has already come to pass. They provide a totally different narrative than what many popular books and movies have told us concerning the days we live in.
In a nutshell, they believe: 1) In Matthew 24, Jesus was prophesying very specifically to that generation about the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70 – not some future end-times event. 2) The signs He spoke of pointed to the earth-shaking shift from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, of which the Temple’s demise would confirm. 3) The disciples were the ones living in the “last days” of this old system and witnessed, firsthand, the advent of the new. 4) Instead of waiting for an Antichrist to appear and a Great Tribulation to occur, the government of His Kingdom is expanding with power and authority as He places all His enemies underneath our feet, preparing us for His physical return.
For some, this view of the “End Times” will be a huge stretch. And yet, I personally believe we need to acknowledge how powerful our end times filters have become in rightly interpreting the times. I have often said, it is not time for the Church to leave but to lead. Unfortunately, with half of the Body of Christ waiting to be raptured out of our troubles, we are not united in our cause. Until we reexamine our beliefs about our future, we will be weak and ineffective in engaging in the public square and fulfilling our commission.
At a time when the enemy desperately wants us to be fearful of impending destruction, it’s critical that we know our true destiny. I realize that this may be a “sacred cow” for some and that we may not all agree on our conclusions. But, I would hope we could all agree on the power of the resurrected Christ within us to face our Goliaths and overcome our enemies, instead of hiding away, secretly hoping for calvary’s rescue.
I believe we have entered a Kingdom Age where the knowledge of His glory is going to eventually cover the entire earth. Instead of getting ready to be “taken out” we are being prepared to “go in!” I pray we can all go in together.
But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet. (Hebrews 10:12 ESV)
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This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Wanda Alger