2 Tim 3.16-17
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SolaScripturaToday is devoted to the exposition and defense of the Word of God, as well as to call out the biblical errors of what is commonly called conservative evangelical Christianity, a "Christianity" which really showcases humanism and humanistic "interpretations" of the Word of God. These "interpretations" can be both operational as well as doctrinal.

It's been a few days since the April 8 total solar eclipse.

It is no surprise to those of us who believe and obey the Lord's Word here:

Mat 24.36
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."

So, once again the Lord's words prove true.

To the chagrin of the false prophets who wander the endless halls of the internet and YouTube:

The Rapture did not happen!

Will you never learn?

My question, of course, is rhetorical because they will never learn. False prophets will always be with us.

 

The “cereal-box theologians” are out in force and breathless in their anticipation of the April 8 total solar eclipse that cuts across the US. They claim a trio of “sevens” as signs that the Lord's return may be very soon:

  1. The 2017 eclipse cut across the US though 7 cities named Salem; then 7 years later;
  2. The 2024 eclipse will cut across the US through 7 cities named Ninevah;
  3. The location of the intersection is a town named Rapture.

Because the moon orbits the earth in a regular and predictable way, there is a total eclipse somewhere on the planet, on average, every 18 months. (If a total solar eclipse is a sign, then the LORD is definitely over-using it to the point of meaninglessness!)

Now, here are some truths about these wild claims to begin to rebut their foolishness.

  1. The "eschatology" for the original claim is a TikTok video!
  2. The "sign" of the eclipse is ambiguous and is not a sign at all.
  3. Regarding breathless claim #1: the path of totality misses at least 2 Salems.
  4. Regarding breathless claim #2: the path of totality misses at least 5 Ninevahs.
  5. Regarding breathless claim #3: Rapture is so small, that sometimes you can’t even zoom in on it with google maps.
  6. An eclipse is not the type of sign in the heavens indicated by the Lord Christ (more on this below).
  7. There are at least 3 unambiguous events that must take place before the Day of the Lord breaks forth (more on this below).

The LORD has spoken through His Word! Silly “Christians” point at a pair of eclipses and say, “See, this is a sign!” What they haven’t said—but clearly imply—is that this can only mean that the rapture is imminent.

[From what I’ve seen of their idiotic videos, they don’t actually say that this is the rapture. I assume that they are self-restrained because the Lord Christ said, “But of that day and hour no one knows …”. “But”, their thinking seems to go, “there is nothing keeping me from speculation!”]

Let’s ask the question: if a total solar eclipse is not a “sign”, what would constitute a sign in the heavens?

Here is what the Lord Christ said of signs:

Luk 21.25-27
“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

A (predicted!) eclipse does not cause “dismay among nations”, or “men fainting from fear”. In contrast, when these predicted signs occur:

Rev 6.12-14
I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

there will be unrestrained terror! These are the types of signs of which the Lord spoke!

What must occur before we can regard the Lord’s return as imminent?

[I invite my readers to review my articles, especially the last one:
The Day of the Lord
The Final Sequence
A Biblical Rebuttal of Dr. John MacArthur’s “Imminent” Return of Christ]

There are three unambiguous events which immediately come to mind:

1. The cosmos-wide declaration that Christ is Lord!

Rev 5.13-14
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

2. The temple must be rebuilt in Jerusalem. This text indicates that it must exist before it can be measured:

Rev 11.1
Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.

3. The man of sin must be revealed in that temple:

2 The 2.3-4
Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

The warning of the Lord Christ still applies:

Mat 24.23-24
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect." 

So, just to be completely clear:

The return of the Lord Christ will NOT occur on April 8!
Anyone who says—or implies—otherwise is a fool.

 

With the release of my latest article, I have added the first of my rebuttals of the broad topic of Covenant Theology. Over time, I will add other articles which deal with this ancient and destructive tradition with sound, biblical exposition of the Scripture. I'm currently working toward a future article on the eschatological train wreck known as Amillennialism. (Please note that it is likely that there will be a few intermediate articles toward that goal.)

I have learned over the last 54 years that the Bible is not truly honored by those who claim to fear and revere the LORD's name and Word. Instead, where there should be sound, solid Bible exposition by men who have stood in the pulpit for 20+ years there is instead religious "fluff", careless "exposition", a conflation of theology with humanism, sight and sound entertainment by talented bands with expensive audio and visual electronic equipment—all of which produce humanistic side-stepping around what the Scripture really teaches. Essentially anything is acceptable as long as it brings in contributors and/or makes people "feel good about themselves". A thoroughly fake "fellowship" has been created by people that is based on feelings and "getting along" on a Sunday morning (or Saturday night!) rather than on solid, Bible doctrine.

There is nearly nothing left that is truly biblical; as a result, true churches have nearly disappeared from America (in spite of the fact that they are located on nearly every corner). The preachers and pastors who occupy the pulpits in these so-called churches and have become the vanguard for America's steady moral decline and rejection of the LORD's authority.

Here, you'll find detailed Bible exposition as well as biblical analysis, critique and rebuttals of those who claim to be "Christian" and "devoted to the Bible" but are, in reality, opposed to it and distort it at every opportunity. In a word, these are the "theological gaslighters" of our day. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul was shown what was to take place in the "last days":

2 Tim 3.1-5
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

The purpose of my site is to help you to identify the persons, churches and sites to avoid. 

My tone is serious because the problems in the American church are staggering. I'm more interested in getting the attention of my readers even if it means that I sometimes have to be jarring rather than merely erudite or polite.

By design, the articles on my site are not light reading; they demand careful reflection. If you are not willing to spend the time and thought, then my site is definitely not for you. (You've been warned!)

It is my hope and prayer that as you read and consider the Bible exposition on this site, you'll come to the same conclusion that I have:

The 'Christian' church in America is in real trouble and bears essentially no resemblance to the pattern for the Body of Christ set forth in the Scripture.

The "church" has been in this miserable state for generations. Like the ancient church in Ephesus, the modern church also has "left [its] first love", the Lord Christ. (Rev 2.4) If it comes about that you become convinced of these things as I am, then it is my prayer that you will leave the dead "churches" you currently attend and instead take up the mantle of the true Word of God and seek out the biblical "oneness of mind" with other true believers as the LORD commands. We will always be the remnant—true, consistent, biblical Christianity will never be popular. Get used to being in the minority, shunned by those who consider themselves believers but have none of the fruit of true faith and certainly don't know the Scriptures. This includes those who stand in the pulpit!

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