Hope To The End................Articles
Do not err my beloved brethren -- James 1:16
"God is a Spirit : and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in truth " ( accuracy )
John 4: 24
We all have our fair
share of errors when it comes to sharing about Bible Prophecy.
And we all must be willing to correct any inaccuracies, when
there are inconsistencies found.
This article is written in the spirit of love for the brethren and for the love of TRUTH. ( accuracy )
Unfortunately, there are ministries which persist in error . Some need to review their material and seek guidance from the Holy Spirit. We ourselves try to do this often for our own website, since no one is infallible .
Here are some review tips for all of us : shepherds and flock. ( Ezekiel 34 )
1. Biblical research must be led of the Holy Spirit.
Too many Bible teachers rely on other Bible teachers and scholarly institutions for their source of information, rather than calling upon the HOLY SPIRIT to help them rightly divide the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:13.
They take the general consensus of other Bible Prophecy teachers, rather than seeking the whole counsel of God
Acts 20: 27 found in the Bible, being led and guided solely by the HOLY SPIRIT John 14: 26 and
John 16: 13. These people run in packs, instead of having personal conviction and resolve.
There seems to be too much fear of sounding "different" from the general consensus.
The Apostle Paul left us with a good example when he told us that he did not seek out the Apostles for enlightenment at the time of his conversion, but rather Paul spent time alone with God in the desert. Galatians 1: 16, 17
He got away from popular consensus, and gave audience to the Holy Spirit in a one-on-one conversation.
2. Of late, there seems to be a shallow or cursory glance of the Word of God. This is not spoken in a spirit of negativity, but in an attempt to have us all intensify our reading of the Scripture, rather than forming an on-sight evaluation of the meaning. Each Scripture verse has its' mate, the Bible tells us in Isaiah 34:16. Have we read the Word
of God so many times over that we can quickly find the verses' mate ?
Biblical research demands intensive study, using multiple verses within Scripture to verify truth and even to back up Scripture itself. 2 Timothy 2:15 .... 1 Peter 3:15 ....
Every concept is to be prayerfully considered with much thought and meditation given to each concept. There needs to be much more conceptual-thinking of Prophecy all the way through, instead of aborting it after explaining the Rapture, or doing a by-pass on the Great Tribulation as concerning Believers. We need to hear from those who are called to explain all the chapters of Revelation, and not quit after Chapter Four ( "come up hither" ). That has been wrongly interpreted for too long.
( Thank you Craig Opal for perceiving this )
An overcrowded schedule crowds out Holy-Ghost-time spent alone.
3. Many Bible Prophecy teachers seek to increase the numbers of their fellowship and so design their sermons for itching ears 2 Timothy 4: 3 ...giving people what they want to hear. And the people would have it so. Jeremiah 5:31
Thank you Mike Boldea
4. Are they always asking for money ??
"Where God guides, God provides" ( T.Y. Chuck Smith )... "Buy the truth and sell it not". Proverbs 23:23
Yes, some things are necessary to purchase, but very little and at modest prices. A simple website provides free information for all who are interested.
A website is the cheapest way to go around the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Truth itself compels.
ERRORS in Bible
Prophecy Teaching -- concepts that lead persons astray with
A. Will the Holy Spirit be taken away at the Rapture ? Absolutely not ! It will be His finest hour. http://hopetotheend.com/2Thess2.html
1. False Teaching : "We will not be here for the rise of antichrist. We will be raptured first."
We believe that statement to be in error. Scripture says very clearly in 2 Thessalonians 2 that we will NOT be raptured until there be a falling away from Biblical doctrines within the Church, and ALSO that the man of sin ( the antichrist) must first be revealed, the son of perdition. 2 Thessalonians 2 :3 .
There needs to be a purification of our understanding, by the accuracy of God's Word. We are commanded in John 4: 23, 24 to worship God in spirit and in truth ( accuracy ). Accuracy is truth. We can no longer afford a glib approach to the Word of God.
One must get alone with God, and one must be listening closely to that still small voice of the HOLY SPIRIT, hearing what the Spirit has to say ( mentioned throughout the seven letters to the churches) . We must desist from parroting what others say, and instead seek out for ourselves a clearer understanding of God' Word . We are to personally "Study to show thyself approved". 2 Timothy 2:15 and 1 Peter 3: 15
Why has this false teaching of not being here when the antichrist is revealed so predominant in the 'pre-trib' rapture
theory ? Because it satisfies wishful thinking, those itching ears. 2 Timothy 4:3
Yes, we would all love not to be here when the antichrist rises, but that is not what the Bible teaches. It clearly teaches that we indeed WILL be here when he is revealed. That terrifies many people ( Christians ) because they do not want to have to take a stand in the face of opposition. If they loved our Lord enough, they would realize that " a perfect love casts out fear". 1 John 4:18
The favorite mantra of these false teachers is :
' I'm not looking for antichrist; I'm looking for Jesus Christ'.
That is how a Hitler comes upon the scene amongst a charmed people.
Why is this heresy so misleading ? Because when the antichrist reveals himself by SITTING in the temple as God, all these Christians-led-astray will be told that that person can not possibly be the antichrist, because we are still here.
That is convoluted thinking . That is a way to stay politically-correct with the times and not fall out of favor with the The Powers That Be. ( TPTB )
Those who will be outside the New Jerusalem are those who feared man instead of God while on earth.
Rev. 21:8 ; Proverbs 29:25
2. Error : "There are seven years of the Tribulation still ahead of us."
Response : There are only 3 and 1/2 years left of Daniel's time-line given in Daniel 9 :27. We are already at mid-trib.
Please see http://hopetotheend.com/palm.html (at the end of that article "Daniel 9:25" )
We are currently waiting for the last 3 and 1/2 years to start. It will begin when the foreign army is at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with their Abomination of Desolation army. Luke 21: 20
Please see http://hopetotheend.com/cc2.html for a 2nd rapture for those who remain, as we see it.
3. False Teaching: The Abomination of Desolation is a defilement ( a desecration ) committed in the Temple by antichrist.
Also: It is when an image of antichrist is placed in the temple.
Response: The Abomination of Desolation occurs when a foreign army is STANDING in the holy place ( Temple Mount of Jerusalem ). Luke 21: 20
Only an army desolates. This will be a complete desolation ...a military wipe-out. That is why Jesus commanded everyone near there to flee to the mountains. Matthew 24: 15, 16
The false teachers willfully define "desolation" as "desecration'. Those are two different words with two very different meanings. Even the Dictionary states that.
These Biblical errors in Prophetic teaching have been around for more than 80 years. It's as if the Church at large is stuck at Kadesh-Barnea [ Book of Numbers ] and won't enter into the promised land of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the Truth. ( accuracy )
4. Very False Teaching: "One cannot be saved during the Great Tribulation if they have already heard the plan of Salvation and did not accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. They will be turned over to a strong delusion and believe a lie. Only those who have never heard of the plan of Salvation can be saved during the Great Tribulation."
Response: That is not true. Absolutely NOT true.
One CAN be saved whenever they turn from their sins and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, that means before and AFTER the Great Tribulation begins. EZEKIEL 33
"He that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out " -- John 6: 37
We are told very sternly in Scripture not to add to the words of the Bible or else God will add to those false teachers the plagues found in the Book of Revelation. Rev. 22: 18
Nor are we to take away any words from the Bible or else God will take us out of the Book of Life Rev. 22: 19 ( we will die sooner rather than later ) and we will not have part in the Holy City, nor in the things of the Book of Revelation. That should make every Bible teacher extremely cautious about the concepts he or she is putting forth. Is one's teaching strictly verified by the Scriptures ? If not, it should not be taught.
5. Error :You need the latest book, CD, or DVD or cruise or seminar or conference to be Prophetically in the know.
Response : "The POOR will have the Gospel preached to them". Matthew 11:5 and Luke 4:18 and Luke 7:22.
During the time of the Great Tribulation , 144,000 Jews will be witnessing to "multitudes that no man can number" from every nation ( even the so-called 'Christian' nation of America ) Revelation. 7 . They will have little strength
Rev. 3: 8 , which could mean that their message will not be on TV or radio or even the internet. They will not be selling books, CDs, or DVD etc. They will be devoid of resources. Already, our secular society is trying their hardest to silence our witness.
These 144,000 Jews will simply use their own voice in person to tell the Good News that there is forgiveness of sin when confessed to God and covered under the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ. They will tell everyone that we can have Everlasting Life when we are under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, being led and guided by the Holy Spirit in a life of righteousness, having turned from our own way.
They will warn of judgement for a habitual sinful life, from following the antichrist and his 666 Mark of the Beast System. They will be simple, direct and to the point. They will not mince words. They will not be afraid of death.
They will speak forth the whole counsel of God ...the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.
Their truth will cause them to have many enemies and dangers Matthew 10 . They will persist in reaching the lost at any cost, with out marketing expertise.
In contrast, how many Prophecy Conferences are just the same old material rehashed over the last 60 years ? How many Prophecy Conferences show no open-mindedness to any truth that might come forth from a lay person ?
Many Prophecy Seminars are Book Fairs... venues for the marketing of books, CDs, DVDs and other things. And after a lot of money is spent on these books, tapes, subscriptions, CDs and DVD, plus supporting ministries for many years, one is no further ahead in his study of Bible Prophecy. The bulk of prophetic material has remained basically the same, without correcting errors, nor putting forth new insights, as if Bible Prophecy isn't alive. In many cases, the material is not relevant.
Now, this of course is a generalization. There ARE many good ministries that diligently put forth the Book of Revelation in real-time insight . To be fair, many ministries put forth good up-dated Biblical information, as one finds an oasis in a desert. But Bible Prophecy has been basically dormant in material for the past 60 years, with only large general concepts for updates. The " we won't be here for the antichrist to appear " is glued permanently into any interpretation of Bible Prophecy, to the loss of maturity in the Word.
Most Prophecy Conferences advance and promote personal concepts concerning End-Times.
If the Prophecy Conferences were interested in updating the true concepts in Bible Prophecy, they would open up their
meetings to lay-participation. And these same lay-people just might be led of the Holy Ghost to further us out of Kadesh-Barnea and press on to the fullness of Truth. ( realistic real-time reality )
6. False Teaching : The subdermal chip in the hand or forehead required for all global buying and selling -- by transmitting with the code number 666 --- cannot possibly be the Mark of the Beast because we church members are still here.... we haven't been raptured yet.
Response : This is convoluted thinking. Personally, we authors do not feel that we will be here for the 666 Mark of the Beast. We base this on Rev. 3:10
"Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation that shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth".
A simple, but defining verse.
Should we be here, we certainly won't use the existence of ourselves as the plumbline of truth, but rather realize that the 666 mark of the beast came in accordance with God's plan. Only the Bible, under the discernment given by the Holy Ghost, is the plumbline of Truth.
7. False Teaching : The Mark of the Beast cannot happen until Antichrist is in power.
Response: The Bible says " and he will continue for 42 months" meaning he has made his debut before he assumes power. So theoretically, the Mark could occur any time after his debut. Also, it should be noted that many people are already taking the Verichip in their arm for medical records and although that is not the mark of the Beast, people should be aware that it is its' closest cousin... too close for comfort. We personally would NOT take any rfid subdermal chip anywhere in our body due to the harmful consequences mentioned in Rev. 16. (" a noisome and grievous sore", "gnawing their tongues for pain.")
8. Evil False Teaching : You can take an implanted chip in the right hand or forehead just so long as you don't worship the Beast.
Response: To take the 666 subdermal chip in the right hand or forehead for all financial transactions IS worshipping the Beast. You have sold yourselves over to the Beast's 666 system entirely. You cannot buy or sell ( increase your livelihood ) without his permission ( access ability ) and therefore you are his slave.
Westerners are far too sophisticated at this point in time ( 2016) to bow down and worship anyone. However, some will comply with evil dictates so that they can remain politically correct. There are many who will take the Mark of the Beast just in order to survive, but will not 'worship' the Beast, through a ritual. Not at this point in time.
Maybe later on down the road, when the masses have been subjected enough, maybe then there will be knee-bending worship.
But even before that, no one can rationalize taking the 666 Mark of the Beast. Rev. 14: 9--11.
9. False Teaching: The subdermal Verichip is not perfected enough to be the Mark of the Beast. There is a second generation chip called "Xmark" which will have location tracking built into the chip. That is the culminating chip to watch.
Response: Not so . The inference given here is that "Xmark" is the evil Mark of the Beast, even if they don't come out and say so. They focus on "Xmark" as becoming the culminating chip. ANY chip placed in the right hand or forehead and used for all 666 financial transactions IS the mark of the Beast.
There will not be another chip coming later, so we believe.
( xmark was bought out by Verichip)
"Xmark" is NOT a chip. It WAS a Canadian software company that was bought out by Applied Digital to use in its hospital applications of telemetry. Nothing more. Verichip has since sold that subsidiary.
Please do not let anyone fool you into thinking you can take a chip for ALL financial purposes because
another chip follows. That is pure ERROR.
God mentions nothing about location tracking or GPS in either Rev. 13 or Rev. 14. He does mention that we are not to belong to a universal 666 system of financing for ALL our buying and selling.
10. False Teaching: When the rapture occurs, planes will fall out of the sky, automobiles will crash on roads, people will be gone from their places of employment... the world will be thrown into utter chaos at our departure. Millions of Christians will be raptured and we will leave a noticeable void.
Response: First of all, our God is a God of order and not of chaos. We authors understand that the Rapture will happen at Midnight serially around the globe, when people are off of roads, jobs and planes ( a strict curfew having been enforced, due to the times). As we see it, the Midnight Rapture will be at the end of the period known as mid-Trib, just on the edge of the Great Tribulation period. We are raptured on the same day as judgement falls, Luke 17: 29 , as we see it.
Please see 2 Thessalonians 1:7,8.
Next, Peter tells us that the righteous will SCARCELY be saved 1 Peter 4:18 . So perhaps it won't be billions and millions that leave planet earth, but rather thousands or even hundreds that go in the rapture. We cannot think too highly of ourselves. Romans 12:3
There are just too many Christians in a lay-back lifestyle that have not aroused themselves to the reality of the times, nor have they shook themselves morally or spiritually with Holy Ghost introspection. They still need to clean house.
They need oil.
Cockcrowing Rapture ( pre-wrath Rev. 16:15 ) Please see http://hopetotheend.com/ccr.html
It will be different at the Cockcrowing Rapture ( near the end of the Great Tribulation). Two people will be working, and "one will be taken" Matthew 24: 41 at the Cockcrowing Rapture, while the other person remains for part of the Great Tribulation, having a lay-back attitude about the times, persisting in habitual faults, no oil in their lamps ( not led of the Holy Ghost, moment by moment.)
But if at the Midnight Rapture the righteous are Scarcely taken, then the Cockcrowing rapture will have even fewer taken. Those persons will be as scarce as hen's teeth. Most of the righteous will have died off during the time of the Great Tribulation. Rev. 14: 13
Also the times will be greatly altered. We seriously doubt there will be regular travel by plane, train, bus or car.
Most dissenters will be in work camps. They may be taken singularly at different times, rather than simultaneously. We just don't know. Not much information is given on the pre-wrath rapture.
Our personal belief is that we are raptured at a time of upheaval, war.( 2 Thessalonians 1: 7, 8 ) , and that most people won't even know if we were raptured or killed or just plain missing from war. No dramatic exit here. Just a humble going home.
11. False Teaching : "Christians are immune from tribulation "
Response : Let's take a look around. Internationally, Christians are being starved, tortured, imprisoned and killed. They are experiencing great trials and tribulations. "In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world." John 16: 33
"Yeah, and all those that live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" -- 2 Timothy 3:12
Let's look around right here at home. People in America are suffering great economic hardship... foreclosures and bankruptcy.
Suicides are on the rise as people lose hope. Why are people losing hope ? Because they have not been rightly informed of God's timeline 2 Thessalonians 2 . It has not been made perfectly clear that Jesus is coming for us ONLY after 2 things have taken place : apostasy ( falling away from Biblical truth ) and "that the man of sin be revealed by sitting in the Temple as God."
Look at History. Christians suffered and died during World Wars One and Two. Five Million Christians died during the Nazi Holocaust. The coming Magog War is World War 3. Are we immune from World War 3 ? Why ?
There is not an immunity-clause in the Bible from World Wars.
However, God did give us two things to look for before all hell breaks loose on planet earth. When those two things occur, we can expect to be delivered in God's time plan, and not on our man-made theory of 'immanency' ( that we can be raptured at any time). That is just not true ; another false teaching.
To look for the Rapture every single day, and then not see it after many years, has some people abandoning hope all together. We do not want to be accountable for misplacing hope. We hope for the Rapture after those 2 events occur, and not before ...as 2 Thessalonians 2 so clearly tells us.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we must know the signs before we can be delivered. We are commanded in Mark 13: 37 to watch for all signs : the sign of apostasy AND the sign of the man of sin rising.
"And what I say unto you I say unto all: Watch." Mark 13:37
God did not foretell these events to scare Believers. He does not want to leave us as sitting ducks. He promised to come for us and take us to be with Him. John 14: 1--3
God foretold these events to warn unrepentant sinners :"O sinner man, where ya gonna run to all on that day ?"
Now some people do not
want to get involved with timelines and signs. It requires too
much studying of the End Times.
So they either say that we will escape everything, or else they say we will go through everything. Jesus said none of those two options. He said we would experience tribulation, but before the total global Great Tribulation of a mandated universal 666 economic System, we would be raptured. Our rapture depends upon being the 5 wise virgins of Matthew 25: 1--12.
"Pray that ye be counted worthy to ESCAPE all that is coming upon the world " Luke 21: 36 and
1 Thessalonians 5: 9 and 1 Thessalonians 4: 13--18..
12. False Teaching : "The Mark of the Beast is not worshipping on Saturday" ( S. D. Adventist )
Response: Please read the Book of Revelation Chapter 13 and 14. Nothing more needs to be said other than that the Mark of the Beast is an implanted RFID chip in the right hand or forehead in order to transmit with the number 666
for all buying and selling and for all ID. " They all slumbered and slept " Matthew 25: 5.
13. Question : What is the difference between
the phrase " pre-trib" and pre-GREAT Trib ?? ( A lot !
Response: The phrase "pre-trib" has the connotation that Christians will be raptured before a 7 year period, which we believe is not true. There is no more seven-years left of Daniel 9:27. There are only 3 and 1/2 years left of Daniel's 9:27, so we believe.
Please see http://hopetotheend.com/palm.html (very bottom of that webpage : 'Daniel 9:25' )
Please also see http://hopetotheend.com/addendum.html
The phrase "pre-trib" also has the connotation that Christians will not suffer, will not suffer gravely , or not even die until the Rapture. That of course is not true. While you are reading this, many Christians --especially in the Eastern Hemisphere -- are suffering grave persecution. We must pray for the persecuted Church daily.
If you are Born-Again -- and truly led of the Holy Spirit --- then you will be Raptured according to God's plan. One obtains Salvation by trusting in the shed blood of Yeshua-Jesus for all Repented sins ( repented to the degree of changing one's behavior ).
We at "Hope To The End" are pre-GREAT Trib. We believe that we will be raptured, God willing, just before the start of the last 3 and 1/2 years of the end times. The "pre-GREAT Trib" rapture is different from the "pre-wrath rapture"
( also called "Cock-crowing rapture") which is later on into the Great Tribulation, but before Armageddon. Please see hopetotheend.com/ch5sheaves.html .
A final word. Some people believe that since the Rapture did not come on a preconceived date, then there will be no Rapture until Christ returns at Armageddon ("end-trib") . There is no Scriptural foundation for that.
14. Question : What about date setting ?
Response. Date setting is erroneous and presumptuous UNTIL we see the man of sin sitting in the Temple as God.
At that time, we must forsake not the assembling of ourselves together ( Hebrews 10:25 ), to hear a word of prophesy ...to hear what the Spirit has to say to the church.
Did not the school of the prophets know the exact day that Elijah was to be raptured ? Yes.
2 Kings Chapter 2
What about errors in general ? Yes, all who study and teach Bible Prophecy, stumble and error from time to time ( our own website has had to change many a misunderstanding of prophetic concepts.) But we all must be willing to go back to the drawing board until we get it right, until we hear from the Spirit without static. Deep down, one knows when error happens ( the Holy Spirit gives an inner witness ) and humility requires that one researches further, and is not afraid to take a singular stand when the Holy Ghost confirms the truth to that individual.
The Author and Finisher of all Truth is the Holy Spirit .. " the Spirit of Truth " John 14: 17