“Good evening,” Pastor greeted us as we walked up to the door.
“Good evening,” we replied.
“Mr. Short-hand,” David greeted us. “I see you must have gone to the beach; your hair is wet.”
I felt my head. “Yeah, I guess it is,” I stated. “Yes, we went to Biloxi with the Martins.”
“Something fun to do,” David agreed.
Several families had already arrived, since we were a little late (around 6:20 instead of closer to six).
The service soon started, and then Brother Jesse Homes had the floor.
“Well good evening,” he began. “I hope you all have had a good week. My topic is, ‘When Ye Shall See’, and my text is Mark 13:14-19:
“‘But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter. For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.’
“Today in the church,” Brother Holmes began, “there is yet another view of eschatology. This view is called the Mid-Tribulational view. Though not very popular, it is still believed. I have an article here somewhere—here it is—titled ‘Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, or Post-Tribulation-Why I am Mid-Trib’. The author (it’s a one and a half page article) tries to show why he’s Mid-Trib. Very short; severely lacking. I’m not necessarily against short—but this hardly answers the question.
“But at any rate, the article does define a couple things. Now, I do have to laugh for just a minute—the author claims most scholars today are Pre-Trib. I have to disagree with that—a growing majority of these ‘scholars’ are Post-Trib.
“But he gives a definition here,” Brother Holmes continued, “of the Mid-Trib view. According to this view, Christians will have to suffer along with the rest of the world until some point in the middle of the Great Tribulation, and then the Rapture will occur.
“According to this theory, the Rapture will occur approximately at the time when the Antichrist enters the temple and declares he’s God; ‘when ye shall see the abomination of desolation’, Jesus called it.
“I want us to look at this view, and examine it Bibically.
“First of all,” Jesse proceeded, “the Mid-Trib view seems to confuse Israel with the Church. Tomorrow evening, I believe, Peter will discuss that topic further. But let me say this much—” he said, turning several pages, “Jeremiah 30:7 says, ‘Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.’ That means that the Tribulation is for the JEWS!
“Matthew 24 says the same thing,” Brother Jess continued. “Matthew 24:16 and 20:
“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:’
“Some Post-Tribbers take this passage and say that Jesus told us to flee. I don’t know about you folks, but I am not in Judea; it says ‘them which be in Judea’, not ‘the world’.
“I would also like to point out,” Brother Holmes continued, “that Jesus told them (that is, the ones that have to flee) to ‘pray that your flight be not in the winter, nor on the sabbath day’. There is not one verse in the New Testament that says we as Christians must keep the Sabbath day. In fact, Colossians 2:16-17 says that we’re not to ‘let any man judge [us] in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days.’ But the Jews are the ones that have the Sabbath.
“And,” Brother Holmes continued, “as either Brother Miller or Matt pointed out, if Christians were here for the Tribulation, they would expose the Antichrist.
“Nowhere in Scripture will you find a verse that says we should look for the Antichrist. The Bible does say we should look for the Christ many times, however, as Brother Yoder will mention tomorrow.
“Let’s take a look at Revelation for a minute,” Jesse continued. “Revelation four and five occur in Heaven; and this is before even the middle of the Tribulation. Here John goes into Heaven, depicting the Rapture. Some don’t like that illustration—I’m sorry, but it isn’t stretching it to see John as the church. They don’t like it because it bottoms out their theory.
“Up in Heaven, John sees the scroll, which, as Antoine mentioned, only Jesus can open. Since only Jesus can open the seals, it follows that the judgments are of God. Why would God torture His bride like that? It isn’t something a loving husband will do.
“Mid-Tribbers claim that the fifth seal is the persecuted believers which were persecuted during the Great Tribulation; on the contrary, these are the Christians that were killed during the Middle Ages, under the Roman empire, and those killed today across the world. Don’t believe me? There wouldn’t be any point to tell them, ‘Hang on while your fellow believers are killed’ if these are the Tribulation saints. Also, Revelation 20:4 and chapter 7 mention those who were killed during the Tribulation; and guess what? All of these Christians are beheaded. The ones under the altar in Revelation 6 are obviously a combination of deaths, as no specific one is mentioned.
“Also consider,” Brother Holmes continued, “the fourth seal is Death; and Hell follows him. This is in the first half of the Seventieth Week of Daniel, and a fourth of earth’s population is killed. Christians cannot be here for that, as Christians do not go to Hell, but Heaven when the die, as 2nd Corinthians 5:6-8 says.
“In conclusion,: Brother Holmes stated, “let’s take a look at Luke 21:28 and 36:
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
“If we pray that we may be counted worthy to escape all these things, let’s remember that ‘all these things’ include all the things that happen in the first three and a half years of the Great Tribulation,” Brother Holmes concluded.