(Formerly That Blessed Hope)
“Well, well,” I stated as we walked up to the church
on Sunday morning. “Seems like we did this a week ago.”
looked at me. “That’s because we did,” she bantered.
know,” I replied.
morning,” Brother Max, one of the ushers, greeted us. “It’s good to see you
you,” I replied.
chatted for a couple of minutes and then swam to our seats when the prelude
morning,” Pastor Mast announced. “Let’s open with a word of prayer.”
stood and bowed their head.
we thank You for this day and for the time here that we have together. Bless
this service we pray, and help us through the rest of our week. Thank You, dear
Lord, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
take your hymn books and turn to hymn number 489; hymn number 489, ‘Glory to
His Name’,” Pastor Mast announced.
at the cross where my Saviour died…” we all began.
number 492; 492, ‘Jesus Loves Even Me’,” he announced next.
am so glad that our Father in Heaven…” we began again.
may be seated,” Pastor Mast stated.
Mast ran through the announcements, then we sang two more songs (I’ve a Home Beyond the River and My Home, Sweet Home), then we had the
offering. Afterwards we sang two more songs (Meet Me There and Face
to Face), and then Brother Yoder stepped to the pulpit.
good morning,” Brother Yoder began. “Please take your Bibles and turn to Titus
2. Titus 2, verses 11 through 14:
“‘For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that
blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus
Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.’
topic this morning is ‘That Blessed Hope’. For the past several days we’ve been
looking at eschatological views, and comparing them to Scripture. Today, this
morning, I want to prove a view: I
will prove to you the Pre-Tribulational
view of Scripture.
in this passage,” Brother David went on, “Paul says that the grace of God has
appeared to all men, and has taught us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should ‘live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world’.
Romans 6:1-2 says, ‘What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that
grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any
longer therein?’ Peter said, ‘Seeing then that all these things
shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all
holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the
day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his
promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye
may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless’ in 2nd
Peter 3:11-14. Last week I spoke on 1st
John 2:27-29, ‘Having Confidence’. Verse 28 says, ‘And now, little
children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and
not be ashamed before him at his coming.’ The Bible is real clear, we should
live in a manner that will please God, so that when He comes, we will be ready.
the question this morning is: When is
He coming? Well, the Bible doesn’t tell us in one passage ‘Jesus is coming
before Daniel’s Seventieth Week’; there isn’t a verse that says that. If there
was, there would be no debate about it.
David stated, “a person can find a Pre-Tribulational Rapture IF they study carefully. I keep saying
we’ll see that but I keep rambling on.”
start here in Matthew 24,” Brother David stated. “Here in this chapter, the
disciples ask Jesus about the end times. In verse 15, Jesus says, ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination
of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso
readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the
mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out
of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his
clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in
those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the
sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the
beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.’ Then ‘let them
which be in Judæ’ flee. We’re not in Judæ, nor are we Jews. Furthermore, as
Jess pointed out last night, we do not
have to be concerned about the Sabbath. Those whom Jesus is speaking to are
concerned about the Sabbath, or else they wouldn’t have to pray to not have to
flee on the Sabbath.
let’s back up here a bit while we’re in Matthew and go to chapter 16. Matthew
16:17, 18, and 19:
Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh
and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in
heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I
will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou
shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’
Jesus tells Peter—(the ‘first pope’, by the way)—that Jesus will build His
Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. But Daniel says, in Daniel 7:21, the
little horn ‘made war with the saints and prevailed against them’. Unless you
believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture, which distinguishes between Church-age saints
and Tribulation saints, you have a contradiction between Daniel 7:21 and
another contradiction,” David continued. “Turn back to Matthew 24. Verses 29
and 30 say, ‘Immediately after the
tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not
give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in
heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.’
Here Jesus says, ‘Everyone will know when I’m coming.’ Even Antichrist knows,
because over in Revelation 19, he’s there to meet Jesus at the Battle of
Armageddon. Mark 13:24-26 says the same thing: Everyone knows He’s coming. So
it’s pretty clear, everyone knows when Jesus is coming. Revelation says, ‘Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every
eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the
earth shall mourn because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). Everyone
will know exactly when Jesus is coming at the end of the Great Tribulation, or
the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’. After all, doesn’t it sound like there’s a sign
that announces, ‘Jesus is coming!’?
guess what?” David asked. “Matthew 24:36-51, Mark 13:32-37, Luke 12:35-40 and
Luke 17:26-37 all indicate that no one, repeat, no one will know when
Jesus is coming. We’re here in Matthew 24; let’s read it.
‘But of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were,
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were
before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the
flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man
be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the
other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But
know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief
would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be
broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath
made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is
that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say
unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil
servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to
smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The
lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him,
and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him
his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
to Luke 12:35-40. ‘Let your loins be
girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men
that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he
cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are
those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say
unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and
will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or
come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief
would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken
through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when
ye think not.’ I don’t think Scripture could be plainer—no one will know
when Jesus is coming. I don’t know about you, but my King James Bible in
English (with a capital e) doesn’t
have any contradictions.”
right!” someone called.
you don’t believe in a Pre-Tribulational Rapture,” David continued, “I don’t
know how you’re going to reconcile these things. Either we spilt the Second
Coming into two parts, in such a manner that Jesus comes before the Tribulation for the
Church, and after the Tribulation with the Church to rescue Israel, which
will clear the Bible of any charges; or, you have some serious problems,
contradictions existing in the Bible. And don’t let the atheists catch wind of
this, or they will really laugh at you: “Oh, do you have
contradictions in your Bible? Do you finally see what we’re talking about?’”
David continued, “the Bible calls Daniel’s Seventieth Week ‘the time of Jacob’s trouble’! Jacob is Israel, not
the Church. The Great Tribulation, the worst time of earth, is to purify Israel, not the Church, which is already
what kind of ‘blessed hope’ is it, if it wasn’t Pre-Trib?” David persisted. “If
we had to go through any part of the Great Tribulation, it would not be
‘blessed’, but ‘cursed’.
Where in the Bible are we told to look for the Antichrist? You could search all
of today, and all of tonight, and all of tomorrow, and all of tomorrow night,
and you would never find ONE passage
that says we must look for the
Antichrist. Instead, we are told many times to look for Jesus Christ, our Lord
in conclusion,” David stated, “I want us to remember two very precious verses:
Luke 21:36 and Philippians 3:20-21:
“‘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.
For our conversation is in heaven; from
whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change
our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according
to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.’
pray,” David stated.
of us bowed our heads.
we thank You for this day, and for the time we’ve spent here. We thank You that
‘we shall not all sleep’ but ‘we
shall all be changed’ at the last
trump, when You call us up to Heaven before that ‘great and terrible day of the
Lord come’. Help us all to be ready for Your glorious return, the
Pre-Tribulational Rapture. And Lord, as we finish up this conference this week,
I ask You bless those who will watch the DVDs, those who will read Amos’
reports, and those who will hear the audio recordings. And Lord, if anyone
here, or watching or listening to or reading about this conference, if they
don’t know You as their personal Lord and Saviour, don’t let them go another
day until they settle this issue. And Lord, if someone here or watching or
listening to this conference or reading Amos’ papers does not believe in this
‘blessed hope of the great God and our Saviour’, our Lord Jesus Christ, or the
Pre-Tribulation Rapture, help them to study it out and see for themselves that
what we have said and will say here in this conference is straight from Your
Word. Bless us now as we leave, and bring us all here again tonight if it be
Your will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
take your hymn books and turn to Saved by
Grace, hymn number 512, Saved by
Grace; we’ll sing all the
verses,” David announced.
sang the song, and then Pastor Mast closed:
we thank You for this day and for this message, and we pray for Your guidance
and blessing through the rest of today and all of this week. In Jesus’ Name.
dismissed,” Pastor continued, “we look forward to seeing you tonight. Go, and
have a good and a godly week.”