The Great Commission & End Time Prophecy

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My church held a weeklong revival meeting a while back, and the featured speaker spoke about Bible prophecy on the last two nights of the meeting. I expected these nights to draw the most interest given the high level of interest in Bible prophecy these days. I was present at each night, including the nights where Bible prophecy was the topic, because I perform several media tasks at my church, including helping people watching our live broadcast follow along with what the speaker was teaching.

I disagreed with much of what the speaker taught concerning Bible prophecy, and while listening, I thought of passages and verses that refuted what he taught. However, I did not challenge the speaker as he taught out of respect. Nevertheless, it was an unpleasant experience for me because I was witnessing people learning and accepting unsupported teachings about the end times.

I mention this recent experience because it has led to this article. This article is partially a rebuttal to what I heard at my church and an attempt to get people outside of my church to consider something they might not have considered before. The purpose of this article is to explore an overlooked aspect of the Great Commission that is relevant to understanding end time Bible prophecy.

The Great Commission

The Great Commission is a call by Christ for His followers to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Matthew 28:18-20 records the Great Commission:

“(18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

The Great Commission is frequently cited at my church to motivate the congregation to witness to people and to encourage the congregation that Christ is with them. No one at my church doubts that the Great Commission is a message directed towards Christians, and many Christians, in general, believe the Great Commission is a message directed towards them.

Let’s focus for a moment on a significant promise Christ made while giving the Great Commission: “lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Why would Christ promise to be with believers until the end of the world? Why would Christ mention the end of the world? The reason Christ referenced the end of the world in His promise is that believers will be present at the end of the world. Christ would not make this promise if believers were not going to be present at the end of the world.

The parable of the wheat and tares reinforces the idea that believers will be on Earth at least until the end of the world. Christ described the wheat (believers) and tares (the wicked) both present on Earth until the harvest (the end of the world).

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30)

“(37) He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; (38) The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (39) The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” (Matthew 13:37-39)

Given that believers will be on Earth at least until the end of the world, it is beneficial to our understanding of the end times to identify when the end of the world will transpire.

The End of the World

We can learn much about the events preceding “the end of the world” by examining Matthew 24. The chapter records a lecture given by Christ on Mount Olives about the future that is commonly known as the “Olivet Discourse”. Christ’s disciples asked Him to provide a sign about two things: (1) His coming, (2) “and of the end of the world”:

“And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3)

The request to reveal “the sign” about two events indicates that these events are related or connected: the coming of Christ is connected/related to the end of the world.

Christ complied with His disciples’ request to provide insight about what events will transpire before His coming and the end of the world. Christ indicated that there would be many unnerving events in the world including wars, rumors of wars, famine, earthquakes, pestilence, false messiahs, etc.:

“(5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:5-8)

Christ added that people would be hated for His name’s sake worldwide. The most challenging time that people will face this difficulty will be during the great tribulation described in Matthew 24:15-22. Christ mentioned twice in Matthew 24:9-22 that people will eventually be saved. Matthew 24:13 indicates that those who endure to the end (of the world) will be saved.

“(9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved…(22) And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:9-12, 22)

The time when the elect will be saved shall mark the beginning of the end of the world because the elect will have endured to the end. Matthew 24:29-31 indicates that the elect will be saved immediately after completion of the great tribulation.

“(29) 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: (30) 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. (31) And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)

Thus, the end of the world will begin after the end of the great tribulation. The signs associated with the sixth seal will follow (Matthew 24:29, Revelation 6:12-17, Luke 21:25-28, Mark 13:24-27).

The Key Implication

Recall that the parable of the wheat and tares and the Great Commission both indicate that believers will be on Earth at least until the end of the world. Given that the end of the world will begin after the completion of the great tribulation, we can deduce that believers will be on Earth during the great tribulation using the parable of the wheat and tares and the Great Commission. Believers will be present on the earth until Christ comes to harvest the earth and save those who endured to the end of the world.

I expect some people to reject this article entirely and others to be uncomfortable with what I’ve written. However, I hope people understand that I am not trying to give people a false expectation of what they should expect during the end times. I have an article titled: “Will Christians See the Antichrist?” which also supports the conclusion of this article. I challenge those who reject this article in its entirety to read that article and to reconsider this article afterward.

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Robert Strickland
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Robert Strickland

Hi Wayne bought the book, and am presently, going back to the beginning for a refresher because there is just too much valuable information, there are a few things i disagree on but thats ok we are different people, but the best thing is that the book clarifies much of my thinking. I read that it has been 4 Thousand years From Adam to Jesus and 2 thousand years from Jesus to present day as the Psalmist said a day in the presence of the Lord is as a thousand years, and your time line that Jesus ascended to heaven… Read more »

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Tibi

Hi Wayne, I’ve read your articles and I love your insight and commentary on many of them. With this one I think you’re close but as soon as we enter great tribulation most believers will be saved. Check Revelation 6 and 7. During 6th seal we will be saved. John all of a sudden in Revelation 7 saw a great multitude of people that came out of the tribulation, as in we are in the great tribulation at the beginning but we’re taken/raptured out of it 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me,… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

If you would like to hear a different position to consider (I believe Wayne agrees with you – at least I believe he used to), one that is held by a smaller group of people, but is growing, how about the theory that it happens at the last or seventh trumpet, as Paul said it would. That puts it before God’s wrath is poured out according to Revelation. Paul kind of erects a neon sign to point us to the place it happens with his comment. Most everyone ignores the clue though and says that the last trump can’t really… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

I am very very thankful for your reply Connie and blessed to talk to someone that knows their bible so well. And it really does make a lot of sense what you’re saying though I do have a couple questions in regards to your reply, not to be rude but to help each other understand God’s word better. “By the way, an angel declares the gospel to all the world in 14, so that is when the gospel is finally preached in all the world). Jesus then comes on the clouds and harvests the saints, (vs. 14-16) the angels harvest… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

Hi Tibi. I never consider questions looking for information to be rude. That’s how we learn. I’m not sure what you are looking for in regards to 1 Cor. 15:23. I read it thusly. The context is the order of resurrections, so that is the topic under discussion. Christ was the first of the resurrection. Then the next ones resurrected are those at Christ’s Second Coming. This is referred to in Rev. 20:6 as the first resurrection (after Christ’s of course). If looked at as strictly the context of the resurrection, the third part would refer to the end of… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

Thank you again Connie, I read and studied and prayed, And I came to that same conclusion, 7th Trumpet is the rapture. What do you think timing of the 7th trumpet is? It sounds like we will be in the Great Tribulation, but is it at the end? When are the Vials poured? After the Great Tribulation or during? Also do you know who the 24 elders are in Revelation 5 that are redeemed by Jesus’ blood out of every nation, tongue? And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

Never mind on some of those questions as you’ve answered them in your very first reply with Daniel 12:8

Connie
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Connie

After a lot of prayer and a lot of study, I believe the 24 elders are the order of priest/kings to which Melchizadek belongs. I wrote a long article on this which I won’t share here, but to make a long story short, if you examine all the things said about him in Hebrews, it appears from the description he is not a human, but a created being that worked as the priest between God and man before the Levites, as did the others in his order. He had no parents, no children, no beginning of days (birth) no end… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

It absolutely does, it is a difficult one but wow. You’re amazing and thank you again. I pray you are given even more wisdom and peace, and love. I sometimes keep coming back here to re-read our conversation so it gets stuck in my head as it is a new concept.

Tibi
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Tibi

I do have another question, at the 5th trumpet will the scorpions hurt only those who do not believe in God ? Will the 144000 be safe or us Christians too?

Connie
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Connie

Thank you for the compliment. It is all God, believe me. The 144,000 are sealed for protection with the seal of God. Christians have the seal of God as well,(2 Cor. 1:21-22 ” Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”) which is why Satan has his followers get sealed with his name or number or mark. He’s an imitator. We should be safe during that time. In relation to that, I tend to believe that America is… Read more »

Tibi
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Tibi

I believe it’s all God 🙂 with the wings of an eagle I believe is supernatural protection, and we have evidence in Exodus 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. I used to believe America as well, but it’s more of a speculation, and we do have most answers in the Bible. Isaiah 40:31 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

I go back and forth between wanting to make it to the rapture and not wanting to go through the horrors, as I don’t know that I qualify to make it to the rapture. Most Christians will be killed and not in a nice way. It might be easier to go now than go during the tribulation. Once you get past that, God will probably protect those who are left from the sixth seal and the trumpets, but nobody knows who gets to be in that group who survives. There are seven churches and only one of them are given… Read more »

Lauren
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Lauren

You put words to exactly how I feel!!!

Tibi
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Tibi

Hey Connie, I thought you mentioned you have a website or you write articles about this type of stuff? Do you have one?

Connie
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Connie

Yes, Tibi, I have two blogs. I don’t promote them here, since this is his site, but Wayne has on occasion posted them so I don’t think he’ll mind if I give them to you. One is http://endtimesstudies.blogspot.com// On this site I stay strictly with eschatology and it is chronological, beginning with prophecies and pertinent information starting in Genesis, then continuing up through Revelation. Then I go topical. It has been a while since I’ve written on that one, but it is a progressive Bible study so to follow it you need to go to the archives and begin with… Read more »

Gina
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You have made two excellent points. You might want to consider also that the “end of the world” does not mean what most English speaking people today are teaching. When the book of Matthew was written in approx. 55-57 AD the world meant something completely different to those who heard and read Matthew. See the post “Frequent Mistakes Part IV – Where was “All the World” at my blog https://ShreddingTheVeil.org.

eaglet
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eaglet

There are a lot of Elite Jews also in Americal. They claim they are jews but they are not, they are of the synagogue of satan. They control the banks (rothschild), politics(skulls and Bones, Freemasonry), entertainment industry(illuminati), religious belief system (cabal, infiltrating the churches) of America and the world.

Connie
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Connie

Yes, there are many Jews (by ethnicity) among the Illuminati. And there are a great many non-religious Jews who are not of the Illuminati. But that has no bearing on the God-fearing Jews who will accept Christ upon seeing His return and enter into the millennium as Messianic Jews. They will not only be Jews by ethnicity, but spiritual Jews as well, true sons of Abraham by faith. They are the ones that God will keep out as a remnant, the woman in the wilderness, (Rev. 12) that gets protected for 3 1/2 years.. A lot of Jews will be… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

I have been wondering about this very subject myself, Eaglet. It does at least seem to me that there could be a group of fake Jews in the world. Even when you look at Scripture and consider what Christ said in the Woes of the Pharisees, you sort of go, “hmm…” – or at least I do. Those are some pretty strong words there for sure.

eaglet
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eaglet

The babylon spirit lived and passed on through the Pharisees. That’s why they crucified Jesus and persecuted His followers. And the Spirit of the Pharisees lived on through those who say they are Jews but they are not but of the Synagogue of Satan, which the babylon spirit originated from satan. Kabalah is of babylon origin.

Connie
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Connie

No disagreement with that. Just as long as you don’t paint all Jews that way. Many Jews are Messianic. Others are truly God-fearing Torah abiding Jews. Do they have some pagan traditions in there, yeah, but so does Christianity by the tons. Most people observe the traditions without thinking about it. I had a debate just this past Sunday in the church I attend over Christmas as I held that it is a pagan holiday with a Christian veneer and that Christ wasn’t born then. I lost the argument, as they have no ear for truth.. And yes, I also… Read more »

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Watchman, Check the 7 churches in Rev. 2 & 3, It is clear that the enemy of christians are the fake Jews. they are the ones who had persecuted the christians and the real natural jews ever since and until now. They (Jesuits, Vatican, Revived Roman Empire) even created Islam (the other foot, originated from the East Byzantine Empire) to persecute God’s people for themselves. They are the Apostate Jerusalem, who has the Spirit of the Pharisees and the Spirit of Babylon; Mystery Babylon; the Great Whore; the Great City SPIRITUALLY called Sodom and Egypt where the Lord Jesus was… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

Never mind, I see I totally misread that verse. There’s no ‘of’ there. Sorry about that. 🙂

Connie
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Connie

Actually in my KJV, it does say daughter of Babylon, specifically virgin daughter of Babylon. For me, the reference is to the nation Babylon is controlling. The nation or kingdom is the spirit’s daughter. In this case, I think it is America, as unlike other nations of the world, she has never been conquered (since becoming the nation of America) so is a virgin in that sense. She’s never been raped by any nation. In Jeremiah 50:12 the nation Babylon controls at the end is said to have a mother nation, and is called the hindermost of all the nations.… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

That’s good stuff. I’ve never thought about it all the way through from that perspective. It makes a lot of sense, though. Thanks.

Lauren
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Lauren

Do you think Babylon, spirit of, will be inhabiting America when she (Babylon) is ultimately destroyed? Or do you think that America will just be destroyed and babylon wil return to the plains of Shinar for her final destruction?
Your reasoning is the same as mine about America… and you didn’t even mention our culture!
When Trump made one of his speeches- he said something about how no other nation on Earth could touch us, the most powerful ect. ; it did bing to mind the verse about how she will boast that she has never been made a widow.

Connie
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Connie

Lauren, I thought I had written an answer to this, but I see after a day or so it has not shown up in the comments, so I guess I didn’t push the post button before moving on to another website, so I will try again. (A word to Wayne, if I did, and you are reviewing things before they are posted and just didn’t review it to post, you can delete that one and leave this one) Yes, I do believe Babylon will be seated on America when she is destroyed. There are several reasons why, but one of… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

Eaglet, I’m afraid that you have lost me. I have absolutely no idea what point you are trying to make about these angels. I have no idea why the identity of these two angels is such a stumbling block for you. Their identity isn’t relevant to the events. They are just servants carrying out the task of showing John the future. I do not see how the identity of the angels affects this in any way or why this seems to be such a matter of importance for you. Their identity has no bearing on the events whatsoever except that… Read more »

Watchman
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Watchman

Very informative, Connie. I have a question about Isaiah 47, where it talks about the daughter of Babylon. What do you think about what it says there? Is the ‘daughter’ of Babylon a different spiritual entity from Babylon herself? Thanks.

eaglet
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eaglet

From the passage below, do you agree that the seventh angel who poured the seventh vial judgement witnessed the judgement of Great Babylon? Rev. 16:17-1817 And the SEVENTH ANGEL poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

Sorry, no I can’t say for certain which angel it is that introduces Babylon or the Bride, for there were seven of them. They are ALL witnesses as is everyone else in heaven. Were you under the impression that only the one angel sees the destruction of Babylon or the Bride? Rev. 18;21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. (which angel is this?) Rev. 19:1-2 And after these… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

I am not implying that they are the two witnesses of Rev.14 or 11. I am saying that they were there and this is their very part/task at the end time plan, when the very momentous and significant thing had happened to both the Bride and the Great Whore. So who could be a better witness than these two. It is like in a crime investigation, it is the witness that is summoned to pinpoint the suspect because the witness was there and saw the crime happened. Jesus is making a valid decision to choose these two angels and somehow… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

If the apostles saw that this will discredit their claim, they could have not mentioned the testimony of the women at all. Jesus chose these angels because they are relevant to the Bride and the Whore. They definitely has something to do with what happened to the Bride and the Whore. The Seventh holds the Seventh Vial which contains the judgement of the Whore. The Sixth Angel holds the Sixth Vials which is the judgement of those who were found naked after the Bride was snatched and stolen away, the wheat was then separated from the Tares. The Wheat are… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

The timing of the rapture is clear if you just let Scripture tell you when it is. Paul said it is at the last trump and you find it at the seventh trump. When you put all the pieces of the puzzle together you find that the last trump comes after the 1260th day at the end of Daniel’s 70th week. You don’t need the angels to pinpoint that, because it is very clear when you study the Scriptures. At the last trump the mystery of God (the church) is finished. The kingdoms of the world become Christ’s. The dead… Read more »

eaglet
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eaglet

Even Paul did not clearly said it is a trumpet judgement, only a last trumpet call. I did’nt know you are a Midtribber. But Matthew 24:29-31 clearly put the trumpet call at the gathering together of the elect after the Tribulation of those days. The pouring of the Seven Vials Judgement is still part of the Tribulation. Matthew 24:29-31 29 “But immediately AFTER THE TRIBULATION of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from [r]the sky, and the powers of [s]the heavens will be shaken. 30 And… Read more »

Connie
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Connie

Eaglet, I am not mid-trib as can be seen, were you to study what I have written in all these posts, but either you have much to study to learn eschatology well enough so that you can understand what I am saying, or you are merely trolling and trying to waste my time. Either way, I have reached the point that I reached some time back when I decided that trying to explain things from this point of view is a futile effort. So I think I will stop now.

Connie
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Connie

eaglet, I am answering your question here rather than down at your question, for it has gotten to the state where our answers are one letter underneath another which is impossible to read. I had to copy and paste in Word to even read what you said. I don’t really know why I am trying to explain this again, for I do remember engaging you in debate once before and you weren’t really interested in hearing it, but since you persist, I will try once more to explain. First of all, you are right, there is no pre-trib rapture. Neither… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

Once I had an opportunity to speak about an end time topic in front of church. When I read the well-known passage from Matthew 25 “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” I told them, if you now feel you need to repent, do not repent because the Lord could come back any day. Repent because He could also come back *later* than you’d think. Pretribulationists say it right that you need to be ready right now. But it shouldn’t be forgotten that you also must be ready to wait… Read more »

Anonymous
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Chris
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Chris

Your article is really clear and summarizes what I also believe regarding the end times and the coming of Christ. It should be so clear for everyone if we could read the Bible without adding any assumptions that are not there in the text. “I disagreed with much of what the speaker taught concerning Bible prophecy, and while listening, I thought of passages and verses that refuted what he taught. However, I did not challenge the speaker as he taught out of respect. Nevertheless, it was an unpleasant experience for me because I was witnessing people learning and accepting unsupported… Read more »