The Apocalypse is coming and you better get ready.
Ready to be judged by God, sure. But the main mission of “The Jim Bakker Show” – broadcast from a Christian compound deep in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri – appears to be to sell you fuel-less generators, doomsday guidebooks and freeze-dried food with a shelf-life of up to 30 years. more …
Opinion: I have often wondered if those Christians who embrace Amillennialism or Post-Millennialism, or Preterism, have a garage full of what Bakker is selling. I picture personal mini-warehouses just loaded with tribulation gear, despite the preponderance of Scripture that indicates the Church of Jesus Christ will not be on earth when it happens.
Post-Millennialists and Amillennialists have no place for a rapture, as described by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, 1:10, 5:9. Many who adhere to these doctrines believe the final war of Armageddon has already occurred (Preterism).
“Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive, ah, ah, ah, ah,” Bakker’s daughter, Tammy Sue, now 47, sang on one show as her dad promoted buckets of long-lasting emergency food. That day’s “Staying Alive” special: Ten buckets, with 2,410 servings, for a $600 donation plus shipping.
To be sure I have had several debates on this website with Post/Amillennialists. I find that in most cases there is a misinterpretation of Matthew 24:9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”
A careful reading of Matthew 24, however, will reveal that Jesus is speaking to His Jewish disciples and that the church is not in existence, which becomes clear in Matthew 24:15-16:
“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),“then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
The Jews are in Judea – not the church.
For some reason, some Christians just cannot wrap their mind around a literal rapture despite at least 5 references to types of raptures in both the OT and NT:
- Enoch: Genesis 5:21-24
- Elijah: 2 Kings 2: 11-14
- OT Saints: Matthew 27:51-53
- Church: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
- Two Witnesses: Revelation 11:11-12
And even more evidence that the bride of Christ is absent from the trial comes from Jesus Himself:
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from (Greek ἐκ ‘out of’) the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” Revelation 3:10