Post Resurrection Maybe?
Just the other day I was asked “Why is it important to understand prophesy as written in the bible.”
I would first have to say “Because it was given to us for a reason.” What that reason was I did not know until I studied prophecies for quite some time. I may not yet have all of the answers, but I have a couple of Ideas as to why we must understand prophesy as written in scripture.
If I can be allowed a few moments, we will examine one reason that the necessity for complete understand of these written prophesy will become evident. I believe that this scenario is in fact the true reality of life today.
Let us Imagine that the Second coming of Christ and the Rapture of the Church as taught in Church were to take place tomorrow.
Millions of believers are caught up in the air and meet their Lord and Savior in the air.
They are gone. Millions of people can not be found any place on the face of the earth.
What do we suppose those that are left behind are going to say and do? Many will understand what has taken place. Their faith will come into fulfillment a day too late. They will study the scripture and know that there will be given another chance to repent of their sins and to be resurrected and be received up into heaven. From the time of the first resurrection forward, when a person dies in the Lord they will rest from their labors and their works do follow them
Now; here is the question.
Imagine that after six or eight hundred or a thousand years they are reading their bibles, and they see the promise of the son of God coming back again for the rapture of the church! Praise God, redemption is near, they say.
All evidence of the Rapture and first resurrection will have vanished by this time. They believe that they are living in a time that is pre First resurrection. They are wrong …But… they are still OK. They will be closer to redemption at this time than any one ever before . Now they do not have to wait for the resurrection, for when they die in the Lord they get to rest from their labors and their works do follow them…. . They get to go straight to heaven. Hallelujah!
But they are still wrong in their beliefs concerning the second coming of Christ.
So that being said, why would they need to understand prophesy? What difference does it make if they live life believing the second coming of Christ and the rapture of the church is yet to come? They will be going to heaven either way when they die in the Lord.
I can think of a couple of reasons they should know the truth. They would recognize the true identity of the beast and false prophet so that they do not take the name or the Mark of the beast.
Another reason to be fully aware of prophesy would be so that they will not be watching for those signs that are said to come before the second coming of Christ. If it had already come and gone like a thief in the night, they will be watching for signs that will never come (again). But the final end as foretold in prophesy is still coming closer and closer with every passing day.
There will be people attempting to predict when the second coming and the end of the world will come, but their predictions never come to pass. And all of these predictions of the end of the world that are always proven incorrect will be understood by the rest of the world as being utter foolishness. This will appear to the unbelieving world as further proof of the non existence of God.
This will be, because they think that they live in the pre resurrection era when they are not. Until they understand the timeframe of prophesy that is written in the book people will never know if they are living in the pre or post resurrection erra.
These people whether they are living in the post ot pre resurrection era, will not be aware of this their place in the prophetic ti,eframe unless those prophesy are understood as they were intended.
There will be great confusion when attempting to interpret prophesy in such a way as to be saying what the people desires them to mean. This confusion will also keep many others from entering into faith in Christ.
In conclusion; I must repeat that understanding prophesy correctly is of utmost importance.
We need to know where we are, concerning our relationship to prophesy.
Are we living in the times of the pre resurrection or post resurrection. No one will ever KNOW for sure, unless we understand prophesy. And then May be, Just May be we will be prepared for what ever is to come