The most critical problem in the teaching of Biblical Prophecy today is in my opinion twofold. First, there simply isn’t enough of it; the teaching of Biblical Prophecy is patently ignored by the majority of those in pastoral positions and “church” leadership. And second, the reason there simply isn’t enough of it; is that most in pastoral positions and “church” leadership are patently ignorant of Biblical Prophecy. I truly hope that the ignorance stems from inadequacies in their seminary training rather than a willful disregard for both the literal translation and fulfillment of God’s Word.
It is truly unfortunate that many “theologians” do not recognize the prophetic times in which we live, because they ignore, spiritualize or allegorize the Revelation of Jesus Christ and all other Scripture dealing with the End Times. Their disregard for this teaching, and prophetic understanding, has resulted in a generation of churchgoers who have no understanding of the Rapture of the church, the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the restoration of Israel. Spiritualizing, allegorizing, or ignoring Biblical Prophecy has led, and continues to lead, to the propagation of doctrinal error in thought and practice. By ignoring the teaching of prophetic Scripture they leave their congregations and followers unprepared for or condemned to experience things to come. By spiritualizing or allegorizing Scripture these “theologians” can make it say just about anything they want. In applying the promises of God for Israel to the Church, they do away with any literal fulfillment of prophecy on earth.
Common sense dictates a literal translation of all Scripture, unless the writer, speaker, or the passage itself tells us otherwise. For instance, Jesus spoke in parables, but He told us they were parables. In order to be intellectually honest as preachers and teachers of the Word of God we must approach it with common sense. As Dr. David Reagan puts it in his golden rule of interpretation; “If the plain sense makes sense don’t look for any other sense or you will end up with nonsense.” Remember; 2 Timothy 3:16 & 17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
As we continue our study of Prophecy we will look at the distinction between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Until then, trust in this… the Rapture comes first… and, Jesus is Coming Soon!