I don’t get really mad that often, but I was listening to something on a the radio, a major christian radio station I wanted to scream at the radio.
Today on In the Market with Janet Parshall (a radio show I listen to often on my way home from work, and usually enjoy), they had the head of the Pre-Tribulation Research Center and the amount of pride and certainty that this man displayed in this particular interpretation of scripture was shocking.
Let me start off with some areas where I am not angry.
-I know the rapture will happen at some point in the future
-I know the Lord will come back to the earth just as he ascended in the Acts.
-I know that every word of prophecy will be fulfilled.
So what makes me such an Angry Sheep today? Is it about the pre-trib rapture- sort of but not really. If my general thinking on scripture is incorrect, I’d be perfectly happy to be caught up in the air at any time. I’m not one to debate the timing of the rapture as a doctrinal issue (I’m pre-wrath, but would be happy to be wrong).
The thing that has got me so hot under the collar is the level of confidence with which this guy reads off end-times prophecy like it’s storybook that gives all the details of the future, and he has them perfectly correct. I DON’T think we are meant to know every detail of the future. They take the dispensational theory/pre-trib theory and speak about it like it is clear biblical doctrine. I really don’t care how many years they have been studying this, or how many books they have published – the scriptures just don’t seem to be that interested in spelling out all those details they way these men have insisted on putting them together.
To anyone reading, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think these guys are non-christian or that their theory is heresy – but the pride I heard is clearly sin, and to assume to have all the answers and to apply a man-made theoretical structure (which is not the only workable theoretical structure) is just wrong. They create all these new terms like they “church age”, “tribulation saints” and others.
I wish I could have a conversation with one of these guys sometime. A few callers pointed out other ways to look at the text, which he smugly shot down. There is so much we don’t know about how prophecy will be fulfilled, it drives me wild that so many teachers today refuse to acknowledge that God has not chosen to reveal it all to us, or that there are mysteries around how these things are to be fulfilled. Don’t these men realize that these kind of constructions (and the complicated charts that go with them) are made with human hands- just like all the other things that will pass away? I don’t see why anyone would want to present their own theory about scripture, one with lots of insertions of human inference, and many different possible interpretations- as an interpretation presented on a par with the actual text of scripture. I wish we who discuss prophecy would just be honest about our assumptions, where our assumptions came from and what interpretation we are relying on that may not be 100% clearly spelled out in the text of scripture.
I hope I’m not going over the top, writing about it has helped me to cool off. If any pre-trib adherents read this (especially Dr. Ice with whom I’d love a discussion) I don’t hate you or think less of you as a brother or sister in Christ, lets just try not be smug about it and assume we have all the answers, and that everyone else is wrong.