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The Fall of Dictators and the Antichrist

David482 Wrote: Jun 24, 2012 12:22 PM
The rider on the white horse of Revelation 6:2 is the antichrist and he will conquer peaceably - Daniel 11:21....However, the rider on the white horse of Revelation 19:11-16 is our Yeshua and, yes, we will also be there riding on white horses (Revelation 19:14). We will have forty-two months up in heaven learning to ride horses before be given assignments on earth (Revelation 1:6).
AliveInHim Wrote: Jun 24, 2012 2:22 PM
As one who is guilty of having collected most of the 'Lfft Behind' series of books, I have to agree. The story was only fair, the suspense ok, but the theology was absolutely horrible.

It's a shame so many are led to believe this speculative garbage just for the sake of feeling there's something for us to know that nobody else can know...
jmg11 Wrote: Jun 24, 2012 2:14 PM
Good point, Alive, the recommended actions are pretty simple. Wake up and stay awake; get ready, and stay ready.

Consider what would happen under the opposite (impossible) premise, that we can outguess God in terms of His specific timing. If we could do that, I suspect many of us would sin it up pretty thoroughly, then repent about 24 hours in advance of the end. Well, maybe 12 hours. Or maybe one last orgy of sin, make it 3 hours…..

We are not going to outguess God, not on His specific timing. Don't listen to anybody who thinks they can do so. And don't give them money for doing it.

AliveInHim Wrote: Jun 24, 2012 1:48 PM
That said, I do believe things will get worse before they finally get better. The 'tribulation' is this life, which is why we ought not indulge in useless speculation about the End; we simply can't step outside our place in time to see and know history or the future as God knows it.
AliveInHim Wrote: Jun 24, 2012 1:45 PM
The book of The Revelation is a vision of church history from beginning (in Eden) to its end (at Christ's Second Advent)-not a chronicle of literal end-time events.

We are warned against date-setting-for not even the Son of Man knows when the Father will send Him forth to gather us to Himself. We are told not to listen to anyone who says 'Lo! It [the Kingdom] is here! or 'Lo! It is there!'

We are simply to be prepared and to anticipate the day when we shall meet Him-whether that be at our own death, or if yet alive at the Last Day.

The blog posts that I write are not intended to be pastoral in nature; they are written on behalf of a for-profit entity and don't represent any of the ministries I'm associated with. Nonetheless, religion and politics sometimes intersect, and it's inevitable that my writing will sometimes reflect that intersection.

As a trained sociologist who is deeply anchored in biblical truth, I am beginning to wonder about the commonality of current events.

A secular-minded sociologist will view our current period in history as just another time when social and economic forces have conspired to provoke enormous global, political, and economic upheaval.