Special thanks to PJ Miller at Sola Dei Gloria for pointing me in the direction of this news article. Apparently The Gospel Tract Society (who hasn’t heard of them) is changing their position on the rapture. They don’t have an official position (for example post-trib or pre-wrath) but they no longer hold to a pretribulation rapture. This is quite significant in my view. The testimony on the website states that it was like scales falling from their eyes. Here is a quote:
This website has the urgent purpose of sounding the alarm to the Church, to everyone who believes that their worries will be over because when things get rough they plan to be with Christ in Heaven, looking down on the poor souls who weren’t ready. For eighty-three years, the leaders of this ministry have thought the same thing, but when the scales literally fell off our eyes, we saw something different, much different.
It is interesting to see that one of the reasons they have abandoned this view is because the Bible clearly teaches a great falling away amongst believers during the end times. Their scenario of what Christians may think or feel when the antichrist appears on the scene and the rapture has not occurred is worth reading. I post a little clip here:
"…the Christians are looking around asking, “Did I miss something? Weren’t the graveyards supposed to be opened up and next—those alive are taken up to be with Him in the air?” Then, what am I still doing here—I love the Lord God!” Then the Man of Sin will laugh and say, “Oh yes you have been lied to, your Lord isn’t coming for you—he is already here and I am him!” The saints will be troubled to their soul because this man is telling the truth about everything, (apparently) and “I am hungry and my family has needs, I have no option except to join in with the rest of them.” Then the great falling away will occur and those who should have been the most prepared will instead be the least prepared."
There is a passion displayed in their announcement that they want to warn the world of the coming times of trouble including the antichrist, the mark of the beast, and the great tribulation. Please spread the word about this important development concerning The Gospel Tract Society and encourage them if you can. Read about the developments in their position as they occur at this website here.
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