A brother in the Lord asked if I would discuss dispensationalism and Zechariah 14 with a blogger who owns a bible prophecy website. I gladly accepted the inviation and will provide to the reader the discussion as it occurred.. I have changed the web site owners name to “Brother” for the sake of his privacy, and each of my responses are italicized and indented for clarity sake.
I’m open to discussion to the extent that the Bible commands; I’m to try to be able to give a ready answer to all who ask for the reasons for my faith; and yet also, given the limited amount of time in life, I’m also directed to not waste time with people who are unworthy, or who are blind, or people who simply are not yet able to bear truth.
1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
That being said, to discern what kind of person you are, I have one basic question; why did you write the following:
1 Corinthians teaches that “the trumpet shall sound” and 1 Thessalonians that the Lord descends “with…the trump of God.” Only 1 Cor specifically teaches the sounding of the trumpet.
Can you read the following, and why didn’t you see it, or do you have an explanation, or apology? Or, how do you react when proven wrong?
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
See, it’s one thing to be ignorant, it’s another to be willfully ignorant. In the first case, people just don’t know where in the Bible it teaches about the rapture. In the second case, like yours, you have known for 30 years, and you specifically claim that the Bible does not say what it so clearly does. What can explain that kind of willful blindness? I’m very curious.
Brother – I am a little confused – the text in 1 Thessalonians is merely stating that the Lord is descending with the trump of God. (He may be blowing it, but 1 Thessalonians doesn’t specifically say that! – As a matter of fact, 1 Corinthians doesn’t say that the Lord will be blowing the trump, just that the trump sounds …”at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound”….)
I am a little confused about who I owe an apology to? I asked you some questions because a brother informed me that you were open to discussion and debate. (I find it very profitable to engage with believers in discussion to sharpen my own understanding.) When I am proven wrong I would like to think I accept it. (Admittedly, I sometimes become quiet, but eventually realize that truth is more important than my ego or traditions.) If I have offended you or caused you any conflict, I will not continue this discussion. If you would like to continue, please do so, understanding that my concern is – “What does the text say!”
In any case, may God bless you and draw you into His love.
Please visit next time as we continue to discuss issues that arise between my dispensational friend and myself.
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