Saturday, May 06, 2006

Overview of the End Time Church

..... In 1982, through a series of circumstances, I began a Scriptural study on the church of the last days. No, not the world events such as plagues, wars, and rumors of wars, but the church as it will appear on the inside, in the final days before Jesus returns to the earth.

.... There will be a good side to the end time church, and a bad side; like the parable of the ten virgins, there will be wise and foolish Christians among them (Matt 25:1-13). Half of the church will be at the height of its potential, surpassing even the first century church in excellence, because theirs will be the generation that fulfills the church’s destiny and ushers in the Lord's coming. But growing alongside them, like tares among the wheat, will be the other half of the church. Those Christians will be spoiled with false and destructive doctrines, authored by the devil, that will somehow pass for Christian teachings (1 Tim 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

.... Teachings, in fact, will play a major role in defining both end-time groups. At the most basic level, each will have a special way of interpreting the Bible. With a passionate focus, the true Christians of those days will search for the testimony of Jesus that the Scriptures contain (Eph 4:13). Learning from this perspective will conform them to His image and transform their lives from within, from a religious aura to an actual relationship with God (John 5:39). They’ll have contemporary issues too, and their own set of trials and challenges from the adversary. They’ll certainly be aware of the times in which they live.
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.... On the other hand, the Bible foretells at least thirteen false teachings that will challenge the Christians of those days, and these will form the core beliefs of the other side of the end time church. As I studied those out, years ago, I discovered eleven of them in existence already, in various quarters of the church around us. A twelfth such teaching was under development in almost every quarter, and has recently reached its zenith. One more false teaching is yet to be.
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.... So if the end time church sounds like an obscure study to you, it shouldn’t. It’s the church of the very near future, of our own gathering dawn. It has a profound impact on the Christians of today because it is the outcome of our present trends.

.... This blog was created to discuss this perspective so discerning Christians could take counsel among them- selves and prepare. We genuinely value your input and would very much like to dialogue with you about it. And in the postings below, specific parts of the end-time church will be discussed in further detail.
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1 Comments:

  • kurt said...
    Loren,

    How exciting that you are going through this again. The first time through was such a blessing and opened the Scriptures in a new, Christ-centered way. I look forward to going through again and pointing others here as well.

    God Bless,

    Kurt

    3/15/2006 9:09 PM


    Cleopas said...
    Hi Kurt,

    Good to hear from you! Since you've been thorugh this before I would greatly appreciate your observations and comments as we go. Jesus reigns!

    Loren

    3/15/2006 11:02 PM

    By Blogger Cleopas, at 5:31 PM  

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