“For I will give the command, and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, “Disaster will not overtake us.” (Amos 9:9-10 NIV)

If we are to understand each other, we need to define our terms the same way. I define Amillennialism as the end-times view that utilizes allegory or symbolism to explain Bible prophecy. (In the Greek, the “A” negates what follows, so A-millennial means “without” a millennium or “no” thousand years.) So, when Revelation 20:4-6 clearly states that in the next age Christ will rule for 1000 years, Amillennialists argue against Christ’s coming kingdom as a literal future event. To their esteemed scholars, I ask , “What if you are wrong?”

Who am I to ask such a question? I realize I am addressing some of the most brilliant theological minds on the planet. In the past, I studied under a few of them. They argue “transubstantiation vs. consubstantiation” and speak of “supralapsarianism” as if it were a common topic. Intellectually, these teachers of the Sovereignty of God are unsurpassed. Their roots are in the reformers of the 16th century who declared “Sola Scriptura” (only Scripture has authority).

Millions of Christians listen regularly to Amillennialist teachers and pastors that deny God will do what he said. They fervently reject God’s solemn promise to David that he will forever have a descendant enthroned over the house of Israel (2 Samuel 7:16, 2 Chronicles 6:10, 15, Acts 1:6). Do these promoters of the doctrine that God has “replaced” the house of Israel with the Church, dare charge the Sovereign Lord with speaking falsely? Do they think they can state with impunity that God lies or changes his mind? “Does he [the Lord] speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19NIV)

If the Lord Jesus declared “I am coming soon!” three times within the last fifteen verses of Scripture, will he not do what he said?

Teachers of prophecy should always ask themselves: “What if I’m wrong?” Those in the Amillennial camp–or Pre-tribulation Rapture (PTR) camp–contend that no disaster or great tribulation will overtake them.

Speaking through the prophet Amos (above), the Lord called the “disaster deniers” sinners. If they are wrong, according to Scripture, then the sword will devour them.

I say to believers everywhere: “Prepare for an imminent catastrophic turn of events, a time that will try the souls of men.” If I am wrong, it is because I take God at his word. I can live with the consequences of believing the Word of God. Some very smart people may have to die as a consequence for not believing their Bible.

When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on man’s wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV),

America is on life support for a boatload of reasons, in my view, the most threatening to its continued existence is its idolatry. According to the prophet Ezekiel, this seductive form of evil is what did the city of Sodom in (Ezek.16:49). In one way it is manifest as good, old materialism. In another way it appears as the modern-day “cult of celebrity”. Yes, idolatry has even spread its fancy facade over many a Christian Church.

Large sanctuary, theater seating for thousands, a house packed with enthusiastic people, a jumbo tron screen, contemporary music pulsating from the speakers plus a rock star pastor with a dynamite message; it all equals Mega-Church. It doesn’t get any better than that–not as far as the American dream church is concerned. Ever wonder how the Apostle Paul would have fared as a preacher with a TV ministry? How would he have reacted after sitting in on a star-studded service? Or what if Jesus took in a Sunday Spectacular, would he be impressed by the size of the offering?

I ask these questions because someone must. Idolatry that the typical American Christian practices in their worship is rooted in a purposeful ignorance of the prophetic. Maintaining the fancy facade is more important than accurately interpreting Scripture’s future events. The false views of Amillennialism and Pre-tribulation Rapturism (PTR) dominate the contemporary church landscape, simply because both positions cater to the idolator, rather than condemning the practice. Do we need tio be reminded that idolatry is an abomination to God?

False prophets seldom stray from their standard message: “Peace and Safety” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Their “Don’t rock the boat” attitude encourages the faithful to invest in the new Porsche or fine-tune the golf game as long as the tithes and offerings keep coming. The not-so-subtle message is that God wants his people to be rich so the new multi-million dollar “Welcome Center” can be paid off ahead of schedule.

What about completing the Great Commission instead? The absence of sound Bible-teaching on prophecy eliminates a sense of urgency to get off our padded pew and take the Gospel to the world.

If we flew into Houston, Atlanta or Dallas for a visit at an internationally-recognized church, what Scripture would be heard over the state-of-the-art sound system? Would the prophet’s warning below from the Book of James light up the giant screen?

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh with fire. You have hoarded wealth for the last days… You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. (James 5:1-3, 5 NIV)

Look for God’s prophetic word to soon expose the false prophet and fracture the fancy facade of a fake church.

“…so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NIV)

For over 470 years, Calvin’s “Institutes” has served as a textbook for students of Systematic Theology. It has guided a major branch of Protestantism on God’s Sovereignty, Christ’s salvation, and a host of other doctrinal points. It might be surprising that a minute fraction of “Institutes” is dedicated to the subject of God’s sovereignty in prophecy Revelation (cf. 11:15-18).

My answer as to why prophecy was nearly irrelevant to Calvin, Luther, Knox and other great Christian Reformers, is this: Their teaching had another purpose. The Spirit veiled their minds. Only now, in the latter days, are the prophets’ words being unsealed. Those receiving insight today are motivated by the same Spirit that stirred Daniel to read Jeremiah (cf. Dan. 9:1-3). Those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying have focused their attention on Christ’s repeated admonition, “I am coming soon!” (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20)

So shall the Lord’s word be that came from his mouth. He is coming soon! Tragically, multiplied millions of Christians following the instruction of the Great Reformers and their disciples, do not believe what Jesus has said. Teachers who are steeped in Calvinism have erased the plain meaning of foretold events by rejecting a literal interpretation of Scripture and injecting symbolism. They refuse to examine prophecy in its context or compare a passage with all other relevant passages. This highly intellectual, academically-trained multitude forgo accuracy by ignoring the near/far prophetic in Scripture. One could say they have thrown out the major rules for Bible interpretation to promote their theology.

Beginning with the 4th century and St. Augustine, Christians began to fall in love with human reasoning, intellect and thoughts. With all his brilliance, Augustine had also developed an antisemitic theology. (I have written of this at length in Key 22 of “The People of God”.)

“Amillennialism”, the widely-held view that the Millennium, Christ’s thousand-year reign (Rev. 20:4-6, Acts 1:6), is not a literal future event, came about by Augustine’s influence. Christ’s coming was to be understood only in spiritual terms. As a result, the Catholics and mainline Protestants Augustine influenced have embraced an “allegorical” (a good vs. evil tale) view of Revelation and prophecy.

Augustine’s anti-Jew sentiments gave birth to “Replacement Theology”. As far as God’s promises to Jacob’s offspring are concerned, the inheritance now belongs to Gentile Christians.

Catholics and Protestants have been guilty of terrible atrocities against the House of Judah. This is attributable to their Satanically-inspired belief that God has forever cursed the Jew. Within a segment of Presbyterianism, a virile strain of hatred for Israel exists. Their god is indeed antisemitic.

Lord, deliver your people from this and other lies. Open the ears and eyes of your true saints before it is too late. As you did with Simon, rebuke these misguided teachers. They do not utter the Father’s thoughts nor do they express his heart. Instead, they exalt the ideas of men (Matt. 16:23).

“The LORD will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the sky will tremble. But the LORD will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel. Then you will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.” (Joel 3:16-17 NIV)

We may have heard of cases where, figuratively, the tail wags the dog. Prominent Christian teaching on the end times gives two major examples of how theology (the tail), or one’s view of God, wags our doctrine on last things.

A century and a half ago, Dispensational theology was quickly growing in legitimacy among conservative British Bible scholars. Seeing the Bible in terms of “dispensations” of 1000-year increments seemed to be a valid explanation of God’s workings (dispensations) in history. As a theology, it offered a step forward in presenting a more literal understanding of Scripture. However, as an explanation for the end times, it fell far short in the accuracy department. The tail wagged the dog of Bible interpretation and out came Pre-tribulational Rapture (PTR) doctrine. PTR dogma fits the Dispensational grid, yet, it does not stand up to objective scrutiny. (See a more detailed treatment of this in “Lifesaver: Rescuing God’s People from the PTR Ship”.)

What Dispensationalism could not overcome was Christianity’s long-standing antipathy (veiled hatred) for the Jewish people. With all its advances in promoting Zionism (the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland), PTR continues to make harsh false distinctions between the Church and Jews. For example, it is commonly taught the Church escapes suffering in the rapture while Jews remain to endure Antichrist’s persecution. Where is the love?

Moses rejected the pleasures of Egypt’s palace to participate in the suffering of God’s people (Hebrews 11:24-26). Do we hear today of an eagerness to follow Moses’ lauded example and participate in Israel’s suffering?

Does God show favoritism? Would Jesus, the King of the Jews, celebrate in heaven with Christian saints while his fellow Judahites cry out to God for help?

This superior attitude has been around for nearly two millennia, or from the time Gentile Christians forgot the earliest church was exclusively Jewish. PTR’s position of consigning the Jew to another holocaust is nothing more than Antisemitism. The proliferation of this teaching in books such as the “Left Behind Series” paints our God to be unsympathetic to the Jews. But the above Scripture as well as others (Isaiah 40:1-2, Acts 1:6) confirms the Lord is all about restoration. Our God will not harboring his anger forever.

Worse on the Antisemite spectrum is Amillennialism, another popular end times’ view among Christians. It has been wagging the dog since the 4th century. We will see next how Amillennialism has formed an anti-Israel, Pro-Hezbollah, Pro-Hamas god of gold.


…–my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. (Hosea 4:6 NIV)

The above has something to say to the “Pan-Millennialists”. I used to think it was clever to remain uncommitted in the Pre-, Mid- or Post-Millennial debate. I used to jokingly say, “I’m Pan-Millennial, since it’ll all ‘pan out’ in the end.” Though I had been through seminary, I thought the “Pan-Millennial” term was witty. Really I was displaying my ignorance. When it comes to matters of great importance, stupidity is never laudable nor laughable. It’s a severe liability. The Word of God to Hosea describes the high price of ignorance“…my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. The Lord was not warning his enemies or a people belonging to someone else. He was speaking of the destruction of His own people (“my people”). Pastors who act dumb or uninformed priests are especially culpable. Children (PK’s) will pay the price for daddy’s ignorance (cf. Hos. 4:6b). The pastors/priests are no better off than those who prophesy falsely. At least false prophets are not lukewarm. Within the past year I heard a renowned evangelical, a man I highly respect, address a large Bible conference. In the midst of his message he discouraged what the Bible encourages. He told Christians they were not supposed to have certainty about the details of Jesus’ coming. Did he really mean to say that the Lord authors confusion? Amos 3:7, Isaiah 42:9, 43:19 and John 15:15 flies in the face of the “We aren’t supposed to know what’s coming” theory. How useful to God are those who should possess some knowledge about the end times, but, instead, plead ignorance? Perhaps someone ought to read them the prophets. Maybe they need frightened into a different attitude. Daniel was highly esteemed by heaven (Dan. 10:10, 19). What did Daniel do to merit this great honor? The answer is simple: He read the prophets, specifically, Jeremiah, for clearer understanding (Dan. 9:2-3). Those in God’s throne room will take note of a man who pursues knowledge. Daniel is an example. Heaven’s messenger said to him,

“Do not be afraid Daniel. Since the first day you set your mind to gain understanding, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” (Dan. 9:12 NIV)

The heavenly messenger had a few last words to God’s esteemed servant, Daniel, that we need to hear. At the end of the book that bears his name, we read:

He replied, “Go your way Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.” (Dan. 12:9-10 NIV)

Regardless what anyone says, for God’s people who possess the Law and the Prophets, ignorance is punishable. The Lord has spoken in Genesis to Revelation. There is honor for the wise who understand and a high price for those who lack of knowledge.

“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.” (Daniel 11:36 NIV)

In each major undertaking, it is necessary to distinguish our friends from our enemies. These days friends and allies of the recent past are on the outs with the U.S. administration while negotiations go on with a regime that openly promises to annihilate us–and our friends! So we must ask, “If our leaders seem friendly with our enemies, yet act like enemies to our friends, are our leaders friends?”

The disciple John saw a man driving out demons in Jesus’ name and told him to stop. The problem in John’s mind was the man was not one of the twelve. “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mark 9:39-40 NIV)

Whoever is not against the Lord is for him. In other words, people are his friend by virtue of their Christ-honoring speech and actions. If we side with God’s enemies, that makes us His enemy. If we use the force of government as a weapon against those taking a moral stand, while, at the same time, endorsing abhorrent practices, then who are we alienating? If we call evil what the Lord calls good, and vice versa, then aren’t we standing with Satan?

When the Captain and chiefs of our Ship-of-State are in open rebellion against the God of heaven, then what happens to those on-board? Barring a mutiny–which I do not see happening–the U.S.S. America is going down. Do not think for a moment that this boat is unsinkable. This day it sails under the flag of the devil while pointing its guns defiantly at the Word of God. Prepare to man the lifeboats.

In warfare, everyone has a responsibility to declare whom they will serve. Whether we live or die, our loyalty must be unquestioned. We must show our God that we are his friend.

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
(2 Timothy 2:19

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 NIV)

Near the end of a recent conversation, my brother in Christ offhandedly commented, “You know, if people heard us talking this way, they’d think we were crazy.”

Our discussion had focused on what God wants his people to do while the world is descending into the abyss. At the end of our meeting, I was rewarded with this potential leader’s question, “What do you need me to do?”

I gathered my thoughts while taking in the import and sincerity of what he was asking. “Keep on doing what you’re doing,” I said. The Lord had created in him a momentum in Biblical insight, wisdom and right actions that was unmistakeably geared to the end times.

How do I know we are close to the imminent day of disaster? The news media gives plenty of reasons, yet the biggest I see has nothing to do with the secular world. I believe the end of the West as we have known it is near because the body is coming together. In the past months, I have seen several committed believers seeking a place of service during the time of the end. Hearts are being stirred to join others in the Kingdom and to take part in something big.

Two issues need to be uppermost in the mind of modern saints: First, we must cultivate corporate thinking. Our minds must be renewed to think as a body, for that is how God created us. No one should think more highly of themselves than they ought (Romans 12:3). Instead, think network. Be eager to associate with those of low position, for we are all the body.

…so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. (Romans 12:5-6 NIV)

Having the mind to gather others into small communities for teaching, preparation for persecution and service, runs contrary to the prominent message of Christian individualism (“What can God do for me?”). My counsel to believers is to begin immediately to form natural fellowships for Scripture study. Also, use them for creating bonds of love and loyalty to Christ and each other.

This leads to the second matter, similar to the first: Uppermost in our mind, we must grow in love so we excel at it. Love nurtures a servant’s attitude and heart. Love will conquer and love will endure (1 Corinthians 13).

Put away all malice and prejudice, or else risk being removed for the sake of the body’s health. God’s people will not show favoritism. Love unites Jew and Gentile, slave and free, etc. This is more than unity within our churches. It should not be a surprise, but God’s plan is to reunite Israel, that certainly includes our Jewish brethren (Acts 1:6).

If we are the body, we will manifest many gifts while maintaining “oneness”. There is no doubt we will be part of a unified body of Christ at the end, or we will not be at all!

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants,… (Ephesians 4:11-14a NIV)

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)

Christians, who take their faith seriously, tend to love the fellowship of believers. In nations like China, where following Christ is not without risk, meeting together has for decades been an art-form. In the early days of the Communist Peoples Republic of China, a great purge was launched to eradicate religion in general, but “The White Devil’s Religion” Christianity, in particular. Churches were boarded up, leveled or converted for the use of the local Communist party. Bibles were confiscated. Executions of Chinese Christian leaders was common. Imprisonments were ordered. Persecutions were an everyday occurrence. By the late 50’s, it was estimated that the Christian population had decreased eighty percent. The church had declined from 25 million in Pre-Mao 1949 to around one-half million ten years after the Revolution.

Shut off by their atheistic leaders from the outside world, there was little to encourage the suffering, scattered and solitary Christian in China. Their sanctuaries were, for all practical purposes, non-existent. Then a radical change began to take place. Christians who were hungry for fellowship began meeting in secret, out-of-the-way places. The underground church was born in China out of necessity. Government raids and jailed leaders could not stop what the Lord had begun.

In an effort to stop the growth of the underground church movement, the government of China offered a carrot to its leaders. The Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM), which had been banned, was re-opened and sanctioned for public worship services–with certain restrictions, of course. Having services in a Protestant worship setting was an attractive alternative to the rigors of operating underground. But the “certain restrictions” proved a stumbling block to most underground pastors.

Who can argue with the methods used by the Underground Church? The unsanctioned Chinese Church has all the characteristics of the Church of the first century. Again, accurate figures are difficult to come by, but some mission experts estimate the present Christian population in China to be 100 million plus. It is believed the underground church is exploding throughout China at the rate of 20-30,000 converts a day!

China, the world’s most populous country, is on track to soon dominate the globe economically, militarily, industrially, and politically. Western believers would do well to imitate their underground church’s Book of Acts methodology as well, instead of the TSPM. We would be well-served to develop a lean, mobile and fervent fellowship; a Church that operates under the radar with an undying hope and willingness to suffer, such as we see among millions of Chinese Christians.

Much more could be written. I encourage blog readers to purchase The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun (Kregel Publications). As far as understanding where God is going, reading about Brother Yun might be the wisest thing we could do.

” For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” (2 Timothy 4:3 NIV)

Two days ago, I was checking out a popular Christian station and the celebrated preacher was speaking on Ezekiel 47:12. Naturally, I wanted to listen because prophecy is a major interst of mine. He entitled his message “On Demand Blessings”. It was passionately delivered; every phrase met with the sound of the organ. There was a hypnotic atmosphere with a spellbound congregation caught by the camera.

It occurred to me this man was a shyster and a charmer. He claimed the fruit of every believer (who were the trees) would be supernaturally blessed, IF they planted a monetary seed-gift. The preacher requested $47:12, $147.12, and, for a few elect, a gift of $1047.12. He promised for this one time gift that God would bless the giver for a year. Every financial need would be met. He spoke dogmatically as hands were raised to the heavens.

Church-goers are foolish if they accept this without checking the Scripture. According to Ezekiel, the prophet, “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on the banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezek. 47:12 NIV)

The prophecy that begins in Ezekiel 40 speaks of the Millennial temple and the land that Israel will possess. When Jesus establishes his kingdom on earth, water from the sanctuary will flow into the Dead Sea. This “living water” is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit which brings life where there was none. The Dead Sea, with its high salt content, has little life, yet Ezekiel 47 promises it will be like the Mediterranean and the salt water will become fresh. The trees that yield the fruit are a type of the tree of life which is in the paradise of God (cf. Revelation 22:1-2)

This is a wonderful promise, a vision of the renewed earth. But, if we listen to teachers who misrepresent and spiritualize Scripture, we cheat ourselves of the golden treasure within the Word of God. Wake up! Prophetic truth must be defended whatever the cost. EJ

sign of the fish

“Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated–the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.” (Hebrews 11:36-38 NIV)

Our brother Judah recently asked the question that makes up our title. It occurred to me that others–especially in the West–want to know “What is the underground church?” It’s the right question at the right time.

As the passage in Hebrews 11 (above) describes, saints have endured periods of great distress. The people of God have often known times of siege. Second Timothy 3:1 warns, “There will be terrible times in the last days…” With the brutal first-century executions of innocent Christians in Rome during Nero’s reign, we can imagine why Peter wrote “The end of all things is near.” (1 Peter 4:7 NIV) There was no warning before terror struck.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Huddling together in a cave is a sign of desperation. Foraging in the desert is evidence of tough times. Living in catacombs under the city they once called home, was for Romans identified by the sign of the fish. They could exist underground or be entertainment for the Coliseum crowd that rooted for the lions.

My definition of an underground church is “a fellowship of believers who continue to serve Christ while under siege.” War has been declared for reasons beyond their control. They are hated without reason. They must endure great hardship and suffering, but they don’t have to die. If they do not move to God’s place of safety, they will not survive.

My previous post was a response to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by radical Muslims. They were Egyptian men whose sole crime was their faith in Christ. If any Coptic pastors are reading this, I strongly encourage you to take your flocks underground, at least until the danger is past. If you think it is cowardly to leave the four-walled building you’ve called home to where the Lord can hide you, then count on more widows, orphans and more funerals, including your own. The underground church is an alternative to being the entertainment for gruesome videos loved by the terrorists.

The bottom line is this: We have made the Church bricks and mortar when the Lord meant it as people. We foolishly invest our resources and energies into a building and its upkeep. But this is war. We are under siege from now until the end of the age. One bomb and that cement, wood and glass is blown to bits. One fire and our lovely church is a heap of ashes.

The Church has always been people, but idolatrous worshipers fixate on the material. When war breaks out and its time for saints to move, we wait too long. Hearts won’t let go of the past. Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt for a similar reason. Tarry, while the enemy plots his massacre, and we are playing into his hands.

I know of churches who have armed security protecting the Sunday a.m. crowd. Security killed a man in the foyer of a large Colorado Springs, Colorado, church before the lone gunman could open fire on the worshipers. What’s this? It is one response, but how many guns is enough? What kind of weapons are needed to meet force with force? What happens when the bad guys’ plan of attack takes into account “church security”?

if the shepherd’s job is to protect the flock, wouldn’t the church be better served to head underground rather than the more guns and ammo approach? What do we have to lose beside a costly structure that devours our resources and offers a false sense of security? Imagine what great good we’d accomplish if our budget went to providing for the saints.

The biggest obstacle to Western leaders preparing their congregations for the siege is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (PTR) doctrine. I have the 70’s “Wish We’d All Been Ready” movie scene etched in my mind: The angel’s trumpet sounded on Sunday a.m. and the members disappeared. The sign outside read “The Rapture: First Thessalonians 4:13-18“.

How many pictures of little girls in bloody dresses and bullet-riddled bodies of boys will it take before we ditch this one fictional image and act? I’m concerned about the answer because I have children and grandchildren in churches that teach PTR fiction as if it were true.

In Part Two, we will look at the amazing growth when leaders adopt the Underground Church model. (It will make us wonder what they were thinking when they ceased underground operations in the 4th century.)

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