I am naturally a pessimistic person. I tend to see the glass as half empty. Some people are optimists, and they see the glass as half full. Others are cynical and accuse someone of spitting in the water and so could not care less if it is full or empty. These, and many others we could mention, are points of view. In our culture we like to debate and force others to see it from “our point of view.” The Bible is not open to our point of view. Either your point of view is in line with the Bible, or your point of view is wrong. The Bible is NEVER wrong. The Bible, our FINAL authority in all matters of faith and practice, is not subservient to our menial point of view. We tend to make this mistake specifically with issues in prophecy.
You may not like prophecy, but that is something in which you need to build a bridge and get over. One third of the Bible is prophecy. Americans tend to give up on anything that is something that they can not master after a try or two. Friend, you do not master the Bible; the Bible masters you. The Bible matters and prophecy is in the Bible; therefore, prophecy matters. Allow me to give an example.
I am thrilled when I see people saved. I am thrilled when I see churches grow the biblical way, but that method is few and far between. By biblical way, I mean the methods for church growth outlined in passages like Acts 9:31. However, no matter how much we see with our eyes that might encourage us about the church, the fact of prophecy will not change. Dr. Scofield writes: “The prophesied future of the visible church is apostasy.” The Bible speaks in 1 Timothy 4 and 2 Timothy 3 specifically about this issue. The visible church, and all of its programs and ploys, will continue to decline as the end draws near. I am not suggesting we roll over and play dead, but that we bow in submission to God’s Word.
I am of the biblical conviction that the Lord will rapture His church out of the world BEFORE the Tribulation. It is not until the Tribulation time that the Gospel will reach the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14). I have served as a missionary and will continue to give and lead the church I pastor in the financial giving to missionaries; however, our good intentions will not overturn God’s prophecies. There might be some false prophet in Texas preaching to a full gymnasium, but that is not the success of the true Gospel because he is not preaching the Gospel. Friend, this is not our father’s country. It is not our grandfather’s country, but it is still our Father’s world. The church must follow its mandate until the Master returns. He gave us plenty of warning signs to warn us of the nearness of the end. All of those warning signs are in place. I believe the Lord Jesus Christ could return for His church at any moment. No one single prophecy stands between the Church and the Trumpet. Our point of view does not amount to much. What matters now and always is “THE BIBLE SAYS!”