Christian Scoffers Abound
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking
after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since
the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of
the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant…”
2 Peter 3:3-5a. For the last 2,000
years Christians have been anxiously awaiting their Lord and Savior’s return.
Why? Because of Jesus’ own words in John chapter 14. “Let
not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my
Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go
to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
John 14:1-3. Then again, for that
same period of time there have been those who challenge the rest of us with
these words “Where is the promise of his
coming?” 2 Peter 3:4a.
Of course, we who truly trust God know that He will return.
Jesus returns to earth He has a prior commitment to accomplish. He must first
remove His saints from amongst the earth dwellers. There’s nothing tricky about
it, He’ll simply say “Come up here” and we who love Him and who’ve put our
faith, trust, and hope in Him, and Him alone for salvation, will all
instantaneously go missing. God the Father will say to His Son, “Go get ‘em
Son”. At which point Jesus will remove His Church and then approximately seven
years later He’ll return again and take His rightful place on David’s throne.
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,
and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and
shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the
throne of his father David:” Luke
1:31-32. From that vantage point Jesus, our Messiah, will rule and
reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, along with His saints, for 1,000
In John’s Gospel chapter 14 in verses 2 & 3
isn’t just trying to get His followers to appreciate Him for what He can do for
them with some pie in the sky heavenly enticements (mansions).
He’s being extremely forthright telling us just what awaits those who follow
Him. As His followers, these words should give us great comfort. When the
Creator of the universe tells His followers,
“I will come again” we should be
more secure with that statement than we are with the fact that we have air to
coming back in the flesh to set up His monarchy on earth. Many Christians
perceive themselves to be too intellectual to believe such a thing as Jesus
re-appearing in the flesh; most have been taught by their pastors or seminary
professors that Bible prophecy is irrelevant, or that prophecy is all in the
past, it’s all been fulfilled, there’s nothing else to come. They may be folks
who are in love with their worldly pleasures and have no longing for His
appearing. Remember the world loves those who belong to her. Don’t allow
yourself to be deceived, Jesus will return, and in the flesh. He was flesh and
bone when He appeared to His disciples and He will return in the same glorified
body He left earth in.
“Behold my hands
and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not
flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
are plagued with unbelief. Peter says scoffers will come in the last days, to
which I must add “And how”. Any mention of the Rapture in one of my commentaries
and the flood gate of letters opens for all who feel the need belittle me and
point out my blindness concerning my interpretation of God’s Word. As Jesus
tarries the scoffers seem to be further emboldened all the while neglecting to
recognize He’s running the show, not us.
who’ve studied eschatology should not be surprised at those who scoff at every
prophetic scripture in God’s word. They hold to their own erroneous
interpretation of God’s Word and defend their misguided ideas with all tenacity.
They come at us from all walks of life. Peter said it would be so. What
surprises this Christian is the fact that many of these scoffers, while claiming
a relationship with Jesus Christ, criticize His Word. That fact is astounding.
first epistle the Apostle John tells us
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us,
they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might
be made manifest that they were not all of us.”
1 John 2:19. John doesn’t mince his
words. They called themselves Christians, yet they were not.
“…The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his
field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and
went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then
appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto
him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it
tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him,
Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye
gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together
until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather
ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather
the wheat into my barn.”
Matthew 13:24b-30. The tares are
professing Christians yet are not of us. They infiltrate the Church and spread
untruths but are perceived to be quite knowledgeable. Many listen to them. They
are the enemy’s property, thus they scoff at the truth as they disseminate their
lies to the biblically illiterate Church.
people simply want to reject God so they can go about their lives without the
need to be accountable to Him. They would prefer to wallow in their sinful
lifestyles with impunity; they don’t realize that the consequence of sin is
death. It is ludicrous for a professing Christian to deny the truth of God’s
Word and then ignore the fact that that denial has consequences. Jesus said He
would return, why is that so difficult to believe? Could it be that many would
rather live on this earth with its manmade rules and laws than to be governed by
a perfect awesome King? I pray that is not the case, but I’m concerned that it
denominations believe that Jesus is currently ruling over His Kingdom in our
hearts. To these folks it’s extremely farfetched to believe God will snatch His
saints from the face of this earth at some point in the future. The 1,000 year
reign of Christ on earth is an anathema to many professing Christians. These
folks are also scoffers. “…for since the
fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the
creation.” 2 Peter 3:4b.
In other words, they may believe in creation but believing in Jesus’ promise
that He will return becomes much more obscure. Peter goes on to enlighten us
with a much deeper look into their motives.
“For this they willingly are ignorant…,”
2 Peter 3:5a. Willingly ignorant
means deliberate. They deliberately refuse the truth, and they knowingly mouth
opposition to the prophetic scriptures. The question is how can professing
Christians deny God’s truth and say they love Jesus? Why profess to be a
follower of Jesus Christ in one breath and call Him a liar with the next?
the erroneous teachings of scriptures by deceived individuals has wreakedhavoc on a large portion of blind and disobedient
Christians. Denying the truth that Jesus will return one day soon is calling Him
a liar. A question remains, by denying prophecy are they not poking a finger in
God’s eye? If a person doesn’t believe in the Rapture, that unbelief won’t
diminish their salvation. Still, to refer to God’s word as nothing more than
something that occurred in the past or relegating His word to simply allegorical
can’t possibly be very endearing to Him.
“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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Denying
any portion of God’s prophetic Word is akin to ignorance, which in the Greek is
means to err or sin through mistake, to be wrong. Denial of God’s inerrant word,
for a follower of Jesus Christ is worse than unbelief, it is willful
disobedience. Whether Christians know it or not denial of any portion of God’s
word as truth in any form connects them to a corrupt and unbelieving world. As
Christians, we are set apart from the world. Christians must stand together
against any and all opposition to God’s truth. Picking and choosing what we want
to believe is sin.
I find it
interesting that four times in his letters Paul instructs Christians to not be
ignorant (without knowledge):
ignorant about God’s plan for Israel (Romans 11:25).
ignorant about spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1).
ignorant about suffering and trials in the Christian life (2 Corinthians 1:8).
ignorant about the rapture and the second coming of Jesus (1 Thessalonians
are areas where ignorance is still common in the Christian church. Paul
instructs the Church to learn the scriptures and to obtain the knowledge God
would have them to possess.
Paul’s admonishments is to comfort one another with the words he wrote to the
Thessalonians. “But I would not have you to
be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this
we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto
the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore
comfort one another with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Why would
Paul give this admonition to comfort one another with these words if there is
nothing comforting about them? Teaching the Rapture of Christ’s Church is
clearly comforting and encouraging, otherwise there would be no reference to
this event whatsoever.
days and the end times are spoken of constantly by prophecy teachers, yet in
many Christian churches there is no comfort being offered as to the truth of the
prophetic scriptures. Every prophetic scripture that has been fulfilled so far
has come about exactly as God’s Word proclaimed they would. Why dismiss the
remaining few prophetic scriptures as allegorical or as having been fulfilled
back in 70AD? There are plenty of scripture verses that have yet to come to pass
and we who study those scriptures have a clear vision as to what to expect in
these last days. Comforting words are needed in our Churches today to fend off
the horrible things we see occurring today.
The literal truth of
Scripture needs to be taught
heading off the lies of scoffers.
prophecy is the key to understanding God’s word and for drawing closer to Him.
The Bible has been laid open for our understanding, now more than ever before in
the history of the scriptures. Diligent study is essential to discerning those
scriptures and grasping what God clearly expects His Church to comprehend. Those
who neglect diligent Bible study are missing out on a great relationship with
their Savior God. Believing in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is just
the beginning, now it’s time to build on a most desired relationship with the
Creator of the universe. When we talk about walking with Jesus and growing
closer to Him it’s through His Word and much prayer that that relationship
builds, and as it builds He begins to take complete control of our lives.
scoffers will still come, that’s just a fact. We will never convince everyone
that God’s Word is true and inerrant; even many professing Christians stand
apart from that truth. It all comes down to who you allow to teach you about God
and His Word. In many cases men teach the Bible as they themselves have been
taught without variance; which means that if they were taught by someone who
taught erroneously those same errors are then passed down to the next generation
of students and so on until the errors run rampant. Studying your Bible for
yourself and praying for God to enlighten you to the truth of His Word will
garner a huge harvest of truth and you can take comfort in knowing God gave you
the discernment to understand Him.
Yes, we all have them. Truth? Now that’s different, we must rely on and stay in
God’s word and believe all of His truth. When we discover for ourselves that all
of God’s word is inerrant and prophecy matters greatly in the Christians life,
our life on earth becomes even more exciting as we await the final outcome.
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