Peddling and Profiting from Fear
Christian Zionists have used the great tribulation to instill fear into the hearts of many. As a part of their end times program, the great tribulation is an event which must occur before the Rapture. However, with the recent publication of Four Blood Moons: Something Is About To Happen, John Hagee's book teaches that were in the last 15 months before the battle of Gog and Magog. This has serious implications for the Rapture doctrine.
Hagee and his supporters claim he is not predicting a date for the return of Christ. However he claims the last of the tetrad of blood moons occurs at the battle of Gog and Magog, (Rev. 20:8-9). For those who are unaware of the serious implications of this claim, note that the battle of Gog and Magog is the last event prior to the coming of the Lord. It is the final event before the Great White Throne judgment. To make this claim creates a host of problems for Christian Zionism.
According to Don K. Preston, D. Div, he says this means:
- The Rapture Has Already Occurred (according to the Christian Zionists doctrine)
- The Great Tribulation Has Already Occurred
- The Millennium (1000 Years Reign of Christ on Earth) Is within 15 months of completion, i.e. is in its final days
Christian Zionism teaches the Rapture would occur seven years before the Millennium. But, if the battle of Gog and Magog is only 15 months away, then the millennium has been present since for the past 998.7 years! We're in the countdown to Gog and Magog according to Hagee. How did these guys miss the millennium?
Secondly, the Rapture would occur seven years before the Millennium began. What does that mean? It means all the hype that has been taught about the Rapture is completely false! In addition, it means Hagee, Rod Parsley, Jack Van Impe, and Benny Hinn, Hal Lindsay, etc to name a few, all have been left behind!
Thirdly, the seven years following the Rapture is the time of the great tribulation per the Christian Zionists. That means it's over. That is the doctrinal convulsion of Christian Zionism. Hagee has millions of followers who have bought this Zionizing of the Christian churches as Bible teaching.
The Great Tribulation Is Old Testament Prophecy
It is prophesied in Jer. 30:7 (the time of Jacob's trouble) and Dan. 12:1, (the time of affliction). According to Matthew 24:21, no such time would parallel this event. Jesus taught the first century generation would not pass away until all were fulfilled, (Matt. 24:34).
Further, not one jot or tittle could in anywise pass from the Law until all were fulfilled. If the great tribulation is yet future or fulfilled in the the past 1007 years, that is also when the Old Law passed away.
John Affirmed He Was In the Great Tribulation in the First Century
I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on teh island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 1:9)
John gives a quick list of where he was at the writing of Revelation:
- He was in "the" tribulation along with companions (whom we'll identify below)
- He was in the kingdom
- He was in the patience of Jesus Christ
- He was in the island called Patmos
If John was in the island of Patmos at the time Revelation was written, he likewise was in the great tribulation. This accords with Jesus' statement that it would occur within his generation.
John's Companions Were Firstfruits Christians
Christ is called the firstfruits from the dead. That means he is the first to be raised from the dead or born again from the dead as the pledge of others. He was the firstfruits in the first century. However, other New Testament saints shared a solidarity and organic relationship with him as the firstfruits. They were the first Christians to be delivered from sin-death beginning on Pentecost of Acts 2.
James referred to them as the firstfruits, (Jas. 1;18). This is critical. Only first century saints can be firstfruits saints. No other Christians can be first. All who become Christians after the first century Christians come after them and therefore can never be first.
In Revelation, John identified a group of saints who had come out of the great tribulation and who stood before the throne of God.
"...These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev. 7:14). Therefore, they are before his throne and serve him day and night in the temple..." (Rev. 7:14-15)
Those who stand before the throne of God are called the firstfruits, (Rev. 14:4-5). They are first century saints. They belong to the same time period as did Christ. They were John's companions in the great tribulation. That is incontrovertible proof that the great tribulation occurred in the first century and that the Rapture doctrine is a hoax. We've pointed out in a previous article that it originated with the hallucinations of a sick woman name Margaret McDonald and was popularized by John Darby of the Plymouth Brethren.
The Battle of Gog and Magog occurs as the last eschatological event before the second coming of Christ. Hagee places this battle within the next 15 months according to Nasa's Tetrad and his assumptions about the end. This means the entire Christian Zionist end times paradigm must be rewritten. The Rapture, the great tribulation, are past and the millennium is within 15 months of completion.
We have demonstrated these contradict the great tribulation which Christ said occurred in the first century. John, and his firstfruits, first century companions were in the great tribulation and were about to come out of it. It means the event is past and not present or in our future. The Four Blood Moons will yield nothing related to Bible prophecy, all of which has been fulfilled, (Luke 21:20-22, 32)