Thursday, September 29, 2005
The Closet Adventist
We just finished a 5 night program on the the second coming at the local Seventh Day Adventist Church. It was beamed world wide via satellite to all of the western hemisphere. What can be a better place to find out about Christ's return than the Adventist Church. They have been in the business of predicting the date since they first got it wrong in 1844. It was a suprisingly good presentation; it had to be for me to go all 5 nights. No, we are not joining the Adventist Church; I like my meat and I like to listen to the "Car Guys" on Saturday morning at 10 am.
I guess it helped that the rabbi agreed with me. He presented a post tribulation rapture of the church that occurs concurrently with the second coming and the establishment of Christ's kingdom on Earth. I have never really been one to argue pre, post, mid or pan tribulation. I did read a book about 20 years ago that explained that the pre-trib position is only about 100 years old. I always thought all three postions should be presented together as the late Walter Martin did. At the Free Church in Maryland we studied the Apocalypse in Sunday School. I was a little put off by the teacher not presenting other views but insisting a pre-trib rapture was an essential article of faith. He said that the church wasn't mentioned after a certain point in Revelation. I replied that "you shouldn't create doctrine by what the bible doesn't say'. I think I went on to say that "Burger King and Wendy's weren't mentioned either but I'm hoping to get a good burger there". Needless to say I felt like Moses eating a pork chop after that. The sunday school teacher never finished the study; he cited health reasons or job related stress or something.
It was really a pretty mainline service for a church that brought you the "Branch Davidians". The local minister who did a 20 minute review after each broadcast was a terrific speaker. But I don't think we blend. They just seemed a little bit too classy for us. Plus the mean age was 67. But we went all five nights and got our free book. I'm not writing this to create any Blog Flame Out, it was just refreshing to hear one view explained so coherently. If you have any question about how I feel just study the above photo for 5 minutes in direct sunlight. If you still have any questions send me a love-gift and I'll mail you a prayer cloth.
PS: How do you like my paragraphs, U.F.?