Common errors made about "End-time" Prophecy
Common errors people make about "End-time" Prophecy (Escatology),
and the False teachings of fictional movies like "Left Behind."
"Test Everything. Hold on to the good"--1 Thessalonians 5:21
1. THE ERROR OF LIFTING "THE LAST DAYS" OUT OF THEIR 1ST CENTURY HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND
ATTEMPTING TO RE-APPLY THEM TO OUR TIMES, TODAY.
Comment: The problem, every mention of "the last days" or equivalents
[last times, last hour, etc.] in the New Testament Scriptures refers to the 1st
Century. There are no exceptions. Check: Hebrews 1:2; Acts 2:17; 1 Timothy 4:1;
2 Timothy 3:1; James 5:3; 2 Peter 3:3; Jude 18; 1 John 2:18.
2. THE ERROR OF SEPARATING DANIEL'S 70TH WEEK FROM HIS OTHER 69 WEEKS, INSERTING A TIME
GAP OF INDETERMINATABLE LENGTH AND CALLING IT A FUTURE, 7-YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.
Comment: Daniel's 70 Weeks of years [490 years] were literally, perfectly and
sequentially fulfilled, within the time fame of his four world empires. Its starting
point was the Decree of Artaxerxes in 457 BC. Its finishing point was in 34 AD, when
the time determined exclusively upon the Yahudim was over and the gospel was free to go
to the Diaspora (lost 10 tribes of Israel). There is no scriptural warrant or
precedent for inserting a gap of any kind or duration.
3. THE ERROR OF CLAIMING THE "THIS GENERATION" IN YAHSHUA'S OLIVET DISCOURSE, WHICH
WOULD EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING HE DESCRIBED, MEANS SOME OTHER FUTURE GENERATION.
Comment: Every New Testament use [36 times] of the phrase "this
generation" always refers to the generation then-and-there present in the 1st
Century. See, for example: (Matthew 23:36; 11:16; 12:41, 42; 16:4). Yahshua's usage in
Matthew 24 was no different. He never mentioned nor inferred any other generation
different from that of those he was addressing. (The Scriptural generation is
approximately 40 years)
4. THE ERROR OF ASSUMING THE BOOK OF REVELATION [OR MOST OF IT] IS A FORECAST OF FUTURE
WORLD EVENTS STILL UNFULFILLED.
Comment: This assumption violates what the book of Revelation says about itself
and to whom the book was written. In its prologue and epilogue, it states, concerning
the whole of its prophecy, that it was: "at hand," "obey-able" and, finally, "not to be
sealed up." Revelation's total relevance (in Old Testament Scripture's Poetic Picture
language) starts and ends in the lifetime of its original hearers, and to those who
were originally addressed, "the seven assemblies that are in Asia", Rev, 1:4. If you
are not of these Assemblies, living during the times of the address of the letter
(book), the Prophecy in Revelation is NOT for you.
5. THE ERROR OF SPINNING OFF ATTRIBUTES OF DANIEL'S FOURTH WORLD EMPIRE, INSERTING A
TIME GAP AND CALLING IT A FIFTH WORLD EMPIRE...A YET-TO-COME,"REVIVED ROMAN
Comment: Daniel's two visions (Daniel 2 & 7) portrayed four successive world
empires, not five. They were Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and the old Roman Empire.
Daniel places the coming of one like the son of man [the Messiah] and the establishment
of His everlasting kingdom during the time of this fourth world empire, the old Roman
Empire. This was all fulfilled, exactly, without gaps, gimmicks or any interpretive
6. THE ERROR OF TEACHING THAT 1ST CENTURY SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND RELIGIOUS CONDITIONS
MUST BE RE-ENACTED FOR ENDTIMES FULFILLMENT TO OCCUR, - AGAIN.
Comment: It is the failure of interpreters to recognize the significance of the
historical events surrounding the predicted destruction of Jerusalem by Messiah, of the
Yahudi temple and of cultic Yahudaism in 70 AD --- This was the real "End-times", also
referred to as the "end of the World", with the meaning "the end of the formal Yahudi
ceremonial Religious system".
7. THE ERROR OF POSTPONING ALL OR PART OF THE COMING [I.E. CONSUMMATION] OF THE KINGDOM
Comment: Daniel prophesied the coming of ONLY ONE, everlasting Kingdom of God.
It was to take place in the days of the fourth world empire [the Roman Empire]. That
kingdom is THE kingdom which John the Baptist and Yahshua proclaimed as "at hand."
What's more, Yahshua's coming in power and glory consummated that kingdom when the old
Judaic cultic system was completely destroyed (70 AD). All this occurred exactly as,
and when Yahshua said it would--within the lifetime of those then living (Matthew
10:23; 16:28; 24:30-34; 26:64).
8. THE ERROR OF MISUSING YAHSHUA'S STATEMENT ABOUT NOT BEING ABLE TO KNOW THE "DAY OR
THE HOUR" OF HIS COMING TO IMPLY NOT BEING ABLE TO KNOW THE MONTH, YEAR OR EVEN THE
Comment: Scripture is precise in its use of time statements. For 1st Century
believers, not being able to know the "day or hour" was no excuse. Yahshua emphatically
warned, "when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies...get out" (Luke 21:20-21). Armies
surrounded Jerusalem four times in 66, 67, 68 and, lastly, in 70 A.D.... Those who read
this sign and acted in time, escaped, (were saved). Those who didn't, or wouldn't,
suffered the wrath of YHWH's judgment at this particular, time-restricted and
end-of-the-age coming (nearness) of Yahshua.
9. THE ERROR OF SUBSCRIBING TO A PAGAN, "END-OF-THE-WORLD" PARADIGM.
Comment: Do you know what the Bible says about an "end of the world?" NOTHING.
What do the historic creeds say? Again, NOTHING. What the Bible actually says is: The
earth remains forever -- Ecclesiastes 1:4 End of the age -- Matthew 13:39, 49; 24:3
10. THE ERROR OF CONCEDING BY DEFAULT THAT ALL-1ST CENTURY IMMINENCY EXPECTATIONS OF
THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS, THE EARLY BELIEVERS AND YAHSHUA HIMSELF PROVED
Comment: If our 1st Century ancestors in the faith, and even Yahshua Himself,
were mistaken about something as important as the coming again of Yahshua and about
"the end of all things is at hand" (1 Peter 4:7) as being imminent in their lifetimes,
how can we now trust them for passing on any other aspects of the faith? The answer is,
they were not mistaken.
11. THE ERROR OF BUYING INTO A NEW TEACHING IN CHURCH HISTORY [LAST 150 YEARS] OF AN
ESCAPE FROM THIS PLANET, FROM THIS LIFE'S TRIBULATIONS AND FROM KINGDOM
Comment: The relatively new teaching of a "rapture-removal" or 'Left Behind'
from planet Earth is a distortion of key scriptures historically interpreted to refer
to a general resurrection. Yahshua specifically prayed against the human weakness 'for
removal' (John 17:15). And His prayer is still in effect. This is the most dangerous of
all corrupted teachings, because it attempts to remove the believer, the believer from
his responsibility of ruling with Messiah as the body, over this world. It leaves a
void of righteous believers in Civil and Governmental affairs, which are subsequently
filled by Pagans, with obvious results. Wake up believer, only you have been given
the knowledge, and the wisdom to rule with Messiah as King, get involved, get elected,
For aletheia, the Assembly of Yahweh, Cascade