Friday, September 1, 2023

I Don't Think That's How It Works

I recently saw this meme on Facebook:

This image communicates a sentiment popular among many dogmatic dispensational premillennialists. I've heard and read it communicated in phrases such as, "You can hang around for the tribulation if you want. I'm leaving on the first load." Or, "There are varying opinions as to the timing of the rapture of the church. You may see it differently, but I plan on being on the first flight out."

Regardless of your specific understanding of the Bible in regards to eschatology, I believe most of us would agree that Christians will be "caught up together ... to meet the Lord in the air," as Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4, based on having put our faith in Jesus as the saving King, not on whether we take a pre-trib, mid-trib, or post-trib stance with regard to the timing of this catching up.

Memes like this only seem to imply that a believer's status when Christ returns is based on having the proper interpretation of the sequence of end-time events, rather than a living faith in the risen Savior.

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