About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
A Prophetic Futurist,
which I am, is one who believes the book of Revelation predicts future
events that bring this present age to a close.
Among Prophetic Futurist it's commonly understood that the
seven churches that Jesus addresses in Revelation, chapters 2 and 3,
represent seven specific segments of the church throughout history.
One of these churches is the church at Philadelphia. (Revelation 3:7 - 13) Those
holding to the view that this church represents a specific segment of
the church throughout history believe this church to represent; for the
lack of a better term, the Evangelical Church, dating roughly from 1750
A D to the end of this age. One
reason for this assertion is that Jesus opens an unprecedented door of
evangelism to this church that no one can shut. (Revelation 3:8)
The Evangelical movement has spread itself and the gospel
throughout the entire world more than any other Christian movement in
Another one of these
churches is the church at Laodicea. (Revelation 3:14 - 22) A
study of this church shows it is a self righteous, self sufficient, self
indulgent, apostate, church that exists alongside the Evangelical church
right up to the end of this age. It's
often called the Apostate
In past years, the
What Jesus tells the Evangelical
No one in their right
mind wants to experience the wrath of God as seen in the Great
Tribulation, so I can certainly understand the excitement of being
raptured. However, there is
more to Revelation 3:10 than the rapture.
This might dampen your excitement a bit, but the reason why those
in this segment of the church are raptured is because they have obeyed
Jesus' command to "patiently endure".
The words "patiently endure" tell us something we can't
More often than not, over
the centuries Christians have suffered immensely for their association
with Jesus. Western world
Evangelicals will not escape this suffering.
It's pretty obvious that Christians in the western world now face
a choice to either cave into the demands of an anti-Christ culture or
patiently endure the consequences for our social noncompliance.
As time goes on, these consequences will become more severe.
Those in the Evangelical
world are being presented with a choice.
We either "patiently endure" the suffering caused by
conflict with an anti-Christ culture, or we switch our allegiance to the
anti-Christ cultural correct
It's my opinion that many
Evangelicals have been switching their allegiance from the
We all experience trials.
They're just a part of the wear and tear of life, but our
present trials are nothing compared to what's around the corner.
I suggest we use these present trials as a means to strengthen
our reliance on Jesus. We
can't bury our heads in the sand or drown ourselves in the ways of the
world to escape our present trials.
We've got to seek Jesus more diligently than ever.
By so doing, we can prepare for the more serious trials that are
yet to come.
If we're going to believe
that Revelation 3:10 supports a pre-tribulation rapture, then we've got
to believe that Jesus is calling us to "patiently endure" all
that comes our way from the anti-Christ culture prior to the