This is a posttribulation website, meaning the Church will be on this earth during the tribulation and resurrected/raptured at the beginning of the Day of the Lord because that is the Bible's position (See Matthew 24:29-31). After teaching pretribulationism (pretrib rapture) for many years, the Holy Spirit led me to do a serious in-depth re-examination of Bible prophecy over a one-year period. Instead of taking for granted what the proponents of the pretrib rapture taught, which included all of the eminent pretrib scholars, I discovered pretribulationism failed the test of Sola Scriptura (the Bible itself is the final authority on all biblical interpretation). As a result, I wrote and published, The Day of the Lord, The Key to Understanding End-Time prophecy, which also was my Ph.D dissertation.
Since Traditional Dispensationalism (many believers don't even know the history of how the Church was given this false doctrine) is the basis of the pretrib rapture as well as promotes and elevates Israel and modern Zionism over the Church by teaching a "dual covenant" theology, that is, Israel has its own covenant (Old Covenant of Talmudic Judaism) in contrast to the New Covenant Jesus established by his crucifixion and resurrection, and are the chosen people, not the Church. I realized this was another serious error (Zionism) existed to deceive and confuse the saints. Consequently, I began to write and teach the truth about the chosen people status and it is not physical, secular or religious Israel for not all Israel is Israel and not all Jews are true Jews. Only a remnant that are in exile because God placed them there (It is called the Iron Yoke, but how many Christians know anything about that) who repent and confess Jesus as the Messiah are true Israelites and true Jews. Gentiles that accept Jesus Christ are as much a true Israelite and a true Jew, actually more so than the natural born Jews who deny the deity and Lordship of Jesus. There is a section on this website entitled, "The Church and Israel, which has informative articles on this subject that I highly recommend you read, but you will need to take off your religious hat and be open-minded to benefit by them.
Because I am willing to teach the truth about pretribulationism and modern Zionism, many readers who have been programmed to dual covenant theology promoted by John Hagee, Pat Robertson, and others, I am often accused of being an Anti-Semite and a Jew hater. Nothing could be farther from the truth for I have spent my entire Christian ministry (over four decades) witnessing to Jews here in the United States and in Israel. During one Baptist pastorate, a wealthy Jewish lady, who had become a Christian, invited me to come to her spacious home and speak to her lost Jewish friends. Why? Because using her own words, she realized I loved the Jewish people and was not afraid to tell them the truth that they are chosen ONLY in Christ, not because of natural birth. The irony is that no Jewish person who knows me has ever accused me of being an Anti-Semite (again most believers don't know the origin of that word because they think it originated from the Holocaust, but it didn't). If you say you love the Jews and the State of Israel (what does that mean?), then share the gospel with them in the power of the Holy Spirit for they all need Jesus in order to enter the Kingdom of God. There is not a different God or covenant for the Jews and Gentiles. There is one God and one Lord (Jesus Christ) and one salvation - faith in the blood of Jesus. A Jew that died under the Old Covenant trusting in the Law rather than the promise of a coming deliverer such as Abraham died in their sins and were eternally lost. The same is true today for Jews that reject Jesus, they will die in their sins and experience eternal torment along with all other Christ haters. There is no such thing as a second chance after death. How we leave this world determines our eternal destiny. This is why I do not get caught-up in looking for a third temple or the ashes of a red heifer and the establishment of an Israeli kingdom in the Middle East. I look for the Lord Jesus to return and set-up HIS Kingdom and rule the nations with His bride, the Judah Church (how many know what the Judah Church is?).
As mentioned, the articles on this website are the product of over 40 years of studying and teaching the Word of God, particularly eschatology (the doctrine of last things). For those who watch Bill O'Reilly on Fox News know that he begins each program with the phrase, "Caution, you are about to enter the no-spin zone!" The same caution is needed for viewers and readers of this site. The information on this website is for "serious seekers of truth" and not for the spiritual lazy or lame of heart and mind. If you want a traditional approach to Scripture, particularly dispensationalism (pretribulationism) then this site is not for you.
While scholarship has its place in the academic world, it has little value in biblical interpretation unless it is fully dependent upon the Holy Spirit who is the teacher of Sola Scriptura:
2 Timothy 3:16
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak; and He will show you things to come.
Scholarship based on revelation of the Word is a great and wonderful thing and is what the Body of Christ needs. Intellectual knowledge only puffs up the mind and does little to aid the spirit of man. Likewise emotional goose bumps last about as long as the length of an emotionally charged worship service. It does nothing to build the spirit with the knowledge of the Word.
Christians are to be seekers of truth and that comes from one source - Holy Spirit illumination of the Word of God. Jesus said in John 17 the Word of God is the truth, so combined with His statement in John 16:13 above, we are to be Spirit-filled and able to rightly divide the Word of truth. Unfortunately, the modern Church seems to be focused on everything but the truth. It is true that there is much preaching and teaching in American churches (some are not authentic New Testament Churches; I deal with this in my book, The Day of the Lord), but is it the truth or man's version of what he thinks or prefers the truth to be. For many, I think the latter is true. Why do I say that? Based upon personal experience and what I see taking place among the Christian churches and more importantly what the Apostle Paul said about the last days, (many will fall away from the truth and turn to fables - false religion that is convenient and pleasurable as well as preferring their favorite teachers who tell them what they want to hear). Truth is crying out in the streets and churches of America to be heard over the loud clamor of religiosity.
There are so-called preachers today who are getting rich off the saints and live like kings while many believers are struggling to make ends meet. This ought not to be and is not what the New Testament teaches. The Bible I read says we are to be content with what we have and not to seek the uncertain riches that are here today and gone tomorrow. Now, I am not saying God wants us poor, but the real riches are spiritual and not material. The prosperity preachers would have us to believe just the opposite. The power of the Holy Spirit lies not in mammon, but in a close relationship to Jesus via His Word and Spirit. If we are blessed to be rich by the gift of God, then use it for His glory and not for the accumulation of "things" for we came into this world with nothing and we will leave it the same way. Someone has said, that only what is done for Christ will last and all other is mere refuse.
If you are seeking to dine on the meat of the Word and are willing to think outside the box of traditional religion, then you will enjoy articles on this site. You may learn some truth you have not thought about or have not heard any teaching on it.
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The Lord bless you.
Brother Allen Barber