CHURCH TRUTH OR CHURCH MYTH: END TIME HARVEST

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11

 

Emotion’s can be a very tricky beast to handle, especially when it comes to religion, especially evangelical religion and the last days. When an ideology surpasses fact and becomes mired into legend, the overwhelming response is to ignore facts and rely on myth because it satisfies the heart and justifies the senses. The fact is, many times Christians check their mind at the door of religion and become a spiritual sponge, unwilling to “test all things” and just accept what’s presented to them, even if that which is presented is not necessarily the truth. Case in point: An end time harvest.

It’s a popular belief conjured by many which says that toward the end of the age, a great end time harvest of souls will be won for Christ. Nations, upon nations will turn to Christ, millions will be saved and then when that special “number” that only God knows, has been reached, then the rapture will occur and the world will be sent into what is called the Great Tribulation.

But is this belief true? Is it Biblical?

Whenever we deal with popular slogans or ideas that the church adopts, it must pass the muster of scripture, in other words, if your opinion or position or idea or belief is not based on the word of God, then it’s only an opinion and not one that can be proven with scripture. It’s useless to the body because their is no sure foundation. This is why it’s important to test all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and not rely on opinion. Opinions are fine, everybody has an opinion, from opinions about politics, or friends and family, to how the pastor ought to do things based on our perception. But opinion’s can be wrong, especially if they are not founded on some reason of truth, especially Biblical truth. If one is preaching or teaching just an opinion and not something founded on the word of God, it needs to stop, for the sake of the body of Christ, because it brings about a level of trust but not in the word, but into man made logic, then you’ve placed your trust into an idea and not what God says.

The popular slogan sung by many a popular ministry or preacher these days is the “end time harvest” theology and if it’s to be noticed, it always occurs around telethon season when believers are willing to support financially their favorite preacher or ministry, even if they are willing to be duped. The sad fact is, most of these preachers honestly know they are misleading many in their eschatology view, but the sad fact is, lying pays the bills.

So do we find in scripture where an end time harvest will occur? Where preachers will see tens of thousands saved in the last hour of humanity? If there is such a truth, it was certainly left out in the Bible and never mentioned by Christ or his disciples, including the apostle Paul. In Matthew 24, Christ gives us a glimpse of the world and what it will resemble and that resemblance is to Noah, where only 8 were saved (1 Peter 3:20).

The fact remains, will the church see an upswing in masses coming to the Lord? If we look at the current state of both the world as well as the church, the answer seems to be leaning against it. In a recent poll study by covchurch.org revealed that only 40% of those who call themselves evangelical born again believers attend church. What’s worse, in the past 40 years, mainline evangelical Denominations have seen a rapid decline in attendance than the previous 50 years.

All churches started between 1810 and 1960 (excluding the 1920s) declined in attendance from 2003 to 2004. The greatest attendance decrease in that period (-1.6%) came from churches begun in the 1820s, followed by the 1940s (-1.5%).

The decline of evangelism. A Barna poll in 2013 showed that only half (52%) of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs, in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. The data is showing that something is occurring within the church and that is an overall decline in its desire to preach the gospel, even with personal evangelism.

If there is an end time harvest coming, meaning, where an enormous amount of people around the world are going to come to Christ just before the final chapter of humanity is closed, then it better come soon if what we are seeing in this world, with its wars, terrorism, the massive rise of false prophets and teachers are any indication of where we are at on God’s prophetic timeline.

Some would accuse this writer of pessimism, but they would sadly be mistaken. There is no question that many are coming to Christ not only in America, but across the world, however, what needs to be understood is, “when” is this supposedly “end time event” scheduled to take place? And who is going to lead it? Again, it needs to be understood that while we preach Christ and him crucified and desire all men to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the truth is, that throughout the written word, every indication persists that we will not see a world become more tolerable to Christianity, but actually a more intolerable spirit toward those who claim Christ.

Notice the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:22 “and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Jesus made is clear that the world would hate believers, not because of who they are, but because of in whom they have believed. Jesus was not painting a portrait of perfect idealism, he was painting a clear and powerful image of what this world would resemble toward the end, a world which would become very hostile to the gospel as well as to those who proclaimed his word.

The apostle Paul gave us rare glimpse into what the final last remaining years would be in 2 Timothy 3:1 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” The word “perilous” literally means dangerous, difficult and/or hard. In 1 Timothy 4:1 Paul once again gave another view or glimpse into our future world, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” If we are to take Paul’s words literal, the facts can be clearly seen, a time of many departing from the faith will occur toward the end of time (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Why would there be a massive departure from the faith if there is coming a massive group of people getting saved? The idea is counterproductive. It just doesn’t add up.

So what gives? If we can clearly see in scripture of what is in fact coming in the last days, persecution, scoffers, a genuine lack of faith, if things were as rosy as many of our favorite preachers or pastors want us to believe, then why did Jesus say that only those who endure to the end will be saved? Because the truth is, and sadly so, it’s a manipulation on our emotions to generate money, i.e., greed.

There is a spirit of greed moving within the church like no other time in church history. It seems every major player on television or who runs a large church is fighting for every nickel and dime (and of course it’s always to preach the gospel) but what happens when the donations go down? What is the next step? The next step is to find a way, or idea, which both plays on the emotion and heartstrings of the people so that they will be moved to once again give to fund another “move”, but tragically it’s only a means to an end – to your wallet.

The fact is, God has already told us in his word what is coming in the last days, we do not need another flamboyant preacher or big time ministry to entice us with visions of grandeur by promising we will reap if we give deep. The fact is, God has revealed to us everything we need to know – in his word. If we go by the word of God and not by our personal cliche’s and church myths we’ve created, then we would realize that the world as we know it is going to become very difficult for the believer, no rosy imagery, no portraits of illusions, no enticing words meant to sway our emotions so that we would feel inclined to give and give and then give some more. No, the truth is we must go with God’s word, not the words of a man, for it is God’s word which will always remain true, faithful and sure. Everything else, regardless how it might sound, is secondary and must be removed so that God’s word is first and foremost in our lives. This will keep us from being deceived, as well as safe from the tides of man made theology.

I can’t promise you an end time harvest where millions upon millions are going to come to Christ, nor can I guarantee you that we will not all see persecution. However, I can tell you that the message of the cross is still relevant today as it was yesterday, proclaiming that Jesus Christ still saves, still heals, and still sets the captive free. That is a sure word, that is a word we can trust and that is a surety we hope for, not in a ruse designed to gain your finances, but to trust in God in these last days.

Stop believing in myths and start trusting in God’s word, you’ll thank me for it when deception comes.

Christopher

Comments
  1. […] Church Truth or Church Myth: Great End Times Harvest […]

  2. james harrell says:

    Great word, I pray many will visit this site and hear this truth about church myths and emotional pimping, coming from the pulpit. I have a word I would like to share with you concerning – apostasy, how scriptures are taken out of context, misinterpreted and preached from church to church in error, thus deceiving millions.
    Apostle james

  3. Wendy Thompson says:

    This is so relevant for the times we are in. It is so grieving that so many Christians are waiting for the so called end time revival. The new apostolic reformation is false and very damaging to the body of Christ, leading souls to be deceived.

  4. I am absolutely in agreement with you

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