Biblical Audio Commentary – How Do Men of God Miss the Tribulation?

Biblical Audio Commentary – How Do Men of God Miss the Tribulation?




It puzzles me to no end.  I listen to or read the works of several commentators who are very astute, one of them is absolutely a man of the God, the others appear so, yet for all they see going on in the world none appear to have read and absorbed the book of Revelation for what it actually says.  How is it that men of God can discern the evil in this world and the globalist agenda but seemingly deny the Tribulation as it is described in the Bible?

Leo Hohmann is an independent investigative reporter who writes one to two articles weekly.  He is a Christian who has been on the forefront of reporting on the coming one world government.  In fact, he describes it as the Beast System, obviously a reference to what the Antichrist sets up in Revelation 13 in the midst of the Tribulation.  Leo speaks periodically of our need to turn to God through Jesus Christ, but the depth of his faith is unclear since the focus of his writing is primarily secular.

Michael Snyder writes several blogs, among them The End of the American Dream and The Economic Collapse blog – quite cheery I know, but Michael does a great job outlining the devolving world in which we live.  He very much sees – and has been discussing for a number of years – how America and the world is headed for great chaos.  Much of what he writes dovetails into the necessary conditions for the Tribulation.  From all appearances, Michael is a strong believer who has a clear vision of the catastrophic times to come.  What he doesn’t do, however, is tie his dire messages into the actual Tribulation Judgments.

Curtis Bowers of Agenda Weekly (here is his Rumble page) is clearly a man of deep faith.  He has studied Communism all his life and is absolutely convinced that its anti-God agenda has destroyed this nation and is intent on completely bringing down America.  As a chronicler of current events so as to see the world through a Biblical lens and as a family man, there’s no doubt Curtis spends time in God’s Word and follows it.  However, despite understanding the depth of the effort to reduce our nation to second-hand status with all the political, military, social, and religious aspects involved in that, he seems to somehow miss the fact of the Tribulation.

Aren’t these cases perplexing?  They certainly are for me.  With Leo Hohmann we have specific reference to a not-so-distant future time that occurs in the midst of the Tribulation even as the various Judgment plagues of God are going full-tilt.  The Beast System that is unleashed in Revelation 13 is currently being perfected.  As I’ve often said, many of the circumstances that come to fruition during the Tribulation don’t just happen overnight.  There is a progression and preparation for them that we’re experiencing right now prior to when God drops the curtain and daylight in the world ends.  These include the worldwide wars of Seal 2 and the subsequent famines and plagues of Seal 3 that lead to a horrendous death count as Seal 4 describes, just to name the initial curses that God releases upon the unbelieving world.

So, if you’re going to speak about the Beast System, which includes digital ID, digital currency, 24/7 surveillance monitoring, probable requirement for vaxx certification, and the inability to buy or sell because of the overweening control the government exerts, how can you not put all this into the context of the Tribulation?

From various comments Leo has made in his articles over the years I’ve followed him, it’s readily apparent that Leo is not a pre-Trib Rapture believer, and is at best a post-Tribber.  But even a post Tribber can and should acknowledge the severity of the Tribulation with its Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments.  Post-Tribbers may think they’ll skate through the worst of these plagues in some manner, being delivered from their effects by God, but they simply don’t discuss how awful these seven years will be.  Again, witness Leo referencing the Beast System, but does he ever discuss the Seals, the Trumpets, or the Bowls and what they will mean for inhabitants of the earth?  I’ve never read anything of his that even comes close.

Another presumed post-Tribber, Michael Snyder multiple times weekly outlines the economic, social, and political deterioration going on.  You can’t read his work without coming away with a definitive understanding that nothing is going to get better.  Do you want to see details as to how the world is on an accelerated roller-coaster to destruction?  Michael’s your guy.  But where is the linkage to the actual Tribulation with its varied Judgments?

Curtis Bowers is similar in his absence of discussing the Tribulation.  Interestingly, Jan Markell, a fervent pre-Trib Rapture adherent, has had Curtis on her radio show numerous times.  I don’t think you could have that association without hearing Jan’s cogent arguments for pre-Trib.  Curtis, like Leo, understands the conspiracy reality of how evil our American government is and has been.  He realizes that we’re in the midst of a spiritual battle that will only be concluded once Jesus returns.  However, despite the literal doom and gloom that Curtis will sometimes relate as to our situation in the midst of this wickedness, he believes that through prayer, the growth of family enterprises, and the hope that sustainable communities can propagate, that there will be generations yet to come in this world.  In other words, he has no grasp of the Tribulation itself coming and its endgame.  Over this last year I’ve heard Curtis rival me for doom and gloom prognostications, and you know I’m right up there with those forecasting an extremely dire future for the world, outside of those who truly belong to Jesus.

Curtis advocates the Gospel and turning to Christ for salvation, but he never takes the world to its ultimate end as God has shown us in His Word.  I’m hard-pressed to recall if he’s ever mentioned the Tribulation, and I wonder how that can be given his Biblical discernment.  It boggles my mind.

God gave many warnings to Judah (the Southern kingdom) of what was to come in the wake of Israel’s fall (the Northern kingdom).

Here is Jeremiah 7:3-11:

3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’

5 “For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever.

8 “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? 11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord.

In these verses God addresses His own people the Jews.  Their lives have no relation to the fact that He called them to be holy and a light to the nations.  Can we honestly say that the church today acts any differently from God’s people in those times?

In Jeremiah 7:16-20 the focus drills in upon the Jews as they act no differently from the secular people in the surrounding nations.  They worship false gods like the Queen of Heaven which provokes God to no end:

16 “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven. And they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. 19 Is it I whom they provoke? declares the Lord. Is it not themselves, to their own shame? 20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, upon man and beast, upon the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched.”

When a nation has been given the revelation of God, yet spurns His mercy and love, that antagonizes Him and makes them subject to His wrath.  Can we in America say we’ve done any differently?  Can any other nation in the world declare that it follows God?

Time and again, the Lord shows how gracious He is by giving those who are called by His Name the opportunity to repent.  Jeremiah 7:23-24 reflects this:

23 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.

What these verses also show is that a time comes whereby God declares that His efforts are in vain.  This time came for Israel more than once.  How can anyone who purports to read God’s Word and to know Him through His Son Jesus Christ in our day think that the same principles and results don’t apply to us?

God warned His people Israel through the prophets of old.  He warns us in the church today through His Word, the Bible.  Very few believed the warnings of destruction in those ancient times; only a remnant believes the warnings of Revelation in our current day.

How much more in-your-face do we need for the church to wake up to the reality that is soon to happen in great force upon the world?  What is it that perceptive and Godly men need so as to acknowledge the truth of the Tribulation to come?  I don’t get it how so many can deny what must happen next.

These men I’ve spoken of today – as Christians and astute observers on the world scene – really offer no hope to their readers.  Basically, what Curtis does is to encourage prayer so that God will postpone the inevitable – the details of which Curtis never truly gets to, i.e. in the context of the Tribulation.  Prayer is vital and good, but the absence of the hope of deliverance in the theological positions of these men simply makes me weary.

Of course, for those of us who are fervent pre-Trib Rapture believers, awake and watching, we know that our deliverance is near, that God will snatch us out of here prior to the outpouring of His wrath upon this unbelieving, Christ-rejecting world.  What immense hope we have!

Any day now.

7 Responses to “Biblical Audio Commentary – How Do Men of God Miss the Tribulation?”

  1. Reply Robin McCann

    Aren’t we ‘lucky’ that our salvation is not dependent on our view of when the rapture will occur?
    Only need to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?

  2. Reply Beccy Kramer

    I was just considering what you talked about in this commentary, Gary. I listen to and read quite a few things regarding all that we are seeing happening in this world and I don’t understand how there seems to be so many different interpretations of what the Bible says. I am not a Bible scholar by any means but after studying the book of Revelation and Daniel several times it seems quite clear that the pre tribulational position is the only one that makes sense. I stopped reading Michael Snyder’s articles on Rapture Ready because I just don’t believe we ( born again believers) will be here for all that Michael believes is coming for all of us. I have a daughter-in-law who totally believes we will be here to go toe to toe with the AC and because I won’t go along with her, she has pretty much stopped talking to me. She had filled her basement with tons of food and water getting “prepared” for the collapse that Michael also adheres to. Anyway, I have landed on the belief that Jesus is coming to rescue us, His Bride from the worst time this earth has ever experienced. My prayers have been lately for those that will be left behind. Have a blessed day. See you in the air someday very soon I believe. Take care.

    • Reply Gary Ritter

      What’s helpful for me with Michael is that he’s got his finger on the pulse of what’s going on in so many different spheres of the world, so it keeps me up to date.

  3. Reply GaryW

    I have been studying Bible prophecy for 40 years. I have read many books, blogs, and articles, like yours, but I have always read them with my Bible also close at hand. Although I have picked what I consider my most reliable and trusted writers, I always check the Bible verses referenced in those writings. I became a pre-trib. believer because of what I read in the Bible. However, I have learned much from reading pastors, retired pastors, and others who have a much deeper knowledge and education in the Bible.

  4. Reply Donna Thomas

    I have read quite a few articles by the three writers you mentioned and have gotten a lot from them over the years, but I have learned to prepare myself before reading them. I tell myself, “Remember as you read that this person is not Pre-Trib”. If I don’t prepare myself I can get depressed reading their articles.I pray that the Lord will help them to understand the Pre-Trib position.
    I thank God that He has helped me to. It makes all the difference and keeps me sane and at peace in the midst of the craziness.
    Thank you for such a great article.

    • Reply Gary Ritter

      I appreciate it, Donna. Yes, those three men help us see a lot of what is going on, and that’s good. Unfortunately, there are far too many people who believe the endgame they think is coming. I don’t know how anyone believing post-Trib can have any real hope unless they have no clue as to what’s coming in the Tribulation. But that seems to be the case. How does one miss the literalness of what the Bible says will happen when everything around us points to that very fact?

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