Biblical Audio Commentary – The Post-Trib Post-Apocalyptic Mindset
The other night I was speculating to my wife about the possible mindset of post-Tribulation Rapture believers. I know: I think about strange things. [Note: I do not disregard the fact that they are true believers in Christ.] Anyway, given that the vast majority of these brothers and sisters in Christ believe we’re going to be here on the earth for quite a while, it’s apparent that:
- Few seem to believe that Jesus really is coming back soon
- Most believe the world IS going to get worse, yet they’ll be here to deal with it – thus they must prepare for that time
- They don’t seem to actually believe this coming time will be the Biblical Tribulation; or, if they think the Tribulation is almost upon us, it won’t be anything like it’s portrayed in Revelation
- They don’t appear to have a view of coming judgment, i.e. few if any compare the sins of ancient Israel with the world’s anti-God attitudes of today; thus they don’t see that the Lord’s judgment is looming for the fact that we’ve worshiped other gods and rejected the One true God just as Israel did
- [Here’s my speculation] – Some of them – certainly not all – picture themselves in some respect like books or movies portray post-Apocalyptic survivors, i.e. they fantasize themselves as inhabiting a Mad Max type of world where they’re fighting the bad guys and hanging on to their own lives and that of their families in secluded communities
Does this last point seem like a stretch? Just about everywhere you look among post-Tribbers, there is talk of opting out of the system, building sustainable communities, and creating alternative resources apart from the government’s heavy-handed, Big-Brother structure, e.g. medical clinics focusing on healthy lifestyles with the rejection of Big Pharma vaccines.
I hear these things voiced by people I listen to and respect such as Curtis Bowers at Agenda Weekly, and Dr. Sherri Tenpenny in Critically Thinking with the 5 Docs, and others. In general, there’s nothing wrong with this. While we’re waiting for Jesus to return in the Rapture of the true church, each of us should be doing the work the Lord has given each of us until His glorious appearing. The problem is that the idea for the work of most folks with this mindset is that it will continue indefinitely, because there is no expectation of Christ’s imminent return.
Here’s what happens periodically with me. I get thinking and theorize something like my 5th point above and soon thereafter something crops up to validate it. In this case it was the article by Leo Hohmann titled Lovers of Truth and Lovers of Lies: Seeing new lessons for today in Mel Gibson’s iconic portrayal of ‘The Patriot’.
From everything I’ve seen, Leo is a post-Trib believer. He is an astute observer and commentator of what’s going on in the world and very much aware of the spiritual war that we’re in. What I don’t think I’ve ever seen in Leo’s writings are any acknowledgment of coming judgment – particularly in relation to the Tribulation. In fact, it’s difficult to assess his take on whether he believes these coming years are the Biblical Tribulation or not. He speaks of the Beast System and warns of the numerous efforts to control mankind that are close to completion, but he never puts any of his discussions in the context of the 7-year Tribulation as an actual, literal timeframe, nor especially does he relate any of this to an end-of-world scenario BECAUSE God must judge and bring to a close this God-rejecting dispensation.
What Leo’s article noted above does is to review the movie, The Patriot, by looking at it through a lens of our resistance to tyranny today in relation to that portrayed from the past during the Revolutionary War. He rightly states that the vast majority of people – 97% – in this instance, are passive accepters of oppression. They may realize something is wrong – even wish it could be different – but don’t do anything about it. It’s because of this kind of apathy that totalitarianism is able to come to the fore and take root in the first place
It is only the tiny minority – the 3% – who not only see the trouble, but act in some form against it. Sometimes, as in the case of the character Mel Gibson plays in the movie, a catalyst of some kind propels a person here or there to move from docile acceptance to action and active resistance.
Obviously, it’s heroic and noble when any of us stand for truth and righteousness. At any time in history, this has been the mark of true Christians, and yes, patriots. The question is whether this point in time is one similar to that in the past, like with those standing for our nation previously that it might be free? Is there anything about today that would argue against a similar confrontation? Should we be gearing up – as Leo Hohmann seems to imply – for what will inevitably become a physical battle to take back our nation from those who would destroy it?
If that’s the case, doesn’t this have the earmarks of the post-apocalyptic scenario I mentioned earlier? In this regard, can’t you hear the patriotic music playing in the background as the rugged Christian preppers venture out to war? Can’t you picture the devastated landscape peppered with burnt-out husks of vehicles, bodies lying in the streets, potholes from massive bomb blasts, and those on our side crying: “For Christ and liberty!”?
Am I that far off in how some of our brothers and sisters may envision the days to come? If someone of the post-Trib Rapture persuasion is reading this and you have a different perspective that this one I’m hypothesizing, I’d love to hear it.
Regardless of what these Christian believers think may happen next, the Bible tells us differently. The signs of the times – the very signs that Jesus, Paul, and John noted – have all converged. We are at the time of the end. This means that God’s Judgment will soon overtake the world just as Revelation lays out in the revealing of the Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl Judgments. These are not for the faint of heart. In fact, these Judgments aren’t intended for those who have professed Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (not that we’re faint of heart given the resistance to Jesus in the world today). God will rain down His wrath upon this lost and dying world for the redemption of Israel and for unbelieving Gentiles that they too might turn and be saved. If you aren’t part of either of these two groups, then the Tribulation isn’t intended for you. Thank God for His mercy upon us who believe!
There is no need for hearty Christian patriots to save this nation and the world. That implies that they are clinging to something that God has said isn’t for them to hold on to. This alien place is not our home, and to think that we should fight to maintain it is to have our minds and hearts focused in the wrong place. We should be looking up toward Jesus as our only hope. We should yearn for Him to remove us so that He will complete the cleansing from the stain of sin that permeates every fiber of our being.
Remember Zechariah’s vision of Joshua the high priest of Israel where he was standing dressed in filthy garments (Zechariah 3:1-5)? The Lord rebuked Satan who was accusing him and clothed Joshua in pure vestments, making him acceptable to stand before God. In other words, his sins were removed. Ours will be as well when Jesus appears in the clouds for us, cleanses us completely from the stain of this world, and we are transformed in the twinkling of an eye into our glorified bodies.
Doesn’t that sound a lot more appealing than continuing to wallow in the muck and mire of this earth? And, the marvelous thing is that this is the truth of what is soon to come. Listen, you post-Tribbers! You don’t have to remain and fight a conflict that isn’t ours. The battle is the Lord’s, and He will do it. Not only that, but He will bring an end to strife and death.
I’m all for that. Bring it on. Why wouldn’t everyone want this?