Another thing we need to remember from the prophecy in the Book of Daniel is that he was told to seal up the book until the end of time. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4).
End Time information will be given to us on a "need to know basis only" at the specific time God has ordained.
Nevertheless, this does not mean that we should not pursue as much information as possible at the moment. There definitely is something we need to be doing in the meantime so we are ready to receive End Time information when God makes it available. In fact, most professing Christians, because of their presumption, are behind schedule with their spiritual preparations. They presume that church leaders and "scholars," for the most part, have already correctly identified the players in the Book of Revelation. So because they are used to going to them for the answers to their questions, they think that all they need to do is give the "scholars" a quick read and they are good to go.
Anyway, who has the time to invest in checking out history, geography, the Old Testament or what Jesus really had to say about End Times? If everyone we admire as a "spiritual expert" thinks that a European or modern western perspective is the way to go, who are we to doubt that and personally study an historical, mid-eastern perspective or the possibility of a combination of perspectives? The same goes for "pre-trib," "mid-trib," or "post-trib."
Without understanding the totality of the Word of God, accurate history, and knowledge of current events, the coming of Christ will take many professing christians by surprise, no matter how much belief they put into their presumed eternal security.
Yes, many presumptuous "professors" are seriously behind schedule in building a spiritual foundation for an accurate End Time revelation. This is exactly what the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation are trying to tell us--if we have "ears to hear what the Spirit is saying."
Jesus tells us this over and over and over again throughout the Book of Revelation, yet very few are checking to see if they really have ears to hear. For one reason or another they believe they have found some evidence that proves that they have the "Holy Spirit," so they presume that they must have eternal security as well. But they are really putting the cart before the horse.
They are convinced of it because someone told them once upon a time how they would see evidence of the Spirit manifested in a certain way--through some type of special "experience," so now they think that they are okay and that the "Holy Spirit" will just whisper something in their ear and they will know which way to go. Oh, really? Are you sure? Would you like to bet your eternal life on it?
It's interesting that these are the same folks who are unable to personally expound Scripture. Everything they learn comes from the pulpit, CDs, books, and seminars. This is what they feed on instead of the Word of God.
Since it is the Holy Spirit that interprets the Word of God and teaches us everything we need to know through the Word of God, how can we really possess the Spirit of God, if we are unable to understand what He has said in His written Word?--and how do we know if what we are hearing is really the truth?
There is a standard for truth and a way to hear the Voice of God. It is called, "the Holy Bible"--"the Word of God." The real Holy Spirit resides in the Word and interprets the Word for us. Jesus said, "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)
Reading or hearing a little Scripture now and then isn't going to give us the foundation we need to discern the powerful End Time deception that is coming and, in fact, is already here.
To be sure that your eternal relationship with Christ is secure, scroll up to the top of this page, and click on the gift wrapped in gold on the left side. Then:
1. When you begin to crave the Word of God, start studying the Gospel of John by writing it down verse by verse and passage by passage in a notebook or as a Word document at your computer, asking God to give you something from it.
2. When you understand a verse, write down, under the verse, what you have learned.
3. Then go to Genesis and begin reading that Book. Continue reading a little through the Old Testament every day, while also taking another portion of the Gospel of John everyday, to study more thoroughly.
4. If you discover that something you are reading, outside of the Gospel of John, makes you wonder if you correctly understood what you learned at first, go back to John and highlight it in yellow and write next to it why you now doubt your previous conclusion and pray that God will help you balance that Scripture so you can have peace about what it means.
5. Do not take the interpretation of others as absolute fact, regardless how many degrees they may have, it is fine to consider what they write, but always wait for God to verify what you see in His Word.