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?
Without understanding the totality of the Word of God, accurate history, and knowledge of current events, the pre-tribulation return of Christ and the devastating consequences of their scriptural inattentiveness 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 because it sounds good to them at the moment, 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?
We can know because we have God's 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.
In this case, by reading and hearing the words, we will be enabled to do the things that are written because the time to do these things is NOW.
Because God is so merciful, most people do not realize that a point in time will actually come when it will definitely be too late.
Furthermore, it is the washing of the water by these Words that will help us prepare to endure when most of humanity will come under the chaos and great deception spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2. The Words that reside in our heart and mind will be used by the Holy Spirit at that time to lead us and enable us to do what needs to be done.
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 and say, but always wait for God to verify what they write and say by what you actually see in God's Word.
God warns us in the Old Testament also that some have the tendency to presume they are God's people when they do not really know Him at all:
In Amos 9:12, God speaks of "the heathen, which are called by my name."
This is the reason we must each seriously judge ourselves by the Word of God to be sure we understand what conversion to Christ really involves.
Because of this, Jesus again pleads with us, saying:
with Jesus Christ now
you are eternally saved.
go to your Bible.
wash your feet
and your brother's feet
and the next day,
in the clouds
He has prepared for us