Within the last few months or longer maybe, I have been forced to consider different interpretations of the Bible concerning End Times. I have always believed in certain end time events and them happening in certain sequences. I am wondering if it really matters whether we believe in events such as the rapture, tribulation, the anti-Christ and/or whether these events have already occurred (well I hope the rapture hasn’t already occurred).
With a split happening within the community I live in, primarily concerning new seeker churches, I find myself in conversations more and more that are very negative concerning “new movements” within our churches. People are talking about “false doctrines and teachings” within our churches and it is becoming very discouraging as I listen to both sides of these conversations.
I just listened to one of Steve Gregg’s recent sermons called: “What In the World Was Jesus Talking About” and it is about the Kingdom. He talks about 20th century preaching and it’s influence on modern Christians. I read along with him on his Bible references and I can understand what he is saying about Jesus’ teachings concerning the Kingdom, but I honestly haven’t come to a consensus about what is the right way to believe and what is the wrong way to believe about the Kingdom referenced in Luke 17:20, Matthew 6:33.
Here is an article I came across about how the End Times impacts your work. https://tifwe.org/you-may-not-realize-it-but-how-you-think-about-the-end-times-impacts-your-work/ I am not sure if that may be part of the reason that we are encouraged to participate church wide in the Purpose Driven Bible study.
Concerning those who are negative and argumentative about the new Seeker churches that are teaching that the kingdom is already here, are they just "spinning their wheels and being unproductive in spreading the good news, or do they have legitimate concerns about false doctrines?
Should I be concerned about my skills and work here on this earth as it crosses over into the Kingdom? Or, if I am looking to a rapture or to a total destruction of the world, should my evangelizing be more urgent?
I think I am torn about it all more than anything because how do I know who is right and who is wrong with different interpretations of the end times especially Matt 24? How do we even begin discussions within my community and church about this topic to keep us focused on Jesus?