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“The Last Judgment” by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel




What I am about to share may offend some. My goal is not to offend but to share a piece of perspective and encourage saints in persevering for purpose.

As a young believer I was taken with the powerful reality of the Second Coming of Jesus. This intelligence was a precipitator of my conversion. My senior year  of High School my friend Mike shared that Jesus was coming back. His words hit me! They resonate ever more loudly today. I thought at the time, “Wow, the same Jesus in the Bible! If he is coming back that means he is real, that the stories about him and the things he said are true.”

I was stimulated for I had just started to read the Bible and was seeing Jesus as an awesome figure. I had mixed emotions. What would it be like to see him? Would I be ready? How could anyone to ready enough for such a heavenly Dignitary? Our name, Landing Strip Enterprises, is a Second Coming theme. The mission is to prepare the way and make a welcome runway for our Great Lord’s return!

There is no greater event to look forward to than the blessed hope, the return of our Lord Jesus. There is no greater event to prepare for than the Day of the Lord, the King fully come with His kingdom, the Wedding of the Lamb, the consummation of the Bride and Bridegroom!

A popular book came out as I was in diapers in Christ called The Late Great Planet Earth. It taught that Jesus was going to come before seven terrible years of global tribulation and extricate his believers from those troubles. At the end of seven years Jesus would appear again to judge the earth and establish his kingdom. Many adopted this teaching and I was among them.

Later I was at a Christian college where the professor shared a different view. He taught that Christians go through tribulation. I was alarmed! I thought he was a great Christian scholar but I started to think of him as a false teacher. I looked at my classmates as he spoke. I thought, “They are all being led astray!”

I took it upon myself to be the defended of truth and show the professor and class that the pre-tribulation rapture was the truth. I dog-eared my bible going back and forth to gain ammunition to confront his “heresy” and set things right with my professor and class. My only problem was that my studies lead me to believe, I had been wrong, by siding with a modern, popular teaching which was not rooted in Scripture.

Without going into a prolonged study let me share the basic points which took me back to the millennia-old view of Christ’s second coming.



Tribulation is part and parcel with true Christian experience. Christ suffered and so do His followers. Jesus did not erase tribulation but brings His presence into it. He said, “In this world you have tribulation, but take heart, for I have overcome the world. Paul said all who live Godly in Christ will suffer. You may find many promises for suffering in the Scripture. If you’d like you may clip them out and put it on your refrigerator.

The word “overcome” is often found in Revelation as well as the expression, “the perseverance of the Saints.”  Perseverance is a virtue only necessary in difficulty.

So many Christians have died at the hands of totalitarian regimes. Chinese Christians were told by well-meaning Western believers that they would not go through tribulation. Many of them were disappointed as they died or suffered among the millions during the Chinese cultural revolution.

Suppose America suffered horrendously the loss of half of its population because of an asteroid, nuclear war or remarkable calamity. Suppose now you are a survivor in the wreckage. What comfort would it be if someone came up to you and said, “Millions of us are dead and millions more in ruin, but the good news is that Christians will not go thought the great tribulation?”  



We know that good Bible study requires context. Many have taken Jesus’ prophecy “one will be taken and the other left” as if this taught a great taking up of the saints, and a leaving behind of sinners.

I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.  Luke 17:34

Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”  Luke 17:35

But consider the context.  The story which sets the pattern a few verses before is that of Noah and the flood.

“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:26-27

A few verses later we read of the destruction of Sodom

But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.  Luke 17:29

Jesus declare this is a pattern which will be duplicated. One group is destroyed and the other group saved, left alive.

It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:30

Concluding from this pattern the “one taken” is the one destroyed, and the “one left” is the one who has been saved from the destruction.  This is polar opposite of the pre-tribulation notion.



The pre-tribulation rapture theory is a new doctrine on the block. Pinpointing its beginnings is challenging but it first shows up about 1800. If this teaching was not known today it would be very unlikely it would appear because some biblical scholar stumbled upon it in their study.

Robert Cameron gives an historical footnote. “Now, be it remembered, that prior to that date, no hint of any approach to such belief can be found in any Christian literature from Polycarp down…. Surely, a doctrine that finds no exponent or advocate in the whole history and literature of Christendom, for eighteen hundred years after the founding of the Church – a doctrine that was never taught by a Father or Doctor of the Church in the past – that has no standard Commentator or Professor of the Greek language in any Theological School until the middle of the Nineteenth century, to give it approval, and that is without a friend, even to mention its name amongst the orthodox teachers or the heretical sects of Christendom – such a fatherless and motherless doctrine, when it rises to the front, demanding universal acceptance, ought to undergo careful scrutiny before it is admitted and tabulated as part of ‘the faith once for all delivered unto the saints.’” (Robert Cameron, Scriptural Truth About The Lord’s Return, page 72-73).



The pre-tribulation rapture theory seems to make our goal to be getting to heaven rather than getting heaven to earth. The early Church orientation was to prepare the way for the Lord so that the King with His Kingdom would overcome the world. Remember, we have been praying 2000 years for the kingdom, the will of God, to come and be done on our planet! Jesus taught that the good leaven of the Kingdom would work its way through the entire lump. Saints were meant to be trailblazers preparing whole nation as disciples to be ready for the Lord’s return.

My general sense of those who have adopted the pre-tribulation theory is they are waiting for their ticket home and out of conflict rather than engaging in fulfilling the great commission.

Certainly, there are wonderful Christians who hold to the pre-tribulation rapture theory. I can’t blame them for wanting an exit from trouble. But I am seriously concerned they are being oriented to exit and escape rather than labor and fight for Christ’s kingdom and so to prepare a royal welcome.

Jesus taught we will have tribulation. This is a given. In Moses’ day there were two trubulations in Egypt. Pharaoh brought tribulation on the children of Israel, and God brought tribulation on Pharaoh and Egypt. I believe there is a similar template for our last days. Although Christians may experience tribulation from the ungodly, men at their worst cannot dish out tribulation like God.

Be of good cheer. You have been given the privilege of being a  soldier of fortune to pillage hell to populate heaven. Don’t look for escapes, hiding places and retreat. Light is meant to be put on a stand. Be engaged in God’s warfare on behalf of mankind. And lift up your head for your Redemption is coming!




Steven C Johnson

Landing Strip Enterprises









  1. Great post, Steve! Enjoyed the read. However, I was hoping to see it go a little further and discuss what tribulation you believe is in our future. There is a lot of tribulation going on in the world right now, and will be in the future as the devil rages against the discipling of the nations as the Kingdom of God takes more and more ground. However, the great tribulation that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24, etc. was called the time of Jacob’s trouble, and Jesus said it would happen before that generation he was speaking to passed away, which we see happened in AD70. Jesus warned his disciples that it would begin when they saw Jerusalem surrounded by armies, and those in Jerusalem and Judea were to immediately flee to the mountains, which they did and no believers perished in the destruction of the Temple and the slaughter of millions of Jews in Jerusalem, according to the historians. A great read on this stuff is “The Beast of Revelation” by Kenneth Gentry. Is this how you see the “great tribulation”, or do you have another view? Blessings!

    1. Hi David, and thanks for your thoughts!

      I am among those who see in part and prophesy in part. To thoroughly answer the many questions would require a book and I’m not prepared to write one.

      Firstly, there is no incompatibility with the idea of the Church having hardships and the production of the pure and spotless Bride. In fact, they must go together. We cannot miss the scriptures which talk about the furnace. I just would rather talk about the pure gold which comes from it!

      I don’t see profit in talking about how hot the oven will be, or how many minutes will be set on the clock. I look for the baked goods. I guess the attitude I lean into is from Romans 8:18; “I do not consider the sufferings of this present age worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed to [in] us.”

      The last days are a mixed bag. Jesus said, “As the days of Noah.” Some of us will immediately think of Genesis where we learn the whole earth was corrupt and filled with violence (Gen 6:11). But when Jesus mentions “As in the days of Noah” he is talking about ordinary things repeated day after day, not car bombs.

      Luke 17:26-27 says, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” People were blind sighted not by violence but by everyday activities.
      2 Tim 33:1-5 says, “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, slanderers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness although they have denied its power; avoid such people as these.”

      We take Paul’s words as true prophecy, but sharing only partial perspective. While bad guys are getting worse the gospel is going around the world transforming! Saints are discipling whole people groups. Whole cities and nations are becoming Sheep nations (Mt 25)! The knowledge of the glory of God is increasing, filling the earth! An uncountable multitude is being gathered to constitute Heaven’s worship choir! And they are coming out of every division of mankind.

      Rev 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

      Last-day saints are shining like the stars in the firmament of heaven. Fire is coming from some destroying their enemies. Any martyrs who come from these things are not losers they are overcomers!

      I think our craving to know the nature, place and variety of our troubles is a distraction. Jesus said make disciples of all ethnic groups, not be sensitive to every potential bump in the road. I sense that we will be more aware of the dangers to avoid if we are more active in sharing our faith in the Great King!

      Jesus didn’t tell his disciples where and how they would be persecuted. He did say in Matthew 10:23, “When they persecute you in one city, flee to the next.

      The participants in the Great Worship Service who constitute The Bride do not come out of a vacuum, they come refined out of circumstances, uncommon and common.

      We live today based on our views of the future. Planting a garden means you believe God has given you a tomorrow. Hiding in a bomb shelter tells something about a person’s views of the future.

      Proverb 26:13 tells us “A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” The sluggardly Christian hides from any threat.

      There are some audacious, daring types who when they learn a lion is in the road and roaming the streets say, “Oh goody! Let’s go on a lion hunt. Just think how nice that pelt will look in front of the fireplace!”

      Again, I find myself talking about things too great for me to understand or appreciate, but those are the bits I have to share.


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