I don’t know why those who don’t believe there will be a pre-trib rapture say that those who do are using an “escape clause.” The timing of the Rapture has never been an exemption from persecution. In John:16:33, Jesus warned, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Paul, who certainly had more than his share of persecution, wrote in 2 Timothy:3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
Consequently, there has been no “escape clause” for believers throughout history. The comparative calm we’ve enjoyed in the West has been an aberration. The persecution of the Tribulation will be beyond anything this world has ever seen, particularly towards the end. “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew:24:22). ES (OR)
Not sure if this is the best place for this, but I just wanted to say “thanks.” I’ve come [to your website] before to look through articles, but today, specifically, the Lord used a few of the questions and answers to point out my sin of elevating great men to the level of the authority of Scripture. Your Spirit-filled answers to even some of the more harsh questions have encouraged me and exhorted me to place Scripture back in its rightful place. So thank you for your ministry and your labor!
If you might pray that I would very sincerely and with all my effort make the Scriptures my delight, I would much appreciate that. And on a side note, if you have links to or thoughts on helpful methods of reading and studying the Bible off the top of your head, that would be much appreciated as well! May God continue to bless you, the staff and volunteers, and the ministry of TBC. JS (email)
Before you try to straighten out churches that have been confused by Calvinism, you really need to understand what the Bible teaches on the subject of Sovereign Grace. You and Dave have been so confused with the Arminianism of the past half-century-plus that you can’t think straight. ER (ID)
Dear Friends at TBC,
A short note of encouragement and thanks for continuing to mail to me your timely, instructive, and eye-opening newsletter over the past two decades. After reading, I have used your important work as an outreach ministry by placing the newsletters in public places for others to hopefully “stumble” upon, e.g., doctors’ offices, hospitals, parks, bus stops, etc. May our Lord Jesus shower His blessings on your faithfulness! (TC)
Dear Berean Call Folks,
I am overjoyed that you guys are still telling the truth and inspiring others to love Jesus, who is the Truth. Nowadays I appreciate [learning] how to recognize the wiles of the devil because you have helped me to detect his devices. The last church I attended was caught up in “signs and wonders” and were more interested in those things than in knowing and loving Jesus. PW (FL)
Thank you so much for your newsletters and your online videos, I can’t tell you how much I am blessed by them. KB (N. Ireland)
Dear Friends in Christ,
What a wonderful conference! Thank you for all your hard work. It was our first and hopefully will not be the last, unless, of course, the Lord takes us in the Rapture.
We have all the DVDs thanks to a generous soul….We missed the first day due to tight connecting flights, but at least we were there for Saturday and Sunday morning. I’m not sure when we first started receiving the newsletter, but it has been a blessing all these many years. May God continue to bless you all as you remain watchmen on the wall for the Lord Jesus Christ. We are truly blessed. DH (FL)
Dear TBC & T.A.,
Thank you so much for your faithfulness. I love the newsletters and read them as quickly as I get them. There is so much compromise [in the world]—it’s crazy. I’ve been saved for 7½ years and I love being called a “Bible thumper.” According to the dictionary, that’s a person who expounds or follows the teachings of the Bible in an aggressively evangelical way. Funny, other so called Christians mock us and call us this, and it is a compliment. NG (OR)