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The simmering frog story describes a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water, that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.
Just as frogs don’t see the dangers of “doing nothing,” the same situation applies to many people who call themselves “Christians.” A recent news article discussed the fact that many believers in Christ can not explain the salvation process to unbelievers. These uneducated believers are “simmering to death,” in a spiritual sense. They can neither explain the salvation experience, nor can they explain the time ahead when all believers in Christ will be brought into the Lord’s presence in Heaven. The Bible is full of teaching (Eschatology) that relates to a future time, which we call the end times.
The following post from Facebook was provided by our congregation’s Executive Director Of Ministries.
“In all of the conversations I’ve had about the rapture and the Left Behind movie, one thing always puzzles me more than almost anything else, and that’s the fact that so many Christians .. real, Bible believing Christians, give absolutely no thought whatsoever to prophecy or the end times. That just doesn’t make sense to me.
Here you have people who believe that the Bible is true. That means they know that Bible prophecy is true. And that means that they have a Book in front of them that actually tells them THE FUTURE. It gives a clear picture of what is going to happen, IN THIS GENERATION. How can a believer know that, and then say, as someone said to me today in pretty much these exact words, “well, you know, i don’t worry too much about that stuff”. What? Really? Why not? God thought it was important enough to lay it all out for us. God told us to watch, and be ready. God told us not to be deceived and gave us all kinds of warning signs to watch for. Why is it that so many Christians are just not interested? Is it too much work? Is it too intimidating? Is it too controversial? Is it too dark and scary? I guess it’s a little of all those things. What do you think?
– Paul Lalonde”
The comments by Mr. Lalonde are very telling of the situation of the church today. Concerning the discussion of the end times, the teaching of the Bible is very clear. For a quick discussion of the “things to come,” consider the following verses. They spell out the things that await all people who have been born again, and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The Rapture Of The Church:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
This event takes place before the tribulation begins.
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words..
1 Corinthians 15:50-55 New Living Translation (NLT)
50 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever.
51 But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
54 Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The Judgment Seat Of Christ.
This event takes place in heaven after the church is caught up to be with the Lord Jesus, who is her Bridegroom, in the air. Consider how a bridegroom looks upon his beautiful bride as she is brought before his presence and they wait for the wedding service to begin. He pursued her (Luke 17:10) and is eagerly waiting for their life together, which will be forever.
John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
2 Corinthians 5:10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
10 For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.
5:10 Degrees of reward in heaven are taught in this verse. Though Christians have their sins forgiven and will never suffer the punishments of hell (Rom. 6:23; 8:1), they will all nonetheless stand before Christ at the Day of Judgment, to receive various degrees of reward for what they have done in this life (Matt. 6:20;Luke 19:11–27; 1 Cor. 3:12–15). (Note by Reformation Study Bible).
The Marriage Of The Lamb.
This event takes place in heaven, prior to the return of Christ with the raptured church to the earth, for the millennium, which is called “the 1,000 year reign of Christ.
Revelation 19:6-8 King James Version (KJV)
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb.
This event takes place after Christ and His bride, who is the the raptured church, return to earth.
Revelation 19:9-14 King James Version (KJV)
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
The resurrection of the dead in Christ takes place.
This is a time when the raptured saints, and the saints of all times, will rule and reign with Christ for 1,000 years, which completes the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Revelation 20:4-6 King James Version (KJV)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
This short outline of events of the things to come is only a glimpse of the end times. Greater detail will be provided as this study continues. Please stay throughout these posts.
Please consider the discussion by Dr. Ed Hindson, as he explains whether, or not, the church will go through the tribulation.
The Church Not In The Tribulation
Dr. Ed Hindson.