'Understand Endtime Scriptures'
Why are there so many different types of contradictory Endtime teachings (eschatology) in churches today?
Acts 1:7-8 And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Since the NT church, Christians were fervently preaching the word of God for they believed that our Lord Jesus cannot come back at Rapture until His everlasting gospel has reached all mankind. Though there were some deviations but in general they still followed the Chronological order of His Endtime teachings in Mat 23 and Mark 13.
The revival in the last century brought many Christians to read, study and search the bible instead of just accepting the messages from the pulpits. Since many believed that the end was near, eschatology was a favourite topic since the 1960s.
In 1970 Hal Lindsay produced the best selling book entitled 'The Late, Great Planet Earth' with false prophecies of the Antichrist coming in the 70s and pre-trib Rapture in the 80s. This book completely ignored the chronological order of Endtime signs in both Mat 24 and Mark 13 as taught by our Lord, thus setting the trend for pastors and church leaders to teach and write all types of false teachings and heresies in eschatology.
This book was made into a popular movie in 1976 and together with another movie 'A thief in the Night produced in 1972 were so destructive that many Christians still hold the view of the 'Secret Rapture', i.e the coming of our Lord Jesus is imminent or He is soverign and can come back (making our Lord Jesus Endtime teachings as lies)
Our Lord Jesus and His disciples spent so much time teaching in great details Endtime prophecies so that Christians living in the last days will not be deceived by Satan (Antichrist) masquerading as an angel of light. But unfortunately, unlearned and worldly pastors acting as the Devil's agents teach the heretic 'Secret Rapture', which prevents Christians from His end time truth.
Why was truth not preached?
Dan 12:4, 9-10 "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."... Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?" And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
These two thousand years, God has sealed up the Endtime mysteries which will only be revealed in the last days or last generation. There is no wonder that after our Lord Jesus' resurrection, He told His disciples not to worry about the endtime signs but to go into the whole world to continue to make disciples, for the Endtime mysteries were sealed until the last days.
So if we are living in the last days, the end time mysteries will be revealed to all Christians, who love Him and believe and obey His words and commandments.
Are we living in the last days?
Mat 24:32-34 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near- at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
The last days or last generation will begin when the tender fig tree puts forth leaves.