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Doctrine of Immience

Time and again, I have wondered why the ministry has been so hard. It has taken years to arrive at the point where we are at. I have recently uncovered the problem.

The problem is the fact that I still hold on to the Doctrine of Imminence. That the New Testament teaches Christ could return at any moment is a strong doctrine supporting the pre-trib rapture doctrine (see 1 Cor. 1:7; 16:22; Phil. 3:20; 4:5; 1 Thess. 1:10; Tit. 2:13; Heb. 9:28; Jam. 5:7-9; 1 Pet. 1:13; Jude 21: Rev. 3:11; 22:7, 12, 17, 20). Pretribulationists call this the doctrine of imminence. If Christ can return at any-moment, without the necessity of intervening signs or events, then it renders pretribulationism most likely and posttribulationism impossible. Imminence in relation to the rapture has been defined as consisting of three elements: “the certainty that He may come at any moment, the uncertainty of the time of that arrival, and the fact that no prophesied event stands between the believer and that hour.”

I have seen those who believe in the prophetic, healings, miracles, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit taken by some force other than by God away from the Doctrine of Imminence. I have been pushed to deny the Doctrine of Imminence and to accept Dominion Theology, Latter Rain, and the Manifested Sons of God teachings. I still stand firm against such teachings. These teachings have almost taken the prophetic movement over. They have seized the hearts of the saints making the saints look away from the Coming of the Lord to that of a now kingdom upon the earth.

So as it were, there are two camps of the prophetic. Those who follow still the Doctrine of Imminence and believe in the prophetic, healings, miracles, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit are faced with a up hill battle to have a ministry. However, we can overcome this and promote and defend the Doctrine of Imminence.

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