Geoffrey Grider is at it again. Teaching the end of an age that doesn’t exist in the Bible, and telling the world that the body of Christ is not eternal.
Let’s look at his latest post, originally found here.
I do not know when the Church Age will officially end, but I certainly know how it will end. The dispensation that we call the Church Age will formally in an event called the Pretribulation Rapture.
It might come as a surprise to some people, but there is not a single verse in all of scripture that even mentions a “church age”, let alone any verses that back up the notion that it will “end” in any way.
In fact, the only passages that speak of the church, and its future, speak of everlasting glory.
Eph 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
The “Him” here is clearly God, working through the Holy Spirit. And Paul is professing that glory will be given to Him BY Jesus Christ throughout all ages….AGE (“world”) without end.
The question, then, is HOW can God be given this glory for all ages, age without end, in the church – if there is no church to give it? At the very least, why would the Holy Spirit, through Paul, use the word “church” in this passage? He could have used all kinds of other words. He could have said that there would be glory in heaven by Christ. Or glory in the new heavens and new earth by Christ. He didn’t. He explicitly and purposefully used the words “in the church.”
Geoffrey continues to harp on his “May Will Be Huge” prediction, and since nobody can prove what will (or will not) happen in the future, he can pretty much say whatever he wishes.
What that happens, it will usher in the most chaotic time that will ever be known in all of human history, the time of Jacob’s trouble.
Never has a single dispensationalist shown BIBLICAL support that the “time of Jacob’s trouble” is the same as Daniel’s 70th week, or a future time of hell on earth, or a future 7 year time to put Jews through God’s grinder. On the contrary, the time of Jacob’s trouble is best defined as the Babylonian Captivity, 2500 years ago.
The phrase is found but a single time in the entire Bible, Jeremiah 30:7:
Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
For those of you who are regular readers of NTEB, you know that we have been calling for the month of May to be a time of tremendous potential fulfillment of Bible prophecy, for reasons already stated here and here. Is it possible that May will come and go without much prophetical fanfare? Yes, it is possible….but not likely. Because God in His word places tremendous importance and significance on the number 70, and regathered Israel will be 70 years old on May 14th, 2018.
Notice how Geoffrey continues to hammer away that HE has predicted that May will be a month of prophetic fulfillment…most likely. He leaves the door open, as usual, so that now basically ANYTHING can happen in May and he can crow about being right. Think about it. Practically anything can be attributed to “potential fulfillment of Bible prophecy.” What does that even mean? What is “potential fulfillment”?
Problem is, Geoffrey, May will come and go – with no rapture. You will have your moment to shine. But it will pass. Another year will pass, then another….no rapture. No second coming. God’s truth is The Truth.
So enjoy it while you can, Geoffrey, because it isn’t going to last. However, the church “age” will last.
Matthew 16:18 Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.