Comment: Hey Brother,

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Hey Brother,

Glad you got back to me, and please forgive me if I came off sounding critical. My intention was not to challenge your method but rather to point out that words like Armageddon may cause some to shy away from your post before giving you a fair hearing.

Case in point; I recently submitted a post with a rather controversial title. Truth be told, it was over the top. I did so supposing that it would compel the reader into a conversation about what I still feel is a very worthwhile topic. It turned out to have quite the opposite effect and the headline has since been changed, but I think I missed an opportunity.

Concerning your motivations, I never doubted for a moment that you were coming from a good place. In fact, I try very hard not to make too much of my own estimation when it comes to other peoples motives, but rather trust in the Spirit to guide me in those rare moments that knowing anothers heart or motive is even necessary.

Now that you know my intentions, thanks for providing that first link, I read the entire post and most of the comments. While I may not agree with your eschatology, I now have a much better grasp of where you are coming from.

My own studies have led me to the conclusion that Ezekiels war is in fact the beginning of the tribulation period, and the pivotal event that ushers in the reign of anti-christ. Armageddon, in my present understanding, is the final battle and takes place some time in the midst of the final 3 and 1/2 years. Having said that, I am by no means dogmatic in regards to how the final days will unfold or in which hour the Lord will reveal Himself, with one significant exception.

You didn't mention the rapture in your post but I presume from what you had me read that you don't go in for the pre-trib view. I'm not much for arguing the point but it is my very strongly held belief that those who tightly cling to this deception, this "doctrine of demons" if you will, are in grave danger of succumbing to an even greater deception in the days ahead. This is a dark hour my friend, the god of this world is preparing his throne even as we speak, the signs are everywhere as I'm sure you agree.

On a happier note, those of us who will not, or rather, cannot be deceived, and who are fortunate enough to survive the initial conflict, will be witness to and partakers of the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit that the world has ever seen. It is truly a remarkable time to be alive. I have many more thoughts on this subject but I've already gone on long enough. Do get back to me, this is a fascinating study and I'm genuinely interested in hearing more of your thoughts on the matter. Peace.

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα