Right Division in the Final Analyses

Dr. Mike Johnston

Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ made clear by studying Scripture rightly divided (2 Tim. 2:15). Right division encompasses two programs designed by God (prophecy and mystery) covering three time periods (time past, but now, ages to come) [1] that have both existed “since the world began”. Denominations exist due to conflating prophecy and mystery, which invariably leads to disorder and deception. [2]

Prophecy (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21) [3] came through the prophets featuring events primarily surrounding Israel’s coming kingdom on earth; while the mystery (Rom. 16:25) [4] was unknown to the prophets and given initially to Paul concerning the church Body of Christ promised an inheritance in heaven where we are now spiritually seated there with Christ. [5]

In this treatise, we further learned that Israel is the preeminent earthly nation and God’s prophets were His messengers guarding and guiding her through 5 unilateral covenants promising perpetuity of lineage (Abrahamic Covenant), land (Land Covenant), Law (Mosaic Covenant), Lordship (Davidic covenant), and longevity (New Covenant). Prophecy – via progressive mention or revelation – reveals this kingdom under Christ the Messiah will last on Earth 1000 years (revealed in Rev. 20:2-7) in unprecedented peace (Micah 4:2-4; Isaiah 32:17-18), joy (Isaiah 61:7, 10), comfort (Isaiah 40:1-2), prosperity, and health (Amos 9:13-15; Joel 2:28-29). Its location is Jerusalem, city of David (2 Kings 14:20), the blessed Zion of God (Isa. 30:19). All of this later confirmed and offered by John the Baptist, Christ, and the twelve disciples (Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; John 1:45; see Gal. 2:7-9) in their preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom.

However, in that the Jews rejected the kingdom before it could begin, [6] God decreed judgment on Israel expressly to prepare and purify her, earth, [7] and collaterally the Gentile nations supporting Israel prior to the Kingdom. We see a foreshadowing of this judgment in the Book of Judges which tells the story of a loving God retrieving a rebellious nation: “And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice; I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not” (Judges 2:20-22-bold added).

Scholars refer to this period of judgment on Israel as the doctrine of the Tribulation. Beginning with Moses [8] the prophets through a continuing stream of progressive revelation outlined Israel’s Tribulation very clearly (study Isaiah 24-26; Jer. 30-31; Ezekiel 34-48; Dan. 12; Revelation 6-20). They defined and described it with names such as, the time of (Jacob’s) trouble (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 12:1; Zeph. 1:15); day of His wrath (Psa. 110:5; Isa. 13:9; Ezek. 7:19; Zeph. 1:15; Rev. 6:17; 11:18; 14:10);  and a number of other euphemisms which they linked to the day of the Lord (Isa. 2:12; 13:6, 9; Joel 2:1; see Isa. 13:9, 13; Ezek. 7:19). Jesus further clarified it with events he personally named “tribulation” and “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21, 29).

If you are a defender of right division between Israel and the church Body, you obviously know the opponents of objective based interpretation too often for too long gotten away with the slip shod wrangling and rearranging of inspired writ in order to sell books to the naïve that support their forejudged conclusions. It’s hardly a surprise that while a chasm of disagreement exists between them, they find great communion in angrily attacking the PreTrib rapture as the lone satanic teaching.

The simple theme and a simple thing

The theme of this book is simple: Right division of Scripture proves that Israel’s Tribulation is NOT for the Body of Christ. The primaries in the Tribulation are Israel and collateral Gentile nations. NOT the church Body.

What our adversaries showcase in their studies is not just an inability to interpret from context, but an inability to exercise good reason also known as common sense. The church couldn’t be included in Israel’s Tribulation. The prophets didn’t know about us and never mentioned us because we were a mystery hidden from them and every other human on earth until the Lord Jesus revealed it to Paul [9] centuries later.

Still not convinced? Let’s verify the facts.

To begin with, I have listed most every passage of Scripture dealing with the time of Jacob’s trouble – aka Jacob’s/Israel’s Tribulation – in this book. You can verify what I’m telling you by studying each of the passages in full context. The church Body is NOT visible in any of them. Moreover, the Holy Spirit used the word church – or churches – 117 times in the King James Bible. It would have been a simple thing for Him to use it in any of the scores of Tribulation passages we’ve looked at.

Still, our opponents claim without apology or authority their position is correct because they ostensibly have Scriptural proof that the church Body is on earth during Israel’s Tribulation. If they are correct, we should be able to verify it with an exhaustive King James concordance such as Strong’s that lists every word in the KJV.

Look up the word church and Body of Christ and study carefully every passage listed. Neither one appears within the context of a single Tribulation passage. That should settle the question but it hasn’t. Our opponents – many who are dazzling disputants (Rom. 16:18) [10]– demand that you to redefine the words “saints”, “elect” and “disciple” to include the Body of Christ even though in context of THE Tribulation they are referring to Israel NOT the church.

Let’s be very clear.

If the church Body of Christ is in Israel’s Tribulation, the Holy Spirit who could have clearly identified us went to great lengths to keep us indisputably knowing it. Israel is indisputably there. The Gentiles nations are also indisputably there, but NEVER the church Body. The fact that He didn’t indisputably identify us on earth at that time is significant to all participants in an honest discussion. The only way Paul’s mystery Body is ever included in Israel’s Tribulation is when rapture haters diddle with context to win an argument rather than be fair with the truth. Over the years this has allowed them ballyhoo how they “win” rapture debate when in fact they don’t tell the truth, they twist it.

Bearing false witness

Our adversaries swear on their Bibles the church Body is in Israel’s Tribulation without the conclusive Scriptural evidence to prove it. Before dismissing this as a matter of personal interpretation, consider the ramifications if this were a court of law.

Let’s suppose you witnessed a crime that a man you hated was charged with. Although you didn’t actually see his face, the crooked prosecutor asked you to testify that you did. Would you succumb to your feelings and assist the prosecutor in convicting a man without evidence simply because you loathed him?

In all honesty, this wouldn’t merely be you offering your interpretation. This would be you bearing false witness.

[1] Time past (Eph. 2:11-12; but now (Eph. 2:4); ages to come (Eph. 2:7).

[2] This is what the cults do, ie SDAs, JWs, Mormons, Romanists, etc.

[3] As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: (Luke 1:70).

[4] Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, (Romans 16:25)

[5] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 1:20). And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 2:6)

[6] Daniel predicted the exact day of Messiah’s rejection leaving a final week yet to be fulfilled (Dan. 9:24-27).

[7] Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:13). But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. (Jeremiah 10:10)





[8] When thou [Israel] art in tribulation and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days  (Deuteronomy 4:30- bracket comment added).

[9] The prophets didn’t know anything about the mystery church Body. Study carefully Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:1-9; Colossians 1:26).

[10] For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. (Romans 16:18)

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