Part of a recent interview by Tom McMahon of The Berean Call with Ron Merryman.
Tom: You know, I became a Christian thirty-some years ago, and I remember just learning about the Rapture. That blew me away! You know, as a former Catholic, I'd never heard anything like that. I'd never heard about prophecy. These things were not taught in the Church except maybe for the "secrets of Fatima," and so on, which we won't go there. But anyway, eschatology, millennial eschatology...Ron, back then even people were saying with regard to the Rapture, "Well, I'm a pantribber. Whatever pans out, whether it's pre, mid, post, whatever it might be." But...your view of eschatology today is more important than ever, because of the agendas, the programs that are going on to either restore the earth, the kingdom theology stuff, the post- millennialism. We're seeing that all over, and it's not going away; it's getting bigger, but it's antithetical to the simple eschatology, the true eschatology of Scripture. Wouldn't you agree with that?
Ron: Yeah, not only even in our circles, but in Shia Islam, you have an eschatology, too, where the Imam's coming back. Interesting in that circle is that Jesus Christ is going to come with him, so to speak, as like an assistant. Obviously they have...
Tom: Yeah, Isa, right. They've got the wrong Jesus.
Ron: ...yeah, an incorrect view of Christ, but because so much of Scripture somewhere between 26-30 percent of Scripture is dealing with the triumphant kingdom of Messiah. So to misunderstand or to misapply almost a third of Scripture - it just doesn't make sense. In fact, it's indicative of how apostate a large portion of Christendom is, even in circles that claim to believe the authority of Scripture.
Tom: Well, let me give our listeners a practical example of what we're talking about here. Again, there are so many programs, so many agendas, whether it be the Evangelical Green Movement, or Kingdom Dominionism, or Rick Warren's Fifty Year Global Peace Plan, we've got the progressive Christianity, which is the new left: all of them about trying to restore or save the earth. Even within Calvinism, you have Christian Reconstructionism, all of these kinds of things. Now, here's the problem: if you buy into this and these aren't true to the Word of God, inadvertently, unwittingly, however you might want to call it (because I don't think anybody does this on purpose) you're actually contributing to developing the kingdom and the religion of the Antichrist. Now, is that an outrageous statement, Ron?
Ron: No, I think you're right on target. And, again, the utopian dreams, often of good people - they're delusional! They're delusional in the sense they're absolutely contradictory. Somehow, it's hard for human beings, even some Christians, to realize that Jesus Christ is a stone of stumbling. Jesus says, "Marvel not that the world hates you. It hated me before it hated you." And the word that's used there means a vicious, aggressive hatred, hostility. [It is delusional] to try to bypass that as though that's not a reality, as though WE are going to change the world when all the Scriptures, all the words of Jesus in John indicate that this world is heading toward a judgment of Almighty God, and that judgment is expressed in all the writing prophets of the Old Testament and all the writing prophets of the New Testament and it climaxes in the Great Tribulation period, and the entry of this great, triumphant kingdom of Messiah when He returns.
Ron: So, so anybody propagating this is - they're on the exact opposite emphasis of Scripture. It's just delusional.