Question: I was wondering what your thoughts were on Yeshua’s return. I was invited to attend a study soon on a topic that, admittedly, I have not devoted much time to: second coming/end times/tribulations etc. including misconceptions? (rapture, pre-trib etc) Do you have any insights you’d be willing to share on those subjects and/or links to trusted source on them? Anything is appreciated even if just a summary of your belief on those topics.
Our answer: Far too broad a subject for us to address. I'm reminded of the old Jewish story:
A rabbi was asked by his students "When should we repent?"
The rabbi responded: "Repent one day before you die."
Of course the students asked their Rabbi, "Does one know when he will die, that he can repent one day before?"
The Rabbi responded: "Therefore repent today, lest you die tomorrow."
(Ecclesiastes 9:8: '"At all times, your clothes should be white, and oil should not lack from your head.")
All of these subjects, "coming/end times/tribulations, rapture, pre-trib, misconceptions, etc." deliver us all in the same place: Live your life daily so you are "clean" before the Creator so He will welcome you no matter when or how you meet your fate.
...And that is a summary of our belief on these topics!