July 2009

New Title Teaser: The Parable of the Fig Tree

Within the next few weeks, Strong Tower Publishing will be offering a new prewrath title, The Parable of the Fig Tree, by Pastor Ryan Habbena of Signet Ring Ministries in Minneapolis, MN. This book will focus tightly on the parable of the fig tree found in the Olivet Discourse and its implications not just for end-times theology, but for believers' lives today. This title is now in the layout stages, so look for its release in the next issue (or check the Strong Tower Publishing website).

Table of Contents

1. The Parable of the Fig Tree: Discerning the Signs of Christ's Return

2. Command From the King: Is the Parable for Me to Learn and Apply?

3. The Beginning Buds: Understanding the Initial Signs of Christ's Return

4. Tribulation Pains: Understanding the Final Campaign Against God's Elect

5. The Abomination of Desolation: Understanding the Sign That Reveals the Antichrist

6. Like Lightning: Hearing Christ's Instructions for This Unparalleled Time

7. Preparing the Skies for the Son: Understanding the Sign That Heralds the Return of Jesus Christ

8. The Great Gathering of God's Elect: Understanding the Timing of the Rapture

9. The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord: Understanding What We Are Delivered From

10. What About Imminence? Answering the Question, "Could Christ Come at Any Moment?"

11. "This Generation Will Not Pass Away Until . . ." : The Olivet Discourse and the Salvation of Israel

12. A Word of Comfort: Taking Solace in Our Sovereign Lord

13. Watch and Pray: Putting the Parable Into Practice

14. A Call to Arms: Becoming Battle Ready for the "Evil Day"

Reflections From the Mount of Olives


New Prewrath Ministry

A new prewrath ministry has been added to the Strong Tower Publishing prewrath resources page:

Signet Ring Ministries
P.O. Box 163
Newport MN 55055
Pastor Ryan Habbena


Responses to Reader Questions

Q: Hello. I'm pretty much convinced that the prewrath position is true. However, this evening I'm bothered by two problems that puzzle me. Maybe you can clarify these points for me.

1. If the dead in Christ are resurrected at the time of the rapture (Revelation 7), why does John refer to the resurrection of the martyred saints in Revelation 19 as the first resurrection? Shouldn't this—at the very least—be the second resurrection?

2. How do you reconcile the fact that the seal judgments (sword, famine, wild beasts) of Revelation 6 (initiated by Jesus' opening of the seals) are not God's wrath but identical judgments are sent on Israel by God in Ezekiel 14:21?

Thanks for your help.

A: I think the issue of Ezekiel 14 is answered by the fact that God's judgment and God's wrath are different. God judges and disciplines His children, but that's not the same thing as bringing His fiery wrath against them. After all, even Peter wrote, "The time has come for judgment to start in the house of God."

God has always disciplined His people in order to bring them to repentance. God's wrath seems to be reserved for the unrepentant sinners who not only have not repented, but will not repent. Wrath is therefore destructive judgment, not to bring to repentance, but to utterly destroy. The judgments described in Ezekiel seem to be of the former type — judgments designed to bring to repentance and, ultimately, to restore, not wrath to utterly destroy.

The first resurrection in Revelation 20 is answered in different ways by different prewrathers. There are some who believe that we are witnessing a resurrection here. Others, including me, see this as a description of those who are sitting.

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