35 Common Mistakes in Last Days Bible Prophecy Cleared Up

Nov 21, 2022    Don Stewart

MISTAKE 1 No Christian should be engaged in date-setting. It is impossible to predict the correct day or year for the rapture of the church or for the Second Coming of the Lord. In fact, the Bible tells us specifically not to do this.


MISTAKE 2 Nobody should claim that Christ is coming soon! He is coming but we do not know the precise time frame. Furthermore, the word “soon” has different connotations to different people.


MISTAKE 3 Do not blindly follow any so-called prophecy specialist to the degree that you take whatever they say as gospel. Be like the Bereans who “searched the Scripture to see if these things were true” (Acts 17:11). Also, “test all things, hold on to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).


MISTAKE 4 There continues to be sensationalistic claims that are used as evidence that we are living in the last days. They include new understandings of what the Bible really teaches, as well as claims of secret codes in the Bible which reveal what will happen in the future. Ignore them all.


MISTAKE 5 We cannot calculate anything about the time of the end by looking at signs from the sun, moon, or stars. The signs in the heavens will occur during the final seven year period, the “70 th week of Daniel,” the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” They are NOT signs that will take place during the age of the church. It is a mistake to look for them today.


MISTAKE 6 We’ve listed 7 do’s and don’ts that we should follow in our study of last days Bible prophecy. This includes not making our system of interpretation of the end times as a test of fellowship with other Christians as well as not assuming that we have all the answers. In addition, we look at some extremes that we should avoid when we consider this all-important subject. Putting these into practice will keep us from making a number of common mistakes.


MISTAKE 7 We do not need dreams or visions, or anything else, to help us understand last days Bible prophecy. The information that the Lord has revealed in Scripture is sufficient.


MISTAKE 8 The Ezekiel 38,39 invasion is not the same military campaign as Armageddon.


MISTAKE 9 The United States is not found in last days Bible prophecy. It is a mistake to do so.


MISTAKE 10 It is a mistake to claim that the “young lions of Tarshish” in Ezekiel 38:18 refers to the United States. This is going way beyond the evidence.


MISTAKES 11 AND 12 There are two common misinterpretations in Daniel 12:4. The first is the assertion that “knowledge shall increase” at the time of the end is referring to knowledge itself. It is actually referring to the increased knowledge of the Book of Daniel and last days Bible prophecy. We also read in this verse that many will run “to and fro” or “rush here and there.” This is not predicting an increase in worldwide travel at the time of the end. Instead it is speaking of people going here and there to discover what the prophecies in Daniel actually mean.


MISTAKE 13 The Third Temple will be built upon the Temple Mount, not 1/3 of a mile to the south of it.


MISTAKE 14 The Third Temple that is yet to be built will be the tribulation temple, an abomination to the Lord. It will not be the same Temple predicted in Ezekiel 40-48, the Lord’s future Temple. Therefore, Christians should have nothing to do with encouraging its construction. It is a mistake to do so.


MISTAKE 15 Any discovery of a pure “red heifer” has no present meaning in last days Bible prophecy and is not a sign of the soon coming of Christ.


MISTAKES 16,17, 18 There are three common mistakes made with respect to Jesus’ parable of the fig tree found in Matthew 24:32- 34. First, the fig tree does not refer to the nation of Israel. Second it does not denote the Jewish people coming back to their ancient homeland to form a modern state in the last days. Third, the words “this generation” in Matthew 24:34 are not meant to give us a time frame of the Lord’s return by calculating the length of a generation after the Jews have returned to their ancient homeland.


MISTAKES 19 AND 20 The seven churches listed in Revelation 2 and 3 are not meant to be viewed as seven successive periods of the history of the church. There is no evidence for this whatsoever. Basically, there are two common mistakes that are made by those who promote this. First, there is nothing explicitly stated in the text that would cause us to see Jesus’ words as prophetic of the future course of the church. Second, and even more damaging, we should NEVER attempt to form any conclusions about future events from something that supposedly is implicit in the text. This is a dangerous way of interpreting Scripture.


MISTAKES 21 AND 22 Two common mistakes are connected with Jesus’ words to the church of Laodicea. First, the church of Laodicea should not be equated with the apostate church of the last days. Second, Jesus’ words “hot” and “cold” in Revelation 3:14-15 to Laodicea are both used as positive terms. “Cold” does not have a negative connotation in this context.


MISTAKES 23, 24 AND 25 There are three common mistakes made about rapture of the church from Revelation 4:1-2. Two of them involve the use of the Greek words “meta tauta” translated “after these things.” The third mistake is assuming that John being caught up to heaven in Revelation 4:1-2 is a picture of the rapture of the church.


MISTAKES 26, 27, 28 AND 29 Four mistakes are made when equating the two hundred million man army in Revelation 9 with the Campaign of Armageddon in Revelation 16. First, it should not be understood as a literal human army. From the context, it is clearly speaking of a demonic army. Second, the two hundred million man army mentioned in Revelation 9 is not referring to the campaign of Armageddon. Therefore, to the “kings of the east referenced in Revelation 16:12 cannot be equated with the two hundred million man army. Finally, the “east” in John’s day was not a reference to the Far East, namely China and Japan.


MISTAKE 30 The personage “Gog” in Ezekiel 38,39 is not the same individual as the Final Antichrist.


MISTAKE 31 It is a mistake to try to discover the identity of the Final Antichrist and the False Prophet.


MISTAKE 32 The Final Antichrist is a human being, not some impersonal force or artificial intelligence.


MISTAKE 33 There is no such thing as “Mystery Babylon” or “Mystery Babylon the Great.” Do not use either of these terms. The name, or designation, of the woman in Revelation 17:5 is simply “Babylon the Great.”


MISTAKE 34 We should view last days Bible prophecy as one of the many lines of evidence the Lord has given us to confirm His word. It is a mistake to rely on it alone, or study it alone. Instead study the totality of the Scriptures!


MISTAKE 35 All attempts to use references to the Galilean weddings at the time of Jesus as a blueprint for the end times are misguided. It is not evidence for a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. Parables, such as the ten maidens in Matthew 25, are meant to be illustrations, they are not given to provide an exact chronology of future events.

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