G'Day Screaming Eagle!
I did a personal study on the term Mystery, which wherever I found the term in the Bible was generally summed up by the revelation Paul reiterated stating that this mystery revealed, was that "The door to Salvation was ALSO opened to the Gentiles as well as the Hebrews, by the love Christ Jesus had shown for the fallen as well as the obedient, through his self sacrifice and the shedding of his blood Once and for always."
This leads to the final MYSTERY in Rev. 17 which I'm about to post in the eschatological section soon, titled "17." Keep your eye's peeled it should spark a few comments and bring something fresh to this agenda.
I'm right behind you on the point of Pre Trib rapture. I don't agree with it, for it can only cause apathy on the part of believers and goes against a pile of scripture which also includes the many references to the perfection of the church through great suffering and persecution. It's unfortunate that so many pussy Christians are out there pushing this point, as well as decent followers like Missler, Laurie the Left Behind Crew and the like.
I'm sure you also realize that many who hold this view are well meaning believers who aren't afraid of death as it may seem, yet just so happen to really believe God wont allow his elect to go through the drama.
This I feel is a deception, one of many, which is divisive and causes confusion which can only keep people in the dark and stay unprepared for what could very well be the opposite.
This is where Pre Trib Rapture serves absolutely no positive purpose and if wrong as I suspect, can only lead people down the path of eventually falling prey to accepting this Mark and allegiance to the Beast.
Hey, I hope for everyones sake I'm WRONG!
But if my understanding of scripture is correct, then there's going to be a lot of so called believers going down!
This is where a plan "B" never hurt anyone
and that is to Stay prepared.
This is where I feel the main body of the church needs to be yet where maybe only 10 to 20% will be capable of not capitulating should the worst case scenario erupt!
I'd rather have a bunker with peace of mind and never be Nuked; than the opposite! ie. Better egg on my face, than no face at all!
I learnt a valuable lesson, which was "When your on a sinking ship, you've not only got to learn how to jump, but most importantly trust your spirit to guide you on How, Where, When and with Whom you should jump SHIP with.
There's no point diving into shark infested waters without protection, nor should you jump on the first boat that comes along, lest they be cannibals.
No I feel many churches aren't prepared including my own. This is where individuals like ourselves really do make a difference. Our churches need us for bringing in these radical views, for constantly challenging it's core beliefs AND most importantly teaching them to stay humble realizing even the elect can get it so wrong, including ourselves.
I'm putting together something on Revelation which isn't quite finished yet, but will post "17" shortly.