||Aug 11, 2006
An (etymologically-based) book that examines the Bible and provides scripture that refutes the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and Left Behind doctines.
The End Times Passover
Most evangelical Christians believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, and they believe it is right around the corner. They believe that Armageddon is knocking at the door. The crisis and battles for territorial rights in the Middle East, the outbreak of Holy Wars and terrorism throughout the world, have most evangelicals convinced the end is near! But, they aren’t worried because their hopes lie in The Rapture; a unique event they believe will have Jesus Christ returning to earth to secretly snatch them up to heaven while all hell breaks loose on earth!
What will happen to their faith if they are proven wrong?
The End Times Passover not only biblically proves there will be no Pre-Tribulation Rapture, it proves that The Bride of the Lamb is not the Church, that there will not be a 1000 year millennial reign of Christ, that the human soul does not go to heaven or hell immediately after death, that the Promised Land is not in the Middle East, that God’s children of promise are not solely ethnic Jews, that the church of God began thousands of years before the Day of Pentecost, and that God’s true disciples will experience great tribulation.
This may not sound like Good News; but it’s absolutely true! Whether you are a Christian or not, are you prepared to read this book and finally learn the truth? We dare you! We also dare your pastor, your Bible studies teacher and folks like Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye, Dr. Tommy Ice, Jerry Jenkins, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and thousands of other teachers and believers of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to read this book! We dare these few good men to read and study this book, and tell us if they think they can really handle the truth!
The first fifteen chapters in this book deal primarily with scripture the author believes clearly refute a secret pre-tribulation escape to heaven, and also debunks the assumption that the reign of Christ (after His return) lasts only 1000 years.
He will also provide scripture that will refute the notions that a special geopolitical kingdom will be established for Jews in the land we today call Israel, and that the Christian Church is the Bride of Lamb.
The next 12 chapters, which has been published in another book (Why Christians Will Suffer "Great Tribulation") deal primarily with the subject of tribulation, its purpose and its impending reality.
The author believes the reader will become more enlightened by the scripture-based facts presented in this book, which refute and debunk the many theories that proclaim that the Christian Church will not experience great tribulation because it will supposedly be caught up in a secret escape to heaven flight before The Second Advent of Jesus Christ.
The author is convinced that many theorists (intentionally or unwittingly) have twisted and taken out of context much scripture in vain attempts to strengthen their secret escape to heaven theories; but, in this book, the Bible will speak for itself!
For example, most pre-tribulation theorists use Luke 17:34-36 to support their theory that at the so-called Rapture, Christians will be taken to heaven and unbelievers will be left behind to suffer God's wrath during the so-called Great Tribulation.
However, if the readers will examine the definition of the word taken in these three verses (Luke 17:34, 35, 36,) they will notice that the Greek word for taken is paralambano, which means to take hold of. These three verses above did not use the Greek word harpazo, which is the word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 for the snatching process that describes the rapid manner in which called out ones are gathered together to participate at that great meeting with the Lord in the air. This word taken is often used to take hold of something or someone in a hostile manner in many verses in the Bible, such as Matthew 27:27, where Jesus was taken by force by the Governor’s soldiers, and Matthew 4:5, where Jesus was taken by the devil to a high mountain. Whereas theorists interpret the word left as describing those individuals they believe to be the unjust, supposedly those who are left behind to experience God’s wrath, the word left in the Greek is aphiemi, which literally means to forgive.
This word aphiemi (forgive) is used twice in the Lord’s Prayer, (Luke 11:4). Yet, thousands of authors, Christian filmmakers, pastors, Bible teachers, preachers and evangelists daily use these verses (Luke 17:34-36) claiming they mean the just will be taken up to heaven and the unjust will be left behind to suffer God’s wrath; when, in fact, these verses have the direct opposite meaning. If anything, the word left (Gr. aphiemi, primarily, to send forth, send away, apo, from, hiemi, to send) denotes to remit or forgive.
Luke 11:4 is really telling us that the unjust will be taken (and bound) to experience God’s wrath, a wrath that will literally pass over those who are left. In essence, the just will literally be left alone, not left behind!
So in reality, these theorists' interpretations of these verses are reversed. And what they are conveying to their respective flocks is contradictory to the true meaning of the Word of God.
This (aphiemi=left)is one of many biblical word comparison and etymologically scrutinized examples that the author presents in The End Times Passover that refute the major tenets of The Rapture theory and its secret escape to heaven mythology.
The author has examined the word of God (against a myriad of books written by a great throng of theorists) for over twenty-five years, and began writing this book in 1985. Most of the book was completed before 1990; however, he did not want to ‘put it out’ there until he felt that he had examined the scriptures as clearly and as concisely as he possibly could.
He completed the book in 2004, but has been perusing it and making minor editing changes, prompted by his “perfectionist” nature. He now feels the timing (for publishing and presenting it to the public) is right and feels confident that the word of God confirms that the scripture presented herewith will provide clear challenges to most of the major issues contained in the doctrinal myths theorists have perpetrated on the Christian Church.
This author believes the work presented herein will also clearly refute the many theories they give proper noun names to, such as The Rapture, The Great (Pre, Mid, Post) Tribulation, The (Pre, Post and A) Millennium, The (Church is the) Bride of Lamb, The Promised Land (is in the Middle East,) and that The Restrainer is The Holy Spirit.
The author will also be presenting scripture that refute myths that there will be two and maybe even three Resurrections, two or three Judgments, that Israel is not part of the True Church of God, that God’s true church did not begin until The Day of Pentecost, and many other myths, including that the heavens and the earth will not be restructured anew until 1000 years after The Second Advent. This aspect (new heavens and new earth) is one of (if not) the main keys to understanding one of the most crucial messages being conveyed to us by God in the Bible, which is, that Jesus Christ is God and His eternal Kingdom reign will not be in heaven, but rather it will be on earth longer than 1000 literal years.
This new heavens and earth aspect will prove that God’s Holy City, New Jerusalem, comes down to earth much sooner than is perceived by most theologians. The author will be specifically dealing with each and every one of these issues, providing scripture upon scripture that will literally rebut the majority of varying Rapture theories, millennial myths and other dispensational doctrines.
Review by OK Bookman
Mr. Ortiz was saved in 1975, and was "indoctrinated" with the Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine; but after a few years of study he realized that the Pre-trib position was only sustained by inaccurately translating certain Greek words.
So, with a background as a teacher, school administrator, and broadcast journalist, he spent over 20 years researching and writing in order to unlock the mysteries of eschatology; resulting in what would become this book, and the second volume.
He believes the various eschatological positions today do not fully reveal God's true redemption plan for mankind.
This is not just another book on bible prophecy, it presents unique insights and exegesis, some of which is found in no other book. The author studied all the end time views, he studied Hebrew and Greek word definitions, and many different commentaries in order to better understand what God intended to say in his Word. He goes into great detail explaining the word meanings and how this view or that one errors in this or that point, in this or that verse.
Because of the length of this book, actually two volumes, everyone that reads it will find things they disagree with, but they will also find much to enrich their understanding of specific passages and their overall knowledge of Bible prophecy.
This book is not a casual read for the beginner, but is more like a commentary and reference work that deals mainly with the Rapture, the Millennium, the Great Tribulation, and who the Church and the Bride are.
As a result of his research, he does not completely agree with any of the existing camps. He believes we will go through the tribulation, but we will be protected like Moses and the Israelites at the first Passover when the plagues of Egypt were poured out.
Many bible teachers have their minds already made up, so they will ignore this book, but they do so to their detriment. Everyone who plans to spend time doing an in-depth study of Bible prophecy should read this book. Your study will be incomplete without it. Be aware, however, that he is wordy, probably because he wants to provide lots of evidence to backup his views. Sometimes a lot of evidence is required to overcome long established, but wrong view points.
I too spent over 20 years doing the very same in-depth study and came to many of the same conclusions that Mr. Ortiz did. If I had this book to read at the start it would have saved me a lot of time and effort. I just published my own similar conclusions in Apocalypse Fire, but it also covers all the end time prophecies, seals, trumpets, etc.
Review by Dave MacPherson
Do you know why "The End Times Passover" by Joe Ortiz is riveting and enjoyable? He travels behind the scenes from Greek word to Greek word and skillfully shows how far removed from Scripture some faulty prophetic views, such as pretribulation rapturism, truly are.
As one who has been eminently successful in various occupations (as a radio and television talk show host, news reporter and newspaper columnist, public relations expert, and teacher on the college level - only a fraction of his talents), Ortiz, named as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in The US," is equally accomplished in his handling of the Bible. On more than 500 pages he sifts facts from fiction and comes up with a classic work on every important aspect of the end times that every child of God will be privileged to own. My stamp of approval is on it! (10-08-07, Dave MacPherson author of "The Rapture Plot")
Review by Bill Somers
The reader will find The End Times Passover to be a scholarly sound and profound work that will straighten out a lot confusion surrounding biblical issues related to end times prophecy. It will cause many teachers and students of the Bible to rethink much of what they have accepted as 'fact' concerning the end times.
Joe Ortiz has done a magnificent job of researching and writing this important book. This is the book I wish I would have written, and I'm sure there are a few others who will wish they had written it as well," Bill Somers, May 28, 2004.
Bill Somers is the host of the
End Time Prophetic Vision web site.
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Reader Reviews for "The End Times Passover (Etymological Challenges to Millenarian Doctrines)"
|Reviewed by Angel Worship
|<b>Now is the time to prepare the souls for the Kingdom. Do the Ordinance, by your bedside pray and name your sins to God in the Name of His Son then be baptized know that baptism without repentance is baptism with water but the baptism with the Holy Ghost comes with repentance. Do this for you and your congregation give them also the instructions so that they too can be in the Kingdom of God for the souls need to be cleansed now!!! </b>|
|Reviewed by Jon Edwards
|Does anyone realize how timely Joe Ortiz' book "The End Times Passover" really is? Who on earth hasn't heard of the religious term "rapture"? This word is shorthand for the much longer theological term "pre-tribulation rapture," a strange, 19th century British import which for many years now has taken over, and become the darling of, American evangelicalism. So what is the "rapture"? It is a secret coming of Christ to the earth's atmosphere, at which time all true Christians will literally and physically be lifted off the planet to meet Christ up in the air somewhere. Although everyone has heard of the term "second coming," the secret rapture is actually a prior coming of Christ that is supposed to occur several years before the second coming. Since its birth in Britain in 1830, the incentive for believing in this "pre-tribulation" rapture (or coming of Christ) is that it gives adherents a "hope" never heard of before the 19th century: the hope that followers of Christ will not have to be on earth during its last few horrible years spoken of in the Bible as the "great tribulation" (or the reign of the Antichrist). So how did Joe Ortiz, who personally believed in this secret rapture at one time, come to believe just the opposite (the historic, pre-1830 view that Chrstians will remain on earth during Antichrist's reign)? His book "The End Times Passover" reveals the answer. After studying the original Greek language of the New Testament, he realized that the secret rapture idea was nowhere to be found it it. He concluded after much research that the Bible actually teaches that the Christian Church will be on earth to face the Antichrist during earth's final days and that those who promulgate the secret rapture notion really haven't done their homework but have basically repeated what they have heard others teaching. "The End Times Passover" is well researched, readable, and clearly Scriptural and should be read by all who have heard Jerry Falwell, Tim LaHaye and other preachers promoting the rapture which, as Ortiz, points out is an extra-Scriptural teaching which never should have been adopted by Americans. The Ortiz book is one that you can't lay down once you pick it up!|