Through the Bible with Les Feldick

Jan - Feb - Mar 2007


Dear Friends,

Another three months, and by the time you receive this letter, another Christmas has already come and gone. As one of my Oklahoma friends put it, "When I was a kid Christmas seemed to come every five years, now it seems to come every month!" How true. The rapid passing of time is no longer a phenomena of older people, even the younger generation - college age - are feeling the same way. Sign of the times?

We were home most of this quarter, but we did have a thrilling "all day" seminar at Oklahoma City with over 300 in attendance. The Spirit was evident and the weather was gorgeous. As we were driving home that evening, the setting sun behind us was shining onto the hillsides amassed with the brilliant fall colors. Beyond description.

The 2007 itineraries are falling into place. As usual, we can tell that the Lord is in it. We will be starting at North Ft. Myers, Florida the 11th of February, ending with Pensacola on Saturday the 24th. Hopefully, we will be back at home by Monday the 26th. In March we go up to Chipewa Falls, WI for a three day Bible conference the 9th, 10th, and 11th. As I am writing, we just had a call from Ohio that a large facility has been secured for Saturday, April 21st at Granville, just east of Columbus; Friday at Peace Lutheran in Canal Winchester. From there we'll develop further stops on our way out and on our way back. June 11th and 12th we will be at the Community Center in Berkley Springs, WV for the 10th anniversary of our first seminar in that area. Again, we will build a more extensive itinerary around that date. This summer we hope to see folks out in Albuquerque - but that will be in the June newsletter. All of which means we need and much appreciate your prayers. How we praise the Lord for every one of you.


The following is a reprint of an article written by the eminent Greek Scholar Dr. Kenneth Wuest and published in the Oct. 2005 edition of Midnight Call magazine. We realize some segments are quite deep, but feel that valuable information can be gleaned from it. We appreciate being given permission to reprint Dr. Wuest's article.

"Three questions confront the Christian world today with reference to this great event called the Rapture. Will the Church be caught up before Daniel's 70th week begins? Will the Church remain on earth during the first 3 ˝ years of that period when universal peace and prosperity will be obtained under the benevolent rule of the Antichrist, and then be translated just before the Great Tribulation, which latter period is to occupy the last 3 ˝ years? Will the Church remain on earth through the Great Tribulation, and be caught up at its close to return to the earth with the Lord Jesus at His Second Advent?

The answer to these questions will only be convincing to the reader if it is based upon the rules of biblical exegesis. Otherwise, it will be merely the opinion of the present writer, and worth just that much - nothing. The writer, when introducing the subject of Greek exegesis to his students, lays down the following basic rule to which they must adhere throughout there exegetical work: "That interpretation of a Scripture passage, which is not based upon the historical background of the Bible book in which it is found, the analysis of the book, the context in which it occurs, an intensive study of the Greek words, and the correct application of the rules of Greek grammar and syntax is to be regarded merely as the opinion of the exegete, and has no more value in the theological classroom than a theory has in the halls of science. That interpretation, which is based upon the above rules is to be regarded as correct until it can be shown by the reapplication of the same rules that an error of human judgment has crept in."

There is such a thing, therefore as a scientific method of studying the word. The student who follows the rules of an experiment in chemistry brings that experiment to a successful conclusion. The student who does not ends up with an explosion. Just so, the student who conducts his study of the Bible along the scientific lines noted arrives at the correct interpretation, and the student who does not at the wrong one. The exegetical method the student uses in answering the question with reference to the time of the Rapture will determine whether he believes in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. Both teachings can be gotten out of Scripture; but one will be based upon scientific rules of procedure and be accepted as true, whereas the other must be looked upon as the mere opinion of the exegete."


Adhering to the foregoing exegetical rules, we will examine John's testimony in the Revelation. The book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible that the divine author has analyzed for the exegete. John is told to "Write the things which thou has seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" (1:19). This analysis does not merely present three major sections of the book in their order, but includes a time element that is of utmost importance. Clearly, the Holy Spirit does not have in mind merely the three parts of the book. The Emphasis in His thinking is upon the correct sequence of events as they will occur in the prophetic program of God. This emphasis upon the time element is therefore geared to our problem as to the precise place of the Rapture with reference to the 70th week of Daniel.

The words "the things thou has seen" clearly refer to the vision John had received of our Lord Jesus as it is recorded in the first chapter. The Greek words translated "the things which are" in an expanded translation read "the things that exist" or "the things that are in existence." The Lord Jesus called John's attention to certain things in existence at the time John was receiving this vision. He does not specify in this expression what those things were. The exegete, faced with that problem, follows the rule that "context rules" and allows the context (chapters two and three) to define what the things were, seven historic churches situated in Asia Minor. Each has a definite characteristic. Since these seven churches were not the only churches in Asia Minor at the time, it is evident that they were selected for these definite characteristics. Since that is so, we conclude that these definite characteristics are for the guidance of the Church during its earthly history. In a book of prophecy such as the Revelation, which was written in the first century to predict the future of Israel, the Second Advent, and the Millennium, it would be most strange should the inspired writer hurdle the intervening years, especially since the book was written for the guidance of the Church. These characteristics must have some connection with the history of the Church during the interim between Israel dispersed in the first century and Israel restored for the Millennium. As one compares these characteristics in their order with the history of the Church, one discovers a striking resemblance between them and that history, so striking and in such an order that this similarity cannot be a mere coincidence or an attempt of an exegete to press them into the mold of Church history in an effort to bridge the gap between the rejection of Israel in the first century and its restoration in the future. Thus, chapters tow and three were, in the first century, the prewritten history of the Church, which today has been almost entirely fulfilled. "The things which are," therefore, are the seven ages of Church history. The only thing that can terminate its history on earth is the Rapture, the removal the Church to heaven.

We now consider the words "the things which shall be hereafter." The Greek of "shall be" is not the verb of being in the future tense, but the verb mello used with an infinitive. It is a device that the Greek writer uses when he wishes to indicate that a thing predicted will come to pass very soon, an idea that the simple future does not carry. It is used "of those things which will come to pass by fixed necessity or divine appointment" (Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon, in loco.). The infinitive is that of the verb ginomai, "to become," and is ingressive aorist, speaking of entrance into a new condition. The expanded translation reads, "the things which are about to become." "Hereafter" in the Greek text is meta tauta, the demonstrative pronoun of the near object, in the neuter gender and the plural number pointing back to the things which are." The translation reads, "after these things." John is now ordered to write: "the things which are about to become after these things," namely, after the Church Age. Everything predicted in the following chapters will occur after the Church Age closes. The 70th week of Daniel begins with the rider on the white horse (Antichrist) of 6:2, and closes with the rider on the white horse of 19:11 (Jesus Christ). The Great Tribulation occupies the last 3 ˝ years of the seven-year period. The Rapture, by removing the Church from the earth, closed the Church Age. Thus, that blessed event antedates not only the Great Tribulation, but Daniel's 70th week. This is conclusive and final, and from this teaching there can be no appeal unless on wishes to set aside the rules of biblical exegesis, which procedure is neither scholarly, scientific, nor ethical.


We turn now to Paul. Someone had written a letter to the Thessalonian church to the effect that the Day of the Lord was then present, forging Paul's name to the manuscript (2 Thessalonians 2:2). The best Greek texts read: "the Day of the Lord," not "the Day of Christ," as found in the Authorized Version. There is a distinction between the two days.

The Day of the Lord is a technical term used by the Old Testament prophets to designate a certain period with regard to Israel. The expression is used in Lamentations 2:22; Isaiah 2:12; 13:6; 9; 34:8; Jeremiah 46:10; Ezekiel 13:5; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:1; 3:14; Amos 5:18; Obadiah 15; Zephaniah 1:7; 8, 18; 2:2-3; Zechariah 14:1; and Malachi 4:5. From a study of these passages, the following should be clear: 1) this day has to do with the nation of Israel, not the Church; 2) the period is still future; 3) the period is one of Judgment upon Israel; 4) it refers to the period of the Great Tribulation, since events that are predicted by the prophets are those that John predicts in the Revelation; and 5) it is the time of the coming of Messiah in judgment.

The day of Christ (Philipppians 1:6, 10) is a New Testament expression, used of the Church and the coming of the Lord Jesus for the Church. The Thessalonian saints thought they had missed the Rapture, and that the persecutions they were enduring were part of the Great Tribulation. Paul writes to assure them that such was not the case. He bases his proof upon the fact that a "falling away" must take place before the Great Tribulation starts.

The phrase "a falling away" is the Authorized Version rendering of apostasia. The verbal form aphistamia from which it comes is present middle of aphistemi, the root verb, which we will study. The simple verb histemi in its intransitive sense means "to stand," the prefixed preposition means "off, away from," and the compound verb, "to stand off from." The word does not mean "to fall." The Greeks had a word for that, pipto: Aphhistemi, in its various uses, is reported by Thayer as follows: "to make stand off, cause to withdraw, to stand off, stand aloof, to desert, to withdraw from one"; in contexts where a defection from the faith is in view, it means "to fall away, become faithless." The verb is rendered by the translators of the Authorized Version "to depart," in Luke 2:32; 4:13; 13:27; Acts 12:10; 15:38; 19:9; 22:29; 2 Corinthians 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 3:12. In Luke 8:13 it is translated "fall away," in Acts 5:37, "drew away," and in Acts 5:38, "refrain." Had they translated the word here instead of interpreting it, they would have rendered it by the word "departure." The reader will observe that the predominant translation of the verbal from is "to depart," also, that where it is translated "fall way," the context adds the idea of "falling away" to the verb, which action is still a departure.

E. Schuyler English, to whom this present writer is deeply indebted for calling his attention to the word "departure" as the correct rendering of apostasia in this context; also informs us that the following translators understood the Greek work to mean "a departure" in this context: Tyndale (1534), Coverdale (1535), the Geneva Bible (1537), Cranmer (1539), and Beza (1565), and so used it in their translations. Apostasia is used once more in the New Testament and is translated "to forsake" (A.V.), signifying a departure. The neuter noun apostasion in Matthew 5:31; 19:7; and Mark 10:4 is rendered by the Authorized Version, "divorcement," which word also signifies a departure, here, from antecedent relations.

The writer is well aware of the fact that apostasia was used at times both in classical and koine Greek in the sense of a defection, a revolt in a religious sense, a rebellion against God, and of the act of apostasy. Liddell and Scott in their classical lexicon give the above as the first definition of the word. Moulton and Milligan quote a papyrus fragment where the word means "a rebel." But these are acquired meanings of the word gotten from the context in which it is used, not the original, basic, literal meaning, and should not be imposed upon the word when the context does not qualify the word by these meanings, as in the case of our Thessalonians passage, where the context in which apostasia is embedded does not refer to a defection from the truth, but to the Rapture of the Church. The fact that our word "apostasy" means a defection from the truth is entirely beside the point since we do not interpret Scripture upon the basis of a transliterated word to which a certain meaning has been given, but upon the basis of what the Greek work meant to the first century reader. The fact that Paul in 1 Timothy 4:1 uses this verb in the words "some shall depart from the faith" indicated that the word itself has no such connotation. The translators of the Authorized Version did not translate the word, but offered their interpret of it in its context.

With the translation of the word before us, the next step is to ascertain from the context that to which this departure refers. We note the presence of the Greek definite article before apostasia, of which the translation takes no notice. A Greek word is definite in itself, and when the article is used the exegete must pay particular attention to it. "The basal function of the article is to point out individual identity. It does more than mark 'the object as definitely conceived,' for a substantive in Greek is definite without the article" (Dana and Mantey, A Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament, p. 137). This departure, whatever it is, is a particular one, one differentiated from all others. Another function of the article is "to denote previous reference. Here the article points out an object the identity of which is defined by some previous reference made to it in the context" (ibid., p. 141). In 2 Thessalonians 2:1 Paul has just spoken about the coming Lord. This coming is defined by the words "our gathering together unto him," not as the Second Advent, but as the Rapture. The Greek word rendered "and" and the translated "even," and the translation reads, "the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, even our gathering together unto him."

The article before apostasia defines that word by pointing to "the gathering together unto him" as that departure. This article determines the context that defines apostasia. The translators took the context of verses 10 - 12 as deciding the significance of the word, but they went too far afield, not grasping the function of the definite article preceding apostasia, which points back to the Rapture of verse 2, not ahead to the refusal to believe the truth of verses 10 - 12. The article is all-important here, as in many instances of its use in the Greek New Testament. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul had given these saints teaching on the Rapture, and the Greek article here points to that which was well known to both the reader and the writer, which is another use of the Greek definite article. Thus, the departure of the Church from earth to heaven must precede the Great Tribulation period.

And we have answered our questions again. It might be added that the reason Paul merely speaks of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture rather than a Pre-70th Week Rapture is that he is addressing himself to the needs of the Thessalonian saints and is not explaining the particular place of the Rapture in the prophetic program of God.


We will allow John to speak once more. Our Lord promises to keep the Philadelphia church, namely, the present missionary church, "from the hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth" (Revelation 3:10), The word "keep" is tereo, "take care of, the guard," the word expressing watchful care, and being suggestive of present possession, the watchful care resulting in safe custody (Thayer). The word "temptation" is peirasmos, "adversity, affliction, trouble." It is preceded by the definite article, which makes this period of adversity a particular one, and since it is predicted to affect the entire earth, it must refer to the Great Tribulation period. The preposition "from" is in the Greek text ek. In its general usage it means "out from." The promise is that this Church shall be guarded, kept in safe custody out from the Great Tribulation. This suggests the interpretation that the Church will enter the Great Tribulation, and in the nick of time be taken out of it, which interpretation is in conflict with our previous teaching.

Here a rule of exegesis comes into play. The exegete must not base his interpretation upon a single word without taking the analysis of the book and the context into consideration. The two latter, which teach a Pre-70th Week Rapture forbid any interpretation that is diametrically opposed to the requirements. In a case where the interpretation based on one meaning of a word is not in harmony with the context, the exegete makes a further study of the word would fit the context. The words in the inspired text always agree with the context when properly interpreted. We turn to vocabulary of the Greek Testament by Moulton and Milligan, that last court of appeal when one wishes to find out exactly how the first-century person used the word, and we find that it was used in the case of a donkey. The clause in the early manuscript reads, "has removed it [the donkey] from my reach." The donkey was placed out of the reach of the person spoken of. God promises to guard this Church out of the reach of the Great Tribulation. He does this by removing it from the earth in the departure of which Paul speaks.


We offer one more demonstration of the fact that a pre-70th week Rapture is taught in the Bible. It has to do with the character of the Rapture as imminent. Webster defines the word as "threatening to occur immediately, near at hand, impending." Paul wrote in the first century, "The Lord is at hand" (Philippians 4:5). The words "at hand" as the translation of eggus, which Thayer defines as "near," and adds, "concerning things imminent and soon to come to pass," the Pauline teaching being that the Rapture is to be regarded always as an imminent event, and in view of that he writes to the Philippians: "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ Jesus." Paul lived in the anticipation of the imminent return of the Lord.

John, by his use of the subjunctive mode, teaches the same thing. He says: "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming" (1 John 2:28). The words "when he shall appear" are in the indicative mode, which is the mode of reality, of certainty. But John does not use the indicative, but rather the subjective mode which is the mode of uncertainty. He writes: "Be abiding in him in order that whenever he may be made manifest." The subjunctive teaches the uncertainty of the time of the Rapture, therefore, its character of imminency. John's entire admonition is: "And now, little born ones, be abiding in Him, in order that whenever He may be made manifest, we may have instant freedom of speech and not to be made to shrink away from Him in shame. Thus, the Bible writers make the teaching of the imminency of the Rapture a ground of appeal for holy living and diligent service.

To teach that the Church will go through the Tribulation Period or even enter it is to nullify the teaching of the imminent coming of the Lord, and thus prevent the salutary effect of the imminency of the Rapture from becoming operative in the lives of the saints. Events on earth are not ready for the Great Tribulation. The Jewish temple in Jerusalem must be built, and Antichrist crowned as emperor of the revived Roman Empire before Daniel's 70th week begins. If the Church is to endure a Protestant purgatory, the Rapture cannot occur for a long time yet, and would therefore not be imminent.

Nothing in Scripture indicates that the Church will either enter or pass through the Tribulation. Israel is given many signs that will warn her of the near approach of that period (Matthew 24), but the gospels and epistles are devoid of any sign given the Church. The epistles speak of the day of Christ Jesus, an expression not found in the Old Testament or the gospels. This is a day that the Church is to look forward to with joy. It is the end of the pathway of the Church. If this day does not occur before the Tribulation, then there is no place for it in the prophetic calendar of events that will take place during or after that period.

Note from Laura

I am so thankful for all of those who have kept me in their prayers and encouraged me. I am so very blessed to be part of a ministry that allowed me to have such a support system! As I wrote in a previous newsletter, Isaiah 55:8 &9 are the Bible verses that I lean heavily on and now I want to share with you a song that is helpful to me. The name of it is "Day by Day". The first verse and last verse are worded as follows: (the tune to this song is beautiful also)

"Day by Day and with each passing moment,
strength I find, to meet my trials here;
trusting in my Fathers wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.

Help me then in every tribulation
to trust thy promises, oh Lord,
that I lose not faiths sweet consolation
offered me within Thy Holy Word."

Isn't it wonderful that God has not only provided His Word as a source of encouragement but has also given us other believers to give us encouragement too?!


I would like to thank everyone for the prayers, gifts and cards of encouragement over the past few months. I am happy to report that I am cancer free and doing great, I am feeling much better since my surgery back in October. I will have a few more tests in January just as a precaution, but feel confident that all is well. I would like everyone to know that we may not ever meet in this lifetime but I know we will meet and what a joyful meeting that will be. God Bless You! and as you have prayed for me I am also praying for you.


Once again, we in the office would just like to thank everyone for their support, friendship and prayers. To echo Laura, it is such a blessing to know that we are being prayed for and encouraged by the Saints! Our sincere wishes for a wonderful 2007.

Here are a few reminders of ways you can help us save time in the office and serve you better. It is a great help when you designate on the memo line of your check or money order what it is to be used for. For example a donation to the ministry could simply say "donation", "love gift", or "offering". For payments we would appreciate either the invoice number or the word "payment". If you are ordering please write "SEND" or "ORDER" along with the product description. We would really appreciate it if you did not leave a blank memo line. There is no need to have an order blank to mail in an order, if there is not enough room on the check, simply use a sheet of paper that also includes your name and address. And lastly, please let us know if you would like a year end receipt for donations made in 2006.


The Berean Bible Society has Sunday School material geared to children and young people. For more information and a price list, contact Steve Shober at (608) 836-9579.

Now available in BOOK, VHS, DVD, and CD
#69 Ruth, Esther, Rev. 5, I Cor 15:1-4 and various other scriptures "Redeem; Redeemed; Redemption"; "Kinsman Redeemer"; "For Such a Time as This".
#70 Hosea 1:1 - 9:7 "Lo-Ammi - Not My People"; "Adulteress Israel to be Restored"; "Israel's Glory is Still Ahead of Her".

GET READY FOR TURN-AROUND! On January 4, 2007, "Through the Bible" will begin again with the first programs in Genesis as the daily (Mon. - Fri.) program will be caught up with the latest weekly show. Those of you who watch the program on INSP or get it on the weekends will also continue to get the current broadcast on a weekly basis. We will continue to have all past programs available in all product froms along with the most current finished programs. The Question/Answer book remains one of our biggest sellers and at $11 we think it is the best value of all our products.

With over 360 pages answering 88 pertinent Bible questions, it also makes a great gift. We will be searching for a new TV station in the Abilene, TX area as the radio station the program was airing on has been sold and there is no indication that “Through The Bible” will be picked up.

Those of you that have visited us know how crowded the ministry office had become. We are thankful that we now have completed the addition to the office and now have much more space. Something we are especially proud of is the new dumb waiter. It sure makes getting those boxes of books up and down from the second floor much easier!

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