A few days ago, I did a post on how we are living in the days of damnable heresies. And wouldn’t you know it, as I was reading the headlines today I came across an article where a so-called Christian preacher, interviewed by the Christian Post, is promoting a damnable heresy.
Gerald Haug, an Assemblies of God minister and author of Ortho-Millenialism: Bringing Order to End-Time Chaos, told the Christian Post in an interview that the resurrection of the dead that the Bible talks about has taken place already. Can you believe that? Obviously, the man hasn’t read 2 Timothy recently. Paul warned Timothy and us about men like Gerald Haug. He is like the false teachers Hymenaeus and Philetus whom Paul talked about when he said the following:
16But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 2 Timothy 2
This Haug guy is trying to overthrow the faith of believers with his claims. As if that weren’t bad enough, he adds more heretical claims in his interview such as:
- The resurrection of the dead happened in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem, which marked the end of the Mosaic age.
- This resurrection in 70 AD was when dead believers were taken out of Abraham’s Bosom (Haug calls it Hades) and it was then that death was conquered.
- Believers who have died since then will not face a judgment day, but will be given their new body in heaven with Christ on the day they die.
- Nero was the only Antichrist the Bible was talking about and there will be no more Antichrists.
The man is clearly caught up in his own vain pride. Jesus told the thief on the cross who asked for forgiveness, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” This signified that Jesus from the time of his death, would gather all believers, who died up to that point and forward, into heaven to be with him once they die. They weren’t waiting until 70 AD to be taken out of Abraham’s Bosom.
Furthermore, 1 Thessalonians 4 says,
13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Those who have already died in the Lord will return with the Lord and those believers still alive when they return will be caught up to be with them in the clouds all at the same exact moment so that all believers up to that point will be all together. This hasn’t happened yet because there are still millions of us Christians still alive roaming the Earth.
Additionally, Revelation 19:11-21 speaks of a physical war when Christ returns between Jesus with his heavenly army (which includes the saints) against the beast (Antichrist) with the kings of the earth and their armies. It also says that when these earthly armies are killed by Jesus, the birds will feast on them and their war horses. This never happened to Nero, nor has it happened at any time in history.
Anyone who loves the Lord and has thoroughly studied God’s word can see that Gerald Haug is so wrong on so many levels.
Source: Stoyan Zaimov. Author Tackles Resurrection of the Dead, Why Christians Get Prophecy ‘Wrong’. Christianpost.com. March 27, 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–