How many of you reject being labeled, with the only label you are willing to accept is that of 'Christian'? Suppose I want to know what you believe regarding the end times (eschatology); specifically in regards to the return of Christ. Remember now, the only label you are willing to wear is 'Christian'. The conversation may go something like this: Me: What do you believe about the end times? Christian: What do you mean? Me: What do you believe about the return of the Lord? Will Christ return? Christian: Oh, yes. I believe Christ will return. But before He returns the rapture will take place. Me: The rapture? Christian: Yes. Christ will call all Christians to Himself and remove them from the earth just before the beginning of the seven year Tribulation. Me: Tribulation? Christian: There will be a seven year period when the Antichrist will persecute those people who get saved during that time. Then God will pour out His wrath on the Antichrist, his followers, and those who took his mark. Me: What will happen at the end of the seven years? Christian: Christ will return with those who were raptured and all those who previously died in Christ. He will set His foot on the Mount of Olives. His enemies will be defeated and He will set up a literal 1000 year reign in Jerusalem. Me: Is that the end of the story? Christian: Oh, no. At the end of Christ's 1000 year reign there will be a brief rebellion against His rule. This rebellion will be crushed and then the White Throne judgement will take place. Those who died in their sins will be thrown into the lake of fire. Those whose names have been written down in the Lamb's Book of Life will be in His presence for eternity. That is the end of the story. Since 'Christian' does not want to be labeled, how would we describe him when it comes to his views of the end times? Well, we cannot call him a Dispensationalist because that is a label. We could say that 'Christian' believes in the pretribulational rapture of the church, a literal seven year tribulation, Christ's visible second coming, a 1000 year reign of Christ, a period of brief rebellion, Christ's final victory, and judgment of the quick and the dead. Imagine having to go into that level of detail every time you discuss your view of the end times, all because you reject being called a Dispensationalist. The same could be said of those who do not want to be called a Covenant Theologian, Arminian, Calvinist, et. al.