The Origin of the Pretribulation Rapture with Evidence

I have tried to be fair in this short article, attempting to avoid over-reaching the facts or drawing unwarranted conclusions. Yet, the evidence points to an inescapable conclusion. The pretribulation rapture view did not grow out of a diligent study of the Scriptures, or revival of early Christian doctrines. Rather, it was birthed from the womb of charismatic excesses, and developed by a preacher known for his heretical views of the person of Christ. Interestingly, Irving’s heresy was precisely the same heresy as many modern self-appointed prophets – that Jesus was a proto-type “Christian,” possessing a fallen sinful nature, and able to live godly only by the power of the indwelling Spirit. While Irving himself was already developing dispensationalist ideas in 1825, his pretribulationism was not the direct outgrowth of the implications of his dispensational leanings. Rather, the secret rapture of the wise virgins first appeared in the visions of Margaret MacDonald, followed by the prophecies among Irving’s congregation.

How Many Second Comings? Part 3

This is a continuation of How Many Second Comings? Part 2 11. He claims His bride vs. He comes with His bride According to Rev. 19:7, the Bride has just "made herself ready" at the very close of the tribulation! That is when the people in heaven announce that the time for the "Marriage of … Continue reading How Many Second Comings? Part 3

How Many Second Comings? Part 2

This the continuation from How Many Second Comings? Part 1. Ice offers 13 examples of differences between the rapture and second coming. We'll take them in the same order. 1. Translation of all believers vs. No translation at all It is already obvious that Ice is relying solely on an argument from silence. He has … Continue reading How Many Second Comings? Part 2

How Many Second Comings? Part 1

By Tim Warner © http://www.4windsfellowships.net Dr. Thomas Ice, of the Pretrib Research Center, argued that differences in terminology in various second coming passages require a separate pretribulation rapture, distinct from the second coming. 1 Ice began with a discussion of what pretribulationists really need to prove. Not surprisingly, he sets the bar for his side … Continue reading How Many Second Comings? Part 1

Christians Not Appointed to Wrath

1 Thessalonians 5:9 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,  Many pretribulationists make every attempt to paint a picture of the tribulation so horrible, no Christian could possibly survive it. The entire period is labelled, “the time of wrath.” Then, they introduce 1 Thessalonians … Continue reading Christians Not Appointed to Wrath

The Debate About the Timing of the Rapture

The timing of the “rapture” is a divisive and contentious subject in the world of Evangelical Christianity. Churches typically do not like controversy, and will do much to avoid it altogether. Evangelical churches in the United States seem to fall largely into two camps, being either staunchly pretribulational, or avoiding the subject altogether. The former … Continue reading The Debate About the Timing of the Rapture

Ephraem the Syrian About the Pre-Tribulation Rapture in AD 373

Ephraem The Syrian (AD c. 303-373)Ephraem is venerated as a “saint” by the Catholic and Orthodox churches, but they would not allow him to teach his doctrine of prophecy today.Ephraem is called “the Syrian” because he lived in that region.He was a voluminous writer. Many of his sermons and psalms are included in the 16-volume Post-Nicene … Continue reading Ephraem the Syrian About the Pre-Tribulation Rapture in AD 373

The Background to how the Pretribulation Teaching Started

Updated 28th August 2020 Below is the official and excepted version of how the Pre-Tribulation rapture theory came into being. There were two other men in the past that had proposed something similar teaching but it had not taken hold. These are their views on this subject. I.e. Morgan Edwards and Ephraem The Syrian. Introduction … Continue reading The Background to how the Pretribulation Teaching Started

The Antichrist Comes First – Contrary To Pre-Tribulation Theology

In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul directly addressed the problem that precipitated his Epistle. Some believers had been told their relief from persecution was imminent, and that Jesus was about to return momentarily. This error was dealt with decisively by Paul.   2 Thessalonians 2:1-4  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord … Continue reading The Antichrist Comes First – Contrary To Pre-Tribulation Theology

A Discussion of Pre and Post Tribulation Scripture Support

Introduction In biblical bible study we allow the scriptures to talk for themselves just like the Bereans in Acts and not massage them into what we want them to mean.  Furthermore, looking at the Greek and Hebrew is normally needed for important technical subjects like the Great Tribulation. Firstly the word Rapture does not exist … Continue reading A Discussion of Pre and Post Tribulation Scripture Support