Copyright © Tim Warner Revised September 11, 2007 In Revelation 20, John described the resurrected saints seated on thrones and reigning with Christ after having been resurrected. Revelation 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded … Continue reading The First Resurrection in Revelation
Introduction I was taught the pre-tribulation from when I first became a Christian and accepted it as being correct. I did not even know there was another teaching on this subject for many years as we did not have the internet in those days. I need to state that I have many Pre-Tribulation Christian friends … Continue reading Does the “Falling Away” & the Revelation of “Man of Sin” come First?
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.