Is a Pre-Tribulation Rapture Needed for the Wedding of the Church to Jesus?

Pre-Tribulation Assessment The contention is that since Revelation 19:7-8 indicates that the church, Christ's Bride, is made ready to accompany Christ to earth Revelation 19:14 before the second coming, how could this reasonably happen if part of the church is still on earth awaiting Christ's 2nd Coming? If the rapture of the church takes place … Continue reading Is a Pre-Tribulation Rapture Needed for the Wedding of the Church to Jesus?

Rapture Terminology – The”Skeleton in the Closet”of Pretribulationism

By Tim Warner © http://www.4windsfellowships.net “Technical terms” are nouns or descriptive noun phrases that are understood by the intended audience to refer to specific things even without explanation within the context. For example, the word "rapture" in modern prophetic speech is understood to refer to the coming of Christ for His Church. We do not … Continue reading Rapture Terminology – The”Skeleton in the Closet”of Pretribulationism

The Last Trumpet 1 Corinthians 15

By Tim Warner © http://www.4windsfellowships.net Most pretribulationists believe the pretribulation rapture was not taught by Jesus, but was given to Paul as a special revelation. Therefore, it is important for us to see if what Paul taught about the rapture is different from Jesus' teaching. If there are mutually exclusive differences between what Jesus taught … Continue reading The Last Trumpet 1 Corinthians 15

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

Jewish Wedding Customs and the Rapture

Christian writers throughout history have recognized an underlying theme in the Scriptures, that Jewish wedding customs form a pattern for the redemption of mankind. This is rather hard to miss, particularly when both Paul and John refer specifically to the “Bride” of Christ. But only recently have the Jewish wedding customs been used within the … Continue reading Jewish Wedding Customs and the Rapture

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

Can we find the Rapture in Revelation?

One of the glaring weaknesses of the pretribulation rapture view is the complete omission of any mention of a pretribulation rapture in Revelation. The book of Revelation was written to the "seven churches of Asia" to reveal the things that "must shortly come to pass." Its name literally means "the unveiling of Jesus Christ." If … Continue reading Can we find the Rapture in Revelation?

Jesus Returns 2036?

Date setting for Jesus return can be accurate only if the secular date for the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70 and therefore Jesus crucifixion in AD 30 is accurate. God has provided all the rest of the required information. Following is an extract from a book called Bible Chronology for the Last Generation Christians by … Continue reading Jesus Returns 2036?