I have heard a few somewhat reasonable and concise arguments in favor of a pre-tribulation rapture position. One of those was written by Dr Tony Garland. Dr Garland has a distinguished theological education and I’m sure that in many other areas we would agree. He did what I think was a very good job at laying out the primary points in favor of a pre-tribulation rapture, so I decided to use his article as a springboard to refute the pre-tribulational position. I strongly recommend reading his article for reference. Dr Garland begins by answering an anonymous question, “Is there someplace on your site where you’ve laid out your perception of the end times, including who is involved (the Church, the Jews, etc.) in each piece? And/or biblical support for a pre-tribulation rapture? I have been attempting to study the end times, as I’ve always been taught that there is a pre-tribulation rapture, but I’ve never been taught WHY I should believe that is so. My studies, so far, have not turned up any compelling reasons for believing this particular eschatological view, and have turned up some things which would seem to oppose such a view. However, I do not wish to automatically discard this view; I just can’t find anyone who is teaching it with solid scriptural backing! If you are able to provide me with the scriptural basis for this view, it would be a great help.” continue reading→
Scientism is the new religion of the post-modern world. People of faith, but particularly Bible believing Christians are being marginalized in our western culture as being anti-science. Much of what we are seeing happening in society today was predicted by C.S. Lewis. This eye opening video should be a wake up call to everyone.
The Left Behind Movie starring Nicolas Cage opened in theaters on October 3, 2014. To counter this false teaching of pre-tribulationism, Good Fight Ministries has produced a video examining the origins of the pre-tribulation rapture teaching. I highly recommend it.
Most of us think of idolatry as worshiping images or statues of false gods. We also think of idols as things that we desire more than God. Both are true, but that’s not the only definition. An idol is also a man-made god, or a god as we think God should be. Idolatry is the most mentioned sin to be found in the Bible but is often the thing that is least talked about.
So how does this apply to pre-tribulationism? Read more ›
One of the many arguments I hear in favor the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture is comes from 1Thes 5:9 which reads:
For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…
This is not an explicit statement that Christians will not be living on the earth during the tribulation, instead it says that God has not appointed or destined Christians to face His wrath. Instead of starting with the assumption of a pre-tribulation rapture and then using this text to affirm it, lets look at what the text says in context and see what other examples of escaping God’s wrath can be found in the Bible and see if they can shed light on this important subject. continue reading→
An acquaintance of mine on twitter suggested I read an article by Dr Thomas Ice that he said was good but probably would not convince me or other post-tribulationists to change our positions. He was right.
Before approaching this subject I believe it would be helpful to quote the Lord Jesus in the entirety of the passage to get the proper understanding of what Jesus was conveying to His Disciples. It is also important to understand how the disciples understood it.
When Jesus gave this teaching, it was immediately following the beginnings of his itinerant teaching along with miraculous wonders. It was also following the time that Jesus’ disciples had returned from preaching that ,”The Kingdom of God is at hand.” The disciples’ ministry was accompanied by many of the same miraculous signs that Jesus performed Himself. Their expectation was that Jesus the Son of David would rule the world as King from Jerusalem in the very near future. Ideas like church age, tribulation saints, and all of the other particularly pre-tribulation rapture ideas were completely foreign to them.
In fairness though they also did not understand Christ’s redemptive purpose either. But let’s approach Jesus’ teaching on this parable with the same understanding they had. continue reading→
What is ITER, you may ask? And what does it have to do with Bible prophecy? Back in the late 1970′s I was asked by my 11th grade science teacher to pick a subject that interested me and to put together a project that proved I had learned something. I chose nuclear power. For those not familiar there are two types: fission and fusion. Fission is the basis of all power producing nuclear reactors in operation today. Fission was also used when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki utterly destroying both cities and ending the war with Japan. Fission occurs when heavy radioactive materials are of a sufficient mass as to start a chain reaction where free flying neutrons strike the nucleus of these atoms causing them to split into different elements and at the same time releasing vast amounts of energy. Fusion is a reaction where lighter atoms are fused together by intense pressure and heat. This reaction is what fuels the Sun and also provides the destructive force generated in a thermonuclear weapon or H-Bomb. A fission bomb has the destructive power of about 20,000 tons of TNT and an H-Bomb can have the destructive force of 10,000,000 tons of TNT. An H-Bomb has never been used in war. continue reading→
I became a Christian in 1985 at the age of 21. My initial exposure to Christianity was through a Church that was a proponent of the “faith movement”. I had been a Christian for a little over a year and had been studying other religions and purchased the late Dr Walter Martin’s book the kingdom of the cults. I was not aware at the time that the faith movement was also unbiblical. I had heard of Dave’s book “The Seduction of Christianity” but had not read it. I was warned by people in my Church saying that reading it would wreck my faith. By God’s providence there was someone in my Church that I found reading Seduction, so I asked him, “Is it ruining your faith?” He said, “No, just the opposite. I think a lot of the things we are being taught are wrong, but my faith in God is stronger now than it ever was.” continue reading→
Over the years since I have been a Christian I have had many people try to persuade me that the Bible clearly teaches a Pre-Tribulational Rapture.
For those that don’t know what that means, I’ll offer a brief explanation. Among Christians that hold that the Bible accurately records the past and has predicted and continues to predict the future (I happen to be one of those). There are a majority of believers that hold to the idea that at some point in the future Jesus is going to return to the Earth to judge the world and establish His rule over the Earth for a thousand years. In addition to this belief there is also another belief that prior to His return, God is going to bring terrible judgment upon the world in a similar way that He judged the Egyptians during the time of Moses in the book of Exodus. This period of judgement is believed to last for a total of 7 years before Jesus actually returns, and this 7 year period is often referred to as the Tribulation or Great Tribulation. The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is a belief that prior to this Tribulation, true Christians that are alive at that time will be unpredictably and instantaneously caught up from the Earth by God, their bodies transformed into immortal bodies and that during the 7 years of judgement and suffering on Earth, Christians will be in Heaven being spiritually married to Jesus and will be enjoying a 7 year feast.
It is the teaching that Christians will not be present during the Tribulation that I take issue with. When dealing with this subject I will be appealing to the Bible to make my case. Some of the examples will be parallel to other stories or types from scripture and others are declarative statements on the subject. All will demonstrate the the idea of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture is built upon weak presuppositions that can easily be refuted. continue reading→