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→
Up until now, most of my posts have been apologetic in nature, tackling the false assertions of pre-tribulationism point by point. However in this case I have decided to share a warning from Corrie Ten Boom about the dangers associated with the false pretrib rapture teaching.
Fight The Good Fight Ministries has just released a second video trailer for the highly anticipated video soon be released entitled, “Left Behind or Led Astray.” In anticipation of the new video’s release, Thomas Ice of the Pre-Trib Research Center was interviewed by Tom McMahon, of The Berean Call, specifically to address the claims made in the first trailer. This new trailer establishes what the early Church believed when it came to Christians enduring the great tribulation to come.
When asked by His disciples about His second coming and the end of the age, the first thing Jesus says to His disciples is, “See to it that no one misleads you.” There are two things here that should not escape our notice. First, there is a very real possibility that believers could be misled when it comes to understanding the times and events leading to His coming. The second and equally important thing is that He does not want us to be misled in this area. So let’s establish this fact right from the beginning; its important! Read more ›
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→