The Pretribulation Rapture

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  1. Yes, so “clearly instilled” it was never included in any Christian theology book or heard in any organized church before 1830. Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.” Karen

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  2. 1830 was not the year which first provided reference to a pre-tribulation rapture.

    References to a pre-tribulation rapture have been made in almost every century since the earliest known extra-Biblical reference to it by the fourth century church father Ephraem the Syrian. He stated: “For all the saints and Elect of God are gathered, prior to the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm the world because of our sins.”

    Even though this interpretation has been debated in certain circles since that time, it is certainly indicative of the fact that a pre-tribulation rapture has been a theoretical and doctrinal discussion since around the fourth century, if not earlier.

    Other certified references in the church which pre-date 1830 were, among others, those made by Morgan Edwards (1788), Emmanuel Lacunza (approx. 1770), John Nelson Darby (1827), Matthew Henry (1825).

    Proponents of a preliminary rapture believe the doctrine of amillennialism originated with Alexandrian scholars such as Clement and Origen and later became Catholic dogma through Augustine. Thus, the church until then held to premillennial views, which see an impending apocalypse from which the church will be rescued after being raptured by the Lord. This is even extrapolated by some to mean that the early church espoused pre-tribulationism.

    It is common misconception that the idea of a “Pre-Tribulation” rapture is attributed to a 15-year old Scottish-Irish girl named Margaret McDonald (a follower of Edward Irving), who in 1830 had a vision of the end times which describes a post-tribulation view of the Rapture that was first published in 1840. It was re-published again in 1861, but with certain omissions, which led to the confusion over the original.

    Nevertheless, rather than attempting to make predictions as to the timing of the rapture, we should give heed to the words of Jesus in Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only”.

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  3. The few claiming that pretrib rapturism can be found before 1830 are exposed in the “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” article listed by Karen (above). The same few have a ve$ted intere$t in trying to find pretrib teaching before 1830, even though the late Dr. John Walvoord of Dallas Seminary, who was long viewed as the No. 1 pretrib authority, was unable to find anyone teaching such a concept before 1830 and in his books, such as “The Rapture Question,” he referred to John Darby (who wrote that he came to “understand” that concept only in 1830) as one of the “early pretribulationists.” It isn’t too late for the Christian public to begin vetting their favorite Bible prophecy teachers – and Googling “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” and “Pretrib Rapture Secrets” would be an excellent start!

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