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Rapture Resistance Ramping Up

The past number of weeks has brought a ramping up of vitriol against the doctrine of the pre-Trib Rapture to my inbox. The assault seems spearheaded by one blog thrust in particular. I receive as many as three long diatribes from this source in a single day. The accusation is that those who believe in the pre-Trib Rapture are part of what this blog entity calls the Rapture Cult.

A number of emails pour in from various individuals who, close examination uncovers, are likely in cahoots with the blog-entity initiating this latest strategy against pre-Trib Rapture teaching. These emails, without exception, use the “Margaret McDonald” accusatory proclamation. They claim that we who believe the Bible presents a pre-Trib Rapture have been taken in by the hellish vision of the nineteenth century false prophetess who is said to have also caused John Darby to fall for the lie of a pre-Trib Rapture. C. I. Scofield, the DeHaans, and the rest of us have joined and perpetuated this ” Rapture cult.”

The anti-pre-Trib blog writer points an anger-tinged condemnation of the ancient writings such as that of one called Pseudo-Ephraem. This writer from antiquity has been studied by prophecy scholars such as Grant Jeffrey and others in order to find extra-biblical validation that the pre-Trib view of Rapture was held by the early church fathers and by the early church in general.

The blogger insinuates that the very use of the title “pseudo” indicates this is a false teacher. The “genuine” Ephraem, he writes, apparently lived in the fourth century, while the “pseudo” lived in as late as the seventh. Yet he confuses his attempt to make his case by using both Ephraems to claim that they both, in the final analysis, write a firm denial of the pre-Trib Rapture.

The blogger writes of both Ephraems: “Both said the only thing ‘remaining’ is the arrival of Antichrist”–i.e., they both believed, according to him, that the Antichrist coming to power is the next prophetic event to take place. No Rapture is in view.

Grant Jeffrey plainly refutes that claim through his research. Jeffrey wrote the following in a chapter for one of my books:

  1. Ephraem’s manuscript lays out the events of the last days in chronological sequence. Significantly, he began with the Rapture, using the word “imminent,” then he described the Great Tribulation of three and a half years duration under the Antichrist’s tyranny, followed by the second coming of Christ to earth with His saints to defeat the Antichrist.
  2. Significantly, at the beginning of his treatise in section 2, Ephraem used the word “imminent” to describe the Rapture occurring before the Tribulation and the coming of the Antichrist. “We ought to understand thoroughly therefore, my brothers which is imminent or overhanging.”
  3. He clearly described the pre-Tribulation Rapture: “Because all saints and the Elect of the Lord are gathered together before the tribulation which is about to come and are taken to the Lord, in order that they may not see at any time the confusion which overwhelms the world because of our sins.”–Grant Jeffrey, “Rapture, Three Fascinating Discoveries”

The writers of those earlier times used the term “pseudo” as merely a literary device in order to not have their names made public for one reason or the other. The same devices are used today in modern literature, of course. And, there are other factors involved in why such pseudonym devices were employed, but that’s not relevant here.

The point is that very meticulous scholarship examining the writers of that ancient period has proven beyond doubt–to me and many others who study Bible prophecy–that there were many students of God’s Word amongst the early believers who held to a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the church.

Yet the blogger calls the writings by Ephraem the Syrian (A.D. 306 to 373) “false witness” and refers to the writer as a “forger.” This he does without actual proof of his charge, but with high-sounding, pseudo-scholarly phraseology, in my opinion.

The danger in all this is that these assaults on the Rapture deflect the study of many of the true children of God who have a desire to look into Bible prophecy these days. Believe me, these seem to constitute a group that is diminishing in number.

The bloggers that are virulently against the truth about the pre-Trib Rapture brought to us by Paul the apostle in his letters to the Thessalonians and the Corinthians, and indeed by Jesus Himself as given in John 14:1-3, send their seemingly well-studied dogma in mass mailings on an ever-increasing basis. People are all too quick to take the sophistry thus delivered, usually unsolicited, as factual. Like those who get their news from cyberspace venues who twist truth that is not news at all, but fable, those marginally interested in Bible prophecy often take the lazy way and choose the blog presentations from the purveyors of anti-pre-Trib Rapture propaganda.

This is a primary reason I wrote my latest book, Rapture Ready…Or Not: 15 Reasons This Is the Generation That will Be Left Behind. My prayerful desire was and continues to be to get the book into the hands of as many as possible in order to counter such satanically spawned attacks. My special prayer is that we get the book to as many pastors and teachers within churches that are still of the Philadelphian rather than of the Laodicean sort.

My thanks to all who have seen to it that your pastors and teachers now have this book in their possession. For those who haven’t yet seen to it that these ministers of your acquaintance have copies, I ask that you consider providing each a copy.

Time looks to be running out in this Age of Grace. Pray, if you will, that these will begin using their pulpits and teaching opportunities to deliver truth about Christ’s imminent coming for all believers. As chapter 1 of Rapture Ready…Or Not puts it: “The end isn’t near, it’s here.”


10 Comments

  1. alain humbert says:

    Brother Terry,
    it shows only that the devil is frantically desperate at
    the Inexorable Departure Of The Church.
    Forever out of his reach.

  2. catruss777 says:

    Thanks for all the good information. Jesus himself told us that in like manner deciples saw him go, he will come back to take us to be where he is…

  3. There are apostate pastors out there that mock all forms of prophecy, Chuck Baldwin for example. He is more focused on the world than the Bible. He once criticized a comment I made when I said this country’s problem was a spiritual problem, not political. He’s an anti-Semite as well, a common thread anti-prophecy pastors share with one another.

  4. Greg Lauer says:

    Satan has been pulling out all the stops in attacking the truth of the pre-trib Rapture for a number of years now, but you’re right–it is definitely getting ramped up. YouTube is awash with it. It breaks my heart to see Satan manipulating many people in the Church today to aid him in his cause, which is to get people’s eyes off Jesus and onto their flesh. Today it’s the prepper’s gospel, and that means the pre-trib Rapture’s gotta go–and the people who run the blog you mention are typical of the sort of people who are busily and unwittingly lending Satan a hand.

  5. Dennis Drawhorn says:

    The whole idea of a pre-trib rapture just simply makes sense.
    We have been warned that that day can come unannounced and without any signs. Therefore, the Lord uses this event to cultivate holiness and purity in lifestyle in every sense of the word, in His Church.

    (The Bride readies herself for that day she longs for)

    Why would God, who sent His Son to die to for His Bride, allow her to be trashed and beaten to a pulp along with the wicked in the time of the tribulation?
    If you had a new pretty bride would you?
    One would argue that it is God’s way of purifying the Church, but I contend that if the precious blood of Christ is not sufficient for the task, certainly the tribulation will not be.
    To be mid trib, you watch for the anti- christ, to be pre-trib, you look for the Blessed Hope like the scripture says is ours by inheritance simply because we belong to Christ Jesus.

    For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
    Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
    Titus 2:11-14

    • alain humbert says:

      Brother Dennis Drawhorn,

      you nail it squarely.

      1_ Only A HOLY-SPIRIT-Indwelt Church Is
      THE Church As The Bride OF CHRIST.

      2_ THE HOLY-SPIRIT-Indwelt Church Still In the world Is What
      Stays THE HAND OF GOD From Releasing the anti-CHRIST.

      (As The Presence of Loth still in Sodom prevented the Angels
      From Carrying Out GOD ‘S Sentence on Sodom & Gomorrah.)

      3_ Therefore THE HOLY SPIRIT INFLUENCE Through The Church MUST BE Withdrawn from the world in order for the prince-to-come
      to appear and assume world power.

      As a side remark, in view of the ha-satan-established world government already in place all around the world, with his top
      minion waiting behind the scenes,

      What Or Rather WHO do we think Is Still Preventing him from taking
      his throne in broad daylight, and receiving the whole world ‘s worship ?

      Surely not us puny humans, since the satanic prince-to-come will be given power to make war on the Saints and overcome them.

      4_ Can we then picture THE HOLY SPIRIT Alone Removing HIMSELF
      From the world, Leaving The SPIRIT-less Church Behind,
      And Telling Her
      “You are on your own !”
      And Telling CHRIST
      “Your Bride Must Go Through The Tribulation !” ?

      Such reasoning not only is blasphemous,
      but doesn’t make any sense either !

      5_ So only The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Makes Sense.

      Since THE HOLY SPIRIT MUST First BRING The Church To Meet
      Her Bridegroom In Mid-Air.

      Before GOING BACK To earth To Activate The 144,000 Jewish Christian Pastors And The 2 Witnesses.

      And Also To Assist The Post-Church Believers To Stand Until The End
      For Salvation.
      ———————————————————————————–
      One very interesting thought by Dr. C.S. Lewis trying to picture
      in his mind THE HOLY TRINITY, he exposed in his book
      “Mere Christianity” :

      1_ GOD IS LOVE.

      2_ LOVE Cannot Manifest ITSELF In A Single Person,
      since it would be nothing but selfishness and narcissism.(*)

      3_ Therefore, LOVE MUST Manifest ITSELF Toward Another Person.
      Hence The Begetting OF THE SON FROM THE FATHER.
      THE SON BEING THE PERFECT IMAGE OF THE FATHER.

      4_ The LOVE RELATIONSHIP Between
      THE FATHER AND THE SON IS A Person Too.
      AND IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.

      And GOD IS TRI-UNE, THE HOLY TRINITY.

      (*)
      One certain created top powerful spirit did it by going into his
      own inner space and invented transcendental meditation for
      the practice of self-love.
      With the results for all to see.
      ____________________________________________________

      GOD BLESS you, brother Dennis.

  6. Lou says:

    I have been studying The Revelation of Jesus Christ for the past 20 years, my conclusions, as well as many others, has always been a Pre- tribulation rapture or catching away of the true church.

    If you want to believe that you will be left behind until the vague middle of the tribulation period, you may well not have studied well the “Book” God wrote.

    Why would a loving, merciful and gracious God put His Favored Ones through a Satan driven onslaught to perish in this mid- tribulation rapture. I will grant you that those people who are left behind who knew the truth and ignored it, then in desperation call to the Savior and accept His free gift of salvation and are put to death because of their testimony, may well have a “mid- tribulation” rapture of sorts. But it will be an individual event or maybe a saved congregation that comes forth while in the tribulation period of 7 years.

  7. Linda Orr says:

    I read your latest book on the Rapture and will never doubt it again! We are going to see the face of Jesus AND very soon! Everyone should read it !

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