I received a comment/reply today “Is The “Pre-Trib Rapture” Imminent?, the contents of which are included under the comments section of the blog entry “Pre Tribulation Rapture “Imminency” Deception, that was loaded with goodies explaining why, based on scriptural teaching, a “pre-trib” rapture is not imminent, and completely debunks this imminency theory, and the teachings of pre-trib die hards and their heretical schooling of an imminent pre-trib rapture.
These “goodies” deserve a front page entry all by itself. A big thank you to Lawrence for sending this on to me and Bruce, who had apparently posted it somewhere, further exposing the lie from pre-trib rapture peddlers, who call and proclaim themselves "biblical scholars", but spend hours of their time writing articles trying to explain away scripture to make a pre-tribulation rapture theory fit into their false belief system, rather than swallow their pride and admit they were wrong and let scripture speak for itself and believe it.
These are very serious times we are living in and God is about to shake everything that can be shook on the earth; we need to be searching the scriptures daily for spiritual food and not be deceived by those promoting an escapism theology that's not going to happen. We need to be ready for the Great Tribulation that our Lord and Master warned us about, outlining the signs that would happen before His return to catch away His people in Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 24. Following are the goodies sent to me:
Is the Pretrib Rapture Imminent?
(Pretrib rapturists claim that Christ's return is imminent, that is, that it can occur at any moment. Theologian and pastor Norman MacPherson, in his excellent book "Triumph Through Tribulation," offers proof that the Bible has never taught an any-moment return of Christ. Here are the points brought out and discussed at length by MacPherson:)
1. Great Commission fulfillment implies a long period of time.
2. Seed growth in Matthew 13 is a time-consuming process.
3. Paul expected death, not rapture, in II Timothy 4:6-8.
4. Jesus predicted Peter's martyrdom in John 21:18-19.
5. Matthew 24 teaches that signs must come first.
6. Many passages speak of a large interval between Christ's ascension and return: Jewish dispersion into "all nations" (Luke 21); "man travelling into a far country," "after a long time the lord of those servants cometh" (Matthew 25).
7. Apostasy of last days takes time to develop.
8. Bridegroom tarried in parable of virgins.
9. Pastoral epistles teach Church's continuing ministry, which involves time.
10. Paul says Christ's coming is not imminent (II Thessalonians 2:1-3), for apostasy and Antichrist must come first.
11. View of seven phases of church history (seven churches of Revelation) involves big lapse of time and imminence difficulties for pre-tribs; could Christ have come before the last phase?
12. Exhortations to watch and be ready are tied to what pre-trib teachers regard as the second stage (which is necessarily non-imminent) in Matthew 24 and 25, I Corinthians 1:7, Colossians 3:4, I Thessalonians 3:13, II Thessalonians 1:7-10, I Peter 1:13 and 4:13, and I John 2:28.
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