Ephraem The Syrian (AD c. 303-373)Ephraem is venerated as a “saint” by the Catholic and Orthodox churches, but they would not allow him to teach his doctrine of prophecy today.Ephraem is called “the Syrian” because he lived in that region.He was a voluminous writer. Many of his sermons and psalms are included in the 16-volume Post-Nicene … Continue reading Ephraem the Syrian About the Pre-Tribulation Rapture in AD 373
In 2 Thessalonians 2, Paul directly addressed the problem that precipitated his Epistle. Some believers had been told their relief from persecution was imminent, and that Jesus was about to return momentarily. This error was dealt with decisively by Paul. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord … Continue reading The Antichrist Comes First – Contrary To Pre-Tribulation Theology
Revelation 14:14-20 One of the glaring weaknesses of the pretribulation rapture view is the complete omission of any mention of a pretribulation rapture in Revelation. The book of Revelation was written to the "seven churches of Asia" to reveal the things that "must shortly come to pass." Its name literally means "the unveiling of Jesus … Continue reading Is The Pre-Tribulation Rapture Found in Revelation
Peter cannot be charged with changing his mind later after receiving further revelation. His Epistles, written much later, show clear evidence of the same posttribulational thinking as his early sermons. Shortly before his martyrdom, he was still teaching believers to anticipate Christ's posttribulation coming in glory, with no hint of a pretribulation rapture. First Peter … Continue reading Peter’s Later Thoughts – The Epistles
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 Paul deals with the relationship of the resurrection to the rapture. 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even … Continue reading The “Day of the Lord” and the Rapture
The timing of the “rapture” is a divisive and contentious subject in the world of Evangelical Christianity. Churches typically do not like controversy, and will do much to avoid it altogether. Evangelical churches in the United States seem to fall largely into two camps, being either staunchly pretribulational, or avoiding the subject altogether. The former … Continue reading An Introduction to the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Debate
The "Skeleton in the Closet" of Pretribulationism "Technical terms" are nouns or descriptive noun phrases that are understood by the intended audience to refer to specific things even without explanation within the context. For example, the word "rapture" in modern prophetic speech is understood to refer to the coming of Christ for His Church. We … Continue reading The Rapture Terminology
Some teach that the Church will be raptured before the events that begin in Revelation 4:1. This teaching is based on the argument that since the term Church is not used in chapters 4–21 of Revelation, the Church must no longer be on earth at that time. However, this assumption is based on silence rather … Continue reading Where is the Church in the Book of Revelation?