Today I responded to the pretribulational objection that Matthew 24 does not contain “rapture” language. Pretribulationists repeatedly commit what is called the “word-concept” fallacy. I explained that Jesus does in fact use two “rapture” terms in Matthew 24. Not that these terms carry any technical sense in themselves, because context determines meaning. However, there is [...]
Critiquing the Pretribulational Objection Why the Word “Church” (Ekklesia) is Absent in Revelation 4–21
Today, I responded to the often-heard pretribulational argument that because the word “church” (ekklēsia) is not mentioned in Revelation 4–21, this must mean the church will be raptured before the events in these chapters. I explain that this argument is based on a very common word fallacy which everyone needs to be aware of. I describe [...]
On the program today, I went through all the parallels between Jesus and Paul’s eschatological teaching, showing that they are addressing the same, future, singular coming of Christ. I referred to this pamphlet. I also explained how this conclusion undermines both preterism and pretribulationism, and I responded to common objections.
On today’s program, I played a discussion on the second coming taught in the early church from October 8th 2008 in O’Fallon Missouri at an eschatology forum between three speakers who had twenty minutes each to give their case: Steve Gregg (Preterist), Charles Cooper (Prewrath), Thomas Ice (Pretribulational). That is not a long time to [...]