Human Behavior: Imminency Does Not Generate Urgency

[Guest contributor: John M. Thomas, Camarillo, CA] You may have heard a pretribulationalist say… “Christ’s return is imminent, meaning he can comeback at any moment, and it is this imminency that motivates the Church to action and creates a sense of urgency among believers to make sure their life is in order and live more […]

Jesus Could NOT Have Returned During the Life of Peter – Ep. 92

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Jesus_Could_Not_Have_Returned_During_the_Life_of_Peter_-_Ep._92.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedJesus’s return was not imminent during the life of Peter.  “I tell you the solemn truth, when you were young, you tied your clothes around you and went wherever you wanted, but when you are old [gēraskō], you will stretch out your hands, and others will tie […]

Why One’s View on Imminence Theology Matters – Ep. 90

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Why_One_s_View_on_Imminence_Theology_Matters_-_Ep._90.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedYour view of agreeing or disagreeing with a pretrib imminent rapture matters. I explained that there are implications to holding to imminence theology. We should, instead, take a biblical expectancy position toward Jesus’s return, which I explained what I mean by this. There are three features to […]

(VIDEO) Audience Member Stumps Thomas Ice with Question at a Debate | Midwest Prophecy Conference, Calvary Chapel, Lafayette, IN

There was a recent debate at the pretrib 2017 Midwest Prophecy Conference, Calvary Chapel, Lafayette, IN: “Is the return of the Lord imminent?” between Dr. David Lehman and Dr. Tommy Ice. Both debate participants are pretrib; the former, however, denies imminence and attempted to argue that you can deny imminence and affirm pretribulationism. This is […]

The Imminence Question – Ep. 83

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/The_Imminence_Question_-_Ep._83.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedListen and find out what is “The Imminence Question.” Related to this I gave an outline of the most fundamental theological presupposition of pretribulationism which says that God does not work with Israel and the Church at the same time. Then I gave an outline of reasons […]

A Very Brief History of the “Secret Rapture” Pretribulation Theory – Ep. 64

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/A_Very_Brief_History_of_the_Secret_Rapture_Pretribulation_Theory_-_Ep._64.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedOn the program, I discussed a couple of issues. First, I talked about the pretrib theological expression “secret rapture.” I explained what that means in pretrib parlance and why it is an unbiblical concept. By “secret,” pretribulationists are referring to Jesus’ purported unperceived snatching of saints at […]

What Is Pretribulational Imminency? (aka ‘Imminent,’ ‘Imminence,’ ‘Any Moment Rapture’) – Ep. 63

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/063-What_is_Pretribulational_Imminency.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedI defined what is meant by pretrib “imminence.” I also noted what it does not mean. In addition, I cited first-hand noted pretrib statements on what imminence means: John Nelson Darby: “No events, no earthly circumstances, intervene or modify the direct summons [to be raptured]….[T]here is no […]

An Overview of My Forthcoming Book on Critiquing Pretribulational Any-Moment Rapture Theology – Ep. 62

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/An_Overview_of_My_Forthcoming_Book_on_Critiquing_Pretribulational_Any-Moment_Rapture_Theology_Ep_62_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedIn this episode I gave an overview of my forthcoming book responding to pretrib imminence theology. I read the Introduction to the book which included the contents of the book as well. It will be a comprehensive critique of the flawed doctrine of the imminency of Jesus’ […]

Does 1 John 2:18 Support an Imminent Rapture of the Church?

“Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour.” (1 John 2:18) In the immediate context, John is teaching his readers not to “love the world” by desiring its fleshy attachments (1 […]

A Reply to Renald Showers on James 5:7–9, Imminency, and the Meaning of the Greek Perfect Tense – Ep. 44

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/044-A_Reply_to_Renald_Showers_on_James_57_9_Imminency_and_the_Meaning_of_the_Greek_Perfect_Tense.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedI responded to pretrib teacher Renald Showers and his misunderstanding of the Greek perfect tense-form and thus his interpretation of James 5:7–9 and how that affects his pretrib imminency. Specifically, I responded to the following statement by Renald E. Showers: “[T]he fact that the Greek verbs translated […]

No Signs but Signs – A Major Inconsistency on Imminency with Pretrib Teachers

Pretribulational eschatology teaches that the rapture is “signless” or “unannounced,” while the second coming will be preceded by signs and thus “announced.” There cannot be any intervening prophetic events or signs that will occur before the rapture. Hence, it can happen at any moment. If just a single, biblical, prophesied event happens before the rapture, […]