A Striking Way How Pretribbers Reason Like Flat Earthers

The following is a snippet from my forthcoming book critiquing pretribulation imminence theology. I am citing pretrib teacher Wayne A. Brindle’s four criteria of interpretation determining if a passage contains imminence teaching. I cite here his second criteria and then I comment on it: “2. The passage speaks of Christ’s return as ‘near,’ without stating […]

Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 3 – Ep. 116

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Is_the_Meaning_of_Harpagesometha_in_1_Thess_417_Rapture_or_Plunder__Part_3_-_Ep._116.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedThis episode I responded to Chris Steinle on his interpretation of the beginning of 1 Thess. 4:17. I pointed out some errors and lexical fallacies and suggested some better resources as is provided in the links below. The first three parts of this series has set me […]

The Transcript of My 2015 Debate with Thomas Ice Is Now Available

I want to thank Doug Eigsti who tediously transcribed my 2015 debate with Thomas Ice! You can access the PDF transcript at this link where you will also find a link to the video or audio of the debate. My debate with Thomas Ice was on this question: “THE CHURCH WILL FACE THE ANTICHRIST BEFORE […]

Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 2 – Ep. 115

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Is_the_Meaning_of_Harpagesometha_in_1_Thess_417_Rapture_or_Plunder__Part_2_-_Ep._115.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedThis episode I responded to Chris Steinle on his interpretation of “from heaven” that he comments on from his chapter “Reclaiming the 1st Thessalonians Rapture Narrative” in his co-authored book with Douglas Hamp, Reclaiming the Rapture: Restoring the Doctrine of the Gathering of the Commonwealth of Israel. […]

Where Is the Rapture in the Book of Revelation?

Prewrath makes a convincing argument that Rev 7:9–17 portrays the result of the raptured and resurrected people of God. There is, however, another passage in the Apocalypse that I believe pictures the rapture in action using harvest imagery: “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of […]

Satan’s Present Activity Does Not Describe Revelation 20:1–3 | Grant Osborne’s Revelation Commentary

  Grant R. Osborne. Revelation. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002 Osborn’s commentary on Revelation is a helpful commentary to own since he interprets from a premillennial and futurist approach. His Arminianism, however, is evident and ends up skewing some of his interpretations, and his Posttribulationist beliefs are misguided. Despite […]

What Does Prewrath Teach?

WHAT IS PREWATH? by ALAN KURSCHNER Many of us were told that the church will be “raptured out of here before the Antichrist’s arrival.” The Bible, however, teaches the church will first experience the Antichrist’s great tribulation. Then, at some unknown day and hour, Antichrist’s persecution will be cut short by the return of Christ […]

Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 1 – Ep. 114

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Is_the_Meaning_of_harpagesometha_in_1_Thess_417_Rapture_or_Plunder.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedOn Doug Hamp’s the Awakening Report, Chris Steinle claimed that the Greek word harpagēsometha behind the English “suddenly caught [up]” in 1 Thess 4:17 is not derived from the Greek harpazo and consequently does not actually refer to a rapture. It refers to another word (which we will address in […]

A Response to Chris Steinle and His Denial of a ‘Catching Up’ in 1 Thess 4:17

Here is my series response to Chris Steinle: Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 1 – Ep. 114 Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? Part 2 – Ep. 115   Is the Meaning of Harpagēsometha in 1 Thess 4:17 ‘Rapture’ or ‘Plunder’? […]

Does ‘the Last Hour’ in 1 John 2:18 Support an Imminent Rapture? – Ep. 112

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Does_the_Last_Hour_in_1_John_218_Support_an_Imminent_Rapture__-_Ep._112.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Pretribs think that “the last hour” in 1 John 2:18 implies an imminent rapture. I gave three reasons why it does not. “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. We know […]

The Structure of Matthew’s Olivet Discourse – Ep. 111

http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/The_Structure_of_Matthews_Olivet_Discourse_-_Ep._111.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedThe key issue to the structure of Matthew’s Olivet Discourse is the relationship between vv. 9–14 and verse 15ff. I first talked about the disciples’ questions about the sign to the parousia (second coming) and the end of the age, which opens up the discourse. Then I […]