It is a deep-seated assumption among many pretrib and posttrib interpreters that the Second Coming begins with the battle of Armageddon. For example, they identify Matt 24:30–31 as the same setting as Rev 19:11–21. But this is not correct. Three events associated with the Second Coming will occur before the battle of Armageddon: (1) […]
Is the Rapture Separated from the Second Coming?
In defense of pretribulationism, you will typically hear the slogan, “At the rapture Jesus will come for his church and at the second coming he will come with his church.” Pretribulation interpreters will cite a litany of supposed “contrasts” between the rapture and the second coming. However, on closer examination, they are shown to be […]
The Second Coming Does Not Begin with Armageddon
It is a deep-seated assumption among many pretrib and posttrib interpreters that the Second Coming begins with the battle of Armageddon. For example, they identify Matt 24:30–31 as the same setting as Rev 19:11–21. But this is not correct. Three events associated with the Second Coming will occur before the battle of Armageddon: (1) the […]
‘Come FOR His Saints . . . Come WITH His Saints’
‘Come for His Saints . . . Come with His Saints’ While posttribulationism wrongly believes that the rapture and the second coming denote the same event, pretribulationism commits the opposite error by separating the events. Pretribulationism claims that the rapture occurs before Daniel’s seventieth week begins, i.e. the seven-year period, while the second coming occurs […]
Matthew 24:30–31 Is NOT Describing the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19:11–21
[Today, I am starting a four-part article series, The Second Coming Does Not Begin with Armageddon. This is Part 1.] The battle of Armageddon is not the event that begins the second coming (the parousia). It is a deep-seated assumption among many pretrib and posttrib interpreters that Matt 24:30–31 is a parallel passage to […]
Where Is the Rapture in the Book of Revelation?
This is good ol’ fashion comparing Scripture with Scripture. Notice all five passages link between (1) Christ appearing in the sky and (2) the gathering of God’s people. 1 Thessalonians 4:15–17 “For we tell you this by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming [parousia] of […]
My Positive Interaction with Progressive Dispensationalist Bruce Ware at the Annual ETS Meeting
A few weeks back I attended the annual ETS meeting in San Diego. The first unit I took in was on “The Future of Progressive Dispensationalism.” The session I heard was by Bruce A. Ware entitled, “The Hermeneutics of Progressive Dispensationalism (PD).” Ware is a pretribulational progressive dispensationalist. One of the principles of PD that […]
9 Passages that Locate the Rapture and Resurrection AFTER the Great Tribulation – Ep. 149
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http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/9_Passages_that_Locate_the_Rapture_and_Resurrection-_Ep.149.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedThis is Session 2 of the 2019 Fall Prophecy Conference at Fellowship Bible Chapel in Sunbury, Ohio. Dr. Alan Kurschner addresses the timing and placement of the rapture and resurrection in relation to the Antichrist’s great tribulation. He identifies nine biblical passages that locate the rapture and […]
Does the Appearing (Epiphaneia) of Christ Occur Seven Years After the Pretrib Rapture?
Yesterday, I critiqued the pretribulation belief that claims the revelation (apokalypsis) of Christ will occur, not at the rapture, but when Jesus comes “with his saints” for the battle of Armageddon. Similarly, pretribulationists make the same claim about the appearing of Christ, that it will not take place at the rapture but at the end […]
Jesus’s Use of the Noah, Lot, and Thief Illustrations Contradicts the Pretribulation Rapture – Ep. 146
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http://traffic.libsyn.com/thebiblicalprophecyprogram/Jesus_Use_of_the_Noah_Lot_and_Thief_Ep._146.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedDr. Kurschner described a salient point that contradicts the traditional pretribulation view concerning Jesus’s illustrations of Noah, Lot, and the thief, which refer to the second coming. “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son […]
The Noahic, Lot, and Thief Illustrations CONTRADICT Pretribulationism
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage—right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just […]