THE RAPTURE 004 – TEN TRUTHS ABOUT THE RAPTURE, PT 4

THE RAPTURE 004 – TEN TRUTHS ABOUT THE RAPTURE, PT 4

THE RAPTURE 004 – TEN TRUTHS ABOUT THE RAPTURE, PT 4

The Rapture
 Daniel 12:4, 9
Apr 26, 2020 
Dr. Andy Woods

SERMON NOTES

What is the Rapture?

  1. An important doctrine
  2. Distinct from the Second Advent
  3. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  4. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14‐16)
  5. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50‐54)
  6. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54‐56)
  7. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  8. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  9. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  10. 10.Traditional doctrine now being rec


“The view dominated many mid‐twentieth‐century
U.S. evangelical circles, which also promoted it widely
on mission fields that now flourish with tens or
hundreds of millions of zealous Christians. Yet there is
no record of anyone promoting a pre‐Tribulational
Rapture before about 1830; until that time virtually
everyone, from any Christian or even semi‐Christian
tradition, expected that Jesus would resurrect the
righteous and destroy the wicked at the same time.”

Michael L. Brown & Craig S. Keener Not Afraid of the Antichrist: Why We Don’t Believe in a Pre‐Tribulation
Rapture (Bloomington, MINN: Chosen, 2019), 62.


“…the doctrine was not discovered until the
nineteenth century. All attempts to find a pretrib
Rapture any earlier than around 1830 do not hold up
to historical scrutiny…If it took nearly nineteen‐
hundred years to discover the pretrib Rapture, why
didn’t it take that long to discover the many other
doctrines that Christians believed and confessed…?”

Gary DeMar End Times Fiction: A Biblical Consideration of the Left Behind
Theology (Nashville, TN: Nelson, 2001), 19.

“Prior to the nineteenth century, all Christians,
futurists included, believed that a commonsense
reading of Scripture inevitability led to the conclusion
that the second coming / bodily return of Christ and
the rapture / resurrection of believers are
simultaneous events… Dispensationalism was first
conceived by John Nelson Darby in the nineteenth
century and popularized by prophecy pundits such as
Hal Lindsey and Tim LaHaye in the twentieth century.”

Hank Hanegraaff The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible Really Says About the End
Times and Why It Matters (Nashville, TN: Nelson, 2007), 17, 272.

“The Rapture” is a New Doctrine?
Four Logical Fallacies

  1. Recency fallacy
  2. Ad‐populum fallacy
  3. Genetic fallacy
  4. Ad‐hominem fallacy

“The Rapture” a Traditional
Doctrine Now Being Recovered

  • Sola scriptura
  • Negative influence of Augustine and Origen
  • Pseudo Ephraem (4th‐6th century A.D.)
  • Progressive illumination

“The Rapture” a Traditional
Doctrine Now Being Recovered

  • Sola scriptura
  • Negative influence of Augustine and Origen
  • Pseudo Ephraem (4th‐6th century A.D.)
  • Progressive illumination


29 “I know that after my departure savage wolves
will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30
and from among your own selves men will arise,
speaking perverse things, to draw away the
disciples after them. 31 “Therefore be on the alert,
remembering that night and day for a period of
three years I did not cease to admonish each one
with tears.

Acts 20:29‐31

“The Rapture” a Traditional
Doctrine Now Being Recovered

  • Sola scriptura
  • Negative influence of Augustine and Origen
  • Pseudo Ephraem (4th‐6th century A.D.)
  • Progressive illumination

Silver says of the apostolic fathers that “they expected the return of the Lord in their day…They believed the time was imminent because the Lord had taught them to live in a watchful attitude.” Concerning the ante Nicene fathers, he says: “by tradition they knew the faith of the apostles. They taught the doctrine of the imminent and pre-millennial return of the Lord.”

Jesse Forest Silver
The Lord’s Return: Seen in History and in Scripture as Premillennial and Imminent (NY: Revell, 1914), 62-64.

Ante-Nicene Fathers: “Heavenly and Eschatological” Interpretation of John 14:1-4 George Gunn, “John 14:1-3: The Father’s House: Are We There Yet?” 7-11

  • Papias (AD 110) nIrenaeus (AD 130-202)
  • Tertullian (AD 196-212)
  • Origen (AD 182-251)
  • Cyprian (AD 258)

“Interestingly, references to John 14:1‐3 virtually
disappear when perusing the writings of the Nicene
and Post‐Nicene fathers. This is a bit surprising, given
the abundance of material in these later writers when
compared with the Ante‐Nicenes. I would assume
that with the rise of Augustinian amillennialism and
its optimistic interpretation regarding the present
arrival of the Kingdom of God, the kind of hope held
out in John 14:1‐3 ceased to hold relevance.”

Ante‐Nicene Fathers: “Heavenly and Eschatological” Interpretation of John 14:1‐4 George A. Gunn, “Jesus and the Rapture: John 14,” in Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for Pretribulationism, ed. John F. Hart (Chicago: Moody, 2015), 119, n. 22.

“The Rapture” a Traditional
Doctrine Now Being Recovered

  • Sola scriptura
  • Negative influence of Augustine and Origen
  • Pseudo Ephraem (4th‐6th century A.D.)
  • Progressive illumination

“Why therefore do we not reject every care of earthly
actions and prepare ourselves for the meeting of the
Lord Christ, so that he may draw us from the
confusion, which overwhelms all the world…For all
the saints and the elect of God are gathered, prior to
the tribulation that is to come, and are taken to the
Lord lest they see the confusion that is to overwhelm
the world because of our sins.”

Pseudo Ephraem
(4th‐6th century A.D.)

“The Rapture” a Traditional
Doctrine Now Being Recovered

  • Sola scriptura
  • Negative influence of Augustine and Origen
  • Pseudo Ephraem (4th‐6th century A.D.)
  • Progressive illumination

“4 But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal
up the book until the end of time; many will go back
and forth, and knowledge will increase…9 Go your
way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed
up until the end time.”

Daniel 12:4, 9

“People will stagger from sea to sea And from the
north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek
the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.”

Amos 8:12

“About the time of the end, a
body of men will be raised up who
will turn their attention to the
Prophecies, and insist upon their
literal interpretation, in the midst
of much clamor and opposition.”

Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) Isaac Newton cited in Nathaniel West, The Thousand Years in Both Testaments, 462.

History of Doctrine

  • Canon (A.D. 180)
  • Christology (A.D. 500)
  • Atonement (A.D. 1100)
  • Salvation (A.D. 1500)
  • Eschatology (A.D. 1800)

Orr outlines the progress of Christian dogma in a similar
way. “The second century was the age of Apologetics. The
doctrine of God and especially the Trinity then took
center stage in the third and fourth centuries as the
Church dealt with the Monarchian, Arian, and
Macedonian controversies. Anthropology then became
the Church’s focus in the early fifth century during the
Augustinian and Pelagian controversies…The late fifth and
then sixth and seventh centuries were characterized by
an ecclesiastical interest in Christological (Nestorian,
Eutychian, Monphysite, Monothelite) matters. In the . . .

James Orr The Progress of Dogma (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952), 21‐31.

“. . .sixteenth century the reformers focused upon salvific
or Soteriological concerns. Finally, the Church gave itself
to correcting a Mythical and Mediaeval pre‐reformation
Eschatology.” Thus, Eschatology was the last of the
branches of theology to be systematized since it was not
designed to be progressively unsealed or illuminated by
the Holy Spirit until just before the fulfillment of the
predicted events (Dan. 12:4, 8‐9).

James Orr The Progress of Dogma (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1952), 21‐31.

What is the Rapture?

  1. An important doctrineDistinct from the Second Advent
  2. Catching away of all living believers (1 Thess 4:17)
  3. Reunion (1 Thess 4:14‐16)
  4. Resurrection (1 Cor 15:50‐54)
  5. Exemption from death (1 Cor 15:51, 54‐56)
  6. Instantaneous (1 Cor 15:52)
  7. Mystery (1 Cor 15:51)
  8. Imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  9. Traditional doctrine now being recovered

When Will the Rapture Take Place
Relative to the Tribulation Period?

  • Pre‐tribulation rapture theory
  • Mid‐tribulation rapture theory
  • Post‐tribulation rapture theory
  • Pre‐wrath rapture theory
  • Partial rapture theory

When Will the Rapture Take Place
Relative to the Tribulation Period?

  • Pre‐tribulation rapture theory
  • Mid‐tribulation rapture theory
  • Post‐tribulation rapture theory
  • Pre‐wrath rapture theory
  • Partial rapture theory

“The doctrine of the rapture was a great and effective
use of the enemy to implant in the church a retreat
mentality. Already this yoke has been cast off by the
majority of the advancing church and it will soon be
cast off by all.” (italics added)

Rick Joyner The Harvest, 1989‐1990, revised booklet page 121

“I personally do not believe that by the year 2020, any
credible person will be teaching the secret pre‐trib.
rapture doctrine. I think the events that are coming in
the next five years will utterly destroy the doctrine.”

Rick Wiles http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/is‐everything‐you‐know‐about‐second‐coming‐wrong/

Rick Wiles: The secret Pre-Trib Rapture story and Christian Zionism that is a two headed–

Doc Burkhart: Monster.

Rick Wiles: –monster. It is a two headed freak monster. Okay. They come together, both of them come together because they were started by the same people. The Christian Zionists started the Pre-Trib Rapture doctrine.

Doc Burkhart: And this was seed planted decades ago, but it came into full fruit in within the last 30 years.

Rick Wiles: That’s right. They had to create the Pre-Trib Rapture doctrine to justify Christian Zionism. That’s where it all came from. But isn’t it interesting that in the recent decades where the American Evangelical Church has been taken over by Christian Zionism, that the American Evangelical Church has lost its flavor.

Doc Burkhart: Yes.

Rick Wiles: It has lost its saltiness. It is of no use anymore to God in this country.

Doc Burkhart: Right. In fact things are worse off now than they were 30 years ago.

Rick Wiles: We’ve become a pagan nation.

Doc Burkhart: We’re Babylon.

Rick Wiles: We’re Babylon and it happened on the watch of the Christian Zionist. I’m laying it on your doorstep Christian Zionists. You are the cause of America’s decline.

Doc Burkhart: Those are strong words there.

Rick Wiles: They are strong words, and I mean it. They took control of the churches in America, the Christian Zionist. They changed the Gospel. They took Jesus off the cross. They replaced the cross with the Star of David. They took the focus off God, and holiness. They put it all on a piece of land in the Middle East. And America has gone to hell. America has gone to hell. We’ve become a pagan, heathen nation because the Christian Zionists have taken our eyes off Jesus.

Rick Wiles
“Jan Markell on the Mockery of Bible Prophecy,” online: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/jan‐

“The movie is a complete bust,” Barton rejoiced. “It did really
pathetic at the box office … and quite frankly I was somewhat
happy the movie was a bust.” Barton said the “Left Behind”
series has convinced too many Christians that “it is a waste of
time to get involved.” Barton “was really grateful that the
movie didn’t do well because I didn’t want that mentality
going out there. It violates way too many things in the Bible. I
think the movie not doing well is [a sign] that hopefully our
eschatology is beginning to change for a more sound biblical
direction in America,” he said. “Maybe we’re getting a little
more mature and a little wiser over some things.”

David Barton “David Barton Is ‘Grateful’ That The Most Recent ‘Left Behind’ Movie Bombed,” online:
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/david‐barton‐is‐grateful‐that‐the‐most‐recent‐left‐behind‐
movie‐bombed/, October 29 2014, accessed 15 February 2018.

“The rapture is a racket. Whether prescribing a violent script
for Israel or survivalism in the United States, this theology
distorts God’s vision for the world…This theology is not
biblical. We are not raptured off the earth, nor is God. No,
God has come to live in the world through Jesus. God created
the world, God loves the world, God will never leave the
world behind!”

Barbara R. Rossing The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of

“This doctrine is not really found in the book of Revelation. If
you read the book of Revelation, you won’t find any mention
of the rapture there. [The idea of the rapture comes from a]
misinterpretation of 1 and 2 Thessalonians where Paul is
describing the coming of the Lord and resurrection of the
dead, which will occur at His coming. If you compare what
Paul says there to what Jesus says about the End Times, Paul
uses the same vocabulary, the same phraseology. I think it’s
very plausible that Paul is talking about the same event that
Jesus predicted, namely the visible coming of the Son

William Lane Craig “No, Christians Should Not Believe in ‘Left Behind’s’ Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Christian
Philosopher,” online: https://www.christianpost.com/news/no‐christians‐should‐not‐believe‐in‐left‐
behinds‐rapture‐theology‐says‐prominent‐apologist‐124070/, July 30 2014, accessed 14 February 2018.

“But proponents of the rapture view, say that Paul is not at all
talking about the second coming of the Christ there. What
he’s really talking about is this invisible preliminary secret
return of Christ to snatch believers out of the world before
the great tribulation occurs. I think there’s no textual warrant
for that at all. A good many Bible‐believing Christians
absorbed this view as their mother’s milk as it were and have
never thought to question its Biblical credentials. It could be
maybe good fiction. It would be say like reading science
fiction or fantasy novels like The Lord of the Rings.”

William Lane Craig “No, Christians Should Not Believe in ‘Left Behind’s’ Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Christian
Philosopher,” online: https://www.christianpost.com/news/no‐christians‐should‐not‐believe‐in‐left‐
behinds‐rapture‐theology‐says‐prominent‐apologist‐124070/, July 30 2014, accessed 14 February 2018

“Just so long as you’re not deceived into thinking that
represents biblical eschatology. It is astonishing, if I’m correct
about this, American evangelism is very widely misled, that it
has departed from the historic Christian position about the
second coming of Christ. That’s really rather sobering,
because if we’re wrong about this, what other things might
we have misinterpreted?”

William Lane Craig “No, Christians Should Not Believe in ‘Left Behind’s’ Rapture Theology, Says Prominent Christian
Philosopher,” online: https://www.christianpost.com/news/no‐christians‐should‐not‐believe‐in‐left‐
behinds‐rapture‐theology‐says‐prominent‐apologist‐124070/, July 30 2014, accessed 14 February 2018

“When Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians people were worried that
when Jesus returned, those who were dead would stay dead
and miss out on the ‘new day.’ Some people have taken the
verses that followed literally, but the problem is that that is
not what this verse is about. Paul is awfully good at mixed
metaphors. When Jesus comes back, it’s not to snatch people
away from earth but rather to transform earth with the life of
Heaven and to transform us as well. He doesn’t come back to
take us away, but to heal the world and to heal and transform
his people.”

NT Wright “NT Wright Claims ‘The Rapture’ Does Not Appear Anywhere in Scripture, in New Podcast from Premier,”
online: https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/NT‐Wright‐claims‐the‐rapture‐does‐not‐appear‐
anywhere‐in‐scripture‐in‐new‐podcast‐from‐Premier, November 15 2018, accessed 19 November 2018

Caller: “What I am trying to understand is where do they get the teaching that the Church will be raptured out and will not have to go through Tribulation? Where is that found at?”

Hank Hanegraaff: ”It’s not found. That’s the whole point. The point is it’s something that is imposed on the Scripture. The notion is a very new notion in Church history; it is a 19th Century notion that was popularized by John Nelson Darby. And it comes with the presupposition that God has two distinct people; and therefore He has two distinct plans for the two distinct people…”

Hank Hanegraaff: “…And He has two distinct phases of the Second Coming, and two distinct destinies. This however, is an imposition on Scripture because the truth of it is God has only, always had one chosen people. One covenant community. Beautifully connected by the cross and illustrated by a cultivated olive tree in Paul’s letter to the Romans. So, the point here is that all those who are followers of Jesus Christ are the one chosen people. And this is prior to the cross as well because all that looked forward to Christ prior to the cross are God’s covenant chosen people. And the covenant chosen people are made up of people from every tongue, and language and nation and people. You are not a son of Abraham because of some genealogical construction. You are a son of Abraham because you believe in the God of Abraham.”

Hank Hanegraaff
“Jan Markell on the Mockery of Bible Prophecy,” online: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/jan-markell-on-the-mockery-of-bible-prophecy/, October 14 2018, accessed 19 November 2018.

“What if the end of the world really isn’t as so many have
portrayed it? What if the Church is not Raptured to heaven
before the Great Tribulation as many are teaching? What if
the Church has been left ill‐prepared to face the Antichrist
and the Mark of the Beast? What if Tim LaHaye’s claim that if
the Pre‐Tribulation Rapture is false then the Blessed Hope will
become the blasted hope, actually comes true for millions of
Pretribulationists? What if millions who have been led astray
by the Pre‐Trib teaching become part of the great falling away
that Jesus warned would take place at that time? Left behind,
or led astray? The issue of the Pre‐Tribulational versus . . .

Joel Richardson “Jan Markell on the Mockery of Bible Prophecy,” online: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/jan‐
markell‐on‐the‐mockery‐of‐bible‐prophecy/, October 14 2018, accessed 19 November 2018.

. . .versus the Post‐Tribulational Rapture is one of the premier
pastoral issues of our day. If you are a pastor that is not
preparing your people to face potentially the Antichrist in the
Great Tribulation in this hour simply because your
denomination teaches it or whatever, personally I think you’re
failing in your role as a shepherd and a pastor.”

Joel Richardson “Jan Markell on the Mockery of Bible Prophecy,” online: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/jan‐
markell‐on‐the‐mockery‐of‐bible‐prophecy/, October 14 2018, accessed 19 November 2018.

“The Evangelical Christian movement in America latched on
to a 19th Century concept that was hatched by someone
called John Nelson Darby, who said that Jesus could not come
back until Israel had been restored as a nation, populated by
Jews, with Jerusalem as its capital. This is not traditional
Christian teaching in the Protestant Church. This was not a
concern of Martin Luther or any Roman Catholic, or the Greek
Orthodox or anyone else. When I was a kid, my parents had
their ministry L’Abri. We had a number of Christian leaders
come by. One of them, Hal Lindsey, had written a book called
‘The Late Great Planet Earth’ in which he predicted the end
times . .

Frank Schaeffer “Jan Markell on the Mockery of Bible Prophecy,” online: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/jan‐
markell‐on‐the‐mockery‐of‐bible‐prophecy/, October 14 2018, accessed 19 November 2018.

“. . . coming in 1980s. He said it is now possible because Israel
has been restored. And then others came back and said, ‘No,
no, Jesus can’t come back yet because Jerusalem is not
restored.’ Fast forward to the 16 books and 4 films that you
had that came out of the Left Behind series written by a
friend of mine Jerry Jenkins, and his sidekick co‐author Tim
LaHaye, that (sic) wrote it with him. And you’ve got 60 million
copies sold that essentially are total fiction. ‘I am going to give
you an analogy, this is as if the Twilight Zone had been taken
as gospel by some religious group and they were going back
through old episodes and basing an entire cultic kind of
religion on it

Frank Schaeffer “Jan Markell on the Mockery of Bible Prophecy,” online: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/jan‐
markell‐on‐the‐mockery‐of‐bible‐prophecy/, October 14 2018, accessed 19 November 2018.

Conclusion

When is the Rapture? 7 Arguments Favoring the Pre‐Tribulation View

  1. Tribulation’s purpose concerns Israel (Jer 30:7; Dan 9:24)
  2. No biblical reference to the church on earth during the Tribulation period (Rev 4‐22)
  3. Church is promised an exemption from divine wrath (1Thess 1:10; 5:9; Rom 5:9; Rev 3:10; 6:17)
  4. Rapture is imminent (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:15)
  5. Rapture is a comfort (1 Thess 4:18)
  6. Antichrist cannot come to power until the restrainer is removed (2 Thess 2:6‐7)
  7. Symbolic parallels (2 Peter 2:5‐9)
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