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I. History Of Rapture Rousers. A.D. 999: 2 nd coming – Jan.1, 1000 John N. Darby, pre-trib. rapture: 1827 Wm. Miller: 1843; 1844; gave up Joseph Smith:

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1 I. History Of Rapture Rousers

2 A.D. 999: 2 nd coming – Jan.1, 1000 John N. Darby, pre-trib. rapture: 1827 Wm. Miller: 1843; 1844; gave up Joseph Smith: no later than 1891 Chas. T. Russell: 1910; 1914; 1918; 1925; 1941; 1975; 1984; 1994, etc. Hal Lindsey, LGPE: 1988 Louis Farrakhan: Gulf War: 1991 David Koresh (Branch Davidians): Reasons Left Behind (16 vol.) LaHaye/Jenkins

3 I. History Of Rapture Rousers II. A Rapture Prooftext

4 1 Thes.4:17 Jerome’s translation Premillennial view: believers to be caught up prior to judgment They teach three second comings – 1. As thief (unseen; secret rapture of saints). LGPE, p With saints; set up millennial kingdom 3. To end the world

5 NowTribulationMillenniumEternity 1 Rapture of church 2 2 nd Coming 3 Final Judgment Typical Timeline of His Comings

6 1 Thes.4 disproves rapture Lord Himself 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Not silent Not secret Not just the living (Jn.5; 6) Not just seven years Hb.9:26-28

7 I. History Of Rapture Rousers III. Basis For Rapture: Mt.24 II. A Rapture Prooftext

8 Mt , the warning; 3, inquiring minds… This generation (23:36) Generation = 40 yrs. (LGPE, p. 43) Nation of Israel (1948) Christ comes (1988)

9 Every sign was fulfilled between AD (Mt.24:4-15) Place: 1. Place: 15, temple area (cf. Lk.21:20). Local indicators: Mt.24:16-20 Period: 2. Period: 34, this generation (Mt.11:16; 12:39-41, 42, 45; 23:36) Privacy: 3. Privacy: 36. Time of 2 nd coming unknown Precedent: 4. Precedent: 37-41, as Flood: business as usual. 1 Th.5:2, no signs

10 I. History Of Rapture Rousers II. A Rapture Prooftext IV. Tribulation III. Basis For Rapture: Mt.24

11 Darby’s four tribulation passages: Je.30:7; Dn.12:1; Mt.24:21; Mk.13:19 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be – Mt.24: , 34: DOJ 22: DOJ “Accordingly, it appears to me, that the misfortunes of all men from the beginning of the world, if they be compared to these of the Jews, are not so considerable as they were” – Josephus, Jewish Wars, 4

12 NT refers to tribulation in this life (twenty times) Mt.13:21; 24:21; Ac.11:19; 14:22 Ro.5:3; 12:12 Rv.1:9; 2:9-10 (13); 7:14 Never used of church after it leaves earth


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