Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Krazy Krapture Krank Kosmology

An exposition on "rapture" theology over at

There's no indication in the Bible that believers will be raptured before tribulations. This is an American teaching that is basically a crass commercial marketing technique that has emerged from televangelism. Americans can't take pain and are scared of the world, ergo God will see to it they don't suffer. This is what they need to believe, not scriptural.

God causes it to rain both on the just and the unjust. No exceptions. Your own observations should have told you this. God is not a get-out-of-jail ticket in this life. Christ is a get-out-of-jail ticket in the life to come. Christians are urged to sell their garment and buy a sword. This means stand ready to fight for yourself and your loved ones and to endure. Survivalists are acting on the Word of God.

It is painful to see what televangelists have done to the gospels. They have perverted them almost beyond measure. I was just watching Kenneth Copeland trying to convince his flock to pursue unity with the catholics at the Vatican. Some of this stuff is unbelievable.


ShaneWM said...

Matthew 24 is a good check list, but of course the book of Revelation is the go-to if you want an overall gist of what's going to go down.
Protip: you don't want to be in a bunker underground when He shows up.

August said...

Well, none of the older churches believe the Rapture either, though I suppose an American Catholic or two might believe it. I've heard it is actually an ancient heresy, contrary to one of the first seven ecumenical councils.

But most of modern Christianity is progressive nonsense albeit with the name of Jesus being pronounced all over everything.

Quartermain said...


styrac1 said...

Kwanzainian Idiocracy: Apparently no one knew their whereabouts until miraculously ending up off the Indonesian coast.

Ibn Nafis said...

Could be interesting to know one day:
Altrough I don't consum alcohol.

Gary said...

When Jesus says:

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man.'

I think the 'and now is' means he's referring to his imminent death and resurrection. So the dead will be raised to heaven at the time of Christ's resurrection.

Also, Jesus tells the man crucified alongside side him with faith that he shall be with the Lord in heaven immediately.

Koanic is my go-to theology guy, any thoughts?

James said...

Belief in the "rapture" is similar to how all false teachings evolve. You take some unrelated items in scripture, link them and viola, you have "scriptural evidence". Its a shame God didn't provide footnotes to his Word.

"It wasn't until the early or mid 1800's that there was any significant group of believers around the world that looked for a "rapture" of the Church prior to a seven-year tribulation period. The "secret rapture" teaching was NOT taught by the early Church, it was NOT taught by the Church of the first centuries, it was NOT taught by the Reformers, IT WAS NOT TAUGHT BY ANYONE (except a couple Roman Catholic theologians) UNTIL ABOUT THE YEAR 1830!

The Roman Catholic Church had to come up with a view of prophecy to counter the Historic view of prophecy that the Reformers had used to identify the Church of Rome as the ‘little horn’ and the Harlot of Revelation 17.

This new scheme of prophetic interpretation became known as FUTURISM.... It was a Jesuit priest named Ribera who, in the days of the Reformation, first taught that all the events in the book of Revelation were to take place literally during the three and a half years reign of the Antichrist away down at the end of the age.

Later, Emmanuel Lacunza, also a Jesuit priest, built on Ribera's teachings, and spent much of his life writing a book titled "The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty." Lacunza, however, wrote under the assumed name of "Rabbi Ben Ezra," supposedly a learned Jew who had accepted Christ as his Saviour; he did this so that the unsuspecting Protestants would accept his book; for the Protestant world then wanted nothing from a Jesuit. His book was published in 1812.

Now enter the name of Edward Irving. Born in Scotland in 1792, Irving discovered Lacunza's book and fell in love with it, translated it into English, and it was published in London in 1827. Then Irving began to hold Bible Conferences throughout Scotland, emphasizing the coming of Jesus to rapture His Church.

Later, J.N. Darby then was introduced to the "secret rapture" doctrine by the Irvinites (Followers of Edward Irvin), as well as the famous book by Rabbi Ben-Ezra [Jesuit priest Emmanuel Lacunza]! Darby was himself a prolific writer and from that time a constant stream of propaganda came from his pen. His writings on biblical subjects number over 30 volumes of 600 pages each. Darby developed and organized "futurism" into a system of prophetic teaching called "dispensationalism."

The Secret Rapture teaching was introduced into the United States and Canada between the 1840's and 1870's. A Congregationalist preacher by the name of C. I. Scofield came under the influence of Darby and the Plymouth Brethren. Scofield became a strong promoter of the teaching that had been promulgated by Darby, whom he considered "the most profound Bible student of modern times." He incorporated this teaching into his SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE. Three million copies were published in the first 50 years! Through this Bible Scofield shrewdly carried the teaching of the Secret Rapture into the very heart of Evangelicalism.

There is one final link in the chain of the development and spread of the rapture theory that should be mentioned in passing. Scofield and Darby influenced D. L. Moody, and Moody influenced the early PENTECOSTAL MOVEMENT. How? you ask. The Assemblies of God is today by far the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world. In 1914 they ordered their Sunday School and study materials from the Moody Press. So the Assemblies of God believed what the Moody Bible Institute taught, which included the "Secret Rapture"."