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I have been pondering the question, ‘Where did the eschatological Pre-millennial, pre-tribulation belief in the Rapture, (as postulated in books such as the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye), come from?’ And  ‘Is it truth?’

Over Fifty-seven million copies of the left behind series have sold in the USA alone. The idea of a pre-tribulation rapture was not heard of until the 18th Century…so what is going on?  I was pleased to come across an article by Bishop N.T. Wright. In Wright’s introduction he says, ” The American obsession with the second coming of Jesus — especially with distorted interpretations of it — continues unabated.  Seen from my side of the Atlantic, the phenomenal success of the Left Behindbooks appears puzzling, even bizarre.  Few in the U.K. hold the belief on which the popular series of novels is based: that there will be a literal “rapture” in which believers will be snatched up to heaven, leaving empty cars crashing on freeways and kids coming home from school only to find that their parents have been taken to be with Jesus while they have been “left behind.”

I don’t think I can agree with Wright’s premise that ‘Few in the U.K’. hold such a belief. From my conversations and observations this strange teaching  seems to be taught without question in much of the evangelical and charismatic  fellowships in the U.K. today. (Maybe…not so much ‘taught’… as believed). Many were brought up with books like ‘The Late Great Planet Earth‘ by Hal Lindsey and other writers like Grant Jeffrey,  Dave Hunt, David Wilkinson who propagated the same same teaching, which is now a doctrine for many!

Does this make me  an ‘Amillennialist’? Possibly!   But I don’t like the idea that I am saying No-millennium, I think I’d rather be a seen as a Pan- millennialist as I believe  it will all pan out as God wills, in the end.

I can understand the desire to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, that at some moment in time we will be whisked away, and that we won’t have to face death, or suffering, or illness or potential martyrdom. I can understand how inviting it is to hold onto such a belief.  But I don’t think it stands the scrutiny of Scripture, or the teaching of Jesus.

What do you believe?

You can read N.T.Wrights article here.

Live loved

Michael Daly. C.J.

August 2010

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August 23, 2010 - Posted by | Thoughts

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  1. I know of only one individual that “believes” this catastrophic nonesense and I must they say they are quite barmy!

    In a world where liberalism triumphs over common sense, in a world where a quick profit can be made by any pseudo revelation revealed in a book written by an idiot, read by the gullible; in such a world it is no surprise that such lunacy as the rapture is given a hearing as “everybody is etitled to their own belief system”. Such a world is a broken one where the infantile tantrums of misled childrens cries stiffle truth and justice.
    The revelation of Jesus in the Gospels and the truth of his Church through out the ages means that such absurdities are to be expected, now just as in his own time. That many will come claiming unholy revellation and that many more will follow them. What is important is that we do not join this bandwaggon to oblivion but with clear heads and firm hearts stand against the religious nonsense brigade clapping enthusiastically but without sense as much as the demonic cries of the utterly wicked.

    The vile notion that a rapture can whisk individuals away into glory is in essence demonic as it denies both the Christmas Incarnation by suggestion and the Lords Ascention by ideal. It is a modern false Heresey and it is not for the god fearing to entertain. It remains anathema and is as wicked as any demonic revelation presented as if it were an article of hope and love but corrupting the simple and leading many astray into error and falsehood.

    Comment by Pablo Magnifico | August 24, 2010 | Reply


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