ORIGIN OF THE RAPTURE THEORY

Just where did this modern day Rapture Theory come from? The answer may surprise you. At the beginning of the great British Advent Awakening back in the late 1820's a certain gentleman by the name of, Edward Irving started a church of his own and called it the Catholic Apostolic Church. This new church fervently believed in the exercise of the speaking of the unknown tongues. In one of these sessions speaking, an utterance considered as proceeding from the Holy Spirit was received, in which "The Rapture" was revealed. At the powerscourt castle prophetic conferences, which began in Ireland in 1830's, Edward Irving introduced his secret rapture teaching. This provided the foundation for a whole new system of beliefs, tying together dispensationalism, the rapture, the tribulation, the antichrist``, and the millennial reign of Christ on earth.
Samuel P. Treguells, a great new testament scholar who attended some of the powerscourt meetings, later wrote: I AM NOT AWARE THAT THERE WAS ANY DEFINITE TEACHING THAT THERE WOULD BE A SECRET RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH AT A SECRET COMING UNTIL THIS WAS GIVEN FORTH AS AN 'UTTERANCE' IN MR. IRVING'S CHURCH, FROM WHAT WAS THEN RECEIVED AS BEING THE VOICE OF THE SPIRIT. BUT WHETHER ANYONE EVER ASSERTED SUCH A THING OR NOT, IT WAS FROM THAT SUPPOSED REVELATION THAT THE MODERN DOCTRINE AND THE MODERN PHRASEOLOGY RESPECTING IT AROSE"
So there you have it, was the rapture teaching discovered after hours of prayerful, careful searching of the word of God? No, it arrived instead as an utterance during a session of speaking of tongues!
But there is a most interesting background to this so-called 'UTTERANCE' in Edward Irving's church. Dave Macpherson in his book, The Late Great Pre-Trib Rapture, quotes from a recently found book, The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets in the Catholic Apostolic Church." The Author, who wrote it in 1861, was an English
Medical Doctor by the name of Robert Norton who had been an eye-ear witness of the events described in the book.
On an evening in 1830, between February 1st and April 14th the young girl, Margaret McDonald, had a personal revelation about the end of the world, that the claimed was really based upon scripture. While events were still fresh in her mind, she preserved a handwritten account of everything. At the time of this experience, Margaret was living in Port Glasgow, a ship building town on the south bank of the Clyde River in Western Scotland." Page 12.
News of Margaret's revelation traveled fast and far. Edward Irving obtained a copy of Margaret's revelation and referred to it in June 1830.
A few weeks later John Darby, founder of the Plymouth Brethren Church, journeyed to Scotland to visit Miss McDonald." He borrowed some of her prophetic ideas without giving her credit, modified them and passed them off as his own. Darby's visit to the McDonald home in mid-1830 is related in his little known book, The Irrationalism of infidelity (1853) Pages 283-285." Darby was clearly a believer in the return of Christ after the tribulation, until the time of Margaret's revelation!
C. I. Scofield, the Author of the Scofield reference bible, popularized what we may call a new view of the events preceding and following the coming of Christ. But no one has done more in the past few years to promote the pre-tribulation rapture theory than Hal Lindsey in his books: THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH, AND THERE'S A NEW WORLD COMING.
The Pre-tribulation Rapture Theory follows futuristic system of interpretation, it will probably come as a great shock to many that the system of futuristic interpretation used by the teachers of the pre-tribulation rapture theory can be traced back to a Spanish Jesuit priest by the name of, Francisco Rivera. In 1590 Rivera published a commentary on the revelation as a counter interpretation to the prevailing view among Protestants which identified the papacy with the antichrist. Like most of the pre-tribulation rapture exponents, Ribera applied all of revelation, but the first three chapters, to the end time.
Revelation 4:1 has been used to point out a rapture of the church. But a careful study of the context does not support this false teaching. John the beloved apostle has encountered Jesus while in the spirit in a first place in heaven. Now in Revelation 4:1 John still in the spirit, sees a door open to a second part in heaven, and hears the voice of the trumpet again saying to HIM- NOT THE CHURCH- come up and HE will see what will soon transpire in the far future following his day. This pre-tribulation rapture theory, that everything written in the book of Revelation after chapter four, verse one, takes place after the rapture of the church, is a false teaching, for Jesus clearly said: "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven," Luke 10:18 here is an event that Jesus said took place in the past, long before he walked the dusty roads of Palestine. And the description of this fall is listed in Revelation 12:7-9.
Brethren we need to believe Jesus, therefore we should not put any faith in bible footnotes or teachings that would have us believe that everything past Revelation 4:1 will take place after a rapture of the church.

 


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