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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

PRETRIB RAPTURE PRIDE by Dave MacPherson

     Pretrib rapture promoters like Thomas Ice give the impression they know more than the early Church Fathers, the Reformers, the greatest Greek New Testament scholars including those who produced the KJV Bible, the founders of their favorite Bible schools, and even their own mentors!
     Ice's mentor, Dallas Sem. president John Walvoord, couldn't find anyone holding to pretrib before 1830 - and Walvoord called John Darby and his Brethren followers "the early pretribulationists" (RQ, pp. 160-62). Ice belittles Walvoord and claims that several pre-1830 persons, including "Pseudo-Ephraem" and a "Rev. Morgan Edwards," taught a pretrib rapture. Even though the first one viewed Antichrist's arrival as the only "imminent" event, Ice (and Grant Jeffrey) audaciously claim he expected an "imminent" pretrib rapture! And Ice (and John Bray) have covered up Edwards' historicism which made a pretrib rapture impossible! Google "Morgan Edwards' Rapture View" and my Google article "Deceiving and Being Deceived" for documentation on these and similar historical distortions.
     The same pretrib defenders, when combing ancient books, deviously read "pretrib" into phrases like "before Armageddon," "before the final conflagration," and "escape all these things"!
     BTW, the KJV translators' other writings found in London's famed British Library (where my wife and I have researched) don't have even a hint of pretrib rapturism. Is it possible that Ice etc. have found pretrib "proof" in the KJV that its translators never found?
     Pretrib merchandisers like Ice claim that nothing is better pretrib proof than Rev. 3:10. They also cover up "Famous Rapture Watchers" (on Google) which reveals how the greatest Greek NT scholars interpreted it.
     Pretrib didn't flourish in America much before the 1909 Scofield Bible which has pretribby "explanatory notes" in its margins. Not seen in the margins was jailed forger Scofield's criminal record throughout his life that David Lutzweiler has documented in his recent book "The Praise of Folly" which is available online.
     Biola University's doctrinal statement says Christ's return is "before the Tribulation." Although universities stand for "academic freedom," Biola has added this narrow, restrictive phrase - a non-essential the founders purposely didn't include in their original doctrinal statement when Biola was just a small Bible institute! And some other Christian schools have also belittled their founders.
     Ice, BTW, has a "Ph.D" issued by a tiny Texas school that wasn't authorized to issue degrees! Ice now says that he's working on another "Ph.D" via the University of Wales in Britain. For light on the degrees of Ice's scholarliness, Google "Bogus degree scandal prompts calls to wind up University of Wales," "Thomas Ice (Bloopers)," "be careful in polemics - Peripatetic Learning," and "Walvoord Melts Ice."
     For more info on noisy pretrib rapture defenders like Thomas Ice, see my book "The Rapture Plot" (the most accurate documentation on pretrib rapture history) which is available online.
     Can anyone guess who the last proud pretrib rapture holdout will be?

1 comment:

Irv said...

Tommy Ice reminds me of the Job who was accused by Elihu of multiplying "words without knowledge" and the Job who later admitted that he needed to "repent in dust and ashes." The world of Bible prophecy will be improved considerably when it has become deICEd, if I may be allowed a bit of immoderation!