Kent Hovind Changes His Position on the Doctrine of Pre-Tribulation Rapture

Ken Hovind

Ken Hovind

Dr. Kent Hovind, also known as Dr. Dino, man a who was unjustly put in prison for a sentence of 10 years, is one of my heroes. Once I heard him saying something like, “Jesus can come any minute.” Today I was pleasantly surprised to read on his blog the following:

My long time friend and Pastor, Steve Anderson and THOUSANDS of others (myself included) have come to realize that we “independent, fundamental, temperamental, right wing, radical, chicken eatin’, Bible believing Baptists” have been deceived about the rapture for the last 180 years! For 38 years of my Christian life I was taught and believed in the “pre-trib” rapture idea that was made up by a 15 year Scottish old girl in 1830! I just trusted the “prophecy experts” Quote from kenthovindblog.com/?p=1030

Isn’t this great news for Bible believers who know the truth about the Great Tribulation? We now have a respected name to drop on those who still believe the false doctrine that believers and receivers of Jesus Christ will be taken to Heaven before great tribulation sweeps the earth in the last days. People who hold this doctrine are willfully ignoring God’s Word that promises believers tribulation!

John 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Acts 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 12:12  Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

1 Thessalonians 3:4  For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Revelation 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

  

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Kent Hovind Changes His Position on the Doctrine of Pre-Tribulation Rapture — 37 Comments

  1. I do not see a “resurrection” or a “rapture” in Matthew 24. If someone can show them both there, maybe there is room to consider it, and I mean to consider it ONLY. Where are angels ever used to resurrect the dead? Why would resurrected believers ever need angels for transportation anyway? We will BE LIKE HIM (Jesus) when we see Him. 1John 3:2 Also, this notion a little girl in 1830 invented the rapture with Darby is laughable! That is an old,old, tale told by post-mid tribbers who deny the Bible as the way to prove or disprove the “when” of the rapture. Kent Hovind is a fine naturalist and christian creationist, but he also has adopted the Lordship Salvation (works salvation)of Ray Comfort and John MacAthur. The Bible says we are not supposed to follow those who are “given to change”. Unless there is clear evidence to change one’s doctrine, fine! But Kent has done a double whammy! I’am wondering if this was not done for financial reasons, I mean he’s in jail and he needs to “broaden” his field of viewers. To change 2 major areas of teaching is suspect.

    • Matthew 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

      This is not the Rapture? I think most Bible scholars would say that it is the Rapture. When I say “Bible scholars” I’m not talking about people with doctorates in theology, I’m talking about people who read and study the Bible and can teach Biblical doctrine directly from the Bible and not merely parrot some preacher they heard.

  2. I believe in pre-trib. My main purpose is to serve the Lord my God with all of my heart, listen to the Holy Spirit, and tell people about my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I have a friend who asks me how will I deal with tribulation if there is no rapture. When and if that time comes I will say that it looks like there will be no rapture as the world is chaotic around me. What else can I do. Will I not be prepared? Then I guess one might assume that my belief in a pretrib rapture is greater than my belief in Jesus Christ?

    • Good point–I would be more embarassed to be raptured before the tribulation and tell Jesus I didn’t believe your Word you were coming before the tribulation. That I believed the pre-trib rapture was a lie told by a little girl in 1830 and Darby. That would be MORE embarassing!

      • And what exactly is God’s Word that states Jesus is coming before the tribulation? Matthew 24:29-31 indicates Jesus is coming “After the tribulation of those days …”

  3. I often wonder why the Bible would cause so much confusion in the area of eschatology, when God is not the author of confusion. I read these comments and just become more annoyed. How can millions of Christian believe so many positions as it applies to eschatology/end times? If we take the three main interpretations of pre, mid, and post-tribulation, each camp of believers can point to scriptures that support their position/interpretation. It seems there is some truth to every interpretation. Why are there so many interpretations of Revelation, Daniel, etc.? Why did God leave the Bible this way? A way that turns Christians against each other, each pointing fingers, and each saying the other is wrong? Look how much division and what appears to be strife occurs? One thing is certain, no matter what viewpoint you hold to, we will all be with Jesus Christ in the end of it all. I personally believe in pre-tribuation. Will I be ready if there is no rapture? I ask, why wouldn’t I be? I still know the horrors that will be here. I still know that I am not to take the mark. I know that the Blood of Jesus Christ saves me. I know the intense persecution that will be here, persecution that no of us right now could fathom. How would I not be ready? Did the Lord design the Bible that way, where if one interprets scripture as pre-trib. he or she will automatically no be prepared to deal with their possible Biblical interpretation error? That would be quite unfair, not to mention deceiving on God’s part. Then in that case, theoretically I suppose that He should not have left the subject so vague; it should have been more clear if I will not be ready for what is coming. I may as well possibly take the mark? I serve the Lord and believe upon His name and His Blood, I know in whom I trust, but because of a belief in pre-trib that could be jeopardized and I could fall into a state of panic and unbelief as the world will do? I do not think so but maybe I am wrong. How will anybody who does not believe in the pre-trib be any more prepared that someone who does? This type of thing, the confusion, the interpretations, the bickering, really gets to me…tries my faith, tries my patience. I do not care what one believes as far as pre, mid, and post-trib. goes. It does not affect one’s salvation and love for the Lord. All sides make it seem as though we are practically sinning for believing in what we interpret to be true. Not on the posts above, but I have seen it elsewhere, and often. I keep repeating myself but the question still arises; How can millions of Christians see scripture so differently? I found this article interesting. It shook my belief and foundation in the pre-trib rapture. And, I am not saying this is wrong because it makes sense, but I just do not know. I guess none of us do, so how can we say which stance is correct? A statement like “Woe to those who believe in unbiblical pretrib rapture doctrine! They will not be prepared for what is coming!” I am sorry, but that is not in God’s Word. I am just as prepared as any believer who disagrees with pre-trib. Life as we know it presently can be hellish enough. If we have to go through more hell and then some, I do not understand why, after enduring such a fallen, perverted, deceiving world that is constantly trying to suck us in and destroy us. So one more final challenge of resisting and endurance? Let it come. This is another thing that has always bothered me. I go through hell on Earth and have to go through more? I am ready. Brother, I cannot say who is right or wrong. That is not my job.

    • Elijah, when you understand a bit more about what the Jesuits did to subvert the Protestant Reformation, I think you might see some of the answers to your own questions. The fact is that the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine was not taught nor believed by Christians until the 19th century! It was developed by a man named John Darby and promoted by Cyrus Scofield — an unscrupulous character. It was false doctrine sown in the Church, tares among the wheat. The Jesuits had a hand in promoting it.

      Please read all the articles on this web site about the last 7 years and you might find some insights. Here’s one on the history of pre-trib rapture:

      http://jamesjpn.net/basic-bible/eschatology/the-origin-of-the-false-pre-tribulation-rapture-doctrine

      The key to biblical knowledge is simply reading the Bible over and over and over again. Who would you rather listen to, a man with a PhD in theology who has read the Bible only once, or a guy who barely graduated high school (me) who has read the Bible over and over again over a 40 year period and lived more than half his life trying to preach the Gospel to the lost in a foreign land? And I’ve been blessed to have been taught by others who have read the Bible even more than I have, Al Neal, for example, who read the Bible from cover to cover over 100 times. He sure doesn’t hold the pre-trib rapture doctrine. The people God gives insights to are the ones of try to follow Him and keep themselves unpolluted from the world. Most theology professors are so deep in the world you can hardly tell they are Christians.

      Are the Christians in Syria, Iraq or other nations where Christians are being killed today suffering LESS than people will during the Great Tribulation? I think not! They are having their tribulation NOW! The only reason why the tribulation is called “great” is because it will be world wide. And when you think about what the Roman Catholic Church has already done to Christians during the Inquisition, can you say their fate was less worse than what is to come? In a sense, the Church has already gone through many tribulations which resulted in their departure from this life.

      Revelation 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of GREAT TRIBULATION, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

      Why do I think it is important to know Christians are going to go through the Great Tribulation? It’s because when the tribulation begins, Christians will expect to be raptured, and when they are not, their FAITH WILL BE SHAKEN to its very core!!! This is because that so called “faith” in the rapture was based on the teaching of man, not God’s Word! The ones who expect it to come will NOT be shaken. They will have the faith to persevere and try to survive the best they can, and God will do miracles for them in supply and protection! I believe it with all my heart!

      Please read this http://jamesjpn.net/basic-bible/eschatology/time-line-of-events-of-the-last-7-years-of-the-rule-of-man
      It may shed some light and give you insights on this matter.

      Thanks for listening.

      • hi james,

        all really good points.

        as I stated in my email, my belief is in pretrib
        but my faith is in Jesus Christ no matter what.
        I do believe that there are people who put so much
        faith into a pretrib that they will be shaken and suffer
        and they also will never budge from their belief.
        I believe pretrib but do not put everything of my
        soul into it therefore I can look at other viewpoints
        and give them a chance.
        when it hits worldwide there will be no place to hide.
        I think when the antichrist comes on the scene he is
        going to make hitler look like an innocent child. martial
        law will come to the US and people will engage in a civil
        war and be taken to fema camps to be executed. they can
        put a bullet in my head if they want me to denounce
        Jesus Christ

          • Most definitely! I was brought up pretrib. and have spent some time on mid and post-trib. I am going to look further into your article. It shakes my foundation of pretrib. but that is ok. Like I said, the most important thing is that a believer has their Christology right; after this we should teach each other and learn from each other.

    • Just knowing Christians will face great tribulation is is part of the preparation. Woe to those who believe in unbiblical pretrib rapture doctrine! They will not be prepared for what is coming!

  4. James, Hi – I’ve enjoyed reading some of the articles on John Todd and other things. I’m a believer of some 35 years this last August just gone, and I too once accepted the pre Trib view of the Rapture. It all looked good from the comfortable armchair view of the world and the Church back in the 1980′s.

    Some serious study and debate has changed my mind since that time, chiefly, the passage of Matthew 13:24 – 29 and 36 – 40, in the parable of the tares and the wheat. I know that you can’t formulate a doctrine based on one passage of scripture – most unwise, but when I take it all into consideration, for me that parable is more of a clincher, than a foundation.

    At the end of the age, the tares (sons of the wicked one) are tied into bundles and burned (signifying eternal punishment,) whereas the wheat (which has to undergo harvesting, sorting out on the threshing floor etc) is taken into the safety of the Master’s barn, signifying eternal salvation.

    Christ tells this parable for a reason, to leave no doubt as to the fate of both the wicked and the righteous. The harvesters are heavenly angels, not earthly evangelists, so it will be too late for the wicked to repent, and the first “rapture” appears to be a rapture of the wicked. Then the righteous are gathered unto Christ and meet Him in the air, and progress on into the Millenium where they will rule and reign.

    I hope this post finds you well and standing strong for Jesus – I don’t attend a church gathering at the moment as a decent one that is not compromised is very hard to find nowdays.

    God’s blassing on you,
    Austin Hellier
    Brisbane, Australia

  5. Hello :)
    Here is what I have learned:

    I have noticed, that lots of pre-tribulation believers think, they are going to be spared of any kind of tribulation. Which is not true, of course.
    However, post-tribulation believers seem to not discern between the rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ, and assume both happen at the same time.
    Tribulation was already in the Apostle’s times and is even now, BUT this is not THE tribulation of seven years. It is important, to not mix things up.

    If we understanding these things, the picture becomes clear:
    Children of god go through many tribulations, but before THE tribulation and judgement of ungodly people, they will be saved through the rapture. During the tribulation, god’s eternal gospel is preached even by an angel – and a large number of people wash their clothes. Also, during this great trouble of Jacob, Israel accepts their saviour and renounces the false christ. NOW Jesus comes. :)

    So, can Jesus come any moment? No.
    Can the rapture happen any moment? If the world is ready for judgement – Yes.
    No AND Yes? Why? Because these two things are not the same.

  6. Kent Hovind has changed his position on the pre trib rapture because he is confussed now.I used to believe the false theory of the post trib rapture but now I have seen thru that and can see that the rapture is pre trib.It is as clear as day now to me.There is no confussion at all.
    Michael

    • Kent Hovind changed his position on pre-trib rapture because God’s Word says in Matthew 24:

      29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
      30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
      31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

  7. /Brother James. Just a little something I ran into on the surprising net./

    PRETRIB RAPTURE SCHOLARSHIP !

    How can the “rapture” be “imminent”? Acts 2:34,35 reveal that Jesus stays at the Father’s right hand in heaven until He leaves to destroy His foes at the second coming to earth. Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven with the Father “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, the above verses! The same Acts verses were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters”!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the end of trib “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which Scofield views as Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) It’s amazing that the Olivet Discourse contains the “great commission” for the church but not even a hint of a pretrib rapture for the church!
    Many are unaware that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into a separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which the mass of evangelical scholars rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” ["gathering"] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Google “Walvoord Melts Ice.”
    Other Google articles on the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view include “Pretrib Rapture Politics,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “X-Raying Margaret,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing Lines,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” and “Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View” – most by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history which is obtainable by calling 800.643.4645).

    • Meh. Post trib doctine misses the fact that Christs bride, the Church will be without spot or wrinkle, impossible if she has been raped, mauled, starved and killed in the Great Tribulation. Nowhere in scripture does it say that the CHURCH, true followers of Christ, will endure the Great Trib. Further post trib doesnt differentiate between the catching away of the Bride and the Second Coming of Christ, judgment of the world.
      Rapture DOES appear in the Bible..latin for ‘caught up’ is rapture…1 Thes 4:14-17. Post tribbers that say Rapture isnt in the Bible are ill informed.

  8. Regardless of one’s position in the matter, the notion (or doctrine) of a pre-trib rapture was NOT conceived by a 15 year old Scottish girl (Margaret MacDonald).

  9. Two in the field, one taken, one left.
    Rev I will keep you OUT of the tribulation.
    1 Thes 4 At the sound of the trumpet, dead in christ rise first then WE which are alive and remain shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the Air.
    Later WE return with the Lord at the end of the Trib.
    As for Johnny above, the word for falling away can be taken as a DEPARTURE, it doesnt say from the faith or from the earth. Take your pick. Ask why Thessalonians was written, they thought they had missed the rapture…. dont be soon shaken that you missed it….!

    • Sorry but I do not understand your point. Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

      “His elect” in Matthew 24:31 means ALL those who have called on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to save them! Nobody but the unsaved, those who have not called on the Name of Jesus Christ will miss the rapture at the end of the tribulation of those days.

      Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

  10. [Hi Bro. James. Found the following on the web. Pretribs like Ice claim Edwards was pretrib, but Edwards' words here (which they've covered up) show that Edwards' rapture was tied to the Matt. 24 coming! Lord bless & reward your faithfulness.]

    Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View

    by George Wilson

    In 1995, in a 24-page booklet on 18th century pastor Morgan Edwards, evangelist John Bray claimed that Edwards taught a pretrib rapture in his 1788 book titled “Two Academical Exercises….”
    Those echoing Bray include Thomas Ice who wrote “Morgan Edwards: Another Pre-Darby Rapturist.” Edwards’ 1788 work can be found on the internet.
    In order to claim that Edwards held to pretrib, candidates for the I-can-find-pretrib-earlier-in-church-history-than-you-can medal – including Bray, Ice, LaHaye, Frank Marotta etc. – have intentionally covered up Edwards’ “historicism,” his belief that the tribulation had already been going on for hundreds of years. (How can anyone in the tribulation go back in time and look for a pretrib rapture?)
    Here’s proof of Edwards’ historicism and its companion “day-year” theory which can view the 1260 tribulation “days” as “years.”
    On p. 14 Edwards described the Ottoman Empire (which was then already 400 years old) as the Rev. 13:11 “beast.” On p. 20 he defined “Antichrist” as the already 1000-year-old “popery” and the “succession of persons” known as “Popes” – his other Rev. 13 “beast.” He necessarily viewed Rev. 13′s 1260-day period as 1260 literal years in order to provide enough time for his two “beasts.”
    On p. 19, while discussing “the ministry of the witnesses” of Rev. 11, he allotted “about 204 years” for their “years to perform” – years impossible to fit into a 3.5-year period!
    What about Edwards’ rapture? On pp. 21-23 he wrote about “the appearing of the son of man in the clouds, coming to raise the dead saints and change the living, and to catch them up to himself….The signs of Christ’s appearing in the clouds will be extraordinary ‘wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes and famines,’ &. (Matth. xxiv. 6-8.)….The signs of his coming, in the heavens will be ‘the trump of God [I Thess. 4:16], vapor and smoke, which will darken the sun and moon [Matt. 24:29],’…and also cause those meteors called ‘falling stars’….
    Right after his combined rapture/advent (!), Edwards said: “And therefore, now, Antichrist…will…counterfeit the preceding wonders in heaven…causing ‘fire to come down from heaven’….And that godhead he will now assume, after killing the two witnesses….Now the great persecution of the Jews will begin…for time, times, and half a time….”
    Thomas Ice’s article on Edwards (listed at start) quoted only the first 27 words in the above quotation which end with “to himself” – and you can see why pretrib defender Ice stopped quoting there! (For an Ice-covered piece, Google “Pretrib Rapture Pride.”)
    Not only had most of Edwards’ historicist tribulation occurred before his combined rapture/advent, but incredibly his Antichrist kept raging for 3.5 years even after the Matt. 24 signs! No wonder his tutor advised him to correct his thesis!
    To read Edwards’ complete work, Google “[PDF] Two Academical Exercises…www.breadoflifebiblestudy.com.”
    For more info on Edwards, Google “McPherson Page (thebibletruth.org).” Also Google “Deceiving and Being Deceived” by historian Dave MacPherson.

  11. pre – trib, mid – trib and post – trib are all correct. There are three raptures.
    the old testament is a shadow of the new and there are three times Israel are to appear before the lord, at the feast of passover, pentecost, and tabernacles.
    The harvest have three parts, first fruits, main harvest and gleanings.
    First fruits of barley Rev. 4:1, Main harvest Rev. 7:9 and gleanings Rev.11:12.
    Love your teaching on creation, may God Bless, In Christ Bill K
    PS I have written a book on this if you would like one free, E-mail Address.

    • 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

      30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

      31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
      – Matthew 24:29-31

      The Bible doesn’t teach 3 Raptures, only one.

    • Rapture People
      Jesus did not let Peter Flee/ Fly away from Rome
      HE sent him back to preach & be a Martyr
      Tha Anti Christ come first

  12. Posting an email address on a website invites spam and junk mail. The form sends comments to my email address. I am not trying to hide my identity by not posting my email address. I consider using an invalid email address to be dishonest. If WordPress could identify your yahoo.com address to be false, none of your comments would have appeared on this page or the other one.

    All the knowledge I need to know that is most important is in the Scriptures. I follow the Bible and listen to those who I consider to have a credible testimony, people who died for their truth telling, people like Bill Cooper who confessed he was wrong about the alien issue. If you want to believe there are aliens, that’s your choice, but I see no merit to believe in aliens and can see harm and delusion for those who do believe in their existence. The Antichrist may appear as an alien and deceive the entire world by the fact people consider him to be an alien.

  13. [Here's something I found on the web. It also mentions Dave's book.]

    Pretrib Rapture Pride

    by Bruce Rockwell

    Pretrib rapture promoters like Thomas Ice give the impression that 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 knows that his own mentor, Dallas Sem. president John Walvoord, was unable to find anyone holding to pretrib before early 19th century British teacher John Darby – and Walvoord called Darby and his Brethren followers “the early pretribulationists” (RQ, pp. 160-62). By claiming to find “imminence” in the 1st and 2nd century Fathers, Ice knows that his followers can change “imminence” in their mind to “pretrib” – but Ice is reluctant to admit that whenever any of those Fathers seemed to hold to “imminence, it was because they thought they were then in the tribulation and were near the end of it!
    Google “Famous Rapture Watchers” to see the rapture view that Walvoord said “has long been a common doctrine held by the majority of the church” (RQ, p. 127). Note how those unsurpassed lexicon and Greek grammar experts interpreted Rev. 3:10 which pretrib promoters often claim is the greatest Biblical proof for an any-moment pretrib rapture.
    Journalist/historian Dave MacPherson has focused since 1968 on the pretrib rapture’s long-covered-up, 183-year-old history. His habit has been to examine Darby’s earliest writings and then painstakingly search for the earliest occurrences of certain words and phrases like “coming for,” “coming with,” “rapture,” “imminence,” “any moment,” etc. Since several of Darby’s contemporaries have at times been nominated for the title of “Pretrib Rapture Originator,” MacPherson has done the same laborious word-and-phrase search in the earliest writings of Macdonald, Norton, Irving, etc.
    Since many pretrib promoters favor the King James Version of the Bible, it’s interesting that the other writings of the KJV translators that are in the British Library in London (where MacPherson has researched) don’t have even a hint of a pretrib rapture! Is it possible that Ice and other pretrib merchandisers have found proof of pretrib in the KJV that even the KJV translators couldn’t find?
    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.
    Even some well-known evangelical schools have played fast and loose with pretrib. MacPherson’s “The Rapture Plot” – the most documented and accurate work on pretrib dispensationalism’s history (Google “Scholars Weigh My Research”) – includes on p. 222 Biola’s original doctrinal statement which stated that the “Lord Jesus is coming again to his earth, personally, bodily, and visibly.” Later on, those who evidently felt superior to the founders added this Scofield-like “explanatory note” which says that “the return of the Lord for His Church will be premillennial” and “before the Tribulation.” (Also Google “Pretrib Hypocrisy.”)
    Although Ice’s mentor John Walvoord couldn’t find any pretrib teacher before 1830, Ice has been “honoring” Walvoord by promoting some pseudo-scholars who claim they’ve found pre-1830 existence of pretrib! (Google MacPherson’s “Deceiving and Being Deceived” for the details.)
    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),” and “be careful in polemics – Peripatetic Learning.”
    Another pretrib trafficker, Hal Lindsey, asserts on p. 124 in “The Late Great Planet Earth” that the famous Egyptian Sphinx has the head of a woman even though encyclopedias say it’s the head of a man!
    In a Google article “Pretrib Expert John Walvoord Melts Ice,” Ice’s mentor demolishes Ice’s desperate assertion that the “falling away” in II Thess. 2 is a pretrib rapture! (Ice should have said that the TEACHING of such a rapture is a falling away!)
    Other Google pieces helping to make a shocking mosaic of pretrib include “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “X-raying Margaret,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Wily Jeffrey,” “Thieves’ Marketing,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “Open Letter to Todd Strandberg,” “Pretrib Rapture: A Staged Event,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism,” “Chuck Missler – Copyist,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrets,” and an earthquake titled “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.”
    Can anyone guess who the last proud pretrib rapture holdout will be?

    • Thank you, Johnny, for your well researched input! I’d like to add that the reason many pretrib promoters seem to favor the King James Version of the Bible is really because they are studying from the Scofield edition of the King James Bible! It’s because of the notes that Cyrus I. Scofield put in the margins of his edition of the KJV that caused them to believe in a pre-tribulation rapture!

  14. That’s great news about Dr. Hovind. BTW, I obtained journalist Dave MacPherson’s book “The Rapture Plot” which is an “encyclopedia” on how the pretrib rapture was first originated and taught and how it was sneaked into existing churches and picked up by Scofield. A lot of bookstores have banned it, so it would be nice if Bro. Hovind could carry it and make it available to others. What is shocking is all the dishonesty in the pretrib movement (Google MacPherson’s “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty”). Lord bless you.

    • Thank you Sarah for your input and encouragement! It would be great if you would share some concise quotes from “The Rapture Plot” book in further comments on this page.

      I’m praying and hoping that Michael F. Hoggard, an independent Baptist preacher I like, would become convinced that pre-trib rapture is false. I think he is open to the issue and considering the Scriptures I shared with him.

      • I do not appreciate you using my website to attack a person who I haven’t even wrote about on this article or even this website! If you have something to tell him, why not say it directly? If course he’s wrong about pre-trib rapture, and I’ve dealt with that extensively on this website, but the alien thing? The Bible talks about humans, devils, demons, angels, God, spirits, not aliens.

        And I do not think it’s nice to try to hide your identity and using false email addresses.. What credibility does it give you to do so? None in my opinion. Proving things with Bible is cool. Yes, you do have a point about pre-rapture doctrine not being Biblical, but you cannot prove from the Bible that there are aliens from other planets. Tom just wrote saying, “To say that there are alien life nullifies Genesis and the Bible as it speaks of demons and the sons of God.” I agree with him.

      • BTW, it’s spelled “rapture” not rupture. I did offer Michael Hoggard directly the Scriptures that indicate the Rapture is after the Tribulation of the Saints, and that the Tribulation is 3 and a half years. He listened to me and did not try to refute or contradict me.

        • I know preachers like Michael Hoggard of http://watchmanvideobroadcast.com/ who would strongly disagree that there are errors in the KJV. Pastor Hoggard discovered mathematical codes in the KJV that other versions probably do not have. One example is “Jesus Christ” “book” together with the plural form “books”, and “son of man” all appear exactly 196 times. This is 7 X 7 X 4, significant numbers for those interested in numerology. Another man I respect, Al Neal has devolved an interesting Bible code. It works well only using KJV or translations based on KJV like the AKJV (not NKJV)

          About the name of God: I’ve heard things about this before and recently it’s been brought to my attention of a movement called “Sacred Name”. They say that words like “God”, “Lord”, “Jesus” and “Christ” are of pagan origin and not in the Bible. But Michael Hoggard set me right on that and exposed the Sacred Name cult for what it is: Legalism and a throwback to Judaism. Sacred Name people loath the translation of Philippians 2:10,11 in KJV:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. I’d rather stick with the KJV than follow those Sacred Name cult people. They are trying to change the Bible to fit their own interpretations. As you said, there is no private interpretation of Scripture, but the Sacred Name people sure have their own.

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