In short, if one cannot present a clear, consistent argument from all of the relevant material, then one begins to make a series of exceptions in order to excuse away the apparent inconsistencies. Such a way of argument is the stuff of politicians. Continue reading “Sam Frost: Critique of Stevens’ View of Resurrection (2018)”
Despite the up-front assertion that “this book is not primarily based on silence,” Silence Demands A Rapture would be a stronger, more appropriate, but more problematic title for the view presented herein. Continue reading “John Noē: Response to Stevens’ ‘Expectations Demand a Rapture’ (2003)”
Some of the verses are referring to those OT saints who physically died and were currently in Paradise until the resurrection and rapture in 66AD or 67AD Continue reading “David Timm: The Preterist Physical Rapture of All the Living Saints is Necessary (2003)”
There have been some in preterist circles who believe and teach that there was a physical rapture in 70 AD of those who survived Nero’s persecution. Others in preterist circles understand the “catching up” to be a spiritual or judicial event but also occurring in the 66-70 AD time frame. Continue reading “Anthony Graybill: 70 AD Rapture? (2017)”
Common sense is not common. There is truth to that. It is my prayer that the modern preterist movement does not become a fresh example of that ancient truth. Continue reading “Arthur Melanson: A Little Common Sense on the AD70 Rapture (2003)”
This commentary is not to be understood as an attack against Mr. Stevens himself, but rather it should be seen as an attempt to understand how he arrived at his conclusions according to his own public teaching on the subject, and in doing so, to demonstrate the fallibility of the position as he has enunciated it by our study of the scripture in order to discover what the Bible really says on the subject. Continue reading “Kelly Birks: A Response to ‘Silence Demands a Rapture’ (2002)”
In the pages below I will share some of the reasons I believe the rapture theory deserves our serious consideration. I’m not suggesting this just for fun. I know many will think this theory is about as loony as UFO mania. But I’m after TRUTH like all of us are. Continue reading “Virgil Vaduva: Was There a Rapture in AD70? (2002)”
One of the great joys and benefits of coming to the preterist view of eschatology is the excellent 20/20 hindsight it provides. When the author hears a fanciful end-time guess, it is always fun to say, “Well, it didn’t happen that way.” This is a real conversation stopper
The first three groups can be called, (1) The Corporate view, (2) The Heaven Now view, and (3) The Covenantal Change view. All of these groups of preterists teach that the living pre-parousia Christians remained on earth at AD 70 and continued to do so until they died physically.
Just as “corporate body” is not synonymous with “remained on earth”, nor is “heaven now” synonymous with “remained on earth”. Disavowing the idea that we as post-Parousial saints are actually in heaven is a different matter than disagreeing with the Parousial rapture concept.
Dr. Gentry would have us believe that the predicted destruction of Jerusalem was fulfilled in the first century, but the second coming, resurrection of the dead, and the final judgment would not be fulfilled until the end of the material world.
I would like talk with preterists about a possibility of a spiritual rapture including physical disappearance. I think all saints disappeared and the oral traditions saved only the never-happened, mythical acts of them or simply their death.
This is the only historically plausible explanation I have seen to account for the ignorance of the post-70 church. If there was not a rapture, there should have been plenty of Christians still around after AD 70 who had witnessed the Parousia
Preterists who believe in the “remained on earth” view of the rapture need to make some close distinctions that can quite often get lost in the shuffle.