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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Not Really So Obscure (Part 1)” from Dr. Tim LaHaye
One of the criticisms directed at the pre-tribulation rapture view is that the rapture is not clearly mentioned very many times in Scripture. In addition, while we are told five times in Scripture that we are kept from the day of wrath, scores of other passages refer to the final physical coming of Christ. But my question is this: How many times does the Bible have to teach something for it to be accepted as fact? You may be surprised to learn that the term “born again” occurs only three times in Scripture! Yet few Bible scholars deny the necessity of being born again in order to get into the kingdom of God.
The Bible has to mention a matter only once for it to be a divine fact. We have more than enough biblical evidence that the second coming will occur in two phases. The rapture phase will take place prior to the Tribulation, when our Lord calls His church to come up to Himself. The second phase will occur seven years later, at the end of the Tribulation, when Christ comes physically to reign on the earth.
Some critics ridicule pre-tribulationists by saying that no one passage supports the pre-tribulation view, and that pre-tribulationists must take bits and pieces of Scripture and weave them together to come to the pre-tribulation rapture position. However, I question that allegation because I have found the pre-tribulation rapture view taught in one verse, in one chapter, and in one book.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: Gaining Hope from Bible Prophecy (Part 5) by Dr. David Reagan.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys