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Exposing once again stories about the 1830 PreTrib rapture ruse

Exposing once again stories about the 1830 PreTrib rapture ruse – Dr. Mike Johnston

Famous radio commentator Rush Limbaugh made a comment one time regarding the weight of a false charge leveled against an innocent person. The gist of it was this: The guilt or innocence of the accused is not nearly as important as is the severity of the charges. Believe me, this holds true in Bible discussions as well.

Enter an emotionally driven contrarian, clutching a Bible and leading a mob.

He begins by reading a verse from the Old Testament and asks: “Is this God’s Word?” I agree that it is. “If it’s in the Bible,” he retorts, “the church has to obey it.” His crowd applauds. I disagree and respond citing right division explains why it’s profitable for us, but not personally to us. He’s angry now. His face reddens, his jaw tightens, and he demands from us a verse of Scripture proving the church will escape what he’s advocating. His mind is set and none appease him. So we ask him to provide Scripture mandating these things to the church. He can’t, and he calls us liars. Finally, with his fist raised and teeth clenched, he curses us and consigns us to hell, in the Name of the Lord, then departs for home to write a blog and a book linking us to some Luciferian conspiracy to deceive God’s people for no apparent reason; simply because we wouldn’t agree with the speculative flimflam he was incapable of proving.

The above story isn’t as farfetched as you might think. The fact is, if you’ve maintained any kind of presence on the internet where the rapture is discussed, you’ve probably read the “gotcha allegations” claiming the church will go through Israel’s Tribulation and challenging anyone to provide evidence for the rapture ever being taught before 1830. Frankly, this spurious allegation popularized by the neurotic newsman Dave MacPherson has been filled with so many holes, one has to wonder why it still has legs.

One of the more foolhardy stunts associated with this came from John L. Bray, a Southern Baptist evangelist, who offered $500 to anyone who could prove that someone taught the rapture doctrine prior to the supposed 1830 vision of charismatic Margaret MacDonald. Interestingly, Bray displayed a modicum of integrity when his own research proved himself wrong. He wrote, “Then my own research indicated that it was Emmanuel Lacunza, a Jesuit Catholic priest, who in the 1812 book The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty, first taught this theory.” However, Bray – like those of his stubborn ilk – was determined to win the bet and he stuck his neck out again with another $500 offer to anyone who could provide a documented statement earlier than Lacunza’s 1812 writings which cost him another 500 bucks. He wrote: “I offered $500 to anyone who would give a documented statement earlier than Lacunza’s time which taught a two-stage coming of Christ separated by a stated period of time.” No one claimed that offer until someone found writings that forced Bray to write the following: “Now I have the Photostat copies of a book published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1788 but written in 1742-1744 in England, which taught the preTribulation rapture before Lacunza.”

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