The following articles are related to the topic of RAPTURE

Colossians 1:13 – The Present Kingdom

Those who subscribe to the theory of dispensational premillennialism contend that Jesus came to this earth twenty centuries ago with the express purpose of establishing His kingdom. But because he was surprisingly rejected by the Jews, He postponed the kingdom plan, and, in the place of the kingdom, He set up the church. There is, of course, no support in ... read more »

Dispensationalism and Zechariah 14

Dispensationalists-those enamored with the notion that Christ will return to the earth to establish a political kingdom over which he will reign for one thousand years-rely heavily upon Zechariah, chapter fourteen, as an important Old Testament element of the premillennial scheme. Dispensational writer Hobert E. Freeman characterizes this chapter as a description of "the destruction of Israel's enemies, salvation of ... read more »

This Generation Shall Not Pass Away

Church history is replete with examples of sensational "prophets" who have attracted public attention with the claim of knowing the time of the Lord's return. William Miller, founder of the Adventist movement, announced that Christ would come in 1843. When that prediction failed, a revision was made and 1844 was set. That prophecy also proved to be short of the ... read more »

Nine Scientists Look at Religion

Richard Dawkins of Oxford University is a rabid, mouth-foaming atheist. He has made a career of fighting that which he believes does not even exist. In his recent book, The God Delusion, he claims that religious faith is a "virus of the mind," and that the "infection" is socially spread by means of "persuasive opinion," which he compares to "genetic ... read more »

The Wolf and the Lamb

Seven centuries before the birth of Jesus Christ, the prophet Isaiah peered into the future and depicted the glorious nature of the Messianic era for those who seek refuge in Christ. In vivid symbolism, he wrote: And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion ... read more »

1 John 2:18—Who Is the Antichrist?

Dispensationalism, which is currently the most popular form of premillennialism, has much to say about "the Antichrist." According to these theologians, the Antichrist is a man, now living, who will soon rise to the position of a world-wide dictator. In his book, The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey asserts that the Antichrist will come to power just prior to ... read more »

Are There “Signs” of the Second Coming of Christ?

Church history is replete with examples of sensational "prophets" who have attracted public attention with the claim of knowing the time of the Lord's return. William Miller, founder of the Adventist movement, announced that Christ would come in 1843; when that prediction failed, a revision was made and 1844 was set. That "prophecy" also has proved to be somewhat short ... read more »

S. D. Gordon’s “Dispensationalism”

S. D. Gordon (1859-1936) was a popular writer and speaker in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Born in Philadelphia, at the age of twenty-five Gordon became affiliated with the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), with which he served at various secretarial levels for more than ten years. During this period he developed some public speaking skill and became ... read more »

LaGard Smith’s New Book: ‘After Life’

LaGard Smith believes there must be a "radical" correction in the teaching of most Christians today (see Radical Restoration, Cotswold, 2001).His ongoing quest to achieve that goal is pursued in his latest book, After Life. Therein he challenges what he calls the "orthodox understandings" pertaining to death and eternity. While this book does address certain sectarian views, e.g., Watchtowerism, Mormonism, ... read more »

False Charges Against Creationism

When one encounters an ideological position with which he disagrees, there are several possible reactions. He could reflect honestly upon the new idea, carefully research it, and give it an honest evaluation. That certainly would be the noble thing to do. Then again he might, if the viewpoint makes him uncomfortable, simply ignore it, hoping it will go away. On ... read more »