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What did the early church believe about the "rapture"?

Thanks to books like Left Behind, the English word rapture often conjures up images of bodies mysteriously disappearing into thin air, followed by several years of severe tribulation, leading up to ...
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When was the first recorded account of pre-tribulation teaching?

John Darby (1800-1882), often considered the father of dispensationalism and one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren, tends to be given credit for inventing the doctrine, or at least for having "...
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What is the Catholic view of the rapture?

The rapture, properly understood, is fully compatible with Roman Catholicism. The English word rapture comes from the Latin word raptus ("a carrying off"). This Latin word (or a similar ...
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What did the early church believe about the "rapture"?

The original question asked: What did the early church actually believe about what we call the "rapture"? There are two prominent meanings of the word "rapture". The most common meaning today is ...
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What is the biblical basis for a post-tribulation rapture?

Revelation 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the ...
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What resurrection are they talking about? Matthew 22:28

The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, the question was simply a set up. Even though they did not believe in this, the resurrection they are referring to is the resurrection of ...
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What scripture is used to support a "Pre-Tribulation Rapture"?

In The Rapture Exposed, Barbara R. Rossing offers a good answer for why Jesus doesn't mention the Rapture in His Matthew 24 discourse. She says (page 32) the belief that Christ will return to earth ...
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Are all the elect raptured before the Tribulation, according to Calvinists?

Most Reformed/Calvinist churches are Amillennial.1 For Amillennials the "millennium" is a symbol for the entire church age, and there is no single time which we could call the "Great Tribulation". ...
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According to dispensationalists, does the "secret rapture" include a bodily resurrection and new earth?

Dispensationalists believe that in the secret rapture, believers will receive their new, glorified bodies. This rapture occurs prior to or during the tribulation, meaning that the current earth will ...
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How do those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture explain that not everyone who remains will believe?

How do those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture explain that not everyone who remains will believe? It is not only the failure to notice those disappearing in the rapture, other more ...
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How many resurrections (raptures) will there be?

Be careful to distinguish between the Rapture and the resurrections. There will be two resurrections, of the just and the unjust: John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the ...
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Is numbers.10:7 a picture of how the church shall be spared from "sound of alarm" or great tribulation?

God makes it pretty clear in verse 2 what the trumpet commands are for: Numbers 10:1-2 ESV The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Make two silver trumpets. Of hammered work you shall make them, and you ...
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How can it be said that Paul taught a pre-tribulational rapture of the Church given 2 Thessalonians chapter 2?

There are a few interpretations: The falling away (or rebellion) is the word apostasia (G646). Some say this apostasia, or the apostasy, is the rapture. However, there are some problems with this ...
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Does Revelation 3:10 really confirm the rapture before beast mark?

How could it when the verses are addressed to the congregation of the saints in Philadelphia, almost at the close of the first century A.D? Even if an application is claimed for all generations of ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

The Moody Bible Commentary (MBC), which is dispensational, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial in its outlook, takes an in-depth look at these verses. Some relevant points from it include 1) the ...
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Premillennialist view of 1 Thessalonians 4:16

When taken in full context, I believe the answer becomes a little more clear. "For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen ...
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Relative popularity of premillenialism, postmillennialism and amillennialism in North America (excluding Catholics and Orthodox)?

I don't believe that a comprehensive answer to this question is possible at this time. Many denominations refrain from even identifying a preferred eschatological position, let alone require their ...
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When was the first recorded account of pre-tribulation teaching?

Synopsis: The pre-tribulation “rapture” teaching was first developed at the Albury prophecy conferences in the late 1820s and can be found in "Dialogs on Prophecy" published as a result of those ...
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What did the early church believe about the "rapture"?

Church Fathers on the Rapture Irenaeus, “Against Heresies,” Book V, Chap. 29: And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly caught up from this, it is said, 'There shall be tribulation ...
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What did the early church believe about the "rapture"?

In none of the early church fathers' writings there is proof that they believed in a pre tribulation rapture, the opposite is true. ... And therefore, when in the end the Church shall be suddenly ...
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If Jesus Christ is supposedly part of the trinity how come he didn't even know when the hour would come

This is actually a Trinitarian proof text, often used in debates with modalists. Social Trinitarians would say this proves that the Son is a completely different person from the Father, although He ...
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If Jesus Christ is supposedly part of the trinity how come he didn't even know when the hour would come

TLDR; Jesus is fully God, but decided to become fully human in order to save His people from sin, and to be an example for us. This limited Him, but did not cease to make Him God. I believe the Bible ...
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What resurrection are they talking about? Matthew 22:28

One of the basic precepts of Christianity, as well as Judaism, is that there is an eternal portion of the human being which is eternal, and known as the soul. That precept is loosely based on the idea ...
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What evidence is there that Jewish weddings staged a mock kidnapping of the bride?

Given that Judaism does not believe Jesus was the Messiah or that there is going to be a rapture of the Christian Church, then I think it is safe to say that any comparison between what happens at a ...
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Are all the elect raptured before the Tribulation, according to Calvinists?

Many Calvinists reject dispensational premillennialism, so for them your question doesn’t even make sense. Eschatology and soteriology can often develop independently of one another, so you’re not ...
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Are all the elect raptured before the Tribulation, according to Calvinists?

Got Questions is not a Calvinistic Protestant denomination. The views expressed in that article about the series of ‘Left Behind’ novels and films is not Calvinistic. Got Questions is a Christian ...
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Rapture according to Mid-Tribulation Theory

It is clear to me that the Rapture will be Mid-Trib. Rev. 10:11 says: And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (emphasis added) ...
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Rapture according to Mid-Tribulation Theory

Mid Tribulation teaches the rapture will happen 3 1/2 years into the Tribulation, and for those who are not raptured, they are here for the rest of the 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. Once all 7 years ...
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What resurrection are they talking about? Matthew 22:28

The Sadducees are not talking about the resurrection of Jesus, or of the general resurrection on Jesus return. The specifics you describe are based on scriptures which were not written at the time the ...
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What resurrection are they talking about? Matthew 22:28

There is only one resurrection where both the righteous and wicked will rise and be judged. (See Dan. 12:2) Paul expands on the resurrection and what to expect, but from my reading the Bible, there is ...
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