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Ben Witherington on “Rapture Theology”

I have written on the topic of “Rapture Theology” — more properly called Dispensationalism — before. But, in case you doubt my perspective — or want further reinforcement of it — here are some videos from the Asbury Theological Seminary’s Seedbed that discuss this topic.

Dr. Ben Witherington III, a well known conservative New Testament scholar discusses the history of Dispensationalism and it’s interpretation of Scripture. I have included three videos by Dr. Witherington.

Where Did Rapture Theology Come From?

The Rapture in Matthew 24 & 1 Thessalonians 4

And, here is one of related interest:

Who is the Beast of Revelation 13?

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  1. William September 29, 2015 / 11:43 am

    Dr. Witherington says that Rapture theology is a minority position among some Protestants. I agree, as long as we’re talking about the Church worldwide, and throughout history.

    However, I am utterly amazed at how this minority view is the assumed position of most Southern Baptists, mainstream evangelicals, and Pentecostals. Most of Christian television is inundated with this eschatology. My parents are ate up with it. For such people, the four blood moons, the teachings of John Hagee, Jonathan Cahn, Hal Lindsey, Mark Biltz, Jack Van Impe, Joel Rosenberg (even Glenn Beck for the sake of all that is holy!!!), and Obama signing this Iran deal — which is, allegedly, invested as being against Israel — all point to the imminent pre-Tribulational rapture. I’ve almost given up trying to convince my parents of this hokum.

    • Craig L. Adams September 29, 2015 / 11:50 am

      Agreed. It is not the minority position in conservative, fundamentalist. and Pentecostal Christian circles. There it is practically an article of faith. And, however many times predictions based on this foolish theory prove false — it never seems to undermine the theory itself. It is discouraging indeed!

      • Mark Bernard June 8, 2017 / 9:43 pm

        Just because people have made unscriptural predictions concerning events surrounding rapture does not invalidate the teaching itself. It’s like saying I prayed for someone to be healed once and they didn’t get healed therefore there is no such thing as divine healing today. There is more than significant scriptural evidence for a rapture. Now when that rapture comes is a different story.

        • Craig L. Adams June 10, 2017 / 6:53 am

          Dispensational theology is the only basis for separating the Rapture aspect of Jesus’ return from other aspects of it. I think a impartial reading of the New Testament, apart from Dispensational assumptions, demonstrates the falsity of this separation. The latter part of the post was an attempt to demonstrate this.

  2. Allen Beechick December 14, 2020 / 3:25 pm

    In order to prove the pre-trib rapture, is it absolutely necessary to first prove dispensationalism? In other words, is there a Biblical way to prove the pre-trib rapture instead of a theological way? An example of a purely Biblical approach is a few paragraphs about the 24 elders at:

    • Craig L. Adams December 17, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Every interpretation has assumptions, including yours. You are kidding yourself.

  3. Melissa October 6, 2022 / 2:11 pm

    I started believing in a post tribulation type of theology just from reading my Bible. When I started to vocalize this opinion I realizing that people adamantly disagreed. I grew up in Assembly of God churches where they taught pre-trib only. This was the common way of thought amongst Christians I hung out with. It still seems to be the main thought of Christians I know. Although in recent years I have come in contact with more people that dont hold to a pre-trib theory. I did not know that this theology started from a dream. I found that to be very interesting.

  4. Levaire February 3, 2023 / 7:45 pm

    Some of the best eschatological teaching on the Internet. Jesus was pretty clear on this in John 6 and again in John 11; the resurrection (and therefore, the Rapture) will happen “on the last day.”

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