Friday, September 30, 2022

Anti-Jewish Pretrib Rapture

I sometimes see the strangest comments on social media prophecy groups.

One person wrote that believing in pretribulationism means you also believe Israel has to face persecution alone. Pretribbers support Israel, but "during its greatest need" they get raptured out. Hence, the pretrib rapture is anti-Jewish, anti-biblical etc.

No one in that group bothered to check what I consider to be an inane charge of anti-Semitism. As my pretrib friends have observed—the important thing is to criticize the pretrib position. 

Here's the irony: that individual holds to the prewrath view. This position has the church removed earlier—cutting the tribulation short for it only—based on its particular interpretation of Matt 24:21-22. 

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. Mat 24:21-22 

So the position maintains that the worst time of all sees the church removed to spare its life. But Israel then has to suffer the "Day of the Lord wrath" on its own. Moreover, according to recent PW accounts, the tribulation continues for the Jews! The tribulation is not cut short for Israel.

Not only does this view leave Israel behind, we are also left to ponder how anyone can survive the continuing (worst) tribulation (given the church has to be removed) and (presumably) combined with what ought to be the worst period of all—God's wrath. 

Does that make any sense? 

See also this previous article.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Carl Teichrib: "The Rising Global Spirituality..."

Carl Teichrib gives a detailed account on the rise of global spirituality and the search for personhood. This lecture is part of the "Stolen Identity: The Theft of the Binary" symposium. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

“If It’s New, It’s Not True”

John Williams gives a response to the strawman argument, “If It’s New, It’s Not True.” From the 2022 ISBH webinar on strawman arguments against dispensationalism.