Category Archives: John N. Darby

THE THEOLOGICAL BASIS FOR WHY ISRAEL SHOULD MATTER TO CHRISTIANS

Anti-Semitism Arises Once Again – What is the Biblical Basis to Oppose it?

It’s quite unusual to find a Christian author or teacher that favors Israel who isn’t also a dispensationalist.  And it is difficult to find a dispensationalist who isn’t also a Christian Zionist.  Nevertheless, in Gerald McDermott, we have an Anglican theologian, Israel scholar, and author who is not dispensational, but who advocates for Jews everywhere, especially those living in the present state of Israel.  McDermott has written extensively on the subject of why Israel should be valued by Christians rather than repudiated for their historical rejection of … Read More

THE SEPTEMBER 23 SIGN IN THE HEAVENS – WILL THE RAPTURE HAPPEN THEN?

Considerable speculation exists that Revelation 12:1-2 prophesies a unique and significant sign that will appear on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah (aka The Feast of Trumpets), this Fall. 

To be precise, the event transpires on September 23, 2017.  Many speculate that because this arrangement of constellations and “wandering stars” (i.e., the constellation Virgo, the sun, the moon, along with a “crown of 12 stars” in Leo) must constitute a magnificent milestone fulfilling Bible prophecy since it has not appeared for thousands of years in this specific alignment. (The arrangement includes nine principal stars in Leo plus three planets, Mars, … Read More

Just One Verse to Prove the Pre-Trib Rapture?

JUST ONE VERSE TO PROVE
THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE?

The Family Squabble Has Gotten Out of Control

Allow me to begin this article with one heartfelt word:  *Sigh*

There is so much debate right now between the various camps holding differing positions on the timing of the rapture, an outsider would look at the situation in the pre-millennial prophecy community and assume we are enemies rather than family.  You would think, based upon what has been said recently, we are forgetting that our adversaries are the teachings of antagonistic secular humanists, new age pantheists, and radical Muslims. That is a shame, … Read More

PRE-DARBY RAPTURE ADVOCATES, IMMINENCY, AND THE GREAT TRIBULATION

Introduction

Some time ago (I can’t determine exactly when), Dr. Thomas Ice, a staunch proponent of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, wrote a paper that I recommend to everyone interested in eschatology.  I finally got around to reading it carefully this past Sunday morning.  It is my misfortune I had not read it months ago!  It contains a great deal of vital information for those interested in the timing of the rapture of the Church.

In his paper, Dr. Ice provides a sound analysis of prophetic writings that precede John N. Darby (1800-1882).  In fact, some references originated almost … Read More