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'Left Behind' Author Tim LaHaye Fires Back at Anti-Rapture Apologist
Aug. 11, 2014 - In a
recent article Christian apologist William Lane Craig claimed that belief in the Rapture began in the 1800's and
is not really biblical. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the extrememly popular "Left Behind" series of novels explains Craig's
"Craig is an a-Millennialist, who like Augustine in the 5th century taught that the Word of God was inspired and to be taken literally,
except for prophecies, and they were to be taken spiritually, allegorically or symbolically."
LaHaye says the problem with this view is that it keeps us from understanding the 28 percent of the Bible that is prophetic. Furthermore, it removes
the 'blessed hope of Christ's return' for His church (Titus 2:12-14).
LaHaye's book, A Quick Look at the Rapture and the Second Coming, gives 15 differences between the rapture and the Second Coming.
LaHaye says there is good news for Craig and other a-Millennialists who have truly accepted Christ as their Savior. "They will go up in the
rapture with the rest of us."
- Source: Charisma News
Obama Is Not the Anti-Christ
Dr. John Mark Reynolds
The Torrey Honors Institute
Aug. 13, 2009 - Dr. Reynolds alerts us to a disturbing You Tube video that claims that Barack Obama might be Antichrist. He says that traditional Christians should reject this video because it is "hateful, wrong, and illogical."
Reynolds adds that calling or suggesting that someone is the Antichrist is worse than calling the person “Hitler.”
- The Antichrist is a literary symbol for all that is bad about humanity and many traditional Christians think that eventually there will be one tyrant who incarnates all those evils.
- Source: Crosswalk
- Editor's note: See Prophecy Central's warning against false accusations about Antichrist in their 2008 In Review - The Year In Prophecy
- The subject video: Original - Updated Version - Did Jesus Give Us The Name Of The Antichrist? - You Tube
- Did Jesus actually reveal name of the 'antichrist'?
Questions And Links For Prophecy
These are some of the questions that are asked about this topic. Search the links section to find helpful teaching and resources from Christian apologists.
Many people have asked me this year, “What is the Rapture”? Here’s what I tell them.
- Excellent article from Joel Rosenberg's Blog
The Rapture In History and Prophecy - Thomas Ice
The Rapture Forums
- An Interactive Community Awaiting the Return of The Lord Jesus Christ - Extensive and attractive
- This is Todd Strandberg's popular site which keeps track of current events as they relate to the Rapture. It includes "Nearing Midnight" and "Rapture Index." These pages are always up to date.
Defenders of Biblical Dispensational Premillennialism in the 21st Century
The Rapture - A Biblical Case for a Pretribulational Rapture
- From Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry
YouTube videos about the Pretribulational Rapture
- From Crazy About The Pre-Trib Rapture!!! - neo104.com
- Rapture Condition
- This site combines outstanding graphics with excellent articles.
- Extensive list of rapture-related Bible passages and other helpful materials
The Pre-Tribulation Rapture
- Todd Strandberg of Rapture Ready
What is the Rapture?
- by Barbara Henderson
Defending The Pre-Trib Rapture (Again)
- Jack Kelly (On Rapture Forums)
Article: Pretrib or Prewrath?
- by Ron Graff
The Rapture of the Church - Jack Kinsella
The Thomas Ice Collection
- This list of scholarly pre-trib articles is just one of many valuable sections in The Rapture Index hosted by Todd Strandberg.
The Rapture: Fact or Fiction
- by David Williams
- From Lambert Dolphin's online library.
The Nature Of The Mystery and The Rapture
- by Bob Hill & Tim McMahon - Theology Online
- Excellent treatment of the distinction between Israel and the Church, and why this requires that the Rapture take place before the tribulation.
Margaret MacDonald Who?
- Article by Todd Strandberg of Rapture Ready questioning that she had any effect on Pre-Tribulation teaching.
Has Bible Prophecy Already Been Fulfilled?
An answer to Preterism by Thomas Ice
Left Behind Book, Video, Movie...
Perhaps Today - Classic poem by J. Danson Smith
Pretribulation Rapture is Biblical - David J. Stewart
Apologetics Study Bible
Biola University - Christian Apologetics Program
- Biola offers a Master of Arts degree in Apologetics. They also conduct certificate programs for their popular "Defending The Faith" lecture series, and support the peer reviewed journal, Philosophia Christi. Dr. Craig Hazen leads the outstanding faculty of this department.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Apologetics
The Center For Christian Apologetics
Christian Answers Net
- Apologetics megasite
Lifeway Article Repository on Apologetics
- Find a wealth of useful information from Chuck Missler. His unique approach and insights make him one of the most popular teachers of our time. The new website includes audio files. Selected articles from Personal Update, read by 100,000 subscribers, are also available.
- A world of information about Bible prophecy
- Prophecy on YouTube
There are a number of user-edited Internet encyclopedias, known as "wikis." These may be very helpful, but because of the input of multiple editors, they may be incorrect. Go to any of these wikis and do a search for "Prophecy" or any other topic.
- Wikipedia - General interest - May have non-Biblical point of view.
- Theopedia - Traditional, evangelical, Protestant point of view.
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