Saturday, October 18, 2008

Is there going to be a rapture?

"Of course, there are 5 rapture views. Pre-trib rapture, mid-trib, post-trib, partial rapture, pre-wrath rapture. And so to say that I don't believe in the rapture view you would have to specify which particular rapture view we have in mind. So I'll just pick the one that's most popular, and that's the pre-tribulational rapture, which says that the church is going to be taken off the earth prior to a 7-year period; in which 3 and a half years of that period there's going to be a tribulation where the anti-Christ reigns, temple's rebuilt, animal sacrifices re-instituted, etc. And let's not confuse the rapture with what generally we describe as the Second coming of Christ, which is something I do believe. Which is something yet in our future, where Jesus will return after He puts all of his enemies under his feet. So the rapture is at a different event from the general resurrection. So if you believe the Apostle's creed that Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead... that's the second coming. Rapture is a completely different event. And so to be very short, yes, I do not believe there is such a thing as the pre-tribulational rapture where the church is taken off the earth prior to a 7-year period."

- Gary DeMar interviewed on Stu Epperson Jr.'s radio program "Truth Talk Live" on September 28, 2005.