RVI: Now this is a book that Barbara has written, and in a review in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Clay Evans writes this: Author says Rapture is a racket, distortion of the Bible. Of course, she is responding to the wonderful “Left Behind” series by Dr. Tim LaHaye. They've sold 51 million copies of “Left Behind”, and she wants everybody to think that this is a racket. In her book, this Lutheran Minister says “The Rapture is a racket. The system was born of a young Scottish girl's vision in 1830, and was later flushed out by a 19th Century British preacher, John Darby. Darby conjured up the idea based on scripture texts that indicate no such thing but are scriptural contortions.” In other words, she's saying that they've misinterpreted or made it sound just like they wanted it to sound. She says the system of the Rapture was born of a young Scottish girl's vision in 1830. 1830, does it start there Jack?
JVI: That is so much baloney and this woman if she is a scholar, doesn't know much about the Holy Word of God or history which I am going to prove right now. I get so tired of these people all saying that this rapture theory started in 1830 with john Darby and a retarded girl. Come on now.
Let's see what the book really does say. Is there really going to be a rapture? Listen to Jesus in John 14:1-3. Let not your heart be troubled, you believe in God believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself. That is the Rapture. When He says come up hither, in Revelation 4:1. But you can't find the word “rapture” in the Bible? Ah, but I can in the Catholic Bible. In the Latin Vulgate by Jerome who when he got to I Thessalonians 4:17 talks about the dead in Christ rising first and then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with the dead to meet the Lord in the air. And there he used the word rapiamore which is raptured. Thank God for that! Rexella, the Roman Catholic Church and this is in the book, the trial, the tribulation and the triumph of one of the great catholic scholars said. Why shouldn't we preach prophecy? Why shouldnt it be important, since it is important in Catholic Scripture and tradition, and in the Catholic Magisterium, the authority of teaching in the Roman Catholic Church? Thank you, Jerome.
Let's go on. In I Corinthians 15:51, Paul says, Behold I show you a mystery. A mystery is something that has not been revealed until this point in time so you cannot find the Rapture in the Old Testament or in most of the Gospels, but you can find it here. And then he describes it, we shall not all sleep [or be dead], but we shall all [dead and living] be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump. For the trumpet shall sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we the living shall be changed. It is that simple. He's going to change our vile bodies that they be fashioned like his glorious body. Philippians 3:21. That's why we are to be looking for that blessed hope, the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing, His revelation when He comes to earth.
Now, let's get to the main point, Barbara Rossing. Because of your constant mentioning of the Rapture theory only beginning in 1830, if you promote that in that book throughout and you certainly look like you are going to and have, then you have the biggest racket in your book, not the rapture racket. Why? Did it really begin only in 1830. Now I'm not going to be using AD because that would become monotonous, but let me give you what history teaches.
In 150, the Rapture idea was preached by the Shepherd of Hermas.
In 270 Victorinus, the Bishop of Pettau, a Catholic leader preached it.
In 350 Ephraim the Syrian
In 400, Jerome in the Latin vulgate
Then there were the thousand years called the dark ages, and then it came back.
In 1304, Reverend Dolcino proclaimed the Pre-trib Rapture.
In 1400 Bible translations in the native tongues led to a new propagation of the Pre-trib Rapture.
1748 John Gill
And then in 1830, John Darby.
Do you see how many preceded him from the year 150 onward? What youre telling the people, is not the truth. I beg of you, if you are really a scholar, search out what history teaches. Ive got 90 thousand hours of study in this book. You are wrong, scripturally and historically.