The Rapture Frenzy and The Delusion of Preterism

Here are two examples of poisonous philosophies/mindsets at work in the Church.

#1 is RAPTURE FRENZY

Rapture frenzy is the belief that the end will happen today or tomorrow THEREFORE lets huddle in the corner and wait.

Or let’s sell all that we have and move to a secure location so when it all falls apart…..at least we will have our garden and chickens and top ramen.

Or why bother saving up money for my kids college education because the Lord is going to return.

You get my point.  It’s the ” why bother because we are getting out of here anyway mindset.”

The problem with this view is that it’s contrary to the Word of God and the heart of God.

I personally believe in an out-resurrection.

But I don’t believe in rapture frenzy.

I believe that the out-resurrection (if understood correctly) is the motivation to live holy….save the lost…..and disciple others.

Another way to put it is…….a belief in an out-resurrection is a motivation to get ready for the Judgment Seat of Christ….which (if properly understood) would motivate a person to live holy….save the lost….and disciple others.

#2 is THE DELUSION OF PRETERISM or PRETERISM FRENZY

Preterism frenzy is the belief that the end of the world already happened in 70AD…

and Jesus Christ already returned (in the clouds above Jerusalem during its destruction)

and there is no new heavens and new earth

and Antichrist refers to some nebulous gnostic spirit of the first century but when confronted with Scripture from the Book of Revelation…..Antichrist could refer to Nero or the Roman Empire

and all wrath and judgment has already been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem so there is none left

which can lead to forms of hyper grace and a redefinition of sin

and dominionism

and manifested sons of god theology

and universalism

and annihilationism.

There are two things that these mindsets have in common.

#1 They both steal rewards from the believer.

#2 They both are centered on man….whether his emotions (escape) or intellect (adding to the Word of God).

Beware.

The Book of Revelation Was Written After 70 AD

Believers in preterism, need the Book of Revelation to be written before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD.

If John wrote it after 70AD, then it is a fully prophetic book speaking of a future time.

One of the great resources for understanding and reading about church history is the writings of Eusebius.

Here is what he said about John …..

Chapter XVIII.—The Apostle John and the Apocalypse.

1. It is said that in this persecution the apostle and evangelist John, who was still alive, was condemned to dwell on the island of Patmos in consequence of his testimony to the divine word.

2. Irenæus, in the fifth book of his work Against Heresies, where he discusses the number of the name of Antichrist which is given in the so-called Apocalypse of John,  

3. “If it were necessary for his name to be proclaimed openly at the present time, it would have been declared by him who saw the revelation. For it was seen not long ago, but almost in our own generation, at the end of the reign of Domitian.”

4. To such a degree, indeed, did the teaching of our faith flourish at that time that even those writers who were far from our religion did not hesitate to mention in their histories the persecution and the martyrdoms which took place during it.

5. And they, indeed, accurately indicated the time. For they recorded that in the fifteenth year of Domitian 7717 was exiled with many others to the island of Pontia in consequence of testimony borne to Christ.   

Emperor Domitian reigned from 81AD to 96 AD.