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Friday, December 06, 2013

Catholics Did Not Invent The Rapture to Heaven Myth! By Dave MacPherson



            









There are writers who assert that the "rapture" promoted by evangelicals was first taught, at least seminally, by a Jesuit Catholic priest named Francisco Ribera in his 16th century commentary on the book of Revelation.

To see what is claimed, Google "Francisco Ribera taught a rapture 45 days before the end of Antichrist's future reign." (Many claimants are anti-Catholic and merely use Ribera in order to "find" much earlier support for their rapture which actually isn't found in any official Christian theology or organized church before 1830!)
After seeing this claim repeated endlessly without even one sentence from Ribera offered as proof, I decided to go over every page in Ribera's 640-page work published in Latin in 1593.

After laboriously searching for the Latin equivalent of "45 days" ("quadraginta quinque dies"), "rapture" ("raptu," "raptio," "rapiemur," etc.) and other related expressions, I couldn't find anything in Ribera's work even remotely resembling a prior rapture!

Are you curious about the real beginnings of this evangelical belief (a.k.a. the "pre-tribulation rapture") merchandised by Darby, Scofield, Lindsey, Falwell, LaHaye, Ice, Van Impe, Hagee, Markell and many others?

Google "The Unoriginal John Darby," "Pretrib Rapture Diehards," "X-Raying Margaret," "Margaret Macdonald's Rapture Chart," "Pretrib Rapture's Missing Lines," "Edward Irving is Unnerving," "Walvoord Melts Ice," "Thomas Ice (Bloopers)," "Wily Jeffrey," "Deceiving and Being Deceived" by D.M., "The Real Manuel Lacunza," "Roots of Warlike Christian Zionism," "Pretrib Rapture Secrecy," "Pretrib Rapture Politics," "Pretrib Hypocrisy," "Famous Rapture Watchers," "Pretrib Rapture Stealth" and "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty."
My most detailed and documented book on the long hidden history of the pretrib rapture view - THE RAPTURE PLOT - can be obtained by calling 800.643-4645. I should add that many of my web articles can be found on Joe Ortiz' blogs including "End Times Passover."


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