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Rapture Fever




Why Dispensationalism is Paralyzed

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Have You Caught Rapture Fever?
If your physician told you that you probably have only a year to live, would you apply to graduate school? Silly question, isn't it? Of course you wouldn't. With a year to live, it would be foolish to begin a long-term educational program that will cost you a lot of money and use up the precious time you have remaining.
If you have read in a prophecy book that Jesus will probably return before the year 2000, would you apply to graduate school? Not if you believed the book. Time is too short. The gains would be too far away in time. Question: Should you believe the book?
For over 160 years, pastors, and authors have been telling Bible-believing Christians that Jesus is coming soon to "rapture" His Church to heaven. This means that nothing a person can do to build a legacy on earth will survive the 3.5-year Great Tribulation period that will begin 3.5 years after the "secret" Rapture. This means that an investment in graduate school or any other long-term capital project is a very high-risk investment.
Here is a major reason why modern fundamentalism has not built universities, medical schools, law schools, and all the other institutions that produce wealth and leadership in the modern world. This is why fundamentalist Christians have been sitting in the back of humanism's bus for over a hundred years. They believe that the Church's time on earth has just about run out. They are willing to make sacrifices only for projects that will pay off in the short term. They have been paralyzed by Rapture Fever.
Rapture Fever is a study of the paralyzing effects of a doctrine that was invented in 1830. It shows why millions of Christians who have accepted this doctrine have walked away from great opportunities because they regarded these opportunities as heavy responsiblilites. Evangelical Christians have voluntarily handed power over to their enemies. Their enemies have a concept of the future that spans many generations. It is time to reclaim the future for the Church of Jesus Christ, and in doing so, reclaim the present. It is time to seek the cure for Rapture Fever.

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Key Dates in Dispensationalism's History

1830 The initial development of the pre-tribulation doctrine, either by the trance-induced 20-year-old Margaret Macdonald for by John Nelson Darby.

1855 John Cumming announces that Russian will invade Israel: The End; Or, The Proximate Signs of the Close of This Dispensation, Lecture 7.

1878 Publication of the immensely popular book by William E. Blackstone (W.E.B.), Jesus Is Coming.

1909 C. I. Scofield's Scofield Reference Bible is published by Oxford University Press.

1917 Balfour Declaration promises British support for the creation of a State of Israel in Palestine.

1925 The Scopes' "Monkey Trial" results in a public disgrace for William Jennings Bryan and the voluntary withdrawal of American fundamentalism from public discourse.

1926 Founding of Dallas Theological Seminary.

1948 The creation of the modern State of Israel, May 14: the "generation of the fig tree" supposedly begins.

1970 Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet Earth creates a huge new market in "ticking clock" prophecy books: an unstated but obvious rejection of traditional dispensationalism's doctrine of any any-moment Rapture, which insists that the 70th week of Daniel begins only after the Rapture.

1980 The presidential race and victory of Ronald Reagan: the New Christian Right becomes visible in the U.S.

1981 Rapture postponed: 1988 (40 years after the creation of the State of Israel), minus 7years for the year of the Great Tribulation = 1981.

1988 Rapture postponed: May 14, the 40th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.

1988 Rapture postponed: Edgar C. Whisenant's prediction of a September Rapture during the Jewish Rosh-hosanna. His book sells millions of copies, July through early September.

1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall in October.

1990 Iraq invades Kuwait on July 2. Dallas Seminary's Charles Dyer announces the revival of prophesied Babylon.

1991 January-February: U.S. obliterates Iraq's army.

1991 August 21: Defeat of the attempted Soviet coup; Soviet Union begins to break apart.

2000 The final year of the second millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?

2001 The beginning of the third millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?

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The dispensationalism taught by C.I. Scofield and Lewis Sperry Chafer is no longer defended by younger dispensational theologians. Only a handful of theologians, most of them in their 80's, still proclaim the old faith, with its radical separation of the Kingdom of God (Church era) and the kingdom of heaven (Jewish dispensation) and the doctrine that leaven in the Bible always means evil. This book shows why the older dispensationalism, with its bias against Christian social action, could not meet either the theological test of truth or the cultural test of relevance. The old dispensationalism still is heard in many pulpits, but there are not seminaries that still teach the old faith undiluted. This book shows why.