Where the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory Came From and Why You Shouldn’t Believe It

Where the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory Came From and Why You Shouldn’t Believe It


This is a good article examining the history behind the pre-tribulation rapture teaching as well as how the mystery religions operate. I want to add a note caution on the author’s paragraph about the Day of the Lord being the Feast of Trumpets. While I believe that the feast of trumpets certainly served to foretell of the Day of the Lord, we’re not supposed to be date setting. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matt 24:36). I am sure (at least I hope) the author would agree, but with all the Hebrew Roots’ feast celebrating in the church these days I wanted to be real clear on that.

Where the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory Came From and Why You Shouldn’t Believe It

(4th article in the Masters of Deception Series)
In previous articles I’ve discussed the “mystery religion” of Babylon.  We saw that once God scattered this false religion at the Tower of Babel, it spread to other countries across the globe (Genesis 11:1-9).
But what is a mystery religion?
A mystery religion is a religion that hides its agenda through a hierarchy in order to gain control over people.  That hierarchy looks like this:
Since the AGENDA of a mystery religion is too heinous for any ordinary man to accept, the top of the hierarchy (Satanists) hide their agenda through layers.  As members of the Mystery religion prove themselves “worthy”, they are promoted to higher levels in the hierarchy.
The “broad masses” or laity have no idea what the agenda of the mystery religion is.  The “Initiates” are given pieces of the puzzle but are kept in line by the “Ruling Body”.  The men at the top or “Key Men” are Satanists.
In Misdirection I showed you how the mystery religion of Nimrod and Semiramis spread throughout the world but CONSOLIDATED in Rome.  Rome became the SEAT of Babylon expressing itself through the Roman Catholic Church.
We can actually follow its treacheries throughout time.  InThe Society of Jesus I showed you how these treacheries came to a head with Martin Luther “protesting” the Roman Catholic Church.
Every REFORMER of the day recognized the SYSTEM OF INIQUITY.  This system had been going on since Nimrod.  Antichrist was a PERSON, but he was also a system.  That is why the Apostle John could say:
Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the ANTICHRIST is coming, even now MANY ANTICHRISTS have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.
Diverting Attention
The Pope was beside himself.  Due to the Reformation, the spotlight was on him.  There had to be a way to divert attention away from Rome.
There was.
In 1585 A.D., Francisco Ribera, a priest in the Society of Jesus came up with a doctrine we now call FUTURISM.  This doctrine was created for the sole purpose of protecting the Papacy.
Ribera spun his tale around the 70 weeks of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27).  He said that the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy ended with the baptism of Jesus in 27 A.D..  He said that the 70th week wouldn’t take place until the end of the age.  He said that the antichrist would be a single person (not the papal system) and wouldn’t rule until the very end of time.
Today this doctrine is known as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory.
Of course Ribera’s doctrine was NOT received by the reformers of his day and it was soon forgotten.
Then in 1826, Dr. S.R. Maintland, the librarian to the Archbishop of Canterbury, discovered Ribera’s book in his library.  He translated it and published it in 1826.  Dr. Maintland also wrote a prophetic pamphlet showing his contempt for the Reformation (Martin Luther).  He did not believe that the papacy was the predicted System of Antichrist or Beast of Daniel or the Apocalypse (Revelation).
Then John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) a brilliant and well-educated man from Glasgow, Scotland, magnified Maintland’s errors.  Darby read the pamphlets that Maintland produced and was persuaded.
Darby was the founder of the Plymouth Brethren.  He thought this was a great revelation—with such a simplified view of Bible prophecy, there was no need to understand the historic application.  It was all in the future!
Darby wrote several volumes on this new understanding of prophecy.  He influenced many people, including Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (1843-1921) who incorporated Darby’s views in the Scofield Reference Bible in 1909.
Simultaneously to Maintland, a book called The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty by Emmanuel Lacunza (1731-1801), a Jesuit priest from Chili, was translated into English and published in London in 1827 by Reverend Edward Irving(1792-1834).  It contained the first known reference of a secret “rapture”.
Irving presented Lacunza’s work as a new revelation from God.  Irving became one of the most eloquent preachers of his time.  In 1828, Irving’s open-air meetings in Scotland drew crowds of ten thousand people.  In March 1830, he held a series of prophecy meetings in which he introduced Lacunza’s ideas about the Rapture.
In 1830 in Port Glasgow, Scotland, a 15-year-old namedMargaret MacDonald claimed she had received a vision of a pre-tribulation rapture. Robert Norton (1807-1883), recorded Margaret’s prophecies and published them in a book, The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets in the Catholic Apostolic Church.  It isn’t clear as to whether Margaret ever heard of Irving’s translation of Lacunza’s book, but Norton wrote that Miss MacDonald was the first to advance the idea of pre-tribulation rapture (Margaret MacDonald’s vision is recorded in The Incredible Cover Up).
The rapture doctrine today is quite different from the rapture doctrine that Lacunza, MacDonald and Norton promoted. These nineteenth century believers proclaimed a partial rapture in which only a select portion of the body of believers would be chosen.  The identity of this elite quickly became a focal point of confusion and disagreement.
Lacunza claimed that only those believers who partake of the sacrament of the Eucharist would be raptured; Miss MacDonald said the rapture would take away only those who were filled with the Spirit; and Norton claimed that only Christians who were sealed by the Holy Ghost with the laying on of hands would be raptured.
In the years that followed, the same John Nelson Darby mentioned earlier developed the teaching into its current form.  It was Darby who introduced this new teaching into the main current of prophetic interpretation.
Also in 1970, Hal Lindsey further popularized it through his book, The Late Great Planet Earth— and Tim LaHaye through the Left Behind book and movie series.  Both of these men are now known to be Jesuits of Rome (see the video below).
What the Bible Says
No where in my studies do I find the idea of a SECRET pre-tribulation rapture.
The Bible DOES teach the concept of a rapture, BUT only as it coincides with the Day of the Lord or Day of Atonement at the end of the tribulation (the Bible does not use the term “rapture”).
The rapture comes at the LAST TRUMPET:
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the TRUMP OF GOD: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
The rapture occurs at the Last Trump which is the Feast of Trumpets.  The Feast of Trumps coincides with the Day of the Lord (Day of Atonement) in that it occurs just 10 days before it on Christ’s prophetic calendar.  We understand this when we study the Feasts of the Lord.
Falling Away From Sound Doctrine
Scripture tells us that there will be a FALLING AWAY:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (THE DAY OF THE LORD) shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
What is the falling away?
It’s the church FALLING AWAY from apostolic truth!
The early church NEVER believed in a pre-trib rapture.  The Reformers NEVER believed in a pre-trib rapture.
Only the CURRENT CHURCH believes in a pre-trib rapture.  It has fallen away from a post tribulation, SINGLE EVENT rapture and coming of the Lord.
The apostasy of a Pre-tribulation Rapture has been brought upon us by FUTURISM, a Jesuit, Rome inspired doctrine to keep our eyes off the POPE and the mystery religion of Rome.
The following videos are a must see.
The author, Alan Lamont is highly qualified to speak on this subject having researched it for many years.  He reveals that Hal Lindsey, Tim Lahaye, Rick Joyner are nothing more than Jesuits wolves!  He feels that the Calvary Chapel movement is culpable in that it supports them.
Pre-trib Rapture-Lie-Created by Jesuits of Rome
Rick Joyner “Knight of Malta” Jesuit Wolf in the Church – (missing)
Calvary Chapel -The Knights of Malta – Vatican Connection (missing)


  1. His Heavenly Armies says:

    Thanks Lou. I’m sorry for the late reply. Somehow I missed your comment until now.

  2. The best book I have found on the origin and early development of the pretribulation rapture view is journalist Dave MacPherson’s 300-page nonfiction book titled “The Rapture Plot” which is available by calling 800.643.4645. His research has been endorsed by a whole raft of top evangelical scholars (Google “Scholars Weigh My Research”). Also Google “Pretrib Rapture Diehards,” “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” and “Famous Rapture Watchers.”

  3. His Heavenly Armies says:

    Hi Jon, Thanks for your note. I’m still looking into all this myself. I know that Darby was the forefather of dispensationalism, which is the teaching that includes the pre-trib rapture belief. Whether or not Darby included it, or if it was contributed by the other early teachers of the Plymouth Brethren Movement; A.N. Groves, B.W. Newton, W.H. Dorman, E Cronin, or J.G. Bullett.. or if it was added when dispensationalism came to America, taught by Dr. James H Brookes (a student of Scofield), I don’t know. If you find out more, please let me know!

  4. [ I would like your opinion of the following. Found it on the net. Sincerely, Jon]


    by Dave MacPherson

    John Bray’s 1982 booklet “The Origin of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Teaching” claimed that 18th century Jesuit priest Manuel Lacunza originated the pretrib rapture in his 1812 work “The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty.” Bray stated Lacunza saw a 45-day period between a rapture and Christ’s touchdown on earth – a 45-day period Bray viewed as “tribulation” days.
    But Lacunza was only saying that the “day of the Lord” would be at least 45 days long – the difference between the 1290 days and the 1335 days in Dan. 12. Somehow Bray failed to note that those 45 days could not begin until the tribulation days were “concluded” (Vol. II, p. 250)!
    In Vol. I (p. 83) Lacunza writes that “the nineteenth chapter [of Revelation] speaks of the coming of the Lord in glory and majesty, which Christians with one consent do wait for.”
    On pp. 99-100, after quoting I Thess. 4:13-18, Lacunza quotes Matt. 24:30 and then comments: “If you compare this text with that of St. Paul, you shall find no other difference than this, that those who are to arise on the coming of the Lord, the apostle nameth those who are dead in Christ, who sleep in Jesus; and the Lord nameth them his elect.”
    And in Vol. I (p. 113) Lacunza again quotes I Thess. 4 and Matt. 24 like this: “…He shall descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we who are alive, &c. and it appears to me, that you will find St. Paul and the Gospel speaking one and the same thing: He shall send his angels and they shall gather his elect from the four winds; who can be no other than those very ones who are in Christ, who sleep in Jesus.”
    Interestingly, even Tim LaHaye’s 1992 book “No Fear of the Storm” admits on p. 169 that “Lacunza never taught a pre-Trib Rapture!”
    For more on Bray and his other groundless claims, Google “Is John Bray a PINO?,” “Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View,” “Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “John Darby Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Edward Irving Vs. John Darby,” and “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty.”
    Finally, since the earliest pretrib rapture promoters were overwhelmingly anti-Catholic, it’s not likely they would have adopted anything from a Catholic!

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