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At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense, “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.”

“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.” (Acts 26:24-25 NIV)

Men, like the Apostle Paul, want those who oppose them to know that their position is true and reasonable. Near the end of The Book of Revelation we twice read the book’s prophecy is trustworthy and true (21:5, 22:6).

Deceivers claim they are telling the truth if they think they cannot be proven a liar. There are many false prophets for that reason. How can you disprove something that is future? (ex. “The sun will explode in the year 2030.”) The expert may stake his reputation on his prediction, but is his argument true, trustworthy and reasonable?

If I recall, it was the philosopher Blaise Pascal that said that it is more reasonable that something that happened before could happen again, then something that has never happened will happen for the first time. Also, the preacher in Ecclesiastes gave us this:

Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before… (3:15)

So, is it reasonable to think that the Church will be suddenly taken up in the rapture, if nothing like it has ever happened? Is it trustworthy to say the saints will escape the tribulation and be taken up to heaven if nothing of this nature has ever transpired? (Yes, I have heard of Enoch, but tell me, what tribulation was he escaping?) The pre-tribulation rapture is completely without precedent.

Is it reasonable to believe that Christ will come at any moment, without any signs, if no Scripture supports the claim? We are talking about “imminency,” the cornerstone of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture position. Are PTR teachers trustworthy if their “any moment rapture position” contradicts the One seated on the Throne (ex. Revelation 13:9-10), His Son (Matthew 24:29-31), as well as Paul (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Come let us reason together. Something that happened before will happen again–this age will end and the wicked will perish as they did in Noah’s day. (Was the construction of the ark not a sign of God’s announced judgment?) Saints, forced to undergo great hardship, always precedes God’s deliverance, not the other way around (ex. the exodus).

So how has an illogical, unreasonable and untrustworthy teaching captured the minds of smart Christians. It is because a trusted person said it was true. We are also willing to overlook the illogical arguments that prop it up. But Salvation is never without her escorts, Truth and Reason.

For a reasoned Biblical criticism of Pre-Tribulation Rapturism, order Lifesaver: Saving God’s People from the PTR Ship. (Booklocker.com, ebook or paperback)

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America is the home of the cover-up. It has become an art form. When scandal hits, the three cardinal rules are: Admit nothing, deny everything and demand proof. The present administration and its minions have taken artful dodging to another level. They are masters of the craft using deception, obfuscation, buck-passing and shifting attention from the holes in their story.

In recent posts, I’ve focused on one of the scandals now before the American people—Benghazi.  Four died in service to their country when they were sent on a doomed mission. That is a fact. The truth of what happened and why has been much harder to gather.

My purpose is not to pile on the folks in charge for their alleged wrong-doings. Yes, evidence seems to indicate that the official explanation from Washington was fiction. Christian leaders, unwittingly or not, have been doing the same for a long time—and getting away with it.

Re: Benghazi, major media in the U.S. is reporting that initial info sent up the chain of command was “scrubbed.” In a series of emails between those involved in the president’s re-election and political-minded operatives in the State Department, references to “terrorism” or the al-Qaeda-related group responsible for the attack were deleted. Talking points eventually ended up with those in the government’s executive branch with access to the cameras and microphones.

Recently, emails were released to investigators. However, the surrendered communications do not cover the first 67 hours after reports of the attack hit Washington. Even so, what was given to Congress clearly shows a scenario was crafted that became the fiction our leaders told the public for a week.

In Lifesaver, I detailed how the PTR or Pre-tribulation Rapture storyline has been cleverly-crafted and “scrubbed” since it originated in the first part of the 19th century. Jesus offered facts when he said, “But before all these things, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.” (Luke 21:12)  What we hear from many in our pulpits, Bible schools and Christian media, has “scrubbed” all prophetic references to God’s people under-going a time of global persecution.  The official PTR version has evolved over the years. Names and events have disappeared or changed in its revisions. Rest assured the truth will stand. God’s Word will come to pass.

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