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Palin’s Rapture

Should we be upset over her support for Israel?

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Sarah Palin at a book sigining in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on November 23 (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

A bit of a brouhaha has erupted regarding Sarah Palin and the Jews. It seems that the former governor of Alaska went on television to promote her new book, Going Rogue, and was asked by Barbara Walters what she thought of Israel’s West Bank settlements. “I disagree with the Obama administration on that,” Palin replied. “I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.”

When I read her reply, I thought that it was wonderful. In the two generations in which I’ve been covering the Middle East debate, it was one of the few times a public figure gave in response to a question about the settlements an answer that I would call ideal. It seemed to me courageous, in that Palin was going against not only the administration but many in her own party and the gods of political correctness. There was no shilly-shallying about the Oslo process and the Quartet and the United Nations. Palin didn’t seem particularly worried one way or another about how she might be perceived. She is just on Israel’s side.

But it turns out that one of the shrewdest reporters on the Middle East beat, Jeffrey Goldberg, finds the governor’s language alarming. He put up a post on his Atlantic blog under the headline, “With Friends Like Sarah Palin…”—a phrase that one expects to be finished with the question, “…who needs enemies?” Goldberg wants to know who, exactly, she reckons is going to be flocking to Israel and whether her view grows from her analysis of Jewish demography. Or whether she anticipates a sudden upsurge in Zionist sentiment among American Jews, who are, he points out, the only sizable Jewish community outside Israel.

“Or,” Goldberg asks, “is this an indication that Palin buys into creepy End Times thinking, in which the ingathering of the Jews, and their mass death, presage the return of Christ?”

That is a vision in which Christians are to be gathered up in something called the Rapture. Goldberg was so determined to get to the bottom of the question that he called the executive director of the Pre-Trib Research Center at Liberty University, Thomas Rice, who heads what Goldberg calls “one of the pre-eminent evangelical institutions in this country arguing for the literal Bible prophecy.” Goldberg asked him whether he thought Palin’s statement on Jewish settlements was informed by the belief about a Jewish ingathering to Israel in advance of Armageddon.

Rice, Goldberg reports, said that he’d heard the governor “has been part of an apparently unique movement” whose pastor “believed based on some personal revelation he claims to have gotten from God” that during the Tribulation “the Jews would move to Alaska.” But Rice also expressed his “understanding” that Palin actually holds what he called “fairly typical Protestant Zionist beliefs, and one of those beliefs is the regathering of the Jews in Israel.” He suggested that Palin “may just have a general geopolitical belief that the world is going to be increasingly anti-Semitic.”

I’ve been reading Goldberg long enough to have developed an abiding regard for his reportorial instincts. It turns out that he’s not the only writer worrying about Palin and the Rapture. Frank Rich echoed Goldberg’s worries over the weekend. And last year Alexander Cockburn’s Counterpunch, which specializes in attacking Israel from the left, ran its own warning about the possibility that Palin believes in the Rapture. Its writer, Raymond J. Lawrence, expressed the fear that a “believer in the Rapture with his or her fingers on the nuclear trigger might even be tempted”—apparently in the hope of advancing the Second Coming—“to bring on the Rapture.”

Lawrence reckoned that while Americans were prepared to accept reassurances from John Kennedy that he wouldn’t be taking orders from Rome, it’s not so easy to get around what he sees as the danger of a president who believes in the Rapture. “The problem is both more simple and more worrisome. The public must presume that Palin believes in the Rapture, since it is one of the central doctrines of her church. Furthermore, the American people should assume that Palin’s personal religious beliefs will have consequences in her decision-making as a President.”

Continues Lawrence: “The press and much of the public seem reluctant to engage Palin on her religious views, considering them to be a personal matter. In certain respects that is admirable restraint. We do not want candidates for office grilled on their private religious views as long as those views do not impinge upon the public welfare…. However, a belief in the Rapture as an historic event toward which history is rapidly moving, is a belief with potentially catastrophic political implications. Do the American people want a believer in such a fantasy to hold in her hands the nuclear power to destroy civilization?”

In other words, what Lawrence has done is set up, even while suggesting he is loath to do so, a classic religious test.

Now I don’t believe for a moment that it is distaste for the Rapture that animates Counterpunch; rather, it’s distaste for Israel and the prospect that Jews might settle in Judea and Samaria. That Palin is prepared to leave to the judgment of Israel and its democratic government is what seems to animate the Counterpunch camp. The thing to remember is that if we start allowing religious tests in politics, such tests will eventually be used, as they so often have, against the Jews.

Goldberg’s blog post sent me to the bookstore, and I spent the weekend reading Going Rogue. It turns out to be a marvelous memoir by a very smart, high-spirited woman, who is handling the messiness of family life and the challenges of a public life in a way that is inspiring millions. She may not be a veteran of, say, the anti-communist battles of the free-trade union movement that made Ronald Reagan a sage on the biggest issue of his time, Soviet communism. But she has the kind of clarity of commitment on key themes that he had and the same kind of wholesome optimism—and she’s still young. I couldn’t find anything in the book that made me worry about the fact that even on the difficult issues she supports Israel.

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A few years back, a photograph was taken of Sarah’s governor’s office…in the background, in the window, was the flag of Israel. During the campaign, the picture surfaced, and, for some bizarre reason, it briefly became an “issue”…not too long after that, the internet began to buzz with the “secret” that Sarah’s maternal great-grandparents were Jews from eastern Europe (she does look Jewish, they would say), and so on and so on…Sarah and her relationship with Israel took on, like most things Palin-related, a life of its own.

And this “Rapture” issue and Israel appears to be a continuation of the brou-ha-ha from the campaign.

It is clearly stated in the New Testament of the Bible, though, that those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed. Conservative Christians accept that biblical decree with their whole heart and soul, and I expect that is the foundation of Sarah’s bold pro-Israel position.

By the way, thank you for writing an article about Sarah that does not demean, degrade or ridicule her.

Jews shouldn’t be worried about the Christians think regarding Israel.

They should be worried about what G-d thinks of them as individuals.

The long term growth of Israel and the eventually coming of Moshiach will unfold just as it says in Tanach and Talmud and as commented on by our Sages.

Jews should emigrate to Israel because they are Jews and not because of some Christian ideology.

For a Jewish Israel support Moshe Feiglin

apodoca says:

We Christians are not Muslims. Nothing we do can bring about the Second Coming of Christ. He will come when He will come, and nobody knows the time or the hour of His coming. That is likely Sarah Palin’s position. This rapture? God does what God does, and let’s leave it at that. Palin’s ideas on Israel might be sourced similarly to mine: I look around the world and see, even in America, an ascendant anti-Semitism. Look at the Democrats, for goodness sake!!! Where will Jews go but Israel if the global trends increase? Where will Jews flee but to God?

Patrick says:

“However, a belief in the Rapture as an historic event toward which history is rapidly moving, is a belief with potentially catastrophic political implications. Do the American people want a believer in such a fantasy to hold in her hands the nuclear power to destroy civilization?”

This is quite simply a piece of petulant schoolchild logic, and blatant stereotyping. I appreciate Seth’s pragmatic take one it.

Any evangelical Christian with a modicum of savvy for their scriptures knows that accepting what may happen from prophecy, and trying to facilitate it are two completely divorced things.

Lawrence, Goldberg et al clearly think they know about Christian belief when they actually don’t. That makes them twice as ignorant as they otherwise could be. They certainly know nothing about Christians.

Some of the weightier supernatural overtones in Christian theology (Rapture, events leading to it, etc) might seem a little spooky to these commentators but quite frankly that’s their problem. No mainstream Christian group is out there trying to rustle it all up. There might be predictions of war in the OT/NT but Christians don’t go around praying that one happens.

Judeo-Christian prophetic writing implies future global governance at some point (which, examining current machinations, is highly plausible). But I for one will be acting and praying against such a thing as I believe it is my utmost duty!

That these academics would imply anything other of Christians is the spookiest thing of all.

Mike @9.28, believes in a re gathering of Israel because it’s what G-d says, not what people say. This is the healthiest way to think.

You guys who believe in the end days are evil freaks. You think the world is going to end because the BIBLE SAYS SO, or so you claim, without any proof, or even any discussion as to whether it’s right or wrong.

I’ll give you this- you may be able to start WW3- but Jesus will NOT swoop in and save you- you’re gonna be ON YOUR OWN.

Religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, are evil. The are the problem, not the solution.

Is Patrick trying to paint a pretty face on American evangelicals or has he really never listened to Pat Robertson or a host of other evangelicals who absolutely promote an agenda to move the world towards a biblical end days scenario. There are in fact many Christians who pray for a hurried return of Jesus and all that goes with it. I do not know if Palin is a “True Believer”, but she certainly goes out of her way to make these people feel as if she is one of them.

Raymond says:

Cool down Jon. You are out of place. Are you one of those intellectual liberal idiots like Maher that does not believe in the existing of God?? If so, how come you exist on this world?? If you just believe in the evolution of man, then how come evolution exist if there is no powerful being that started such evolution. The lefts like Karl Marx and Lennin always said the end justifies the means and the means justify the end; however these crazy left wing nuts do not believe in the existence of God. Deep in their minds and hearts, they do believe, but they are just being idiotical hypocrites like YOU!!! I am PHD with majors in nuclear engineering and do not force me your idiotic principles. Go and preach the leftwing street boys, at least, these parasites of the federal tax budget can listen to you!!

Jennifer Krieger says:

I’m not intellectual but I am liberal and I don’t believe in God. I do believe Sarah Palin is charmed in the way Reagan way, and I don’t like or trust either of them or their politics.
I am a secular lapsed Christian, married to a secular Jew, grew up with fundamentalist Christians. Unfortunately, nice as religious people are, unless they are learned they are not capable of governing.
Why can’t a PhD spell or punctuate?

Gina-Anchorage, Alaska says:

Palin is NOT for jews, nor is she for Israel. In fact the church she attends in Alaska, which is where I also live, is very-very anti-israel, very anti-jews. She and her church support the jews for jesus. Meanwhile she has spent years letting all us jews know that we are inferior and wrong. When our rabbi, Greenberg attempted to address the church in response to the jews for jesus, he was told ”it is n not necessary”.. ALL of her “NOW” support for jews and Israel is fake!!!!!!!! big time fake!!!!! She has been very vocal on such issues,but now all of a sudden she has her eye on D.C she is all about kissing up to us. IT IS WAY TO LATE. ALASKAN JEWS KNOW HER TRUE “”VALUES”" or lack there of.

Kara Rabinowitz says:

I’m also an Alaskan Jew, and I agree with Gina – especially about Palin being fake. She is a vapid, self-promoting, anti-semite, who cannot be trusted. Her lies are obvious to all but the simplest Alaskans to whom she panders, but those of us with eyes to see and minds to sort through the real from the imaginary can attest to the fact that Palin has nothing but her own interests in mind. She shares nothing with us. I’ve no doubt but that she believes in “the rapture” – I have every doubt that she is a true friend to Israel.

David in Alaska says:

The author has been seduced.
As an early supporter of Palin’s gubernatorial candidacy in Alaska and being connected in the early days of her administration (I have no axe to grind, just truth to tell) I witnessed the devious and dubious qualities of this woman.
She is but a snake charmer and she is very, very accomplished.
People do not want to believe their own eyes and ears once she lays the spell on.
I defended her for over a year in spite of the accumulating evidence.
Her key group of staff have shown themselves as power hungry and without scruples. Those adherents/sycophants are burning with ambition but their direction points off the cliff and if Jewish people believe in Sarah Palin as a friend, well all I can say is get ready for the new Dark Ages.
Research her real record and background, it is a monster of ignorance on the world if she ever gets any more power than she has now because it is using the imaginations of others (myself included) that has propelled and sustained her very unlikely and improbable presence on the world stage.
It’s the Face, stupid! Not the economy, not the simplistic solutions and pronouncements.
Look deeply or be the Fools asking for more trouble than you can contain.
Check out the Dominionist Movement.
A simple choice to use the brains you have rather than follow a “feel good” path to repression and fundamentalism.
Your choice at your own peril.
Here in Alaska those of us who escaped her petty wrath have watched many thrown under the bus. In fact there is now a bumpersticker of pride seen frequently.
I beg of you, do not let our (Alaska’s) folly loose on yourselves.
It will be evermore your regret.

Anne Lark says:

Jewish values? Are we agreed about Jewish values?
One might think that Jewish values are derived from a belief in the truth of Tanakh. And for some Jews they are. One might think that Christian values are derived from a belief in the truth of New Testament. And for some they are. However those who call themselves “mainstream Christians” or “normative Jews” tend to be pretty far removed from anything resembling their supposed Scriptural roots, and amazingly close to each other in actual beliefs and actions. All that is left of traditionally held beliefs and values is antagonism toward each other, and support for the enemies of faith. How odd that descendants of the faiths that were the founding bases of Western Civilization in general, and the United States in particular, are tumbling headlong over each other to support people who are the antithesis of historical Biblical faith and values. Value of life gives way to support for the murder of innocents. Value of dignity for the poor becomes support for the most demeaning forms of government entitlements. Value of individual freedom gives way to the most cruel of religious and governmental tyranny. Value of honor, honesty, and integrity gives way to mammonism and hedonism. Value of true service gives way to arrogant bureaucratic directives. Value of Lashon Hatov gives way to the most bitter calumny. Value of courage gives way to cowering appeasement. Value of self worth as the creation of the Most High, in his own image, gives way to self doubt and self hatred. The mission of the Jewish people is to send forth the Word from Jerusalem, and instead, “normative” Jews recoil from belief, and from the only true work given for the Jewish people, the work emblazoned in their name: the duty to praise the Almighty, and in so doing, to speak out His Word of Truth, to be a light and a blessing to the nations.
“Normative” Jews are careful not to offend those who are committed to wiping Jews and Israel from the face of the earth, but will heap insults on any who dare to try to reach out and befriend them.
Palestinians who danced in the streets at the murder of 3000 non-combatants become their darlings, and hardworking farmers, fulfilling a Biblical directive to settle and reclaim a desert land are reviled. “Normative” Jews support an administration that refuses to recognize Israel’s sovereignty, an administration that decries new settlers establishing new homes and businesses for their families on land that they have purchased. Olim and settlers are displaced from homes they have built from the dirt up, their farms, factories, and synagogues destroyed by those who had profited from the kindness of their equally poor, but diligent and virtuous neighbors.
I assume that I disagree with some of Orrin Hatch’s beliefs and actions, but I greatly appreciate his kind and good-natured gesture of good will toward those who celebrate Chanukah, a feast of dedication of and to the Holy Temple, and a dedication to the Almighty himself.

FlaGuy954 says:

Just remember the old adage: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

kenneth ellman says:

I find some of the comments here very funny and also disturbing.
Jews are always finding ways to take a friendly statement by a non-jew and
figure out a way to devour it. You know the fact that many Christians believe in Jesus (ah surprise) and so also believe that the Jews are wrong in rejecting Christianity, is a good thing. It means that those Christians do in fact believe in the Christian faith and hopefully take it seriously. The fact that some Christians support Jews for Jesus, so what! Most of those same Christians believe that Israel is part of the plan of G-D and that the United States should be a friend of Israel. They believe this because they believe in what Christians call the Old Testament.
SO why should any Jew turn away from non-jews who support the right of the Jewish people to have their own country and to live in safety and peace in the middle east and elsewhere? Perhaps some of my fellow MOT think we have so many friends in the world that we do not need those Christians who truly believe in Israel more than some of my fellow Jews. You can reject Christianity and
belittle it all you want. Educated Jews have nothing to fear from Christian proselytizing . And if there are uneducated Jews it is certainly NOT the fault of the Christians. The reason some Jews succumb to Christianity is not because of Christians chasing them. NO. It is because of a lack of Jewish education and community that unfortunately has left out some of our fellow Jews. If you look at the wonderful work of Chabad, Artscroll and others in showing non-observant Jews their own rich and proud history and knowledge, and the vast literature of Judaism, it really says it all. The greatest enemy of the Jewish people is our own failure to fully educate MOT. We should not fear Christian support for the Jewish people and Israel. Jews are a small people in this world. We should not be so insecure with ourselves that we fear the New Testament. Educated Jews have nothing to fear from Christians today who support Israel and the Jewish people.
The biggest problems the Jewish people have, in the world today, is themselves.
While Judaism is truly one religion with one vast library of ideas in the Torah and Talmud, etc., it does require one very important thing of Jews. It requires that they learn what ever they can and seek out Judaism and Yiddishkeit. It is very easy to access, you just have to want it.
I am not going to argue whether Sara Palin was a good Governor of Alaska, since I really have not studied the subject. I assume she was no better or worse than many previous Governors there.
Nor will I agree that Palin is any more deceiving than most other politicians I have met.
Straightforward politicians do exist but they are almost a contradiction in terms.
So if someone is trying to say that Sara Palin behaves similarly to most other political figure I have no problem with that. But if you are trying to say that the Jews do not need non-Jewish public figures to support Israel, I strongly disagree with that and tell you that you are a little meshuggener
And that goes for Senator Hatch also, who I do believe is a friend of the Jewish people. His Mormon friends can pray for our dead all they want. It does not bother me, any more that it should bother Christians when I say pray for my deceased Christian friends. I would rather have Christians praying for our dead than desecrating our cemeteries. You know what bothers me? When I see my Christian friends who take their own religion seriously speak to my Jewish friends who know less about Judaism that some Christians do.
Kenneth Ellman, Newton, New Jersey, ke@kennethellman.com

If someone could explain to me how Sarah’s Palin’s support of settlements turned into a discussion of her as a Christian fundamentalist whose political beliefs are motivated by her belief in a radical, end of days theory I would appreciate it? Anyone who doesn’t see the absurdity of this discussion is kidding themselves. If anything this conversation proves two things.
1. Sarah Palin bases her thoughts on settlements and settlement growth on something most liberals ignore- facts.
2. Liberal critics of Palin are absurd and have truly begun scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Israel has a population growth rate twice that of the U.S.. Immigrants make up over 30% of Israel’s population. Palin’s observation of more and more Jews “flocking” to Israel is a demographic reality and not part of religious fanaticism. Whatever Palin’s thoughts about Jews and her alleged anti-semitism, her comments about settlements reflect a simple truism- Israel needs more housing to support its growing population. Period.

Liberal critics of Sarah Palin have reached near rock-bottom. I am careful to say near rock-bottom because you never really know with the liberals. This is absurd. Palin has made an observant, salient comment about one of the world’s thorniest modern issues and now she’s a religious fundamentalist? We really need to get over this. Not everything Sarah Palin says is crazy and not everything liberals throw at her can stick.

Carl Fleming says:

Dont worry about Palin. She doenst want to kill you. She wants to convert you and cant do that if you are dead. In this world the Palins are the least of your worries. Worry about left wing Europeons who are always ready to throw Jews off the side of the boat. The Palins and Hatch’s of this world view Israel as a special place and the Jews as the children of God. So worry about something else.

Fern Sidman says:

Kudos to Sarah Palin for having the courage of her convictions and for speaking forthrightly on the issue of Jewish settlements.

Anyone with a brain in their head knows that settlements are NOT the obstacle to peace in the Middle East but rather it is used as a smoke screen and a red herring. Anyone who has but a modicum of knowledge on the Middle East debacle knows that Israel is NOT an instransigent regime when it comes to pursuing genuine and long lasting peace in the region, but rather has made every effort over the last 60 years to live in peace with her avowed adversaries.

I think Sarah Palin’s statement to Barbara Walters was not predicated on her deep analysis of Jewish demographic trends or her belief in an eschatological premise but rather just a glance of the “facts on the ground” which clearly indicate that the growth and expansion of Israeli settlements are a necessity for natural population growth in the region.

Settler families are overwhelming religious and as such they have large families. Sometimes 8-12 children per family if not more. These children will grow up and get married and start having their own children and adequate housing and space is needed to accomodate them. They will seek to live close to their families of origin and should not be forced to move to an undesired location, which would be geographically unfavorable to them.

Secondly, most of the settlers hold deep religious convictions about their right to settle all of Israel, as they are Bible believing Jews and feel they have legal ownership over historic Israel. I think Gov Palin agrees with this belief. I also think she feels that the Arabs have 22 countries in the Middle East in which to live and the Jews have one tiny strip of land, no bigger than the size of New Jersey and that these Jews should be allowed to settle in territories that the world has labeled “disputed”.

Just remember that the “West Bank” was in Jordanian hands from 1948-1967, when the Arab world converge on Israel in a military conflagration. When Israel stunned the world by emerging victorious in the ’67 war, they liberated Jerusalen and the territories known as Judea and Samaria. As such, they did not conquer the land but claimed it in a legal military victory. They did not purge the Palestinians from their homes; they left voluntarily. The only mistake Israel made subsequent to this war is that they did not offically proclaim an annexastion of the terrritories and that has remained a proverbial thorn in their side ever since.

I think Gov Palin is acutely aware of this and she should be lauded and embraced by the global Jewish community and Israel.

JoAnne S Mercer says:

I find the comments made about Sarah Palin disturbing and so naive about her intentions for the future settelments of Israel. Sharing her beliefs as a Christian, we only want the very best for Israel and all Jewish people. Of course we don’t want this anti-semitic attitude that is fastly developing in the Political arena and society as a whole. One poster had it pegged right, the only problem the Jewish people have is with themselves. We are not just for Jews for Jesus, how ridiculas! Some of you ignorant posters have no idea about how literal we take the scriptures, “I will bless those that bless Israel”. Simple! Don’t make this complicated. Sarah Palin is not your enemy. Some common sense on your part would be much desired for your people which seems to be rare in some of this dialogue.

Dean from Ohio says:

It’s easy for talking heads like Jeffrey Goldberg to impugn the motives of Bible-believing Christians when times are good. It provides a convenient demon to write about and allows them to feel good about themselves, and sophisticated, and trendy I suppose too. But if things ever turn bad for the Jews, really bad, they will have no better friends and allies than Bible-believing Christians. The reason is simple. Bible believing (and obeying) Christians will risk death to protect Jews and care for them. In fact, Jesus himself says that in the last days, this one attitude, and the actions that flow from it, are more indicative of true faith in him than any other.
Read chapter 25 of the Gospel of Matthew. When Jesus uses the pastoral metaphor of separating sheep from goats, he is saying that those who care for Jews (“these brothers of mine”) at a time when doing so poses great risk to themselves will have shown themselves to be Jesus’ disciples, and will be rewarded for it. This will be true of individuals and nations.
So, let the Jeffrey Goldbergs of the world scoff and insult. Jesus said that his followers should expect this kind of thing (his words were “when they persecute you, and insult you, and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely, on account of me”). We’ll answer kindly and pray that one day they’ll understand.
In the meantime, have a great day, Jeffrey!

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[Thanks, Seth. I recently found the following fascinating "rapture" bit on the net.]

[This article reveals research that's No. 1 on the "hate list" of
millions of "fundy" Christians because it shows that their idolized
"rapture" belief - the inspiration behind Lindsey's and LaHaye's
all-time bestsellers - is only a 19th century invention and that credit
long given to John Darby should go to a long unknown 15-year-old girl in
Scotland!]

Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart !

“church” RAPTURE “church”
(present age) (tribulation)

In early 1830 Margaret was the very first one to see a pre-Antichrist
(pretribulation) rapture in the Bible – and John Walvoord and Hal
Lindsey lend support for this claim!
Walvoord’s “Rapture
Question” (1979) says her view resembles the “partial-rapture view” and
Lindsey’s “The Rapture” (1983) admits that “she definitely teaches a
partial rapture.”
But there’s more. Lindsey (p. 26) says that
partial rapturists see only “spiritual” Christians in the rapture and
“unspiritual” ones left behind to endure Antichrist’s trial. And
Walvoord (p. 97) calls partial rapturists “pretribulationists”!

Margaret’s pretrib view was a partial rapture form of it since only
those “filled with the Spirit” would be raptured before the revealing of
the Antichrist. A few critics, who’ve been repeating more than
researching, have noted “Church” in the tribulation section of her
account. Since they haven’t known that all partial rapturists see
“Church” on earth after their pretrib rapture (see above chart), they’ve
wrongly assumed that Margaret was a posttrib!
In Sep. 1830
Edward Irving’s journal “The Morning Watch” (hereafter: TMW) was the
first to publicly reflect her novel view when it saw spiritual
“Philadelphia” raptured before “the great tribulation” and unspiritual
“Laodicea” left on earth.
In Dec. 1830 John Darby (the so-called
“father of dispensationalism” even though he wasn’t first on any
crucial aspect of it!) was still defending the historic posttrib rapture
view in the “Christian Herald.”
Pretrib didn’t spring from a
“church/Israel” dichotomy, as many have assumed, but sprang from a
“church/church” one, as we’ve seen, and was based only on symbols!

But innate anti-Jewishness soon appeared. (As noted, TMW in Sep. 1830
saw only less worthy church members left behind.) In Sep. 1832 TMW said
that less worthy church members and “Jews” would be left behind. But by
Mar. 1833 TMW was sure that only “Jews” would face the Antichrist!

As late as 1837 the non-dichotomous Darby saw the church “going in with
Him to the marriage, to wit, with Jerusalem and the Jews.” And he
didn’t clearly teach pretrib until 1839. His basis then was the Rev.
12:5 “man child…caught up” symbol he’d “borrowed” (without giving
credit) from Irving who had been the first to use it for the same
purpose in 1831!
For related articles Google “X-Raying
Margaret,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing
Lines,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived” by
D.M., “Pretrib Rapture Pride,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” and
“Scholars Weigh My Research.” The most documented and accurate book on
pretrib rapture history is “The Rapture Plot” (see Armageddon Books
online) – a 300-pager that has hundreds of disarming facts (like the
ones above) not found in any other source.

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