You should feel sorry for Dallas Theological Seminary (in Dallas, Texas, USA) and other American schools that promote the "any-moment, pre-tribulation rapture."
Since the early 1970s Dave MacPherson and other writers have
shamelessly claimed that young
Three years later Dr. John Walvoord, DTS president, became another critic. Even though Huebner's booklet unfortunately had numerous copying errors when quoting others, and even though Huebner offered no proof that early Brethren leader John Darby taught pre-trib before Margaret did, nevertheless Walvoord's "The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation" leaned exclusively on Huebner while likewise maintaining that Darby was the first to teach this doctrine. But even Walvoord's endorsement of Darby couldn't stop evangelical scholars from continuing to credit Margaret throughout the 1980s.
During those days, evangelical leaders such as Gary North were publicly challenging the dispensationalist intelligentsia, including DTS church history expert John Hannah, to respond to MacPherson's research. For reasons unknown the call was ignored. But not all was lost. At just the right moment, a most unlikely pre-trib rapture defender was found: Rev. Thomas Ice, whose tiny Bible church in the Austin, Texas area had been sharing its building with a saloon! (Don't saloons - smile, smile - usually need ice?)
In early 1989 Ice devoted two issues of his "Biblical Perspectives" paper to pre-trib history. Those of us who value accuracy in historical writing were disturbed upon realizing that Ice had somehow left out 48 words (which changed meanings) when reproducing Margaret's brief 1830 revelation - an average of about one missing word in every third line! And even though he said he would show that "Darby himself said he had come up with his view by 1827," not once did Ice quote any of Darby's own words but instead quoted second-hand opinions of others which proved nothing!
At least MacPherson has extensively analyzed Darby's earliest works and shown that Darby didn't have even an intimation of pre-trib before the early 1830s (or understandable pre-trib teaching before 1839). Ice's fantastic shortcomings (48 missing words and failure to provide promised proof) didn't discourage Dallas Seminary one little bit.
The next year (1990) an article of his, attempting to eliminate Margaret and elevate Darby as the pre-trib originator, appeared in "Bibliotheca Sacra," Dallas Seminary's journal. Although Ice was well aware that Margaret's main point is found in lines 58-63 in her account ("THE WICKED... revealed" following "the one taken and the other left"), in his extensive quotation of her he quoted up to line 55, ignored lines 58-63, and began quoting again in line 72! In 1991 in another work, Huebner claimed to have found an obscure quote in which Darby reportedly said (as late as 1879) that he'd believed in pre-trib (as early as 1827). On p. 100 in the same book Huebner did a u-turn, admitting that the quote could refer to something quite UN-RAPTURESQUE!
But this hasn't stopped Ice from publicly declaring since then that Huebner "has positive evidence" that Darby was pre-trib in 1827 -- declaring this long after Ice admitted in a letter that he'd known that Huebner had exploded his own thesis! (John Bray and Frank Marotta are among the American dilettantes repeating the 1827itis that Darby himself would have disowned, especially since Darby revealed in an 1850 work that it wasn't until 1830 that he began to "understand" the rapture idea!)
As stated at the start, good (and honest) defenders of pre-trib
are still needed! And then there's Tim LaHaye, an American who
has such an ob(noxious)session with quickly mass-producing new-
titled, money-making revisions of his repetition that neither
he nor his publishers can afford to
In his 1992 book "No Fear of the Storm" (lately revised as "Rapture Under Attack"), Manuel Lacunza's 1812 work "The Coming of Messiah in Glory and Majesty" is revised as "The Coming of Messiah in Power and Glory" (p. 168) and "The Coming of Christ in Power and Great Glory" (p. 207)!
And when LaHaye reproduced Margaret Macdonald's revelation,
his version had the same 48 missing words that we've noted in
Thomas Ice's version three years earlier! Which isn't surprising
since both work together at the Pre-Trib Research Center which
truthfully should be called the Pre-Trib Revenue Center. (To
satisfy yourself in regard to the missing portions, key in "Margaret
This is the same Tim LaHaye who recently boasted that he has already made over ten million dollars with his current best- selling "Left Behind" book series that has had worldwide publicity. (Shades of Revelation 3: 17!) But wait. There's more. As if unscholarly scholarship and rapture date-setting failures galore weren't enough, it now turns out that for a century and a half, on both sides of the Atlantic, pre-trib promoters have not only been PLAGIARIZING other books but even sneaking OCCULT notions into their "evangelical" writings!
Remember the best -selling book "Escape the Coming Night" by David Jeremiah and C. C. Carlson? Thomas Nelson Publishers stopped production and destroyed all unsold copies of it after that title was shown to be a monstrous plagiarism of one of Hal Lindsey's books! Embarrassing plagiarism has also been uncovered lately in writings by J. A. Seiss, E. W. Bullinger, Merrill Unger, Charles Ryrie, Paul Tan, Hal Lindsey, Chuck Missler, Jack Van Impe, Jerry Falwell, Ed Dobson, Ed Hindson, and even multimillionaire Tim LaHaye (or LaHaodicean)!!
Yes, honest defenders of the pre-trib rapture are still needed!
Is there anyone on earth who's willing to expose those who've
been attacking the pre-trib blessed hope? If so, he or she needs
to analyze certain websites. For example: http://www.raptureanswers.com
and click on "Truth Revealed" and then "1830";
http://www.lasttrumpet.com and learn about rapture robberies
and scandals in the "History of Pre-Trib Development";
and http://home.beseen.com/belief/jamesers and click on
Those willing to expose anti-pre-tribs need to obtain a copy of Dave MacPherson's "The Rapture Plot" which drowns us with documentation on pre-trib history. Call (800) 967-7345 in South Carolina or contact online bookstores like armageddonbooks.com and then type in MacPherson's name. The millions of dollars we Americans have spent on prophetic speculation should have been spent on foreign missions, evangelism, and feeding and helping the hungry and persecuted around the world! (Even though I am an American, I can almost believe that America is destined to become the "Babylon" in the book of Revelation!) A Sister in the Lord, Lou Source: Prophecy Q&A February 24, 2001 by emailer L.M.