This Revelation Timeline Decoded post reviews a video by Joel Richardson of FAI STUDIOS, called ‘What Did the Early Church Believe About the Rapture?’
Video description: MARANATHA Global Bible Study // The Rapture and the Endurance of the Saints. Episode 16: What Did the Early Church Believe About the Rapture?
Before I begin my review of Joel Richardson’s explanations, let me declare that I do these type of reviews, not just to expose false teachers; but to show what they teach, which you may have also been taught, so that you can see the truth and the deception.
These reviews serve as an open rebuttal of their explanations. It’s not about me, it’s about the truth of prophecy fulfillment which reveals the glory of our beloved Messiah!
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios asks, “were the early church writers pretrib or postrib?”
The early church writers were post-trib, because they didn’t base it on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9.
The pre-trib / mid-trib / post-trib rapture debate is based on the concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel, but that is a deception to fool the end times saints. The 70th week of Daniel 9 prophecy foretold when Messiah would appear to carry out His ministry, and when (in the middle of the 70th week) He would confirm the everlasting covenant (that was mentioned in Daniel 9:4) with His blood as the Passover Lamb, to atone for our sins. It’s not about the end times or the antichrist.
Read The 70th Week Of Daniel 9 Decoded
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios says that the concept of a pretribulational rapture is a novel, new doctrine.
Indeed it is, as the Jesuits of Rome have used people to promote the false concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9, on which the pretribulation rapture doctrine is based.
But the whole premise of Joel’s teaching is off-target, as he wrongly teaches the false futuristic narrative of prophecy fulfillment, which the enemy created to deceive the end-times saints.
Read How The Deceptions Spread
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios says that there’s not a single statement for 1,400 years that the rapture is pretribulational.
That’s because it wasn’t until the 16th century that the Jesuit priests created the concept of a futuristic 70th week of Daniel 9 featuring a one-man antichrist.
They did this to counter the Protestant Reformers who all proclaimed that the office of the papacy, the Popes of Rome, fulfill Bible prophecy as the ‘little horn’ of Daniel 7, the ‘son of perdition’ of 2 Thessalonians 2, and ‘the beast’ of Revelation 13, who leads the ‘harlot’ church of Rome.
Read Prophecy Points To The Leader Of The Roman Beast Study
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios that the early church fathers believed that the saints would face the antichrist.
Joel’s explanations mislead people, as the saints have already faced the antichrist beast popes during their 1,260 year civil reign of power from 538-1798AD, when they caused tens of millions of Messiah’s saints to be tortured and killed during the Dark Ages and the Inquisition.
His whole narrative is based on a false premise, that most of the prophecies in Revelation are fulfilled during the last seven years.
Read Times Of Great Tribulation In Daniel And Revelation
Joel Richardson of FAI Studios cites Didache, Epistle of Barnabas, the Shepherd of Hermas (image), Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Hippolytus (image) and Tertullian, to say that they pointed to a post-tribulation rapture of the saints.
They all point to future tribulation for the saints, which took place during the 1,260 civil reign of the antichrist beast popes.
Once again, Joel Richardson has missed the mark, as his explanation is based on false premises. The saints have been witnessing against the antichrist beast popes for over 1,000 years.
Read Historical Witnesses Against Antichrist
I pray that this posts helps wake you up, so that you can see how the enemy has deceived the end-times saints, for Messiah’s return draw nigh and you don’t want to be caught off-guard like the foolish virgins who don’t have the oil of Scriptural truth to light their way.
Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas teach a futuristic fulfillment of the 70th week of Daniel 9, the Olivet Discourse and the prophecies in Revelation.
The 70th week of Daniel 9 is about Messiah’s ministry and His blood sacrifice as the Spotless Lamb to atone for our sins. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
The Olivet Discourse foretold the events that would lead to the desolation of Jerusalem, the second temple and the Jewish nation; as punishment for the Jewish leaders continuing in rebellion against the Heavenly Father and for delivering His Son up to be killed. It has nothing to do with the antichrist or the end times.
Most of the prophecies in Revelation have been fulfilled in exacting detail during the last 1,900 years. It describes the historical narrative of the Satan-empowered leaders of the Roman beast kingdom (pagan Emperors > antichrist beast Popes > false prophet Jesuit Superior Generals) fighting against Messiah and His saints.
The explanations of Joel Richardson and Dalton Thomas serve to deflect blame away from the enemy in Rome, and to mislead the end-times saints so that they’re not prepared for how the end-times will play out, and don’t know the context of Messiah’s return.
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