What Tribulation?


There is no seven year tribulation, rapture, or single political Antichrist, in the Scriptures. Would the Dispensationalist please explain where these fictions come from, because they are incontrovertibly absent from the text?

They claim that the tribulation is in Daniel 9 and Rev 11:3; 12:6. However none of these passages make any mention of a tribulation.

The Tribulation

There is a ten day tribulation in Rev. 2:10 but no seven years.  So where does this fiction come from?

There are many variations within this viewpoint. Interestingly enough, this theory originated with Hippolytus (170–235) bishop of Rome.(See Also: Ante_Nicene Father Vol 5) He had a 3.5 year period where the Antichrist would reign in the years just before the Lord return in around 500AD. This all was figured out on the bases of the size of the ark of the covenant.

This long discredited theory was reborn under the pen of the Jesuit Priest, Ribera who lived near the end of the 16th century. Originally it spoke of a 3 1/2-year tribulation, however at some point it grew into seven years (we are still trying to track that down).

It was integrated into Protestant doctrine, in the 1830’s, following the ecstatic visions claimed by Margret MacDonald. This doctrine then became the litmus test for the Darbyites (Plymouth Brethren), one literally cannot be a Plymouth Brethren and not believe in the Futurist view. There are many variations within this viewpoint.

It became popular in the teachings of John Nelson Darby (the founder of the Plymouth Brethren), Edward Irving (the founder of the Catholic Apostolic Church; who was deposed from the ministry of the Church of Scotland in March of 1833 by the Presbytery of Annan on the original charge of heresy), and Edward Bouverie Pusey (Anglican Church). Cyrus I. Scofield later put the teachings of Darby into the notes of his Scofield Reference Bible which was first published in 1909 and is still being used today.

Christians of that time period were ripe for these con artists.  Most people love to feel great swelling emotions, nothing can get our blood pumping better than a good, scary story.  But Christians aren’t suppose to listen to scary stories; we aren’t supposed to read about Frankenstein, vampires, The War of the Worlds, The Lord of the Rings, etc.

The only scary stories good Christian are allowed are of the Biblical nature. So here we had men who put together an acceptable scary story about the end of the world as we know it and all he had to do was call it prophetic interpretation. The story became the most commonly held interpretation AND most feared story in Christian circles even to this day!

However the oldest rule of hermeneutics is Quod non est Biblicum, non est Theologicum! In other words; if it ain’t in the Bible it ain’t Theology.

[please note: While the addition of notes to the Bible can be helpful in understanding; they are just notes and do not become the equivalent of scripture]   and a seven year Tribulation in non est Biblicum, it just ain’t in the Bible.

Dispensationalist claim that this tribulation is in Daniel 9.

 1260 Days

The Dispensationalist say there are two periods of 1260 days, and that adds up to seven years. OK, even if they are right about the time; where is the tribulation?

. . . and I will grant my two witnesses power to prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. Rev. 11:3

. . . and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Rev. 12:6

Here are the 2 references to 1260 days. We see Two Witnesses preaching and a woman being nourished; but still no tribulation. Again we ask … Where is the Seven Year Tribulation found in the Holy Scriptures?


See Also: The Rapture?

Future anti-christ Really?

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