If you read “Victorious Eschatology: The Rapture Part I” you realize that the authors of the book “Victorious Eschatology” paint a picture of the Rapture as second fiddle to the Church rising to glory through human effort to overcome what they call “The Seven Mountains.” Though the term “Seven Mountains” is not used in the book, their book is the heartbeat of dominion theology which is in part what they must accomplish before Jesus can return. If you understand the partial preterist position, it becomes clear that the Second Coming of Jesus is contingent upon the Church completing this task. Not until after the church subdues Satan’s kingdom and the world system will Jesus return.
The core to which all Eschatological Views experience heated debate is over the timing of the Rapture. Looking at the Partial preterist timing of the rapture they closely resemble the post-tribulation view of the rapture with one exception. The partial preterist do not see a future seven year tribulation period known as Daniels Seventieth Week. An excerpt from the book “Victorious Eschatology” states:
“Partial preterists understand that Jesus will continue to build His Church, and although Christians will face many trials and setbacks, they will experience more successes than failures. This progressive building will continue until the “last day,” a day that only God knows. On that day, without any warning signs, Jesus Christ will return in the clouds and every eye will see Him. All believers-living and dead-will be “caught up” to meet Him as He returns. In this rapture Christians will not be taken away to heaven for seven years. They will be “caught up,” much as a hen would gather her chicks under her wings. Jesus will protect His people while He purges the earth of evil, then bring the believers down to earth with Him. For this reason we make the distinction earlier that the Greek word harpazo is more accurately translated “caught up” rather than “caught away.” Christians will not be taken away into heaven, but they will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and then quickly descend with Him back to earth to rule and reign with Him.” (Victorious Eschatology: p. 303)
Now let me interject a little here. No matter what your eschatological view, God will accomplish and complete the prophetic scripture exactly as it is written, rather we understand it all or not. If you read the book “Victorious Eschatology” they believe that all prophetic events contained in Daniel and the Revelation have been completed in A.D. 70 when general Titus plundered Jerusalem killing millions of Jews and destroyed the city with the Temple. However, there are serious inconsistencies and contradictions in the book. As you read through the book you will also realize that they also teach that the book of Revelation is progressive, it has been unfolding and being fulfilled throughout church history and it will end with Satan’s kingdom being diminished, the kingdoms of the world being subdued and brought under the control of the church. I don’t know about you, but this sounds a lot like a state religion, and if you ever study church history, every state religion in church history has been very oppressive, persecuting and killing any who will not succumb to its authority. Secondly, while they will take some of the Red Letter literally, all of the prophetic text are spiritualized and a different meaning is portrayed altogether. They basically create a story line out of prophetic text formulating a view contrary to what Scripture teachers, it is a farfetched theory, a myth.
As I said above, the timing of the rapture has been the most heated debate in the last century. There is however one common thread that every view I have studied agree upon, Partial Preterist included. When Jesus returns, he will first rapture the church from the earth and gather His elect unto Himself in the air. Then upon His return, after He has “caught up” the church he will judge the earth, all of mankind remaining will experience His Wrath. The argument which still remains is, when will Jesus return to rapture the church and initiate His Wrath? Because we are focused on the Partial Preterist View, I will answer that question in an article called “Victorious Rapture” after this series is finished. According to the authors of “Victorious Eschatology” the rapture is still future, and cannot be predetermined, nor does Scripture give any hint or detail as to when other than at such time the church has “made herself ready.” One thing is clear, to the Partial Preterist, no seven year tribulation is in view, nothing prophetic has to be fulfilled other than the churches mandate to continually grow until it is the predominant religion on the earth. I hope you have more sense and biblical root within you than to believe this lie.
“Futurist also teach their doctrine of a seven-year-long tribulation by tying Matthew 24 and Daniel 9:24-27 into their doctrine of a seven year long Great Tribulation. In section 1 we explained how the tribulation described in the Olivet Discourse was fulfilled in the first century. In section 3 we explained how Daniel’s seventieth week was also fulfilled during the first century. Other than those passages there is no Bible verse which futurists can use to build their doctrine of a future seven year long period of tribulation. Once we understand these passages in their historical contexts, we realize that there is no biblical basis to believe in a future Great Tribulation.” (Victorious Eschatology pp. 253-254)
Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 13:1-10 are dealing with the same thing, the Abomination of Desolation. Most agree that this occurs at the mid-point of Daniels 70th week and is still to come in the future. It is my view as I understand the Scripture that the Abomination of Desolation is the single event which initiates the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:15,21). This Tribulation will be a time of great persecution, first against national Israel, then against the church, God’s elect. It is at the end of this period of great tribulation we see Christ returning in the clouds to gather together His elect, what we call the rapture (Matt. 24:30-31. What Harold R. Eberle and Martin Trench do is remove the abomination of desolation altogether, hence, no Great Tribulation, no antichrist. Let me show you.
“Futurist also like to associate the antichrist with the person mentioned in Daniel 9:27, who put an end to sacrifice and grain offering. The antichrist is never mentioned in Daniel 9, and as we discussed in section 3 (pages 111-115), it is more accurate to understand that Jesus is the One who put a stop to sacrifices and grain offerings.” (Victorious Eschatology pp.2750276)
Now let’s back up to page 112 and I want to show you how they quote Daniel 9:27 and how they insert Jesus into the text. This is their quote:
“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering.” Daniel 9:27
They go on to say in their book that the 70th week of Daniel follows immediately after the sixty-ninth week when Messiah is cut off. They place the beginning of the 70th week in the year A.D. 27 when Jesus began His public ministry, three and one half years before He gave His life on the cross, according to them. Here again is their quote and it shows how they place Jesus in Daniel 9:27.
“If we say that the year A.D. 27 is the beginning of Daniel’s seventieth wee, then we must explain how God fulfilled the words of Gabriel when he said, ‘in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering.’ Partial preterist teachers say tat the “he” spoken of in this verse is Jesus Christ, not the antichrist. In the preceding two verses (Dan. 9:25,26), the Messiah was the main subject, and therefore it is reasonable to think that in the next verse “he” refers to the Messiah.” (Victorious Eschatology p. 114)
Now I’m going to re-quote Daniel 9:27 so you can see what these men have done.
Daniel 9:27 NKJV
“Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Do you see the difference, they only quoted half of the verse in their book. Why? Most likely because they know that people are generally too lazy to open their bibles and look for themselves, and when you read a book, your defenses are down and you absorb and except what is being said as truth. Secondly and most importantly, they leave out the second half because it identifies “the prince who is to come” who shall destroy the city and the sanctuary mentioned in Daniel 9:26. The Messiah is not the only figure mentioned in the text. It is the “Prince” or the “little horn” (Daniel 7:8) who makes desolate. It is the “Prince who is to come” we find in verse 27 who will bring an end to sacrifice and offering, not Jesus. Do you see how they change the text, and how dangerous it is to do so? Do you see how deceptive they are as they attempt to introduce a doctrine differing and opposing Christian orthodoxy? And by doing so, they are able to change the timing of the rapture. As I will show you in the next article, the rapture is placed at the end of the Great Tribulation, not at the end of the 70th week, but the end of the Great Tribulation. As I will show you, The Great Tribulation is cut short by the appearing of Jesus Christ to rapture the church.