The BIBLE BELIEVERS BULLETIN and the MIDWEEK RAPTURE
I was emailed by a friend the other day and asked if I had seen the April issue of the Bible Believers Bulletin. (www.kjv1611.org) I told him that I hadn’t so I went online and read it. It was very interesting. The BBB is the official periodical put out by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman (president of PBI, where I went to school), who pastors the Bible Baptist Church of Pensacola. The article is not written by him but by Brian Donovan, the associate pastor. I assume Bro. Pete agrees with it and allowed its publication. Again, the article is very interesting.
It concerns a MAJOR SHIFT from previous teaching of the church and school given concerning that of the gathering of the body of Christ in connection with the week of Daniel. The previous teaching was that of a PREWEEK RAPTURE, which is the standard among Independent Baptists following Darby, Scofield, and Larkin. Bro. Pete had always taught a preweek rapture. His charts reflect it.
Now you all know well my position. I teach a Midweek Rapture, which is not a MIDTRIB rapture, but totally different. The tribulation begins at the midst of the week and is UNDEFINED in length. In the BBB, Donovan is teaching a MIDWEEK RAPTURE which has the “first half” of Daniel’s week already finished. He’s teaching a pretrib rapture of course but he has the ONE WEEK of Daniel 9 already began with half of it over. David Rowley, another graduate of PBI has been teaching this for a while, as far as I know. (http://www.sounddoctrine.com/) This again, is another MAJOR SHIFT for Donovan has “only” the LAST HALF of Daniel’s week as being TRIBULATION, while many other dispensationalists teach the whole seven years are. Again, I have been teaching for many years that the tribulation BEGINS in the midst of the week. I published my book in 2004 and gave copies to the Doc. I don’t know if he has read them, nor do I know if Donovan has or not. Donovan and I are in agreement in this aspect. (Tribulation begins at midst of week)
According to the article, he’s going to show why the first part of the week has already started in the next issue. I am waiting anxiously for that presentation. I don’t believe that it has. I believe and teach that the seals of Revelation 6 ENCOMPASS the “whole of Daniel’s week” with the first seal being that of the 7th king (Rev.17), who is the forerunner of the Beast of Rev.13, who rules for only 42 months. The first seal HAS TO BE part of Daniel’s week. That ruler has not arrived as of yet!
I am certainly glad that there has been a switch to a MIDWEEK PRETRIB rapture by my fellow brethren down in Pensacola. Most of my basic teaching I learned from the Doc with corroboration by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures.