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THE DEVELOPMENT AND ORIGINS OF MODERN PRE WRATH & INTER SEAL POSITIONS – A BRIEF SYNOPSIS
The first author to identify himself as "Pre Wrath" was CS Lovett in his book "The Latest Word on the Last Days" (1980). It was probably Lovett who actually invented the term 'Pre Wrath'. His view of Pre Wrath combined the Post Tribulational views of Dr. Samuel Tregallis with a Pre Wrath position because he placed the wrath of God only at the very closing phase of the final 7 years preceded by the rapture.
Dr, Tregallis, an able Greek scholar, had a much more basic view of dispensationalism than John Nelson Darby and he did not subscribe to Darby's Pre Tribulationism. His works were republished by the Sign Ministries of Bob Van Kampen who saw Tregallis as important in developing Pre Wrath in that the church would suffer tribulation, but it was Lovett who first set the precedent in modern terms of the Rapture being Post Tribulational, yet Pre Wrath in his book in 1980.
Others began to hold to a Rapture following the 6th seal claiming early Patristic history supported it. This included Stuart Traille who fell into apostasy and became a cult leader but who, like Lonnie Frisbee, Moe Berg and other figures who turned sour in the Jesus Movement, had a pervasive influence on saved hippies (it was at this time in the Jesus Movement that I was first exposed to and believed the rapture followed the 6th Seal in the early 1970s). The Jesus Movement of Chuck Smith that became Calvary Chapel however was staunchly Pre Tribulational.
Another very influential figure in the Jesus Movement at this time who was not Pre Tribulational was Dr. Walter Martin.
This trend in mainstream circles was spawned in considerable measure in the 1970s by Robert Gundry's book 'First the Anti Christ', (although Gundry himself favored a Post Tribulational view seeing the Great Tribulation as the full seven years). Gundry explored the implications of the eschatological writings of Hippolitus in particular.
Along this line in the nineteen eighties and nineties, Bob Van Kampen and Mar Rosenthal both claimed that they were not setting any new precedents and denied they were entering new territory. Marvin Rosenthal stated: "Pre Wrath is consistent with what is known of the beliefs of the early church" and Bob Van Kampen stated that "Pre Wrath simply expands on the position of the church fathers". Both claimed not be setting a new precedent, but influenced by Tregallis, Gundry and others, claimed they were only returning to what the early church believed. Others such as researcher Ed Tarkowski disputed this and saw Pre Wrath as breaking new turf suggesting that there is as much evidence from the early church that could just as well support a full seven year Post Tribulational position.
Much of the initial controversy surrounding Pre Wrath was not about the position itself but the effect of theocratic politics as Marv Rosenthal was a known figure within the world of Jewish missions and evangelism when nearly all Jewish mission agencies were solidly Pre Tribulational and Marvin Rosenthal dared to break ranks. It cost him his leadership position with an established evangelistic mission to the Jews.
Intra Seal is closely akin to Pre Wrath. Intra Seal is Post Tribulational but it does not view the entire seven years as the Great Tribulation. It varies from Pre Wrath however on the identity of the restrainer which Intra Seal sees as The Holy Spirit (akin to Pre Tribulationalism). In a sense, just as the original Pre Wrath of CS Lovett combined Pre Wrath with Post Tribulationalism, Intra Seal combines Pre Wrath with Pre Tribulationism concerning the identity of the Restrainer.
Patristic history cannot absolutely confirm Pre Wrath, Intra Seal, or Post Tribulastionism. It does however confirm that Pre Tribulationism was never the view of the early church.
Although Dr. Tregallis was Post Tribulational, as Bob Van Kampen asserted in his republishing the works of Samuel Tregallis, he nonetheless had a profound impact on the development of Pre Wrath. Van Kampen actually purchased the publishing rights for Tregallis' book.
The influence of Robert Gundry in academic and scholarly circles in the development of Pre Wrath and Intra Seal cannot be over stated, pointing back to the early church.
It was CS Lovett however who is the best demonstrable candidate to be called the father of modern Pre Wrath, and it was he who at least in published form, first coined the term.
Pre Wrath and Inter Seal became refined versions of what technically commenced, at least in modern terms, with CS Lovett.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST IN RUSSIA
This is exactly what David Wilkerson prophetically predicted would take place in 1977.
7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country’s many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting.
The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of “mass unrest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes.
Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails:
- Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a “work permit” from Russian authorities
- If a friend or relative from outside Russia wishes to share his/her faith in your home the guest will be fined and expelled from Russia.
- Any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable.
- Missionary activity will be permitted by special government permission. Example: If one traveling on a train shares his faith without written permission the offender will be taken into police custody for the duration of the journey and will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1,000).
- Offenders from the age of 14-years-old will be subject to prosecution
- Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes. Most churches in Russia meet in homes.
- Every citizen is obligated to report religious activity of neighbors to the authorities. Failure to be an informant is punishable by law.
- One may pray and read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. You will be breaking the law and be punished.
- If the church has purchased property it cannot be converted into a place of worship.
- In church buildings, it is not permitted to invite people to turn to God. Worship services are permitted but making a non-believer a follower of Christ is against the law.
In response, thousands of churches across the country have come together to cry out to God.
“The church is appalled at the news of the new law. About 7,000 evangelical/protestant churches are in fasting and prayer at the moment over the news,” Haukka tells Charisma News via email.
Churches aren’t the only residents enraged by the law.
American refugee Edward Snowden tweeted: “#Putin has signed a repressive new law that violates not only human rights, but common sense. Dark day for #Russia.”
What’s more, critics are now declaring the Yarovaya laws, aka the “Big Brother,” laws, as a sign of the end times:
If these amendments come into force, prison sentences for certain non-violent “extremist” crimes will potentially be twice as long as, for example, murder committed in the heat of passion, which carries a maximum sentence of three years.
Despite receiving nearly unanimous support in parliament, the Yarovaya laws have triggered a flood of apocalyptic commentary. Many wonder why Russia’s already excessively harsh criminal laws are being made harsher.
The only official criticism of the legislation, however, has come from the Presidential Human Rights Council, which has highlighted ways in which the proposed amendments directly contradict the Constitution and existing laws. This criticism has been almost entirely ignored.
The Duma has already passed a number of laws that have harshened Russian law in the name of fighting terrorism and extremism. It criminalized “public calls for the violation of territorial integrity” and “rehabilitation of Nazism,” a direct affront to the freedom of speech. In 2013, it passed a law that allowed the state to confiscate property from individuals affiliated with terrorists, including their relatives.
The government has long used the “fight against terrorism and extremism” to justify repressive laws, no matter how obviously senseless they may be. As a result, Russia’s statutory framework can now be effectively used to target not only credible extremist threats, but also political opponents of the state. A large group of prominent Russian lawyers decried this problem in an open letter in 2013, saying that the “parliament’s legislative work has acquired a distinctly prohibitive and repressive character.”
In response, Haukka pleads with believers around the world to join with Russian churches in prayer and fasting.
“Russia is closing down in an awful way. The new law is in total conflict with the purpose and the task given to the church by the Lord. The law will send the church back into Soviet era Communist persecution,” he says.
Europe is being prepared for a one continent government with one leader: Antichrist.
The second most important prophetic development of the last century – after the rebirth of Israel – was the creation of The European Union which in major ways already runs its 28 nation states as one country.
The continent is in turmoil. The nations of the European Union – 28 countries from the United Kingdom to the Baltics - are facing an influx of immigrants unseen since the end of the Second World War. Hundreds were filmed attacking Hungarian border guards while screaming “allahu akbar” which in Arabic means “god is great”.
I write “god” with a lower case “g”. For the key point for those looking at the spiritual dimension of this invasion is that we do NOT all worship the same god. We detail this in our book Cults and Isms: True or False? which is stocked by this ministry. We would like to see a copy on every believer’s bookshelf, as a way to quickly discern the difference between true and false faith.
Most of the current immigrants are Islamic, with up to 90 per cent being men aged around 25 to 35. So are they mainly coming to Europe to work, when Europe already has an average of eleven per cent of its workforce unemployed? Further, there is over 20 per cent unemployment of those under 25 across the EU. If the immigrants were really being attacked by terrorists, would they not wish to stay and defend their wives and children? When Hitler threatened to invade England, the men dug in and were ready to defend inch of British soil; they did not run away.
Couple this unwanted influx with major financial and political problems and you have the calls for drastic action – and the entry of a commanding figure to lead the continent out of its crisis. However, he will NOT be Islamic, despite the false prophetic interpretations being spread by those who misunderstand the book of Daniel.
This article describes the chaos engulfing the European Union, written with an eye on prophecy.
It looks like a tale of woe and is certainly not good news. However, the real good news is that when we see these things happening, the end times turmoil, we are to look up, for our redemption draweth nigh!
As the world hurtles headlong into the ultimate crisis, understand that all of this was predicted and it indicates the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ. So be encouraged! The right understanding of prophetic events leads to the conclusion drawn by a dear old friend of ours who said this: ”Alan and Pat, all these things mean our Lord will soon be back to rule and reign from Jerusalem.” So we should adopt her attitude and pray: ”Maranatha, come quickly Lord Jesus.”
So let’s look at the EU, future base of the Man of Sin. According to London-based TV news network Sky News, Germany alone expects one million refugees this year. Saudi Arabia, our alleged “ally”, is coming to the rescue. Although refusing to take a single refugee or asylum seeker themselves, they are offering to build 200 mosques for their fellow religionists now flooding into Germany!
Mosques in the west have in the past been bases for extremist preaching and the spreading of their savage ideology. As I write this, Saudi Arabia has just sentenced a 74 year old English grandfather to 350 lashes for doing some home-brewing in a nation that bans alcohol (except when wealthy Saudis arrive in London and send for the whisky and call girls, of course).
Saudi Arabia doesn’t permit any Jew to set foot in its territory, bans all Christian services and Bibles, yet is allowed to fund mosques around the world, including all over the USA and UK, many of them massive, lavish, structures towering over ancient church steeples in England, giving them a good vantage point to blast out the calls to prayer.
On an island off England’s south coast is a Baptist church where I have spoken. Around the corner is Chapel Street. However, the picturesque old chapel that gave the street its name is now a mosque. Our nations are being transformed before our eyes at lightning speed.
This is from the Sky News report: “In a letter to party members, Germany’s vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said other EU nations should take their fair share of refugees, and wanted a ‘common European effort’ to tackle the crisis.” Alan’s comment: Note the reference to the need for joint European action – the way things are fast traveling.
“With the Schengen system of border-free travel through much of the continent under increasing pressure, the European Commission is to outline plans to distribute 160,000 refugees across 22 EU member states over the next two years. Several countries are opposed to the quota policy.”
That’s putting it mildly! Poland has spoken against the planned quota scheme, with its Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz, insisting: "We will accept only as many refugees as we can afford, not a single one more or less." This is the reaction of the average resident of The United Kingdom: You are talking about fundamental and permanent changes to the countries of Europe. Housing, schools, welfare and health services will all be overwhelmed.
The EU asylum laws give anyone allegedly at risk of ‘serious harm by reasons of indiscriminate violence in situations of international or internal armed conflict’ the right to admittance to the European Union. This means they stay permanently, as anyone touring the big cities of Great Britain can see from their car windows: in many areas the former local inhabitants are either a minority or long dispersed to outer suburbs.
When I speak at churches in the large cities of the United Kingdom I often hear the same story. It goes something like this: “Our family lived in (a big city) for decades. Islamics started to move in. They were all right at first, when there were just a few of them.
“The numbers increased and a redundant church was turned into a mosque. We were made increasingly unwelcome and eventually the area became dangerous for those of us who grew up in it. It was clear we had to move out.”
One old man told me that he went back into the inner city area where he grew up. It was now Islamic. A group of aggressive Muslim youths came up – Islam is a very aggressive ideology. They surrounded the old man. He said to them:”That’s the house where I grew up.” Their response went something like this: “This is our town now and you’d better get out of it, old man.”
Another man said Islamic young men started driving their cars at him when he crossed the street. Not quite hitting him, but not far off. He got the message and moved away. A woman said that in a supermarket a burka-clad woman barged ahead of her and snarled: This is our area now - you can clear off.”
Now as a reporter for many years, then a chief reporter and editor, I know that people exaggerate. I like provable facts. This is first hand. In one Islamic area of a big English city, Pat and I were in our car when a crowd of Islamic youths in a van drove at us on the wrong side of the road. Yes, this in England today.
Don’t expect gratitude.
- In Macedonia Muslim “refugees” refused Red Cross food parcels, as they were not “halal” (prepared in a way acceptable to muslims).
- In Germany Muslim illegal immigrants have refused donated food for reasons including it not being halal.
- In Hungary they were filmed hurling away food gifts – non halal – and even water bottles, the latter because Hungary refused to send them to the welfare haven country of their choice.
- Destroyed windows lie in front of a first registration center for refugees in Suhl, eastern Germany. One of the smashed signs has a heading in English, which looks almost satirical after what happened: “How to behave properly.” Lesson clearly not learned….
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the first European leader to take decisive action after the flood of immigrants reached 10,000 a day into his small nation. He put up fences, which hordes of angry young men have been trying to storm ever since, starting fights with guards.
He said his nation, one of the newer members of the European Union, put up fences to ‘protect our way of life’ saying ‘Hungary has had 1000 years of Christian culture. We Hungarians don’t want the worldwide movement of people to change Hungary.’”
I saw one TV commentator describe this as “racism.” This is the caliber of so-called commentators: they don’t know the difference between race and religion!
The fence between Hungary and Croatia is an extension of one built along Hungary’s border with non-EU member Serbia. It is designed to reduce the influx of people, now hitting 8,000 to 10,000 a day, many coming via Croatia in the hopes of reaching Western Europe.
Patriotic Dutch politician Geert Wilders called the refugees pushing into Europe an "Islamic invasion", during a September parliamentary debate. He commented: “… Masses of young men in their twenties with beards are singing Allahu Akbar across Europe. It's an invasion that threatens our prosperity, our security, our culture and identity."
Former Libyan leader Ghaddafi said: “Islam will take over Europe without violent force within a few decades. We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”
The bulk of migrants seeking asylum in EU countries are not from Syria, despite media coverage suggesting otherwise. Only one-in-five appear to be fleeing the Syrian conflict.
Of 213,000 arrivals in the EU in the second quarter of 2015, 44,000 were from Syria. The second largest group – 27,000 – were from Afghanistan. Another 17,700 claims were made by Albanians, where there is no war or serious unrest. Meanwhile, 13,900 asylum seekers came from Iraq.
The figures have been compiled by Eurostat, the EU’s number crunchers. They also show that migration from April-June was double the level for the same quarter last year.
So far this year, half a million migrants have arrived in Europe, 156,000 in August. They cross the Mediterranean and usually arrive in the south of the continent, with half landing in Greece and Italy, before trying to reach northern Europe, from Germany to Sweden. Others are causing havoc in the Channel Tunnel, where thousands sneak on to trains heading for the United Kingdom, hiding in the backs of trucks.
So what are all these vigorous young men going to do when they arrive in Europe? Few women travel with them. There have been a series of trials and ongoing investigations in major British cities of Islamic sex-grooming of often very young girls, while much the same has been reported in nations across Europe. French girls are often at risk in cities like Paris if caught out in the wrong clothes and in the wrong area.
The usual liberal media and bleeding hearts – the people whose views are paradoxically the opposite of Islamic fundamentalism - describe concerns about this as “Islamophobia” or racism, despite the fact that race and religion are unconnected. Many Muslims do want peace and a quiet life, but their religion contains exhortations to violence and at any time they can turn to those tenets.
The problem is that Europe is borderless. You can drive across Europe, as our son has done, without showing a passport until the Ukrainian border. So the mainly Islamic mass migration engulfing Europe means that the whole continent is affected. Once in any European country, you are free to move to others.
Already parts of major cities in Europe from Malmo in Sweden to Marseille in France have Muslim quarters where non Muslims are intimidated and driven out and the police and emergency services are afraid to enter. Much of the outer suburbs of Paris are like this.
A district of The Hague in Holland is run by unofficial Sharia law, while in Belgium radical Muslim leader Abu Islam heads a group called Sharia4Belgium. He says it is a matter of time before Muslims, with their high birth rate compared to the low birth rate of Europeans, are a majority in the country. At that point he hopes to impose Sharia law on Belgium.
Here is how the Daily Telegraph of London reported the tidal wave of Islamic immigration: “Britain and the rest of the European Union are ignoring a demographic time bomb: a recent rush into the EU by migrants, including millions of Muslims, will change the continent beyond recognition over the next two decades, and almost no policy-makers are talking about it.
“The numbers are startling. Only 3.2 per cent of Spain's population was foreign-born in 1998. In 2007 it was 13.4 per cent. Europe's Muslim population has more than doubled in the past 30 years and will have doubled again by this year (2015). In Brussels (main capital of the European Union), the top seven baby boys' names recently were Mohamed, Adam, Rayan, Ayoub, Mehdi, Amine and Hamza.
“Europe's low indigenous birth rate, coupled with faster multiplying migrants, will change fundamentally what we take to mean by European culture and society. The altered population mix has far-reaching implications for education, housing, welfare, labor, the arts and everything in between.”
This is fundamental, fact-based reporting, of the type that is too rare. I wonder how many Germans know that the number of Muslims in the country is now nearly six million? Islam is the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Germany with many former church buildings converted into mosques, some of which are publicly sounding calls to prayer (the adhan) from outdoor loudspeaker systems.
A German document dated August 18th this year from a refugee center in Hessen (Germany) sounds the alarm about Muslim immigrants raping the women AND children. They clearly state that it is not incidental: it happens a lot. Women don’t dare go to the bathroom at night and sleep in their day clothes.
In Germany a campaign called "A Koran in Every Home," is distributing 25 million copies of the Koran, in German, to every household. At the same time the media and the political establishment are attempting to silence critics of the rise of Islam in Germany, accusing them of hate speech.
Lebanese education minister Elias Bousaab told British Prime Minister David Cameron that two out of every 100 Syrian migrants into Europe are ISIL fighters. He said the extremist group is sending trained jihadists under cover to attack targets in the West. If true, thousands of jihadists could be entering Europe without passports, avoiding detection.
According to the US Migration Policy Institute, Muslims will account for more than 20 per cent of the EU population by 2050 and already do so in a number of cities. In Brussels, self-styled “capital of Europe”, they number over 300,000.
If you just looked at news stories, and believed in a coming world leader called Antichrist, you might be deluded into thinking that an Islam-dominated Europe will produce such a man. This is not what will happen. The Bible clears the mind of error.
Scripture tells why we won't have an Islamic Antichrist. Daniel 9: 26 confirms the Antichrist’s Roman origin. Verse 27 shows he will make a peace/protection treaty with Israel, which will signal the start of the Tribulation. Chapter 11:37 is interesting in that the NASB correctly translates it as stating Antichrist will show no regard for the gods – plural - of his fathers. That again proves he will not be Islamic. Islam has one (false) god - Allah.
1 John 2:22 says, "He is Antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son." While Islam states that God has no son, Muslims don't deny there is a God in heaven. And that is what this verse is portraying. See also 2 Thess. 2:4: The Antichrist "opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
The Antichrist will not only deny the Son of God, he will claim worship himself, which would not be acceptable to any Islamic. Islam wants the world to accept Allah as the true god with Mohammed as his prophet.
The fact that he shows no regard for the desire of women indicates that he may be homosexual which, I suspect, is the reason for the worldwide move to promote homosexuality as just another "normal" lifestyle.
The reason I wrote my first book, EU: Final World Empire, was to wake people up to the fact that Antichrist will be based in the EU, which he will lead. The EU is the Revived Roman Empire, established at The Treaty of Rome, held at The Vatican in1957. It is a profoundly Catholic institution and all heads of it have been RC.
However, world religions are fast merging, with the Pope to the fore. Mary is being used to bring many Catholics and Muslims together and Mary-like beings, the "Mother of God," are found in all the main religions. This is, of course, a demonic spirit with many names in many religions, right back to Babylon, the fount of all false religion.
Despite this I do not see Islam as a major end times force and Psalm 83 indicates that the Arab nations around Israel will shortly be dealt with once they unite to attack Israel. Next comes the Ezekiel 38/9 Russian-led invasion which puts paid to the Russian Army plus all the outer ring of Islamic states.
Europe is where the power will be, as America, like the UK, is ripe for judgment, and will shortly be out of the picture - America is not in end times prophecy.
You are seeing prophecy fulfilled before your eyes here in Europe, happening at ever faster speed. The role of Europe as the future base of Antichrist is clearly set out in the book of Daniel as the late Dr. Noah Hutchings explains in his book: Daniel The Prophet. The EU has arisen out of the remnants of the old Roman Empire (see Daniel 2 and 7 and Revelation 13).
It takes a crisis to force actions that in normal times people wouldn’t tolerate - like giving up their sovereignty, or what’s left of it. One EU official even said, as a major problem emerged: “Never waste a good crisis.” In most major respects Europe is already run as one nation, with common borders, laws, a court, parliament, a president and much else. The motto is: “Ever closer union.”
Those who live under the 12-starred flag of Europe are mainly unaware that the stars are the stars of Mary, which indicates the EU’s spiritual origin and base. Remember: the Revived Roman Empire is the world’s last empire prior to our Lord’s return.