Premillennialism and the Tribulation Part IX: Conclusion -- By: John F. Walvoord
BSac 113:451 (Jul 56) p. 193
Premillennialism and the Tribulation
Conclusion: Fifty Arguments for Pretribulationism
In previous discussion of premillennialism in relation to the tribulation, the respective arguments for pretribulationism, partial rapture, posttribulationism, and midtribulationism have been examined, and the pretribulational position in general sustained. By way of conclusion and summary, some fifty arguments for pretribulationism can now be proposed. It is not presumed that the statement of these arguments in themselves establishes their validity, but rather that the previous discussion supports and justifies this summary of reasons for the pretribulational view.
For the sake of brevity, the term rapture or translation
BSac 113:451 (Jul 56) p. 194
In common usage, however, this distinction is not normally maintained.
In the discussion the posttribulational view is considered the principal contender against pretribulationism and is primarily in mind in the restatement of the arguments. The other positions, however, are also mentioned in so far as they oppose pretribulationism on some special point. The preceding discussion has pointed to the preponderance of argument in support of the pretribulational position, and the following restatement should serve to clarify the issues involved.
I. Historical Argument
1. The early church believed in the imminency of the Lord’s return, which is an essential doctrine of pretribulationism.
2. The detailed development of pretribulational truth during the past few centuries does not prove that the doctrine is new or novel. Its development is similar to that of other major doctrines in the history of the church.
3. Pretribulationism is the only view which allows a literal interpretation of all Old and New Testament passages on the great tribulation.
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