So, I was watching something last night on the History Channel about the Anti-Christ. As expected, it started presenting an end times view according to popular Rapture theory. It went into great detail of what would happen, how, etc. Then, it finish that part of the program by saying… but this isn’t a 21st century creation. However, ti isn’t even a 1 century creation. It then went into a long section about how rapture theory, and its accompanied dispensationalism didn’t develop until John Darby. At which I applauded it for.
However, the question remains…
If the origins are traced back Darby, and Darby is the first to really teach this. (though I know there were some minor characters 50 years proceeding) Why is Rapture theory as espoused by the Left Behind books so supported by what is now a vast majority of Protestantism. (not all, but at this point, most)
If you believe it why?
The best answer I have gotten was by a pastor that said. "Well, no, it didn’t exist prior to Darby, and no there aren’t any early writings, but why would you want to believe the same church that had things like Purgatory, Indulgences, etc. Rapture theory took so long to develop because it took that long to get out from under the ‘wing’ of the Catholic church’
Personally, I think this answer is a cop out diversion. but what do you think. If you believe this, despite there being NO evidence… why? If you think there is ECF evidence, what evidence?