How much money did John Darby earn from making up the rapture?
- UserLv 71 month ago
Actually: it seems he was a sort of fanatic
giving up his cushy job in The Church of Ireland
because the bishop required converts from Catholicism to swear loyalty to the English king.
Later he developed some rather...odd doctrines
that resulted in his church splitting
and him taking DOCTRINAL leadership of a religious sect
which did NOT recognize clergy
and had NO formal leadership
(a church where anyone could act as preacher, no one person ran the whole shebang).
This runs counter to the money-grubbing type of preacher
who wants to run his own church (he with final and top authority)
and increase membership
so as to increase his wealth and/or power.
- Chi girlLv 71 month ago
None. Weird question.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 71 month ago
The word 'rapture' actually came centuries earlier via the Catholic Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible, because at 1 Thessalonians 4:17 they wrote the word 'raptus' / 'rapio' from which we get 'caught up'/'rapture'. John Darby just brought that to peoples' attention, but made no money whatsoever from it. The original Greek word in that verse is 'harpazo' but the meaning is the same - ‘catch up, pluck, pull’ etc. Christians will be caught up and taken up into the sky to join Christ and Christians who have died, in the future.
Over 200 years before John Darby wrote anything about it, the Protestant scholar Matthew Henry had written his commentary on that verse. He wrote, "The first care of the Redeemer in that day will be about his dead saints; he will raise them before the great change passes on those that shall be found alive... Those that shall be found alive will then be changed. They shall 'be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air' (vs. 17). At, or immediately before this rapture into the clouds, those who are alive will undergo a mighty change... This change will be 'in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye'..." (p1877)
Matthew Henry stated over 200 years before John Darby did, this same biblical understanding of that awesome day when Jesus suddenly descends below cloud level, with hosts of angels; the dead in Christ will be raised from their graves, and those alive at Christ's coming will all be raptured up to meet Christ in the sky. It's sad how few people these days know the history of this old, old teaching in the Bible.
- DougLv 51 month ago
You've been sadly misinformed. The Rapture is a BIBLICAL doctrine first and foremost (1 Thes. 4:13-18). God used men like Darby and Scofield to shed light on this teaching. However, this is something that has always been a scriptural doctrine.
Because we have all sinned against a perfectly holy and righteous God, we all deserve eternal separation from God in hell (Rom. 6:23). However, God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross as our Substitute so we don't have to go to hell. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He gives eternal life freely to anyone who simply believes in Him for it. No one can be saved by doing good works. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9).
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47).
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- 1 month ago
Ecstasy? By the sea, or in the mountains?
- RalphLv 71 month ago
The fact of the matter: It is not made up read your bible: it is called being caught up to God, read 1 Thessalonians 4:17Source(s): King James holy bible