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Topic: Discern (08/12/10)
TITLE: We Discuss You Discern
By Ken Ebright
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Music played in the background then announcer said, "Welcome to We Discuss You Discern. The show where we debate the theological issues of the day. Now here is Al Maumberg."
The music fades,"Hello and welcome to this edition of We Discuss, You Discern, on 980 Christ Talk. We want to present an unbiased approach to the theological issues of the day. Today we are going to talk about the end times. Does First Thessalonians say that there is a rapture? With us in studio to discuss this is John Roberts who is professor of exegetical theology from Luthor Seminary, an expert on amillennialism. On the phone we have Reed Tucker a professor of New Testament studies at First Baptist Seminary he is a dispensationist. Welcome both of you."
Reed then John both said simultaneously, "Thank you."
Al, afraid of the controversial nervously said, "Here are the ground rules for this show. I am going to give both of you two minutes to explain your interpretation of the verse then we will open up the phone lines. Hopefully you, the listener, will be able to discern who is right after tonight’s show. Before we discuss the verse; there are two main end time theories amillennialism - and the dispensational theory. I need you to explain the meaning of the two end time theories I laid out. John, what does amillennialism mean?"
"Amillennialism is a theory that in the end times there will be no seven year period. The millennium will pre-date Jesus second coming," said John.
"Reed, what is the dispensational theory?" asked Al.
Reed cleared his throat and then said, "With the dispensation theory, there will be a seven year period followed by a rapture, then the second coming of Christ."
Al paused for a second and then said, "I will now read First Thessalonians four seventeen which is in the NIV. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."
Al paused for a second, "Reed, how do you interrupt this verse? How does this say that there is a rapture?"
"Well Al, it says that we will meet him in the air. In the book of Matthew, it talks about the trumpet sounding and the Son coming on the clouds. In Thessalonians it says we will meet him in the air," said Reed.
"John does that verse not clearly say that there is going to be a rapture?" asked Al.
"Al, the word rapture is not in the Bible. There not a verse in the Bible that says Jesus is going to come twice. The verse in Thessalonians describes only one event. It describes Jesus return when we will all go to heaven. There is no secret rapture," said John.
Al paused for a second, "Your theory is interesting. After we take a break we will take your phone calls."
We Discuss You Discern ended up to be a good show that day. The phones rang off the hook with people having questions for both guests.
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