For many of us “baby-boomers” the early 70s were an exciting time! The Jesus Movement saw hundreds of thousands of young people come to Christ. It was a time within American Christianity when there was a great emphasis on Bible prophecy, especially the rapture of the Church. Even though I had grown up in the church, I was first introduced to Bible prophecy and the rapture during this time when I was in my late teens. There was an air of expectancy that Christ could really come for His church at any-moment, which I have not seen since that time. Back then many were waiting for the coming of the Lord while reaching out to the lost with gospel so they would not miss the rapture. I had many friends who accepted Christ during those days because of the urgency of the hour...
I will never forget the day I received my letter of acceptance as a student to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. That day was a dream come true! I wanted to attend Dallas Seminary because of the big three that were on their faculty. For me the big three were Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost, Dr. John F. Walvoord, and Dr. Charles C. Ryrie. Dr. Ryrie was the last of the big three to enter into the presence of our Lord on February 16, 2016. They all lived into their 90s. Now there is a great reunion in heaven and we still have their tremendous influence left behind through the legacy of their lives and their writings...
On April 28, 2014, just four days after his ninety-ninth birthday, one of the greatest contributors to our study of Bible prophecy died and went to be with his Lord and Saviour in heaven. Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost has passed from this earthly scene and is now rejoicing in the presence of Christ. Dr. Pentecost will be missed by the many he left behind...
I attended the fourth bi-annual Christ at the Checkpoint Conference in Bethlehem, Israel on March 7–10, 2016. I am writing a book on Christian Zionism and this is one of the main “Christian” conferences in the world that advocates for Christian Palestinianism and against Christian Zionism, as the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College stated in the above quote. There were about 400 people in attendance with about 100 of them native Arab Christians. The rest were primarily from the United States and Great Britain, about 100 of those were college students...
Since the 1970s in America, it has become commonplace for writers of articles and books against pretribulationism to bring up some form of the argument that Darby got key elements of his view from an Irvingite source. More recently a scholarly attempt is made by American Mark Patterson to see Irvingite eschatology as an antecedent source to Darby and pretribulationism...