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Ephraim the Syrian — Ten Undiscovered Pretribulation-Rapture Passages

In my ongoing studies in the early-church fathers, I have discovered a number of pretribulation-rapture passages in Ephraim the Syrian that I haven’t seen referenced in books, magazines, or online. I offer ten of the clearest here. Perhaps “undiscovered” is an overstatement, but unless my radar needs to be significantly upgraded, these passages do seem to have largely escaped notice in prophecy-loving circles. I found them in his 150-plus Greek works which not only aren’t included in the standard English-translation church-father collections, but the vast majority of them have never been translated into English, at least not with any semblance of formal publication...


Please visit my good friend Lee Brainard's excellent website (Soothkeep) for great content and information.



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Stuart Wright
Stuart Wright
Feb 17, 2022

Please allow me to add that I saw this information on Soothkeep's YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OFpIwgEhdE&t=47s), and was amazed at its Biblical accuracy. In fact, I shared the information with many people, and heartily recommend it to others as well. My previous post came about after doing some research to see if others had also come across Ephraim's writings and discovered that Grant Jeffrey had also. I offered my comment in the hope that others will see that Mr. Brainard's great research and findings have also been validated by other Christian writers.

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I just watched this. Thanks for the link. I had read about Ephraim the Syrian before, but not these passages. One person commented on his site that these writings weren't from the real Ephraim, but Brainard had a very good response to him, noting that Ephraim wrote over 3 million lines of poetry, sermons and prose, and thus stylistic variances are to be expected. It is also interesting that his writings were widely read for hundreds of years.

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Stuart Wright
Stuart Wright
Feb 16, 2022

The late Grant Jeffrey heavily referenced Ephraim (he spelled his name Ephraem) the Syrian's text entitled "On the Last Times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World." in defense of the the early church (and early church fathers') beliefs prior to the Nicene Council in 325 AD in a pretribulation rapture, second coming at the end of the tribulation, and a literal millennial kingdom. He shared his writings in his books "Final Warning," (1995) and also in "Heaven: The Mystery of Angels." (1996). He offered graceful rebuke for opponents of John Darby's popularization of pretrib rapture teaching stating that open access to the Bible was not widespread - especially in the RCC - until much later.

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adjomo1
adjomo1
Feb 14, 2022

Pete, thank you for this fascinating article. I have a family member who is a devotee of A. Ladd and his book the Blessed Hope. I read it myself and have drawn the conclusion that Mr. Ladd was off the mark. I hope to pass this on to my BIL

Thanks again

JM

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Hannetjie wandrag
Hannetjie wandrag
Feb 14, 2022

The Bible is the word of God and only the Bible!

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Dean DeGrendel
Dean DeGrendel
Feb 17, 2022
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It appears that Ephraim the Syrian was providing Biblically inspired commentary, much like we find on this blog and others. While your statement is true, you should provide more context on why you posted it. It can have the appearance of being snarky.

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Ed Arrington
Ed Arrington
Feb 14, 2022

Dave MacPherson, in his book The Incredible Cover-up, has done much to further the myth that Margaret MacDonald was John Darby's source for the Pre-Trib rapture. This has been disproved multiple times, but nothing shakes his incredible hatred for this doctrine. The information in Lee Brainard's article goes a long way in disproving MacPherson once again. A very good article!


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