Prof Johan Malan – A Gospel of Works – The Error of Partial Rapture (Part 4)

Prof Johan Malan -A Gospel of Works4) Prof Johan Malan believes in a Partial Rapture

Prof Malan states:

“7. It separates true and nominal Christians

Apart from the division that the rapture will effect between the saved and unsaved people in the world, it will also separate the true believers from the nominal Christians within the church. Those who only have a form of godliness will be left behind. This fate will befall them despite the fact that they may have regarded themselves as members of the church of Christ, like the foolish virgins also did. Only after the rapture will many of them discover the absence of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Although they can still put matters straight then, the Bridegroom will not open the door to them by way of a second rapture, much as they may desire it and urgently knock on heaven’s door. They will have to remain outside in the cold, face the dark days of the tribulation, and be prepared to die as martyrs for their faith.

How many millions of “Christians” indeed find themselves in this category of self-deceived and unsaved church members who trust in a dead form of godliness! They argue that since they are baptised and confirmed in the church, they have entered into an eternal and irrevocable covenant with God. In the light of this perception they feel quite comfortable even though they don’t have a clear testimony of being saved and born again through true repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn. 3:3). It is only the regenerating work of the Lord that can save your soul!

Be sure that you are not weighed in God’s balance at the time of the rapture and found wanting. Then you will be left behind when the Lord Jesus takes away His bride (Mt. 25:10-13).”


[Deb’s  note:  This is not biblical.  Prof Johan Malan believes in a partial rapture, that only part of the body of Christ will be raptured.  No where in the bible does it say this, you are either saved or your are unsaved.  There are no degrees of saved-ness. There is THE Body of Christ and then there are THE unbelievers.  The Prof believes that only super holy Christians will make it into the rapture, and carnal Christians wont make it into the rapture.  But this is false teaching because when the Holy Spirit comes to abide in a Christian he/she is then BORN AGAIN and it cannot be undone and a genuine Christian grows in sanctification with the help of the Holy Spirit.  

This partial rapture teaching is also taught by Danny Issom and Moriel ministries:

“It appears to me that partly due to theological teachings of eschatology on one hand, and a wildly popular Christian fiction market where the End Times are concerned on the other, that the mainstream belief where the Harpazo is concerned is that basically everyone in church is guaranteed a ticket out of here.” …. 

I first and foremost want you to consider who is “qualified” to participate in the Harpazo? There has to be some kind of “minimum requirement” since not everyone is being taken.”    

It is false!  This partial rapture theory lends to the belief that one can lose their salvation , so you have to work really hard in keeping your salvation.  All this forms part of the Holiness movement.

The holiness movement refers to a set of beliefs and practices emerging from 19th-century Methodism, and to a number of evangelical Christian denominations who emphasize those beliefs as a central doctrine. The movement is distinguished by its emphasis on John Wesley’s “Christian perfection” teaching-the belief that it is possible to live free of voluntary sin, and particularly by the belief that this may be accomplished instantaneously through a second work of grace.  [ Emphasis added] ]

[Tom’s  note:  Malan’s view must be seen in respect to the perseverance of the saints. Those who persevere will be raptured, those who don’t, won’t be raptured. His statement “Although they can still put matters straight then, the Bridegroom will not open the door to them by way of a second rapture, much as they may desire it and urgently knock on heaven’s door. They will have to remain outside in the cold, face the dark days of the tribulation, and be prepared to die as martyrs for their faith”  – is totally unbiblical. The door will be shut to all those who are not clothed with God’s wedding garment (garment of salvation) (Matthew 22 and 25). The five wise and foolish virgins have nothing to do with the Pre-Trib Rapture. The parable relates to Jesus’ Second Advent to the earth right at the end of the seven years tribulation when all those who will have been saved during the tribulation (wise virgins) will be granted admission to the Kingdom on earth and the unbelievers (foolish virgins) will be turned away for all eternity. There won’t be a second chance to put matters straight as Malan says. That’s nonsense.]

[Deb’s note:  Prof Johan Malan says, “It is only the regenerating work of the Lord that can save your soul!”  Really? Yet he believes you can lose your salvation?  What a slap in the face of Jesus Christ that regenerates your soul only to have you lose it, because according to Prof Johan Malan, Jesus’ power is not strong enough to keep you through His Holy Spirit.   Prof Johan Malan – A Gospel of Works – Losing your Salvation (Part 1)  and (Part 2)]

All this false teaching stems from the fact that Prof Johan Malan and good friend of Jacob Prasch are Arminian, the more modern term for this would be Methodist they both follow the teachings of John Wesley, you just need to do a search on Moriel Ministries website for John Wesley.

John Wesley (/ˈwÉ›zlɪ/[1]; 28 June [O.S. 17 June] 1703 – 2 March 1791) was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to Whitefield’s Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms became a highly successful evangelical movement in Britain and later in the United States. His work also helped lead to the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism. — ]

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What a bunch of baloney. Only some of the saved go up in the rapture? So that means that the Bride is shredded into pieces? Only half of the Bride will meet our Bridegroom?
Why, Why, Why must people add to or take away things in the word they don’t like or don’t believe.

Man is so conceited that we think we can change what God has said in His Word. Who ever this man thinks he is, he is lying. There is one rapture and ALL of the saved go home. It would make no sense for God to only bring half of us home.

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. Do we see Lordship Salvation in that sentence? Do we see in that sentence the works we need to do to get to go up in the rapture? Do we see in that sentence that we must do something “special” to stay saved?

These “prophets, preachers, teachers, story tellers, all in love with themselves. Adding extra-biblical teaching they are WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING. The sad part is people are falling for these heretics hook, line and sinker. Why???

Hosea 4:5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Jesus warned us, Paul warned us and yet people are following these heretics to their own destruction.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Luke 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

We have a generation of believers that are still searching for “something.” They do not find their sufficiency in Jesus Christ and the Word of God. People want the supernatural Jesus to do something for themselves. Some of the comments I have read in this blog just amaze me. People that have been saved a very long time and yet are powerless to recognize a Lying False Prophet.

Oh but this Prophet is so nice. He is a “man of God.” How do you know? Has everything this wolf said come to pass? If not then he is a liar and an anti-Christ.
It is far past time for Christians to “grow up.” Get into the Word and ASK the Holy Spirit to teach you…and He, the Holy Spirit, will not teach you how to get a miracle.
We don’t need miracles more than we need Jesus.

If I sound too tough then I sound too tough. Wolves are more than tough, they’re persistent, they’re cruel, they’re liars and they love that they are like that. They have a heart that is corrupted by their own pride. They smile at you, say God bless you and all the while this wolf is licking his chops to get at you and your wallet.

Some of the most famous “Prophets” are lost and headed to hell.

Make sure your not worshipping a wolf.


Deb dont let the devil rob your joy. You did exactly what he wanted you to do. You read just enough that was at face value. I am believing that you have been sent back to heavens class room. Glean from this. Wolves that have wolves for a long time can be quite convincing. Any one can get fooled. This is why Jesus, Paul & Peter warned us about the false teachers/wolves. Chalk this up as a lesson learned.

Deborah (Discerning the World) wrote:

And to think I had this mans teachings all over my website. I too have been fooled. I did not bother to check his doctrine, I looked at it at face value and did not dig deeper. Now that I dig deeper all these things are jumping out at me and I am horrified.

I am removing all his articles from DTW.

Thomas Lessing

Let’s look again at Malan’s strange statement:

“Although they can still put matters straight then, the Bridegroom will not open the door to them by way of a second rapture, much as they may desire it and urgently knock on heaven’s door. They will have to remain outside in the cold, face the dark days of the tribulation, and be prepared to die as martyrs for their faith.”

The only criteria that will determine whether you are going to be raptured or not is whether you are in Jesus Christ or not. It won’t be your holiness on a scale between 0 and 100 percent that is going to decide whether you are going to meet Jesus in the air at the Rapture or not.

The Door, as we know, is Jesus Christ Himself. How can the Door be shut to saints, albeit carnal saints who had not yet grown to maturity like those who are going to be raptured, when the Door had already been opened to them when they got saved? That’s impossible.

The shut door alludes to the door in Noah’s ark which God Himself closed just prior to the Great Flood and depicts His final decision to say “enough is enough and the door which had been kept open (the opportunity to be saved) is now closed.” It simply means that God’s longsuffering to save lost sinners (2 Peter 3:9) will have reached saturation and all those who will not have responded in faith to the Gospel in order to be saved during the tribulation will be taken into judgment in the very same way those to whom the door of the ark was closed during the flood were taken away in judgement. The parable of the person without a wedding garment in Matthew 22 describes this awful judgement. He tried to sneak into the wedding feast (1000 year reign of Jesus Christ on earth) without a proper wedding garment (garment of salvation).

We should bear in mind that the Rapture is the salvation to the uttermost of all the saints to which the author of Hebrews refers in chapter 7 and verse 25. This is the time when all the saints are going to receive their incorruptible bodies unto the one like that of Jesus. As such the entire contingent of saints (and not only a certain holier than thou group of them) shall make up the Bride and Body of Christ.

Furthermore, the Rapture will be followed by the Bema Throne judgement and the final consummation of the Lamb’s wedding. How can Malan possibly believe that only a part of the Body of Christ (those who will have attained a certain level of holiness through a second act of grace and which predisposes them for the Rapture) will be at His side when his wedding is consummated in heaven? Is there such a thing as a partial wedding where only a part of the Bride (Body of Christ) is going to be present at the consummation of the Lamb’s wedding?

Saints ought to know that in a marital relationship the man and the woman become one entity. The marriage of the Lamb and his Bride also pertains to a unity where the Bridegroom and the Bride become one. How can they become one when some of the saints are going to remain behind at the Rapture because they had not attained the same level of maturity as those who are going to be raptured and because they never sought a second work of grace?

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Malan is not saved. Nonetheless, he is deceived as far as the Rapture is concerned.


Most excellent Thomas. I remember my grandfather preaching the same example you gave concerning Noah & God shutting them in. The only difference was he called Noah Nowie. These men that teach heresy I wonder if they realize they are Wolves or are they also deceived also? Or maybe a combination of the two? Jesus Paul & Peter sternly warned us about these wolves. Think how many more wolves there are now than when those three gave the warnings. Thanks for your response as it reminded me of my faithful grandfather.


I am back…when I got married a long time ago, by then husband married ALL of me. He didn’t pick out the parts he liked best. He didn’t say to God I only make my vows her face, or legs, ears, what ever. What would make the groom look like in God’s eyes? What do people read when it says:
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; We will be so raptured with the rapture unless of course if you like it here then you can stay. I’m just saying.

Why & how can some one professing to be a Evangelist, Pastor, teacher read that verse and then say such things? Pardon my dumbness. I just believe the Word.

How many weak Christians will he deceive? Do you see a word up there that is in all capital letters? That word, ALL. That is a word Calvinists hate. ALL only means all when they need an excuse for a sin. ALL they have to say is, “well God is author of every thing so it’s on Him not me.” He must look in the mirror every morning and say perhaps today is the day I get left behind.


When you run with the dogs you’re gonna get fleas.


Wayne Jack

Deb, What about the luke warm Christians Jesus speaks about in Revelation? What do you think happens to them?



Wayne Jack

Hi Deborah,
Thanks for the explanation.


Just read matt 24 luke 21 Jesus comes after the tribulation, if the church is gone before who will identify the antichrist? The world? No way all shall wander after him. Pre trib rap not in the bible, even noah went through it not caught up into heaven. All prophets and apostles experienced tribulation why wont we? Jesus comes at the LAST trump not before. Oh i love busting false doctrines with the Bible. Btw john nelson darby started pretrib long ago(wasnt taught by the church for 1800 years) follow a leader besides Jesus and you will be lost and spreading falsehood to others.. Dont mention pretrib rather encourage people to read the bible alone


No dont give me websites please, websites is not the word of God. Just quote scripture.. Sola scriptura


[Deleted by DTW – Happy to know you are not a Calvinist, never the less we have a whole lot of articles on the Rapture, where we answer all your questions – read comments at well. We don’t have time to argue with you. Please read all articles and comments. If you are not happy with them, please don’t tell us, no seriously…don’t.]


So you also promote a false rapture theory, ah shame. The bible says after you say before i will stick with the bible thank you. You told me i dont know my bible i texted all scriptures of Jesus 2nd coming including the greek definition of the word ‘keep’ you deleted, seems like you dont have a degree in theology

Tom Lessing (Discerning the World)

Peter wrote,

So you also promote a false rapture theory, ah shame. The bible says after you say before i will stick with the bible thank you. You told me i dont know my bible i texted all scriptures of Jesus 2nd coming including the greek definition of the word ‘keep’ you deleted, seems like you dont have a degree in theology.

If the saints are going through the tribulation period without having been Raptured prior to the seven year tribulation, then God is a deceiver. If, as you believe God is going to protect his saints from the vengeance of Antichrist in the tribulation, then we should at least delete the following passage from Scripture.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Rev 13:7)

I hope you can see it is God who is going to give Antichrist the go-ahead to overcome the saints during the tribulation. These saints spoken of here are all the Jews and Gentiles who are going to be saved during the tribulation. It is not speaking of today’s saints.

The very next verse says,

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev 13:8)

If all that dwell on the earth are going to worship Antichrist, does that mean the saints whom he will have had overcome are also going to worship him? Perish the thought. They will no longer be earth dwellers. How do I know?

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Rev 6:9-10)

Who killed them? Well, it must be Antichrist. Who gave him the go-ahead to slay the saints. Well, the Bible says it is God. And you call it protection during the tribulation??? Really???

Now let us get back to Rev 3:10,

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. (Rev 3:10)

You say you are a Hebrew and Greek scholar. Well bully for you. If so, you should know that the word “ek” for “from ” is ἐκ, ἐξ ek, ex. It is the word from which the English word “exit” is derived. It does not mean a kind of protection within a certain zone of danger like God protected Israel in the land of Goshen. It means a protection by taking completely out of the zone of danger. It is a complete EXIT.

And there, my friend, you have the Rapture, plain and simple.

Tom Lessing (Discerning the World)


Indeed you must seek wisdom from God and his Word but it seems you are ignoring what He says to you.

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