Percy Francis Hall; prophecy teacher, and chief evangelist in the Plymouth Brethren assembly at Providence Chapel, Plymouth, UK; (1832-1837) such being their first formal church establishment, was an Irvingite with regard to eschatological doctrine. Prior to J. N. Darby having put together his dispensationalist form of pre-trib he was involved administratively in assisting Percy F. Hall and the other elders at Providence Chapel to accommodate the influx of new members; that growth being attributed primarily to Hall's flair for evangelism and his Irvingite prophetic teaching. J. N. Darby's endorsement with respect to Percy Hall's ministry reveals that he accommodated the infusion of Irvingite prophetic doctrine into the very foundations of the Plymouth Brethren movement.
Thomas Ice revealed that Percy Francis Hall was indeed an Irvingite in an email sent to Fred DeRuvo.
J. N. Darby during his convalescence; and due to his pessimistic appraisal concerning the state of the Church came to believe that some 'new order' must replace such. That is hardly pre-trib; though a primitive root of dispensationalism can indeed be found there, as in a separate dispensation for Jews. While Darby did forward some pre-trib concepts at the Powerscourt Prophetic Conferences [1831-33] it actually took J. N. Darby almost a decade to put together his exclusive form of pre-trib doctrine; and such only allowed for a 3 1/2 year tribulation period; such beginning at mid-week.
Percy Francis Hall accompanied J. N. Darby to the Powerscourt Prophetic Conferences, [1831-33] and there is every reason to believe that he was influential in J. N. Darby's departure from historicism. Though Darby was initially attracted to Irvingism's partial rapturism, "It is an important consideration in the present state of things. It commends itself morally to one's mind." --J. N. Darby; he later rejected that aspect of Edward Irving's prophetic doctrine, but retained Irvingism's pre-trib return of Christ concept, [The Irvingites had the wrath of God and the rapture situated 45 days this side of the Lord's return in glory.] to place that event instead at mid-week. The 'two separate returns' of Jesus with respect to 'two end time resurrections for the just', a pivotal aspect of dispensationalist pre-trib, came to him directly from Irvingism.
It is illogical to maintain that J. N. Darby developed his prophetic doctrine independently of Irvingism when the very core of his eschatological system depends upon there being a resurrection and secret return of Jesus prior to the resurrection at the 'last day'; that novel doctrine having come from the Irvingites; such having been installed among the Plymouth Brethren by none other than Percy Francis Hall; and that with Darby's approval when as yet the movement was still in its infancy. Five years of Irvingite prophecy indoctrination with regard to the Plymouth Brethren's largest assembly [Providence Chapel, Plymouth] rules out any claim to the effect that their eschatological doctrine arose independent of that prophetic speculation.
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