Where did Paul get his word for the “rapture” (harpazō)? How does this source support the pre-trib Rapture? Why is the phrase, “the end times,” extra-biblical and misleading? Why is the teaching about the resurrection/rapture a premier doctrine? How does uncertainty about the Rapture undermine imminency and foster lethargy in witness and mission? What are the implications of a post-trib view? Why does Reformed/Covenant eschatology embrace the “Beautiful Captive Woman” (allegory) and amillennialism, and reject Jesus’s millennial kingdom? How does it fail to satisfy Christian hope? How is it a fantasy? How does classic premillennialism fail as a compromise?
On the basis of a literal interpretation of Scripture, De Young cites evidence often ignored that the pre-trib Rapture is the key to the rest of eschatology: the Great Tribulation; the return of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon; the restoration of the nation of Israel; the Millennial Kingdom; and the New Heavens and Earth.
James B. De Young, Th.D., is Senior Professor of New Testament at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon. With Patricia, his wife of 57 years, he lives on a [very] small farm in Damascus, Or. He has written over a dozen books on a variety of Christian issues. His last three books on prophecy flow from his extensive teaching the Book of Revelation and other prophetic Scripture (including Daniel) for over fifty years in grad school, college, and churches. These last books include The Apocalypse Is Coming (2020), a comprehensive study of the Antichrist, and, co-authored with John Balch, Missed the Rapture? How to Overcome during the Great Tribulation.
The present book gives new, persuasive support for the the pre-tribulation rapture based in literal interpretation and its significant role for all future events, for exposing the distortion of Reformed eschatology, and for the restoration of the nation of Israel. Listen to the podcast Apocalypse Is Coming at