05 Nov Rapture: Pre-trib, Post-Trib, or Pre-Wrath?
Over the years of writing this blog, I’ve rarely written concerning the issue of the rapture. My reason for this is because of the tendency for this issue to stir up disputes, divisions, and a high level level of emotion amongst the brethren. When I have commented on this issue, I’ve tried to avoid emphasizing the timing issue, and more so emphasize the applicational, pastoral aspect of the discussion. Is the view that we hold causing us to have a deep sense of urgency for evangelism, missions, and the pursuit of holiness, etc.? Are we preparing ourselves, and those who listen to us, to face antichrists and great tribulation? If you hold to the pre-tribulational view and believe that you will be raptured from the earth seven years before the return of Jesus, are you at least open to the idea that your view could be wrong? Are you willing at the heart level to face the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation? This has simply been my way of trying to get to the root of the matter while admittedly avoiding what I feel are most often unproductive disputes, or at least disputes that are outside the parameters of the specific issues that I feel as though the Lord has had me to emphasize. But there have been others who have done a very good job at emphasizing the timing issue and all of the detailed hermeneutical aspects of the discussion. Tim Warner of Answers in Revelation for instance has done a bang up job of presenting and arguing for the Post-Tribulational view, whereas Alan Kurschner of Eschatos Ministries has been been diligently working for the past three years at writing a book which presents the Pre-Wrath view of the rapture. For what it is worth, at the present time, I am still processing exactly where I stand between these two views, believing that it may be possible to reconcile the two perspectives to some degree. But ultimately I view the difference between these two positions as very minor. Both views prepare the Church for what is coming. That said, as I process all of the relevant passages, I’m really looking forward to working through Alan Kurschner’s new book, just released, on the Pre-Wrath position: Antichrist: Before the Day of the Lord. Click here for info on how to order your own copy.