The Rapture: This is a hot topic today in this tumultuous period of history. Many Christians are saying that the Second Coming of Jesus is at hand, some of them even setting dates for the Rapture of the Church. Other Christians anticipate a horrible time of tribulation when the Antichrist will rule the world and imprison and kill millions of Christians. Still, others declare, “We’ve heard all this phony baloney before for years and years!” They believe things will continue just as they have for thousands of years. What is the truth to all of this? Todd Netland says that the Bible has the answer to all of these questions. In “Is the Rapture the Real Deal?”, Netland tackles the knotty issues of end-time Bible prophecy concerning the Rapture and the Tribulation. He has come to his own conclusion that the Rapture of true Christians is for real and is coming soon. He expounds on the various views of the timing of the Rapture–pre-Trib, post-Trib, mid-Trib, and pre-Wrath, displaying their strong points as well as their weak points. He discusses futurism, historicism, and preterism. The different views of the millennial reign of Christ are also discussed. Netland has also inserted a couple of short stories, underscoring his personal opinion concerning the timing of the Rapture. He also discusses how to prepare for the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Netland believes that the doctrine of the return of Jesus to resurrect dead believers and translate living believers is EXTREMELY important–as important as the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. He believes it is urgent for people to believe Jesus is coming very soon and to be ready for His coming.
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