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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Carr; Revised edition edition (Sept. 10 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310212987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310212980
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Three Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professors present their premillennnialist views on when the rapture will occur - before, during, or after the tribulation. Paul D. Feinberg argues the pre-tribulation position. Gleason L. Archer presents the mid-tribulation position. Douglas J. Moo holds the post-tribulation view. Richard Reiter gives a historical overview. Previously titled The Rapture.

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Premillennialists continue to be divided on the question of the Rapture of the church. Will it occur before, in the middle of, or after the Tribulation? Drs. Feinberg (Pre), Archer (Mid), and Moo (Post) present the case for the position each holds. This format allows the reader to see the three positions in dialogue with one another, thus clarifying the distinctives and revealing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Firmly held and clearly stated convictions are tempered by an irenic spirit. The book is introduced by Richard Reiter's helpful essay tracing the history of this debate in American evangelicalism.

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Upon reading Three Views of the Rapture, I was not sure what to expect. Coming from church circles (Mennonite and Pentecostal) where eschatology was a vague assortment of rampant and disassociated proof-texting, as well as a indiscriminate application of Deuteronomy 29:29 ("The secret things belong to the LORD") and vague "Jesus wins" statements, I knew I had a default view of the rapture that was neither informed nor biblically articulate. Beyond that, I knew that the various positions I had encountered were variations of misunderstandings of mid-tribulationalism and post-tribulationalism, so I was not sure what to expect. Honestly, in my youth I was taught that matters of eschatology boiled down to "our experts and proof texts versus their experts and proof texts" and though I don't believe that anymore, I had a tiny inkling of skepticism that one position would stand out above the other two. Gladly, this was not the case (though I admittedly found the book a difficult read, given the technical level of argumentation and the sophistication of the arguments presented).

That being said, one of the things that impressed me the most in Three Views of the Rapture was the level of scholarly presentation and interaction in the positions presented. Entering in, I was not terribly familiar with Paul Fienberg, but both Douglas Moo and Gleason A. Archer were familiar names to me, and I was pleased at the high level of representation they brought to their respective fields. Their cases were technical (albeit verbose) and showed a generally high view of scripture.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I was required to read it for a class on eschatology, and I found it refreshing to see that all three rapture views were based on solid biblical rationale. Obviously, only one (or none) of the views can be right, but the authors did a great job of outlining and explaining each view's weaknesses and strengths. I found myself sympathizing with whatever view I was reading, and agree with the general consensus that the rapture view is an inference from Scripture that does not necessarily have a set of proof texts to describe. A rapture position must be decided upon by looking at the Bible systematically, which enters in much human interpretation. I don't think the rapture issue is a very significant Biblical issue when compared to dozens of other doctrines and subjects that the Bible speaks of. But the Bible does mention being 'caught up' so we should study diligently to understand what this means. This book provides a scholarly examination on what the 'catching up' can possibly mean.
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The timing of the rapture is a matter of much debate these days, and in order to have a discussion in what I call "the James 3 tradition" (respect, love, humility, and grace), it helps to have an accurate understanding of what the other positions are and why others hold to them. As such, this book does a good job of describing three of the four main premillennial positions on this topic. I believe the omission of the emerging and rapidly mainstreaming prewrath position, however, was an unfortunate oversight that I hope will be corrected in future editions.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this book is its introduction that discusses the development of the pretrib, midtrib, and posttrib positions. When one understands how these positions developed and why one gained more steam and notoriety than others, one begins to understand why popularity alone does not determine orthodoxy.
Interestingly, the origination of the pretrib concept in the early 1800s and its rapid deployment throughout the evangelical circles in the 1900s had less to do with good practices of scriptural interpretation than a response to the amillennial interpretations that had dominated for centuries, combined with popular exposure to this position due to power and resources of its defenders during a time of relative scriptural ignorance among the general population. The midtrib and posttrib positions developed in the academic circles in response to the perceived error of rapidly popularizing pretrib position, but they came too late; pretrib had already become entrenched. Such background is fascinating and necessary for any student of the rapture and helps to put the positions themselves into perspective.
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It is interesting to read Three Views on the Rapture but I'm convinced that none of three views is biblical. I am a Postmil and I believe that the Bible gives enough evidence that the Great Tribulation already happened during the period 67-70 A.D. during which period the Lord unleashed His vengeance on apostate Israel. John himself, in writing Revelation, specifically mentioned that the Tribulation was SOON to take place and the TIME IS NEAR. Moreover, the message of Revelation was specifically addressed to the SEVEN CHURCHES WHICH ARE IN ASIA. These 7 churches existed during the 1st century and suffered greatly in the hands of Apostate Israel. Finally, John mentioned about the great temple which was in Jerusalem that was to be handed over to the Gentiles to be destroyed. History shows that this actually happened. No rapture took place during this tribulation period because it was the will of God for the true Church to endure the sufferings as He himself suffered in the hands of the Jews. Nowhere in the history of Christianity has the Church suffered so horribly than during this period prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
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