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Three Views On The Rapture: Pre; Mid; Or Post-tribulation [Paperback]

Gleason L Archer
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Sept. 10 1996 Counterpoints
This book explores three views on the Rapture--Pre; Mid; and Post-Tribulation.

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Backgrounder Jan. 22 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not convincing Jan. 7 2002
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Treatment, Not Great But Adequate April 12 2001
The format, three predominant views of premillenialism set side by side intrigued me. I was a little bit disappointed because all three scholars are from the same school, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I was also slightly disappointed because the book is quite dated, going back to the an early 80's prophecy conference. A lot of prophetic viewpoints have changed since then, which affect interpretations and schools of thought in eschatology.
But, overall I was duly impressed. Feinerg, Archer and Moo are fine conservative scholars, and each make an impressive case for their stance as to the timing of the premillenial rapture. In my opinion, Archer stands out among them, and does an excellent job of setting forth the mid-tribulational rapture.
Not a great eschatology work, but an adequate synopsis of widely held views. I agree with the other reviewers that it is not for the novice, but for someone already familiar with premillenialism and end-times prophecy. It's a read and pass-on, no permanent place on my shelf kind of book.
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It is interesting to read a defense of three main views on when the rapture will take place -- before, in the middle of, or at the end of the Great Tribulation. As with other books in the Counterpoints series, the language is very technical (especially for the non-theology-specialist) and the presentation is very thorough. A major weakness of this book was that all the authors presume a premillennial interpretation of the Bible, which is by no means a universally agreed-upon view. Unlike the other books in the Counterpoints series, I was unable to choose one author with whom I most agreed, because *all* of them assume (without even proving) premillennialism to be true. The doctrine of the Rapture is a Christian doctrine, not just a premillennial one, and so the book suffers from its restricted format. Also, the highly-technical exploration is difficult to follow at times, and the highly-detailed introduction to the book (on the history of Premillennialism) was far too lengthy for anyone without a specific, scholarly interest in just such a topic. Those who believe in a premillennial interpretation and who can handle the technical jargon in this book will probably find it a very welcome and thorough examination of the Rapture. As for me, I found it an interesting exploration into how some other Christians may think, but found little that I could apply to my own spiritual life or theology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Decent for a "Multiple Views" book
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2010 by Lyndon Unger
1.0 out of 5 stars There can only be 'one' view of the rapture, not three.
Perhaps I'm just getting tired of reading the same information, repeated by different people. The temptation with three points of view of the rapture is to be complacent (there's... Read more
Published on July 28 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars This is how it should be done
The most exciting thing about this book is the way that the contributors can disagree about this topic and yet not let it hinder their fellowship or their love for one another. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2001 by Dave Washburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Redundant Rebuttals
I agree with the last reviewer on just about everything. It's helpful to have the three predominant views about the rapture side-by-side. Read more
Published on July 31 2000 by David Haggith
3.0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Discussion
A friendly discussion of three points of view regarding the rapture. Gives pros and cons to each view. Read more
Published on Dec 16 1999 by David Haggith
4.0 out of 5 stars A study and counterpoint of three rapture views.
Three Views on the Rapture assumes a premillennial eschatology and contrasts the three primary rapture views. It is scholarly and probably not for the average reader. Read more
Published on May 13 1999 by Todd Hudnall
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