By Gleason L. Archer Jr., Stanley N. Gundry, Paul D. Feinberg, Douglas J. Moo, Richard R. Reiter
Premillennialists stay divided at the query of the rapture of the church. Will it happen ahead of, in the midst of, or after the tribulation? Drs. Feinberg (pretribulation), Archer (midtribulation), and Moo (post-tribulation) current the situations for his or her respective positions. in addition they critique each one other's positions, and so they supply a safeguard based on the opinions in their fellow authors. Firmly held and obviously acknowledged convictions are tempered through an irenic spirit. The interactive and fair-minded nature of the Counterpoints layout permits the reader to think about the strengths and weaknesses of every view and draw expert, own conclusions. 3 perspectives at the Rapture is brought through Richard Reiter's worthy essay tracing the background of this debate in American evangelicalism. The Counterpoints sequence presents a discussion board for comparability and critique of alternative perspectives on concerns vital to Christians. Counterpoints books handle different types: Church lifestyles and Bible and Theology. entire your library with different books within the Counterpoints sequence.
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While this includes the final judgment, the focus of these epistles is the j u d g m e n t of God that precedes and is associated with Christ's coming. Second, the text itself states that it is a "coming wrath" and implies that rescue is related to Christ's return. Third, the wrath of 1 Thessalonians 1:10 seems related to that of 5:9 where the advent of eschatological woes are in view. The evidence of 1 Thessalonians 5:9 is even more strik ing. Paul begins by reassuring the Thessalonians that whatever had provoked their concern, they did know the "times and the epochs" accurately (ακριβώς, 1 Thess.
2:8; 1 Peter 1:7). But Feinberg in 1936 and Walvoord in 1944 refused to justify the distinction between the Rapture and the return to earth on the basis of technical terms. Instead, they concluded that a comparative study of the Scriptures showed that the distinction could be maintained on the basis of numerous contextual clues. Al though these men n o w agreed with posttribulationists that the three Greek words are not technical terms in the sense indi76 77 30 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RAPTURE POSITIONS cated above, they continued to support the t w o stages of the Advent based on the nature of the church (contrasted with Israel) and other exegetical and theological considerations.
We need to understand his view as to the nature of the period and the sequence of judgments. While Gundry accepts the seventieth week of Daniel as future, he begins by distinguishing varieties of distress within that pe riod: the direct retributive judgment of God on sinners for unforgiven sin; the hatred of Satan and his demons; evil and wickedness that is the result of human sin; the persecution of the saints by the Antichrist; and the chastisement of the nation of Israel. Roughly speaking, we may divide the distress into four groups: tribulation or chastisement, man's wrath, satanic wrath, and divine wrath.
Three Views on the Rapture (Counterpoints Series) by Gleason L. Archer Jr., Stanley N. Gundry, Paul D. Feinberg, Douglas J. Moo, Richard R. Reiter