One of the most damaging tendencies i see in myself and other Christians of late is to minimize the importance of the study of eschatology.
Weary of and embarrassed by the constant speculations that read the apocalypse into every news event and the character assassination of those who won’t do likewise, many of us just stopped paying attention to biblical prophecy at all.
That is both unwise and unbiblical…the Bible devotes much attention to the topic of the end times.
After wrestling with all the divergent views on the Rapture and the Second Coming many years ago, I believe that the pre wrath scenario best harmonizes all the biblical data and presents the most biblically coherent view of the end times.
I also believe that the foundational structure and doctrine is closest to what the early church believed.
The best book that clearly outlines and defends this position is the one I review today, AntiChrist Before The Day of The Lord: What Every Christian Needs To Know About the Return of Christ by Alan Kurshner.
Kurshner is a Greek scholar pursuing his Ph.D in Greek linguistics and heads up Eschatos Ministries.
The book uses careful biblical exegesis and simple but helpful graphics to explain the pre wrath position, which can be basically outlined by this sentence;
“The church will first experience the Antichrist’s great tribulation, which will be cut short by the return of Christ to resurrect and rapture believers, and then the rapture will be followed immediately on the same day by the onset of the day of the Lord’s wrath executed upon the ungodly—hence, prewrath.”
What this book isn’t is a long screed against the pretribulation rapture doctrine.
Kurshner simply exegetes and harmonizes the critical texts involved and in doing that work, refutes pretribulationism without having to attack it directly.
More importantly than simply being a defense of a particular eschatological position, Kurshner carefully lays out why we need to be ready to face the wrath of the AntiChrist.
Jesus and the NT writers were constantly warning us to be on guard against deception and apostasy and to be ready for persecution…and to be overcomers in Christ of it all.
There will be no escape from the Great Tribulation for believers, but we have been warned in advance of it’s coming.
This book, read with an open Bible at hand, will help you to be biblically and spiritually ready for both the end of the age and our blessed hope of His appearing.
I commend it highly.
For an exhaustive but readable treatment of all the major eschatological views I recommend Biblical Eschatology by Jonathan Menn.