Here is my self-published book, which just came out a month ago. Anyone can buy it now at Lulu.com, and it will soon be available at Amazon.com and a few other stores. You will find my description of the book at Lulu.com, but I thought I would give you a little more in this post—a chapter by chapter summary.
In the introduction I spell out the great importance of prophecy—that all scripture, including prophecy, is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17). I said that since one-third of the bible is prophecy, at least one-third of our bible reading ought to be on prophecy. Also, for preachers, at least one-third of their sermons ought to be on prophecy. (I didn’t include this in into, but if you read the bible through, omitting nothing, you will accomplish the task; also, if preachers preached through the bible, say every five years, they will also accomplish the task of covering prophecy. But it is sad that so many preachers skip around and so often skip the prophecy sections.)
The book is organized into four parts.
PART ONE: LAYING THE GROUNDWORK
The following four chapters lay the groundwork for this study of the rapture, and will show that it must be pre-Tribulation.
CHAPTER ONE: KEY PASSAGES THAT DESCRIBE THE RAPTURE
There are three well-known and key rapture passages: John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. These passages are briefly commented on.
CHAPTER TWO & THREE: A LOOK AT THE RAPTURE FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL
In these chapters my study is exclusively on Daniel 9, beginning with Daniel’s prayer (9:3-19), and then focusing on God’s answer through the angel Gabriel (9:22-27). It is in verses 24 through 27 that God shows us a timeline of 70 weeks of years (490 years) where He deals with His people, the Jews, especially in the seventieth week, which is the seven year Tribulation.
I explain that since the 490 years are decreed for Israel, there must be a large gap of time (over 2000 years) between the 69th and 70th week for the church—a time period where God temporarily is not dealing with Israel but with the church. I explain that as soon as the church is raptured, God begins again to deal with Israel for seven more years (in the Tribulation). This passage I think explains why the rapture must be pre-Tribulation more than any other—because the 70 weeks (including the 70th week of Tribulation) is decreed only for Israel; thus the church must be out of the picture—it will be raptured.
CHAPTER FOUR: ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
In this chapter I explain how Israel and the church are two separate and distinct groups of which God has a program for each one. This fact I explain is important to show that the 70th week is meant only for Israel. I also found it necessary to point out the error of replacement theology—the belief that the church has replaced Israel and will be the recipient of all the blessings that were originally promised to Israel.
PART TWO: GETTING THE BIG PICTURE
In this section, consisting of four chapters, we take a break in our rapture study to view the big picture of the kingdom of God. I thought this would add more significance to our view of the rapture—to see it in the context of the entire kingdom of God.
CHAPTER FIVE: THE KINGDOM OF GOD: PHASES 1-10
In this chapter the history of the kingdom of God is in view in ten phases, from Eden to the Tribulation.
CHAPTER SIX: THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM OF GOD
This is kind of an overview of the millennium and shows how possibly the millennium will be set up—the government, the millennial temple, etc.
CHAPTER SEVEN: FIVE GREAT PURPOSES OF THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM
In this chapter I have searched the bible prophecy books to get the details of what the millennial kingdom will be like. Five great purposes of the millennium were discovered:
- To restore harmony to His creation
- To demonstrate God’s perfect government on the earth
- To fulfill God’s eternal covenants with Israel
- To display the character and glory of Christ
- To provide a final test for man
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF GOD
In this short chapter of seven pages just the highlights of the eternal kingdom are in view—mostly from the last chapter of the book of Revelation.
PART THREE: TWO PHASES OF HIS COMING
In this section, three chapters are allocated to examine all the verses that apply to His coming (70 passages), and a determination is made for each passage as to whether it applies to the first phase (the rapture) or to the second phase (His glorious appearing after the Tribulation). Then at the end of the three chapter study, we draw out certain distinctive characteristics of each phase (shown on a chart).
CHAPTER NINE: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 1
Daniel 7:13-14 through Colossians 3:4 are in view—40 passage in all.
CHAPTER TEN: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 2
1 Thessalonians 1:10 through Hebrews 10:37 are in view—16 passages.
CHAPTER ELEVEN: EXAMINING THE VERSES, PART 3
James 5:7-9 through Revelation 22:7, 12, 20 are in view—14 passages.
I provide this chart to show all the verses in each phase (notice there is also a column for verses that I thought belonged in both phases).
CHAPTER TWELVE: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF EACH PHASE OF HIS COMING
In this chapter I surprisingly came up with 16 characteristics of the first phase and also 16 characteristics of the second phase. Here are my findings in this chart.
PART FOUR: WHY THE RAPTURE MUST COME BEFORE THE TRIBULATION
In this last section there are only two chapters.
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: 19 REASONS THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE IS THE CORRECT VIEW
After all my study on this subject, in this chapter are my conclusions. I will not give away my finding here, but they will of course negate all other theories.
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: AN EXAMINATION OF FOUR OTHER THEORIES: A REBUTTAL
In this final chapter I present four other rapture theories: the partial rapture theory, the mid-Tribulation rapture theory, the pre-wrath rapture theory, and the post-Tribulation rapture theory. In each of these theories I was diligent to present all of their point, and after each point I offer my rebuttal. I am happy to find that I had no trouble rebutting each of their points, and so I now feel more confident than ever that the church will be raptured before the Tribulation!