Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 142:566 (Apr 1985)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

The Rapture: Pre-, Mid-, or Post-Tribulational? By Gleason L. Archer, Paul D. Feinberg, Douglas J. Moo, and Richard R. Reiter. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984. 268 pp. Paper, $7.95.

For those seeking a comprehensive, scholarly, irenic discussion of various views on the rapture from the premillennial perspective, this book will give solid information. The writers are to be commended for their scholarship and for avoiding ad hominem arguments and other questionable debating techniques. The book confirms what this reviewer has often said, namely that most Bible students do not realize the complexity of the arguments on various views of the rapture.

This is not a book that can be scanned. It requires careful reading, sentence by sentence and line by line. The logic of the discussion is at a high level and demands close attention to get the points. Much can be learned from the discussions on the various views and a depth of scholarship is evident that is not always demonstrated in literature on this subject.

This reviewer, as a student of the subject for many years, found a lack of emphasis on what he believes to be crucial points, even though they were touched on. Ultimately the question is, What does the Bible teach? This can be answered only by exegesis of Matthew 24–25; 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4–5; and 2 Thessalonians 2. The important contribution presented in Matthew 24:37–41 and Luke 17:34–37 was not well handled by any of the presentations. The discussion of 1 Thessalonians 5 and 2 Thessalonians 2 did not present the pretribulational position adequately. Other passages which cast light on the subject are not necessarily decisive.

Most readers who have not previously committed themselves on the subject will find the end result confusing. If scholars of such stature as the authors of this book cannot agree on the subject of the rapture, what hope is there that a layman can come to a decisive conclusion? None of the writers is clearly victorious in supporting his position. The result may be abandonment of any certainty on this question.

The fact remains, however, that only one of the positions presented can be right. From a practical point of view, only the pretribulational position preserves an any-moment coming of the Lord with any consistent logi...

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