Evidence for the Rapture: A Biblical Case for
Author: John F. Hart, ed.
Format: Paper, e-book
When one ventures into a discussion on the timing of the
Rapture, he or she will most likely encounter the common
objection that the pretribulational position is overly dependent
on theological arguments and lacking solid exegetical support.
At times, even prominent pretribulationists have conceded
that this is an area in which further work is badly needed (see,
Who Must Prove What and How?” in the 1995 volume When
the Trumpet Sounds).
Evidence for the Rapture answers this objection masterfully. In this book, a veritable dream team of pretribulational
scholars offers a broad-spectrum apologetic for the pretrib
position. Although a few of the chapters are more theological
in nature, the overwhelming majority are exegetical. In this
way, Evidence for the Rapture does for pretribulationism what
Campbell and Townsend’s A Case for Premillennialism does for
that doctrine: it builds a careful, cogent case that is rigorously
exegetical in nature, meticulous in its methodology, and definitive in its conclusion.
The contributors to this volume are all faculty members of
schools well known for their allegiance to the pretribulational
position: College of Biblical Studies (Woods); Dallas Theological Seminary (Holsteen, Kreider, Svigel); The Master’s
Seminary (Thomas); Moody Bible Institute (Hart, Rydelnik,
Vanlaningham, Zuber); and Shasta Bible College (Gunn).
The academic weight behind this case is impressive; all contributors hold earned doctorates, and several are regarded as
specialists in eschatology. The book’s approach is commendable
for its comprehensiveness: New Testament passages receiving
major attention include all the principal Rapture texts (Matt.
24; John 14; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Thess. 4, 5; 2 Thess. 2; Rev. 2, 3). It
is important to note that this apologetic for pretribulationism
is a cumulative-case argument, so even if one disagrees with
a chapter or two, it will not significantly dull the force of the
arguments’ combined weight.
This book is highly recommended for pastors, ministry
leaders, and Christian academicians. It will also be very
beneficial to serious laypeople interested in the Rapture
question, although some might find it a bit too technical for
nonspecialists. (For those laypeople desiring a cogent defense
of pretribulationism written at a somewhat more popular level,
we recommend Renald Showers’ Maranatha: Our Lord, Come!)
The church will certainly be blessed by this excellent work.
Subscribers to the pretribulational position are indebted to
John Hart and Moody Publishers for it.
—David Gunn, Baptist Bulletin managing editor
Making David into Goliath: How the World
Turned Against Israel
Author: Joshua Muravchik
Publisher: Encounter Books
Format: Hardcover, paper, e-book
Many who were living in 1967 when the Six-Day War
occurred watched with amazement and admiration the
spectacular victory Israel, a “David,” attained over her enemy,
a “Goliath,” despite tremendous odds. It was refreshing to see
a nation defend itself and exercise freedom through military
victory. Worldwide support for Israel followed and flourished.
Believers saw God’s hand.
But in the ensuing years this support has dropped dramatically, and Israel has become greatly despised. Among nations,
the U.S. has been practically alone in its support of Israel.
Even this, too, is rapidly changing. Making David into Goliath
attempts to point out why.
Without giving away the plot of this readable book, one
could mention a number of its key players and events that
could entice the reader to connect the dots: Balfour, Arabs,
Zionist movement, the Palestine Liberation Organization,
Egypt, Yasser Arafat, Menachem Begin, the American Left,
oil, the U.N., Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, Hamas, and Israel
itself. This list could go on.
Though not a “Christian” book as such, believers in Christ,
especially those who take prophecy seriously and hold to a dispensational view of Scripture, will find the book fascinating. It
will probably answer some questions too. The author, a fellow
at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is knowledgeable. He has written hundreds
of articles in major newspapers and intellectual magazines, as
well as a number of books, on pertinent subjects relating to the
U.S. and the Middle East.
—Norman Olson, retired senior editor of the Baptist Bulletin
and author of the “Q&A” column