14.10. Additional Resources on the Rapture

For those who wish to study the issues surrounding the Rapture in greater detail, we suggest the following resources:
  • Ice, Thomas and Timothy Demy. The Return. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1999.1
  • Ice, Thomas and Timothy Demy. When The Trumpet Sounds. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1995.2
  • LaHaye, Tim. The Rapture. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2002.3
  • Pentecost, J. Dwight. Things To Come: A Study In Biblical Eschatology Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958.4
  • Ryrie, Charles C. Come Quickly, Lord Jesus. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1996.5
  • Showers, Renald E. Maranatha, Our Lord Come. Bellmawr, NJ: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1995.6
  • Stanton, Gerald B. Kept From The Hour, 4th ed. Miami Springs, FL: Schoettle Publishing Co., Inc., 1991.7
  • Walvoord, John F. The Rapture Question. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1979.8
Resources which discuss the pre-wrath rapture position include:
  • Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G. A Review of the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church. Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, n.d.
  • McClean, John A. “Another Look at Rosenthal’s ‘Pre-Wrath Rapture.’ ” Bibliotheca Sacra9
  • Rosenthal, Marvin. The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990.
  • Showers, Renald E. The Pre-Wrath Rapture View. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2001.
  • Stanton, Gerald B. “A Review of the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church.” Bibliotheca Sacra10
We do not advocate the pre-wrath rapture position because we believe it suffers from numerous problems—including the denial of an imminent return of Christ for His Church.

For those of us who may be bedazzled or dazed by the current blizzard of alternate theories, positions, and prophetic perspectives blowing our way, there is a simple test we can use to check for truth. It involves one word: Imminence. What does the purveyor of a new, novel, or absurd approach to end-times events have to say about the imminent return of Christ, which the Scriptures declare to be the watchword of the church? Any proposition that ignores, delays, or mutilates the clear meaning of the word and the way in which the early church understood imminence—the any-moment return of Christ—should be immediately discredited.11


Notes

1 Thomas Ice and Timothy J. Demy, The Return (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1999).

2 Thomas Ice and Timothy J. Demy, When the Trumpet Sounds (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1995).

3 Tim LaHaye, The Rapture (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2002).

4 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958).

5 Charles C. Ryrie, Come Quickly, Lord Jesus (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1996).

6 Renald E. Showers, Maranatha, Our Lord Come (Bellmawr, NJ: The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1995).

7 Gerald B. Stanton, Kept from the Hour, 4th ed. (Miami Springs, FL: Schoettle Publishing, Co., Inc., 1991).

8 John F. Walvoord, The Rapture Question (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1979).

9 John A. McClean, “Another Look at Rosenthal’s ‘Pre-Wrath Rapture’,” in Bibliotheca Sacra, vol. 148 no. 592 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Theological Seminary, Oct-Dec 1991).

10 Gerald B. Stanton, “A Review of the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church,” in Bibliotheca Sacra, vol. 148 no. 589 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Theological Seminary, Jan-Mar 1991).

11 Elwood McQuaid, “Expecting a Call Any Moment,” in Elwood McQuaid, ed., Israel My Glory (Westville, NJ: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, January/February 2005), 10.