Item description for Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind by David B. Currie...
Overview Author David Currie grew up conviced that one day all true Christians will suddenly be snatched up to heaven. The unfortunate souls left behind by this "rapture" will endure seven horrible years of tribulation, at the end of which Christ will return to earth for a glorious thousand-year reign. Today, millions accept this end-times theology, assuming as Currie did that the Bible clearly teaches it. Many plan their lives around it. But, after studying Scripturefor decades, Currie has come to see that accepting the Bible means rejecting the rapture. In this remarkable book the world's most careful and thorough scriptural study of the rapture Currie demonstrates why. He considers all the relevant verses ( there are hundreds!) and examines them in the light of ancient history, the writings of the earliest Christians, and the claims of the rapturist theologians. With painstaking thoroughness, he unlocks the meaings of key biblical prophecies that culminate in Christ's Messianic Kingdom including those verses in Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation that rapturists turn to most. Marshaling evidence as startling as it is compelling, Currie argues that these prophecies of war and tribulation don't point to some still-unrealized apocalyptic future. Rather, most of them were fulfilled long ago: the spiritual, priestly Kingdom prefigured in the Old Testament was inaugurated on Calvary, consumated in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the Temple, and continues to exist today...the Catholic Church! That surprise you. Yet, as Currie shows, it's the only conclusion that fits all the scriptural and historical evidence. Rapture: The End-Times Error that Leaves the Bible Behind makes Scripture, prophecy, and history come alive; and it demonstrates that if you open your Bible, you'll find that God's plan for the future of the world is not filled with darkness and disaster, but with light, mercy, and hope.
Publishers Description Today, millions of Christians believe that that in the end-times, holy souls will be snatched up to heaven, and the impious left behind. And they think that the Bible clearly teaches this.
After studying Scripture for decades, author David Currie has come to see that if you accept the Bible, you have to reject the rapture. In these remarkable pages -- which constitute the world's most careful and thorough scriptural study of the rapture -- he shows why. He considers all the relevant verses (and there are hundreds ) and examines them in the light of ancient history, the writings of the earliest Christians, and the claims of rapturist theologians.
Marshalling evidence that's as startling as it is compelling, Currie argues that these prophecies of war and tribulation don't point to some still-unrealized apocalyptic future.
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 1928832725 ISBN13 9781928832720
Reviews - What do customers think about Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind?
Great Book May 2, 2008
It seems like many protestants have trouble believing that any Catholic doctrines can possibly be true. Many protestants (and I am one) have rejected the clear, historic view of the book of Revelation and have gone chasing after Jack Van Impe and Hal Lindsey foolishness. This book can bring both Catholics and Protestants back to reality after all of the confusion caused by the "Left Behind" nonsense.
Better grasp of biblical interpretation Sep 16, 2007
This is a long book, and as detailed as it gets, into the problem of the end times. No matter what your take on that subject, this book will answer many of your questions. Certainly it gives a thorough background into the way the early Christians interpreted the end times.
The gist of Currie's argument centers around what happened in 70 AD, which is frequently overlooked by other interpretations.
Jesus, in the Olivet discourse, very clearly promised that "this generation" (Matt 24) would not pass away before they had seen many signs and events. C S Lewis called the Olivet discourse, "'certainly the most embarrassing verse in the bible'" (p148).
Unless you take Jesus at his word. Then, as Currie painstakingly explains, those words are full filled when the Romans, in 70 AD, burned the temple to the grounds. This was exactly the way that Origen, Clement of Alexandria, and Eusebius interpreted his words.
The history and background of biblical interpretation are worth the price of the book.
Yes and No May 1, 2007
It is necessary to take a leap of faith to in order to fully accept Christian doctrine.
There has always been within Christendom that group which does (take a leap of fatih) and that group (Apologists) that do not. This is NOT a Catholic v Protestant division.
This book is written from the Apologist point of view. I give it a three star rating for the research but do accept its conclusions. However it does contain some valid criticisms.
Evangelicals fall into error when their faith becomes presumption.
Regarding end times eschatology - no time table should calculated (and the instruction not to do this appears in Scripture) - that is the error -the mistake that many Evangelicals make.
It is not an error to believe by faith in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
For decades Christian Apologists taught that the prophesized rebirth of Israel was intended as a spiritual metaphor nothing more.
Well we all know what happened in 1948.
Fantastic Jan 31, 2007
Absolutely fantastic - best book on end times I've read, and I've read a lot.
Read "Whose Right It Is" also Jan 20, 2007
Any book that dispels the absolute foolishness of the "Rapture Theory" has to have some merits. I do not follow theories. I seek the truth that only the Spirit of God can reveal and confirm. You should read the book "Whose Right It Is" by Dr. Kelley Varner for a greater spiritual insight into these matters. He takes head on every argument the tribbers have. The prophecies of Daniel that are incorrectly used to support the "Rapture Theory" are clearly expounded on in his book. All of the writings of Paul that have been abused by those who preach the rapture are dealt with by Dr. Varner to reveal their true spiritual implications and the context in which they were given.
True spiritual growth is beyond the intellect. Those who truly seek to worship Jesus in spirit and truth will be led to the truth of the Word. The truth concerning God's purpose in the earth is repeated throughout the word. Just read Psalms 37. Search on the words "righteous", "righteousness", "wicked", "wickedness" and similar words in the book of Proverbs and you will see that God's purpose is to remove all wickedness and leave behind his righteousness. So I hope to God I am left behind. Isaiah 45:18 states "...God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited..." By preaching a physical "taking away" we are actually speaking against the very purposes of God. Jesus spoke in his model prayer to the disciples, "in earth as it is in heaven". Not to mention "the meek shall inherit the earth."
Once again, I highly recommend "Whose Right It Is" by Dr. Kelley Varner.