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Overview The author presents a simple, user-friendly book for believers to understand the future day events and to prepare for the Lords coming. His fresh perspective and new insights on the topic are presented in an easy-to-understand style. (Christian)
Publishers Description What do we learn from the fig tree parable? What preparations did God make for the Lord's first coming? What are the preparations that are going on for the Lord's second coming? What might happen to the USA in the God's scheme of things? Is the Lord's coming imminent? What did the apostles teach on future day events? What is the significance of the seven-sealed scroll in the right hand of God? When does the Antichrist appear in the scene during the seventieth week? Can we know when the events of 1260 days duration will end? Answers to the above and many other related questions should come from the Bible. Here is a simple, user-friendly book for believers to understand the future day events and to prepare for the Lord's coming. A fresh perspective and new insights on the topic are presented in an easy to understand style. Dr. R. Gnanaharan was born in 1949 in a Hindu family. He came to know the Lord in his personal life while doing his Masters in Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He earned his Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. As much as he was preparing for a full-time ministry among students, the Lord led him to take a job at the Kerala Forest Research Institute and at present, he is heading the Institute. Besides his job, he has been involved in church planting ministry for more than twenty-five years. He is in the leadership of a local church as one of the elders. He has been teaching the Word of God in different churches and in Conferences. He and his wife Shanthi have three children - Irene, John and Charis.
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Adds Moderately to the Rapture Debate Jan 27, 2008
In "The Lamb of God and the Seven-Sealed Scroll," Dr. R. Gnanaharan gives a defense of his transition from a pretrib to what he calls the "prewrath" position on the rapture of the church. This is not a detailed analysis or defense, but rather, a personal testimony and exhortation to holiness and preparation in advance of the coming of the Lord. For the most part, avid students of the rapture, and especially the prewrath position, will not find much new here, but it is an impassioned plea that lends yet another public voice to the rising chorus of prewrath believers.
I say "prewrath" with some qualification, however. Dr. Gnanaharan holds some views that put him outside the classic prewrath camp (as exemplified by books like The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church, The Sign, Before God's Wrath: The Bible's Answer to the Timing of the Rapture, Revised and Expanded Edition, and Who Will Be Left Behind and When?). He believes, for example, that the fifth seal occurs in the first half of Daniel's 70th Week and that the great multitudes seen in Revelation 7 are not the raptured church, but rather, the martyred believers during the great tribulation. Gnanaharan sees the rapture in Revelation 14, after the trumpet judgments. Although this places him in a posttrib prewrath camp, his path to getting there is different from other posttrib prewrathers I've read.
Other than these points, Gnanaharan presents a fairly classic prewrath interpretation of scripture, but until the very end of the book, there is not much new here. He lays out the well-known dispensationalist positions on Danielic prophecies, the rebirth of the nation of Israel, and likely fulfillment of the Revived Roman Empire in the European Union. He walks though the New Testament teaching on the Second Coming from a predominantly (with the stated exceptions) prewrath perspective.
My biggest nit with the book is that Gnanaharan casts a very wide net, covering a massive array of material, but in most cases, he only provides it an inch deep. He presents the reader with his interpretation of these extremely complex prophecies, but he does not acknowledge the vast diversity of other interpretations of these passages or explain how he came to his own conclusions. Normally, in books of this type, the reader would want to find references to a variety of scholars, reflecting the author's command of the subject matter and understanding of the nuances under debate; either this or very in-depth scholarship in which the author draws his conclusions based on his own expertise. In Gnanaharan's case, there is neither.
In this, Gnanaharan creates challenges for his own argument. These are complex prophecies, and the challenges that face interpreters are not to be taken lightly. For example, Gnanaharan glosses over the challenges associated with identifying Peter's "day of the Lord" / Joel 2:31 fulfillment sermon from Acts as yet future, the length of the Day of the Lord, and the future nature of the beginning of birth pangs, among many other critical prophecies. All of this works perfectly well as a personal testimony or an explanation of his personal view, but it won't do much to change minds among those who hold a different opinion.
The author is at his best in the latter half of the book, where he begins to discuss broader theological issues, such as the delay in Christ's coming fits into the God's plan being fulfilled in "the fullness of time" or his exhortation to holiness, watchfulness, and preparation in light of his presentation of a timeline of fulfilled prophecy in this generation. I also enjoyed his discussion of the meaning of the seven-sealed scroll in Revelation as the title deed to the earth (a view also brilliantly articulated by Renald Showers in Maranatha Our Lord, Come!: A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church).
At the very end of the book -- the last 60 pages or so -- Gnanaharan finally begins to present conclusions of real "meat" to his prophecy discussion. This is also where he diverges from the classic prewrath camp, presenting his argument for the rapture at the end of the trumpet judgments and seen in Revelation 14. Here, at last, Gnanaharan does make some interesting points that are worthy of discussion. The challenge is that it took 180 pages to get there, and for the people who would be interested in that debate, the presentation is enough to spark discussion, but not enough to settle it.