Item description for The Pre-Wrath Rapture Answered From the Testimony of Scripture by Lee W. Brainard...
Overview This book deals with the prophecies and theories that surround the pre-wrath rapture. It presents a clear logic, and makes sound arguments, and draws convincing conclusions to questions about pre-wrath rapture theory.
Publishers Description The day of the Lord is the central theme of the Bible's prophetic teaching, yet it often receives superficial treatment by prophetic teachers. This work goes straight to the heart of the pre-wrath rapture theory, and demonstrates that it is unsound.
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Studio: Gospel Folio Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2002
Publisher Gospel Folio Press
ISBN 188270178X ISBN13 9781882701780
Reviews - What do customers think about The Pre-Wrath Rapture Answered From the Testimony of Scripture?
Best stated position on the Pre-trib Rapture May 30, 2003
This book covers the pretrib position from A-Z, and does pointedly address the prewrath rapture. However, it also convinced me that there are serious logical errors in the pretrib position. Whatever good Renald Showers did me is his books is undone, and more so, by Brainard.
Frankly, this book is not good for "learning" about the rapture. But it is good if you want to spend hours checking Brainard's facts and claims of scripture. The book, in its format of wordy exclamations, and greek hypertechincalities, begs the Berean Christian to check it over carefully.
Brainard will lose many of his arguments because he never considers the use of his own logic against himself. Consider page 140 where he says the absence of the word 'wrath' until the 6th seal (argued by prewrath) is an argument from silence and "is worth exactly nothing". Would Brainard concede that the absence of the word "church" after Rev. 3 (argued by pretribbers) is likewise an argument from silence, and is equally worth nothing no that basis? Of course not.
He has similar contradictions in analysis, as is common with pretribbers, e.g. between page 185-186 and 208-209. On 185-186, Brainard says that the rapture is an "unobtrusive affair noticed almost by no one", and then on 208-209 says "untold multitides of 'born again' Christians will find out when they miss the rapture that their Christianity was only an empty profession." So is it unobtrusive or not? He can't have it both ways, and scripture plainly does not support "second chance theology" for those who reject Christ.
Pages 101-ff contain the meat of the popular Rev. 3:10 argument, and pretrib theologians would do well to ask Brainard not to wax eloquent on that point. The Bible has plenty of examples that simply and clearly show God keeping his people from an hour or testing. Examples include Noah; Lot; Moses as a baby; the Jews in Egypt; the Spies preserved by Rahab; Jesus as a baby... the fact of their presence through the testing is irrelevant when one considers 1) that it has been done throughout scripture and 2) "with man, this is impossible but with God all things are possible." It is laughable to watch theologians use a thread of an argument to soothe the mortal fears of the "Christians". It's a good thing Stephen and the rest of the early church martyrs weren't hooked on the idea that they were exempt from testing.
In the Postscript, Brainard says that Pre-trib's advocates have "not moved a hand's breeadth from the original handling of the subject." That is absolutely false. With the onset of Progressive Dispensationalism, and Rosenthal's own writings (himself being a ardent pretribber at one point) we see that many in the Dallas Seminary and Grace Seminary group have left wiggle room for the pretrib position to flex and change.
Poor exegesis May 28, 2003
This is a fairly readable presentation of pre-Tribulationism, and a valiant attempt at debunking the pre-Wrath rapture. Mr. Brainard apparantly came to the pre-Wrath position on his own (p.12) prior to the onset of Rosenthal's book. (Incidentaly, Tim LaHaye on page 95 of his book , "No Fear of the Storm" insisted that no person could ever come to the pre-Wrath conclusion on their own.)
Despite the obvious effort in producing this book, this reviewer disagrees with Mr. Brainard's handling of several points. Here are a few:
1. He asserts that the rapture is a four-fold anchor (p. 15) which ostensibly keeps the Christian on his toes. This, however, does not square with the ten virgins (esp. the wise ones) who fell asleep waiting for their master to return. While our Master has been on that long journey spoken of in the parable, the pre-Trib rapture position has been a lullaby for the 20th century Church, not a four-fold anchor of expectancy.
2. As Rosenthal has more or less pointed out, the pre-trib position has an inherent inability to present the 70th week in a clear, unstrained, logical way. This is exemplified in the contradictions between pp. 24, 27 & 58. Brainard asserts on p.24 that the Day of the Lord is "that blessed thousand years", and then on p. 27 concludes that it is the 70th week. On p. 27, he points out that the "major premise of pre-Tribulationsm" is that the day of the Lord *is* eschatological judgment, and then on p. 58 he claims that he has demonstrated "conclusively that the day of the Lord is *not* eschatological judgment". The book therefore starts out with the classic pre-Trib contradictions that pre-wrath advocates have been exposing for over a decade. The page numbers are herein referenced for anyone to see and judge for themselves; Brainard plainly does not know he believes about the 70th week.
3. To date, pre-Trib writers such as Brainard continue to pronounce the seals as the wrathful judgements of God (p. 127-ff), and never consider the contents of the scroll itself using Old Testament texts such as Zechariah or Ezekiel. Pre-wrath essentially asserts that the seals are the sovereign allowance (by God) of testing on the whole earth, but they are not symbolic of His wrath. Revelation explicitly distinguishes the bowls, not the seals, as God's wrath. The pre-Wrath view, therefore, is not an argument from silence as Brainard asserts on p. 140 because scripture clearly articulates which symbols are God's wrathful judgments. It does not make the same explicit claim for the seals. Brainard is the one left with an argument dfrom silence.
4. Brainard is incorrect again on p. 205 when he asserts that pre-wrath's view of the 70th week not being identified as "the tribulation" is an argument from silence. It is true that the Bible does not address the 70th week as "the tribulation" -- a "silence" that is a simple fact. However, connecting the dots from Daniel's 70th week to a 7-year "tribulation", where there is no biblical text supporting it, is the true "argument from silence", which Brainard endorses. The Bible, being silent, exposes the pre-tribbers as the ones creating the real argument from silence!
Mr. Brainard touts himself as an "old-fashioned country boy" (p. 13), but he is either highly educated or has overused a thesaurus. Greek words appear throughout without any real appeal to the argument being made concerning the greek. In other words, the extraneous verbiage, as well as the Greek typography, tend to make the book less readable; and, since there is no academic biography of the author, one is left to wonder if he can really read and intpret the Greek printed in his text, or if he has relied solely on the interpretation of other scholars and has included the greek letters via "cut and paste" simply for cosmetic purposes.
This book is not vitriolic like LaHaye's original rebuttal mentioned above, but it is classic pre-trib authorship, with strained reasoning, hypertechnical extrapolations, and poor logic.
Prior to reading this book, one might read John MacArthur's "The Second Coming" which provides a much better foundation for the principles of Christ's return pretribulationally.