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Blessed Hope and The Tribulation Paperback – 1976

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Eschatology is a crucial theological issue in our day. The rapture question has particular importance in premillennial eschatology. This volume confronts that question: Does the rapture of the church precede or follow the Great Tribulation? In this book Dr. John F. Walvoord examines the post-tribulationist viewpoint and calls into question its exegetical grounds and hermeneutical validity. The author examines four schools of thought within posttribulationism and challenges point by point the arguments of their leading exponents. This scholarly apologia of the events relating to the second coming of Christ reaffirms the author's conviction that pretribulationism provides the best interpretation of the biblical evidence and demonstrates the most reliable understanding of the Christian's assurance of the "blessed hope."

About the Author

John F. Walvoord was president of Dallas Theological Seminary and author of numerous books on eschatology and theology. He held the A.M. degree from Texas Christian University in philosophy and the ThD degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310340411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310340416
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is full of irony. For one, Walvoord argues with strong language, which is actually at odds with both the weakness inherent in his position, at times overtly so, as well as with the overall desperate tone of the book. I give him credit for the polished writing and honed argumentation style of a skilled debater, but the substance of his claims and accusations rings hollow.

At many times he is frustratingly guilty of the very fallacies and dogmatism of which he frequently accuses his post-trib opponents--mostly Robert Gundry and occasionally George Ladd. He accuses them of reading Scripture selectively and ignoring or twisting verses which contradict their view, yet he does the same thing throughout the book. For example, in response to the view that the brothers of Jesus mentioned in his Matt. 25:40 judgment could refer to or include Christians and not Jews-by-blood only--on the basis that Jesus said that whoever does the will of his Father is his brother, and sister, and mother (Matt. 12:50)--Walvoord dismissively and dogmatically declares this an "extreme exegesis" (135).

Although, to his credit, the primary thrust of his book is a scripture-focused defense of the pre-trib rapture (albeit a strained one), Walvoord does unfortunately make use at times of the tired emotional argument in favor of pre-tribulationism, which does sadly sway or keep many pre-tribulationists locked into their view, even though emotion is no hermeneutic. Perhaps the most frustrating thing to encounter in the book is when Walvoord argues out of both sides of his mouth--against a particular interpretation or proposition when it favors post-trib, but in favor of the very same thing when it suits pre-trib.
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Great source of facts on this subject
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Walvoord has the ability synthesize complicated concepts into layman-friendly explanations. This work is a collection of such explanations. A quick read for anyone interested in the premill, pretrib viewpoint.
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