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David B. Currie is a former Fundamentalist missionary whose deep study of the Bible led him into the Catholic Church. He is a popular speaker and author of Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic.
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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928832725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928832720
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Howie on September 22, 2003
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I became a Christian in the 1970s, primarily due to Hal Lindsay's book THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH. As I grew in my faith, however, I learned that end-times eschatology is only a small part of being a Christian. I also noticed something else: the Christian Church had swallowed Lindsay's teachings wholesale, and proceeded to adopt a bunker mentality: if Jesus is coming in the 1980s (as Lindsay said), then we don't need to do any more work for the gospel.
This has always bothered me. Lately, due to the tremendously popular (but very poorly-written - am I the only one who has noticed this?) Left Behind series, the rapture and pre-milleniumism has seen a resurgence.
Yet, for me, there was always something tickling the back of my brain, telling me that something wasn't right.
Enter Currie.
His book on the rapture is devastating to the rapture cult: he shows, in methodical and well-researched fashion, how the Bible has been twisted by rapturists into supporting their heretical beliefs. Currie unravels the twistings and shows how *all* scriptural prophesies that rapturists point to have been fulfilled!
He goes through Daniel, Zechariah, Jesus Olivet Discourse, and the Book of Revelation. He points out the rapturists flawed assumptions and gives detailed historical data (much of which I had never known unitl now) supporting the fulfillment of each prophesy in the early church.
He also gives a great historical overview of previous "rapturist" and "end-times" believers, from 150AD to the present. The book is well-documented, and his research bibliography is extensive.
Devastating.
Even if you are not a Catholic, you will find this book challenging; it will certainly force you to re-examine the populist notion surrounding Christ's second advent.
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By A Customer on December 18, 2003
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I must admit I was surprised at how good this book is. After reading many fundamentalists' books on the subject in the last 30 years, starting with Hal Lindsey's "Late great planet Earth," it was good to read Currie's common-sense, and historically grounded, work.

The author was thorough and comprehensive, yet the book was written in down-to-earth layman's terms. It answered a lot of questions I had about biblical prophecy and Revelation.

This book provided the best approach I've read concerning the Catholic view of the Apocalypse/Revelation, and the "end times."

By the way, Catholics DO believe in "the rapture," (cf. I Thessalonians 4:13-18). We just believe that it will occur in conjunction with Christ's 2nd coming. There will be no "secret rapture," with a 7 year Great Tribulation following.

It is good to have Mr. Currie on board the barque of St. Peter. Thank you, David Currie!

--John Paul
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David covered the material in the depth I was searching for. After talking with a fundalmentalist friend for over a year on the subject of the Rapture I was lost in the conflicting views and wondered where they came from. My friend had not gotten his information from popular books but had done an indepth research. Unfortunately I was the only cradle Catholic my friend had ever met with any knowledge of Scripture. Even with 10 years of Scripture study behind me these views were foreign.
David's book is well researched and not difficult to read. I highly recommend it to anyone. I look forward to his next book since both his books have been so helpful.
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By A Customer on August 26, 2003
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David Currie has written a masterpiece on the end-times! He conclusively and systematically refutes claims that the Bible teaches of a secret rapture and future 7 year tribulation (which is the basic premise underlying the "Left Behind" series). Without mincing words, he gives an honest account of what the Bible actually teaches in the passages (in the Old and New Testaments) that are often misunderstood (or misconstrued) by the rapturists. Especially exciting is his analysis of Revelation (or the Apocalypse), which he largely bases off the early Church fathers. There is no doubt you are getting a stimulating, thorough, and unforgettable perspective on the Biblical prophecies already fulfilled and those relating to the end of the world. I couldn't agree more with what Scott Hahn says of this book in the forward, that it is "wise...Catholic and Christian."
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It would be a fallacy not to explore the Christian concept of the end of the world, even if one is not Christian, nor particularly religious if born a Christian. The topic has significant impact on US policy. There is an institutionalize premillenialist perspective of "how the world will end" that is currently being propagated in the US, that affects the way people vote and organize themselves to promote US policies, particularly those that affect peace and human rights in the middle east and attitudes towards the EU. What really interested me is that Premillenialism seems to have less a consistent root in Protestant beliefs, than it does in a distinctly American perception of the world. Very few Christians outside of the US, believe in premillenialism, even if they belong to congregations far removed from the Catholic church

David Currie's book, "Rapture: The End Times Error that Leaves the Bible behind" is a seminal analysis of apocalyptic literature in the Bible, and a comparison of the interpretations of the amillenialist (those who believe humans will not know the date of the end of the world) and premillenialist (those who think they can tell you the exact date when the world ends) camps. He provides examples of how people' attitudes towards life and ideas of responsibility in life can be influenced of solely dependent upon which end-times scenario they believe. He surveys modern literature in the field, but the advantage of this book over its contemporaries is that the meat of the book centers on the Bible itself. He compares the results of his biblical exegesis and the biblical exegesis of the premillenialists, with historical documents from the Roman Empire, and Jewish scholars such as Josephus, and writings from a few of the early church fathers.
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