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The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation Paperback – July 5, 2005
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She then goes on to give a very comprehensive and persuasive argument for what Revelation actually says. Violence is of mankind; "Lamb power" and testimony are of God. Jesus is "Emmanuel," Hebrew for "God with us." God does not take us up from Earth, Rapture the faithful away, but comes down to Earth, to be with us and heal our wounds. I think this book is recommended reading for anyone who has ever read the Left Behind series. It will also be helpful for church Bible study and discussion groups.
"THE RAPTURE IS A RACKET" proclaims Rossing in her Chapter 1 opening sentence, then continues, "In place of Jesus's blessing of peacemakers, the Rapture voyeuristically glorifies violence and war." LaHaye's fictional output surpasses that of fellow Rapturist Hal Lindsey, whose 1970 "Late Great Planet Earth" saw the Cold War as an indication of end times. Lindsey found the Antichrist first as Soviet, but now as Muslim. Of particular interest is Rossing's Chapter 3: "The Rapture Script of the Middle East."
Rossing points out that no passage in the Bible uses the word "Rapture" -- as LaHaye and Lindsey admit -- and traces this distortion of Christian faith to John Nelson Darby, a 19th century evangelical preacher, who invented "dispensations" -- seven intervals of time that he said were God's grand timetable for world events. Darby's scenarios were based on three verses from Daniel 9:25-27.Read more ›
I am part of a rapidly vanishing breed: a politically liberal Christian evangelical. Specifically, I was raised Southern Baptist, though I have left the denomination because of the forsaking of traditional Biblical principles by the convention in the past two decades (specifically, the assertion of the authority of pastors, in contradiction of the centuries old Baptist doctrine of the priesthood of the believers; the recent emphasis on a subservient role of women in the church, to the point of instructing wives to obey their husbands; and the widespread role the convention has played in promoting regressive, right wing politics, whereas Baptist had until the 20th century mainly been politically progressive). In junior high in Little Rock, Arkansas I became a dedicated Bible reader. I first read it from cover to cover in the Living Bible paraphrase, then reread it in the King James Version (still my favorite translation--I've since read it two more times in the KJV), then the NIV version, later the Today's English version, and finally the NRSV. At the same time I began reading many religious books.Read more ›
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This book is awesome. The author is admittedly overly harsh with her critics, yet it was just what I needed at the time to knock me out of my stupor. Read morePublished 1 day ago by D. Nichols
As a serious student of theology, including a stack of N.T. Wright's more serious works, I found this to be a lucid and compelling explanation of how faulty reading of scripture... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Patricia Alattas
There is no better response to the apocalyptic style of Christianity!Published 19 days ago by Ralph D Anderson
This book is not a difficult read. I gave away my first copy so I needed to order another. Clear explanation of the book of Revelations.Published 21 days ago by J. Eilers
I do not believe in the rapture either. However this leftist loon author is clearly an Antichrist ( of the spirit of the Antichrist, ) with her pure 100% Demonic dribble in this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bookworm Mike
The books started good with good arguments on why the rapture theology is mistaken, then departs totally to the ultimate left and sings praises to another equally wrong liberation... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Olckers
I was hoping to find a scholarly treatise on the misinterpretation of the book of the revelation; instead, i find a high-school level BOOK REPORT of a piece of modern fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. L. H.