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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Rev Enl Su edition (August 12, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Now completely revised and enlarged, using quotations from the New International Version -- John F. Walvoord's classic work on the Rapture! The Rapture Question examines the four views of the church's role in the tribulation: Partial Rapturism, Pretribulationism, Midtribulationism, and Posttribulationism, with the revised edition particularly discussing the current debate between pretribulationism and posttribulationism. In updating his work, the author also added treatments on the Rapture in the Gospels, in 1 Thessalonians 4, in 1 Thessalonians 5, in 2 Thessalonians, in 1 Corinthians, and in Revelation. A bibliography of current literature plus general and Scripture indexes are included.

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.

More About the Author

No single intellectual voice contributed more to the development of modern biblical prophecy than Dr. John F. Walvoord. During his six-decade-long career as an author, pastor, teacher, and educator, Dr. Walvoord articulated a comprehensive view of biblical prophecy that was based on his rock-solid belief that all the prophecies in the Bible either have been, or will be, literally fulfilled.

Dr. Walvoord began his teaching career as a professor of theology at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1936. In 1952, after the death of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, the seminary's founder and first president, Dr. Walvoord became president and built it into a formidable graduate school of theology. In 1986, after serving Dallas Theological Seminary for 50 years, Dr. Walvoord became chancellor.

From the beginning of his professional career, Dr. Walvoord spoke and wrote about biblical prophecy in light of current world events. Even before the world believed there could be a Jewish return to the Holy Land or a nation of Israel, Dr. Walvoord insisted that a new Jewish state would emerge and that no one, whether it be the British, the Palestinians, or the Arab nations, could stop this inevitable fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

Before the Arab-Israeli wars of the 1960s, Dr. Walvoord maintained that Israel would win more land and power. He saw God's plan for the end-time begin to unfold as the Palestinian-Israeli conflict became the focus of NATO and Western leaders. He taught that soon all the nations of the world would be embroiled in conflict leading to the events prophesied in the books of Daniel and Revelation.

Walvoord's studies led him to author, coauthor, or edit more than 50 books on Bible prophecy. One, "Armageddon, Oil, and the Middle East Crisis," became an international best seller in 1974. This work was later revised and expanded in 1990 during the Gulf War with Iraq. More than 2 million copies of this work are in print, and it has been translated into 10 languages. This work proved the value of biblical prophecy in explaining world events.

Dr. Walvoord believed that the events of September 11, 2001, were the opening salvo to acts of sacred terror in the name of jihad that would push the world to the brink of destruction. In addition, he sensed that weapons of mass destruction would proliferate and force the West into preemptive military strikes. The need for oil would require massive military intervention to protect the oil fields of the Middle East.

Viewing current events through the lens of biblical prophecy, he believed it was evident that soon--very soon--the world would be engulfed in a terror never before imagined. In 2002, he began working on a new book to help make sense out of the confusing events that filled the headlines. From that unfinished work--and his classic "Armageddon, Oil, and the Middle East Crisis"--comes "Armageddon, Oil, and Terror."

Customer Reviews

An excellent resource.
Charlene McDonnough
Not only is there assumption after assumption when attempting to interpret certain passages, there's flat out misrepresentation of scripture.
By using the scripture Dr. Walvoord makes a strong argument for the doctrine of the Rapture of the Church.
George J. Gullickson

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on November 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
Walvoord does a good job of defending the pretribulation rapture position. He admits that this doctrine is more of an inference based on dispensational ecclesiology than on exegetical considerations. Having said that, Walvoord does try mightily to defend the exegetical basis of pretribulationism. He seems to gear much of his argument against Robert Gundry's well written 1973 posttribulational book, "The Church and the Tribulation," and this dates Walvoord's book a little. But it's still a good read.

He concludes by presenting 50 arguments for pretribulationism, which he himself admits is formidable primarily because of the sheer number of arguments and not due to any one powerful argument. At any rate, the overall case Walvoord makes for the pretribulational rapture is persuasive. If you are still trying to make up your mind, I'd make this the first book about the rapture I would read.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "jgetzi" on May 9, 2000
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This book is the most extensive pre-trib treatment available regarding the issues surrounding the timing of the rapture of the church as described in I Thess. 4. Walvoord is thorough, charitable, and persuasive. This expanded edition includes direct responses to the novel dispensational post-trib position of Robert Gundry. The author does not dodge Gundry's issues, but answers them in point-by-point fashion (while raising some formidable issues of his own against Gundry's assertions). If you've read Gundry, and find yourself swayed by his arguments in favor of a post-trib rapture, then you owe it to yourself to read this book before making any decision on the matter. Hear what BOTH sides have to say. You may be quite surprised at the veracity of pre-tribulationism in the able hand of Walvoord. I highly recommend the book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By AMCcustomer on December 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
For the second time now I've allowed negative Amazon reviews to influence my decision in buying a book. I finally came across the updated version in a local store and was impressed enough to buy it. This is a great book and should be read alongside the more recent, Dr R. Showers' Maranatha - Our Lord, Come.

Even though Walvoord doesn't address Gundry's latest effort or the more recent pre-wrath rapture view, his arguments are still valid and cogent, and a lot of territory is covered. The limitations with any book of this nature are the sheer volume of possible opposing arguments that makes it difficult to address everything.

I note some of the accusations (use of assumptions, leaps of logic etc) leveled at Walvoord by other reviewers. I've also read and examined their works - mentioned at the end of their respective reviews - and found strong elements of these same issues within their own materials and conclusions, and criticisms of pretribulationism.

Let me cite just one example. I'm confounded by one particular criticism of Walvoord and pretribulationism in one review regarding how many times Jesus returns. The reviewer affirms that the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus returns once, not twice. I find it ironic and telling that this same critic espouses a rapture view that actually teaches a multi-phase return; has elsewhere admitted this and actually attempted a defense of it.

My upbringing wasn't evangelical nor was I spoon fed pretribulationism and I tend to be skeptical of any doctrine until I've looked at it from different angles. I've spent my fair share of time trudging through most of the arguments and rapture views. Having said that, for my money, Walvoord does a great job keeping "assumptions and leaps of logic" in check when making his points.

I highly recommend the book.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By on February 6, 2006
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I was very frustrated while reading this book. Not only is there assumption after assumption when attempting to interpret certain passages, there's flat out misrepresentation of scripture. Example:

"The situation described in 2 Thessalonians 2 indicates that the teaching that the church would go through the Tribulation was already being advanced by certain teachers whom Paul opposed in this passage (p. 238)."

Walvoord inserts the word "Tribulation," when the passage in question says no such thing. 2 Thessalonians speaks of "the Day of the Lord." In altering the phrase from "Day of the Lord" to "Tribulation," Walvoord misleads many readers into believing the apostle Paul is teaching the Thessalonians that they should "not be quickly shaken from [their] composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the [Tribulation] has come (2 Thess. 2:2)."

Walvoord then explains that Paul is telling the Thessalonians to not be deceived by any message saying that the tribulation has started, because the tribulation could not have begun because the pre-rib rapture has not taken place! Walvoord actually says that Paul is teaching them that post-trib is a false teaching.

Concluding that the "Tribulation" is the same thing as the Day of the Lord is one of many poor conclusions within this book. But I do appreciate the fact that Walvoord admits that there is no single passage that directly teaches a pre-trib rapture, and that the theory is primarily concluded based on inferences. This sets him apart from most pre-trib teachers.

Dave Bussard, author of "Who Will Be Left Behind And When?"
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