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The Rapture Verdict Paperback – March 25, 2016
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Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now spends his full-time researching, writing, speaking and publishing The Economic Collapse Blog. Michael and his wife Meranda believe that God is going to move greatly even in the midst of all the chaos and darkness that are coming. They are convinced that the greatest move of God and the greatest harvest of souls the world has ever seen will happen between right now and the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to this planet.
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Mr. Snyder appears to have a similar basis for his Bible research and it is no surprise since his background as an attorney would have left him trained to use supporting evidence. This book is very heavily documented with Scripture, sometimes being redundant for those of us who study the Bible often, but I understand why he did that so I did not deduct for it. I do wish he had left out some of the commentary, which can at times feel like it is denigrating others who do not understand his viewpoint. This is a touchy subject, as seen with the one star reviews and a straight forward laying out of facts would have been my approach. However, the facts are overwhelming and he has saved me months of research by writing the book. I was able to read it within a few days and then fact check his Greek (and some Hebrew) to see that he was correct on interpretations. I had early on believed from my readings of passages in the Old and New Testaments that the Ressurection (I don't care for the term Rapture) would happen in or at the end of the 7 years of Tribulation, but I actually had been leaning more towards the Pre-Tribulation after speaking with some Christians and Christian leaders who I assumed had studied more since I have mainly focused on researching fulfilled Prophecy to use as a testimony for the non-believers I am trying to inform. After reading the book and spending time verifying the claims, I am convinced he is correct.
I am surprised there are one star reviews of the book. Although it is hotly debated, I feel a one star review must just be an emotional response to a firmly held belief. The book is well documented and Scripture is clearly placed (if repetitive). It should at least deserve three stars for the evidence based conclusions and the systematic approach he took. As a Scientist who used to do research, I am glad to see the approach he used.
As believers of Christ, there is no reason we should attack esch other for what we believe anout this subject. We are all saved and whether I am correct in my current belief of the timing or if it is earlier, it will not change our final destiny in the vody of Christ. I recommend this book no matter what you believe. It will hopefully get Christians to delve deeper into Scripture and spark others to do their own research instead of relying on others. God bless!
The passage in Revelation 20 refers to the “first resurrection”. The author repeats many times that since this is the “first” resurrection this passage therefore must be a reference to the Rapture/Resurrection. However, if you read who is being resurrected in this passage, it is a very specific and limited group of people. It does not include all the saints that have died throughout the ages. It is ONLY includes those who were beheaded, didn’t worship the beast or take his mark—meaning those who died during the Tribulation period. I suspect they will be resurrected in much the same way Lazarus was resurrected, in a body that will inhabit an earthly kingdom ( albeit a body not subject to the second death). This same group of people is shown in heaven a few chapters earlier in Rev 15 as standing on the sea of glass, having harps and singing a “song of Moses”. I know nowhere in Scripture where the Body of Christ—the Church—ever sings a song of Moses! Clearly this is a reference to the Jews and their Old Covenant relationship. In Rev 20:6 we are also told this group are “priests unto God”---but in Revelation 1:6 the church is described as being kings and priests—not just priests.
And by implication there are other problems too, with having the church go through the Tribulation period. In Revelation 9 we see these horrible locusts from hell that have the power to torment men for many months. They are free to torment anyone who does not have the seal of God on their forehead. So who are the ones that are exempt from this torment by having the seal? In Chap 7 it is the 144,000. Twelve thousand are sealed from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. So either the church who is enduring the Tribulation can be tormented, or they must be included in this 144,000. And again, when is the church—composed primarily of Gentiles-- ever described as being part of a specific tribe of Israel? There is a reason why the last half of the Tribulation is called the time of JACOB’s trouble!
And the author seems astoundingly to believe that the robotic, zombie like army described in Joel 2 is actually the army of heaven—us! Apparently we get off our horses and march in file and break into houses and kill people (he says if we fall on a sword we won’t be hurt). The passage—at least as far as I understand—is actually describing the army of Antichrist—as it ravages the land of Israel. It is called “the Lord’s army” (v11) because the Antichrist and his minions are described ( in Isaiah 10) as the “rod of Mine anger”. Proverbs 16 :4 tells us God has made even the wicked for the day of evil. This army is not the Body of Christ, but and evil army God is using to punish the wicked.
None of us has all the answers--we still see through a glass darkly--but I cannot agree with how this author mixes the church up with Israel.