Rapture

The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind

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The end-times error that leaves the Bible behind!

Author David Currie grew up convinced that one day all true Christians will suddenly be snatched up to heaven. The unfortunate souls left behind by this "rapture" will endure seven horrible years of tribulation, at the end of which Christ will return to earth for a glorious thousand-year reign.

Today, millions of Christians accept this end-times theology, assuming - as Currie did -- that the Bible clearly teaches it. Many plan their whole lives around it. But, after studying Scripture for decades, Currie has come to see that if you accept the Bible, you have to reject the rapture.

In these remarkable pages - which constitute the world's most careful and thorough scriptural study of the rapture - Currie demonstrates why. He considers all the relevant verses (and there are hundreds!) and examines them in the light of ancient history, the writings of the earliest Christians, and the claims of rapturist theologians. With painstaking thoroughness, he unlocks the meanings of the key biblical prophecies that culminate in Christ's Messianic Kingdom - including those verses in Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation that rapturists turn to most.

Marshalling evidence that's as startling as it is compelling, Currie argues that these prophecies of war and tribulation don't point to some still-unrealized apocalyptic future. Rather, most of them were fulfilled long ago: the spiritual, priestly Kingdom prefigured in the Old Testament was inaugurated on Calvary, consummated in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the Temple, and continues to exist today . . . in the Catholic Church! That may surprise you. Yet, shows Currie, it's the only conclusion that fits all the scriptural and historical evidence.

Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind makes Scripture, prophecy, and history come alive; and it demonstrates that if you open your Bible, you'll find that God's plan for the future of the world is not filled with darkness and disaster, but with light, mercy, and hope.

"We can all learn much from David Currie, not only from what he says, which is wise, but from how he says it, which is Catholic and Christian." From the Foreword by Scott Hahn.

Special features:

  • Over 1,300 references to Scripture, the early Church Fathers, authors and events in ancient history, and contemporary rapturist theologians
  • Ten detailed timelines relating biblical prophecy to key historical events
  • The biblical case for the rapture (showing why so many accept it)
  • A survey of the thoughts of the early Church Fathers about the end-times
  • A history of the development of rapturist theories, showing how this heresy has been refuted time and again by the Church
  • A short course in the proper methods of reading Scripture
  • A survey of end-times hypotheses from the first century through 9/11/2001
  • Nine ground rules you must follow if you are to make sense of biblical prophecy and relate it to salvation history
  • A 10-page annotated bibliography of rapturist sources ancient and new
  • Plus, much more to help you understand and evaluate the claims of rapturists

Among the sources cited:

Julius Africanus • St. Athanasius • St. Augustine • Pope Benedict XV • Andreas of Cappadocia • St. Clement of Alexandria • G. K. Chesterton • St. John Chrysostom • St. Clement of Rome • St. Cyril of Jerusalem • St. Epiphanius of Salamis • Josémaria Escriva • Catechism of the Catholic ChurchDei VerbumEnchiridion Symbolorum • Eusebius • St. Hippolytus of Rome • St. Ignatius of Antioch • St. Irenaeus • St. Jerome • Flavius Josephus • St. Justin Martyr • Tim LaHaye • Pope Leo XIII • C. S. Lewis • Hal Lindsey • Lumen Gentium • Origen • Blaise Pascal • Pope St. Pius X • Pope Pius XII • Bertrand Russell • St. Polycarp • St. Thomas Aquinas • St. Sulpicius Severus • Tacitus • Tertullian • Victorinus

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  • Pages: 528
  • Format(s): Sale-priced ppbk, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-928832-72-0
  • Product Code: 725
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I learned so much!
This book will deepen the knowledge and faith of any Catholic. I got much more from this book than I expected. Besides doing a masterful job of refuting rapturists, the author gives a great and detailed account of the Lamb's supper at Mass and a deep appreciation of what it means to be Catholic.
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Easy to read, well-documented by former fundamentalist
Very well written, non-academic style. The author offers over 1,300 verses that show the flaws in the belief of "Rapture." The author was a fundamentalist preacher of the "Rapture" for years. Then he started to see the holes. So he tried to prove the belief or disprove the belief for himself. This issue and others led the author to seek out the Catholic Church. The author shows no disrespect to any persons who believe in the Rapture. He just shows why the belief is flawed. I was curious on why so many people believe in the Rapture and so many do not. In this search, I side with the author. Decide for yourself. This book will help you do it.
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Challenging
This is a book many will reject out of hand. But if they stay with it, it will open their eyes with regard to many passages' meaning beyond that usually accepted today, particularly by evangelicals.
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Read it cover to cover
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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Goodbye, Hal Lindsey!
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!
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