Book review: “The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church,” by Marvin J. Rosenthal

By Robert Hawes Of all the doctrinal topics that divide evangelical Christians, the study of Eschatology (“last things” or end-times prophecy) is surely one of the most polarizing, particularly where it touches on the “rapture” of the church. While evangelicals believe that Jesus Christ will personally, physically return to the earth someday, and that He [...]

The Antichrist’s Activity Among the Gentile Nations (Dan. 11:36-12:3)

INTRODUCTION: THE KING OF DAN. 11:36 The Antichrist is a worldwide leader (Dan. 11:36-45) who was prophetically foreshadowed by Antiochus Epiphanes (Antiochus IV; 175-164 BC). It is clear that Dan. 11:21-35 was partially fulfilled by Antiochus IV. Some view Antiochus Epiphanes as the main person in this passage. However, the historical facts of Dan. 11:36-45 [...]

Jesus’ Procession Across the Sky to Rapture the Church

DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE RAPTURE AND THE SECOND COMING The Second Coming describes what Jesus does when He “comes” back to earth. The Rapture describes what happens to the Church when Jesus first “appears” in the sky. Jesus’ Second Coming by definition is a “coming” to earth the second time not merely a brief appearing in [...]

An Overview of the Storyline in the Song of Solomon

SONG OF SOLOMON: THE DIVINE KISS & THE BRIDE’S LIFE VISION (SONG 1:2-4) The theme of the Song of Solomon is the Bride’s spiritual journey to be drawn near to Jesus in intimacy and then to run in deep partnership with Him in ministry. She matures in these two realities as she experiences the kisses [...]

Worship on Earth Like It Is in Heaven: David’s Revelation of Worship

DAVID’S SACRED VOW: TO EXTRAVAGANTLY PURSUE GOD UNTIL… As a young man, David made a vow to dedicate his life to find a resting place or dwelling place for God. This refers to a place where an unusual measure of God’s presence is manifest on earth. David’s life work was to establish a dwelling place [...]

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