Fact or Fiction?
By Dr. David R. Reagan
Book Review by Terry James
I guess I’m name-dropping. Dr. David Reagan, host of the Christ In Prophecy TV program, is a personal friend of mine, as well as a much-admired colleague. However, I need infuse no such friendship or admiration to express with powerful praise what I have to say about this book. It is simply close to if not the very best book I have read on the Rapture.
It is simply the best, because it is presented so simply.
Let me explain.
The topic of the Rapture is presently under extreme persecution, if I may use that term to express the assaults being made on a biblical doctrine. I and others who teach the pre-Trib Rapture are frequently inundated with invective that accuse us of leading people to fail to recognize the Antichrist when he comes on the scene.
Our antagonists use every scriptural gymnastic move imaginable to try to obscure the fact that the Bible plainly teaches the pre-Tribulation call to the Church by Jesus Christ. The eschatological waters are sometimes so muddied that the individual searching truth on the matters involved can’t see beyond the muck.
This is why I say Dr. Reagan’s book is simply the best because it is presented so simply—i.e., the writer’s style and language in describing this most glorious event in the Christian’s future seems to indicate that he has at his authorial, cerebral fingertips some sort of purification filter. His presentation makes sparklingly pure the scriptural, spiritual water. The doctrine of Rapture thus is made crystal clear for the reader.
There is no fluff in Reagan’s book—just a marvelously plain explanation of all one ever needs to know about that “twinkling of an eye” moment.
The author says the following in explaining his purpose in writing the book:
I have tried to prove that the Rapture is an imminent event—one that could occur any moment without any warning—whereas the Second Coming is an event that will be preceded by many signs.
I have tried to demonstrate that although the Rapture is a phase of the Lord’s return, it is an event that is definitely separate and apart from the Second Coming.
I have also tried to show that the Rapture will occur before the pouring out of God’s wrath in the Tribulation because God has promised to deliver the Church from His wrath.
I must interrupt him at this point to say: “No, Dr. Reagan, you haven’t just ‘tried’ to do these things with this book. You Have ‘done’ it!”
The author goes on to make the most important points about what the doctrine of Rapture means to the life of a believer:
The promise of the Rapture not only provides blessings we can look forward to in the future, it also provides some very real blessings in the present.
This is a point I emphasize over and over to pastors who see no relevance of Bible prophecy to the here and now. Instead, they tend to view it as just pie-in-the-sky promises related to the distant future.
Our churches are filled with people who believe in the Second Coming intellectually, but not with their hearts, and therefore, their belief has no impact on the way they live. It is only when you convict Christians in their hearts of two prophetic truths that you will transform the way they live:
That Jesus really is going to return.
That this event could occur at any moment.
These life-transforming convictions can only come from a belief in a Pre-Trib Rapture because it motivates people to live with a sense of imminence, expectancy and urgency. Or, to put it another way, it promotes living with an eternal perspective.
This brief volume is so power packed and wrapped in such easy-to-read presentation that it gives one the immediate sense of comfort found in Paul’s inspired words: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:17–18).
The Rapture: Fact or Fiction?
Author: Dr. David Reagan
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