Wednesday, September 23, 2009

We Shall Meet Him in the Air

I've just received a new book I had on order, named as above, and subtitled The Wedding of the King of Kings!. It seems to be an in-depth Bible study of 1 Thessalonians 4:13f and as I read through it I'd like to share choice parts with you. Today I'd like to set the scene by quoting from the FOREWORD.

"This book is for serious Bible students, and specifically for students of eschatology. In the evangelical world today there is a 'New Reformation' taking place in regard to the doctrine of 'last days'.

"The movement called preterism, or Covenant Eschatology is growing and changing lives. Along the way it is challenging the long-standing traditions of the day.

"As a result, prominent theologians such as John MacArthur, popular prophecy pundits like Tim LaHaye, Grant Jeffrey, Thomas Ice, and others have leveled the charge of heresy, Hymenaeanism, etc, against those who believe that Jesus kept His word to return in the first century.

"Preterism is the view that all prophecy of the end times, the Judgement, Second Coming, and Resurrection were fulfilled in the events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. In that event, the Old Covenant world of Israel came to an end, as the New Covenant world of Jesus and His Church was fully established.

"This view holds that Biblical eschatology is not about the end of history, but the end of Israel's Covenant World, thus
Covenant Eschatology, not Historical Eschatology.

"Standing at the heart of this controversy is 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Our dispensational friends believe this passage is the key to proving a yet-future rapture at the end of the Christian age.

"Our amillennial and postmillennial friends believe Thessalonians is about the end of the church age as well, but are opposed to the millennial view of things.

"The millennialist, the amillennialist, and the postmillennialist all stand together in claiming that 1 Thessalonians 4 refutes the idea that Jesus returned in A.D. 70."

You can get a copy of the book by clicking here.

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