Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord: What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Return of Christ by Alan E. Kurschner
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Many of us have been told that we will be "raptured out of here before the Antichrist arrives."
But what if this is wrong?
Is this really what the Bible teaches?
In this thought-provoking and freshly examined account on the second coming of Christ, Alan Kurschner traces the key topics and passages, providing compelling biblical evidence that the church will first encounter the Antichrist's great tribulation before Christ returns to rapture his people and judge the world.
Jesus warns us, "Remember, I have told you ahead of time" (Matt. 24:25).
And Paul cautions us, "Let no one in any way deceive you, for that day will not arrive until the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness [Antichrist] is revealed, the son of destruction" (2 Thess. 2:3).
Since Jesus and Paul ominously warn us "ahead of time," should this not be an urgent message the church needs to hear? Are we spiritually preparing our hearts to be "overcomers" for what may soon come to pass?
Some topics include:
Antichrist's Great Tribulation, Revelation of the Antichrist, Pre-Wrath Rapture of God's People, Celestial Disturbance Event, Sixth Seal Signals Wrath, Where Do Believers Go after the Rapture?, Four Reasons the Rapture Is in Matthew 24:31, The Day of the Lord that Jesus Knew, Seventh Seal Pronounces Wrath, Trumpets and Bowls Judgments, Battle of Armageddon, Structure of the book of Revelation.
Kurschner also engages his end-time, pre-wrath perspective with other prophecy positions such as pre-tribulationism and post-tribulationism.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction
PART 1. The Antichrist's Great Tribulation
A Literal Antichrist
Seven-Year Time Frame
Situating Jesus' Olivet Discourse
The Beginning of Birth Pangs
The Great Tribulation
The Great Tribulation Developed
Deception during the Great Tribulation
Paul on the Apostasy and Revelation of the Antichrist
A Rebuilt Temple
Michael, the Restrainer
The Antichrist's Ultimate Destruction
Satanic Possession and Deceptive Miracles
Book of Revelation on the Two Great Acts of Deception
Situating the Seven Seals
The Fourth Seal--Means of Killing
The Fifth Seal--Result of Killing and the Promise of God's Wrath
God's Good Purposes in Suffering
PART 2. The Rapture of God's People
The Great Tribulation 'Cut Short'
The Celestial Disturbance Event
The Sixth Seal Signals Impending Wrath
Shekinah Sign and Jesus Arriving on the Clouds
'Gather His Elect'
Situating the Thessalonian Letters
Correct Eschatology Matters
Paul on the Resurrection and Rapture
Harpazō --Snatching the Saints
Where Do Believers Go after the Rapture?
A Final Word on Biblical Hope
Four Reasons the Rapture Is in Matthew 24:31
Reason 1: Jesus Uses 'Rapture' Language
Reason 2: Jesus' Use of Daniel on the Resurrection
Reason 3: Jesus and Paul Address the Inception of the Parousia