[full version found in the manual]
It was as a seventeen year-old freshman student attending a college-age Christian gathering during the “Jesus Movement” of the late sixties, that I came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I trusted Him to be the only one who could be the forgiver of my sins and the Lord of my life.
Soon after, I picked up The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, and my passion for knowledge of end-times prophecy began. I was hooked! I devoured any book on the topic I could get my hands on and listened to any speaker who spoke on the subject. The pretribulation position was all I knew and it sounded plausible to me.
As a new Christian, I followed where I was led. What I was taught, I taught to others--the arguments and rationale of the pretrib position. The only problem was that my knowledge was based on what others had told me. I had never taken the time to do my own searching of the Scriptures to see if these things were so nor did I take the time to study opposing views. What I was taught and believed was never challenged, because either I didn’t put myself in a place where I could be challenged or I wasn’t that interested or I simply didn’t have the time or know where to look.
When I finally did begin to look at the Scriptures, doubts began to surface. Did the concept of a pretrib Rapture actually appear in the Bible? Was it an explicit teaching of the Word of God or was it the result of inferences, assumptions, and theological presuppositions? That became the question I was asking---“Where is the pretrib Rapture of the Church taught in Scripture?”
TWO BOOKS BY A POSTTRIB AUTHOR STUNNED ME!
During the 1980’s, while browsing through a bookstore, I purchased two books on the subject of end-times written by George Ladd, a posttribulationist. For years these books, The Blessed Hope and The Last Things, remained on my bookshelf. But my passion to understand end-times chronology had not waned and my doubts about the pretrib position had grown. Eventually I pulled them down and my search for the Rapture continued.
Three points made by the author hit me hard! One, in particular, stunned me and challenged me to reconsider my understanding of the timing of the Rapture. I had never heard these things before. Those three points are discussed in the chart and manual.
I knew something wasn’t right with the pretrib position. Ladd’s two books convinced me I needed to make a shift; however, I wasn’t sold on the posttrib’s view of the timing of the Rapture as occurring at the end of Daniel’s 70th week. I was moving away from the pretrib position, but didn’t know where to go from there.
IT ALL CAME TOGETHER
In 1990, during another one of my many trips to a Christian bookstore, I picked up yet another book on the Rapture entitled, The Pre-wrath Rapture of the Church, by Marv Rosenthal. I didn’t even hesitate. I wanted to understand other people’s perspective on the issue. Needless to say, it was an "Emmaus Road" experience for me! Rosenthal gave me two additional clues or pieces to this end-times puzzle that I never saw before. Those two additional points are covered in the chart and manual.
I kept saying to myself, “It’s so clear! How could I have missed it?”
Other confirming evidence, showcased in The Prewrath Chart, convinced me of the timing of the Rapture. Notice where it occurs in the following sequence of events: 1) the Great Tribulation days begin at the mid-point of the 70th week, and are then cut short by the universal darkness created by the cosmic disturbances (this occurs within the second half of the 70th week), 2) the darkness is then dispelled by the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds, 3) the Rapture occurs at this point, and 4) God’s wrath, found in the Day of the Lord, begins to be poured out on those “left behind!”
Putting it another way, Scripture confirms the Rapture's timing at an unknown point within the second half of the seven-year period—immediately after the Great Tribulation days are cut short by the cosmic disturbances of seal six and prior to the start of God’s Day of the Lord wrath in the first trumpet—a PREWRATH RAPTURE!
Have I taken a journey into confusion or has it been a journey towards truth? Follow the clues in The Prewrath Chart and then decide