The Popular Handbook on the Rapture: Experts Speak Out on End-Times Prophecy


  • Why is there so much confusion about how and when the rapture will take place?
  • What does the Bible say for certain about this event?
  • When will the Tribulation occur, and who will face it?

There is a lot of discussion among Christians about the rapture and the last days. Why all the different views? And how do those perspectives line up with Scripture?

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  • Why is there so much confusion about how and when the rapture will take place?
  • What does the Bible say for certain about this event?
  • When will the Tribulation occur, and who will face it?

There is a lot of discussion among Christians about the rapture and the last days. Why all the different views? And how do those perspectives line up with Scripture?

Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice have assembled a team of longtime Bible prophecy experts who look carefully to God's Word for the answers. In this book, readers will discover what they can know for certain. And as they consider the things that still remain uncertain, they will gain a renewed trust that God knows what He is doing. His plan is perfect, and it will unfold in His timing.

An easy-to-understand resource that provides much-needed clarification about the end times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736947831
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Take Me Through the Bible
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 483,577
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim LaHaye, who conceived the Left Behind series, is a renowned prophecy scholar, minister, and educator. His 40 nonfiction works have sold more than 11 million copies. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Southern California.

Thomas Ice is executive director of the Pre-Trib Research Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Ice, formerly a pastor, co-founded the center with Tim LaHaye, and has authored or coauthored more than 25 books and numerous articles on Bible prophecy.

Ed Hindson is the dean and distinguished professor of religion at Liberty University in Virginia. He also serves as the speaker on The King Is Coming telecast and has written, co-written, or served as general editor for numerous books, including 15 Future Events That Will Shake the World; Exploring Bible Prophecy from Genesis to Revelation and The Popular Handbook on the Rapture (both with Tim LaHaye); and The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History. He holds a DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Why Studying Bible Prophecy Is So Important Today Tim LaHaye 13

Chapter 2 The Second Coming in Scripture Tim LaHaye 29

Chapter 3 What Is the Rapture? Tim LaHaye 45

Chapter 4 The Second Coming: A Two-phased Event Tim LaHaye 53

Chapter 5 A History of the Rapture Teaching Thomas Ice 59

Chapter 6 The Doctrine of an Imminent Rapture Wayne A. Brindle 77

Chapter 7 Three Foundational Rapture Passages Robert Dean 91

Chapter 8 The Pretribulation Rapture Teaching in the Early Church Grant R. Jeffrey 105

Chapter 9 The Purpose and Role of the Tribulation Ed Hindson 117

Chapter 10 The Wrath to Come Is Not for Believers Tim LaHaye 129

Chapter 11 How to Avoid Being Left Behind Ed Hindson 141

Chapter 12 Is the Rapture Found in 2 Thessalonians 2:3? H. Wayne House 147

Chapter 13 "Departing" Rather than "Falling Away" in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Tim LaHaye 157

Chapter 14 The End-time Apostasy Is Already Here David R. Reagan 175

Chapter 15 The Literal Interpretation of Scripture and the Rapture Thomas Ice 193

Chapter 16 Why Christ Will Come Before the Tribulation Tim LaHaye 213

Chapter 17 Israel and the Church and Why They Matter to the Rapture Michael J. Vlach 223

Chapter 18 The Rapture, Church, and Israel in End-times Prophecy Paul Wilkinson 235

Chapter 19 The Basis of the Second Coming of the Messiah Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum 249

Chapter 20 The Date of the Book of Revelation Andy Woods 273

Chapter 21 What to Do If You've Been Left Behind Tim LaHaye 287

Notes 293


God and Bible Prophecy 15

The Times of the Gentiles 18

God's Wonderful Plan for Our Future 25

The 15 Differences Between the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing 55

The Second Coming of Christ 56

English Words Usage / Concept of Rapture 75

The Second Coming According to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 164

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Very informative book

    Loved this book. It gives comprehensive, Biblical information on the rapture.

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite More than ever,

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    More than ever, people are asking questions about the rapture and second coming of Christ. With so many happenings in the world that are in line with what the Bible says will happen, we all want to know what the Bible says will happen next. Authors Tim LaHaye, Thomas Ice and Ed Hindson use scriptures from the Bible to answer many questions that you may have. Some of the questions answered here are: The Second Coming in Scriptures; Three Foundational Rapture Passages, How to Avoid Being Left Behind, and What to Do if You Have Been Left Behind. You will find answers to these and seventeen other questions here in this book, “The Popular Handbook on the Rapture.”

    This is a very interesting handbook with answers to so many questions on this subject. I thoroughly enjoyed the insight into what is going to happen to this world as it is now. If you would like a book on end-times prophecy, this handbook would be a wonderful addition to your library. It is written by well known authors who have written many books on this issue, and you will find a wealth of information here and scripture to back it up. This is not a book that has to be read chapter by chapter; you can read what you are interested in at a time. I think this would also be a great Bible study for any small group. I highly recommend this rapture handbook for anyone interested in these issues, and so to most readers.

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