The day of the Lord is the central theme of the Bible’s prophetic teaching, yet it often receives a superficial treatment by prophetic teachers. This work, occasioned by the novel rapture theory of Robert Van Kampen and Marvin Rosenthal, goes a long way to balance the scales. It goes straight to the heart of their pre-wrath rapture theory, their own peculiar location and understanding of the day of the Lord, and demonstrates that it is unsound. Then it demonstrates that the true force of the promise in Revelation 3:10 is to keep from the hour of trial that the first five seals are indeed divinely imposed visitations and trials, and that the church must, therefore, be raptured before any of the events of the seventieth week transpire.
This fascinating study is the most thorough answer to the pre-wrath rapture theory to appear to date. Brainard has done the painstaking work of answering every one of the major arguments presented by Rosenthal and Van Kampen in their books. This book is readable, its logic clear, its arguments sound, and it’s conclusions convincing.