Tribulation now, rapture next? Are today's troubles part of what the Bible foretold?

Book by Baptist Pastor David A. Reed applies the methodology of Luther, Calvin & Spurgeon to current events—instead of Left Behind theology

Are you prepared for what lies ahead? Global epidemics, food shortages, mid-East conflict, preparations for global war, climate change, locust plagues, coastal storms and tsunamis, major earthquakes, cultural revolution and political instability—all are happening today, but their prophetic significance is ignored by most churches.

All were foretold in the Bible, but not for today—according to the popular "left-behind" teaching that the tribulation Jesus foretold won't occur until after Christians are raptured to heaven—a comforting thought, but no real help if not true.

If the apocalyptic events foretold in Revelation are starting to happen now, we need to know about it. Jesus said, "when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near." (Luke 21:28) He wants us to know the time we're living in.

The view taught by the Left Behind novels isn’t what Christians believed for hundreds of years. Roger Williams, who founded the first Baptist church in America never saw a post-Rapture seven-year tribulation in the Bible. Neither did Spurgeon, Luther or Calvin. Nor did Jonathan Edwards, John Knox, Tyndale or Wycliffe.

The "left-behind" view gained popularity only 100 years ago, but isn't the historic Protestant approach to Bible prophecy.

So, are today's events really what the Bible foretold would happen in the days before Christ returns? Do Christians face tribulation?

What evidence is there that the Left Behind view is wrong, and that prophecy is being fulfilled right now by today's events?

The facts discussed here will change the lives of everyone on this planet. Day-to-day life will soon be altered—even more drastically than when hit by toilet paper shortages and orders to wear masks and stay at home. And the Bible will be our only safe guide through the days ahead. Are you ready? Eternal lives are at stake—ours and our loved ones'.

David A. Reed is senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He served for a decade as a contributing editor of Dr. Walter Martin’s Christian Research Journal. Reed taught in 1997 and 2015 at the School of Theology at Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. His first book was published in 1986 by Baker Book House and sold more than ¼-million copies. Since then he has authored twenty books—translated into a dozen languages. Reed's ministry websites are ImmanuelBaptistNB.org and BibleNook.com.

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