Q. 1)What do you think about the pre-wrath rapture of the Church? I was pre-trib for such along time until I read the book by Marvin Rosenthal, “The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church”. It made so much sense that just cannot see any other way. I would just like to know what you think about it and have you read the book.
2)If the Muslim’s messiah is the the anti-Christ then how does this go with the anti-Christ coming from the Holy Roman Empire?
A. Marvin is a very persuasive person and he and I have talked at length about his rapture view. One of the major disagreements we have concerns where the Wrath begins. I believe it begins in Rev. 6 with the Seal Judgments. Rev. 6:15-17 say, Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
He places it much later, around the time of the Bowl judgments. Through out the Old Testament the entire tribulation period is often called the wrath of God. Isaiah 26:20 & 34:2 are examples. The idea of it only being the last cycle of judgments in the Book of Revelation is man’s interpretation not God’s intent. In summary, the Rapture of the Church will precede the time of God’s wrath, but God’s wrath includes the entire tribulation period, not just part of it.
The Roman Empire had both Eastern and Western components. The Eastern one was comprised of many of the countries we now know as Moslem nations such as Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and parts of Iran and Iraq.