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Dual-track presentation and debate between futurist (Thomas Ice) and preterist (Gentry) views of the Great Tribulation. Each presenter offers a lengthy two chapter presentation of his position in the first section of the book. Then each critiques the other's presentations. Thorough insights into the these key prophetic passages.
224 pp. Kregel. 2nd Printing Paper.
This engaging book brings together two opposing viewpoints, preterism and futurism, for discussion. The preterist view, represented by Dr. Gentry, argues that Jesus prophesies that the Great Tribulation was to be fulfilled in the experience of the early church. The futurist view, represented here by Dr. Ice, holds that Bible prophecy portrays the Great Tribulation as yet to come.
Presented in a friendly debate format with responses by each author to the other's position, this work will inform readers who hold either of these positions or are undecided about this issue.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 1: THE GREAT TRIBULATION IS PAST
1. The Great Tribulation is Past: Foundation (Gentry)
2. The Great Tribulation is Past: Exposition (Gentry
Section 2: THE GREAT TRIBULATION IS FUTURE
3. The Great Tribulation is Future: The Old Testament (Ice)
4. The Great Tribulation is Future: The New Testament (Ice)
Section 3: REBUTTALS
5. The Great Tribulation is Past: Rebuttal (Ice)
6. The Great Tribulation is Future: Rebuttal (Gentry)
Recommended Resources for Preterist View
Recommended Resources for Futurist View
"After reading it you will see why the majority of big-name dispensationalists refuse to debate. Their position cannot stand the scrutiny."
Regardless of your current thoughts on the subject, this book will help you tie together any loose ends. It represents a very clear and easily-readable presentation of two opposite views of eschatology: futurism (dispensationalism) and preterism.
Like most evangelical Christians today, I grew up learning and teaching dispensationalism. Many studies in Daniel meant I had the images and calculations down pat. However, there was a nagging doubt involved in stretching the 70th week out for over two thousand years. Suddenly -- and recently -- everything is falling into place.
If you are unfamiliar with any other view of the end times, do yourself a favour and get a copy of this book. Both sides are very clearly presented. Read them and make up your own mind.