Renald Showers

Recommendation:  4/5

Description of author:  Dr. Renald Showers is a professor and international conference speaker for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.

Comments:  Subtitled, A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church, this book is quite thorough.  Showers sets out in great detail the argument for a Pretribulation Rapture of the church.  He divides his book into two parts:  Part 1, Preliminary Considerations, and Part 2, Biblical Inferences for the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.  The first part deals mostly with setting the stage of the discussion, looking especially at the Biblical teaching regarding the Day of the Lord and the Great Tribulation.  The second part lays out the arguments for the Pretribulation Rapture:  (1)  This is the only view that can be reconciled with the doctrine of the imminence of the return of Christ; (2) This is the only view that can adequately explain Christ’s promise to His disciples in John 14:2-3; (3)  The distinction between the Rapture and the Second Coming at the end of the Great Tribulation; (4)  The relationship of church saints to the wrath of God; (5)  The request of the troubled Thessalonians; (6)  The prophecy of the 70 weeks of Daniel; and (7)  The references to the church and Israel in the book of Revelation.  He also has an excellent addendum at the end on the reference to ‘the last trump’ in 1 Cor. 15:51-52.  It also includes a subject and author index as well as a Scripture index.  I recommend this book to those who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of this important subject.