The Blessed Hope: A Biblical Study of the Second Advent and the Rapture

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1956 - Religion - 167 pages
Jesus Christ is coming again! That is the Blessed Hope which has since the earliest days of the church energized biblical Christians looking for the full revelation of God s redemption But even among those who have most devoutly looked forward to the second coming of the Lord there have often been disputes about its nature. At their sharpest, these disputes can lead to the breakdown of fellowship among those who should be standing firmly together against unbelief. Through its many printings, this book by George Eldon Ladd has proved to be a helpful guide for Christians who want to discern clearly the basic biblical teachings about the Blessed Hope. Writing not for his fellow scholars as much as men and women in the pews, Ladd, whose numerous studies of New Testament interpretation earned him the reputation of being one of contemporary evangelicalism s leading thinkers, sketches the history of interpretations of Christ s second coming and then carefully and lucidly examines the biblical passages on which this doctrine is based. Ladd s conclusion is that the blessed hope is the second coming of Jesus Christ, not a pretribulation rapture of believers in a secret coming of Jesus. Yet he concludes, too, that there should be liberty and charity within the Christian community for all who hold to the expectation of the blessed hope and appearing in glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
 

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Excellent book

User Review  - Debbie from ChristFocus - Christianbook.com

"The Blessed Hope" carefully studies the Bible to see if a pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church is clearly taught there or if it is equally or even more clearly taught that Christians will go through ... Read full review

The making of a "reformed dispensationalist!"

User Review  - David Gough - Christianbook.com

It has taken me more than 40 years to read this book. I came to know Christ in 1970 and was immediately exposed to the time lines and charts and introduced to those who espoused the pretribulational ... Read full review

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Contents

THE HISTORIC HOPE OF THE CHURCH
19
THE RISE AND SPREAD OF PRETRIBULATIONISM
35
THE VOCABULARY OF THE BLESSED HOPE
61
THE TRIBULATION THE RAPTURE AND THE RESURRECTION
71
A VALID INFERENCE?
89
WATCH
105
WRATH OR TRIBULATION?
120
RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD
130
THE BLESSED HOPE
137
CONCLUSION
160
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George Eldon Ladd (1911 1982) was professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His numerous books include The New Testament and Criticism, A Commentary on the Revelation of John, and Theology of the New Testament.

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