Oh, we creationists do point out that this fallen and flood-scarred creation groans and travails for rebirth [Romans 8:22]; that Paul linked the Creation [in the First Adam] to the Resurrection of Christ [the last Adam] and onward to our Blessed Hope in 1 Corinthians 15; and (to those who say we can add millions of years and/or microbes-to-man evolution to the Bible) that if this world will be restored to its pre-Fall as promised in Acts 3:21, yet death, mutation, disease, suffering, thorns, natural disasters and mass extinction abound in the fossil record, we really haven’t got a good future to look forward to (i.e., Acts 3:21 only makes sense if there was no pre-Fall death and suffering in God’s “very good” Creation[Genesis 1:31]). Admittedly, we usually don’t have as much time as we would prefer to reflect upon end times Bible prophecy.
Gary Frazier, president of Discovery Missions, has written an entirely readable and thought-provoking book on this subject. The first half of the book especially is quite the page-turner. Over the space of 185 pages, Frazier paints a compelling picture of how the end might come. I say might because, well, there’s a lot of uncertainty where it comes to end times Bible prophecy. For example, Jesus explicitly warned that no man nor angel could know the day nor the hour of His appearing, save God Himself [Mark 13:32]. This all-important caveat places a veil of obscurity over end time events, presumably to prevent one from discerning when Christ will return. We see through a glass darkly, as it were. In any case, this makes a lot of eschatological speculation read a bit like science fiction, which, in part, accounts for the popularity of the Left Behind series.
Nevertheless, Gary Frazier does a great job of piecing together a scenario to show how things might develop if the Rapture came tomorrow morning and the rest of Bible prophecy came tumbling into place onto the stage of world history! He explores possible reasons for why the United States of America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy, examines the probable role of the European Union, Islam, the Roman Catholic and new technology in fulfillment of specific prophecies. I found most of his scenarios compelling.
Frazier is at his strongest while discussing current events and their possible fulfillment of Bible prophecy, but the last chapter – dealing with the Glorious Appearing, future judgments of believers and unbelievers and the Millennial reign – suffers a bit, if only because the preceding chapters are so well-written. He also makes a compelling case for the dichotomy between the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing, summarized in an excellent chart on 15 differences between the two Biblically foretold events on pages 22-23.
There were a few things I did not like about the book, but they were all minor. In regards to creation, I also note that he states that no rain fell before the Flood and seems to makes allusions to the old Vapor Canopy theory [p.12]. Neither of these positions can be held dogmatically from a Biblical standpoint, but neither does the text forbid them from being true. Likewise, Frazier believes that the Bible indicates a 7000-year plan based on the 7 days of the Creation Week (in which 2000 years passed from Creation to Abraham’s call, another 2000 years passed between Abraham and the birth of the Church at post-Resurrection Pentecost, and another 2000 years has nearly passed since, which will culminate in Christ’s Millenial reign), which is totally speculative (the Bble nowhere specifically teaches this) and smacks of date-setting to me [p.16-17]. On page 17, he opines that evolution is only a theory, which is a common misunderstanding of the issue, but makes the further erro of stating that “a theory is something that hasn’t been proven in an observable, verifiable way,” a definition which would rule out a good number of valid theories within science. On the other hand, Frazier is utterly correct to state that “it takes a greater step of faith to accept evolutionthan to simply accept the biblical record” [p.17]. In discussing the possible role of the Catholic Church in the predicted One World Religion, Frazier makes the common mistake of taking the leaven of Matthew 13:33-35 out of context [p.122], stating that leavened bread is a symbol of evil. While it is used thus in other passages, the context of the passage here (and of the parable of the mustard seed which precedes it) is how the kingdom of heaven grows exponentially from something small. Context determines meaning. In any case, this does not diminish his other arguments (and I was quite shocked to discover that Pope Benedict answered “yes” to the title of his 1964 sermon, “Are Non-Christians Saved?”, expressing the sentiment that non-Christians can be saved and not even know about it [p.115], a dreadful contradiction of Peter’s affirmation that there is no other name under heaven whereby men must be saved; if papal succession is a true doctrine [and I don’t think it is], how can this pope contradict the teaching of the first pope [by their way of thinking]?)
Again, none of my objections diminish the overall effectiveness of his book. Overall, I found Gary Frazier’s book a fascinating, thought-provoking read. It Could Happen Today is written as an approachable summary for the popular audience, which makes it a bit easier to understand and digest than some of the other eschatological works I’ve read. So if you’re looking for an easy-to-understand synopsis of how things could come to pass from a pre-Tribulational Rapture view of things, buy this book today.
You can find out more about the book at http://nlpg.com/itcouldhappen or view the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaNtnT1SSYM&feature=player_embedded.
-Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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