When it comes to the subject of the rapture, most people are only concerned with the question of whether it will happen before, during, or after the tribulation. There are, however, much more important issues concerning it that need to be addressed - issues with eternal consequences for our lives. There are aspects of the rapture that popular teaching on the subject usually ignores, so many Christians have not been prepared to deal with much of what scripture says concerning it.
Because many believers have not been taught the whole truth about these things, they may soon find that they have been OVERTAKEN UNAWARES by events that are on the horizon right now! There is no need to go blindly into the future when the truth is there for anyone who will carefully consider it to see. There is much reason to be hopeful if you are properly prepared for what is coming, so it is my prayer that you will read this book, take to heart what God's word says about these things, and share it with anyone who will listen so you, and they, will not be...
I’ve always been intensely curious about how the world around me works. From asking my Dad as a young child how gasoline made the car go to learning how a turbo-fan engine generates thrust in Air Force Aircraft Maintenance School, I have been passionate about understanding the principles behind how things work. As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a student of God's word, this life-long quest has led to the discovery of underlying truths that go beyond the standard arguments of some of the competing points of view that divide Christians. This is especially true concerning the subject of the return of Christ and related issues like the rapture, the Antichrist, and the Book of Revelation. Much of what I have discovered is not well known however, leaving many people unprepared for events that are about to hit the world like a run-away freight train. My desire to address this urgent need is what motivated me to write OVERTAKEN UNAWARES.
As New Covenant believers we sometimes miss truths in God's word that are woven into both covenants. We understand that the New Covenant is the fulfillment of the Old, so it stands to reason that many things in the New Testament have a precedent in the Old Testament. These precedents often establish foundational principles upon which their New Testament fulfillment is based that can provide invaluable insights into them. This is certainly true about the rapture which is foreshadowed by Old Testament events. There are also aspects of the rapture that Old Testament scriptures address, so our understanding of this event will not be complete until we review the "whole counsel of God" on the subject.
Jesus told us that He would return twice. After describing world-wide cataclysms that will be so severe that unless the days are shortened no flesh will survive (Matthew 24:22) He said He would return after the tribulation of those days (Matthew 24:29) in power and great glory, and everyone would see Him (Luke 21:27), but also that He would come when it was unexpected during a time of normalcy (Matthew 24:37-44). The Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians that this “day of the Lord” will come “as a thief in the night” at a time of peace and safety (1st Thessalonians 5:2&3). He told us to not be asleep so it can’t “overtake” us like a thief (1st Thessalonians 5:4&6), and Jesus said to not let it “come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). This event is what we refer to as “the rapture.”