Seven Defining Arguments of the Prewrath View

The Prewrath understanding of the return of Christ has moved into its third decade as a viable and popular viewpoint on the second coming of Christ. While prewrath eschatology continues to develop, we can observe at least seven defining arguments that characterize its interpretation. This paper describes the following key arguments establishing a prewrath framework: (1) God works with Israel and the church simultaneously. (2) The day of the Lord cuts short the great tribulation. (3) Paul uses the Olivet Discourse tradition for his Thessalonian church situation. (4) Paul intends for the church to experience the revelation of the man of lawlessness by using the conditional statement in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. (5) The sixth seal, “celestial disturbances,” signal the impending day of the Lord’s wrath, followed by the trumpets, bowls, and Armageddon. (6) The rapture and resurrection are realized in the event of the innumerable multitude who arrive in heaven portrayed in Revelation 7:9–17. (7) The Parousia is a unified, extended event that begins between the sixth and seventh seals and culminates in the millennial kingdom. This paper’s scope defines the prewrath eschatological framework thirty years after its inception. Its growing popularity is enough for theology students to take notice and become familiar with it.

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