4 out of 4 stars
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Except the Lord Build the House: A Biblical Examination of the Return of Jesus Christ and the Rapture of His Church was authored by Norman Eberly. It is 314 pages long and was published by AuthorHouse in 2019. The book is divided into three parts and comprises 39 chapters. The author has examined a subject that is endlessly debated by theologians, teachers, and Bible students and has at times generated controversies. Here, the emphasis is not on the time but the sequence of events as drawn from the Bible. The author employs the analogy of constructing a house to discuss many views concerning the Great Tribulation and the Rapture.
I supposed the fact that the author had taken almost twenty-two years was intriguing enough until I read the entire book. The book not only supports ‘Post-tribulation Rapture’ but also presents sufficient evidence from the Old Testament, the words of Jesus, and also several other books from the New Testament. The author, therefore, helps the reader to raise the question concerning the other views on the Rapture, like Pre-tribulation and Mid-tribulation. This question is also handled through the provision and examination of historical facts and writings.
One fact the author acknowledged is the interpretation of the Bible has always been a significant cause of division. Personal interpretations have been given greater emphasis than the literal Bible quotations themselves and thus resulting in erroneous and divisive teachings in the Church. The author places central emphasis on the scripture and makes it the premise of his discourse. One way he attempted to correctly interpret the scripture was by defining several terminologies relating to the Rapture and the return of Christ through the use of their original Greek terminologies.
This book proved to be a valuable resource when it comes to eschatological teachings. The author showed how strange teachings that are unsound biblically can be generated through the reliance on personal interpretations of the Bible. What I liked most was the fact that he not only disapproved of other theories but also enabled me to know how to interpret scripture. The latter is what I appreciated most as the lesson applies to more areas and so will aid readers to know what is biblically sound and what is not. The historical facts and events in the book were equally compelling. There is so much I learned that I did not know before reading the book. The only thing I disliked was the use of the words ‘this author’ to express the author’s points. This was a personal preference, though, and in this way, I believe it will not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.
The book was professionally edited because I did not discover any grammatical errors. The language used was also straightforward, and the author provided adequate arguments to support his points. Consequently, I heartily rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book to all students of the Bible, theologians, and every other Christian as well. It will appeal most to those who want to learn more about the doctrine of Post-tribulation Rapture. The book may be unsuitable for readers who are averse to biblical eschatological teaching.
Except the Lord Build the House
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