Thanks for your posts, I especially appreciate your comments on this subject. The subject of eschatology is complex indeed. I exhort everyone to take some time to carefully study this out. Although this is a critical issue, it is clearly a secondary issue on which we can disagree. The most important issue is the Gospel—-what it is and isn’t—on that we must agree and remain united. We must first and foremost preach Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified.
Regarding the ‘secret Rapture’, I disagree with my friend R2R on her position here, but I do acknowledge that this is one issue that I hope I am wrong about and that God will rapture us away before the Tribulation.
The best book I have read on this subject is The Church and the Last Things, by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It can be purchased separately, but it’s also sold as book 3 in his excellent book, Great Doctrines of the Bible. I highly recommend this book as an outstanding simple primer on doctrine and a good thorough introduction to end time events. This link describes the book, The Church and the Last Things.
I also recommend that you regularly check out Jan Markell’s Understanding the Times radio show and ministry. Although I disagree with Jan’s position on the pre-Trib rapture, I have tremendous respect for her efforts to monitor end time events. Her radio program this week was on the new pope, it was absolutely outstanding—-you can listen to it in her archives, it should be posted by next Saturday. Although I disagree with Jan on the timing of the Rapture, I do sincerely hope she is right and I am wrong on this.