As many of you know, for many years I have been critical of premillenial dispensationalism, the "rapture-centric" view of the end times made most popular in the Left Behind series of novels.
For a long list of reasons, I have generally held to the simpler amillenial understanding of Jesus' Second Coming in which there is no secret rapture, no escape from tribulation, and no literal thousand year reign of Christ on earth.
I posted on it here.
But that's changing.
After careful reflection and study of primary sources, I am now coming to believe that I Thessalonians 4:13-17 does in fact describe the exodus of the church from planet earth; that the material in Revelation 4-19 really does describe the years of tribulation with Christians absent from the scene; and that there are in a sense three Second Comings -- one at the rapture, the second to establish the millenial kingdom, and the third at the end of the kingdom to inaugurate the new heavens and new earth once and for all.
As I progress in this new thinking, it will take some new training, perhaps starting with Dallas Seminary in the town where I grew up.
I'll need a new list of theological heroes, from C.I. Scofield to John Hagee to Jimmy DeYoung and of course, Tim LaHaye himself.
Talbot Davis, Rapture-ready dispensationalist.
God works in mysterious ways, doesn't he?