Friday, October 1, 2010

The Dead Rise First Rapture Countdown by Alton Ragan and Robert McLaughlin - REVIEWED

About the Book:(from the authors' website)
n the small town of Jordan, Oklahoma residents find themselves the victim of a shocking terrorist attack. A society so completely dependant on technology for its security and commerce has suddenly been turned upside down. Even worse than the uncertainty of their immediate safety is another problem that no one can explain.

People who have been dead for years are popping up all over town, appearing and giving witness that the Rapture of the Church is eminent but for the lost, the Great Tribulation. Who will listen to their message and repent and who will refuse to believe their own eyes?

Meet Jack, a pastor who is suddenly slapped in the face by what has happened and then baffled when he spots Sister Gregg, a former member of his church. The only trouble is the last time he saw the woman was at her own funeral. The town begins to shake at these events and as a church turns to their leader, Pastor Jack desperately searches for the answers he must give his congregation. How much time remains for people to repent is anyone’s guess, for Jack and his flock it’s a race to reach the lost.

The Dead Rise First is a fast paced, intriguing read for anyone interested in the Rapture. This book brings something new to readers and is provoking discussion among scholars with this one question: why do the dead rise first? Although purely fiction, the events are based on scriptural answers that unearth a new understanding concerning the rapture of the Church. Does it reveal a mystery about how God will raise the dead in Christ as seen in 1Thess. 4:13-14? Will it be the same way Jesus resurrected in Matthew 27:52-53? You decide.

My Thoughts:

The Dead Rise First is a self-published book based on the idea that the dead are going to rise first – before the living in Christ are raptured – to warn people that Christ’s return is imminent.

I didn’t know that before I agreed to review the book.

The Bible does not contradict itself. I believe this is a deceptive, anti-biblical philosophy being touted as truth through fiction. The power-outage theory was already masterfully done by Terri Blackstock in her Restoration series. The basic philosophy behind this story is misleading and confusing. And if all the poor left-behind souls have to depend on is a preacher going around saying, “pray this prayer after me” without an ounce of explanation of the gospel…and then the pastor thinking to himself, “Man, I hope they believed what they prayed.” These folks are not only going to be lost for all eternity, but they sure as anything won’t be convinced to turn to Christ by ghosts walking around.

Make up your own mind and read more about this book at the authors' website.

About the Authors:

Alton Ragan is an author, business owner and presently serves on the board of Shawnee Rescue Mission, an inner urban outreach, where they feed the hungry and meet the needs of people with open air witnessing and preaching. He has served on the board of two churches and co hosted a small television program, in the late 1990s called "Truth Talks" on channel 11 in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been an avid student of God’s Word for more than thirty years and his heart burns for souls in these last days. He is the father of two children and three grandchildren. Alton Ragan resides with his wife of 34 years in central Oklahoma where he continues to write.

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