I met Alan Kurschner at the Las Vegas Prophecy Conference this past August. We agreed to read and review each other’s books – my book Daniel Revisited and Alan’s book Antichrist. Since yours truly is the author and teacher of the Four Signposts, I feel I must review Alan’s book (as I do with all prophecy works) in two ways – the first as a work standing on its own, and secondly as a work relative to the Signposts.
So I finished reading Alan Kurschner’s book, Antichrist before the day of the Lord. As a work of scholarship standing on its own, I must say Antichrist is an excellent reference for, and treatment of, the topic of a pre-wrath timing of the Rapture and of the reign of Antichrist during the seven-year Tribulation. And while I will not take a public position on the timing of the Rapture so as to not allow that topic to be a stumbling block for a large segment of today’s Rapture-occupied Church to receive the Signpost message, Kurschner’s book nevertheless makes an excellent argument for the pre-Wrath position. It personally made me reconsider some passages of Scripture and re-think that topic.
Overall if any work on this topic could convince people that the Rapture is indeed pre-wrath, it would be Kurschner’s book. Kurschner extensively quotes and uses Scripture to prove his points and includes close examination of the Greek words behind our English translations. I believe Antichrist should be included in the set of works to be studied by any serious student of end-time prophecy.
I also appreciate the scholastic climate he sets in his book where he writes on pg. 21 that “we should strive for the most likely interpretation without trying to say more than Scripture will allow us to say.” I take that same position in my work, and Alan holds true to this statement in Antichrist as well.
Regarding the relation of Antichrist to the Signposts keep in mind Kurschner, like almost all teachers, had not heard of the Signposts. But to set an overall framework for the reader of his research targeting the last half of the Tribulation, he had to address the entire seven-year Tribulation at some point. And so Kurschner does speak to all seven seals of the scroll handed to the Lamb in Revelation 5.
Prior to the knowledge of the Signposts, the popular position has been that all seven seals are broken during the seven-year Tribulation. The Signposts of course, argue that the first four seals are broken prior to the start of the Tribulation.
I do appreciate Alan’s intellectual and scholastic honesty. It becomes evident on p. 47 where he writes, “Concerning the first three seals, I think we are at least certain as to when they will occur (maybe even before) the seven-year period. My purpose in this section is to focus on the fourth and fifth seals, which we are more certain about…I will keep my comments on the first three seals to a minimum.” In other words, he doesn’t make pretenses of topics he has not investigated and instead concentrates on giving the reader a proper treatise of the last half of the Tribulation.
Now, according to the new Signpost interpretation written about in my book, the first three seals, when broken, begin the First, Second, and Third Signposts. I write in my book, “If the fifth, sixth and seventh seals represent events unfolding during and at the end of the Tribulation, couldn’t the first four seals perhaps represent events occurring before the Tribulation?” I then spend over the course of a few chapters showing that, yes, the first through fourth seals are opened prior to the Tribulation. I also wrote, “I did not intend for this book to go into any great detail about the rule of the Antichrist during the Tribulation.” Like Alan, I concentrated on the teaching of the area of end-time prophecy that I researched.
It would seem that God puts a burden on the hearts of many of us to explore particular parts of the end-time story that God is revealing, and wisdom is given in part to many people.
Joel Richardson was given wisdom on the origin of the Antichrist. Nelson was given wisdom regarding the Olivet Discourse. But for Alan, it is the last half of the Tribulation, the Antichrist’s rule, and a pre-wrath Rapture. And for me, it was the Signposts all occurring prior to the Tribulation and Rapture.
The fact that Antichrist and Daniel Revisited seem to complement each other in respective areas of eschatology provides evidence to this idea.