"Jesus himself would have been astonished to learn that thousands of years after him there were such notions afloat."
Jesus Himself would know, period. He is God manifest in flesh. And He would not be astonished either, for He knows our thoughts afar off.
The author needs to understand there are many "types" of the rapture in the Old and New Testament. Enoch, Isaac and Rebecca, the parable of the Ten Virgins. To discount these simply because the word "rapture" itself is not in the Bible (and it is in the Vulgate) is disingenuous.
I can't help but feel that Islam has become a judgement on the nations for rejecting God. When Israel went astray, God let their enemies carry them away captive to Assyria and Babylon. Today Islam is dominating our culture because the nations are turning their backs on God.
"If my people which are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray"...
Distribution can never be too successful. Would to God there were more Bibles given away free. The problem is not with the Word of God, it is with the culture that is receiving it. Years ago the ground the Word was being sown on was largely good ground, now it is stoney ground. But we still have to sow it regardless.
Satan has always had control over this world system. But we are to shine as lights in the darkness.
There are people who are genuinely suffer from gender abnormalities. They shouldn't be discriminated against. But unfortunately most of it is just the product of an evil society that wants to overturn God's natural laws. And in doing so they will destroy themselves.
Yes, there is a sense in which Christ gave Himself for the church corporately. We read that "Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it". But that does not mean to say that His sacrifice and offer of salvation is limited to certain individuals who have been "chosen" before hand. That would put a big question mark over the love of God. His sacrifice was for all people (Isaiah 53:6, John 3:16, 1st John 2:2), but all will not avail themselves of it. We become part of the body of Christ - the elect - the called out ones - for which He gave Himself, when we put our trust in Him for salvation.
What "hope" will these atheists offer the lawbreaker? After all, atheism teaches them there are no moral absolutes, rather than an absolute moral Lawgiver who will punish sin. Thus they will believe their only crime was getting caught, and will go on to do "what is right in their own eyes" when they get out.