(I received this letter in March of 1975. In light of the recent terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, one wonders if American Christians are as unprepared for big-time trouble as the Chinese Christians were when Communism conquered China a half-century ago.)
Thank you for your letter of January 22nd. We were out of the country at the time and I am still finding letters on my desk that have not been answered.
And thank you for the copy of your book, "Late Great Pre-Trib Rapture".
The news from around the world of Christians suffering unbelievably is bound to make a "pre-tribber" do some serious thinking. Of course, I am sure they would say that the tribulation they have undergone is nothing to be compared with the "great tribulation" and they may be right. However, I would rather prepare myself to go through the tribulation and be happily surprised by an unexpected rapture, than expect to be raptured only to find myself going through tribulation. Perhaps not a very scholarly way of approaching the problem, but true none the less.
I was talking recently with an elderly missionary from China who told me that her greatest regrets now are not having prepared the Chinese Christians for the tribulation they would undergo. She said in her years in China she went everywhere teaching the pre-tribulation rapture and getting Christians to believe that they would not have to suffer for the Lord in that sense. The "great tribulation" may absolutely stagger the imagination, but still there is only so much one person can suffer.
Anyway, thank you for your thought provoking book. I shall see that it gets into Bill's hands. I'm sure it's going to do a lot of good. Thanks for writing it.
Ruth B. Graham