Bruce Baber (31
from the early 1900s reveal similarities to today's events"
I recently found something very interesting. There was a
book published in 1916 in England that dealt with the pretrib
rapture. It was titled "In the Twinkling of an Eye" and
written by Sydney Wallace.
I found a copy of the first American printing (1918?) and began
reading it. I was amazed. Watson's book is in the
form of a fictional novel and is about a newspaper publisher who
sees the significance of the Jewish growth of a Zionist movement
beginning in the late 1800s and the likely imminent return of
Jesus to catch up believers to meet Him in the clouds before a
seven year tribulation.
Watson wrote a whole series that dealt with similar apocalyptic
subjects. I've tried to find out more information about
the author, but so far... not much luck.
Clearly the author believed that the rapture was coming and
based his belief on developments in the Holy Land and the
fledgling Zionist movement. He even mentions that some
Jewish elements had begun to gather materials for the rebuilding
of the temple. He sprinkled in quite a number of biblical
passages and shows how the prophecies were beginning to be
A fairly recent critique of the book mentions that Watson's work
bears resemblance to Tim LaHaye's "Left Behind" series and
perhaps was the prototype.
Sydney Wallace was not a great writer. The characters and
plot of the novel are very thin. It seems evident that his
novel was purely intended to introduce apocalyptic themes to
readers who were unfamiliar with such ideas.
Just thought I'd share this with you and get your comments.