The author of the Left Behind(series, teams up with a noted prophecy expert to provide guidelines for interpreting Bible prophecy in a consistently accurate manner, equipping readers with a concise understanding of what the Bible says about the future.
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Benjamin L. Merkle is professor of New Testament at Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of numerous articles, which have appeared in journals such as JETS and Trinity Journal. He earned his Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he wrote his dissertation on deacons and elders.
Much confusion exists among Christians today over subjects such as the rapture, the tribulation and the nation of Israel. Win the World or Escape the Earth? seeks to bring much-needed clarity and makes a timely appeal for the Church to return to classical Christian belief and focus on reaching the nations for Christ. This major study of the return of Christ covers every aspect of the subject and leaves no stone unturned. Its no-nonsense approach to the second coming is sure to blow open the debate over prophecy and the end-times. "This book addresses all the relevant biblical passages in a wise and thoughtful way and demonstrates that a right understanding of God's plan for the end of the age does not instil fear, but rather inspires faith." Timothy Larsen, Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, USA "A wholesome, alternative approach to understanding what the Bible teaches about the future. I hope it will be widely read." Revd. Dr. R T France, Former Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford "A masterful work and a great contribution to the body of Christ. We have our work cut out for us, but Jesus Christ is Lord and He will expand His Kingdom until it fills the earth." Harold R. Eberle, President of Worldcast Ministries and author of Victorious Eschatology "The authors uncover theological errors that have been propagated for generations, resulting in fearful and defeated believers. Caution: be prepared to have your worldview seriously challenged." Kris Vallotton, Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church, Redding, California About the authors: IAN ROSSOL is the Senior Leader of All Nations Church, Leicester and an internationally respected Bible teacher and speaker. TONY WASTALL is the senior leader of LifeSpring Church, founder of LifeSpring Ministries and the author of several books.
Many Christians think of end times prophecy as a gigantic, intimidating puzzle -- difficult to piece together and impossible to figure out. But every puzzle can be solved if you approach it the right way. Paul Benware compares prophecy to a picture puzzle. Putting the edge pieces together first builds the 'framework' that makes it easier to fit the other pieces in their place. According to Benware, the framework for eschatology is the biblical covenants. He begins his comprehensive survey by explaining the major covenants. Then he discusses several different interpretations of end times prophecy. Benware digs into the details of the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, the judgements and resurrections, and the millennial kingdom. But he also adds a unique, personal element to the study, answering questions as: -Why study bible prophecy? -What difference does it make if I'm premillenial or amillenial? If what the Bible says about the future puzzles you, Understanding End Times Prophecy will help you put together the pieces and see the big picture.
"[The Book of] Revelation has served as a "language arsenal" in a great many of the social, cultural, and political conflicts in Western history. Again and again, Revelation has stirred some dangerous men and women to act out their own private apocalypses. Above all, the moral calculus of Revelation—the demonization of one's enemies, the sanctification of revenge taking, and the notion that history must end in catastrophe—can be detected in some of the worst atrocities and excesses of every age, including our own. For all of these reasons, the rest of us ignore the book of Revelation only at our impoverishment and, more to the point, at our own peril." The mysterious author of the Book of Revelation (or the Apocalypse, as the last book of the New Testament is also known) never considered that his sermon on the impending end times would last beyond his own life. In fact, he predicted that the destruction of the earth would be witnessed by his contemporaries. Yet Revelation not only outlived its creator; this vivid and violent revenge fantasy has played a significant role in the march of Western civilization. Ever since Revelation was first preached as the revealed word of Jesus Christ, it has haunted and inspired hearers and readers alike. The mark of the beast, the Antichrist, 666, the Whore of Babylon, Armageddon, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are just a few of the images, phrases, and codes that have burned their way into the fabric of our culture. The questions raised go straight to the heart of the human fear of death and obsession with the afterlife. Will we, individually or collectively, ride off to glory, or will we drown in hellfire for all eternity? As those who best manipulate this dark vision learned, which side we fall on is often a matter of life or death. Honed into a weapon in the ongoing culture wars between states, religions, and citizenry, Revelation has significantly altered the course of history. Kirsch, whom the Washington Post calls "a fine storyteller with a flair for rendering ancient tales relevant and appealing to modern audiences," delivers a far-ranging, entertaining, and shocking history of this scandalous book, which was nearly cut from the New Testament. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the Black Death, the Inquisition to the Protestant Reformation, the New World to the rise of the Religious Right, this chronicle of the use and abuse of the Book of Revelation tells the tale of the unfolding of history and the hopes, fears, dreams, and nightmares of all humanity.
The final book of the Bible, Revelation prophesies the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the "Beast" will be destroyed and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. With an introduction by Will Self.
Have you looked around at the world and felt as though everything was falling apart? America is struggling economically and no one has any answers. Unemployment has been over 9% for over two years now. It feels like the government is trying to take control of our lives. There is speculation that Greece might collapse economically, and, if they do, other European countries will follow suit. The Middle East is in total chaos and very unstable, with all these people rioting in the streets and wreaking havoc on their respective countries, along with dictators falling and rising from power. Iran is still telling everyone they are intent on annihilating Israel as they improve their nuclear capabilities. As Christians, our hope is in Jesus Christ; we know that our God is sovereign, so all the chaos in the world has no effect on how God brings the world to an end. But the end is in sight, and people are looking for something certain in this world. There are so many questions Christians have regarding End Times Prophecy and do not understand, simply because the church has not fulfilled its purpose in rightly dividing the Word of truth for the saints. The Complete Layman's Guide to End Times Prophecy will bring together all the questions one might have regarding the end of the world and the return of the Warrior King Jesus Christ to this earth to set up His millennial kingdom. This book is clear, concise, and cogent in its message and attempts to address all End Times Prophecy questions. Doctor Robert Ramirez, B.A. Political Science, College of Santa Fe; B.A. Pastoral Studies Moody Bible Institute; MDiv, The Master's Seminary; DMin, Trinity Southwest University; Pastor, Alive In Christ Bible Church; President and Founder, New Mexico Bible Institute & Bookstore
The world can expect to witness the following events unfolding in the days and years ahead: The USD losing its reserves currency status The collapse of the global financial system America further weakened by earthquakes and internal revolution The great tribulation Regional war between Israel and her neighbors The Third World War and the rise of Russia Russia invades Israel The rapture of the saints Israel rebuilding the third temple The reign of the Antichrist through the New World Order The second coming of Christ Treacherous times are coming. However, there is safety and hope for the righteous. King David, the ancient king of Israel, had once said, "I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread." The righteous will find their way as they seek the face of the Lord. The righteous will be delivered.