“The End,” Mark Hitchcock’s comprehensive overview of Bible prophecy, begins with a brief humorous “…overview of what we can all agree on…” followed by stats, facts and “ten key reasons” to study Bible prophecy.
Two reasons are about blessings, why the book of Revelation is called the “blessing book” as well as God’s promise of “special blessings” to those who read, listen and obey because “God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy…” (Rev. 1:3)
Another reason is that “prophecy is a major part of divine revelation.” Here the author cites the rationale for the “Law of Proportion” that says the importance of a Bible subject is recognized by the “attention devoted to it…” Then he adds intriguing biblical statistics such as 28.5% of the Old Testament and 21.5% of the New Testament is prophetical and other little-known statistics.
Still another reason to study prophecy is Jesus–“The essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”(Rev. 19:10)
Since 27% of the Bible is devoted to prophecy, Mark hopes the foundation he provides will motivate readers to search the Scriptures and learn about end time events even though the prophetical books can be difficult to understand. His clear writing coupled with his unique ability to break apart difficult subjects and positions with easy-to-understand charts and lists equips readers to determine for themselves what their beliefs are.
Mark is careful to note his own beliefs in the introduction which is a “futurist, premillennial viewpoint” and he discusses that point-of-view in chapter three, “When will the Believing be leaving.” However, he also clearly describes and defines other perspectives as well.
My overall impression from Mark’s book is a sense of encouragement that readers learn about and decide on what their prophetical beliefs are, even though they may differ from his. His concise definitions of pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, pre-wrath, post-tribulation and the “Second Coming” are excellent, as are descriptions of the millennial views, amillennial, pre-millennial and post millennial views.
Thirty-nine chapters, divided into fourteen segments cover “key passages” from the books of Daniel, the Synoptic Gospels of the Olivet Discourse and Revelation. Mark reveals patterns, sequences and chronologies of events with a multiplicity of charts, lists and concise definitions of meanings that provide clarity and understanding.
The author believes there hasn’t been this style of prophetical compilations since the publication of D. J. Dwight Pentecost’s “Things to Come,” fifty years ago. He hopes “The End” can “…provide for this generation what Dr. Pentecost did for his.”
I like the writing and non-biased presentation and encourage readers interested in prophecy to consider this book.
‘The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days,’ by Mark Hitchcock, Hardcover, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012, 528 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414353739, $22.99
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A comprehensive guide to Bible prophecy and the End of Days
What are the events, the characters, and the prophecies that will bring world history to its predicted climax? Will we be wise enough to see it coming? Will we be ready?
Bible prophecy is filled with numerous interpretations and positions, but that shouldn’t become a reason to ignore the prophecies presented in Scripture. These verses deserve our attention just as much as–or more than–other Scripture passages.
Mark Hitchcock, author of more than twenty books on end times Bible prophecy, has created the definitive resource that will answer all of your questions about the end times. View: Premillennial Pre-Tribulation
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