02 September 2012

The End by Mark Hitchcock, Book review

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN-13: 978-1414353739


(From the back cover)

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.

My thoughts:

At 518 pages, 'The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and The End of Days' by Mark Hitchcock peaked my interest with a brilliant compilation of what the Old Testament Prophets referred to as the Second Coming of Christ.

We know Bible scholars and laymen have different views on the end times scenario albeit most agree Jesus will return to claim His bride (the Church) at some point.
And most of us are familiar with Revelation 21:1-8
'Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying: "Look, God's home is now among his people!..."

Hitchcock presents us with an easily understood guide to this future event including lesser known biblical facts gleaned from Old Testaments Prophets as well as Scriptures from the New Testament which clearly indicates we are living in the end times: Christ will return!

 Like other believers you probably have many questions about the Rapture or the Mark of the Beast, the 144,000 saved during Tribulation, when will it happen and what you can expect.

In this book, Mark Hitchcock excels as he carefully presents readers a clear, concise and easily understood look at Bible prophecies, ways to interpret and study the many predictions we have been given to prepare ourselves.
He does not obsess with the prophecies but expresses his interest in the end times sharing with readers what he learned during his research. His first appendix shows a proposed chronology of the end times. His second appendix includes recommended books to further study whilst his thorough index is one of the best I have ever seen!

This Bible prophecy expert is the author of more than twenty books on the subject of the end times alone and to help us to prepare ourselves, he addresses questions that often arise amongst students.
The Great White Throne Judgement or seat of Christ, the Seven trumpets or Seven bowls...Will there be truly a battle of Armageddon...to name some I was interested into myself including the meaning of the word, what it is and what it is not and the ten main passages which describes Armageddon. I must admit I did not know for i.e. that the word Armageddon was only mentioned once in the Bible (Revelation 16:16).
Describing strengths and weaknesses of the often confusing points of views we have been shown throughout the ages, Hitchcock provides biblical terms, timeline, charts and diagrams to identify each stressed point.

The over all feeling you receive in reading 'The End' is one of a fellow Christian who shares his views and findings whilst inviting us to join him in the same quest!

This is an excellent reference book each of us can utilize to prepare ourselves to be a citizen of the new heaven and new earth and new Jerusalem. Learning the true purpose of the reign of Christ on earth, trusting that on that day, He will bring a new beginning to secure a perfect ending for each of us.

5 stars rating!

About the Author:

Attorney Mark Hitchcock thought his career was set after graduating from law school in 1984 and getting a job working with a judge at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. But after what Mark calls a "clear call to full-time ministry," he changed course and went to Dallas Theological Seminary, completing a masters degree in 1991 and a doctoral degree in 2006. Since 1991 Mark has served as senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has authored numerous books related to end-time Bible prophecy and was the contributing editor for the Internet-based Left Behind Prophecy Club for four years.

I received this book free from TYNDALE as part of their blogger review program.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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