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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The End by Mark Hitchcock


Mark Hitchcock’s book “The End” is a comprehensive resource for a new generation interested in biblical eschatology. There has never been a time when it is more important for God’s people to understand the prophetic word and look for His appearing.

            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. Mark Hitchcock has created the definitive resource that will answer all of your questions about the end times.

            An overview of Bible prophecy for the twenty-first century reader in which Hitchcock discloses his own views at the beginning of the book, so the reader knows what to expect. After explaining why prophecy is so important, he then covers opposing views as well as his own. Hitchcock makes the case for his futuristic, pre-millennial, pre-tribulation rapture interpretation, citing Scripture and rebutting other views with a combination of humility and scholarship. Hitchcock explains principles of biblical interpretation while applying them to three key passages in prophecy: Daniel, the Olivet Discourse, and the Revelation. He reveals patterns and sequences in these passages that give a chronology of the end times.

            Chapters address signs of the times, the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the Judgments and Heaven/Hell. This book does not disappoint. As the cover says, it is "A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days." Complete with multiple charts, lists, and clear discussion of the numerous interpretations of the end times in light of a thorough exposition of the scriptures the appendices include recommendations for further reading and plenty of notes.

            I recommend this as a great resource for serious study of the bible for all people looking for clear explanations; this reference volume provides a solid biblical foundation on complex (and often confusing) terms and timelines.  The writing is clear and complete, without overwhelming the reader. Purchase it as a reference, a companion to your bible studies, but at the same time enjoy the story. Greatest story ever told and we are a part of it.

I received this book through Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my review.