The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times... and Why It Matters Today [NOOK Book]


Hank Hanegraaff reveals the code to Revelation.

Breaking the code of the book of Revelation has become an international obsession. The result, according to Hank Hanegraaff, has been rampant misreading of Scripture, bad theology, and even bad politics and foreign policy. Hanegraaff argues that the key to understanding the last book of the Bible is the other sixty-five books ...
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Hank Hanegraaff reveals the code to Revelation.

Breaking the code of the book of Revelation has become an international obsession. The result, according to Hank Hanegraaff, has been rampant misreading of Scripture, bad theology, and even bad politics and foreign policy. Hanegraaff argues that the key to understanding the last book of the Bible is the other sixty-five books of the Bible — not current events or recent history and certainly not any complicated charts.

The Apocalypse Code offers sane answers to some very controversial questions:

  • What does it mean to take the book of Revelation (and the rest of the Bible) literally?

  • Who are the “Antichrist” and the “Great Whore of Babylon,”and what is the real meaning of “666”?

  • How does our view of the end times change the way we think about the crisis in the Middle East?

  • Are two-thirds of all Jews really headed for an apocalyptic holocaust?

The Apocalypse Code
 is a call to understand what the Bible really says about the end times
and why how we understand it matters so much in today’s world.

“Provocative and passionate, this fascinating book is a must-read for everyone who’s interested in end-times controversies.”
— Lee Strobel, Author, The Case for the RealJesus

“This book is a withering and unrelenting critique of the positions of apocalyptic enthusiasts such as Tim LaHaye. Every fan of theLeft Behindseries should read this book. The fog will clear, and common sense will return to our reading of the Bible.”
— Gary M. Burge, Professor of New Testament,
Wheaton College and Graduate School
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  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
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Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times ... and Why It Matters Today

Copyright © 2008
Hank Hanegraaff
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-1991-6

Chapter One EXEGETICAL ESCHATOLOGY [e.sup.2]: Method vs. Model

Dispensationalism is essential to correctly understand the Bible, especially Bible prophecy. -Tim Lahaye and Ed Hindson, Editors, The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy

I coined the phrase Exegetical Eschatology [e.sup.2] to underscore that above all else I am deeply committed to a proper method of biblical interpretation rather than to any particular model of eschatology. -Hank Hanegraaff, The Apocalypse Code

As you have no doubt guessed, The Apocalypse Code is about the end times. But it is about much more than simply the end times. It is about learning to read the Bible correctly. It's about learning to read the Bible for all it's worth! The backbone of the book is a principle I call Exegetical Eschatology. While the word exegetical may at first sound daunting, its meaning is easy to comprehend. Exegesis is the method by which a student seeks to uncover what an author intended his or her original audience to understand. In sharp contrast, eisegesis is reading into the biblical text something that simply isn't there.

Like exegetical, the wordeschatology is an intimidating word with a simple meaning-the study of end times. While the meaning of eschatology is simple to grasp, its importance is difficult to overemphasize. Far from being a mere branch in the theological tree, eschatology is the root that provides life and luster to every fiber of its being. Put another way, eschatology is the thread that weaves the tapestry of Scripture into a harmonious pattern. It is the study of everything we long and hope for.

Early in Genesis, Adam and Eve fell into lives of habitual sin terminated by death. The rest of Scripture chronicles God's unfolding plan of redemption, culminating in the book of Revelation where Paradise lost becomes Paradise restored. Jesus returns. The dead in Christ are resurrected. And the problem of sin is fully and finally resolved.

I coined the phrase Exegetical Eschatology [e.sup.2] to underscore that above all else I am deeply committed to a proper method of biblical interpretation rather than to any particular model of eschatology. The plain and proper meaning of a biblical passage must always take precedence over a particular eschatological presupposition or paradigm.

To highlight the significance of proper methodology, I use the symbol [e.sup.2] interchangeably with the phrase Exegetical Eschatology. Just as in mathematics the squaring of a number increases its value exponentially, so too, perceiving eschatology through the prism of biblical exegesis will increase its value exponentially.

Ultimately, [e.sup.2] has its basis in a discipline known as hermeneutics. In Greek mythology, the task of the god Hermes was to interpret the will of the gods. In biblical hermeneutics, the task is to interpret the Word of God. Simply stated, hermeneutics is the art and science of biblical interpretation. It is a science in that certain rules apply. It is an art in that the more you apply these rules, the better you get at it.

My goal in the following pages is to put hermeneutical tools into your hands so that you can draw from Scripture what God intends you to understand rather than uncritically accepting end-time models that may well be foreign to the text. Dr. Tim LaHaye may sincerely believe that the Left Behind eschatology model is the result of faithful exegesis. However, with Exegetical Eschatology in hand, you will be the judge. In the final analysis, my purpose is not to entice you to embrace a particular model of eschatology but to employ a proper method of biblical interpretation.

I have organized the principles that are foundational to [e.sup.2] around the acronym LIGHTS. Just as helmet lights assist miners in discovering gold beneath the surface of the earth, so the acronym LIGHTS will aid you in drawing out of Scripture what God intends you to understand regarding the end times.

Literal Principle

The L in LIGHTS will serve to remind you of the literal principle of Exegetical Eschatology. Simply put, this means that we are to interpret the Word of God just as we interpret other forms of communication-in the most obvious and natural sense. And when Scripture uses a metaphor or a figure of speech, we should interpret it accordingly.

For example, the Bible says that at Armageddon the blood of Christ's enemies will rise "as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia" (Revelation 14:20). Does Scripture intend to convey, as LaHaye contends, that Palestine will literally be submerged in a five-foot-deep river of blood that stretches the length of Palestine from north to south-or is the apostle John simply using a common apocalyptic motif to convey massive wartime death and slaughter?

Conversely, when Daniel was instructed to seal up prophecy because the time of fulfillment was in the far future (Daniel 8:26; 12:4, 9; cf. 9:24), and John was told not to seal up his prophecy because its fulfillment was near (Revelation 22:10), are we to accept LaHaye's interpretation that by "near" John really intends to communicate "far"? Or, for that matter, might we rightly suppose that the word "far" in Daniel really means "near"? Likewise, could John's repeated use of such words and phrases as "soon" or "the time is near," in reality indicate that he had the twenty-first century in mind? Armed with the principles embodied in Exegetical Eschatology, you will be the judge.

Illumination Principle

The I in LIGHTS represents the illumination principle of Exegetical Eschatology. "We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us" (1 Corinthians 2:12). The Spirit of truth not only provides insights that permeate the mind, but also provides illumination that penetrates the heart. Clearly, however, the Holy Spirit does not supplant the scrupulous study of Scripture. Rather, he provides us with insights that can only be spiritually discerned. Put another way, the Holy Spirit illumines what is in the text; illumination does not go beyond the text.

To underscore the significance of the illumination principle of Exegetical Eschatology, I will shine this principle on beliefs such as dispensational eschatology's cardinal doctrine-the pretribulational rapture. As we will see, prior to the nineteenth century, all Christians-including all premillennialists-believed the rapture or the resurrection of believers and the visible bodily return of Christ were simultaneous events. By the twenty-first century, however, Christian beliefs had experienced a radical transformation.

Due in part to the popularity of the Left Behind novels, multiplied millions are now convinced that Jesus will come back secretly and silently to rapture his church. Approximately seven years later he will come again with his church to establish a thousand-year semi-golden age replete with temple sacrifices. According to Tim LaHaye, "The Rapture was not a major teaching of our Lord except in John 14:1-3"; however, the pretribulational rapture doctrine is "taught clearly in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, where the apostle Paul provides us with most of the available details."

In chapter 3 you will be equipped to determine whether the pretribulational rapture is the product of faithful illumination or the by-product of a fertile imagination.

Grammatical Principle

The G in LIGHTS represents the grammatical principle of Exegetical Eschatology. As with any literature, a thorough understanding of the Bible cannot be attained without a grasp of the basic rules that govern the relationships and usages of words.

For example, all scholars agree that in Matthew 23 Jesus is pronouncing judgment on the Jewish leaders when he says:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites.... You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify: others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation. (vv. 29, 33-36)

Grammatically, scholars see no option. "You" could not possibly refer to a future generation. And when Jesus says all this will come upon "this generation," he could not possibly have a future generation in mind.

In Matthew 24 Jesus continues to speak of the judgment that is about to fall on Jerusalem as well as on the very temple that gave the Jews their theological and sociological identity. Using final consummation language to characterize a near-future event, Jesus continues using the pronoun you:

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.... Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.... When you see standing in the holy place "the abomination that causes desolation," ... Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.... So if anyone tells you, "There he is, out in the desert," do not go out.... when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. (Matthew 24:6-34)

Question: To whom is Jesus speaking in Matthew 24? Does Jesus have his first-century audience in mind as he does in Matthew 23? Or does Jesus have a twenty-first-century audience in mind? Again, when Jesus says, "I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened" (Matthew 24:34), does he have a present generation or a future generation in mind?

Scholars such as D. A. Carson are convinced that the grammatical principle dictates that "'this generation' ... can only with the greatest difficulty be made to mean anything other than the generation living when Jesus spoke." In sharp distinction, Tim LaHaye believes that by this generation our Lord had a future generation in mind. As the Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible puts it, "This is a reference to the future generation that will live to see all the signs listed in the previous verses fulfilled in their lifetime."

Are scholars like Carson properly applying the grammatical principle of biblical interpretation, or are prophecy experts such as LaHaye on target? Armed with the grammatical principle of Exegetical Eschatology, you (I mean you, not a future generation) will be an effective judge.

Historical Principle

The letter H in LIGHTS represents the historical principle. The Christian faith is historical and evidential. Thus, the biblical text is best understood when one is familiar with the customs, culture, and historical context of biblical times. Such background information is crucial in fully grasping what is going on in any given book of the Bible. In light of Exegetical Eschatology, it is particularly helpful to understand the historical context during which the book of Revelation was written. Was it written in the midsixties during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero, or was it written in the midnineties during the reign of Domitian?

The Left Behind series is based on the assumption that Revelation was written by the apostle John in AD 95. Thus, according to LaHaye, Revelation describes events that will take place in the twenty-first century rather than events that took place in the first century. In his words, "Revelation was written by John in AD 95, which means the book of Revelation describes yet future events of the last days just before Jesus comes back to this earth." LaHaye goes on to argue that the Beast of Revelation is a twenty-first-century character. He is so certain of his position that he dismisses the notion that Nero was the Beast of Revelation and that the book of Revelation was written before AD 70 as "historically ridiculous."

Placing the Beast in the twenty-first century, however, may well pose insurmountable historical difficulties. For example, the apostle John tells his first-century audience that with "wisdom" and "insight" they can "calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666" (Revelation 13:18). Obviously no amount of wisdom would have enabled a first-century audience to figure out the number of a twenty-first-century Beast.

Again, you will be equipped to make a right judgment. Armed with Exegetical Eschatology, you will be enabled to discern whether or not LaHaye's late dating can stand in light of historical evidence.


Excerpted from THE APOCALYPSE CODE by HANK HANEGRAAFF Copyright © 2008 by Hank Hanegraaff. Excerpted by permission.
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<%TOC%>Contents Acknowledgments....................xiii
* Resurrection of Antichrist....................xix
* Racial Discrimination....................xx
* Real Estate....................xxiii
1. Exegetical Eschatology [e.sup.2]: Method vs. Model....................1
* Literal Principle....................3
* Illumination Principle....................4
* Grammatical Principle....................5
* Historical Principle....................7
* Typology Principle....................9
* Scriptural Synergy....................9
2. Literal Principle: Reading the Bible as Literature....................13
* Form....................20
* Figurative Language....................23
* Fantasy Imagery....................32
3. Illumination Principle: Faithful Illumination vs. Fertile Imagination....................37
* Two Distinct People....................48
* Two Distinct Plans....................51
* Two Distinct Phases....................59
4. Grammatical Principle: "It depends on the meaning of the word is"....................70
* This Generation....................73
* The Pronoun You....................81
* The Adverb Soon....................90
5. Historical Principle: Historical Realities vs. Historical Revisionism....................95
* Location....................110
* Essence....................115
* Genre....................128
* Author....................137
* Context....................144
* Years....................152
6. Typology Principle: The Golden Key....................161
* The Holy Land....................175
* The Holy City....................183
* The Holy Temple....................203
7. Scriptural Synergy: The Code Breaker....................227
* Supreme Rule....................230
* Substance or Shadow....................235
* Sacrificing Traditions....................236
Subject Index....................279
Scripture Index....................289
Selected Bibliography....................295
About the Author....................301
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2010

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    A Radical paradigm shift!

    A clearly written, theologically relevant, study of eschatology. Hanegraaff combines Biblical Hermeneutics with Eschatology to produce one of the best textbooks I have personally utilized. Very academic presentation of a non-Dispensational viewpoint. Well sited references. Easy to remember acronyms. Read it several times and followed up on all of his citations and references. Transformed my thinking in a very positive way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

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    Significant and Essential Reading

    This book is carefully organized and a product of years of study. It takes on what is a potentially the greatest problem that has developed in Christian thought in our age. Its method of studying Scripture is sound, and if its title draws in readers thinking they are about to read another version of the end times series, I applaud the trap and hope for the "restoration of common sense" in followers of that series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2007

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    Crushing disappointment. ¿The¿ Apocalypse Code promises much, but fails to deliver. The title itself is disingenuous, and bears a troubling similarity to Hal Lindsey¿s Apocalypse Code 'no ¿The¿ in the title'. Hal Lindsey is another current writer in the Bible Prophecy field who the author of this book heavily criticizes 'though, it can be assumed, he liked the title of his book well enough'. Incidentally, I wouldn¿t recommend Hal Lindsey any more than I¿d recommend Hank Hanegraaff. In all honesty, THE Apocalypse Code is actually little more than a vitriolic polemic against Tim LaHaye, one of the co-authors of the Left Behind Series, and a man who Hank Hannegraaf seems to despise. For those familiar with the field of Biblical eschatology, The Apocalypse Code seeks to dismantle the view of dispensationalism. It attempts to do this using a blend of Preteristic and Covenantal/Replacement arguments. To be fair 'which is more than I can say for the author' Covenantalism has much to recommend it, but this book does it no credit. If one is searching for a well-written scholarly treatise on either Covenantal or Preteristic thought, look elsewhere! Without going into any detail on the vast number of issues I have with Mr. Hanegraaff¿s book, I will just highlight what I consider to be 3 of the most problematic. 1' The author presents what must be an almost willful misunderstanding or misrepresentation of actual dispensationl thought. If anyone not familiar with dispensational eschatology read only this book, they would have a severely warped view of it. 2' The complete lack of any systematic way of presenting biblical eschatology. The author informs us that simply using ¿his¿ method of ¿exegetical eschatology 'e2',¿ all Biblical prophecy suddenly becomes so clear only a fool could miss it. Apparently, in roughly 2 millennia of church history, no one has ever thought to use the exegetical eschatology model to figure out prophetic revelation. This would make one laugh out loud if one weren¿t so disturbed at the thought that the author is actually serious. Mr. Hanegraaff then goes on to give a couple acronyms to help the reader decipher Biblical prophecy. Of course, he himself fails to use them or ¿his¿ method throughout much of the text, but I digress. His way of dealing with the huge volume of biblical end-times prophecy seems to be simply to pick out specific areas where he disagrees with Tim LaHaye and then attack him again and again, often without clearly expressing what he himself believes. 3' The poor scholarship. The author rarely uses original source material, preferring to use secondary quotes and statistics from authors with whom he agrees without following them up. In many cases, I felt as if I should be reading their books instead of Hank¿s. In addition, the author gives no indication that he has a good grasp of Middle Eastern history, 20th century history pertaining to Israel, Christian Zionism, current events, etc. etc. etc. The worst example of this is probably when he equates the Nazi holocaust with a ¿Holy Land holocaust¿ initiated by the Jews in 1948 in the introduction! The length of the book itself is not nearly enough to have a chance of adequately covering the subject. Finally, the respectful way in which I am accustomed to academics presenting their own views over and against their peers was unfortunately completely missing from this book. As other reviews have pointed out, perhaps the most disturbing feature of this book is very unchristian, uncharitable way which the author treats anyone with whom he disagrees, most especially Tim LaHaye. I don¿t consider Tim LaHaye to be the best representative of dispensationalism, but he certainly doesn¿t deserve the treatment he is given in this book. Lest anyone think I had something against Mr. Hanegraaff prior to reading this book, I actually read Hank¿s previous book Counterfeit Revival and found it to be a generally g

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    Excellent reading for New Bible Student

    Unlike the gentleman's view above, I believe this book is exceptional. Unfortunately, in the times that we live in, everything prophetical being preached from the pulpit is nothing short of causing fear and anxiety, which as a society we do not need more of. Most preachers that I've listened to 'and I've listened to many' take Revelations as a literal book of the bible and make it into a fairytale of doom and destruction for the present day reader, even though it was written for 1st Century readers. But if scripture is read in light of scripture, you will find that it's Christ Jesus who is the figured head of Revelations and not the modern day temple in Jerusalem that must be rebuilt, that all preachers are talking about and forcing down our throats. Even though our world is as vile as it talks about in Revelations, that's already happened during the 1st Century 'during the Roman Era-Nero's reign'. Our focus is on the coming of Christ and the 'New Heaven and New Earth'. If we continue on the same road, Armeggedon will happen because WE will allow it to happen. We are stunting our technological growth and world views by listening to doomsday preaching. This book will change your whole thought process so that you can have hope without fear for the future. Please give this book a try and give a copy to your preacher as a gift - the world will thank you.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    If you are tired of craziness and what to learn what the Bible really says.

    This book is focused on accurately interpreting the Bible in order to show exactly how and why the popular rapture/tribulation/antichrist etc viewpoint actually is a distortion of what the Bible says. Don't read this book unless you are ready to be seriously committed to truth and precisions.
    The book is easy to read and very well written. The arguments presented are clear and easy to follow. It is the conclusions which may rattle people's cages. If you are tired of being 'Left Behind' and want something that makes sense historically, theologically, and logically then you will enjoy this book.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    Very Refreshing!

    I don't think that most christians would agree with this view of Revelations. I think this view is not only refreshing, but also very reasonable and logical. Ofcourse the traditional view of end times revelation sounds more exciting and makes fun books to read, but I think the view explained in this book make way more sense. I like to go where truth takes me so I didn't mind picking up a book that challenged me to re-evaluate my current beliefs.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    THE APOCALYPSE CODE is sound theology and thoroughly scriptural, but unconventional

    Hanegraaff's book is a compelling alternative to the treatments of the "End Times" that are popular currently, mainly those by Hal Lindsey, Tim LeHaye, John Hagee, and others. They follow a "system" that was imposed on scripture less than 200 years ago. Hanegraaff, however,uses valid but often ignored principles of interpretation that set forth the true meaning of the Christ, what He has accomplished, and what is to come.

    The only disappointment I have with this book is that, while showing that affairs in the Middle East have been distorted against the Palestinians, he seems a little unfair to Israel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

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    For the past five years, I¿ve appreciated how much Hank has taught me in the areas of theology, the Bible, and differences between orthodoxy and non-orthodoxy. In the first 17 years while on the radio, Hank hesitated to articulate his views on eschatology while he was in careful study of the subject. In the last 3 years, Hank has worked diligently on The Apocalypse Code and has shared different aspects of his eschatological views on his radio shows with well-informed experts in the areas of Christian Zionism and the Book of Revelation and Dispensationalism. Hank realizes that the debate over eschatology is really founded in a debate over hermeneutics the art and science of Biblical interpretation. Hank wisely explains his hermeneutic first before sharing his views on eschatology. The main benefit to the reader is to learn a Bible study method that has obviously produced great results for Hank in the understanding the entire Bible. I will offer my evaluation in the various subtopics that are presented in The Apocalypse Code'abbreviated TAC' Bible Interpretation TAC teaches the Bible student how to notice literary genre and literary devices such as metaphor, simile and hyperbole. In his customary way, Hank uses acronyms to teach the precepts. Critique of the Bible Prophesy Movement TAC does not endorse the ¿Bible Prophesy Sequence¿ that was developed in the late 1800s and made popular in the 20th century. The futurist view of the book of Revelation has enjoyed much popularity in the 20th century mainly due to the efforts of authors who have marketed sensational books on Bible prophesy. TAC points out the problem of ¿second chance salvation¿ in the proposed 7-year tribulation. Although these teachings have been a problem for the church in the 20th century, Hank¿s personal attacks on Tim LaHaye have become tiresome and overdone. Although Bible Prophesy teachers are Dispensationalists, relatively few theologians are teaching the sensational version. TAC fails to mention that Dispensationalism and its hermeneutic is hardly taught or recommended today in Christian colleges and seminaries. The few that are left, such as Dallas Seminary has been in dialogue for decades with covenant theologians and has moderated its teachings somewhat from that of the mid-20th century. There are many fine ¿Classical¿ Dispensational theologians teaching today, but the trend both now and in the future is likely to be towards ¿Progressive Dispensationalism¿ or more towards Covenant Premillennialism or even Amilllennialism. Israel- TAC trains the reader to view this important term both as a ¿people¿ under the Old Covenants as well as seeing that not all Israel was the True Israel, the believing remnant, that continues on as God¿s people, called the church in the New Testament. TAC helps the reader see that the separation is not between Israel and the Church but within Israel itself that is, Covenant Israel made up of mostly Jews and a few Gentiles and the True Israel, the future- focused believers in Jesus. Christian Zionism TAC holds that the work of Christian Zionists can be politically dangerous. The view that 2/3 of the Jews returning to the land'according to Zech. 13:8' will be killed by the coming 7 year holocaust tribulation is chilling. 'All Christian Zionists are Dispensationalists, yet many Dispensationalists are not Christian Zionists.' The chapter on Christian Zionism is a complete and excellent treatment with contributions from fine scholars. Future 7-year tribulation The Dispensational Interpretation of Daniel¿s 70-week prophesy which suggests a necessary gap called ¿The Church Age¿ after the 69th week is thorougly dismanted. TAC fails, though, to offer another version of Daniel¿s ¿70 weeks¿ as an alternative. Pre-Tribulational Rapture. If a Future 7-Year tribulation period is not really taught in its one and only text, Daniel 9, the Pre-Trib Rapture view is hardly possible. Rathe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

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    The book is an interesting read. The author takes you step-by-st

    The book is an interesting read. The author takes you step-by-step into the bible prophecies
    adding in his thought and perspective of other authors who theorized the coming of the anti-christ.
    His theory of the bible, is very detailed. He places his opinion on the prophecy writings, and tells you 
    what he assumes they meant by that; with also explaining other authors train of thought listed in their
    novels. This book is a good book! 5 stars, if you are into the theory/scientology/biblical beliefs of the apocalypse, and the antichrist. Then pick up this book, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    A lot of catfighting

    Book has some goo dtheorie sand ideas but th eautho rspends a lot of time focused on Tim LaHaye, which is very distracting.

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