Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy

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Charting the End Times, by bestselling Left Behind(R) author Tim LaHaye and prophecy expert Thomas Ice, has sold nearly 75,000 copies in less than a year. Now we offer an instructive, practical study guide to complement the book.

Designed for use by individuals or study groups, Charting the End Times Prophecy Study Guide takes readers step by step through the high points of Bible prophecy with helpful charts that offer a clear picture of what will happen and when in the last ...

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Overview

Charting the End Times, by bestselling Left Behind(R) author Tim LaHaye and prophecy expert Thomas Ice, has sold nearly 75,000 copies in less than a year. Now we offer an instructive, practical study guide to complement the book.

Designed for use by individuals or study groups, Charting the End Times Prophecy Study Guide takes readers step by step through the high points of Bible prophecy with helpful charts that offer a clear picture of what will happen and when in the last days. Readers will welcome this interactive study about the Rapture, the Tribulation, the return of Christ, the judgment, the Millennial kingdom, heaven, and more.

A dynamic resource that can be used with or without the companion book.

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Consisting of more than 50 full-color charts, this attractive hardcover clearly plots the End Days delineated in the Book of Revelation. Fundamentalist Christians and other fans of the LaHaye-Jenkins Left Behind series will welcome this well-organized and carefully written study.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the 1830s and early 1840s, Baptist preacher William Miller gained thousands of followers when he announced that the world would come to an end in 1843. He was adept at parlaying his message through books and copious pamphlets, and plied his audiences with detailed prophecy charts, mathematical tables and timelines. A century and a half later, Left Behind pedagogue Tim LaHaye (writing with Thomas Ice) seems to take a leaf from Miller's book in issuing Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy. It has charts, illustrations and maps!.Its glossy, full-color format is light-years beyond Miller's, but the prophecy content is much the same. (Unlike Miller, LaHaye rather wisely does not set a projected date for Christ's return.) (Harvest House, $24.99 144p ISBN 0-7369-0138-8; Nov.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736901383
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Tim LaHaye Prophecy Library?
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 147,981
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim LaHaye is the author of more than 50 books and coauthor of the popular Left Behind(R) series. His prophecy books include Understanding Bible Prophecy for Yourself, The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, and the Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible.

Thomas Ice is executive director of the Pre-Trib Research Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Ice, formerly a pastor, co-founded the center with Tim LaHaye, and has authored or coauthored more than 25 books and numerous articles on Bible prophecy.

Biography

Sometimes, while sitting on airplanes, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye would ask himself, “What if the Rapture occurred on an airplane?" That germ of an idea grew into the phenomenally successful Left Behind series, which LaHaye coauthors with fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. The books combine Biblical prophecy with speculative fiction to produce an action-packed thriller about events between the Rapture, when (according to one Christian tradition) the faithful will ascend to heaven, and the Second Coming.

Before the series began, Jenkins had carved out a career writing other people's autobiographies -- he ghostwrote or co-wrote those of Billy Graham, Orel Herschiser, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan, among others -- as well as writing novels and a few inspirational books on marriage and parenting. Tim LaHaye also wrote books on marriage and faith, served as the pastor for a ministry in California, and co-founded The Pre-Trib Research Center, a Bible scholarship group dedicated to the study of end-times prophecy. LaHaye spent several years searching for a coauthor who could take his vision of the earth's last days -- including that intriguing image of passengers vanishing from an airplane -- and spin it into fiction. Finally, LaHaye and Jenkins were introduced by their mutual literary agent at Alive Communications, and Jenkins began writing the story of airline captain Rayford Steele, whose wife and son vanish along with millions of other true believers. Those "left behind" on Earth have a last chance to choose sides in the ensuing battle between good and evil.

The books became a blockbuster hit. Sales of the Left Behind series soared with each successive volume, and by 2001, ABC News reported, 50 million had been sold. "The formula combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references," The New York Times wrote, explaining how its authors pulled off "an unparalleled achievement for an evangelical novel." LaHaye and Jenkins were stunned by their own success: "I've been writing for 40 years, with 12 million books in print, but I've never seen anything like this," said LaHaye.

The series has spawned a slew of spinoffs: comic books, calendars, a young adults' series, dramatized audio recordings and a movie based on the first book. It has also generated controversy, both within and without the Christian community, for issues ranging from politics (the U.N. figures into the story as a tool of the Antichrist) to Scriptural interpretation (many New Testament scholars reject LaHaye's belief, first popularized by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, in a seven-year tribulation period following the Rapture).

But LaHaye and Jenkins are convinced that their message is getting through to their readers. They estimate that more than 2,000 people have converted as a result of reading the Left Behind books. "And needless to say, for us that's more important than bestsellers, or money, or anything else," says Jenkins.

Good To Know

Jerry Jenkins is also the writer of a syndicated comic strip, "Gil Thorp," which runs in 60 newspapers nationwide.
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    1. Hometown:
      Jerry B. Jenkins lives in Black Forest, Colorado
    1. Education:
      Tim LaHaye has a B.A., Bob Jones University; and a Doctorate of Ministries, Western Baptist Seminary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    The Next Step For 'Left Behind' Readers

    I reacted similarly to Lance. But I'm very pleased that I purchased this book and read it anyway. It is more substantial than the 'Left Behind' series in its Biblical content but is a much easier read then some of the books that it references. (See two of the books referenced in my 'Also recommended' list below. These two referenced books are thought by many conservative scholars of Bible prophecy to be the standard by which all other prophecy titles are measured.) This title by LaHaye and Ice does a fine job of providing their view of prophecy without requiring the reader to hold a PhD in Biblical Studies. You WILL NOT be disappointed with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    Very Well Done!

    I read the first two reviews and almost didn't buy the book. Their comments did stop me from buying it online ¿ fortunately I went to the local Barnes & Noble and looked through it. After reading it, I now completely dismiss the first two reviews. As far as I can tell, they either didn¿t read the book at all or don¿t agree with the New Testament. If you are interested in what the Bible (the Old and New Testaments) has to say about prophesy, I found this an excellent book. Charting the End Times manages to summarize the Bible in a easy to read book filled with many charts that help the reader visualize what is going on. The book is not perfect ¿ the authors don¿t go into as much detail as I would have liked. But they authors have other books that serve that purpose. And in a few cases, their logic is questionable. But all-in-all, it was very well done. This book is intended to clearly show what the authors believe about Bible prophesy. They do a very good job of showing what the Bible says and then distinguishing what they think it means. Readers can draw their own conclusions. I¿m fairly well-read on the subject and found myself agreeing with about 80% of the book. I disagreed with about 2%, and am still thinking about the rest¿ It is well worth the purchase price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2002

    If you seek the real truth....

    The author may be well-intended, but like all books that claim there will be ¿an end of the world¿ and a ¿second coming of Christ,¿ this is based on misinterpretation and misunderstanding of Scriptures. Jesus is NOT a murderous warlord who would destroy the world and send everyone to ¿burn in hell¿ who did not ¿accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior.¿ The seeker of truth should avoid this and look to other works that are realistic and knowledgeable of God. For example, Real Prophecy Unveiled, by Joseph J. Adamson, provides a very realistic and credible view of prophecy that we can celebrate. It explains how and why the myths of a 'second coming' and an 'end of the world' were created and perpetuated. This book has the message that empowers the people, and it will save the world and enable the meek to inherit the earth. Another good book is The Isaiah Effect, by Gregg Braden. It demonstrates how prophecies of global catastrophe and suffering are either symbolic or may only represent future possibilities, rather than forecast impending doom. Moreover, it establishes that we have the power to determine our future, and avoid catastrophe, which is what Adamson also emphasizes. Another good book is A Pilgrim's Path : Freemasonry and the Religious Right, by John J. Robinson. It describes the honorable history and principles of masonic orders, and then exposes the falsehoods spread by the leaders of the ¿Christian¿ Right who have condemned it. This book is of great interest for those who are alarmed by the rise of the Fundamentalist Religious Right and want to learn what Freemasonry is all about. We need to understand that this is a time of crucial contest between the dark forces of falsehood and the light forces of truth, and the dark forces disguise themselves. As the apostle Paul wrote, they are 'deceitful workers, transforming themselves into false apostles of Christ.' As Jesus said, they 'pray for the ears of men, follow the doctrines of men, and claim to do many wonderful works, but they are hypocrites.' Unfortunately, as Jesus predicted, ¿they shall deceive many people.¿ So you should avoid them, and exercise great discernment in deciding who to believe. The sooner we choose correctly, the sooner God's New Kingdom will be established on the earth, which shall last forever, never to be destroyed. That's what real prophecy foretells.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    This book is unbiblical nonsense

    This book is a bunch of unbiblical nonsense, professionally formatted with all kinds of fancy illustrations and charts, but written with the simplistic, linear, superficial reasoning of a child. It is self-contradictory, it contradicts the Bible, and it contains completely convoluted logic. Some of the ideas expressed are laughable in their absurdity. Verses are used out of context and picked apart irrationally to try to find hidden meanings. Sometimes unrelated verses are twisted to fit together or additional ideas of the authors' imaginations are added to the meaning, supposedly by implication, where it is plainly clear that nothing of the sort is said. Different versions of the Bible are used when the authors want to use a phrase from one that isn't in the others (or in the original manuscripts) in order to back up their personal ideas, which reveals a clear bias. In addition, the authors do not seem to understand metaphor, symbolism, or figurative/descriptive language and they take Bible passages literally even when it is irrational or contradictory to do so. They don't seem to understand the context in which the Bible passages were written, nor the original intended meaning when they were written, which should be the foundation of any scholarly work on the Bible, much less the enigmatic eschatological books of the Bible. They seem to lack a basic knowledge of Biblical history and culture, in addition to intelligent methods of studying the Bible, such as exegesis. Some of the ideas (which the authors have guaranteed will come true) are just speculations and guesses. The premise of the entire pre-Tribulation Rapture expressed in the book (invented in the 19th century) is based on an anti-Semitism and belief that God discriminates between Gentile believers and Jewish believers, and even more absurd, between past/present day Jewish believers and future Jewish believers. There is a strong emphasis on restoring the worldly ethnic nation of Israel and the material Temple, instead of realizing that Christ fulfills all of God¿s covenants in His spiritual kingdom Israel (which is the Church) in which the believers themselves are God's Temple (through the Holy Spirit), and which contains all of God's peoples of all ethnicities. They also present a very humanistic (and anti-angelic biased) view of God's creation, presenting angelic beings as lower than humans, unimportant as individual persons, and only existing for humankind's sake, and Paradise as being only for human enjoyment. We would not recommend this book to any person of any religion, as it just makes Christianity look bad (and silly). It is clear to us the authors are just seeking fame and fortune and are making promises they can't deliver. What else can we say? - It was co-authored by one of the authors of the 'Left Behind' series (a fictional Bible of which this is clearly intended to be a 'real-life' extension). We are just thankful the book was a gift and we didn't buy it ourselves, as we would not want to financially support such self-proclaimed 'prophets' (or 'profits').

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