The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy: Understanding the Ongoing Controversies

The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy: Understanding the Ongoing Controversies

by Ron Rhodes


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You’ve heard about the tribulation, millennium, rapture, and antichrist, but you may wonder, what’s all the debating about? Do most Christians agree on the big issues? And what about other topics—dispensationalism, interpretive views, timing of events…are they too complex for most folks to understand?

Not at all! In this concise and easy-to-read review, respected Bible teacher Ron Rhodes identifies eight of the most important end-times discussions. Avoiding complex arguments, he highlights the most important biblical passages, summarizes a few of the most popular interpretations, and provides succinct conclusions. He demonstrates that the Bible’s end-times teaching is intended to be a blessing for every believer.

As you compare and contrast the various viewpoints, you’ll be able to enjoy constructive conversations with other Christians and support your own informed convictions. You’ll also enrich your reading of the Scriptures and see how passages fit together in God’s great plan for the ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736944267
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 581,087
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ron Rhodes (ThD), president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, is heard regularly on nationwide radio and is the author of The End Times in Chronological Order, The 8 Great Debates of Bible Prophecy, and 40 Days Through Revelation. He periodically teaches at Dallas Theological Seminary and several other seminaries.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Debating Bible Prophecy 7

Debate 1 Should Prophecy Be Interpreted Literally or Allegorically?

1 The Hermeneutics of Bible Prophecy: Literal or Allegorical? 13

2 Covenant Theology Versus Dispensationalism 21

Debate 2 Are Israel and the Church Distinct in Bible Prophecy?

3 The Case for the Church Replacing Israel 33

4 The Case for the Church and Israel Remaining Distinct 37

Debate 3 What Can We Know About the Signs of the Times?

5 Do Current Signs Point to Prophetic Fulfillment? 47

6 Is America in Bible Prophecy? 57

7 Can We Know When the Ezekiel Invasion Will Occur? 69

Debate 4 Which View of the Rapture Is Correct?

8 The Case for Pretribulationism 85

9 The Case for Midtribulationism 95

10 The Case for Posttribulationism 103

11 The Case for the Pre-wrath View 113

12 The Case for the Partial Rapture View 119

Debate 5 How Are We to Understand the Book of Revelation?

13 Which Interpretive Model Is Correct-Historicism, Idealism, Preterism, or Futurism? 129

14 How Does Daniel's Seventieth Week Relate to the Book of Revelation? 137

15 Can We Identify Babylon? 147

16 Who Are the 144,000, and What Is Their Ministry? 159

17 Who Are the Two Witnesses? 165

Debate 6 How Are We to Understand the Antichrist?

18 Who Restrains the Antichrist? 175

19 Is the Antichrist a Muslim? 183

20 Is the Antichrist a Jew or a Gentile? 193

21 Will the Antichrist Be Killed and Resurrected? 201

22 What Is the Mark of the Beast? 211

Debate 7 Which View of the Millennium Is Correct?

23 The Case for Amillennialism 221

24 The Case for Postmillennialism 231

25 The Case for Premillennialism 241

Debate 8 Is It Okay to Set Dates on Prophetic Events?

26 Yes, Set Dates 251

27 No, Don't Set Dates 261

Postscript: Debate but Don't Divide 267

Bibliography 271

Notes 273

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