The electronic and other media have had a profound impact on the distribution of knowledge throughout the world. Knowledge of Bible teaching in various formats has been experiencing the same impact. One can specifically highlight the biblical end-times, in view of the numerous contemporary books and films or DVD’s on such topics and man’s natural interest in this regard through the centuries. Because Jesus of Nazareth is on record as God’s ultimate prophet, it is inevitable that His end-times prophecy would assume an important place in all the sermons, teachings, books and multimedia that have been created on these topics. With this book the authors have revisited the end-times prophecy of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. They have focused on studying every section of the prophecy within the context that the original readers and audiences would have understood to be involved. At the same time their focus remained on presenting a relative concise book with the average reader as priority instead of a voluminous academic one. It is a book that is certain to stimulate a willingness to search for the biblical truth, especially in view of the many attempts to question the reliability of the Bible. The outcome might surprise many.
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About the Author
Gerrie and Martie Malan were married in 1970. Shortly afterwards he entered a new career in the South African Correctional Services, where he served for 25 years. They were transferred many times and also had to relocate twice annually between Pretoria and Cape Town for eight years when Gerrie was a member of the Correctional Services’ Parliamentary staff. Although Martie could take up employment for short periods in those years, she mostly found herself in the role of home maker, raising their three children – often under difficult circumstances. Shortly after he was released on pension in 1995 following severe burnout, Gerrie became a lecturer in Correctional Management at the Technikon SA, which later merged with the University of South Africa. It was in this time that they left the Reformed church in which they were raised to go on a journey through the Pentecostal and Charismatic environments in search of biblical truth. Martie, in the meantime, had taken on studies in biblical counselling, with Gerrie soon joining her. While she focussed on the area of emotional healing, Gerrie’s focus was on spiritual warfare. He continued afterwards with studies in the ministry environment and eventually completed a doctoral degree in Systematic Theology through the United Kingdom based Calvary University. For his thesis he studied Christ’s ‘born again’ and Paul’s ‘in Christ’ concepts. On their journey they had wonderful experiences and met precious people, church leaders as well as ordinary church members. But as they studied the Scriptures, more and more questions arose about specific traditional church doctrines. A home group of five in April 2001 soon grew to a weekly meeting of some 50 people. The group quickly grew into a formal congregation (Hosea Christian Family Church), which later joined with another where Gerrie and Martie took up the leadership of the Bible College. Today they are not attached to any denomination as they focus on the search for biblical truth on many questions that developed during their journey through the Reformed, Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions. Unlike so many others who in similar processes have turned their back on the Bible, they feel that they have developed a much better understanding of the simple biblical truths when it is stripped of centuries of philosophising and pollution which robbed humanity of the kingdom life that was and is in God’s heart for His people. The couple currently reside in the town of Hibberdene in the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa. They have three married children and six grandchildren.