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The Sign
     

The Sign

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by Robert Van Kampen
 

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Can we know when the end of the age will occur, or even what will happen when it comes? Will the church experience a time of terrible persecution at the hands of a real Antichrist? These questions have profound implications. Ultimately, for all of us, eternity hangs in the balance.

The Sign has tackled the challenge of answering these questions by tracing

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Can we know when the end of the age will occur, or even what will happen when it comes? Will the church experience a time of terrible persecution at the hands of a real Antichrist? These questions have profound implications. Ultimately, for all of us, eternity hangs in the balance.

The Sign has tackled the challenge of answering these questions by tracing God's plan for the nation of Israel and the church as revealed from the Old Testament to the New. Taking Scripture at face value and expecting a literal fulfillment of biblical prophecy concerning the last days, author Robert Van Kampen offers this end-times road map—including the sequence of events and the timing of the Rapture—without crossing the line into date-setting.

What you read here may very well challenge you to take biblical prophecy more seriously and give you an urgency to search the Scriptures for yourself. But even more importantly, may it move you to examine your heart deeply, be assured of your eternal destiny, and direct your sights to the blessed hope of the Lord's second coming.

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ISBN-13:
9781581342321
Publisher:
Crossway
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.49(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
'It would be hard to overemphasize the urgency of the message of this book,' Van Kampen says (about one hundred times throughout the book, thereby overemphasizing it to death). Van Kampen is willing to stand apart from the majority with regard to questions like the timing of the rapture, but he's just as adament and arrogant about his views as many who stand on the other side of the question. For example, he talks about the symbol of a white horse in the Book of Revelation that goes forth as a conqueror and says, 'The white horse can only [only?] represent one thing. . . . Christ tells us [now quoting an entirely different book], 'Many wilI come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many' . . . . Thus . . . the white horse must [must?] represent the proliferation of false messiahs.' Comparing a brief statement from one book is scant ground for being so adamant about the meaning of a symbol in another book. Apparently all other interpretations were forbidden by Jesus' warning of false messiahs. In fact, Van Kampen almost apologizes when he can't be adamant about something: 'This writer cannot be adamant about who this 'foreign god' will be. . . .' Given the way he repeats this kind of statement on those rare occassions when he is not adamant, one gets the feeling he would certainly like to be if he could be. Van Kampen repeatedly makes it clear that those who don't understand the scriptures in the way he does are going to suffer worse during the tribulation than those who do (ostensibly because they'll be less prepared). 'The consequences of faulty thinking will be devastating.' But there's also a hint of 'That'll teach them to disagree with me.' Oddly, Van Kampen states early in the book that 'even when one starts with biblical revelation, indentifying current events with specific biblical end-time events should be done with tentativeness and the utmost caution.' Too bad he doesn't take his own advice. Van Kampen is never tentative. He's not even tentative about how FUTURE events will match with biblical predictions (more or less current events). He's so detailed in his identification of future events that he actually lays out the war map that the Antichrist will use, showing where he will camp and what routes he will follow through Israel and what race the Antichrist will be. This Antichrist will be German because, according to Van Kampen, Israel's persecutors have always descended from one of Noah's sons named Japheth. Only problem is Van Kampen never proves that Germans decend from Japheth (nor that Israel's persecutors descend from Japheth). He even admits this briefly: 'their [German] lineage cannot unequivocally be traced back to a particular son of Japheth.' Well, if they can't be traced back to one of Japheth's sons, they can't be traced back to Japheth either. In spite of this missing link, Van Kampen makes much of this lineage throughout the book. He's also presumptuous regarding the accuracy of his analyses: 'The incredible events outlined here are all founded in truth and will in fact transpire as described in the following pages, not because of any claims that I might make, but because God's Word declares it.' (I don't know how he resisted putting an exclamation point on that sentence.) Van Kampen is that emphatic throughout. He writes like someone who's been a boss all of his life (which he has) and now thinks he's the boss of his readers, too. If he can't persuade you to his position, he'll cow you to it. Instead of using logic, he often argues by assertion. He considers his case proven by quoting a single verse then stipulating what it means, even though many others have understood it differently. Having, thus, proven the point, he'll use that as his premise for an argument that rages through a whole chapter. Thus, he argues, 'despite the fact that the vast majority of prophetic scholars believe [a certain point]. . . Scripture clearly teaches otherwise.' Well, if
fpmckenzie More than 1 year ago
If you are a student of end-time prophecy then this book is a "must read". Some disagree with Van Kampen's conclusions on the timing of the Rapture, just as many learned Christians disagree on the subject of predestination vs free-will. The book is well written, comprehensive, and compelling. Read it and make your own judgement.