The earliest Christians did not believe, as do most modern Christians, that the date of Christ's return is completely out of reach. They held an eschatology called, "Chiliasm," a view that saw all of human history as a "week" of seven millennia, with the seventh millennium being the coming Kingdom of Christ on earth. This view seems to have been unanimously taught by those who had close connections to the Apostle John. Knowing the year of Jesus' second coming was merely a matter of putting together a biblical chronology from creation. This process would yield the date of His coming in the 6000th year from creation.
This book first demonstrates that Chiliasm is both biblical and apostolic. It follows Chiliasm's history and demise, as Amillennialism displaced it from the fourth century onward.
Having demonstrated that the Millennial Week theory is correct, the author shows why the early Christian chronologies failed. He then presents his own complete biblical chronology, from creation to the second coming of Christ, drawn exclusively from the data in the Hebrew Bible. This chronology is developed using the Jubilee calendar grid that God gave to Israel, but they never actually followed. Placing the biblical chronological data on this calendar grid yields an amazing symmetry to the biblical historical record, and a number of remarkable coincidences, such as:
1. The death of Noah and birth of Abraham were in the 2000th year from creation, on the 40th Jubilee year.
2. The Exodus from Egypt was in the 2500th year from creation, the 50th Jubilee year (A Jubilee of Jubilees).
3. The decree of Cyrus the Great ending the 70-year Babylonian exile was the year 3500 from creation, the 70th Jubilee year (a double fulfillment of Jeremiah's "70 years" prophecy).
The biblical chronology presented here is completely unique. It is the original research of the author over a period of many years, presented in a concise way, with over 500 footnotes for reference purposes. It shows that we are only about two decades away from the "TIME of the END."
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This book, I from a Christian perspective, made me respect the objective theological research and the pursuit of truth regardless of where it takes a person, but I still disagree with calculating the time of Christ's Second Coming. Overall I acknowledge the author's original work and honesty, and sincerity of his beliefs and approach to theology without all the theological baggages that are seen in all the Christian churches today...even the so-called Restoration Movement Churches, Independent (Non-Denominational) Churches, and the Churches of Christ that have many pet doctrines that they cherish and never challenge. All of these churches have their problems and deep deficiencies within their own systems of beliefs. Overall, the book has valuable research and other useful footnotes that one can reference other Early Church Fathers who wrote on Historic Premillennialism that I agree with.d This book evaluates all of the theological doctrines regarding the end times, and he affirms the Historic Premillennial Views of Charles Spurgeon and the Early Church Fathers of the Ante-Nicene Era with confidence and clarity. But this book's takeaway is the need to understand and to use objective methods for pursuing the truth in regards to Christian Doctrine no matter where it takes you, and furthermore this work should be regarded as a piece of the puzzle, or clue, because no one has all of the answers regarding the end of days, nor the Second Coming of Christ. I recommend Saint Irenaeus, St. Victorinus, St. Cyprian, St. Ambrose, St. Justin Martyr, St. Methodius of Olympus, and more on their views of the End Times on the book of Revelation. This is a warning that Christ has cautioned to all of his disciples. King James Bible And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:7