End Times Bible Prophecy: Itís Not What They Told You by Brian GodawaEschatology is a subject that has captivated many Christians. In fact, some Christians are so into studying the end times that it becomes practically an obsession. The sad thing is that the dominant view in the church today is, for the most part, simply wrong. Dispensationalism is propounded by so many preachers, pastors, and theologians that many are under the impression that it is THE correct view of eschatology, and that any disagreement that might come up would be things like the timing of the rapture and whether the millennial reign of Christ for a thousand years is literal or non-literal. Not many are even aware that an entirely different paradigm of eschatology exists. They just take the theology of the Left Behind series for granted. I know I did.
In this book, Brian Godawa defends a view that is called Partial Preterism. This view says that the vast majority of what we think are end times Bible prophesies were actually prophesying the destruction of Jerusalem in the temple and the judgment upon the Israelites for rejecting Jesus as the Messiah and that these prophesies were fulfilled in the first century. Godawa exegetes primarily from the Olivet Discourse, but takes a look at other biblical texts as well. He compares what hes exegeted with the historical evidence both inside and outside The Bible to show that what Jesus prophesied would occur, did occur.
Godawa does not deny a physical return of Christ in the future or a literal, bodily resurrection upon His return. This is a different brand of preterism called FULL Preterism or HYPER Preterism. I not only find this view false (and Godawa does as well), but I find it heretical. I do not, however, find PARTIAL preterism to be heretical. In fact, I think its most likely true. This is the third book on preterism Ive read (the previous two being Hank Hanegraafs The Apocalypse Code and R.C Sprouls The Last Days According To Jesus) and I have only become further convinced that the dominant eschatological system is built on many assumptions and eisegesis with a dash of sensationalism to give it that juicy flavor that has spawned so many movies.
I agree with the subtitle of this book: The Bibles teaching on the end times is indeed not what they (preachers, theologians, etc.) told you.
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It occupies a central place in Christian eschatology. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in Koine Greek : apokalypsis , meaning "unveiling" or "revelation" before title pages and titles, books were commonly known by the incipit , their first words, as is also the case of the Hebrew Five Books of Moses or Torah. The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon although there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the Gospels and the Epistles. The only extended apocalyptic passage in the Old Testament is in the Book of Daniel. The author names himself in the text as "John", but his precise identity remains a point of academic debate. The bulk of traditional sources date the book to the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian AD 81ó96 , and the evidence tends to confirm this. The book spans three literary genres: the epistolary , the apocalyptic , and the prophetic.
In the Gospel accounts Jesus gave a brief summary of the events and conditions leading up to His return. But later He filled in many details. Sixty years passed before He revealed more of the specifics about the end time to the apostle John. Here we find again the outline of the prophecy Jesus gave on the Mount of Olives, but represented in extensive symbolism. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Even so, Amen.
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The end time also called end times , end of time , end of days , last days , final days , doomsday, or eschaton is a future time-period described variously in the eschatologies of several world religions both Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic , which teach that world events will reach a final climax. The Abrahamic faiths maintain a linear cosmology , with end-time scenarios containing themes of transformation and redemption. In Judaism , the term "end of days" makes reference to the Messianic Age and includes an in-gathering of the exiled Jewish diaspora , the coming of the Messiah , the resurrection of the righteous , and the world to come. Some sects of Christianity depict the end time as a period of tribulation that precedes the second coming of Christ , who will face the Antichrist along with his power structure and usher in the Kingdom of God. Isa will triumph over the false messiah, or the Antichrist, which will lead to a sequence of events that will end with the sun rising from the west and the beginning of the Qiyamah Judgment day. Non-Abrahamic faiths tend to have more cyclical world-views, with end-time eschatologies characterized by decay , redemption, and rebirth. In Hinduism , the end time occurs when Kalki , the final incarnation of Vishnu , descends atop a white horse and brings an end to the current Kali Yuga.
The Bible is the holy scripture of the Christian religion, purporting to tell the history of the Earth from its earliest creation to the spread of Christianity in the first century A. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have undergone changes over the centuries, including the the publication of the King James Bible in and the addition of several books that were discovered later. The Old Testament is the first section of the Bible, covering the creation of Earth through Noah and the flood, Moses and more, finishing with the Jews being expelled to Babylon. The exact beginnings of the Jewish religion are unknown, but the first known mention of Israel is an Egyptian inscription from the 13th century B. The earliest known mention of the Jewish god Yahweh is in an inscription relating to the King of Moab in the 9th century B.
Here we have summarized references from all over the Bible in order to give a better picture of the events that will take place in the end times. The breaking of each seal signifies an increase in war, famine, natural disasters, etc. We can read a full account of the seven seals in Revelation The breaking of the seals is the first stage in the Great tribulation Tribulations or trials refer to any event or situation that comes your way that tempts you to sin; that gives opportunity for sinful thoughts and temptations to rise up in you. The tribulation or trial arises when your The rapture is the name given to the occasion when Jesus calls His bride home.