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Overview This book is an attempt to set forth Biblical eschatology, or what the Bible teaches about the future. The point of view adopted in this study regarding the coming of the kingdom of God: both present and future, recognizes a distinction between the "already"-the present state of the kingdom as inaugurated by Christ-and the "not yet"-the final establishment of the kingdom which will take place at the time of Christ's Second Coming. This is the third in a compendium of doctrinal studies that includes Created in God's Image, and Saved by Grace, all by Anthony A. Hoekema.
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one of the few books on "end times" stuff worth reading Jan 22, 2007
many books about the bible and end times stuff (eschatology), are goofy, fanatical and just not worth the time to read. However, this one is a gem. It is sane, well researched, well thought out and really does a great job of interpreting this biblical subject with sobriety and intelligence. This book has a commanding reputation amongst more level headed bible scholars and theologians. Even if you end up disagreeing with some of the book's material, you will learn an immense amount on the subject either way. This book will educate you on this subject. It's just packed with material. Forget the popular "prohecy" books about doomsday soothsayers and world war III, and instead read this one by a scripture honoring, intelligent theologian. I would rate it six stars if there were a six star option.
Why "Left Behind" Needs to be Left behind Jun 26, 2006
The Bible and the Future is the single best volume written on the wide topic of "end things" (eschatology) If you really want to understand what the Bible says about "The Day of the Lord" or Christ's Second Comng, His coming at death, the after life and so on, then this is the volume for you. It is for serious students of the Bible who want a biblical, evangelical perspective and not pop-theology. What concerns me more than anything, when it comes to the topic of the end times is the fact that what may blind the church from seeing the signs is the dispensational interpretation of scripture which has been embraced by conservative churches as the literal, authoritative understanding of the end. This view, arising out the the Plymouth Brethren church, condified by J.N. Darby and polularized by the Scofield Bible, "Thief in the Night Trilogy" and the new update of this original series, "Left Behind" does not handle the scripture properly and is itself not a conservative approach to scripture but is more in line with modern liberalism. If you find this commment strange then you need to read this book and go back to a thorough reading of the whole counsel of scripture on this topic.
Fair look at eschatology Mar 13, 2006
Good Reformed look at eschatology, giving a fair shake to all expressions of the Christian Church in regards to eschatology. It causes us to think deeply of the nature of eschatology and why it matters for life, ministry, and life in God.
Superb Mar 9, 2006
* As others have said, whether one agrees with his amalinial stance or not, that he presents a comprehensive, balanced and biblical perspective cannot be denied. This book is full of exegetical insights that will send scholars to the study for hours, yet it is easily accessible to laymen. I have found this book particularly helpful for preaching because of the numerous "implications" (his wording) that are drawn from each theological statement. Hoekema reguarily proves a theological truth and then adduces several practical implications that are implicit within the given truth. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I almost forgot to mention: Hoekema is strongly calvinistic. I am not. However, he presents one of the most balanced portrayals of divine sovereignty and human responsibility I've read. Do not be misled (if you might otherwise be) by his calvinistic heritage.
Good review of a-millennial eschatology Feb 25, 2006
Anthony Hoekema does a great job of laying out the a-millennial position. Other topics beyond amillennialism are also well addressed (i.e. the nature of the judgment.) This was worth reading!