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Overview What if the Antichrist has already been revealed? The first book in a gripping new series by best-selling authors Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff explores the lives of Christians who struggle to survive and spread the Gospel during the climactic turbulence of "the last days." With the enemy seeking to decipher the code of John's letter, Revelation, and destroy the church, believers must cling to the hope Revelation provides as they face the greatest of all persecutions. A spellbinding story of faith and fulfillment of prophecy. Discover the "code" of Revelation as you begin to see it through the eyes of the persecuted believers to whom it was written.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6" Height: 1.5" Weight: 1.47 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2004
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842384375 ISBN13 9780842384377
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More About Hank Hanegraaff & Sigmund Brouwer
Hendrik (Hank) Hanegraaff serves as president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina-based CHRISTIAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE. He is also host of the nationally syndicated Bible Answer Man radio broadcast, which is heard daily across the United States and Canada—and around the world via the Internet at www.equip.org.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading Christian authors and apologists, Hank is deeply committed to equipping Christians to be so familiar with truth that when counterfeits loom on the horizon, they recognize them instantaneously.
Through his live call-in radio broadcast, Hank equips Christians to read the Bible for all it’s worth, answers questions on the basis of careful research and sound reasoning, and interviews today’s most significant leaders, apologists, and thinkers.
Hank is the author of more than twenty books, which have cumulatively sold millions of copies. Christianity in Crisis and Resurrection each won the Gold Medallion for Excellence in Christian Literature awarded by the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association (ECPA); and Counterfeit Revival and The FACE that Demonstrates the Farce of Evolution each won ECPA’s Silver Medallion—the latter published in the condensed Fatal Flaws: What Evolutionists Don’t Want You to Know.
Other noteworthy volumes include The Prayer of Jesus, which rose to number one on the Christian Marketplace Bestseller list October 2002, and the popular Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s Edition, which clearly and concisely answers common questions regarding Christianity, culture, and cults, while tackling complex questions including, “How can Christians legitimize a God who orders the genocide of entire nations?” and “How could the Bible command a rape victim to marry her rapist?”
Through his ground-breaking The Apocalypse Code: What the Bible Really Teaches about the End Times and Why It Matters Today, as well as his historical fiction works The Last Disciple Series and Fuse of Armageddon, Hank exposes the dangers of both Christian and secular Zionism. And in Has God Spoken? he provides memorable proofs for the Bible’s divine inspiration.
Additional works include The Legacy Study Bible, The Covering: God’s Plan to Protect You from Evil, The Creation Answer Book, and the forthcoming novel The Last Temple.
He is a regular contributor to the award-winning CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL and an articulate communicator on the pressing issues of our day, having spoken in leading churches, conferences, and on college campuses throughout the world (most recently at the University of Tehran, Iran).
Hank and his wife, Kathy, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and are parents to twelve children.
Hank Hanegraaff currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Last Disciple?
The Last Disciple Sep 17, 2007
I appreciated the historical detail provided in the book, and I found this book a refreshing change from both the current "Left Behind" hype and the historical revisionism of The DaVinci Code.
Just a good read... Jan 4, 2007
At minimum, it's a good read, whether or not you subscribe to the preterist's view of end-times. At max, it provides some insight into the preterist perspective of end-times as an alternative to the futurist perspective taken in the Left Behind series.
BTW: I'm not sure how many books are going to be in the series, but you should be forewarned that you'll want to read the next book when you finish this one. At the time of this post, I am only aware of this book (the first in the series) and "The Last Sacrifice" (the second).
Interesting Premise, Bad Writing Style Dec 27, 2006
The Last Disciple is based on the idea that the antichrist has already come in the form of Nero and that many of the other end time prophecies were experienced around the AD 60's.
The historical and cultural information within the book is very interesting and really helps the reader to better understand Biblical times and how things were for early Christians.
In respect to the two points mentioned above I love this novel and for the new insights it helped me to have.
The downside for this novel is how it jumps back and forth between story lines and makes it hard to ever focus on a particular plot that you may care about. While I realize this is a frequent writing style for fictional novels, here it is done so often that you quickly forget who a character is and then are left scratching your head when the character comes back. Also, new characters come and go very quickly with little if any introduction also making this situation harder.
This book provides a lot of great information that most Christians will at least find interesting, but the writing style itself makes it hard to read and not very enjoyable.
Massive Nov 8, 2006
Hank Hanegraaf's unigue style of filling in the blanks and creating back story is the perfect mix with Biblical history. He has long been an inpspiration to unleashing the imagination. I particularly enjoyed the mystery of The Last Disciple - not wanting to figure it out - just to see where Hank would take it, and me.
A powerful alternative point of view Oct 18, 2006
I wonder how often Christian church leaders have preached Revelation as calamities to come in the not-too-distant future, preaching with or without conviction that this was what God will soon do to this nasty world that has descended into unbearable sinfulness and evil. If looked at in this manner, Revelation is a powerful scare tactic, to be sure.
In The Last Disciple, Hanegraaf and Brouwer propose a plausible alternative to the "you better watch out" dogma expounded by Tim LaHaye and others, one that is both more biblically and historically sound and less manipulative than that accepted by mainstream Christianity.
Many Christians today are only vaguely aware of the atrocities early Christians suffered at the hands of Roman leaders in the first century--though several of the "books" of the New Testament were written in this period, the events they describe happened about half a century earlier. Certainly, as Hanegraaf and Brouwer point out, these Christians were certainly suffering tribulation at the hands of a beast, even if it was not The Tribulation and The Beast. Through the experiences of a Roman centurion and his Christian wife, a Jewish woman whose own brother chooses to be fed to the lions rather than give up his faith, a former gladiator and average Roman citizens hearing rumors of this "new religion," the authors weave a story of believers and non-believers, the wicked and the benign, the powerful and the helpless, and one of the most powerful and deadly clashes of religion and politics in recorded history.
Hanegraaf and Brouwer dare to go against accepted religious tradition (and isn't that what Christianity was in the first place?) by utilizing one of the more flexible and non-confrontational methods of expression--fiction. Though the story is not always easy to follow and some of the characters are not particularly well-developed, the ideas guiding the story are presented with authenticity and strength and, thankfully, without a trace of self-righteousness.
If the "Left Behind" series made you want to feed its authors to the lions (metaphorically speaking, of course), as it did me, The Last Disciple will be a refreshing read whether or not you choose to agree with the authors' line of reasoning.