Item description for E-Quake: A New Approach to Understanding the End Times Mysteries in the Book of Revelation by Jack W. Hayford...
Overview The pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, offers an interpretation of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.
Pastor Jack Hayford believes the key to understanding the book of Revelation is to understand and correctly interpret the time and events surrounding the major earthquakes in Revelation. In "E-Quake" Pastor Hayford offers a practical study of the book of Revelation, not a speculative or sensationalized look at prophecy. Readers will understand how this revelation of Jesus Christ affects their lives today. He also shows them how to live in what are perhaps the end times, how to keep things in perspective, how to make sure their value system and priorities are in order, and how to apply the teaching of Revelation in practical ways.
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Release Date Aug 1, 2000
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ISBN 0785274723 ISBN13 9780785274728
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More About Jack W. Hayford
Jack W. Hayford is the Founder and Chancellor of The King's College and Seminary, and Director of The JWH School of Pastoral Nurture. He is most widely known as Founding Pastor of The Church On The Way, where he was senior pastor from 1969-1999. He served as President of the Foursquare Church from 2004-2009. He has authored 52 books and written more than 400 musical works, and serves on various international and interdenominational committees and councils.
Jack W. Hayford currently resides in Van Nuys, in the state of California.
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A thought provoking look into Revelation instead of another rant from a prophectic school of thought Jan 11, 2007
This book takes you by surprise. Dr. Hayford starts by saying that the book is more a collection of sermons than his usual careful exegesis of scripture with footnotes and documentation. However this book makes more sense than all of the commentaries and rants of other authors combined. Dr. Hayford sets out to make the book of Revelation understandable as a book of worship and practical application for our lives today. Along the way he gives us insights into the real meaning and some clarity of the prophetic. Here are some nuggets to wet your appetite:
"The book of Revelation is the newspaper of tomorrow, but it is also a handbook for today. It forecasts a series of terrible and terrifying events, but at the same time it provides a perspective on the whole that affords us very practical hope" (page 7). "The book of Revelation is not a revelation of `stuff'; it is a revelation of Jesus. It is not a revelation of information; it is a revelation of Jesus. It is not a revelation of prophesies; it is a revelation of Jesus" (page 29). "The book of Revelation was not given to us as a book for speculation. It was not given as a coffee table book for the saints to sit around and talk about because it would be `fun to guess.' It was given for very pragmatic reasons: to encourage in the midst of trial, to motivate in the time of opportunity, to bring us to worship and praise before the Lord, and to realize that in the spirit of praise around His timeless throne, there is constantly an unscrolling of God's purpose in motion, which is worldwide, yet personal in its implications" (page 111).
This book may startle you by its conclusions. If you are a pre-trib dispensationalist or a Tim LaHaye fan, this book probably isn't for you. Dr. Hayford is very clear about his feelings on that approach: "The book of Revelation becomes distorted when a linear approach is taken. It is easy to become confused with this approach because the book of Revelation is not written in a linear fashion. It is a series of prophecies that are seen from different viewpoints" (page 137). "People want to turn it [the book of Revelation] into a linear progression from chapter 4 though the end of the book, but it can't be done. It can't be done without creating more questions and problems, which are strained at and worked at until we end up with something that has a certain amount of satisfaction: `Well, we've got that thing lined up.' The only problem is that anytime we think we have a prophecy lined up, we soon discover that we didn't have it as lined up as we thought. We end up speculating about everything that happens" (Page 179).
To conclude, if you want to make sense of the seals, and the trumpets, and all of the various overlapping symbols, events, and people, this book will help. If you want a neat system of theology that raptures you out of here at the first sign of trouble I recommend anything Dr. LaHaye writes instead. Blessings...
Prosperity and Caste in revelational doctrine Feb 13, 2005
My rebuttals are extremely pointed, but are given with the deepest respect for the person and ministry of Pastor Jack Hayford. Problem one: Chapter two of E Quake focuses on worship as being the key to unlocking the vision. Pastor Jack mentions the struggling churches of Revelation 2 and 3, and rightly states that worship brings our focus onto Jesus, not methods, as the answer to any weakness present among His people. However, I disagree with the position he takes that the worshipful giving away of resources in a financially struggling congregation guarantees the overflow of God's provisional blessing. The story he tells to verify this doctrine takes place, as all such stories regarding the prosperity doctrine do, in an American church. He argues that his point is correct because it worked. Of course it "worked!" But it doesn't "work" in the other 95% of the world. The Lord's people in struggling third-world churches are no less loved by God than prosperous American churches, and they constantly give what little they have to support the Lord's work among them. We do these brothers and sisters wrong to mistake our privilege for entitlement! The Bible nowhere teaches that being godly insulates a person from suffering. In fact, the Bible does much to dispel that theological error. The book of Job soundly refutes such nonsense, as does Jesus Himself, Paul, James, and yes, even the book of Revelation. It isn't for nothing that God comforts His people in Revelation 7:16 by saying that in His Presence, they will never again suffer from hunger pangs, dehydration, or lack if shelter! Poverty is not a lack of faith. One of the most touching messages I ever heard came from a Ugandan minister who told our congregation how his people walk for several hours to come to church, wearing the one piece of clothing they own. They cry out to God in intercession for America, with tears streaming down their faces, because "American Christians are a people of little obedience." The Ugandan Christians intercede hungry much of the time, not because they are fasting, but because they don't have enough food to eat. These Christians know want. This minister has to answer very hard questions among his people, questions like, "If Jesus loves me so much, why does my baby have no food?" Problem two: Pastor Jack gives several illustrations from his own ministry in chapter four of E Quake. It is to one of these examples that I desire to respond. I have been exposed to this particular illustration twice: at a function Jack Hayford spoke at, and in written form in E Quake. Both times it has disturbed me greatly. In no way do I question his sincerity or motives. I don't doubt that he is completely unaware that he speaks from an experience of privilege. Yet pain is caused by the supposition he promotes, and although it is unintentional and innocent, it hurts, nevertheless. His example is that a mechanic is a mechanic because God created him to be one. He does it because he loves it and wouldn't want to do anything else. He wasn't made to work in an office on Wall Street. Being a mechanic is his "place" in the world. Ouch. People of means, that is, those who have the luxury of choosing for themselves what kind of job will let them feel fulfilled, no doubt applaud this saying. They could be engineers, bankers, or politicians at their whim; or, if it so suits their desire, mechanics. It doesn't matter. They can pursue whatever they wish. They are privileged; life has many options, none of which involves suffering. However, there is a different reality for those who were not born white, male, and privileged. In most cases, a mechanic or a waitress, day laborer, car wash attendant, etc., does the job they do not because they find fulfillment in it, not because they wouldn't want to work in a cushy office, and not because they love to sweat, but because they never had an opportunity to do any better. Unlike the privileged class, their parents couldn't afford to send them to college so that they could rise above blue-collar level. They are desperate single moms struggling to raise several kids on minumum wage, because dad bailed out on paying child support. They come from a background of poverty where they are toiling up from generations of hardship caused by prejudice. Are we to believe that this hardship is their ordained "place?" Please! People who hold down two and three minimum wage jobs simultaneously that offer no health insurance and that barely make ends meet don't do so because they love it! They have no choice. Perhaps the mechanic Pastor Jack mentions hates his job. Perhaps he dreamed of better things, once. But lacking the "connections" that opens the doors to the better things of life, dreams give way to reality. So, he works as a mechanic to put food on the table. This is not as far-fetched as it sounds. I know a Guatemalan pediatric nurse who, due to the red tape of licensing differences, works here in the U.S. in a deli market all day. She hates it, but it pays the bills. Only a generation ago, the white American population believed Latino crop pickers happily chose a nomadic life. They were meant to work the fields; it was their "place." The privileged believed blacks were created with less intelligence and were made to be second-class. They were expected to remember to keep their "place." Much the same is still believed about women. Are these people or their forbearers created to be less than their potential because they are outside of America's privileged class? Was the lady who used to be a nurse but is forced by circumstance to be a deli clerk "made" by God to be a deli clerk or a nurse? It borders on the absurd! The descendents of slaves are now lawyers, teachers, and scientists. The children of Vietnam War "house girls" have become accomplished musicians and students since immigrating to America. A homeless woman was recently admitted to Harvard. So what does all this say? That slaves are created to be slaves, house girls created to be prostitutes, or homeless people created to wander the streets desolate? Hardly! Yet their progeny might have suffered the same fate had not opportunity arisen. It is just as cruel to propose that hotel maids, grocery baggers, or gas station attendants are "made" by God to be lower caste. We are Christians, not Hindus. Status and privilege are simply that.
Hayford should stick with other topics of the Bible Oct 13, 2000
"A NEW Approach to Understanding the End Time Mysteries in the Book of Revelation"? That sub-title right there told me this book is false. Dr. Harry Ironside, one of America's greatest theologians of the past made this statement that certainly applies to Jack Hayford's book: "Be careful of any teaching that is new; it might not be true." There were other problems with the book as well. Jack Hayford downplays how bad the tribulation will be and makes the reader believe it's simply a bad time of persecution, rather than great calamity. The tribulation is a time to punish the ungodly and a time for God to deal with Israel again. The church will NOT be here. Stephen King couldn't put together what's really going to happen during the earth's darkest hour! Where in the world does Hayford come up with the idea that the white horse in Revelation 6 is Jesus? Jesus has already been crowned in Revelation 4 by the saints in heaven and doesn't have to work for the crowns as Hayford thinks. Didn't Hayford bother to look at the Greek words for "crown" in Revelation 6 and Revelation 19? They're two different words! "Crown" in chapter 6 is the word "stephanos" while chapter 19 is the word "diadema". Obviously, they're two different words! He also makes the rapture no big deal. Believe me, it will be a big deal! Hayford symbolizes the book of Revelation too much, a great danger to anyone studying Revelation. In short, the pre-wrath view of the rapture has seized America like a prairie fire. That's sad because it's a false theory that dates back to about 1977 or somewhere in the '70s. That's a far cry from the Pre-trib rapture that dates to the time of Christ and the Apostle Paul. Other writers have written commentaries on Revelation and they're pre-trib. Amazing how they've been preserved all these years! What makes this generation anymore special than past generations? Past generations spent much more time in the Bible. Today's generation is dumb compared to scholars up to 100 years ago. As my review title says, Hayford should stick with other topics in the Bible, ones he's better at. His view of Revelation is in serious error and is a far cry from "the blessed hope" in Titus 2:13.
Hayford does it again! May 21, 2000
Once again, Jack Hayford brings the Ancient Word to life for the modern reader. E Quake is a straightforward presentation of the Book of Revelation: not a verse by verse commentary, nor an emotionaly charged devotional. Hayford gives an honest appraisal of the what and why of Revelation, along with presenting the idea that Revelation is not so much about a future doomsday, but about present opportunities to give worship and do warfare in the name of Jesus Christ, who is coming in glory.
A Great Introduction to the Book of Revelations Feb 28, 2000
Although this book is not very long, Jack Hayford does an excellent job of introducing readers to the Book of Revelation. Of all the books in the new testament, I have always found Revelations the most difficult to understand. I am glad that Pastor Jack Hayford has finally written a book that gives definitive insight into some of the symbols, terms, and messages contained in the text.
Luckily for the reader, he does not try and explain every single verse in Revelations. So, if you are looking for an extremely detailed explanation of Revelations- don't buy this book.
Instead Pastor Hayford tries to give the reader a basic understanding of why Revelation was written, how the book is structured (something that I definitely misunderstood until I read this book), and what it means to us today. The one great lesson that became crystal clear to me after reading this book, is the importance of worshipping God in a Christian's life. Many Christians, myself included, underestimate the power and importance of worship in their Christian walk. Just like prayer, it a fundamental discipline that can make a world of difference in your life, and the life of the Church.
Just like one of the previous reviewers mentions, I hope Pastor Hayford does another follow-up book about Revelations. Now that I have a fundamental understanding of the book, I would like to dig a little deeper, and gain even greater insight.
I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with trying to understand the Book of Revelations. If you are looking for an excellent source to give you a basic understanding of Revelations, look no further. Get a copy of this book and add it to your Christian library.