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The Last Days According to Jesus: When Did Jesus Say He Would Return? [Paperback]

By R. C. Sproul (Author)
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A trusted theologian analyzes what Jesus said about his return and the last days, with thoughts on the antichrist, the resurrection, and the timing of the millennium. "A must read".--"New Horizons".

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Analyzes what Jesus said about when he would return and the last days would arrive (as in Matthew 24:34). This title defends the trustworthiness of Jesus' teachings.

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Studio: Baker Books
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.07" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2001
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  080106340X  
ISBN13  9780801063404  

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More About R. C. Sproul

R. C. Sproul Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.

R. C. Sproul currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. R. C. Sproul was born in 1939.

R. C. Sproul has published or released items in the following series...
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A bit less thorough than hoped  Jan 12, 2007
Dr. Sproul is a favorite theologian of this reviewer and so it was with some anticipation I waited for this book. I took some time to let it simmer in my mind before deciding to review it. Dr. Sproul seems a bit hesitant to come right out and admit that he believes in the preterist position and so that makes his points seem a little wishy-washy at times. One wonders if he is actually espousing a view or simply reciting a litany of interesting theories without providing much evidence for any. Not to imply that he does not cite some evidence for the preterist view - he does. It just seems that he is attempting to apologize all along to those who may disagree with him. While that approach is perhaps testament to his humility (which I have always admired) it also makes for a passive voice approach at times that lacks clarrity. His approach is probably ideal for conversation or classroom teaching where feedback and discussion provides the clarrity, it makes for difficult reading at times. The information is there, just not as clear as if he had stated his views plainly then proceeded to explain why he held those views. It is good to a point but not quite the groundbreaker I had hoped it would be.
A ground breaking book for making sense out of difficult Bible eschatology  Aug 8, 2006
Early on in this book, R.C. Sproul astutely observes that the recorded accounts of Jesus' discourse on the Mount of Olives in the three synoptic gospels can be the most persuasive proof of divinely-inspired fulfilled prophesy due to the amazingly accurate account of the destruction of Jerusalem. Yet at the same time, due to a passage in the Matthew account that alludes to Jesus physically appearing when these events occur, this Discourse opens up plenty of skepticism from unbelieving critics.

Unlike the dozen or so R. C. Sproul Sr. books that I've read, this book presents itself more as a research paper that points to observations by plenty of external sources rather than a lone commentary by Sproul himself. To his credit, he's not intolerably dogmatic nor takes a hard line about issues open to interpretation, except for ones that clearly conflict with creeds or scripture.

To give the best overview, Sproul writes the following in the final conclusion of the book:

"The purpose of The Last Days according to Jesus has been to examine and evaluate the various claims of preterism, both full and partial. The great service preterism performs is to focus attention on two major issues. The first is the time-frame references of the New Testament regarding eschatological prophecy. The preterist is a sentinel standing guard against frivolous and superficial attempts to downplay or explain away the force of these references.

The second major issue is the destruction of Jerusalem. This event certainly spelled the end of a crucial redemptive-historical epoch. It must be viewed as the end of some age. It also represents a significant visitation of the Lord in judgment and a vitally important "day of the Lord." Whether this was the only day of the Lord about which Scripture speaks remains a major point of controversy among preterists.

The great weakness of full preterism--and what I regard to be its fatal flaw--is its treatment of the final resurrection. If full preterism is to gain wide credibility in our time, it must overcome this obstacle.

With respect to partial preterism, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. has done excellent work in forcing reconsideration of the date when the Book of Revelation was written. If he is correct in arguing for a date prior to A.D. 70, then sweeping revisions must be made in our understanding of this book's content and focus.

Debates over eschatology will probably continue until the Lord returns and we have the advantage of hindsight rather than the disadvantage of foresight. The divisions that exist within the Christian community are understandable, considering that both the subject matter and the literary genre of future prophecy are exceedingly difficult. This does not mean that we may push the Bible aside or neglect its eschatological sections. On the contrary the interpretative difficulties presented by eschatological matters simply call us to a greater diligence and persistence in seeking their solution."

The book doesn't address the entire Olivet Discourse verse by verse, but tackles the most difficult passages such as Matthew 24:34 where Jesus says, "Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place" and the possible meaning of "the end of the age". For me on a personal level, this book revealed several fascinating insights to logical explanations of prophesies such as the appearance of heavenly apparitions during the destruction of Jerusalem (miraculous signs in the skies above such as "chariots of fire" as reported by historian Josephus), and the meaning of the Beast and the appearant meaning behind "666" in the Book of Revelation. For those fascinating insights alone is why I would strongly recommend this book. The other great feature of this book are the tables that show the main differences between the different types of preterism and the side by side passages of Matthew, Mark and Luke regarding the Olivet Discourse. It's far from comprehensive for eschatological studies of the Bible but it's definitely a great place to start.
Adequate Work on Partial-Preterist Amill Eschatology  Aug 3, 2006
This book is a good introduction to Partial Preterism and will give you the jist of its basic arguments. John Kettners review above is completley off. He apparently has no understanding of the difference between partial and ful preterism. RC Sproul is not a full preterist.
Good Introduction, not a definitive work  Feb 8, 2006
Last Days According to Jesus is a good introduction to the study of the messianic consciousness of the early church. It is, as another reviewer, points out written within an apologetic frame--but it cannot be faulted for merely having a point of view. At issue for Sproul is the question of the infallibility of Christ and the inerrancy of Scripture. That is, if Christ believed he would return within the lifetime of those to whom his discourse was addressed, then either he or the apostles erred. In which case, one or the other or both are not to be trusted and then, well, there goes Christianity.

Since Sproul assumes that Christ is infallible and the teaching of Scripture inerrent, there must be an explanantion to those difficult texts that suggest (at least at face value) that the eschaton IN ITS ENTIRETY would transpire within their "generation" (generation in the most literal sense). The solution to the exigency Sproul touts is the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. It is his belief that some (or half or most) of the ideas and images and prophecies are about the destruction of Jerusalem. But prophecies about the eschaton that cannot be explained in this manner are yet to be fulfilled. His defense is called partial-preterism--that some of the prophecies and events of the end-times have already been accomplished but some are still to come.

I am not sure whether the early church or the apostles really believed partial-preterism to have been a viable option. I am not sure that the apostles believed it would have taken this long. I am not sure of the merits of preterism. Nevertheless, this book is a good introduction for the beginner. I do not believe it is to be read by anyone well-versed in the general topic of eschatology. More exacting and impressive works can be found elsewhere.
At the end of the last millenium, RC felt the need to take an eschatological stand, and he chose the Jesuit counter-reformation heresy of Preterism. The Holy Spirit tells us in John 17:11 that God the Father is the Holy Father, not the Roman "Holy Father" the world hears.

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