Item description for The Fourth Reich by Robert Van Kampen...
Overview Forty years after the birth of a baby produced from a genetically altered egg containing DNA from skull fragments from Berlin, 1945, a man rises to power in Russia, a terrifying new leader who will become the Antichrist. Reprint.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 3.25" Height: 7" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2000
ISBN 044023607X ISBN13 9780440236078
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there are wolfs in sheep's clothing. Dec 29, 2006
Van Kampan is a leading expert in scriptural prophecy. In this novel he keeps to his view of prophecy and revelation, and of course the how's and who's are conjecture. It is a lesson in biblical prophecy; an exciting read, with some good fictional writing.
The book starts out good but then has problems: the physical devil, coincidences, discrepancies, the portrayal of characters, even a bit ridiculous at times. Where is the U.S.? Would not the enlightened see it coming? Is it possible for evil to be so indiscreet as to gain the peoples trust, or are the scoffers so few and blind? This aside, it is still good.
Is revelation to be read literally, or is it a warning of the times; to repent, or is it both? Let scripture interpret scripture. Be alert, watch for signs; there are wolfs in sheep's clothing.
This is of course dispensationalism, or millenniumism. It has become very popular as of late. We must let scripture interpret scripture, and I don't think this does. Test it.
Wish you well Scott
Implausible premise and no suspense make for weak novel Aug 15, 2004
Adolph Hitler is the anti-Christ. Fear not, I did not blow the climax of this story. The author lays this out in the foreword. He further defends this rather fantastical notion by explaining in the afterword that Hitler-as-anti-Christ is by far the most logical conclusion the Bible offers, followed by Nero as a distant second possiblity. Frankly, every time I read, "Hitler said" or "Hitler did" I cringed. This pre-announced climax all but ruined the story for me.
A second flaw is Van Kempen's insistance that the pre-Tribulation rapture of the church (the belief that Christians will be "snatched away" by God, prior to a time of great troubles and judgment upon Earth) is a dangerous pipe dream. He has two characters travel around America trying to "wake up" the sleeping church and warn them to get ready. Even if Van Kempen is right, his answer to "So, what do we do?" is anti-climatic: Buy food rations, find a remote shelter, etc. I went through these preparations every year, when I lived in Miami, prior to hurrican season--it was hardly theologically significant stuff!
Bottom-line: I was thankful to reach the last page of this novel. Read the book of Revelation instead. It is shorter, and has all the same information!
Excellent, thought provoking read ! Jul 20, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this 'end-times novel'. The author's 'take' on the end times through Bible prophecy really made me think.
Having read this book, one really owes it to oneself to study the factual Biblical prophecies relating to the end-times. At the very least we all need to be aware of what the Scriptures say about the time period surrounding us at this period in history.
The application of Biblical prophecy relating to the People and Land of Israel is at the foundation of this book and is also at the foundation of Scripture itself.
I highly recommend this book plus two others by the same author;- 'The Sign' and 'The Rapture Question Answered...'
Other books which you might find interesting are 'The Mystery Of Iniquity' by Michael Rood & The 'Christ Clone Trilogy'.
Marvin Rosenthal has also written some good books on this subject. All available through this site.com I believe.
Happy reading !
Good Read Oct 29, 2001
Havent read much on the "end of the world" times. This is a great book to start with. I was intrigued from the first page and by the middle of the book i couldnt put it down. A friend of mine refered this book and I have already passed it on to a friend of mine.
Interesting take on the End of the World May 26, 2001
I've read several fictional accounts of how the world is going to end. (I've always found the book of "Revelations" to be rather interesting). This version was actually something new. These days, everyone's trying to figure out which world leader is most likely to be the current Anti-Christ. . . . Well, what if Hitler was brought back to life?
The story begins in Russia, with a new leader coming to power. Everyone loves him and believes he'll save the world - especially when he sets out to befriend Israel with the aid of a few highly placed Jewish friends. Only it turns out he wasn't really the friend he made them all believe he was.
Van Kampen did very well blending current military and political situations into an apocalyptic novel. Timing of events (which plagues, etc. will come when) is different than some of the current best selling End Times series by other authors. But I felt he did a great job explaining his position in the little space he had to get the story told.
A good read. Entertaining. Worrisome. Thought-provoking.