Jumped the gun again! But teachers, even teachers of current events, need to put their subjects into perspective. Teachers should help their students gain some distance and oversight that young people, by virtue of the fact that their lives are, well, short, typically cannot provide for themselves. There have been numerous examples of well—meaning Bible students who predicted this or that date for the return of Christ. William Miller, founder of the Seventh—Day Adventists, predicted that it would be in Edgar Whisenant predicted and gave 88 reasons for that date.
Obviously these and similar shenanigans reduce the credibility of the Christian message. The Bible consists of several literary forms, or genres, the most common being history, or narrative including gospel , poetry, epistle, and several types of prophecy, including apocalypse. Theological conservatives usually argue strongly for a "literal hermeneutic" in interpreting Scripture: that is, the reader should interpret the statements of Scripture as literally as is literarily indicated.
Clapping is a human indication of joy or receptiveness, and we all realize that the prophet is using a figure of speech—personification—to say that creation will rejoice as it finds itself delivered from the bondage of sin Romans We do that sort of interpretation in everything we read, and we rarely even think about it.
So, when we read any portion of the Bible, we read it as literally as the text itself indicates it should be read. But is this approach best for all genres? What about prophecy, much of which is filled with unusual images—beasts with ten horns but only seven heads Revelation , for example? Should we read it even more symbolically than we read, say, historical narrative? Good people, all of whom agree to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scripture, disagree on this question. By far the most popular position in the last century or so has been Premillennialism, popularized by the Scofield Reference Bible and by the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary most notably as well as the men listed at the beginning of this article.
Premillennialists take prophetic statements at face value. Basing their view particularly on Revelation —10, they hold that there will be a resurrection of believers, followed by a 1,—year kingdom of Christ on earth, followed by a resurrection and judgment of unbelievers.
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Premillennialists differ among themselves on the relationship between the resurrection of believers—the Rapture—and the Tribulation period. The most popular position for the larger span of church history has been Amillennialism, which interprets prophecy much less literally. A third position is Postmillennialism, which was severely challenged by the gruesomeness of World War I but has made a comeback in the latter half of the twentieth century. This is a significant part of the motivating force behind the Religious Right.
Postmillennialists argue that the world is indeed coming under the increasing control of the church. This is one of the points of greatest disagreement with the premillennialists, who argue that we should expect times to get worse and worse before the end 2 Timothy Why all of the disagreement? Well, much of it springs from the hermeneutical question discussed above: how literally do we take these passages? That's a minor complaint, and I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting a more expansive look at Bible prophecy.
Feb 09, Evghenii Sologubenco rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-life , theology. A great summary with some detail for a student of Eschatology. This book presents a good systematic approach to biblical studies. It argues for grammatical-historical method of prophecy interpretation and presents the different view on eschatology providing a balanced evaluation.
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The author writes from the point of view of pre-milenialism and pre-tribulationsim. I had read this book over ten years ago for the first time and found it very helpful and still recommend it for the students of eschato A great summary with some detail for a student of Eschatology. I had read this book over ten years ago for the first time and found it very helpful and still recommend it for the students of eschatology.
Understanding End Times Prophecy: A Comprehensive Approach by Paul N. Benware
Sep 17, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: theology. What an amazing and thorough look at the various views of Prophecy. While he discusses the Pre, Post and A Millinial views among a few others he shows how the Pre-Mil view is the most consistent view with Scripture. It begins with a premise based upon the promise of God to the Israelites and how that promise is unconditional and must still yet be fulfilled. No matter what viewpoint you hold, it is a must read. Very thorough, yet easy to grasp and comprehend. A great book for anyone who desires What an amazing and thorough look at the various views of Prophecy.
A great book for anyone who desires to understand prophecy. Jul 13, Jon Winkelman rated it it was amazing. This is probably one of the clearest and most comprehensive books on Bible prophecy. It is premillennialism, dispensational, and pretribulational. In a time where solid, literal, Biblical interpretation is lacking Benware presents a book that is readable as well as Biblical.
Should be read by anyone claiming to be fundamental. Mar 19, Susan rated it it was amazing. Just had to review this wonderful author. His style is clear and so informative. For any level I think above beginner. The info is tight, pertinent and more than the 'basic' prophecy book. Beware has joined my favorites! Apr 27, L. Bouligny Bouligny rated it liked it.
I would give this 3. Benware does a good job of making end times events palpable, and goes to great length to arrange them in sequential order. Very clear, easy to read, pre-millennial perspective. Feb 27, Billy rated it it was amazing. IMO the best book on Eschatology from a Dispensational perspective for the layman. Easy to read.
Understanding End Times Prophecy: A Comprehensive Approach
Benware is clear and concise. He treats each millennial view fairly and provides a critique of the opposing views stating why they are incorrect. This should be on every Christian's shelf. View 1 comment. Jul 26, Darrin Niday rated it really liked it. I marked this book on almost every page. It was an incredibly helpful tool to understanding what will happen in the end. I still pull it out to refresh my memory from time-to-time. Oct 03, Tim Senter rated it liked it Shelves: on-the-shelf. Good description and comparative of the varied eschatological views and beliefs.
Aug 16, John Wiley rated it really liked it. Helpful eschatology text. Mar 16, Kay rated it did not like it. Great book if you are myopic and can only understand the end times from a dispensational view. The author is dismissive of other views. It was required reading. Dec 14, Richard Shin rated it it was amazing.
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