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Understanding End Times Prophecy [Paperback]

By Benware Paul (Author)
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Bible prophecy continues to fascinate, nevermore than in troubled times of war and natural disasters. But why study Bible prophecy? What does it mean if a person is premillenial or amillenial, believes in the Rapture, or knows who or what the Beast of Revelation is? Benware's framework for understanding Bible prophecy is based on the four biblical covenants: Abrahamic, Palestinian, Davidic, and New. This book is a reference for seminary and college students, and those curious about the  various views of end times prophetic events and biblical proof behind them.

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Many Christians think of end times prophecy as a gigantic, intimidating puzzle--difficult to piece together and impossible to figure out. But every puzzle can be solved if you approach it the right way. Paul Benware compares prophecy to a picture puzzle. Putting the edge pieces together first builds the 'framework' that makes it easier to fit the other pieces in their place. According to Benware, the framework for eschatology is the biblical covenants. He begins his comprehensive survey by explaining the major covenants. Then he discusses several different interpretations of end times prophecy. Benware digs into the details of the Rapture, the Great Tribulation, the judgements and resurrections, and the millennial kingdom. But he also adds a unique, personal element to the study, answering questions as:
  • Why study bible prophecy?
  • What difference does it make if I'm premillenial or amillenial?
If what the Bible says about the future puzzles you, "Understanding End Times Prophecy" will help you put together the pieces and see the big picture.

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Pages   432
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
ISBN  0802490794  
EAN  9780802490797  

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Foundation-Laying Breadth , Clarity, and Currentness  May 31, 2006
"Understanding End Times Prophecy" is an overview that requires no prior knowledge yet is not dumbed down, since theological terms are not avoided, just explained. This book does more than lay out the usual amillenial-postmillenial-premillenial viewpoints; it goes deeper to first address the underlying theologies from which the differing endtimes interpretations arise, explaining the significance and present relevance of the different covenants God made with the nation of Israel. I very much appreciated that since how one views the covenants greatly affects worldview, the Church, Israel, and endtimes prophecy. The rapture, tribulation, and millenium are discussed as expected for this type of book, but Benware goes the extra mile in mentioning more recent rapture view variations. There's an interesting final section, "Understanding the Future of the Individual" that gets into death theories and the eternal state. I recommend this book for accessibility and breadth, but for more focused depth on the timing of the rapture, birth pangs, Day of the Lord, consider checking out "Maranatha" by Renald Showers, also a dispensationalist.
Good overall book...  Apr 27, 2006
Writer is a dispensational pretrib author and so he definitely bends his thoughts in that direction. He starts off by talking about the covenants and their history and goes into great detail about each thought on the Millennium and each thought on the tribulation. Overall felt it was well put together and fair to each disposition, just remember that he does write and refute based on his theology, which I really liked. If you want a book that shows all sides from their own theologians pick up Zondervan's "Three Views on the Millennium"

Prophecy must be literal why then so much confusion.  Jul 1, 2003
The authors make a very good point that Biblical prophecy must be interpreted 'literally' as is all the Bible.

With that in mind I had hoped to read a book that would actually 'explain' the Revelation. However, reading further I discovered the authors merely reiterate the same old information; although they did it very well and at a level which is easily understood, I think that is commendable.

I know God did not give the Revelation to John as a cruel joke to humanity, something we could never possibly hope to understand correctly. The authors do explain that God is perfect and so His word is perfect, therefore, if there are inconsistencies in teaching it must be human beings who make the errors because God does not make mistakes. It was refreshing to hear it from that perspective because then at least I have hope there is an answer to this current enigma in God's word.

Simple and Direct  Mar 7, 2002
A quick and easy run down of the basics of Eschatology. Mr. Benware did a fine job providing us with a concise "map" of the end times.
Compelling Analysis  Jun 26, 2001
This book addresses issue of differing views of future events (end times) with the readability of a typical high school book. Dr. Benware manages to be thorough while at the same time to keep moving.

He begins with a basic review of the principles of interpretation and why people's views differ. (If you have always assumed that scriptures are difficult to understand, otherwise there wouldn't be such varied opinions, this section will be very valuable to you. Scriptures are not so difficult to interpret; it is simply that each person approaches scripture with a particular set of rules for interpretation. Different rules give different results.)

Next he goes through all the major issues of end-time prophecy, presenting each significant view of the issue. For each view, he presents the arguments for it, and why others reject such an argument. While he treats each view evenly, he makes no pretense of hiding his own opinion. This frankness allows the reader to understand clearly what is being said without needing to wonder about hidden agendas. It seems to me that he is fair in his assesments, but I admit to being of the same school in terms of rules for interpretation.

(Dr. Benware approaches scripture assuming that it says exactly what it means. This literal approach permits figures of speech when obvious and allegories where indicated. However, if the plain sense of a passage makes sense, then the approach is not to seek some mystical meaning instead of what it plainly says. The first section of the book gives the clearest explanation I've ever read of how the allegorical approach to scriptural interpretation developed from an effort to reconcile Biblical teaching to Greek Gnosticism. This section alone is worth the price of the book, without consideration of end-times prophecies.)


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