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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (September 6, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802808514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802808516
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very well written.
S. Schneider
While positing the amillennial understanding of future eschatology, Hoekema very spends time in chapter 14 discussing the various views of the millennium.
Mathew Gilbert
Those who have wished a clear, specific and comprehensive presentation for the doctrine of the last things should find this work to be valuable.
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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Glickenhaus on November 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Put simply, Hoekema's book is simply a classic. Whether one agrees with him or not, one cannot find a better introduction to eschatology available from an amillennial perspective. There are a few unique contributions that this book contains:
(1) It shows how one can and should apply the already/not yet tension in eschatology. One cannot find this emphasis in many lay accessible books.
(2) It is not sensationalistic. While passionate about the things to come, he is careful not to fall prey to making prognostications.
(3) It does a good job of surveying the various millennial (and other eschatological) options in Christianity today without being overly simplistic and/or misrepresenting another position other than his own. This being so, he fairly and irenically shows why he holds his position.
(4) It represents a particular brand of amillennialism that understands the earthly prophecies of the OT not to refer to spiritual fulfillment in the church today (as many amills do), but in the new heavens and the new earth. In fact, his emphasis on the new earth in his book is surprisingly insightful.
(5) It also gives a very nice appendix which surveys the more recent developments in eschatological discussion (e.g., Cullman, Moltmann, Bultmann, Schweitzer, et al).
I do not agree with Hoekema on many issues. For instance, I am a partial preterist, and so I see a few passages in the past that he sees as still future. Also, I am a postmillennialist, thus seeing a more prosperous future for the pre-Advent church. Despite these differences, however, I gained a tremendous amount from reading Hoekema's book -- insights which I hope to help my own eschatological understanding to become more fully biblical.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
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Hoekema delivers a very comprehensive, articulate, and biblical presentation. For Christians who are familiar with the different views of the millenium, his view is one of Amillenialism. Even if one does not agree with his disposition one will agree that his is well stated and honestly biblical in approach (whether completely accurate or not only God can reveal...and He will). Using his model of "already/not yet" for the Kingdom of God, the reader is in for an illuminating ride through the Scriptures in an attempt to come to a well-balanced eschatology. For anyone interested in Christianity of the Reformed ilk this is a classic work on the issue. Consistent, readable, and incredibly insightful, "The Bible and the Future" will instruct and inspire all Christians and offer hope and grace to those who aren't....yet.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
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This is the best book on eschatology I have ever read. I keep turning to it again and again. It contains in-depth exegesis of most of the major passages. There are places where Hoekema seems to be too much of a slave to the Dutch Reformed tradition (such as his interpretation of Romans 11:26), but overall his exegesis is very sober and balanced. The writing is excellent and very easy to read. Hoekema interacts with other positions in a very fair and irenic manner. Even if you aren't amillenial, you need to read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By travis russell on May 29, 2009
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Hoekema does an excellent job of covering the bases of Amillennialism in this book. He approaches Amillennial eschatology in a subject-type format which is really helpful, covering such subjects as the Kingdom of God, Already/not-yet tension, Rev. 20, the new earth, and others. This book, supplemented with Kim Riddlebargers, Case for Amillennialism, A: Understanding the End Times which treats Amillennialism as a whole system (and an even larger volume is in the works!) will give the reader a great course in Amillennialism. Also, William Hendriksen's More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation and/or Dennis Johnson's Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation will complete the eschatological scheme with a workable understanding of the book of Revelation itself, all 4 books following the same hermeneutic and Idealistic interpretation. READ THIS BOOK, AND READ ALL THE SUGGESTED BOOKS! SOLI DEO GLORIA!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Doud (sdcelt@hotmail.com) on May 14, 1999
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Hoekema has done the Church a service in his trilogy (Made in God's Image, Saved By Grace, and now the Bible and the Future). He has done solid exposition, exposed erroneous doctrinal systems such as Premillenial Dispensationalism, and sent believers and non-believers alike back to the Scriptures and back to the worship of the Saviour. His explanation of amillenialism is clear and convincing. Read this before any of the sensationalist end-times/rapture/tribulation genre.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth C. Vendler on December 9, 2004
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Anthony Hoekema's approach to the topic of the endtimes is a refreshing response to the cult of pre- and post- millennialism and should belong to every serious pastor's library or otherwise be accessible to him.

Hoekema "rightly divides" the Word in a way most "scholars" on this topic fail to do. By showing that the entire Bible in both testaments is eschatologically oriented and that the Darbyist and Scofieldist interpretations do not stand up under scrutiny, Hoekema has me convinced on every essential point.

If you are weary of the carnival created out of eschatology by the majority of professing scholarship, read this book!
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