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John MacArthur is the pastor of Grace Community Church in California and president of The Master’s College and Seminary, as well as a best-selling author. He can be heard on the “Grace to You” radio program, which broadcasts daily around the world on nearly 2,000 stations in English and Spanish.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344936
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,016,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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John MacArthur has done a pretty good job in this book.
"kerry195"
MacArthur's book is an excellent defender of premillenialism, and a primer on the pretribulation rapture view.
David S. Mohler
I highly recommend this book for those who have questions about where this world we live in is headed.
E. Vandongen

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "kerry195" on July 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
John MacArthur has done a pretty good job in this book. It's light reading- nothing too heavy here. The one thing I appreciate about this book is that he puts the focus on Christ (contra the focus on signs like Van Impe, Lindsey and other sensationalistic writers). MacArthur's writings will make you have a more humble attitude toward the Second Coming of Christ. I recommend this book for beginners and even for a few folks who are already familiar with premillennial eschatology.
I'd like to see MacArthur expand further on this topic.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By kerry195 on April 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you've ever wondered about eschatology, MacArthur's got a very simple book here. Written on the level of those who've never dealt with anything dealing with the end times, he gives a very sobering and balanced view (representing the premillennial, pretribulational rapture). He decries 'newspaper theology' and goes to great lengths to steer believers away from the kooks and loonies like Jack Van Impe, the Lalondes, Hal Lindsey, John Hagee and others. He encourages believers to work as though Christ could appear at any moment to take them away, yet at the same time work as if He is afar off, redeeming our time while here on earth.
The book also serves as MacArthur's volley on full preterism (a heretical view which teaches that ALL prophecy has been fulfiled, including the second coming of Christ), with a few smacks and jabs at partial preterism (which teaches that MOST prophecy was fulfilled at 70 A.D. and we still await the second coming of Christ), since both use the same hermeneutical system.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth P. Ehrlich on February 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book gives an excellent overview of God's eternal plan for Israel and the Church. It does not provide a whole lot of nuts and bolts eschatology, but I don't think that was the author's intent. I strongly recommend it for the reader who wants to seek and embrace God's eternal plan for his children. After reading this book, I would recommend "End Times" by Walvoord for a more detailed eschatological account.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Stilwell on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Parsing the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25), John MacArthur walks his reader through the text and supports a premillenial view of end-time events and prophecy. He also cites several Old Testament prophesies which support this view of the Rapture of the Church and the literal, physical thousand-year reign of Jesus on earth.

Pastor MacArthur uses an academic writing style in this book, and a casual reader may not appreciate such a scholarly, methodical approach. Although MacArthur assumes an elementary understanding of theological terms, he provides an excellent glossary that's a helpful resource for any Bible student.

While avoiding thorough explanations and defenses of other end-time views, MacArthur does an outstanding job of explaining and supporting the premillenial dispensational view held by many contemporary evangelicals. The Second Coming is an excellent resource for Bible students and teachers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Vandongen on March 18, 2010
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John MacArthur is an outstanding Bible scholar.If there is anyone who has doubts about what the future holds for the Christian and non-Christian, John paints a clear difinitive description using Biblical narative and correct exegesis.I highly recommend this book for those who have questions about where this world we live in is headed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erik Raymond on October 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
There is scarcely a more passionately debated topic within Christianity than Eschatology (the study of future events). John MacArthur admits this in his book The Second Coming: Signs of Christ's Return and the End of the Age. MacArthur comes across as one who is convinced of the value of what he has to say but is nonetheless irritated by the persistent irrelevant chatter that too often surrounds the topic. As a result he does expose the folly of the half-baked future snoopers who are consumed with making the UN the one world religion as they sit in their lawn chairs waiting for the rapture.

In addition, MacArthur takes aim at preterism, the view that the prophecies of Matthew 24 were all fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. He also distinguishes between partial preterism and hyper preterism. The main difference between the two here is the denial of a bodily future return of Christ and a literal bodily resurrection of the dead (this is denied by hyper preterists not partial preterists).

The book is not an active assault on preterism (of any form) however, it is a passive engagement of these systems through a promotion of a literal premillennial return of Jesus Christ.

The book is in large part an expositional teaching through Matthew 24-25, also referred to as the Olivet Discourse. Along the way MacArthur maintains three helpful features that make this book a helpful and worthwhile read:

-1- Clear: MacArthur has come to be known as the guy who can take a complex passage or concept and easily explain it. You cannot help but understand the Second Coming better after reading this book.

-2- Consistent Hermeneutic: the book is also a study in hermeneutics.
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The purpose of this book is to examine what the bible says regarding the return of Christ. Much of the exposition focuses on the Olivet Discourse.

One thing MacArthur does in this book that he doesn't usually do is focus on what other people say and believe about the second coming of Christ. He then uses Scripture to disprove or discredit their ideas. He explains terms like amillennialism, pre-millennialism, postmillennialism, and preterism. None of these terms are found in Scripture, but are terms that people have used to describe their stance regarding Christ's return.

I think because MacArthur focused on disproving other ideas, I couldn't really get interested in the book until the final few chapters, which are spent explaining in detail the three parables at the end of the Olivet Discourse.

If you are interested in learning about other thoughts and ideas regarding the second coming of Christ then I would recommend this book. If you are interested in understanding and looking for an exposition of the Olivet Discourse, then I would just read the last few chapters of this book.
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