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Understanding the Times: Living Courageously in Prophetic Days [Kindle Edition]

Paul Chappell , Dr. John Goetsch
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

People all over the planet are looking for change and hope. Yet for all the talk radio shows, political rallies, cable news pundits, financial bail-outs, and global summits; humanity remains in a state of perpetual unrest and deep, soulful disquiet. Mankind is discontent and empty, searching and groping for answers—for salvation.


Amidst this growing and discouraging state of concern and despair, there is a different perspective altogether. There is a group of people who see present-day events through a different lens. Their paradigm is not shaped by cultural trends or current events. Their hope is not found in humanity. They are not looking to politicians, economists, or educators for salvation. They have a completely different understanding of world events, their place among those events, and where the times are truly leading.


As if watching the global stage from a front row seat in a spectator’s grandstand, they look on as participants with a larger perspective. Theirs is a grander context that sees current events not as chance or fate, but rather determined destiny. They see the direction of the world and the progression of humanity through the lens of God’s written Word, and they connect the dots that merely confound the wisdom of world  leaders.


These are the people who know the Truth. They know Jesus Christ, and they rest in His sovereign plan for the ages. They know that current events are but a small part of an eternal purpose unfolding by God’s timetable. They know peace, because they know the Prince of Peace. They know hope, because of an empty tomb. They know promise because they trust the God of exceeding great and precious promises. They know courage because their confidence does not rest in the political or economic processes of men, but in the powerful hand of an almighty Father.


This book will help you live with peace, courage, confidence, and joy in the midst of restless and uncertain times! Every chapter will unlock the truth of Bible prophecy and help you see it connect clearly to present day events. With riveting imagery, captivating examples of currents events, and thorough biblical insight, Dr. Paul Chappell will help you have a heavenly perspective on present day events. Through this study, you will discover how to live with hope, anticipation, and expectation as God’s plan for future history unfolds before our very eyes!


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Pastor Paul Chappell has diligently examined the Scriptures and has given a clear and concise understanding as to the prophetic events of which the Bible speaks. In this day, when the Bible events are manifesting themselves around the world, this book will be a wonderful challenge and comfort to every Christian. Each believer will find this book to be a magnificent help to see how God foretold and is in control of what is happening in our world. This is a great book! --Dr. David C. Gibbs, Jr., Christian Law Association, Seminole, Florida

We live in a time where the reporting of sensational events seems to appear in our news headlines every day. We read about great natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and record breaking storms. We hear of political upheaval at a pace we have never observed before and see how it is linked to financial issues that even a few years ago were inconceivable. Yet, all of these events are so clearly spoken of and predicted by the Word of God. Understanding the Times does a brilliant job of bringing to our understanding the message of the prophets in the light of our experience. It is a balanced, accurate, and encouraging look at Bible prophecy. --Dr. Michael Edwards, Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Woodbridge, Virginia

My consideration of Paul Chappell's book, Understanding the Times, followed a Sunday night preaching series at Southwest Baptist Church. The series included numerous sermons from Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and most of the Minor Prophets. I am of the persuasion that Pastor Chappell's title is very appropriate. God's people need not fear the times; we need only to understand the times. God has revealed clearly that He will fulfill His purposes upon Israel, upon His saints of this age, and upon an unbelieving world. Understanding the Times is indeed motivation to wholeheartedly serve God. May this book encourage many to intensify all efforts to godliness and the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. --Dr. Sam Davison, Pastor Emeritus, Southwest Baptist Church, President, Heartland Baptist Bible College Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

About the Author

Paul Chappell is the senior pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. His biblical vision has led the church to become one of the most dynamic independent Baptist churches in the nation, and his Christ-centered leadership philosophy has become a model for hundreds of future leaders. He has been married to his wife for twenty-six years and is the father of four children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5995 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1598941070
  • Publisher: Striving Together Publications (October 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047DWZBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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As my title says, if you're a fundamentalist that already agrees with a Pre-Trib, Pre-Millennial view of Eschatology, you'll love this book. It contained some interesting facts and was pretty well-written. I do subscribe to a Pre-Trib, Pre-Mill view, so it was right up my alley. Nothing stuck out as anything incredibly different from anything I'd read before, but it was good. But if you're looking for an in-depth treatment as to why you should accept this particular dispensationalist view of eschatology vs. Preterism or any other competing view (or any real red meat for that matter), you'd probably be better off getting something like Christ's Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer by John MacArthur.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding out times May 15, 2012
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This book is a true blessing. It makes very clear what is to come for those who have not accepted Christ as their savior and how it is our responsiblity as Christians to share the good news to the unbelievers. I highly recommend this book and others that pastor Chappell has written
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! January 16, 2014
By Erika
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I really enjoyed reading this. There are many sobering aspects to this, but it is a wonderful reminder that Jesus is coming back and we need to live with this thought in every day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is quite possibly the finest book I have read. It is the most thorough, yet comprehensible writing I have found about the end times. I plan to read it again and again and share it with my friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of the future events February 7, 2013
By SP
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Enjoyable for the novice as well as the professional scholar. Perfect complement to deeper studies of Revelation and end time events. Don't pass up this book because you think it may be just a primer. It is a good synopsis and sharpens your prophetic focus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing January 31, 2013
By PF
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It is refreshing to read a book (although, I'm not completely done with it) where the author seeks to stick to the Biblical and historical facts and not twist scripture or inflate apocalyptic truth for intense reactions (like movies often do). I find the documentation to be thorough and although I wouldn't consider myself to be a novice in the area of eschatology (I'm a pastor), I was overwhelmed at the information I was not aware of and how much clearer a picture this brought to my mind of God's purposes unfolding before my eyes. Well researched, well written, well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 29, 2013
By sheryl
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This was a great book - I highly recommend it I'm using it for my HS Bible class - It was enjoyable and easy to listen to
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth about the end of time January 16, 2013
By Crown01
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Enjoyed reading it. As a Christian, I believe what the Bible says about the end of the world. I see events happening today that agree with the Bible
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EYE OPENING
The Holy Spirit fed me through this book!!!!! We watch the world change minute to minute!!!! I would suggest it to believers and non-believers alike.
Published 13 months ago by Paul Franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
In the times we are living, this is a good introduction to a very relevant subject. The writer calmly states the facts, gives his opinion and it is up to the reader to decide. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ferb
1.0 out of 5 stars Is Paul Chappell a prophet?
I've always been taught that the gift of prophecy is no longer given. Well apparently that doesn't apply to Paul Chappell. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars As described. Thanks.
Book as described. Delivered promptly. Pleased with purchase. In excellent shape. Thanks for offering on Amazon.Com. Hope to deal again soon.
Published 15 months ago by Walter Hebert
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome!
We are using this book in a Bible Study group. So much is going on
behind the scenes that we aren't aware of. Read more
Published 15 months ago by densilois
5.0 out of 5 stars In these times we need to understand the times
List of beginnings and endings of the bible and our world today. If you want spiritual insight then this is a must read. Could read it over and still learn. Read more
Published 16 months ago by #9 Online
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound!
This book was rated with five stars because of the many Scriptural references and the insight of Mr Chappell in bringing to the fore the nature of the "Times" we are living... Read more
Published 17 months ago by esther
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Spiritual Reminder
This book is a great reminder of the spiritual state of our times, the spiritual needs in the world, and our responsibility as Christians. Challenging and encouraging!
Published 17 months ago by Robert Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing book!
Simple truths expressed in a powerful way! A very enjoyable read. Accurate and to the point. This book was a real blessing to me.
Published 17 months ago by Margaret L. Rasner
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Paul Chappell is the senior pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. His biblical vision has led the church to become one of the most dynamic independent Baptist churches in the nation, and his Christ-centered leadership philosophy has become a model for hundreds of future leaders. He has been married to his wife for twenty-six years and is the father of four children.

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