- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Calvary Press (August 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879737507
- ISBN-13: 978-1879737501
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The End Times Made Simple Paperback – August 22, 2007
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About the Author
Sam Waldron Samuel E. Waldron (born 1951) is a Reformed Baptist and professor of Systematic Theology at Midwest Center for Theological Studies (MCTS). In addition to teaching at MCTS, he is a pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University (1973), an M.Div. equivalency from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (1987) and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids.
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The first half of the book is taken up describing the eschatalogical system of the Bible. Particular detail is placed on contrasting the amillennial and pre-millennial/dispensational lines of arguments. It is clear that Dr. Waldron has had many disputes with dispensationalists and he sets up his arguments on a firm foundation. In particular, he outlines his hermeneutical framework on how to interpret the Bible (i.e. how we know what we know) along a rational line. My personal view is that even once you make the leap of faith to accept that Christ died to save mankind, you are still a long way from the dispensational position and you need to be wearing your dispensational glasses to interpret the Bible in this manner.
Subsequent chapters deal with `What is Hell', `Is there a difference between national Isreal and biblical Israel' (this is a biggie for people like Hagee who claim that his interpretation of the Bible demands that the US govt support national Israel no matter what), `what is Heaven', and `what does the Bible teach about the resurrection'. In short, there is a wealth of information in this book about the interpretation of the Bible (as it has been interpreted historically by the Catholic church and otherwise since the resurrection).
In spite of the title, this is anything but simple. You'll have to reread sections several times, and you'll certainly need your Bible handy to look at various passages and study them in context. This is the kind of book that contains a mountain of information in every paragraph, but your persistance will be well rewarded with new insights and knowledge about the Bible. This is not a book for theologians though, I think that anyone with the interest and motivation can work through this book. Highly recommended.
You don't want to miss the other book, More End Times Made Simple.
But when I became a pastor almost a decade ago my viewpoint began to change. As our church sang the psalms inclusively each Lord's Day I began to notice that the Second Coming of Christ is often spoken of in God's own hymnbook. The Holy Spirit wanted God's people of the Old Covenant to sing about the second coming of Christ before He had even come the first time! It came to my attention that all but 3 of the 27 books of the New Testament have at least one reference to Christ's second coming, and frequently many more than one. What seemed to me an issue of secondary importance is obviously of great importance to our God! But the confusing charts and implicit dogmaticism of dispensational premillenialism had left me wondering where to turn for answers to my questions, or to even know what the questions are.
When I first saw Sam Waldron's book "The End Times Made Simple" advertised I was skeptical of the title. Eschatology seemed anything but simple! But when I read it for myself it became obvious right away that Dr. Waldron's title was not false advertising. For the first time in my life I understood what the right questions were, which in my experience is about 90% of the battle in wrestling with any issue of theology. Questions such as "How many people(s) of God are there?", "How many second comings of Christ are there going to be?", "Is the great tribulation of Matthew 24 a past or a future event?", "How many resurrections and judgments will there be?", "Will Jesus return 1,000 years before the last hour of the last day, or will He return on the last hour of the last day of this present age?" began to run through my mind. And as I read my New Testament after this the answers to these questions became so very clear, I began to wonder why I had never seen it before. As I have preached through entire books of the New Testament since that time I have found that I now have a framework within which to preach texts dealing with Christ's Second Coming.
Most importantly, Waldron's book helped me to see the clear connection between the Second Coming of Christ and the gospel itself. I have learned to distinguish between "primary eschatology", that is, doctrines which are truly essential and over which we cannot agree to disagree, and "secondary eschatology", viewpoints over which we can agree to disagree without compromising on the essentials. I have read many books on eschatology since reading Waldron's book, but it continues to be the most important and influential of them all. I highly recommend this seminal work to any thinking Christian who has wrestled with the same issues that I have. Thank you, Dr. Waldron, for giving us such a clear and vivid picture of the glorious hope that Christ has saved us to enjoy!