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Planet Earth: The Final Chapter Paperback – December, 1999
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This book was written in 1970's but it's for Today's Current events . I feel this is a Blueprint for the coming of Christ & it's not depressing if you are with The Holy Spirit.
Have Given this book to many friends & family so they can be informed too. Everyone should read & pass on to others.
He wrote in the Introduction to this 1998 book, "The purpose of this book is to arrange, in a chronological order, the following near-future developments---relying on the clear teaching of the Bible together with the docunmented, developing trends in the global economy, the move toward a global government, and the growing movement toward a one-world religion... In the course of this examination, we will look closely at exactly what the Bible has to say concerning the Rapture of the Church. We'll look at the evidence for a Dispensationalist world-view as a necessary element of understanding Bible prophecy... We are well on the way... to the fulfillment of all the prophetic events connected with the Second Coming of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus himself foretold that the generation who saw the scenario of predicted signs begin to all fit together would be the one that would see them all fulfilled. There is little doubt... that we are indeed living in that generation." (Pg. 4-5)
He states, "The most certain proof that we are living out the final chapter of human history can be found in the existence of [Israel]... Yet today, Israel is. The people who against all odds remained a distinct nation in exile has returned to its ancient homeland and been reborn as a nation." (Pg. 10) He asserts boldly, "There can be no mistake about it, we are now living in the generation of the 'fig tree.' We are living in the generation that will witness the climactic fulfillment of prophecy---the Rapture of the Church followed by a global holocaust that will be ended by the visible return of Jesus Christ to earth." (Pg. 28)
He explains, "Dispensationalism is simply God's outline of history that divides it into several stages of history that are discernible by a careful, inductive study of the Bible. The Bible recognizes the principle of dispensations when it speaks of 'ages past,' 'this present age,' and 'ages to come' (see Ephesians). Dispensationalism recognizes that God spoke at different times, in different ways, to different ages of humanity, according to His plann for the successive stages of history." (Pg. 32) He adds, "[John Nelson] Darby's understanding of dispensational truth not only opened the door to understanding end-time prophecy, but it also brought segments of the Church back into fellowship with the Jews." (Pg. 34)
He cites Sir Robert Anderson's book The Coming Prince for the interpretation of Daniel's prophecy of "seven weeks and sixty-two weeks" [Dan 9:25], and adds, "Others, like [Harold] Hoehner's Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ, have carried Anderson's calculations out even farther." (Pg. 79) He alters his earlier perspective on the European Economic Community [EC] slightly from his earlier books: now, he says, "Ten nations out of the current EC will be taken over by the Antichrist as his power base. Seven will come willingly, and overthrowing its leaders will bring in three. From this power base, the Antichrist will bring the whole world under his control. This will be the eighth kingdom, and it will exist for seven years, during the Tribulation." (Pg. 85)
This book adds a few details to Lindsey's previous books, although it's mostly just a restatement of his earlier views (albeit now in chronological order).
Yes, Mr. Lindsey can get enthusiasic at times, but he does not date set in this book, as is correct. He provides a background where the reader can compare today's world with what is described in Bible prophecy. Is time short, as Mr. Lindsey contends? It is for the reader to decide, but Mr. Lindsey provides compelling examples, that should have the reader searching in his or her own heart for a response.
As for those who may criticize Mr. Lindsey's enthusiasm for Bible prophecy as believing that we shouldn't "make plans", because Christ is coming back soon.... I don't think Mr. Lindsey actually means we shouldn't "make plans", but rather we should live with a heightened awareness that the plans that we make may, or may not come to naught. (It doesn't mean you shouldn't plan!)
If we are indeed the generation that sees the final prophecies unfold, and Mr. Lindsey provides insightful reasons as why we probably are, don't you want to know what to expect?
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