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RENALD E. SHOWERS is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished theologians in America today. His work is known around the world, and he is in great demand as a visiting professor in colleges and seminaries. He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Bible, holds a B.A. in history from Wheaton College, a Th.M. in church history from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Th.D. in theology from Grace Theological Seminary. He is a professor and international conference speaker for The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc., and a contributing editor for ISRAEL MY GLORY magazine.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915540800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915540808
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a pleasure to recommend this noteworthy addition to Dr. Showers growing collection of biblical studies in which he shows us the "continuing war of the ages between God and Satan". He goes on to state that over the ages humanity has been wrestling with three major questions: Where have we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? These questions set the stage for the author's chapter-by-chapter development of a philosophy of history as shown in the Bible--from eternity past to eternity future.

Along the way, Renald Showers gives us glimpses of how this battle between God and Satan has played out during various periods of history. During the past, present, and future we can see how this unfolds according to God's sovereign will. Being faithful to the use of a single normative method of interpretation across the whole of Scripture, Dr. Showers viewpoint is naturally premillennial, pre-tribulational, and normative dispensational.

In looking back at history, it is interesting to note that the apostasy of the church is linked to its becoming the official and only religion of the Roman Empire in 380 A.D. At that time, the church began to Christianize pagan practices (syncretism), and when joined with the state started persecuting other religions. Even though all other attempts since then have resulted in the same disaster (look at most of Europe), some evangelicals believe we should try again, and that we must subdue the world with Christianity so that Christ will be able to return...

Dr. Showers also shows how allegorical methods of interpreting the Scriptures can be traced back through Roman Catholic St. Augustine to Origen (185-254 A.D.). Through the influences of men like St. Augustine (354-430 A.D.
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This book looks at the expanse of human history from a biblical point of view, linking and making sense of its great figures/events/ movements, and in the process addressing the huge questions of life--who are we, what's the meaning of it all, why do the wicked prosper, how's it going to turn out, and so on. The author starts out in eternity past (pre-Adam and Eve) and keeps the flow of history moving along quickly and connectedly, all the while in parentheses noting the relevant verse citations to back up his assertions, evidencing that this philosophy of history is not based on private speculation, but on what is revealed in the Bible by a God who transcends time and space and really does have a plan that runs thru history.
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I've had a great time reading this short book. Historical events are seen, at last, from a meaningful perspective: the long conflict between God's plan and Satan's revolutionary plan to spoil it. This is a gigantic work of synthesis of historical events, all flowing to an inevitable conclusion. But if it was (it is) inevitable then "why does God let the rebellion go on so long? Why couldn't He have demonstrated His sovereignty by crushing Satan as soon as he rebelled?" Well, the answer comes out pretty obvious at the end of the book. If you are the kind of history buff that always wonders why we still have so much evil in our crazy world -despite all the efforts against (apparently)- then this is your book.

If the trees don't let you see the wood, this will provide you with just the right vantage point.
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Had this book in the past, finished it and gave my copy away. Now I have purchased 2 copies (1 for my wife) and am reading it again, taking notes and underlining as part of my fulfillment of 2 Timothy 2:15. It is an easy read and quite eye opening for ones understanding of the scriptures. After reading this book I suggest you go to bbnradio.org, click on Bible Institute and then on Browse Courses. You will find a course with the same name, also by Dr. Showers, that is truly fascinating and adds volumes to what you learn in this book.
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Dr. Renald Showers, in his book "What on Earth is God Doing?" takes the reader through history showing the conflict that is taking place between the sovereign God of the Universe and Satan, the angelic being, who appears as an angel of light. Beginning with Adam and Eve and journeying through the OT, Dr. Showers shows how God overrides Satan's ploy to prevent Jesus from coming into the world. Since Jesus did come, the author notes how Satan tried to prevent Jesus from going to the cross, but failed, and how Satan has brought Apostasy into the church through out church history only to see God's faithfulness in overcoming the attempts of Satan. Much of the conflict on the world scene can be traced to this cosmic battle between the sovereign God and Satan.

This book enables the reader to see the conflict that is going one in history, even to this present day, historically and personally. It is a must read.
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This is the BEST summation of the history of the world, and why things are the way they are today, than any other book I've ever read on this topic. Showers explains the battle of unequals through history between God and His creation, Satan, the fallen angel, and how Lucifer has fought God from the beginning to the present day and how the story ends after Satan is defeated and cast into the lake of fire. The usefulness of this book cannot be overstated. First, it is short (144 pages including reference notes). Second, it is an accurate summation of history. Third, and possibly most importantly, it explains WHY things are the way the are today. For example, why is our country in such a "messed up" state today? Why does it sometimes seem that God doesn't care? Why do we have so many wars? Why is Christianity attacked in the media and persecuted around the world? Why do things seems so hopeless at times? If any of these questions resonate with you, then YOU need to read this book. If you already know the answers, but want a concise, scholarly presentation of why things are the way they are to give to a friend or relative, then this is the book for you.
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