“The End” is Here!

I’m very excited to announce the publication of my newest book, The End: A Comprehensive Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days (Tyndale, 2012). Here’s the preface to the book. It expresses my purpose in writing it.

“In 1958, Dr. J. Dwight Pentecost published his doctrinal dissertation from Dallas Theological Seminary in a monumental book titled Things to Come. This book is an exhaustive study of Bible prophecy and has served as the standard for end time prophecy for fifty years. I had the great privilege to study under Dr. Pentecost and hold him in the highest respect. My goal is for The End, in some small way, to provide for my generation and the ones following what Dr. Pentecost did for his. While no book can or should replace his work, I would like for this book to serve as a comprehensive resource for a new generation interested in biblical eschatology. There has never been a time when it is more important for God’s people to understand the prophetic word and look for His appearing. People everywhere today have sobering questions,  searching questions, about what the future holds. God’s Word is the only place we can find sure answers. Yet, at the very time when serious study and preaching and teaching about prophecy is most needed, its importance has diminished in many churches and in the lives of many Christians. I pray that this work can play some small role in sparking a renewed interest and passion for the blessed hope.”

To accomplish this purpose The End explains the foundational issues of biblical prophecy (such as the interpretation of prophecy, the biblical covenants, and key prophetic passages), main events, important players, and chronology of end time events. After the foundation is laid, the end times are unfolded chronologically. The various views of the rapture and millennium are discussed, and the pre-millennial, pre-tribulational views are presented and defended. Whether you agree with every view and interpretation I adopt or not, I hope you’ll find it to be a helpful resource. I had a great time writing it, and I pray that it can be used to bless others and glorify our sovereign God who holds the future in His Hand.

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22 thoughts on ““The End” is Here!

  1. Maria Tatham

    Dr. Hitchcock,
    Just a prayer that your book will spur greater interest in and understanding of Bible prophecy among His children (and among those who will be His children someday).
    Sincerely,
    Maria Tatham

  2. Aminah

    When it comes to prophecy it is always good to read a wide range of authors to have different perspectives on the subject. For instance Night of the Transition, which is fiction by the way, interpretes end-times prophecy in an exciting and unique way. It will be interesting to see how Mr Hitchcock goes about his interpretations.

  3. JAMES SMITH

    LIKE YOUR BOOK, SAW YOU ON YOUTUBE TEACHING ABOUT THE RAPTURE. NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH ALL YOU SAID. THE RAPTURE OF OLD TESTIMENT SAINTS I BELIEVE WILL HAPPEN AT THE SAME TIE AS NEW, BECAUSE THEY WERE IN CHRIST. ABRAHAM WAS SAVED BY FAITH AND REJOICED TO SEE CHRIST’S DAY. OLD TEST SAINTS LOOKED FOREWORD TO CHRIST DEATH AND RESURRECTION WHERE WE LOOK BACK. REV. 20 IS PARENTHETICAL. ROM. 5 TELLS OF THE TWO FEDERAL HEADS ADAM AND CHRIST, WHO IS ADAM’S, JOB’S JOSEPH’S DAVID’S, ECT OLD TEST SAINTS HEAD? WHAT OF THEM THAT BELIEVED ON CHRIST DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY. THE INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH WAS BEFORE PENTICOST, LUKE 6. THE APOSTLES WERE CALLED OUT AND ASSEMBLED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST WITH THE BAPTISM OF JOHN. READ B H CARROL’S NOTE TRACK ON SPIRIT BAPTISM AND BIBLICAL INTERPERTATION ON TRUE BAPTISM. THE SPIRIT NEVER BAPTIZED ANYONE, JESUS BAPTIZED THE CHURCH WITH THE SPIRIT.IF MODERN DAY SPIRIT BAPTISM IS TRUE AND TRUMPS BIBLICAL CHURCH EMMERSION, THEN WHY SUBMIT TO WATER BAPTISM, BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE NO VALUE NOR WOULD TRUE CHUCHES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY CHRIST GIVE THEM TO ADMINISTER IT OR TO DO ANYTHING.

  4. JAMES SMITH

    DANIEL 12:2 AT THAT TIME WOULD BE THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE. I BELIEVE ITS AT THE BEGINING OF JACOB’S TROUBLE NOT THE END IS WHEN THY (DANIEL’S) PEOPLE ARE DELIVERED. WHEN DOES JACOB’S TROUBLE BEGIN? AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS (ALL) SAINTS, OLD AND NEW, GOD TURNS FROM DEALING WITH THE WORLD PRIMARILY TO HIS NATION SECLUSIVLY. NOT THAT THE WORLD IS LEFT OUT BUT HIS DEALINGS WITH ISRAEL AFFECTS THE WORLD.

  5. Brenda Dyer

    Greetings Mark,

    The best way I describe the “Pre-Trib” Rapture is that Jesus Said in Revelation 22:12 that He’s coming WITH His Rewards. Paul & Peter both say we will receive our CROWNS at Jesus’ Appearing: 2Timothy 4:8 & 1Peter 5:4. The 24 elders (12 Apostles & I believe 12 OT Prophets) in Revelation 4:1-5 HAVE their Crowns. Jesus Hands them to us: Revelation 2:10 at the Bema Seat Judgment: 2Corinthians 5:10 & 1Corinthians 3:12-15.

    At Jesus’ 2nd Coming He comes WITH a Sharp Sword (His voice/word) to KILL His enemies.

    The “last trumpet”/”Trump of God/Trumpet Call of God” are Jesus’ Voice: Revelation 1:10-11 & 4:1.

    LIVE FAITHFULLY FOR CHRIST: Revelation 17:14

    MARANATHA

  6. Joel

    Hi Mark,

    Do you think Christian authors who are dispensational in belief should start writing deeper books with a view of God’s overview of the Bible as a whole, or God’s plan for history? I believe one cause of your observation that “[prophecy's] importance has diminished in many churches and in the lives of many Christians.” is because while we are busy churning out ever more popular-level prophecy books and conferences with catchy titles and sensationalist discussions such as the US in prophecy, the amillennial and postmillennial brethren have been quietly writing meatier works on systematic theology, Bible’s doctrine for humanity, and God’s big pictures.

    For example, over the past 20 years, the amillennial/postmillennial Reformed tradition has produced out 3 new syetematic theology books: by Robert Reymond, Michael Horton, and Wayne Grudem. In contrast, the figure from the dispensationalist tradition is nil. The Reformed community also write a lot of books that are levelled between the popular dispensational prophecy works and “Things to Come” type of more academic works, aimed at teaching laypeople about God’s philosophy of history. For example, Vaughan Roberts’ “God’s Big Picture”, or Graeme Goldsworthy’s “According to Plan”. The trouble for us dispensationalists is, if the amillennialists have written these books to teach the Christians about what God’s plan for history is, there is no point to study prophecy because they would believe our view is false anyway! The popularity of the amillennial view has undercut the theological foundation that the study of prophecy stands on.

    Also tied in with this trend is that Reformed theology in the initially preterist view of prophecy, and now classical amillennial view of prophecy, is enjoying a revival. People like the New Calvinists or Young Restless Reformed. None of them are dispensational and would be classical amillennial in prophecy. This view would naturally cut off understanding and interests in prophecy.

    I believe we have to get a wake up call and really educating young Christians the place of prophecy as part of God’s bigger picture for human history.

    Do you agree with my observations? Also, is there anything we can do to teach the younger generation on prophecy if they are being or already fed amillennial viewpoint through these big meaty theology books?

  7. Barbara Reardon

    I saw you on a Bible Program about 1 to 2 months ago But I can’t remember what it was. You spoke about your new book “The End”. Was it with Gary Stearman and if so what was the date. That is one of the programs I record (just for my personal information to be able to go back and review) and if it is I can’t seem to find it in my DVD’s. What is the cost of your book? I thank the Lord for you men who spend your life studying Prophecy and then pass your information onto us.

    Thanks Barbara

  8. jim Olson

    Dear Mark, Several years ago my wife bought me a copy of ‘Things to Come’ for 25 cents at the local thrift. It remains one of my favorite books, as well as his later work entitled ‘Thy Kingdom Com.’

    When i saw your new book ‘The End’ i was so excited to learn of you association with D.Pentecost, and how you desired to synthesize his work into your own.

    I think you have done the Body of Christ a great service, and i wanted to thank you, and recommend to all to read this book.

    Best Regards,
    A brother In Christ
    Jim Olson

  9. Louie Jacobs

    I am both a student and teacher of Bible Prophecy and I follow a face value hermeneutic following the 5 rules of Biblical Prophecy. I agree with you that we are nearing the end of this age. With what is going on between Iran and Israel, I believe that Daniel’s 70 th wk is only a few yrs. away. Unlike you, I believe that true believers will be a part of the 70th wk until the Day of the Lord, which I see is 6 yrs in. I hold a Pre-Wrath Rapture view and I am working on a book with a Pastor friend (who has 2 books published) called Lifesaver which is a PWRP. I also believe that the Fall Feast Days of Israel will play a major role with regards to the Rapture and the end of Daniel’s 70th wk.

  10. Janice

    So excited to have the book. Will you be having any type of an outline to use this in a class? Would love to utilize this at church!

  11. Beth

    Mark,

    Your arguments for pre-trib rapture are compelling, and I pray that God wills a pre-trib rapture. I ask this question with the utmost respect for your knowledge of Bible prophecy, is there any event, as you witness it, that would cause you to realize that the rapture of the church isn’t ‘pre-trib.’

    Beth

  12. Steve Jones

    Mark,
    A great book, well written and easier to undertsand than most of the other college textbooks on escatology. Terrific resources and quotes from favorite teachers. I highly recommend it to you and your family and your church library.
    Thanks,
    SJ

  13. colleen young

    Your book “cashless” caught my I at the library because I had just read an article that plastic is now obsolete. Your book was a great read. Never before had I read bible prophecy in such clear terms.
    Enjoyed your Fox News interview. Keep up the great work.

  14. K. P.

    Hi Mark,
    Two questions.

    1. Do you think the restrainer of 2THESSALONIANS 2 could be referring to Jesus who mediates before God for His church?

    2. Do you think that Satan continues his tormenting not in spite of knowing his destiny but because of it. If he knows his time is short and he can cause the elect of God to prolong their coming to Christ, it buys him more time before his ultimate fate. Self-survival certainly would motivate one to do all he could to prolong the coming judgement.

  15. Susan Brinkley

    I just finished reading Cashless. This was the first book that I have read by Mark and I am in awe at the knowledge that was shared. I will be getting my hands on everything that he has written as quick as possible.

  16. Jo Campbell

    I have been watching with interest your interview on 100 Huntley Street. Your graph shows the rapture of the church before the tribulation period. I wonder what scriptures you base that on. Also I wonder where you believe Matthew 24 falls into prophecy, whether before the rapture, maybe mid tribulation or does it refer to Christ returning to earth to rule for 1000 years. I’m a little confused.

    Thanks for your reply

  17. Beth Fisher

    Mark,

    Your arguments for pre-trib rapture are compelling, and I pray that God wills a pre-trib rapture. I ask this question with the utmost respect for your knowledge of Bible prophecy, is there any event, as you witness it, that would cause you to realize that the rapture of the church isn’t ‘pre-trib.’

    Beth

  18. Rodney

    Mr. Hitchcock, I am currently reading “The End”. In chapter 24 you go into great detail about Gog & Magog, on page 306 your view on when this battle will take place is after the rapture, post antichrist peace treaty, first 3-1/2 year period. In Chapter 31 re Armageddon, you state that the “The last war in history will be the final revolt of Satan called “Gog & Magog” and that it will occur at the end of the millennium. This has me confused, can you explain?

    Other than this little glitch, I am right beside you and the positions you hold for “The End”

    Respectfully,
    Rodney G.

  19. The Jewish Institute.com

    Hello Dr.Hitchcock, we at The Jewish Institute would like to ask you for an informal discussion and debate on end times/eschatology. We believe dispensational eschatology is false and the Hebrew scriptures do not agree with that interpretation. We would like you to consider our invitation to discuss these matters in an open forum. We await your answer and reply. Thank you and shalom

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