The nuclear standoff between Iran and Israel continues to build. The two nations have engaged in a shadow war since 1979, but it threatens to break into open war that could escalate into a regional or even global conflagration. To complicate matters even further, Iran’s mullah regime holds to an apocalyptic, genocidal ideology that justifies the annihilation of Israel and believes it can hasten the coming of its Messiah (the Mahdi) by destroying Israel and the U.S. Questions abound. How close is Iran to getting the bomb? Will Israel carry out a preemptive strike against Iran? What will happen? What will Hezbollah and Hamas do? Will the U.S. be dragged into the conflict? What could happen to world oil supply? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? What does the future hold? Iran and Israel is an up-to-date look at these questions and many more that will help you make sense of what’s going on in our world today and where it’s all ultimately headed.and delivery? Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? What does the future hold?
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.
Hitchcock is the only author with a book on 2012 written from a Christian perspective. He appeared in the SyFy Channel documentary examining the 2012 controversy. The book was released September 15, 2009 in advance of “2012”, a major motion picture, which premiered in November. What should people, especially Christians, make of the rapidly spreading speculations that the world will end on December 21, 2012? The ancient Mayans were expert astronomers and their advanced calendar cycles predict 12/21/2012 as a catastrophic day of apocalypse. No longer just the obscure talk of fringe New Age groups or prophecy enthusiasts, the interest in 2012 and the end times has gone mainstream and is now part of pop culture with books, websites, and even iPhone countdown apps and a major Hollywood movie—complete with all-star cast—scheduled to release November 13, 2009. Missing in the furor, however, is a biblical perspective. In his book 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World bestselling prophecy expert and evangelical pastor Mark Hitchcock explores a fascinating last-days controversy that is gaining the attention of millions all over the globe. He offers well-researched answers to dozens of questions about the 2012 phenomenon, including:
- Why December 21, 2012?
- Can we trust the Mayan alarm clock?
- Does the Bible suggest anything about 2012?
- What signs will tell us that Armageddon is near?
This can’t-miss book both entertains and informs as Hitchcock addresses the questions that are on everyone’s lips. Providing a fascinating survey of both the historical past and the prophetic future, it effectively balances speculation with biblical fact.
Somewhere between writing checks in the 80’s and swiping a piece of plastic today, we missed the significance of the emerging cashless society. But there are reasons to take notice. According to Mark Hitchcock, author of several bestselling prophecy books and a trusted expert in this field, what is happening in the world today is consistent with prophecy written in Revelation 13, which predicts a one–world economy under the rule of the Antichrist.
With current research on the global economic, technological, and religious landscape, Hitchcock addresses important questions, including:
- Will there be a one–world economy in the end times?
- What is the mark of the beast? Does modern technology relate to the mark?
- How does the absence of cash prime things for the Antichrist?
The advent of the cashless society is an important one to examine and think through in light of God’s Word and His promises.
Is it possible the United States, a superpower without peer in history, might not be a key player as the world makes its way down the road to the Battle of Armageddon?
This is the central question explored by prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock in The Late Great United States, a fascinating behind-the-headlines look at numerous current events and how they relate to what the Bible says about the last days.
Americans are accustomed to seeing their country center stage as a world power, but as Hitchcock carefully details, this may not be the case in the final scene. Based on extensive research of the Bible and other sources, The Late Great United States provides compelling and often surprising answers to questions like these:
- Does the Bible say anything about America in the last days?
- How could the U.S. fit into God’s prophetic plan?
- Will America survive?
- Might the anti-Christ come from America?
- Could America’s addiction to oil be her undoing?
- Will America be destroyed by a nuclear attack?
- Could America fall from within as a result of moral corruption?
- Is America still a “blessed” nation?
- How should individual Christians respond to a world in chaos?
Regardless of America’s final fate and the outcome of dire events at the end of the age, Hitchcock urges us to find our hope in a God who will not forsake us–no matter what cataclysms we experience on earth.
End Times Answers Series (Multnomah):
Iran: The Coming Crisis: Radical Islam, Oil, and the Nuclear Threat (Multnomah, July 2006)
Seven Signs of the End Times (2003)
What On Earth is Going On? (2002)
Could the Rapture Happen Today? (Multnomah, 2005)
55 Answers to Questions About Life After Death (MMultnomah, 2005)
The Truth Behind Left Behind (with co-author Tommy Ice, Multnomah, 2004)
The Second Coming of Babylon (Multnomah, 2003)
101 Answers to the Most Asked Questions About the End Times (Multnomah, 2001)
The Complete Book of Bible Prophecy (Tyndale, 1999)
End Times Controversy, ed. Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice
The Gathering Storm, ed. Mal Couch
Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible
The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy
The Left Behind Prophecy Club Newsletter, Contributing Editor