Curiosity about what will happen after we die is a strong as ever in the twenty-first century. Today’s bestseller lists are filled with stories of those who claim to have experienced heaven firsthand. Yet each book contains a different story about what we will experience in heaven. In this book, Mark Hitchcock sorts out the facts. He chronicles the recent phenomenon of “heaven” books, comparing and contrasting the ideas presented in these books and revealing the discrepancies and contradictions. Mark turns to the Bible, clearly laying out the teachings about heaven and the heavenly experiences found in God’s word. The Bible does reveal that there is a world beyond this one, giving us both amazing promises about what heaven will be like and clear warnings about hell.
In 2014 and 2015, four lunar eclipses, called “blood moons,” will occur during two significant Jewish festivals: Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles. They will occur on April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014, May 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015 Many prophecy watchers are heralding this celestial phenomenon, known as a Tetrad, as a major sign of the times. Proponents of the blood moon prophecy base their view on Scripture passages that mention the moon turning to blood, events in Israel associated with past appearances of the Tetrad, and their belief that God uses the heavens as his “high definition” billboards to announce coming events. In “Blood Moons Rising,” I explore Bible prophecy, the phenomenon of the four blood moons, and the feasts of Israel. The book is whirlwind tour of the end of days and how newspaper headlines are clear signs of the coming of the end. But the main focus of the book is to separate the fact from the fiction concerning the blood moon prophecy. Much is being said about the blood moons and the attention to them will only build as the Tetrad runs its course. You need to read this book to understand what’s being said about the blood moons and what the Bible says and doesn’t say.
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.
I’ve had the privilege of writing over twenty non-fiction books on end time biblical prophecy. Over the years, many people have asked me when I was going to make a foray into fiction. My standard response has been that I am waiting for the right idea. And as you can see, I believe the Lord has given me the right idea and the right person to work with me. After writing 2012, the Bible and the End of the World, it seemed natural to write a novel on this fascinating topic that’s gaining so much attention and will continue to escalate as 12/21/12 approaches. It’s my prayer that the Lord can use this book to bring the truth of the end times and the end of the world to even more people.
I’m so grateful for Alton Gansky. He’s a veteran author with many fiction titles under his belt. He did a wonderful job bringing the story to life. If you love end time prophecy and good fiction, you will enjoy this book. I recommend reading 2012, the Bible and the End of the World along with The Mayan Apoclaypse. It will give you some more indepth background information about the 2012 phenomenon.
This is my first novel but hopefully won’t be the last. I had a great time working with Alton on this project.
Here’s a link that will give you some more information.
Almost everywhere you go today it’s there. Deep-seated fear. A brooding sense of uneasiness. Fear about the future, pandemic plagues, the economy, war, monstrous natural disasters, nuclear weapons falling into the wrong hands and even the environment. The world today is headed for continuing crisis in the Middle East and probably here at home. No one knows exactly what form the crisis will take, but as always, people will begin to ask the big questions—Is this the end? Are we approaching Armageddon? Are there any real answers? Is there a reliable guide to what the future holds? Is there any way for certain to know what the future holds? Is there a sure word about tomorrow? Is there any possibility of hope or are we all doomed?
Modern man is asking questions about the future as never before. They are solemn questions; they are searching questions. The Bible is certainly the best place to look for answers. Many biblical prophecies have already been fulfilled with stunning accuracy and others are coming true right before our eyes, or at least the stage is being set for their fulfillment. Even the most skeptical person can put these prophecies to the test by noting the literal, precise fulfillment of past prophecies. For this reason, biblical prophecy is being discussed more than ever before. In these prophecies it’s possible to probe for clues to find where we are in God’s program and the predicted events that may occur in our lifetime. Prophecies, which in the past were sometimes brushed aside as too incredible are now being studied again.
Unlike the self-proclaimed prophets of yesterday and today, like Nostradamus, Edward Cayce, or Jeanne Dixon, Jesus and the biblical prophets did not peddle vague and general predictions that could be adjusted to any situation. The prophecies recorded in the Bible are detailed and intricately interwoven.
Most people have probably never considered the fact that more than one-fourth of the Bible was prophetic at the time it was written. The Bible is a book of prophecy. It contains about one thousand prophecies, about five hundred of which have already been fulfilled down to the minutest detail. With this kind of proven track record of 100 percent accuracy with five hundred prophecies, we can confidently believe that the remaining five hundred yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies will also come to pass at the appointed time. Someone has well-said, “we don’t believe in prophecy because it’s contained in the Bible, but we believe in the Bible because it contains prophecy.” Prophecy is the most credible proof of the uniqueness and divine inspiration of the Bible. Its importance can hardly be overstated. Fulfilled prophecy validates the Bible and all the precious truths it contains. Think about it. If hundreds of biblical prophecies have been meticulously, accurately fulfilled, then it stands to reason that what the Bible has to say about other things—such as the nature and character of God, creation, the nature of man, salvation, and the existence of heaven and hell—are 100 percent accurate as well. It also demonstrates that the Bible’s content is not man-made but rather has its origins outside our own time-space continuum.
The God of the Bible is so certain that only He can foretell the future that He issues a challenge to any would-be rivals to His place of supremacy in the universe. The basis of the challenge is that only the true God can accurately predict the future. Read what God says about His unique ability to forecast the future.
‘Present your case,’ the Lord says. ‘Bring forward your strong arguments,’ The king of Jacob says, Let them bring forth and declare to us what is going to take place; As the former events, declare what they were, That we may consider them and know their outcome, Or announce to us what is coming; Declare the things that are going to come afterward, That we may know that you are gods; Indeed, do good or evil, that we may anxiously look about us and fear together. Behold, you are of no account, And your work amounts to nothing; He who chooses you is an abomination.
‘Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.’
‘Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me.
Daniel said, ‘Let the name of god be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is he who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.
The simple purpose of The Amazing Claims of Bible Prophecy is to demonstrate the reliability and 100 percent accuracy of the Bible in predicting stunning events that have already come to fulfillment and its reliability, based on this proven track record, to foretell astonishing events that are still future and to give us assurance and hope in these perilous days in which we live.