Is Jesus coming soon? Are we living in the “last days”? What are the latest signs that we are now in the “end times”? Could we be in “the tribulation” period? Do you think Donald Trump could be the anti-Christ? Will there be a future destruction of the physical planet and universe replaced with a “new heaven and earth”? What is the biblical story of prophecy?
There is perhaps no subject more compelling, more preached about and discussed than the so-called “second coming” of Jesus Christ. There is also nothing more speculative. This prophetic subject, since AD 44 until the present day, has been of intense interest, peppered with numerous predictions about when Jesus would come again. And, there are many opinions about the prophetic future.
Is Jesus Coming Soon?
The Biblical Story of Prophecy (Book Six in the Covenant Heritage Series) will address and answer one question. Is Jesus coming soon? According to the evidence of the biblical and historical context of the New Testament, what is the time frame of the coming of Jesus Christ? We anticipate this book will be ready for distribution in the late Spring of 2017.
Two Critical Factors
We believe that the reason there are so many differing and conflicting beliefs about Jesus’ coming is that two indispensable factors have rarely been taken into consideration. First, the context of the whole Bible is not understood by the vast majority of Catholics and Protestants. Unless it is correctly discerned, the many New Testament passages about Jesus’ coming will be grossly misunderstood. This is why we wrote Books One through Four of the Covenant Heritage Series. Prophecy must be interpreted in light of the overall context of the Bible.
The second factor involves many aspects of interpreting the language of prophecy. One of the most predominant mistakes that many people make regarding prophecy is to interpret it from a Western material and literal viewpoint. Disregarding the many examples of prophetic language and imagery results in further misunderstanding and misapplication of prophecy.
Correctly understanding what Jesus and His Apostles taught about His coming is centered on the foundation of the most important principle of interpretation. This one principle is, perhaps, the most overlooked and disregarded one of all. And without the strict, unfailing application of this one principle, all the New Testament passages on the coming of Jesus will be distorted in respect to their intended meaning.
What is that one principle? We would like to tell you, but you will have to wait to read the book. All we can tell you now is that it will be worth the wait.
What we can tell you is the very important significance of this question regarding the time frame of Jesus’ coming. What you think about the future will determine the perspective you have regarding the present reality. For example, if you believe that the national and global economy will completely implode in October of 2017, then that will contribute to how you see your present situation and what you will need to do to prepare. What you think about the future determines what you think about the present time. Answering the question about the time frame of Jesus return is fundamental to your present perspective of life for you and your family.
This book, The Biblical Story of Prophecy, also will help answer the question of your life’s purpose. Who are you? Why were you created? What are you supposed to be doing and why? The question and answer about the time frame of the coming of Jesus Christ may just help you find your purpose.
Stay tuned for future updates about our preparations to release The Biblical Story of Prophecy. It’s been two years in the making as we researched this important subject. We are excited that its publication is “at hand.”
By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv