Most readers will have reached this website from reading my book: Has God really finished with Israel? The website provides the supplementary material to the book, such as appendices, bibliography, glossary, historical timeline, index of scripture references and general index.
Other readers will have come across the website by chance or through surfing the internet, and for them I provide a short introduction to the book. Should they then wish to buy the book it can be obtained through this website, or through Christian bookshops. I should stress that the website is a continuation of the book and is not meant to stand alone.
THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
The End or the Beginning?
However, I have now written a second book on the return of Jesus Christ. This book is also available from this website or your local Christian bookshop. This time the book is self-contained; all the supplementary material such as appendices, glossary and indexes are now at the end of the book. This second book was born out of the first. As I wrote about Israel I realised that much of the Church is not receiving teaching about the return of Jesus and the end-times. This is very different from when I became a Christian in the 1970s. Then, Christian bookshops had a selection of books about the end-times and the anticipated return of Christ.
Christians have also been confused by the various approaches to the Millennium. They may belong to a church which is Amillennial, Postmillennial or Premillennial. I explain these various approaches and when they appeared in Church history. I also explain the meanings of terms such as: Tribulation, Antichrist and Rapture. As with my first book my approach is evidential. I seek to come to a particular view on the basis of biblical evidence. While I seek to explain some of the symbolic prophecy in books like Revelation, I do not speculate. Where there is uncertainty as to possible meaning I make this clear. I do however, link the prophecies in books such as Isaiah, Daniel, Joel and Zechariah with those in the New Testament, especially the Olivet discourse by Jesus and the book of Revelation. I think this connection between the apocalyptic prophecies of the Old and New Testaments is very important.
INTRODUCTION TO 'HAS GOD REALLY FINISHED WITH ISRAEL?'
In this book I make the biblical case for the view that God is still interested in the nation of Israel and the Jewish people. Not only does the subject of Israel provoke strong reactions in the secular, political world, but it also does the same among Christians. There are two schools of thought. The traditional one for most of the last 1900 years has been that the Church has taken the place of Israel in God’s plans for the human race; Jew and Gentile alike have the opportunity of salvation through Jesus Christ, but God is no longer interested in Israel as a nation. The alternative view is that although the Jews went into exile over many long centuries, God is still interested in them as a people. This interest has found its expression in modern times in the return of the Jews to their ancient land and the re-establishment of the State of Israel.
The first view is often labelled Replacement Theology, Fulfilment Theology or Covenantalism. I have chosen to describe the adherents of this view as Covenantalists; (this is the term used by the Rev Stephen Sizer, a leading proponent of this view). The alternative view is often labelled Christian Zionism and Christian supporters of Israel are often known as Christian Zionists. I have briefly profiled the leading protagonists in this debate in Chapters 2, 6 and 11 of the published book.
Sadly, the opposing views of these two sets of Christians get caught up in the politics of Israel and its neighbours. Covenantalists are generally opposed to the State of Israel, not only for theological reasons, but because of their perception of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. While I firmly support the view that God is restoring the Jews to their ancient land, I do not ignore the plight of ordinary Palestinians who have been caught up in the struggle between Israel and its neighbours. I recognise that both Jews and Arabs have suffered severely in the conflicts that have followed the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
My ultimate objective in writing the book is to draw Christians into praying for God’s prophetic promises to materialise in the Middle East. Some will feel called to pray for the Jewish people, while others will feel called to pray for the Palestinians or the surrounding Arab nations. I believe profoundly that God calls his church (his believers in Jesus Christ) to partner with him in achieving his purposes on earth. Our Christian life is not passive, but active and nowhere is this more important than in the Middle East.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author is a retired science teacher. His working life was spent in Further Education teaching chemistry, as well as some biology. As a trained scientist he has always been interested in the evidence for beliefs, including the Christian faith. He feels keenly that this approach should be applied to the subject of Israel in the Bible.
He has been a Christian for nearly 40 years. He is keen on inter-Church relations, believing that God honours unity and that this empowers prayer within the Body of Christ. He has been involved in praying for Israel and the Middle East for 10 years and leads a weekly prayer group.
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