Essential Reading List
One of Voice of Messiah’s core objectives as a ministry is to help people understand Bible prophecy, the return of Jesus, and God’s purposes for His people in these last days. Each of these topics carries profound implications in terms of how we should live our lives, minister the Gospel to others, and prepare for what is to come. With this in mind, we have assembled the following essential reading list for those who seek the most accurate, up-to-date, relevant, and Biblically-grounded information related to Biblical eschatology and the Second Coming of the Messiah. In addition, we will also add other books to this reading list from time to time, especially those that are focused on growth in Biblical discipleship and facilitating a closer walk with the Holy Spirit. (Affiliate Status Disclosure: Voice of Messiah is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.)
The Passover King is an in-depth study of Biblical eschatology and the return of Jesus. It covers many of the key Biblical texts from Genesis to Revelation, and illustrates how the Biblical feast of Passover functions as an eschatological blueprint that can help us understand future prophetic events in a deeper way. Written by Voice of Messiah’s President, Travis Snow (MDiv), this book is one of the best places to start for those seeking a comprehensive understanding of the end times and the Second Coming of the Messiah. Some of the key topics covered in this book include: the eschatological significance of the Biblical feasts, God’s will for Israel in the last days, essential texts related to the rise of the Antichrist, the Gog of Magog invasion, the timing of the Rapture, the sequence of events in Revelation, what Jesus is going to do when He returns, and God’s will for believers in the days ahead. For more information on The Passover King click here. Or purchase now on Amazon by clicking here.
Many prophecy teachers over the last 50 years have argued that the Antichrist will arise from Europe and oversee a “revived Roman empire.” In Mideast Beast, Joel Richardson thoroughly refutes this notion. He proves how the Bible consistently connects the Antichrist and his kingdom primarily to the nations of the Middle East and North Africa. This is by far the best book ever written on this subject. It is well-researched and scholarly, but still very practical and easy to follow. The reality of a rising Middle Eastern Antichrist is going to impact every follower of Jesus in a profound way in the days ahead, which is why we consider this a must read. You can purchase this book through Amazon by clicking here. It is also available on Joel’s website, joelstrumpet.com, as either a free PDF download or hardback for purchase.
Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord is arguably the best book on the timing of the Rapture ever written. Originally published in 2013 by New Testament scholar Alan Kurschner (PhD), this book presents the Biblical case for what is known as the Pre-Wrath Rapture theory. In essence, Pre-Wrath is a modified, yet more Biblically nuanced and accurate, version of the Post-Tribulation Rapture theory. Pre-Wrath maintains that believers do go through the Great Tribulation and face the Antichrist (contrary to Pre-Trib). However, it also maintains that believers are in fact taken into heaven for a brief period of time after the Great Tribulation, before finally returning to the earth with Jesus (contrary to traditional Post-Trib). Kurschner explains the timing of end time events, including the chronology of the book of Revelation, better than anyone. Given the practical implications of this teaching for the Lord’s people, you don’t want to overlook this book. Purchase on Amazon now.
When a Jew Rules the World is an excellent summary of God’s prophetic plan for Israel and the Jewish people. Tragically, throughout Church History, many prominent theologians have endorsed Replacement Theology and anti-Semitism. This book gives an overview of the history of Replacement Theology, as well as a more Biblically-grounded perspective on what the Scriptures teach concerning Israel. It is available at www.joelstrumpet.com for free and for purchase in hardback.
Our Hands Are Stained With Blood by Michael Brown (PhD) is an accessible and practical overview of the history of Christian anti-Semitism. This is a must read for every follower of Jesus who wants to have a better understanding of this critical topic, which is tragically neglected by most pastors, seminary professors, and Church leaders. It is also a resource that will equip God’s people to share the Gospel with the Jewish people in a more sensitive manner, and stand against the rising tides of anti-Semitism in the modern day. Purchase on Amazon now.
Unto Death is a sobering and prophetic call to God’s people to fulfill the Great Commission. It is a convicting appeal to seek treasures in heaven and joy in the Age to Come with the Messiah, more than the comforts, riches, and enticements of this world. Even if you are not called directly to overseas evangelism work, this book will still help you understand the importance of becoming more involved with what the Lord is doing around the world today, in whatever capacity you are able. Dalton Thomas weaves together historical accounts from pioneering missionaries of old, with Biblical insights gleaned from his own life as a modern-day missionary serving in the Middle East. This book can be purchased on Amazon by clicking here.
Flee to the Mountains covers the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and the key prophetic events that will take place in Israel before the return of the Messiah. Unfortunately, these are topics that very few people within the Messianic community understand, let alone teach on. Be that as it may, it is vital that we return to proclaiming the full counsel of God’s Word, especially as it pertains to His plan for Israel. This is information that will literally save lives in the future. Purchase on Amazon now. (Note: The Passover King also contains five separate chapters on The Time of Jacob’s Trouble and how it is related to the future prophetic fulfillment of Passover.)
Throughout history, both Jews and Christians have tended to divorce Jesus and the New Testament from their first century Jewish context. The Real Kosher Jesus corrects this problem. It will help you understand both Jesus, and the New Testament writings, on their own Jewish terms. This book is recommended for anyone who is interested in gaining a more accurate historical picture of what the Bible actually teaches about the Jewish Messiah. Purchase now.
The idea that the Messiah would be raised from the dead is actually a very Jewish idea. In this groundbreaking book, Resurrection, Dr. Michael Brown looks at the concept of the resurrection of the Messiah from a Jewish point of view. He covers various Jewish opinions about who the Messiah could be and what He will do. If you want to understand the doctrine of the Messiah from a Jewish perspective, don’t miss the vital information in this book. Purchase on Amazon.
Isaiah 53 is one of the most important prophecies in the entire Bible. In Isaiah 53 Explained, Dr. Mitch Glaser highlights the meaning and importance of this prophecy. This is a book for those who are curious concerning what the Hebrew Bible teaches about the Messiah, and also for those who are spiritually seeking the truth about God and His plan for this world. Buy the book on Amazon.
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