If you are interested in Bible prophecy, the end times, and the return of Jesus, below are three excellent books I recommend reading in 2020. These resources are Biblically-grounded, exegetically-sound, and not in any way sensational or fanciful in the way they approach Scripture.
1. Mideast Beast by Joel Richardson
Will the Antichrist come from the Middle East or Europe? Will the Antichrist be a secular humanist who endorses a one-world religion, or a Muslim who propagates a militant and extreme form of Islam?
In Mideast Beast, Joel Richardson makes a solid case from Scripture that the Antichrist will in fact come from the Middle East, and oversee a Middle Eastern and North African empire in the last days. Many Christians have been taught that the Antichrist will arise from Europe or a “revived Roman Empire.” However, there is no Biblical basis for this view.
Jesus commanded His disciples to be watchful and to discern the signs of the times. In order to do this, we must be looking in the right direction as prophetic events continue to unfold in the 21st century. Mideast Beast is one of the best books on the topic of the Antichrist ever written.
2. Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord by Alan Kurschner
When will God’s people be raptured? Does the New Testament teach a pre-Trib or a post-Trib Rapture? Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord by Dr. Alan Kurschner is one of the best books on the Rapture in print.
In this book, Kurschner defends the Pre-Wrath Rapture position. Pre-Wrath is a modified form of the Post-Trib Rapture theory. In essence, Pre-Wrath teaches that believers will go through the Tribulation (contra Pre-Trib), but still be raptured into heaven before the 7-year Tribulation completely ends (contra Post-Trib).
No one puts all of the prophetic puzzle pieces together better than Dr. Kurschner, including the chronological sequence of events in the book of Revelation. If you want to understand the order of end-time events in the Bible, this is required reading.
3. The Controversy of Zion and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble by Dalton Lifsey
What is God’s plan for Israel during the last days, and how can the Church and the Messianic Jewish community prepare ourselves for the days to come? In The Controversy of Zion and the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Dalton Lifsey addresses these questions.
The Time of Jacob’s Trouble is not a popular topic in many evangelical prophecy circles. However, it absolutely critical for the Lord’s people to understand the full prophetic testimony of Scripture regarding the nation of Israel.
Unfortunately, this book is no longer in print. Thankfully however, Dalton has also produced a three part documentary called Covenant and Controversy that covers the same material as his book, albeit in a beautiful and captivating cinematic format. I highly recommend watching these documentaries on YouTube, and acquiring a copy of his book if possible.
Bonus: The Passover King by Travis M. Snow
In addition to the resources above, Voice of Messiah will be publishing a book on prophecy and the return of Jesus on March 3, 2020. The title of this book is The Passover King. It explores how the original Passover story functions as a prophetic blueprint that can help us understand many of the most vital topics related to Biblical eschatology.
Some of the key issues covered in this book include: 1) The future prophetic significance of the Biblical feasts, 2) How Jesus will act as a Miracle-Working New Moses when He returns, 3) the End-Times Exodus in the Hebrew Bible, 4) the Gog of Magog war in Ezekiel 38-39, 5) the identity of the Antichrist, 5) the timing of the Rapture, and 6) the End-Times Passover in the book of Revelation.
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