What you should know about the Last Days, the Antichrist, the Judgments of God, and the Glorious Return of Jesus Christ
Studying the Bible is a lifelong task. Sometimes, as Christians, I think we forget that we don’t know it all. We are taught something and get set in our ways or views on particular subjects. However, I truly believe it is important to remember that we are human and that no one has it all right. There is not one person on earth who can interpret all of scripture correctly. We may be right on one thing, but wrong on another. In the end, the most important thing we can take away is the message of the Gospel; salvation through grace alone. After that, we can agree or disagree on things but still retain our Salvation. It’s healthy for believers to discuss prophecy, among other subjects of the Bible. Through discussion and study, we can gain perspective and maybe even learn something new.
In Matthew Needham’s book The End of the World, he addresses many difficult subjects pertaining to end time prophecy. He provides references, historical background, and most importantly the constant reminder of the need for salvation. He stands by his beliefs and is bold through his writing. Matthew goes against the grain, choosing not to side with the mainstream view of a Pre-tribulation rapture. Instead, he explains why the rapture cannot happen until “the last trump” and provides sufficient evidence to back up this view. Though I did not agree with some of the other interpretations of prophecy he presented, I found his book a great tool for in-depth Bible study.
What I liked…
I liked how the book was broken down into specific sections:
Chapter One—What must happen before Jesus will return?
Chapter Two—Who is the Antichrist?
Chapter Three—The Judgements of God are Coming!
Chapter Four—When the books are opened
Chapter Five—When does the rapture take place?
Matthew breaks down the topics within each chapter, answering common questions through use of specific verses. I had to keep my Bible with me at all times in order to follow along. I liked this because it prompted me to do my own study and research, rather than just taking the author’s word for it. My pastor always says, “Go home and study it for yourself.” This is necessary with The End of the World, a plus in my book.
A clear evangelistic tone is set from the beginning as the author stresses the reader’s need for salvation. More than anything, whether we agree or disagree, it all comes down to this. Matthew doesn’t tread lightly and makes it clear what his true intentions are in writing this book: get saved and get ready—Jesus is coming back!
What I didn’t like…
Some parts of this book were a bit dry for me, as is common with many end times studies. The text is meaty and contains a lot of information. I felt there were times when the author repeated himself even though it wasn’t necessary.
I recommend The End of the World if you are ready to dive deeper into the study of end times. I would encourage you to keep your Bible close at hand and to explore what other authors have to say on the subject as well. Pray that God would direct you and that His Spirit would speak to you through your studies and the reading of His Word.
About the Author…
Matthew Needham is originally from New Zealand and has been preaching the Gospel since the age of sixteen. To learn about Matthew and his endeavors as an author and evangelist you can connect with him on Facebook.