|The Best is Yet to Come: Bible Prophecies Throughout the Ages|
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What is prophecy and why is it so important to us? How does a knowledge of what will happen in the future affect our lives now? Questions like these have been asked by Christians for centuries. Tony Evans, in The Best Is Yet to Come, tries to answer these and many other questions. He wrote this book "to communicate the prophetic program of God from eternity past to eternity future in a logical and progressive way." His desire is "to cause all believers to fall more deeply in love with the God who holds eternity in His hands."
He sets about doing this by looking at the history of fulfilled prophecy, focusing on its importance, the key to prophecy, prophecy and human history, prophecy and the covenants, prophecy and the Gentiles, and prophecy and Israel. Once he has established the validity and historicity of prophecy, Evans looks to prophecies about the future, and why we can trust them to come about. He looks at end-time prophecy, specifically those prophecies about the church, the rapture, and the judgment seat of Christ. He also looks at prophecies about the return of Christ, and the related prophecies about the antichrist, the tribulation, Armageddon, the millennium, and the great white throne. Along the way, he answers several questions about eternal life, including what happens when we die, what heaven is like, what hell is like, and, most importantly, how we should live today.
It is that today living that is the focus of The Best Is Yet to Come. Evans paints a picture of an eminently faithful and loving God who will bring about what He has promised. In light of this, Evans calls believers to greater faith and obedience, to living as if Christ was coming back today. For Christ is indeed the ultimate focus of prophecies, from beginning to end, and when He returns, all will truly be said and done. What we learn of Christ through prophecy, and what we learn about God's plan for history, should make us so grateful that worship simply flows out of us. As we live in confidence that Christ is coming back, Evans calls us to continue to point people to Christ, the key and fulfillment of prophecy.
|From the introduction to The Best Is Yet to Come, by Tony Evans|
The Chinese say it's very difficult to prophesy, especially about the future.
Anyone who has attempted to teach the subject of prophecy knows that it is no easy task. To seek to thread together the prophetic strands of Scripture in an orderly and relevant way is, without question, one of the most difficult assignments I have ever faced. Yet it has been one of the most rewarding adventures of my life.
In the pages to follow, I have humbly attempted to unveil His story. I seek to communicate the prophetic program of God from eternity past to eternity future in a logical and progressive way.
My concern, however, is not just to stimulate the mind but to influence the heart. I want to cause believers to fall more deeply in love with the God who holds eternity in His hands, as well as to cause non-Christians to consider the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Studying prophecy is like traveling in space. We've learned a lot about the earth by going out into space and looking back at our planet. Science has learned about weather patterns, the location of natural resources, and other good things that we might not have known about if we had stayed close to the earth.
In the same way, prophecy takes us beyond the limitations of our time-and-space-bound world and circumstances and lets us see the big picture. The result should be that we become better stewards of our time and other resources now as we live in light of eternal values.
It is my hope and prayer that after you have seen and understood God's plan for the ages, you will love Him more and serve Him better.