End-times images are everywhere from books, movies, to video games. Curiosity about the last days is rampant, and people are asking all kinds of questions: "Who is the anti-Christ?" "Will Jesus actually rapture his church?" "What is the role, if any, of the nation of Israel?" And most importantly, "Are we living in the end times?"
In this insightful book, Samuel Powell explores all these questions and more. He traces end-times beliefs from the days of the Old Testament to today and explains the origins of the most popular ideas. Drawing on his theological expertise, Dr. Powell then offers an alternative approach to interpreting biblical prophecies that takes into account the Bible's purpose. He explains that the deeper meaning of prophetic literature is often overlooked in favor of more popular and provocative interpretations.
An excellent resource for pastors, teachers, and small-group leaders, this concise book dispels much of the confusion surrounding end-times thinking. As an added bonus, the book includes a chapter listing the top mistakes made about the end times, along with a helpful glossary.
Today, everybody seems to be fascinated with the end times. Scores of movies, books, and even mini-series revolve around an apocalyptic event where humanity is threatened, almost destroyed, or completely wiped out. Usually, through human ingenuity, the people of earth save themselves or rebuild at the end of the plot. But what does the Bible actually say about the end times? In A Teacher s Guide to Understanding the End Times, Samuel Powell reveals how to interpret the end times through history, theology, the Old and New Testament, current events, and interpretation guides. With this guide, learn how to apply Biblical texts to today.
Samuel M. Powell is professor of philosophy and religion and dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in religion from Claremont Graduate University. He is an editor, author, and ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. He also serves on the editorial committee of Kingswood Press and as secretary-treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Society. From 1999 to 2001, he participated in the John Templeton Foundation Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity. In 2005, he received the Wesleyan Theological Society’s Smith-Wynkoop award for his book, Participating in God: Creation and Trinity. He and his wife, Terrie, live in Santee, California, and have two children and two grandchildren.
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