The Last Temple, The Last Disciple Series #3   -     By: Hank Hanegraaf, Sigmund Brouwer
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What if the prophecies in John's Revelation have already been fulfilled? In The Last Temple, Vitas reunites with his wife and retires to a quiet life in Alexandria. But he owes the men who saved him, SO joins in their plot against Nero. What is Vitas's real mission---and who controls the conspiracy behind it? 350 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0842384464
ISBN-13: 9780842384469
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Series: The Last Disciple

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Set in the turbulent years just before one of the most horrendous events in Jewish history, The Last Temple concludes the trilogy of The Last Disciple and The Last Sacrifice. Vitas is reunited with his wife and retires to Alexandria, determined to live a quiet, domestic life. But he can’t avoid the debts that he owes to the men who saved him, and he becomes a key figure in the plot to rid the empire of Nero. It sweeps him into the “year of four emperors,” when the Roman Empire is nearly destroyed, and takes him back to Jerusalem as Titus lays siege to the great city. Only then, as the prophecy of Jesus begins to unfold, does Vitas discover the true mission set before him and the astounding conspiracy behind it.

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The Last Temple, written by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer, is the last book of a historical fiction trilogy which also contains The Last Sacrifice and The Last Disciple. Interesting snippets within this book give enough information to understand the flow of the series and to encourage the reading of the two previous volumes.

Gallus Sergius Vitas, a former Roman soldier, now a fugitive from Nero, narrowly escapes death by crucifixion. While relaxing at the villa of Bernice, the Queen of the Jews, in Alexandria, Vitas continues to mull over several things: a mysterious note that was sent with him when he was rescued from Rome, a token given to him by Joseph Ben-Matthias (a prominent man of Jerusalem), which Vitas has promised to redeem if requested, no questions asked, and the intrigue by which Bernice hopes to rescue her people if the worst should happen. Vitas does not think it strategically possible for Jerusalem and the Temple to fall. Yet, unless the prophecy is fulfilled, Vitas cannot logically believe in the Christos, in whom his beloved wife Sophia has put her trust.

The time comes, however, when Vitas is summoned to Jerusalem by his friend and former fellow-soldier, Titus Flavius Vespasianus. Although there on personal business, Vitas cannot help appraising the situation: two factions of Jews led by John of Gischala and Simon Ben-Gioras have been destroying each other inside the walls. Titus has found a way to breech the walls. Could the Temple fall after all? Then, the redemption of the token is demanded.

The story writing is excellent and the research is thorough. There is one apparent gap in logic that needs explaining: if crucifixion deaths most often occurred by dehydration, as the book says, how did water gush out of the body when death was proven by spear point? Wouldn’t any remaining fluid drain to the feet by gravity?

This book is a wonderful story. Readers who do not agree with the interpretation of prophecy espoused by the authors can still enjoy the story if they consider that interpretation as background for the story, separating it from the reader’s own belief. Men will enjoy this story more than women because the roles of women are subdued, although they appear at pivotal times. However, anyone who loves historical fiction will relish this book. - Lynn Brown, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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In the final installment of the authors’ trilogy (The Last Sacrifice, The Last Disciple), Jerusalem continues to experience the prophesies that early Christians believe will lead to the end of days. Vitas, the novel’s warrior-hero, has returned home to Alexandria, where he and his wife are determined to lead a quiet life. But because of debts owed to the men who saved him, Vitas becomes involved in a plot to rid the Roman empire of Nero, a conspiracy that eventually leads him back to Jerusalem now besieged by Titus. Verdict: Though the dialog tends to be didactic, the plot moves along quickly. Many readers will be looking for apocalyptic fiction this year, and those who enjoy the works of Tim LaHaye may find similarities here.

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  1. California
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting read
    January 3, 2013
    Valerie Garvin
    California
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My daughter and I greatly enjoyed this series. While it is a work of fiction, it is also historically and biblically accurate and has an interesting storyline.
  2. Tucson, AZ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
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    September 24, 2012
    Eliza S
    Tucson, AZ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Last Temple - eBook.
    The book is great and the ease of reading is wonderful. However, the bookmarks for the CBDReader leave much to be desired. I have to scroll to the page I was reading because the bookmark will only take me to the beginning of the chapter (and other annoyances).
  3. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Last Temple a look at the fall of Jerusalem
    September 16, 2012
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    THE LAST TEMPLE

    by Hank Hanegraff and Sigmund Brouwer

    Before His death the Christos prophesied that the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. But how can this impregnable structure ever fall? But Jewish rebellion continues as the Roman Empire is caught up in the turmoil of Nero's reign.

    As the Jews continue in their defiance after Nero's fall, Rome again turns her attention on the chosen nation. Confident that the Temple will never fall before the long awaited Messiah comes, Israel refuses to submit or surrender to Roman authority. But Rome won't be stopped.

    Vitas is conflicted - he is Roman and yet his heart belongs to Sophia a Jewish follower of Christos. Could the Nazarene crucified all those years ago truly have come back to life? As events unfold, it appears that that the Letter of The Revelation is being fulfilled before his very eyes. Does this mean that the Temple could indeed fall?

    When the imminent destruction of Jerusalem seems certain, Titus son of Emperor Vespasian offers the Jews a compromise that could save the Temple. But Titus's offer of peace and surrender are rejected.

    But throughout Vitas is being directed by a secret benefactor who has entrusted him with a token to both identify himself and to identify one to whom he would have to repay a debt if the Temple were to fall.

    As time grows short Vitas finally learns of the debt he must repay, a debt that could cost him his very life. Can Vitas fulfill his obligation or will he fall before he comes to know the Christos?

    The Last Temple is the concluding novel in the series that includes The Last Disciple and The Last Sacrifice.

    I received a copy of this book through the Tyndale Blogger Network for the purpose of this review. A favorable review was not required.
  4. Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    big disappointment
    August 30, 2012
    fictionbuyer
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This series was one that I had always meant to read books one and two, but just never got around to it. Sigmound Brower is an interesting author and I have read several of his books. I was very interested in the historical part of this storyline. When I found out that book three was not coming out as soon as originally thought I decided to wait and find out what happened to the series before reading the beginning if there was never going to be a conclusion to it.

    Tyndale decided to re-release The Last Disciple and the Last Sacrifice to generate interest in the Last Temple which was the conclusion to the series. I have heard several people say they could hardly wait to finish the series as they enjoyed the first two so much.

    Being part of Tyndale's blog tour I decided to skip book 1 and 2 and just read the last to see if was necessary to read them in order. I will say I recommend that you do read the first two to get a good basis for the story, but the authors do a good job a revisiting the storylines that happened before. Maybe that is what was my problem is with the book. I really got sick of being reminded that if Nero found out Vitas was alive/in Rome then Vitas would be dead. I was beginning to think two different things about that statement, first - I don't think Vitas could die. In this series he had been a soldier that had survived several wars, crucifixion and being thrown in the arena. Secondly - I wondered if the authors thought we readers couldn't remember that for more than 10 pages.

    I have a feeling you can already tell where this review is going. I was not overly impressed with it. I found the storyline to be almost forced and light. I kept thinking that Hank and Sigmund were trying to hard to teach us something instead of just telling us a story. I wanted to like Vitas, but he seemed very shallow and only doing things because he was obligated to. Plus if a character in a book can sound arrogant, Vitas was it. I never really warmed up to him.

    There was a lot of repeating of details and skipping ahead in time. It almost felt like the authors started the series too early and needed time to pass quickly so they would have Vitas go home and live with his wife for a while, until they needed him again for something. It was just kind of a strange feel to the story. I didn't enjoy it and it made for a tough read. Nothing seemed to flow.

    I hated to say this about this book, but I won't be reading the other two as I am just not that interested.
  5. Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Preterist view of the end times; great story!
    August 22, 2012
    luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If you have ever read an end times novel, you should read this series by Hank Hanegraaf and Sigmund Brouwer. They write from a preterist perspective on the prophesies in the Book of Revelation from the Bible, and have some very different views from other authors. Aside from the theology though, the book series was very good - and reading only this last book would not detract from the rest of the series, nor is the rest of the series necessary for understanding this tale.

    Set in Jerusalem at the fall of the temple during the Roman Empire, the rich geography and detailed historical accuracy intertwined with an intriguing and deep tale that describes the ways in which apocalyptic statements from the Bible are fulfilled in the fall of the temple in AD70. It was a fascinating read, not the least because my own understanding of the Biblical accounts is colored by the leisure suit wearing Beasts I saw depicted in the 70s movies about the end times.

    The timing of the book series for me was even more appropriate as my pastor was doing a series on Revelation at the same time I was reading these books. I found that my own position is that some prophecy in the Bible has three contexts - immediate fulfillment, meaning it happened shortly after the prophecy was written; fulfillment in the incarnation, meaning that the arrival of Jesus fulfilled some portion of the prophecy (even if it was also immediately fulfilled); and future fulfillment, meaning the descriptions of apocalyptic events can still be sometime ahead, even if they were fulfilled in Christ and fulfilled immediately. One thing I know for sure, while I might be able to pick out some things that are clear in the Word, prophecy is complicated and challenging. God asserts that He is mysterious in the Word - and I believe it. Modern Christians have the benefit of hindsight, but if we were hearing Daniel in the context of the times it was written, we would likely have missed Christ, too. My point is that while we can speculate and identify with the prophetic words in the Bible, our ability to identify what they mean in some respects is limited by our humanity. I believe that God will fulfill His word, He will do it in His timing, and He will probably do it much differently than we expect.

    What does all of that have to do with this book? It's scriptural interpretation is one that is different, perhaps than those made popular in recent memory. If you cannot divorce yourself from a certain perspective, you are unlikely to find this book enjoyable. If however, you can leave open the possibility that God has given us many ways to look at His Word and recognize its fulfillment, then you will find the book refreshing. My own perspective is this - every Word of Scripture is meant to remind me who I am, whose I am, and how important it is that the rest of the world hears that - no matter the cost. That's a simplified view, perhaps, but the key is, if this book helps you see the urgency of giving your life to Jesus, then it is worth the cost, and perhaps the perspective the authors provide is one you can at least respect, even if you don't agree. They certainly write very well. I highly recommend this book, and if you can, the whole series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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