I thought the book was very good in helping me understand the chronology and symbolism of the end times. It is very easy to read with lots of biblical references. I would recommend this book to all who are struggling to understand the Book of Revelations.
While most Christian books I've read lately are very disappointing, this one was an exceptional surprise.Yes, the book makes the strongest cases for the author's favored positions. What book doesn't? But what sets this book apart is it's systematic treatment of prophecy. The author contends that to understand the prophecies, you need to understand their context and he goes so far as to include a very good treatment of the Abrahamic and other covenants as his foundation.Benware does not, as a previous reviewer with a theological axe to grind states, interpret the bible based on current events. Current events may be mentioned in the foreward or the book cover, but they are absent from the content.One of the great strengths of this book is that it not only mentions, but explores alternative views in a fair and non-dismissive manner. In sum, I appreciated this book for its complete treatment of the subject in a way that is both scholarly and readable.
From the product description: "Bible prophecy continues to fascinate, never more than in troubled times of war and natural disasters" one understands immediately the presuppositional base of the book, namely, a (typical?) premillennial superimposed theology over the text of the Scripture. Dr. Benware presents the premillennial view in his book, (which has consumed the Evangelical church since the days of Scofield's 1907 Study Bible) as he did when I was a student at MBI long ago in a past dispensation. Since my Moody days, my view of eschatology dramatically changed when I allowed the Bible to speak for itself in historical context. While at Moody, the premillennial theory was presented as abject fact, and all other views were summarized on post cards with felt pens. Benware's text is more detailed, but does not really allow other scholars to speak in context, yet the reader will decide. However, the notion that we look at the headlines and then study prophecy in the Bible is wrongheaded. We should study the Bible for all of God's counsel on all subjects that relate to "hear and now," and yes, the future, as well. We should use the Bible to interpret the Bible, and leave the Chicago Sun Times on the coffee table. I give this book a 2.0 as it is "same-o-same-o" and brings little new to the debate.
I really liked this book. It is presented in a very understandable style, and is well documented. It covers all the major theories of eschatology, but favors premillennial dispensationalism. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in "End Times Prophecy".