Review of Hitchcock, “2012, the Bible and the End of the World” -- By: Noel Beaumont Woodbridge

Journal: Conspectus
Volume: CONSPECTUS 13:1 (Mar 2012)
Article: Review of Hitchcock, “2012, the Bible and the End of the World”
Author: Noel Beaumont Woodbridge

Review of Hitchcock, “2012, the Bible and the End
of the World”

Noel Beaumont Woodbridge

Hitchcock M 2009. 2012, the Bible and the end of the world. Eugene: Harvest House Publishers.

1. Introduction to the Author and the Book

Mark Hitchcock, whose books have sold more than 300,000 copies, is the pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He earned his law degree from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is uniquely equipped to present the various 2012 end-time scenarios, in addition to the Bible’s last-days prophecies. Moreover, many consider him to be the foremost expert on Bible prophecy today. He has written over a dozen books on the Bible and the end times, including The complete book of bible prophecy, Cashless, Iran: the coming crisis, 101 answers to the most asked questions about the end times, The coming Islamic invasion of Israel, Is America in Bible prophecy?, and What on earth is going on?

The prediction that the world will end on the 21st December 2012 has spawned a growing number of fringe-element books, web sites, and even a major movie (p. 9). The author points out the explosion of information about the subject of 2012. He writes that 187 books appeared when he searched Amazon on the topic. He indicates that when he googled ‘2012’, there were almost 60,000 hits. He writes that

new books are appearing on the internet and in bookstores almost every month.

Hitchcock, as a writer in the Bible prophecy genre, has tackled the hype surrounding the 2012 spectre. With his calming perspective based thoroughly on what the Bible teaches, he makes unmistakably clear and understandable the truth regarding the Mayan calendar prophecy. In 192 pages, he gets to the heart of the doomsday prediction presented by shamans who have been dead for centuries. In this masterful work, while other authors of voluminous tomes on the 2012 matters consider writing second, and even third volumes, Hitchcock points with precision in this tightly crafted book to where the reader should devote concentration about 2012.

Hitchcock writes (p. 24):

So, why another book? What could I possibly say that has not already been said? Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to point to the title of the book. As the title suggests, my focus is to examine the 2012 phenomenon from a biblical perspective, primarily from the vantage point of end-times Bible prophecy ... While many other 2012 books mention the Bible or Bible codes, they don’t look at 2012 through the lens of Scripture; rather, they look at Scripture through the lens of 2012. Th...

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