Book Review -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Chafer Theological Seminary Journal
Volume: CTSJ 04:4 (Oct 1998)
Article: Book Review
Author: Anonymous


Book Review

Prophecy Watch, by Timothy Demy and Thomas Ice (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1998). 379 pages. Paperback. $9.99. Reviewed by Dr. Curtis Mitchell, Professor of Biblical Studies at Chafer Theological Seminary.

In a skillful manner, the authors use the “Socratic method” of teaching. Throughout the book, they ask key questions and deliver more than adequate answers.

The book contains twenty-five chapters divided into five parts: Signs of the Times (pp. 7–76); The Rapture (pp. 77–118); The Tribulation and the Antichrist (pp. 119–180); Armageddon and The Middle East (181–220); and The Millennium (pp. 221–265).

The book is full of excellent illustrations that make the volume easy to understand. They liberally sprinkle the pages with helpful charts and graphs and write in readable language.

Among other issues, the volume discusses at some length an idea referred to as “The Septa-Millennial Theory.” Before reviewing this book, I had not encountered this theory. After reading the eight pages twice, I cannot determine the author’s position. Be that as it may, if the theory requires that one accept 4000 BC as the beginning of God’s creative efforts, I have problems with the theory.

The rest of this review considers positive and negative features. The division labeled “Sign of the Times” sets forth a sane discussion of the issue. They list such things as the return of Jewish people to Palestine since World War II and Israel becoming a sovereign nation in 1948. The book contains an excellent listing of New Testament words setting forth the Rapture (pp. 78–79). In addition, this volume contains a great series of charts that clarify the various theories with reference to the time of the rapture (pp. 80–81). The book contains a tremendous discussion of the Preterist, Historicist, and Futurist views of the book of Revelation (pp. 92ff). The book also contains a nice graph contrasting the Rapture and Christ’s Second Coming to set up His kingdom (pp. 101–102).

Demy and Ice set forth a brief but adequate history of Dispensationalism, but for some reason they fail to mention the significant sermon of

Pseudo-Ephraem. By including this sermon, the history of Dispensationalism is pushed back over 1000 years. I know that Dr. Thomas Ice is aware of the contribution of Pseudo-Ephraem. I am at a loss to explain the omission. The book also contains an excellent repudiation of the attempt some make to connect Israel’s feast cycle to the rapture and Christ’s Second Coming.

The writers strongly advocate imminence as illustrated by their statement on pag...

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