Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
JMAT 6:2 (Fall 02) p. 129
Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide To Understanding Bible Prophecy. Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2001. 143 pp.
Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice are leaders of the Pre-Trib Research Center, a “think tank” committed to the study, proclamation, teaching, and defending of the pretribulation rapture and related end-time prophecy. Charting the End Times will help pastors and teachers understand Bible prophecy better as it provides colorful charts reflecting a premillennial, dispensational perspective on prophecy. The book is written in memory of two men who also wrote dispensational chart books: Clarence Larkin (Dispensational Truth, 1920) and Dr. David Cooper (The World’s Greatest Library Graphically Illustrated, 1942).
The book includes a master foldout chart portraying God’s complete plan for the ages, more than fifty full-color charts and diagrams, timelines that clarify the chronology of the end times, overviews of end time events, and clear answers to some tough questions about the end times. LaHaye and Ice define prophecy as “history written in advance” (11) and argue that the future is settled from God’s perspective and is not open to change. This is a perspective that needs to be urgently taught in these days as open theism is being considered by many a viable evangelical position.
The following is a sample list of the charts in the book: Understanding God’s Plan for the Ages (7); The World’s Greatest Library (14); How We Got Our Bible (16); The Mountain Peaks of Prophecy (26); Satan: His Past, Present, and Future (31); The Olivet Discourse (35); The Church’s Prophetic Destiny (47); The Rapture of the Church (50); The Judgment Seat of Christ (53); The Tribulation (56); The Campaign of Armageddon and Christ’s Return (63); The Glorious Appearing (65); The Millennium (70); The Great White Throne Judgment (72); The Eternal State (75); The Covenants (78); The Dispensations (81); The 70 Weeks of Daniel (89); Israel’s Tabernacle, Temple, and Ark in History and Prophecy (96); Babylon in History and Prophecy (104); The Signs of Christ’s Return (119); The Various Views of the Millennium (128); Where the Dead Are Now (130); History’s End, Eternity’s Beginning (134); and What is Your Choice? (137). A helpful subject index is given at the end of the book.
JMAT 6:2 (Fall 02) p. 130
There are a few sections in the book that should be revised. In the Olivet Discourse chart (36), the authors have “The Sign” (a world war, famines, pestilence, and earthquakes) as preceding the rapture and give Matthew 24:7–8 as a reference. The authors claim that “You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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