Thursday, November 19, 2009

2012, The Bible, and the End of the World

I was chatting with my buddy Steven one evening, and he brought up this 2012 deal, asked me if I had heard anything about it - I hadn't. He explained it was a belief that the world was going to end in the year 2012. December 21, 2012, to be exact.

To my surprise, a few days later, I received the book 2012, The Bible, and the End of the World in the mail from Harvest House Publishers. I started reading with interest. Seems quite the movement has been going on, and I had no idea. According to the author, Mark Hitchcock, not only are there all kinds of books foretelling that the end of the world is coming in 2012, there are also websites telling people how to survive it.

Hitchcock gives a good rundown on the 2012 movement, and also shows why there is no Biblical basis to believe that these people are correct in their thinking. He also goes down through various other periods in history where people were so sure that the world was ending and/or Jesus was returning.

Even though I was already skeptical that anyone could know when the end of the world, the book was still a profitable read. The author knows his stuff, and in a very knowledgeable way, totally debunks the thinking that we can set a timetable to know the end of the world.

About the author:

Mark Hitchcock is a leading Bible prophecy expert, prolific author who has penned over 20 books on the end times, senior pastor, and adjunct faculty member of the Dallas Theological Seminary.

A former attorney, Mark initially worked for the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Following a call to full-time ministry, today he serves as senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, just outside of Oklahoma City. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1991, where he subsequently earned his doctorate in 2006 and more recently has served as an adjunct faculty member.

Hitchcock maintains an active speaking schedule, appearing frequently at prophecy conferences, seminaries, and churches. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Edmond, Oklahoma with their two sons Justin and Samuel.

2012, The Bible, and the End of the World is available from Harvest House Publishing. Thanks to Dave from Harevest House for the review copy, which was provided for me to review.