Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unmasking the Antichrist by Ron Rhodes

The identity of the Antichrist is a topic of hot debate today. Adding fuel to the flame of rampant speculation are voices saying the Antichrist might be a Muslim or a Jew—a view that respected Bible scholar and bestselling author Ron Rhodes argues against in this revealing, Scripture-based exploration of:

•what God’s Word does and does not tell us about the Antichrist

•the advance signs, power moves, and eventual fall of this person

•the mysterious “Gog”—leader of Northern military coalition mentioned in Ezekiel

It is time for a trustworthy study of this topic to take the place of emotion-based suspicions. Believers, followers of end-times news, and anyone anxiously watching the turmoil of today’s political landscape will be thankful for this thorough, straightforward resource. Excellent for church and personal libraries.

My review:
I have read and heard a lot of speculation about the Antichrist in my lifetime. Preachers, authors, and others have had ideas about who he might be and where he might come from. I don't think I have ever read a whole book devoted to the subject until I read this one though.

The author covers a lot, and covers it very well. Obviously, no one on earth, including him, knows who the Antichrist will be, but he presents some great proof of who he won't be, and where he won't come from. He lists people down through the ages who were thought to be the Antichrist, and I was somewhat surprised to find out how far back suspicions of people went. It is nothing new for someone in power that is popular to be suspect. I was also surprised at some of the people who made the list.

This is not a boring book. It is very informative, and written in a style that is interesting and easy to read. I can honestly say I learned a lot. It isn't a suspense novel like the books I love to read, but it still held my interest and kept me turning pages, and no, I still don't know who the Antichrist will be, nor when he will appear, but I have some ideas based on the Bible on who he will not be.

About the author:
Ron Rhodes, president of Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries, is heard regularly on nationwide radio and is the author of Bite-Size Bible Answers, Bite-Size Bible Definitions, Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses and 5-Minute Apologetics for Today. He holds ThM and ThD degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and teaches there and at several other seminaries.

Unmasking the Antichrist is available from Harvest House Publishers.

Thanks to Aaron from Harvest House for the review copy.