Book Review: The End by Mark Hitchcock
Mark Hitchock is a husband, father, pastor, attorney, and graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. In his recent work The End Mark examines almost every question about the end of times from a futurist premillennial perspective. This work is a comprehensive and essential tool for any student of Bible prophecy.
In over 500 pages, 39 chapters, an appendix section along with notes, index and Scripture index Hitchcock lays out his view along with interaction with other views. From my perspective as a historical premillennialist Hitchcock's work offers alternative views in many places with fairness and grace. The book is easy to navigate and contains illustrations and summaries adequately throughout the text. I also found his research on the topics of the binding of Satan, the Millennium and the New Heavens and Earth to be especially insightful and persuasive.
In chapter 34 while discussing the Millennium he suggests, "Jesus wins. All Christians can agree on a few things, and this is one of them. It's one of those nonnegotiables. In the end, Jesus will reign over the whole world as King." (Hitchock, pg. 399) The book also discusses the question, "Are We in the Millennium Now?" Hitchcock notes, "Many premillennialists agree with amillennialists and postmillenialits that Jesus is ruling over the church during this present age and that He reigns in the hearts of his people. He was, is, and always will be the Soverign of the Universe." (Hitchcock, pg. 404)
From a premillennial perspective the millennium involves a physical reign of Christ on the earth. During this time certain prophecies could be fulfilled. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah foretells of a removal of a curse on the earth. His prophecy includes an elimination of sickness neither of which has occurred historically (Isaiah 11:6-9; 33:24). He speaks of harmony in the animal kingdom which has apparently not occurred (Isaiah 11:6-9; 65:25).
In chapter 35 while discussing "Why The Millennium?" he notes "The Millennium will bring creation full circle as God brings to pass with the second Adam, Jesus Christ, what the first Adam failed to do (1 Corinthians 15:21-22." (Hitchcock, pg. 420) In the Millennium God will change or renew a New Heaven and New Earth (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelations 21:1-3). One that reverses the curse on creation (Genesis 3:14-19) and establishes the original purpose of God for the earth. Even the body of the resurrected believer is changed or renewed (1 Corinthians 15; Philippians 3:20; Romans 8:23).
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