With common reports of terrorism, various natural disasters, and even potential nuclear war, people are again fascinated with the subject of the end of the world. So topics like Bible prophecy, the rapture, the Antichrist, and the nation of Israel are frequently subjects of Christian discussion. Moreover, it seems virtually every year or so a Bible teacher, prophet, numerologist, cult leader, or futurist predicts a specific date for the second coming of Jesus.


Since Christians are not united on all the details relating to eschatology (known as “last things” or end times), there is a lot of confusion and debate about just what the end of the world will entail. And when Christians continue to make false predictions about Jesus’s return, skeptics use these prophetic blunders and public failures as reason to question the truth of Christianity. So in 2013, I published my book Christian Endgame: Careful Thinking about the End Times as an attempt to help Christians carefully navigate the rough waters of end-of-the-world prophecy.

Top 10 Ideas in Christian Endgame

My book doesnt take an official position on a lot of the controversial eschatological debates concerning Bible prophecy (rapture, millennium, interpretation of the book of Revelation). Instead, I seek to educate Christians on the various views and let them decide for themselves. A special part of my book involves identifying the common ground that all Christians share when it comes to a biblical view of end times.

Heres a brief summary of 10 of the books most important points:

1. Irresponsible approaches to eschatology create apologetics problems for the church.

2. Excessive speculation about the end times and date setting for Christs second coming are unbiblical practices.

3. Evangelical Christians should study the field of Christian eschatology because Christendom has been divided over the topic for centuries.

4. Given the debates over eschatology throughout church history and the difficulty of interpreting the Bible’s apocalyptic books, we should hold our views about the end times tentatively.

5. Eschatology is one of the most divisive areas within Christian theology. Therefore, there is a genuine need to treat Christians who hold different views than we do with respect and charity.

6. There is a “mere Christian eschatology” (common views held by all Christians) that few people are actually aware of and thus fail to appreciate.

7. Christian eschatology is actually about the future, the past, and the present—the “alreadynot yet.”

8. There are doctrinal challenges to the historic Christian views of heaven and hell, involving positions like universalism, conditional immortality, annihilationism, and purgatory.

9. What the Bible teaches about the future should impact the way we live right now in a powerful manner.

10. The church needs a clear, careful, and objective primer that emphasizes careful biblical thinking about a controversial and challenging topic.

While there are many books on the market that discuss various aspects of Bible prophecy, I respectfully think my book could significantly help many Christians to think more carefully about the end times. I believe this is because my work provides guidelines for being eschatologically responsible and seeks to be fair-minded in identifying both the greatest strength and greatest weakness of all the major views.

If you are interested in end times prophecy and have lots of questions about it, or if you know someone with questions, I invite you to read and study my brief eschatological primer. When you read it, let me know what you think by posting a comment at Reflections on WordPress.

Check out more from Dr. Kenneth Samples @Reasons.org

About The Author

Kenneth R. Samples

I believe deeply that "all truth is God’s truth." That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books - the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture. As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement - "faith seeking understanding." I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter's words in 2 Peter 3:18: "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. • Biography • Resources • Upcoming Events • Promotional Items Kenneth Richard Samples began voraciously studying Christian philosophy and theology when his thirst for purpose found relief in the Bible. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and social science from Concordia University and his MA in theological studies from Talbot School of Theology. For seven years, Kenneth worked as Senior Research Consultant and Correspondence Editor at the Christian Research Institute (CRI) and regularly cohosted the popular call-in radio program, The Bible Answer Man, with Dr. Walter Martin. As a youth, Kenneth wrestled with "unsettling feelings of meaninglessness and boredom," driving him to seek answers to life's big questions. An encounter with Christian philosophy in Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis led Kenneth to examine the New Testament and "finally believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, the Lord and Savior of the world." From then on, he pursued an intellectually satisfying faith. Today, as senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe (RTB), Kenneth uses what he's learned to help others find the answers to life's questions. He encourages believers to develop a logically defensible faith and challenges skeptics to engage Christianity at a philosophical level. He is the author of Without a Doubt and A World of Difference, and has contributed to numerous other books, including: Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men, The Cult of the Virgin, and Prophets of the Apocalypse. He has written articles for Christianity Today and The Christian Research Journal, and regularly participates in RTB's podcasts, including Straight Thinking, a podcast dedicated to encouraging Christians to utilize sound reasoning in their apologetics. He also writes for the ministry's daily blog, Today’s New Reason to Believe. An avid speaker and debater, Kenneth has appeared on numerous radio programs such as Voice America Radio, Newsmakers, The Frank Pastore Show, Stand to Reason, White Horse Inn, Talk New York, and Issues Etc., as well as participated in debates and dialogues on topics relating to Christian doctrine and apologetics. He currently lectures for the Master of Arts program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. Kenneth also teaches adult classes at Christ Reformed Church in Southern California. Over the years Kenneth has held memberships in the American Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Press Association. The son of a decorated World War II veteran, Kenneth is an enthusiastic student of American history, particularly the Civil War and WWII. His favorite Christian thinkers include Athanasius, Augustine, Pascal, and C. S. Lewis. He greatly enjoys the music of the Beatles and is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan. Kenneth lives in Southern California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.

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