When Will It All End?

Bible Prophecy, by Paul Erb (Herald Press, 1978, 208 pp., $4.95 pb), Count-Down to Rapture, by Salem Kirban (Harvest, 1977, 189 pp., $2.95 pb), Biblical Prophecy for Today, by J. Barton Payne (Baker, 1978, 93 pp., $2.95 pb), The Last Things, by George Eldon Ladd (Eerdmans, 1978, 119 pp., $2.95 pb), Things to Come for Planet Earth, by Aaron Luther Plueger (Concordia, 1977, 104 pp., $2.95 pb), and After the Rapture, by Raymond Schafer (Vision, 1977, 159 pp., $2.95 pb), are reviewed by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., pastor, Midway Presbyterian Church, Jonesboro, Tennessee.

Apparently the last word on the last things has not been published. These six books represent just a small number of books of prophetic literature now being published.

Ladd’s Last Things is by far the most significant work of the six for the serious Bible student who is interested in eschatology. Ladd is an evangelical scholar of international repute whose work is always characterized by cautious theological precision rather than the more marketable sensationalism so rampant today. He deals with the problem of Israel, personal (as well as cosmic) eschatology, terminology surrounding the Second Advent, and the kingdom of God.

The theme of his book is the organic-progressive relationship between the Old and New Testaments. By emphasizing the progressive unity of God’s redemptive program Ladd, though a premillennialist, can talk with post- and amillennialists. He takes issue with dispensational theologians in several areas of major concern including: the church in the Old Testament, a New Testament hermeneutic that emphasizes a “re-interpretive” approach to the Old Testament rather than a presupposed literalism, and his assertion that “the return ...

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