Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor, Dallas First Baptist church and radio host of Pathway to Victory, penned Perfect Ending releasing January 21st, at the request of a fellow pastor. Even though his friend held a PhD in theology, he felt inadequate to preach on prophetical events and asked Jeffress to "write a simple book explaining Bible prophecy."
I know how complex and confusing prophecy, End Time events and Christ's return can be and wondered if simplicity were possible. Until I began to read and found this pastor's reasoning and explanations, not only supported by scripture, but easier to understand than most prophecy books I've read.
Even though no one can know the day or hour of Christ's return, Matthew 16:3 and other verses, imply we can know the season. In the same vein, chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew provide an overview, a "simple outline that includes the Great Tribulation, the return of Christ, the judgments and Christ's thousand year rule on earth," writes Dr. Jeffress.
It's for these reasons he wrote Perfect Ending, not only for his fellow pastor, but to teach "what Christ's return has to do with our lives today" since the eternal consequences of heaven, hell and life after death are significant.
Although the terminology used in prophecy and end time events can be confusing, Dr. Jeffress's descriptions and explanations of pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation and post tribulation positions are easy to understand. As well as terms for pre-millennialism, a-millennialism and post-millennialism that refer to the timing of Christ's reign on earth.
He removes what he calls, the "veil of mystery" from other intriguing end time events, such as why the worlds future begins and ends with Israel and why God uses Israel as his prophetic time clock. Why he believes "there are degrees to heaven and hell," what the Great White Throne Judgment is, when it occurs and how Obama's policies pave the way for the Antichrist. All significant pieces of the prophecy puzzle he wants people to understand.
Prophecy was so important to God He made it a major Bible theme and many prophesized events have been fulfilled with "laser-like accuracy." According to the Jeremiah Project "every fourth verse in the Scriptures deals with prophecy" and much of prophecy is about judgment. However, God always warns and allows time for repentance just as Lot warned his sons-in-law in Genesis 19:14 that they must flee "for the Lord is about to destroy the city." Dr. Jeffress favors a pre-tribulation position, however his understanding of all positions are clear, without confusion and simply stated.
If you want to know "why your eternal future matters today," why only Christians can enter heaven and why there are "two resurrections" pick up a copy of Perfect Ending, a compelling and thought-provoking read about the "signs of the times."
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Perfect Ending, by Robert Jeffress, Worthy Publishing—January 21, 2014, 224 Pages, 978-1617951831, $14.99
What does Christ's return have to do with your life today?
Do you consider yourself a "panmillenialist"? When it comes to the end times, you believe everything will just pan out in the end? It's easy to slip into apathy when it comes to Christ's return, especially since many people in recent years have falsely predicted the end of the world. The danger of false predictions is that they discourage us from preparing for the actual event—an event that will happen and does matter right now.
As popular Bible teacher Dr. Robert Jeffress shows in Perfect Ending we may not know when Christ will return, but the Bible offers many details about what the end times look like. Understanding these biblical prophecies not only gives us greater peace about the future, it draws us to God in the present. Strengthen your biblical knowledge and your spiritual life through this powerful look at the future God promises for every follower of Christ.
How Can I Know?: Answers to Life's 7 Most Important Questions, by Robert Jeffress
If we are honest, every one of us has questions about our faith. We ask ourselves things like:
· 'Is the Bible true?'
· 'Why does God allow suffering?'
· 'Am I truly forgiven?'
· 'Will I really go to heaven when I die?'
Dr. Robert Jeffress answers these and other challenging questions facing Christians today. Drawing upon the best research available, How Can I Know presents logical and concise responses that anyone can understand and easily share with others. In an age of information overload, simplicity is essential. Every chapter is filled with illustrations and application that will appeal to the average reader, giving them a renewed hope and reassurance of their faith.
Twilight's Last Gleaming: How America's Last Days Can Be Your Best Day, by Robert Jeffress
Never in recent history have Christians been more discouraged and fearful about our country's future. Economic chaos, immorality, terrorism and global turmoil have convinced many that we are living in the twilight days of America. Dr. Robert Jeffress agrees. But this is not the end of the story, he writes in Twilight's Last Gleaming.
Although we cannot prevent America's eventual demise, we can delay it . . . and make a difference for eternity at the same time. For everyone who wonders what can be done right now-within our culture, our churches, in the voting booth and our neighborhoods-Jeffress answers with biblical insight and real-world clarity, showing Christians how to seize this unprecedented opportunity and point people to our only Hope. Includes a foreword by Mike Huckabee.
When Forgiveness Doesn't Make Sense, by Robert Jeffress [Kindle Edition]
Forgiveness Is Always Difficult and Often Illogical.
But It's the Only Remedy God Offers to Heal Our Hearts.
With the experience of more than two decades in the ministry, Dr. Robert Jeffress has come to the conclusion that forgiveness is the bottom-line issue of life. Failure to receive God's forgiveness results in eternal hell; failure to grant forgiveness to those who have hurt us results in a living hell.
While most people - especially Christians - esteem the concept of forgiveness in theory, few have mastered what one person has called "the art of forgiveness." As C.S. Lewis once said, "Forgiveness is a beautiful word, until you have something to forgive."
When Forgiveness Doesn't Make Sense is an intensely biblical yet extremely practical approach to this crucial issue. Dr. Jeffress deals with the major misunderstandings about forgiveness: believing you cannot forgive those who never ask for it, confusing forgiveness with forgetting or with reconciliation, and believing that forgiveness automatically erases the consequences of harmful actions. Dr. Jeffress explains the process of our forgiveness by God, as well as the power of our forgiveness of others.
Readers will also learn questions to ask themselves before they seek forgiveness from another, essentials of an effective apology, reasons others may refuse to forgive them, action steps for dealing with painful memories, a check-list to determine whether they have genuinely forgiven another, and much more.
Coming Home: To the Father Who Loves You, by Robert Jeffress [Kindle Edition]
Are you as close to God as you would like to be?
Few Christians would claim to have fallen into overt sin, but many of us have allowed busyness, materialism, and the pursuit of pleasure to erode our spiritual lives. If you have been sidetracked from your journey with God, there is a pathway that leads home. Coming Home offers step-by-step guidance and encouragement to lead you back to your waiting Father.
Outrageous Truth...: Seven Absolutes You Can Still Believe, by Robert Jeffress
SEVEN OUTRAGEOUS TRUTHS YOU CAN STILL BELIEVE . . . AND WHY
“Every other religion is wrong.” “God sends good people to Hell.” “Homosexuality is a perversion.” “Evolution is a myth.” “God is ultimately responsible for suffering in the world.” “Husbands are to lead their families.” “America is a Christian nation.”
In Hell? Yes! Dr. Robert Jeffress issues a bold wakeup call to all believers–from college students to grandparents–to stop apologizing for and start proclaiming the tough but essential truths that Christians have historically embraced. And he provides the finest biblical, scientific, and historical evidence needed to defend these core beliefs in a culture turned hostile to God's truth.
Dr. Jeffress believes the secular spirit of political correctness is holding the church hostage. And the tragic result is that the revolutionary, life-changing, positive message of the Christian faith is being watered down.
If you are weary of a Christianity that waffles and wavers about controversial issues–if you are ready to stand up and compassionately yet forcefully and intelligently say, “This is what I believe and here’s why”–then this book is for you!
Second Chance, Second Act: Turning Your Messes into Successes, by Robert Jeffress
Everybody makes mistakes. Yours can be a new beginning.
Sometimes your mistake in a relationship, with finances or work, is minor. Other times it can be life-changing. Either way, failure doesn’t have to be fatal. Second Chance, Second Act shows you how God can transform your biggest mistake into a new beginning.
With solid biblical insights, trustworthy wisdom, and practical strategies, pastor and best-selling author Robert Jeffress helps you work through the guilt, suffering, and fear of your mess up. He shares numerous examples, from the Bible and recent history, to show you how God is in the business of redemption, and then he gives you five biblical strategies to turn your biggest mess into an incredible success. Second Chance, Second Act will show you how to use your mistakes as a prelude to a fresh start in life.
Grace Gone Wild!: Getting a Grip on God's Amazing Gift, by Robert Jeffress
Beware of “the grace escape.”
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!” we sing… “For by grace you have been saved by faith!” we recite… “We live under grace!” we preach…
But do we really understand grace?
Grace has become a part of the basic vocabulary of every Christian. Unfortunately, many believers are abusing God’s amazing gift of grace. They have perverted God’s undeserved gift of forgiveness, making it a license for immorality, self-indulgence, and minimal involvement in God’s kingdom. In the process they are robbing themselves of the joy that comes from obedience to God.
In his provocative new book, pastor and author Dr. Robert Jeffress challenges you to gain a biblical understanding of grace, and reveals how “good grace” can protect your marriage, church, and relationships from confusion and even abuse. Start experiencing the true freedom of living obediently in God’s good grace. Discover Grace Gone Wild
The Divine Defense: Six Simple Strategies for Winning Your Greatest Battles, by Robert Jeffress
It’s what you can’t see that can hurt you. The temptation that regularly assaults you, the depression or illness that pulls you down, the discord in your relationships, the private doubts you harbor about God…
These are not just a natural part of life–they’re battles in a behind-the-scenes war against your faith, family, and future. From a balanced perspective, Robert Jeffress lifts the curtain of everyday existence to reveal these invisible but very real battles in the war Satan wages against followers of Christ like you. Because you don’t have to be spiritual road kill…
Using the spiritual armor of Ephesians 6, The Divine Defense outlines six practical strategies you can use through every day to defeat Satan’s vicious and destructive plan:
Recognize and replace destructive thoughts (the belt of truth) Do what you know you should do (the breastplate of righteousness) Make God’s business your business (boots of the gospel of peace) Move forward in spite of doubts (the shield of faith) Remember your power to win (the helmet of salvation) Strengthen your resolve to resist (the sword of the spirit)
Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change, by John Hagee
"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28
It is rare that Scripture, science, and history align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood Moons have done exactly that. Are these the "signs" that God refers to in His Word? If they are, what do they mean? What is their prophetic significance?
In this riveting book, New York Times best-selling author, Pastor John Hagee, explores the supernatural connection of certain celestial events to biblical prophecy-and to the future of God's chosen people and to the nations of the world.
Just as in biblical times, God is controlling the sun, the moon, and the stars to send our generation a signal that something big is about to happen. The question is: Are we watching and listening to His message?
The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, by Jonathan Cahn
Is it possible... That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?
Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction – These same nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications for America’s future and end-time prophecy.
Hidden in an ancient biblical prophecy from Isaiah, the mysteries revealed in The Harbinger are so precise that they foretell recent American events down to the exact days… the 3,000-year-old mystery that revealed the exact date of the stock market collapse of 2008… the ancient prophecy that was proclaimed from the floor of the US Senate and then came true…and more. The revelations are so specific that even the most hardened skeptic will find it hard to put down. Though it sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller – IT’S REAL.
The prophetic mysteries are factual but revealed through a riveting narrative the reader will find hard to put down. The Harbinger opens with the appearance of a man burdened with a message he has received from a mysterious figure called The Prophet. The Prophet has given him nine seals, each containing a message about America s future. As he tells of his encounters with the Prophet, from a skyscraper in New York City, to a rural mountaintop, to Capitol Hill, to Ground Zero, the mystery behind each seal is revealed. As the story unfolds, each revelation becomes another piece in a larger and larger puzzle, the ramifications of which are, even now, altering the course of America and the world.