Of the three new books which have been produced this year you may find a review in The Christadelphian and find it at the office:
Signs of the Times Study Guide (Michael Lewis).
The Bible’s great hope is the return of the Lord Jesus to establish the kingdom of God on earth. Now more than ever indicators are given that God’s purpose is moving towards its completion and this new Study Guide introduces readers to the subject of prophecy.
Jesus emphasises the need to watch – but what signs should we be looking for? And did Jesus just mean world events, or is there more to it?
Reviewed in The Christadelphian, July, page 324 (price £8.00 plus postage; e-book, £6.00).
The vook presents ‘signs of the times’, generating excitement and strengthening faith.
In his Mount Olivet prophecy about these signs, Jesus emphasises to his disciples the need to watch – but what signs should we be looking for? And did Jesus just mean keeping an eye on world events and current affairs, or is there more to it?
Jesus warns that we will not know the timing of his second coming, so we need to be ready always. He commands us to “Watch!”, to avoid being caught unawares …
It is important to note that watching is primarily about being prepared as disciples to meet Jesus at his return. Watching means:
- Developing our discipleship: allowing faith to change our lives so we will be ready to meet him when he comes. “Therefore you also be ready …” (Matthew 24:44).
- Observing the signs of the times: world events fulfilling Bible prophecy. “When you see these things happening know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:31).
Fulfilled prophecy is not, of course, a substitute for faith, but a support all disciples need, especially in difficult times. Our aim is to establish what we should look for to provide that support and obey our Lord’s command to watch and be ready for his return.