Christ’s Prophetic Plans: A Futuristic Premillennial Primer by John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue

In scripture, 62 (94%) out of 66 books contain predictive information.

What do you really know about end-times prophecy?

What do you believe about the rapture and Christ’s second coming?

Could you defend that belief with a logical explanation?

Written from a futuristic premillennial viewpoint, theologians John MacArthur, Richard Mayhue, Michael Vlach, Nathan Busenitz, and Matthew Waymeyer explore the different beliefs held in regards to Israel, the rapture, Christ’s second coming, and the millennial reign. Using scripture, they lay out the arguments in a point-by-point format which disprove faulty teachings such as replacement theology and Amillennialism, while proving through God’s word that Israel is still God’s chosen people, and the rapture of the church is imminent. Think of this book as a form of apologetics for eschatology- it is designed to help you figure out what to believe about end-times prophecy, and why.

I was very excited to read this book- as an avid student of eschatology and Bible prophecy, I knew this book would not disappoint, and I was right. The arguments laid out by the authors are very thorough and sensible, making an extremely solid case for futuristic premillennialism- in other words, end-times prophecy is yet to be fulfilled via the rapture of the church, the fulfillment of God’s promises to the nation of Israel, and the second coming of Christ followed by a millennial reign on earth.

I did have one minor issue with this book, however. Even though I’ve been studying eschatology for many years, I’ve never done so formally, and so a lot of the terminology and cited works of other theologians went over my head, particularly in the beginning of the book. I wish the authors had done a better job clarifying certain terms such as Antimonianism, as well as the differences between Arminianism and Calvinism, which were vaguely defined in a way that was difficult for me to understand. However, the amount of research and knowledge that went into this book is outstanding, and I especially enjoyed the chapters on the rapture, Israel, and the early church’s beliefs regarding a millennial kingdom.

If you are interested in learning more about end-times prophecy, or just wish to clarify the reasons for your beliefs in your own mind, I wholly recommend this book!

Rating: 4 stars


I received this book for free through Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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