A Grace-Based View of the End Times

My new end times’ book has just launched and some of you don’t care. You don’t care because you’ve been burned by bad eschatological preaching. Or you’ve had unpleasant conversations. Discussing the end times is like discussing politics. No matter what you say, half the people in the room jump on you

“End times? Who needs it? Jesus wins, that’s all I need to know.”

This was certainly my view a few years ago.

But then some of you began asking me about the year AD70, signaling a growing interest in preterism. (Preterism, in contrast with futurism, is the view that Biblical prophecy has been fulfilled.) In the past three to four years, I have been asked more questions about AD70 than any other subject.

At first, I was reluctant to join the conversation. But then I thought, “Why not?” Surely if there is any subject in need of grace, it is the traditionally scary topic of what the future may hold.

Judgment Day, the rapture, the antichrist, and the great tribulation. The future is frightening. Which is puzzling, because if grace is good news today, how can it be bad news tomorrow? If the gospel is supposed to bring great joy, how can it inspire so much fear and anxiety?

Something doesn’t add up.

I decided to get some notes together, and by the time I was done I had written my biggest book. It’s forty chapters long, full of pictures, and covers 500+ scriptures. You already know the title – it’s called AD70 and the End of the World – but you may not know the subtitle: Finding Good News in Christ’s Prophecies and Parables of Judgment.

And yes, I do believe there is good news in Christ’s darker parables and prophecies.

In the new book I take a verse-by-verse look at Christ’s longest prophecy, and I unpack the good news treasures found in the parables of the vengeful landowner, talents, wedding banquet, and more. I also tackle big questions such as, when is the great tribulation, when is the Second Coming, and what happens when Christ returns?

“So are you a preterist, Paul?”

I get asked this question a lot, probably because of the book’s title. I also get asked if I’m a pre-trib amillennialist or a post-trib premillennialist or whatever other crazy combination of adjectives one can think of. It’s like a test. “Give me the right answer and we can be friends. Fail the test and I’ll diss you on Facebook.”

Full disclosure: I’m not interested in joining anyone’s eschatological club. However, I am passionately interested in exploring the beauty of Jesus and his wonderful words. What Christ said about the future is astounding. I didn’t know the half of it before I started writing the book. I have been so blessed reading his words through the lens of grace. Read this book and you’ll be blessed too.

“So what makes AD70 different from other end times’ books?”

For starters, it’s light hearted, because we all need to lighten up on our traditionally dim views of the last days and what God has in store for us.

“So this is not a serious book then?”

It is seriously good fun! If God has great dreams for us then end times books ought to be inspiring, don’t you think? Yet many are patronizing or hysterical. They reek of fear and pride. They boast of secret knowledge and higher learning when they ought to boast of Jesus.

“But which side do you lean towards? Preterism or futurism?”

Do you mean which gang am I affiliated with? Neither. Both. I dunno.

But I can tell you that AD70 and the End of the World may be the only end times’ book that has been endorsed by both preterists and futurists. Surely that counts for something.

“So what is the book about?”

It’s about the last days and the fall of Jerusalem. It’s about the great tribulation, the rapture, and the return of Christ. It’s about the prophecies and parables of Jesus that have for too long been used to stir up fear when they ought to have inspired trust in a good God. It’s about a Savior who is no spectator but an active player on history’s stage. It’s about a King who has come and is coming again.

“Sounds good. Where can I learn more?”

You can download a sample chapter from the book website: www.ad70.org

You can also check out the Look Inside feature on Amazon.

“I don’t live in America and the shipping on your books is expensive.”

International retailers who carry this book are listed here. (Caveat: Some retailers won’t ship the book until after the official release date of September 24. Some, like Amazon, will let you have it now.) You can also get the book on Kindle and iTunes. The cheapest option is PDF.

I hope you enjoy the new book!

15 Comments on A Grace-Based View of the End Times

  1. Roxanne Smith (Roxylee) // July 27, 2017 at 12:20 am // Reply

    I got the Kindle version and am starting to read AD70 a second time. It’s very intriguing, interesting, and non-judgmental. It answered some nagging questions I’ve had for years about Matthew 24. For anyone who has been raised up in a particular eschatological camp, this book is challenging, and I think it’s good be be challenged if we’ve never looked into a different view of eschatology.

  2. Trevor Lancashire // July 27, 2017 at 12:35 am // Reply

    What I’ve read so far makes a lot of sense! Thanks for all the study and research yiou have had to put in, Paul, to get this book into production!
    Trevor Lancashire

  3. Boast of Jesus…Amen!

  4. Great book Paul I like it, very enlightening and now am no longer confused, would you consider writing another Big Book on the words of John in revelation someday? there is a lot of confusion regarding revelations in the church today. Thank you Paul.

  5. I really hope to get your book asap.I’m leaning to what they I guess they call a partial-preterist position.I can’t comfortably say all the prophesies in the book of Revelation have been fulfilled but many have like in Matthew 24,Mark 13, Luke 21.Are you partial preterist or full preterist?lol I’m going to love you anyway & no dissing on Facebook by me.lol

    • I believe some of Christ’s prophecies have been fulfilled; others remain to be. For instance, I am still looking forward to Christ’s return.

      • AMEN!!! We tend to think this is the big it, just a small minuet shadow of what is to come.While we wait for our groom to come.Live ,live in, through Him. He is life, not just for the sweet buy n buy.

      • Andrew Wommack says bible prophesy and judgment Jesus does with the word. So what happens when we seeking to obey good grace preaching, end up reading about that. For me it’s a overhanging threat that is fulfilled in your books. I haven’t read this one yet. Grace and Peace.

  6. Ed Anderson // July 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm // Reply

    Thank you for this. I am really looking forward to getting and reading your book!

  7. I’m reading it at the moment. Great writing, in Paul’s typical light and easy-to-read style. Get it, you won’t be disappointed.

  8. Jerry Nendel // August 9, 2017 at 10:15 am // Reply

    Paul: I am reading AD70 and I think you missed something with the Parable of the Talents. At the end Jesus uses the exact same wording as the Parable of the Soils. In Mark He says ‘how will you know any of the parables if you do not know this one?’. And then Jesus goes on to say quite explicitly that what a person ‘hath’ that either gets increased or taken away is spiritual hearing. And this has so much relevance to us today because those believers who do not receive the truth of grace, nevertheless understand hearing and faith when it comes to salvation. But they abandon that as the means of continuing on in the Lord. They are the ones who are going to picture God as harsh, and are going to pull out the hearing of faith that saved them, and Jesus is going to look at them aghast and ask them why their hearing and believing never increased. That is what God gives us – the ability to hear.

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