I’d like to suggest a short book that has greatly blessed me. I’m all about thinking outside the box and testing my own hypotheses, and this book does both. As most of you know I have developed my end-times views largely from a dispensational foundation. Yet at the same time I do not feel beholden to the overall dispensational framework. In other words, if certain dispensational teaching doesn’t make sense, I have no problem rejecting it. That’s the freedom I have by not having been brought up through a denominational bible school and becoming indebted to certain professors and their views simply because they were my mentors, or working as a pastor having my livelihood dependent on toeing the party line. So much of the church fosters denominational cliques and groups seeking their own power and prestige, rather than giving people freedom and encouragement to seek out the truth. This unfortunate reality continues to keep us divided, as any ideas from that “other group” are often ignored or disputed simply on an ad hominem basis, without any sincere thought.
The truth is that the older I get the less sure I become of my own perspective and views! So it is in that spirit that I am endorsing the following book that offers a different view of Matthew 24:1-35. As I keep working through it I am seriously considering re-writing some of my past studies on this passage. Could I be opening up a can of worms? Perhaps. But that doesn’t bother me. As Jesus said, “The Truth shall make you free.”
Here’s the book:
The Olivet Discourse Made Easy, by Kenneth Gentry
Seek and ye shall find!