There are few theological topics that have been the source of more speculation than the doctrine of the Antichrist. A perusal of the shelves of almost any Christian bookstore will reveal literally dozens of titles dedicated to identifying who or what this "Antichrist" is. Most of these titles are written by popularizers of the dispensationalist method of biblical interpretation. In fact, one of the best-selling fictional works in modern memory is the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. These books use a fictional narrative to present the dispensationalist interpretation of the rapture, the tribulation, and the Antichrist. For many readers, the line between this fictional plot and what the Bible teaches has become increasingly blurred. It is, therefore, refreshing to read a book on the subject written by someone who stands firmly within the Reformed tradition and who carefully avoids fanciful conjectures.
Keith Mathison is associate editor of Tabletalk and author of The Shape of Sola Scriptura (Canon Press, 2001).
Issue: "Has God Failed?" Sept./Oct. 2006 Vol. 15 No. 5 Page number(s): 34-37
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