Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review: How Will the World End?

In his book How Will the World End?, Jeramie Rinne's primary purpose is "to help regular Christians regain that big picture about the end of the world."  In his 96-page book, the author provides a very brief, but balanced, overview of (1) how the world will end, (2) what happens before Jesus comes back, (3) how Jesus will come back, (4) Jesus' return in light of the Millennium, (5) what happens after Jesus' return, and (6) how we should live as Christians until he returns.

As noted by Mr. Rinne in his discussion on how the world will end, the prevalent view in the evangelical world today is the secret rapture theory, which says that all Christians will mysteriously vanish from the world before the time of tribulation.  Many Christians think that this belief has always been the view of the church.  Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised that the author rightly attributed the secret rapture theory to John Nelson Darby and noted that this theory was not widely spread until the 19th century through the Scofield Reference Bible.  

Mr. Rinne is specifically writing to believers, but near the end of his book he acknowledges that some of his readers may not be Christians; and therefore, provides a Gospel presentation, (Kindle location 942).  However, this Gospel presentation is weak because he does not tell the reader that sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God, (Baptist Catechism Question 17), nor does he define repentance as godly sorrow and self-abhorrence over sin, (Ezek. 36:31, 2 Cor. 7:10-11).  Earlier in the book, the author previously stated that "God loves us so much that he sent his one and only Son to die on the cross as the substitute sufferer for our sins, and then rise again," (Kindle location 848); but he doesn't reiterate this crucial part of the Gospel when specifically addressing unbelievers, (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  The author's ineffective call to "repent of your sins and trust in Jesus" is not the complete Gospel that will lead to saving faith.

Because of its brevity and simplicity, this book is more appropriate for Christians new to the faith or young believers that are starting to delve into eschatology.  I consider myself one of the regular Christians that the author is writing to, and while I enjoyed reading this book, it provided no new information, nor did it enhance my view on Christ's second coming.  Therefore, I recommend this book for Christians who have little or no knowledge of biblical end-times and want an easy-to-read primer on the subject.

Full Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.