3 out of 4 stars
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In The Coming Messiah: Hope for a Hurting World, Elwood McDuffie offers a panoramic glimpse of history to explain that the world has arrived at a critical point. He presents several warning signs that man’s rule over the planet is coming to a close, including earthquakes and rampant sexual immorality, notably homosexuality. He posits that there will come a time of great suffering, known biblically as the tribulation, before the return of Jesus Christ. During this time, men will experience God’s wrath. The essential role of Israel in all this is thoroughly analyzed.
As a kid, McDuffie witnessed fabulous sermons on heaven and hell as he attended an independent, fundamental Baptist church. He argues that, at one time, America’s pulpits were alive and vibrant. However, he does not believe this to be the case nowadays. Among the numerous reasons for this, the majority of churches “have allowed New Age doctrine and humanism to infect their teaching and worship.”
There were a few things I liked about this book. I mostly enjoyed the author’s interpretation of the Bible, especially the books of Genesis, Leviticus, and Revelation. I was positively impressed by the numerous references and citations. McDuffie examines hundreds of biblical passages, including original Greek and Hebrew terms. Moreover, I thought that he provided an insightful interpretation of traditional and well-known biblical narratives. I particularly appreciated how he dives deep in them; he comes across as a knowledgeable man. At the end of the book, there is a comprehensive list of references.
On the other hand, I disliked some overly exaggerated claims, particularly his somewhat distorted beliefs that things are getting worse in the world. I understand that the way we consume information tends to foster such fear. However, I do think we should try to consider things objectively and rationally, embracing a worldview based on facts. Our world, although fundamentally imperfect, is in a better state than it was in the past. I, for one, wouldn’t give up on human rights or science’s advances and go back to the Middle Ages.
In closing, I rate The Coming Messiah 3 out of 4 stars. It seems professionally edited, for I only found a few editing mishaps. Overall, I enjoyed the book, although I disagree with several of the author’s ideas. I’m deducting a star from the rating due to the exaggerations previously explained. If it weren’t for this aspect, I would have given it the highest rating. I recommend The Coming Messiah to readers who are fond of biblical analyses, especially eschatology. I believe it will appeal mostly to Christian readers. If morally conservative viewpoints bother you, I recommend you skip this one.
The Coming Messiah
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