Hanegraaff, Hank. The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible Really Says About End Times... And Why It Matters Today. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007. 336 pages. ISBN 978-0-8499-0184-3.
David Dewan

THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 2. Fall 2007. Volume 25. Page 1-2

In the world of "end time" books, Hank Hanegraaff's book, The Apocalypse Code, is a breath of fresh air. Hanegraff counters the plethora of books that seem to be based on sensationalism and biblical misrepresentation. Hanegraaff joins the ranks of Kenneth Gentry, Gary DeMar, and my friend, Vic Reasoner, in bringing back to the Body of Christ a sense of reasonableness and biblical integrity.

Hanegraaff takes to task Tim LaHaye, John Hagee, and Hal Lindsey, all of which promote a very pro-Zionistic and dispensational view. They seem to be blinded by their political and theological presuppositions that not only twist scripture, but they seem to want to revise history. I, for one, view their ideas as dangerous and heretical. Hanegraaff does a good job in exposing the heretical and almost blasphemous views of these so called "end time" authorities. One example is their nonsensical idea of a rebuilt temple, complete with a reinstituted Levitical priesthood and animal sacrificial system. This flies in the face of the finished work of Jesus Christ. All one has to do is read the book of Hebrews to figure that one out! After the destruction of the temple in A. D. 70, that old system was brought to a complete end. It seems that LaHaye and company want to return us to the obsolete old covenant.

All that was in the old covenant pointed to the finished work of Jesus Christ. As Hanegraaff points out, "the destruction of the temple brought an end to the age of sacrifice for Jews. For Christians, however, the age of the temple like the law and the land had already come to an end with the sacrifice of Jesus (Hebrews 7:26-28)." Hanegraaff continues, "Despite the fact that Jesus forever dispensed with the need for temple priests and sacrifices 2,000 years ago, Christian Zionists today are bent on stroking the embers of Armageddon by scheming the construction of yet another temple on the very spot where the Dome of the Rock now stands."

Again this heretical idea flies in the face of what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman in John 4:21, "Woman believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem shall you worship the Father." The kingdom of God is a universal reality and is not limited to just a small piece of real estate in Israel.

I highly recommend this book for its insights and its attempt to view prophecy from a biblical base, not just on sensationalism that sells millions of books, but does nothing to promote what the Holy Scriptures say. Books that prophesy capitalize on sensationalism all seem to become obsolete and wind up in the discount book bin when what they say does not come to pass (remember Y2K?).


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