Lloyd B. Hildebrand, 2012: Is This the End? (Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos, 2009). ISBN: 978-0882709659
THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 1. Spring 2010. Volume 28.
Date Posted July 10, 2010
Jesus Christ said that no man knew the day nor the hour of his return (Matt 24:36). While that declaration should be sufficient to prevent speculation, opportunists have always capitalized on our desire to know. And so if we cannot determine the end from divine revelation, we can always go to pagan superstition. In other words, if God won't tell us - we will ask the devil. The problem is that as the "father of lies" he is hardly reliable.
I protest the thesis of this book - that we can predict the timing of our Lord's return by resorting to occult knowledge. We cannot determine biblical eschatology by consulting to the Mayan calendar, Inca shamans, Aztec lore, the Chinese I Ching, Cherokee and Hopi Indian superstition, Merlin the Magician, the extrabiblical prophecies of Mother Shipton and Nostradamus, the teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, nor the prophecies of Islam.
As Christians we have a more sure word of prophecy (2 Peter 1:19). We have sufficient revelation, but God has not seen fit to satisfy our curiosity. This book is a vain attempt to satisfy carnal curiosity and will only succeed in fostering more confusion within a church which used to hold to the Reformation doctrine of sola scriptura.