Christians rightly turn to the Bible to make sense of our times. But so often we get the wrong answers because we ask the wrong questions.
In The End of the World as You Know It, Matthew L. Halsted challenges common end-times assumptions and points us back to Scripture. Each chapter reevaluates a popular question in light of the Bible’s own concerns: Will Christians be raptured? What is the mark of the beast? When we let Scripture direct our questions, we get better—and more hopeful—answers.
Anyone who has ever embraced or been influenced by the standard evangelical eschatology, or who knows people who have, needs to read this compelling and much-needed book!
—Greg Boyd, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, MN
Matthew Halsted’s carefully guided tour of the relevant biblical passages and how they fit together provides a gentle yet challenging corrective to some of our most popular yet misguided takes on the end times. This book is biblically grounded, carefully reasoned, and above all, an absolute joy to read—even if you’re not a seasoned theologian.
—Mark Beuving, pastor of Creekside Church, Rocklin, CA; author of Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples (with Francis Chan)
Halsted provides a welcome and welcoming invitation to re-examine what so many Christians think they know about the end times based on this cultural edifice in light of a careful examination of the texts in scripture from which it has been constructed, urging us to care about the contextual meaning of each of its diverse building blocks. At the same time, he makes room for a more genuinely biblical eschatology that keeps us looking forward with confidence, not fear, to the consummation of our hope when Christ returns.
—David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary
Matthew L. Halsted is associate professor of biblical studies at Eternity Bible College and author of Paul and the Meaning of Scripture: A Philosophical-Hermeneutic Approach to Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in Romans.