Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today
By Robert Jeffress
21 January 2014
“When will Jesus Christ return? When is the Second Coming?” Those are the big questions for many Christians. As someone who does not identify as Christian (or Christ-follower, or any variation thereof), Bible prophecy isn’t on me list of important things to keep track of. I have a hard enough time believing that Jesus lived, enacted miracles, and was who he said he was when he was alive. Most days, I don’t even bother thinking about something many preachers and (arguably false) prophets have failed to correctly predict. Not that prediction is a science or necessarily anything more than wishful thinking, but there are many things we can do today (heart transplants, using the internet, plastic cards taken as currency) that would’ve been witchcraft in the past, so who am I to say that predictions of the future will never be correct? It’s just that they haven’t been so far.
Honestly, I think people think too much about Bible prophecy, the Book of Revelation, and “why your eternal future matters today”—which is exactly the opposite of what the author of Perfect Ending argues in his easy-to-read, 236-page book, complete with Bible verses on every page and study questions for each chapter. Jeffress goes from explaining the similarities and differences between “the Tribulation” and “the Rapture” and “Premillenialism” and so on to mentioning what’s temporary (God turning his back on Israel, for one thing) to talking about what’s permanent (heaven and hell are final destinations and there’s no backing out after death). I’m making it sound much more complicated than he does, but it trying to absorb and retain all the information in Perfect Ending, I just kept thinking to myself, “I see now why so many Mormons could think such ridiculous things about heaven, heaven on Earth, and the afterlife.”
The Book of Revelation, where the most prophecy regarding the “end times” is in the Bible, was written by a traumatized exile hiding on an island who somehow thought that writing down his delusions and hallucinations would be a good thing. Seriously, step back for a minute and think about it. It’s just… the whole thing’s incredible.
To whom would I recommend this book? It was actually well-thought out and covers a lot of the strangeness that many people don’t understand about Christian fanatics who get stuck in an “You’re going to hell if you don’t repent right now!” end times loop in their lives. I wasn’t expecting much from Perfect Ending, but it actually helped me better understand the Second Coming idea and all that surrounds it. I was going to donate this book after reading it, but it’s seems pretty useful as a reference, so I’ll probably keep it around. I didn’t agree with the theology, but I live with and deal with people who do agree with it, and I think understanding their beliefs about the future and the end of the world will help me work with them more compassionately.
DISCLAIMER: I received Perfect Ending free from Worthy Publishing for this review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.