From the midst of the sea of endless speculation, there emerges a book that finally approaches the study of Bible prophecy, with a sense of clarity, sanity and a devotion to unlocking the hidden mysteries of God's word that is rarely seen today. Fulfilled Eschatology by Tim Liwanag, takes a refreshing look at what the Bible really teaches about the foretold "end-times" and those events that were long ago predicted to occur relative to the Lord’s promise to "come again" (John 14:1-3). Are these events something that is expected to occur in our future, or does the Bible teach something else altogether? What did those believers who lived during the first century understand about the fulfillment of Bible prophecy? How does understanding Fulfilled Eschatology have a practical impact on our lives today?
In Part I, while using sound principles of interpretation, the foundation is provided to demonstrate why the common “doom and gloom” approach taken during the past 2,000 years has failed to deliver. From the very opening chapter of this book, the reader will be immediately impressed with the level of scholarship found in the book, but written with the average Christian in mind. The author discusses how the figures of speech found throughout the Bible are to be understood as the story of redemption moves forward toward the time of its grand climax. Each chapter of Fulfilled Eschatology contains hundreds of Scriptures references in support of the points being made, in conjunction with quotes from scholars and theologians, with footnotes provided.
Tim Liwanag carefully demonstrates the centrality of Christ and His work on the Cross as the very heart of Bible prophecy. In his examination of many passages found throughout the Old Testament prophets, the reader begins to see how God kept all of His promises and fulfilled His word in bringing Christ into the world, "born of a woman, born under the law" (Gal. 4:4).
In Part II, a close examination of the role of Israel during the first century in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The work of John the Baptizer, the ministry of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit begin to unfold with amazing detail and precision. Questions about the work of the foretold “remnant” are answered, and the identity role of God's "new creatures" in redemption is given.
Part III of Fulfilled Eschatology is a systematic, progressive presentation of what exactly was happening during that period of time the Bible calls, the "last days" (Acts 2:17-21). Who were the mysterious "two witnesses" mentioned in the book of Revelation? What was the "great city" that faced a time of destruction? What about the "antichrists" that were foretold to come during the "end-times"? What would be the "signs" that were to occur just prior to the time of the "second coming" of Jesus Christ? These questions and many others are answered in a powerful, insightful manner by Tim Liwanag.
Having invested more than thirty years of my own life in ministry, preaching and teaching the very message found in Fulfilled Eschatology, I am happy to recommend this book to anyone who is interested in discovering the truth of what the Bible teaches. There is no question that some will be surprised, even shocked at just how the pieces of the puzzle come together as the Word of God comes to life, perhaps for the very first time.
This book, written over months of serious, prayerful Bible study by Tim Liwanag is destined to become an instant classic among those who already believe the conclusions found herein. With more than 200 pages, hundreds of Scripture references, it will also become a useful tool and handy reference guide for sharing the message of Fulfilled Eschatology with friends, family, neighbors and loved ones.
Those who spend just a few minutes each day, reading from a chapter and looking up the passages cited will be amazed at how quickly their understanding of the Bible increases. Whether you are just beginning to study these things or have been a serious student of Bible prophecy for decades, Fulfilled Eschatology by Tim Liwanag has something for everyone.
It is my prayer that this book will bless thousands of people as it reaches into all parts of the earth. I express my sincere appreciation to Tim for all of the work that went into the writing and preparation of a book of this magnitude. It is my hope that this book will be the first of many for my good friend and fellow-worker in preaching the "gospel of Christ" (Rom. 1:16) and the message of Fulfilled Eschatology.
Larry D. Siegle