The best books on Biblical eschatology that are understandable and not nuts

Why am I passionate about this?

I am the director of Equipping Church Leaders-East Africa. East African church leaders (and most Christians everywhere) are interested in eschatology (the study of the “last things”). I have been fascinated by this subject for decades, particularly since I attended a church that took eschatology seriously. After a time, however, I realized that something was amiss in that pastor’s understanding of eschatology. That motivated me to study eschatology on my own and begin compiling an extensive library on the subject. While pursuing my M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I wrote two major papers on the subject and now have written the most comprehensive synthesis on biblical eschatology currently available.


I wrote...

Biblical Eschatology, Second Edition

By Jonathan Menn,

Book cover of Biblical Eschatology, Second Edition

What is my book about?

Biblical Eschatology, 2nd ed. provides what is not found in any other single volume on eschatology: it analyzes all major eschatological passages (including the Olivet Discourse and the book of Revelation), issues (including the second coming of Christ, the millennium, the rapture, and Antichrist), and positions (including all the major views of the millennium) in a clear, but not superficial, way. The book concludes with a chapter showing how eschatology is relevant for our lives. Clarity and understanding are enhanced by multiple comparative tables and appendices. Subject and Scripture indexes are included. The book interacts with the best of Evangelical and Reformed scholarship. The extensive bibliography provides an excellent source for the reader's further study.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Millennial Maze

Jonathan Menn Why did I love this book?

The issue of eschatology, and the so-called “millennium” in particular, are the subject of multiple, often wacky, interpretations. Stanley Grenz’s The Millennial Maze cuts through the nonsense. His is one of the best comparative analyses by a single author of the major millennial views. He looks at the history of millennial thought and the development of postmillennialism, historic and dispensational premillennialism, and amillennialism, which he characterizes as, respectively, essentially optimistic, pessimistic, and realistic outlooks concerning eschatology. His approach is irenic, and he notes the virtues that each view brings toward our overall view of eschatology. In short, Grenz’s book is a good and balanced introduction to the subject.

By Stanley J. Grenz,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Millennial Maze as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Book cover of The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views

Jonathan Menn Why did I love this book?

One of the best ways to deal with controversial subjects is the “point-counterpoint” method of having a proponent of each major view state his or her own position and then be critiqued by proponents of other views. The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views does just that, utilizing the following proponents: George Eldon Ladd, historic premillennialism; Herman Hoyt, dispensational premillennialism; Loraine Boettner, postmillennialism; and Anthony Hoekema, amillennialism. The book is compact enough so as not to be intimidating for the general reader, yet the major points of each view and critique are sufficiently articulated. While this is a good introduction to the subject, Hoyt’s and Boettner’s presentations are, in my opinion, considerably weaker than Ladd’s and Hoekema’s. 

By Robert G. Clouse (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Meaning of the Millennium as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Christ is coming again. Since the first century, Christians have agreed that Christ will return. But since that time there have also been many disagreements. How will Christ return? When will he return? What sort of kingdom will he establish? What is the meaning of the millennium? These questions persist today. Four major views on the millennium have had both a long history and a host of Christian adherents. In this Spectrum Multiview volume Robert G. Clouse brings together proponents of each view: George Eldon Ladd on historic premillenniallism, Herman A. Hoyt on dispensational premillennialism, Loraine Boettner on post-millennialism and…


Book cover of A Case for Amillennialism: Understanding the End Times

Jonathan Menn Why did I love this book?

I purchased the first edition of this book. Its major fault—the lack of either a Scripture or a Subject index—has been corrected in the second, expanded edition. A Case for Amillennialism is a strong defense of the amillennial view, particularly in contrast with the dispensational premillennial view. For me, his explication of the “two ages” (“this age” and the “age to come”) was compelling as was his point that “The most serious problem to be faced by all premillenarians is the presence of evil in the millennial age” (86). Riddlebarger deals with the major eschatological passages (Daniel’s seventy weeks, the Olivet Discourse, Romans 11, and, of course, Revelation 20). In short, this is a clear defense of amillennialism and is worth reading.

By Kim Riddlebarger,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Case for Amillennialism as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Amillennialism, dispensational premillennialism, historic premillennialism, postmillennialism, preterism. These are difficult words to pronounce and even harder concepts to understand. A Case for Amillennialism is an accessible look at the crucial theological question of the millennium in the context of contemporary evangelicalism.

Recognizing that eschatology--the study of future things--is a complicated and controversial subject, Kim Riddlebarger provides definitions of key terms and a helpful overview of various viewpoints. He examines related biblical topics as a backdrop to understanding the subject and discusses important passages of Scripture that bear upon the millennial question.

Regardless of their stance, readers will find helpful insight…


Book cover of 99 Reasons Why No One Knows When Christ Will Return

Jonathan Menn Why did I love this book?

B. J. Oropeza’s 99 Reasons Why No One Knows When Christ Will Return was written in 1994 when there was rampant speculation in some circles that the year 2000 would be prophetically significant. Nevertheless, the book remains a worthwhile corrective against end-times speculation and date setting. Each of his reasons deals with popular speculations concerning the soon-appearing of Christ. Each reason is concisely stated (1-3 pages, except for reason 40 concerning the return of Israel to Palestine [5 pages]). Oropeza deals with multiple reasons why date-setting is counterproductive and concludes with a chapter on what we can know about the future and guidelines for interpreting prophecy. While somewhat dated, the book is enjoyable and makes one shake one’s head that people could have had such bizarre eschatological views.

By B. J. Oropeza,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked 99 Reasons Why No One Knows When Christ Will Return as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

First it was Y2K and the foreboding year 2000, then a Christian radio show predicted the end in 2011, and then the Mayan calendar set the date for December 21, 2012 --- what will be next? A crescendo of predictions arise from Bible-believing Christians, from cult groups, and from self-appointed prophets. We all know that the Bible says Christ will come back and the end of the world will take place. The questions that millions have asked is – When? With every failed forecast, however, a trail of people is left behind, people who become disillusioned with Christ and Christianity.…


Book cover of The Book of Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary)

Jonathan Menn Why did I love this book?

G. K. Beale, now at Reformed Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX, is probably the premier authority on the book of Revelation. His massive The Book of Revelation (NIGTC) is over 1100 pages long and, I believe, is without question the most scholarly and detailed treatment of Revelation currently available. Anyone who is seriously interested in the book of Revelation needs to interact with this book. Beale’s treatment of Revelation is enhanced by his deep understanding of the Old Testament (he is co-editor, with D. A. Carson, of Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament). In short, serious students of Revelation should get this book. Its depth of detail will be worth it and will lead the reader to see biblical connections not previously imagined. 

By G. K. Beale,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Book of Revelation (New International Greek Testament Commentary) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This commentary series is established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded by general comments on each section and subsection of the text.

An important aim of the NIGTC authors is to interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs. In this connection the authors make their own scholarly…


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