The Last Disciple

by Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer

Published by Tyndale House, c.2005

I’ve listened to and learned from Hank Hanegraaff’s wisdom and was surprised to find a novel written by him when out booking.  I finished reading it and almost immediately went to the Internet to find the sequel.  It was a very well-written, informative book with a gripping story.

I was introduced to end times eschatology growing up in an evangelical home in the 1970’s.  The best selling apocolyptic series, Left Behind was still many years away but movies like A Thief in the Night and books by Hal Lindsey were everywhere.  In confirmation I learned a pre-trib timeline and never doubted that the rapture would come and Christians would be taken out of the world before the years of the Tribulation.

In recent years I became aware of a different interpretation of end times called preterism.  Preterism is the point of view that many or most of the events in Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation occurred between the years of the ascension of Jesus Christ and the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D.  This novel is built on a  preterist view that is quite convincing.

The characters are well-developed, the plot surges on, and the historical background is interesting and informative.  I was especially struck by the steadfast opinions of the characters who claimed the temple in Jerusalem could NEVER fall and therefore the prophecies of Jesus were NOT fulfilled and he could NOT be the Messiah.  At this side of history we know the temple WAS destroyed and the prophecies of Jesus were fulfilled.

I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to the sequel.