After one and a half years, I am excited to announce that volume 2 of this two-part series has now been published and is available from Balboa Press and all major online bookshops including Amazon and can be ordered from any bookshop. Currently (June 2016), the e-book is available from Amazon at $US5.90 and the softcover for $US37.99.
Taking 812 pages, volume 2 is slightly longer than volume 1. It is not a quick read, but a serious study and reference book. It is a theological work which gives insight into history, God’s nature, plan and purpose and whose outcomes seriously impact our lives. It supplies a radically new, and complete end time theology completing what was started in Volume 1 by a thorough examination of the book of Revelation. Everything is laid out carefully and in detail, so that the understanding can be tested and the fundamental assumptions examined. The goal is to understand God and His ways as accurately as possible.
Volume 2 is complete in itself as it contains a summary of the findings in volume 1. However, you will need volume 1 if you want to thoroughly explore the reasons behind the conclusions that have been made for the interpretation of Daniel and how this harmonises with the teachings of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament.
The introduction to volume 2 summarizes the end time position in 32 statements which we have called theses. The first 8 statements are derived from volume 1. The rest focus on the book of Revelation. This book structure will enable the reader to quickly ascertain the end time position supported in these books. However, if you want to explore the reasons for this position then you will have to go to the details explained in the rest of the book.
Structured this way the reader can go through the book in order from the beginning to the end, but you can also go directly to the details of specific portions. In this way you can treat it as a book to read through or as a reference.
Building logically on the conclusions made for the interpretation of the book of Daniel leads to some unique perspectives on end time theology. We argue that the book of Daniel and Revelation are intentionally structured in a similar way and must integrate together to form a comprehensive prophetic picture of God’s plan from the exile of God’s people in the Promised Land in 605 BC to the completion of the formation of the eternal kingdom. This leads to the book of Revelation containing visions in symbolic form, but whose interpretation reveal history in chronologically parallel visions like the book of Daniel. The parallel vision structure has much in common with the idealist view of the book of Revelation, but the overall result is a historicist perspective with recapitulation which in our knowledge has not been seen before. In the past, historicist views have been rightly criticised because of the lack of compelling reasons to be sure that a particular historical association is a valid way to interpret the symbolic language of the book of Revelation. This is not true in this book, because the strong integration with the book of Daniel compels only a single, possible interpretation of the book of Revelation. This leads to many new insights as well as affirming some of the older ones.
So we would encourage readers to obtain this book to test both existing end time theologies and the new one presented here. We argue that most existing end time theologies rest on very shaky, biblical foundations. We argue that just as the view presented in these two volumes needs to be rigorously tested, so should the existing ones. We are open to be challenged with what we have written, but also sense that most existing end time theologies would not stand under careful biblical examination. Our burden is to see biblical teaching on the end times converge and the huge confusion and contradiction removed.
It is our conviction that a large number of end time theologies rest on highly controversial and rather doubtful interpretations of the book of Daniel and Jesus teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. In contrast, the interpretation presented in this book, rests on a far more compelling, but different interpretation of the book of Daniel. This leads to an integration of Daniel and Revelation not seen in the modern era. The two books merge together structurally and in content so that a single, unified prophecy emerges. This integration also overcomes ambiguities in the interpretation of the book of Revelation and also leads to a unique historicist perspective where the visions recapitulate like they do in the book of Daniel and in idealist views of the book of Revelation.