Last updated on January 14, 2023
I found The Coming Apostasy by Mark Hitchcock and Jeff Kinley, narrated by Paul Christie, to be very informative about an often overlooked topic in Biblical eschatology.
In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus talked about end times events when His apostles asked in Matthew 24:3 (NKJV): “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
At this point, the church had not been birthed. Jesus was addressing specifically the nation of Israel during the time of Jacob’s trouble, referred to by many Christians as the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation.
After Jesus died on the cross, His twelve disciples and the Apostle Paul, with the church’s birth, expanded on what Jesus said and warned, specifically in the book of Revelation, about the attack on the church in the latter days.
Recently I heard Pastor Jack Hibbs make a fantastical statement about the church of Laodicea in the book of Revelation. He said he didn’t believe the Laodicean church even believed in Jesus Christ. As Hibbs pointed out, Jesus was outside the church knocking on the door.
Revelation 3:20 (NKJV) states: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
Why is Jesus standing outside the church? The Coming Apostasy focuses on this very issue concerning the condition of the church before His return. Most churches, sadly, will be deceived. Jesus said the number one sign of the end times will be deception.
Specific topics addressed include homosexuality, the falling away from sound Biblical doctrine, the decay within the church (referred to as the fifth column), and compromise with the world. I appreciated Mark Hitchcock’s and Jeff Kinley’s many colorful illustrations to make their points clear to the reader.
As someone who loves the Lord and wants to remain faithful, I found the book helpful and inspiring to encourage me to “keep on keeping on.” The day of our Lord and Savior’s return is near. I Peter 4:7 (ESV) states: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.”
I highly recommend The Coming Apostasy to help Christians appreciate the treacherousness of these days in which we live.