John Bray, Matthew 24 Fulfilled, 1996, 293 pages.
John Bray provides a detailed historical overview of the events associated with the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy as contained in the Olivet Discourse. Mr. Bray provides solid evidence for the return of Christ at the time of the Roman-Jewish war of A.D. 66-73. A must read for getting a real feel for the historical realities envisioned by the Olivet prophecy.
Ralph Woodrow, Great Prophecies of the Bible, 1989, 173 pages, and His Truth is Marching On, 1996, 112 pages.
Ralph Woodrow does an excellent job of placing prophetic scripture in its historical setting. In so doing, he shows that many prophecies have already been fulfilled. Mr. Woodrow deals with such diverse subjects as “The Kingdom of God,” “The coming of Elijah,” “The New Jerusalem,” “The antichrist,” and a variety of issues associated with the Olivet Discourse. I recommend reading his books above as a great introduction to looking at Scripture in its contextual and historical setting.
Max King, The Cross and the Parousia of Christ, 1987, 759 pages.
Max King presents an in-depth study of the dynamics associated with the return of Christ in the first century. Mr. King shows in great detail how covenantal change is the focus of the scriptures and how the return of Christ is the consummation of this change. Mr. King deals extensively with the issue of resurrection and how it relates to covenantal change. This book is highly recommended to the reader who desires to gain a much deeper understanding of the issues addressed in my book. For those not wishing to read a book of this magnitude, Mr. King has also published The Spirit of Prophecy, 1971/2002, 435 pages. This book covers much of the same material as found in The Cross and The Parousia of Christ, but in less detail. This material is also available on DVD by Tim King.
James Stuart Russell, The Parousia, 1878, 561 pages.
Mr. Russell served as pastor of a Congregational Church in Baywater England between 1862 and 1888. This book serves to demonstrate that the view of a first-century return of Christ is not something that just recently popped up. Mr. Russell provides extensive documentation as to a first-century return of Christ. Mr. Russell systematically goes through the New Testament Scripture and shows how the central focus of the teachings of Christ and the apostles was the imminent fulfillment of “end time” events within the first century. This book is a very good read.
Kenneth L. Gentry, Before Jerusalem Fell (Dating the Book of Revelation), 1989, 353 pages.
Kenneth Gentry examines in great detail every reasonable objection to a pre A.D. 70 dating for the Book of Revelation. He presents clear and precise documentation as to why the book of Revelation had to be written prior to A.D. 70. Dr. Gentry’s book is well researched, objectively written and well documented. Dr. Gentry provides a sound foundation for the thesis that the revelation given to John was directed to the early Church to prepare and warn them about the imminent destruction that was about to befall Jerusalem. I highly recommend this book. I also recommend reading another book by Dr. Gentry entitled, The Beast of Revelation. This book identifies the “beast” as being connected with first-century Rome, not some future governmental leader as often believed.
Ernest L. Martin, The Temples that Jerusalem Forgot, 2000, 476 pages.
Ernest Martin provides significant evidence to show that the Jerusalem temple of the first century was completely destroyed as Christ said it would be. Dr. Martin’s conclusions challenge the common belief that the “wailing wall” in Jerusalem constitutes remains of the first-century temple. Dr. Martin provides strong documentation from the scriptures and secular history that the Jerusalem temple was not located over the Dome of The Rock (the Haram esh-Sharif) but was instead located about a third of a mile south of the Dome Of The Rock, near the Gihon Spring. During the Roman invasion in A.D. 70, this area was completely leveled and actually became a farm field. Dr. Martin concludes that the present site of the Dome of the Rock, which includes the “wailing wall,” are the remains of the Roman fort, Antonia.
Samuel M. Frost, Misplaced Hope, 2002, 210 pages.
Samuel Frost discusses how the Christian leadership of the first and second century viewed the return of Christ. Mr. Frost also examines the Church creeds relative to this issue. This book does an excellent job of clarifying the reasoning of early Christian leadership relative to the timing of Christ’s return. I highly recommend this book.
Gary DeMar, Last Days Madness, 1999, 442 pages.
Gary DeMar provides a systematic investigation of the many dynamics that are associated with the last days time frame of Scripture. Mr. DeMar provides astute analysis of Scripture and history to demonstrate that the last days of Scripture are past and not future. This is an excellent foundational book for anyone that has not had much exposure to the past fulfillment view.
John Noe, Beyond the End Times, 1999, 299 pages.
Dr.John Noe examines a wide range of dynamics associated with the return of Christ in the first century. Dr. Noe provides clear evidence to show that “the end” spoken of in Scripture has nothing to do with the end of our planet earth, but instead with the end of the Old Covenant age. Another good foundational book for the newcomer to the past fulfillment view.
R.C. Sproul, The Last Days According to Jesus, 1998, 228 pages.
R.C. Sproul meets head on the challenge of skeptics who claim the scriptures are invalid because Christ didn’t return when He said He would. Mr. Sproul shows what Christ taught about His return and how what He taught relates to the destruction of the temple and the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.
Don K. Preston, Who Is This Babylon, 1999, 210 pages.
Don Preston provides clear evidence that the Babylon of the Revelation is first-century Jerusalem. Mr. Preston presents a well-reasoned and documented analysis to arrive at this conclusion. This book provides yet another verification of the first-century application of the Revelation as opposed to the futurism so often applied to this book.
Randall Otto, Coming in the Clouds, 1994, 286 pages.
Randall Otto challenges the common belief that the return of Christ must be a visible event. Mr. Otto presents an extensive investigation of how the scriptures use clouds in association with divine activity. This book is well researched and provides a strong argument for a non-visible return of Christ.
John A.T. Robinson, The Body, 1952, 2002 reprint, 107 pages.
John A.T. Robinson discusses the manner in which apostle Paul understands and uses the concept “body” in his theology. This book is very helpful in seeing Paul’s use of body in eschatological terms. This well researched book is supportive of viewing resurrection in a corporate manner, grounded in the “Body of Christ.”
N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People Of God, 1992, and Jesus and the Victory of God, 1996.
In the first book, Dr. Wright provides a very comprehensive and detailed assessment of first-century Judaism and the role that Judaism played in the development of Christianity. In the second book, Dr. Wright focuses on Christ in his role as a prophet of events He saw as shortly coming to pass. Dr. Wright is an Anglican bishop and considered one of the leading Jesus scholars of our day.
David Chilton, Paradise Restored, 1985, 341 pages. .
David Chilton expresses how the consummation at the end of the Old Covenant age established the everlasting Kingdom of God. Mr. Chilton shows how we, as participants in the spiritual Kingdom, can advance its message. This book provides great insight into what our role should be as Christians in the New Covenant Age. Mr. Chilton also authored The Days of Vengeance, 1987, 664 pages. This book deals with the Revelation and its application to first century fulfillment. A good read.
Arthur M. Ogdon, The Avenging of the Apostles and Prophets, Second Edition, 1991, 469 pages.
Arthur M. Odgon discusses the Revelation from the perspective of first-century fulfillment. Mr. Odgon provides good historical background to the war between Rome and the Jews. As the title of his book suggests, he portrays the events described in the Revelation as avenging the apostles and prophets for what they had suffered from the adversaries of God.
Edward E. Stevens, Expectations Demand A First Century Rapture, 2003, 152 pages.
Edward Stevens provides a detailed recounting of how the first century leadership of the developing Christian Church taught that Christ would return in their generation to facilitate both the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the living saints into the heavenly realm.
Ian D. Harding, Taken To Heaven In A.D. 70, 2005, 335 pages.
Ian Harding discusses multiple dozens of New Testament Scriptures that demonstrate the first century Church clearly expected to experience bodily transformation and, along with the resurrected saints, be taken into the heavenly realm at the return of Christ in their lifetime.