I have been looking forward to the release of “Final Waring” since I first learned that Carl Gallups was working on the project. In the interest of full disclosure, we have been friends for about twenty-five years, and I have served as Senior Associate Pastor with him at Hickory Hammock Baptist Church for the last fifteen years. Because of our close association, I was blessed to get an advanced copy of the book, and here offer my review for your consideration.
Anyone interested in biblical prophesy, contextual interpretation of the scriptures, or the study of eschotology (end times), will find great value in this resource. The book is written in a non-dogmatic style, allowing room for differing opinions on the interpretation of the scriptures, and at the same time challenges the reader to consider powerful, well-documented evidence, that supports the possibility that we are living in the last days.
The evidence presented for interpretation is based upon two fundamental principles: let the bible interpret the bible, and examine the major events of modern history to see if they might actually be the fulfillment of the prophecies of the book of Revelation.
With the bible in one hand and history in the other, Carl compares the two, anticipating the arguments that some have already posed to his positions. The centerpiece of the material covered focuses on the seven trumpets of Revelation, and the world events that seem to coincide with what the bible says about them.
Whether the reader completely agrees with his findings or not, he or she will benefit from the emphasis on the contextual interpretation of God’s word. Carl places the reader into the mindset of the Apostle John, his circumstances, and what it must have been like for him to receive the revelation. He shows the connection between Paul’s and John’s experiences. He deals with the issues surrounding the rapture of the church, and the difference between the tribulation and the wrath of God.
Rather than relying on tradition, dogma, or the writings of others, the author takes the reader to the scriptures to see first hand what God’s word says about the two witnesses, the two lamp stands, the fig tree, and gives other important insights, which can clearly be seen if the readers takes the time to review the passages for themselves.
As evidence to support his findings, the author quotes many secular experts to show what they believed about the events covered, and how their testimonies parralle what John revealed to the church two-thousand years ago. Masterfully, Carl shows how the events associated with one trumpet, naturally provide the background for each subsequent trumpet.
Purposefully, I have left out the most compelling parts of the book, and have chosen not to speak of the events specifically mentioned. These are best discovered by the reader. I also realize that some might not read this book because of their settled eschatology, but that will be to their loss. The hope in scripture is that the reader might understand its meaning in context. Even if the reader reaches different conclusions on some score, they will be made richer in their understanding by the challenges presented to their postions.
Ultimately the book is well-written and a great resource for anyone interested in the book of Revelation, and the end-times events it records. The author presents his information with a balance of authority and humilty. I am glad I read it, heartily endorse it, and encourage all my readers to check it out for yourselves.
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