End-Timers: Three Thousand Years of Waiting for Judgment Day

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ABC-CLIO, Aug 31, 2011 - Religion - 252 pages
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End-Timers: Three Thousand Years of Waiting for Judgment Day examines the high and low points of millennial expectation across the centuries. It shows how and why such beliefs first developed in antiquity, and it explores how end-timers influenced events as varied as the persecutions of Hellenistic ruler Antiochus Epiphanes and Roman Emperor Nero, the Crusades, the settlement of North America, and the 20th century debacles at Jonestown and Waco.

Suggesting that anyone who wishes to understand the Middle East today needs to penetrate the background of modern fundamentalism within the three Semitic religions, the author illuminates the part played by Christian Zionists in promoting the return of the Jews to the "promised land" and the resulting formation of the state of Israel, as well as subsequent fundamentalist reactions within both Judaism and Islam. He also follows the birth of the "Christian Right" in 19th-century Britain and its development and growing influence in the United States. Finally, the book examines how religious end-timers confront the four horsemen of the 21st-century apocalypse: world population increase, depletion of natural resources, advanced weaponry, and global warming.

 

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Contents

Fighting the Dragon of Chaos Beginnings
1
Davids Righteous Branch The Jewish EndTime
9
The Secret of the Kingdom The Christian EndTime
25
The Book Shall Be Laid Down The Islamic EndTime
43
The Day of Antichrist Approaches Europe before 1346
61
Do Not Let Your Sword Cool Plague and Reformation
81
Everything That Is Hidden Is Found Mystics and Explorers
99
Before the End of the World Come A Messianic Century
111
In the Hands of an Angry God EndTimers in Conflict
133
When the Master Comes Messiah and Mahdi
151
No Other Goal than Palestine Zionists and Politicians
165
Signs of the Times ATroubled World
181
Notes
207
Select Bibliography
227
Index
243
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Martin Ballard is author of Praeger's White Men's God: The Extraordinary Story of Missionaries in Africa and other books on religion and history. He is also a novelist.

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