This easy to read book is in harmony with the Historical School of Prophetic Interpretation, but also offers many new and sometimes startling insights.

“Exciting!” “Couldn’t put it down!” “We love this book and are devouring it!” “I could hardly stop reading it!” “Fresh, easy-to-read style. Compelling stuff!” These are a few of the readers’ reactions to Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History when it first appeared in 2001 and to the newly updated and amplified edition. Since its first release in 2001, accolades for the book have flooded in.

Reviewers, conference presidents, and outstanding scholars like Dr. William H. Shea, Dr. Jack Blanco, and Dr. Hector Ramal have all praised Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History. More than just a delightful read, Christ and Antichrist is thoroughly researched, with more than 1,000 references, garnering wide-spread academic respect. It has been assigned three times for Master of Divinity students at the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Edwin de Kock's forte is Biblical prophecy in the light of history, world literature, and contemporary international affairs. De Kock, though presenting weighty subject matter, has a pleasant and very readable style. But what is new about Christ and Antichrist?

This fascinating book covers an immense span of history from more than two hundred years before King Nebuchadnezzar to the Second Coming. Its historical and literary insights about the Near East and the ancient Mediterranean world are penetrating. For instance, did you know that the poet Hesiod (c. 800 B.C.) wrote about the same four metals that appear in the Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, in the same order? Or that he, too, equated the metals with stages of human society and said of the last that it was an “age of Iron … very vile and will grow steadily worse”? “It seems that when He communicated with the neo-Babylonian king, the Lord used imagery which was already familiar in the ancient Mediterranean world,” says de Kock. Chapter 10 will be of special interest to readers who are fascinated by prophecy. This chapter is devoted to the biography of Christ, the Messiah, as described centuries in advance by Old Testament writers. These prophetic predictions matched the events of Christ’s life so accurately that the mathematical odds against them would fill the world with zeros! But what about the prophecies that were never fulfilled? Or perhaps you’ve wondered why Christians have so often killed Christians. You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History.

About the Author

Edwin de Kock, international lecturer, writer, famous Esperanto poet, and editor, has published in three of the thirteen languages he is acquainted with. His fascination with prophecy and history began in his native South Africa more than fifty years ago and culminated in eleven years of intensive research and reading for this book - as it reflected in more than 1,000 references to hundreds of sources. He has qualifications in theology, literature, education, and speech. In Israel, on Crete, and in Europe, he visited great museums, cathedrals, art galleries, and important sites connected with the contents of this book. He was a professional educator for more than thirty-five years, in South Africa, South Korea, and the United States, especially as a college teacher. He finished this career as a writing professor at the University of Texas, Pan American, from 1996 to 2000.

Endorsements

Thank you for sending me a copy of your very excellent book, Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History. I read it with great interest and think that you have done a tremendous job with the subject. For those who wish to go below the surface of simple Bible studies on prophecy this is a great book. Your grasp of both details and the big picture of correlating history with prophecy is impressive and goes far beyond our standard handbook.

I was very impressed with the way you brought so much Old Testament prophecy on the Messiah into such a compact and concise package as chapter 10. Your emphasis upon Hellenism, Greek language and Greek culture in chapter 8 goes beyond, far beyond what I have seen done in the context of prophecy. We often emphasize the impact of Hellenism upon the Near East but often do not look the other way, to Rome in the West. In Part 4 you have certainly hit the nail on the head by identifying the papacy in prophecy so clearly. Your discussion of the 7 + 3 = 1 0 horns goes far beyond our previous treatment, is excellent and brings out many previously unrecognized details. I liked your development in the stages of the catechism's dealing with the fourth commandment of the Decalog. It has gotten worse from Geiermann to McGuire. I am glad that you found my material on the year-day principle useful in chapter 23.

This is indeed a dividing watershed between Historicists on one hand and Preterists and Futurists on the other hand.
Congratulations on the production of such an excellent book!

William H. Shea, M.D., Ph.D.,
Retired Professor of Old Testament, Andrews University, Berrien Springs. Former Associate Director, Biblical Research Institute.

I have read your book and also its well-done review by Shea in the Ministry magazine. What a monumental task! Having received an M.Th. from Princeton in Church History and having taught it, I was fascinated by your balanced approach. The research that has gone into this book is priceless. I personally gained some very important insights from it. It is an excellent resource to have on hand and also needs to go into the libraries.
Jack J. Blanco,
Th.D, retired Dean of Religion, Southern Adventist University.

Thank you so much for sharing your outstanding book, Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History. Frankly, laity give me books that they have written, and I usually am not impressed with them. Yours is a dramatic exception. It is well researched, well written and very readable. I congratulate you on using your God-given talents in such a fine way. Please know that I gladly recommend your book to anyone who wants to better understand prophecy. Your clear explanations provide outstanding guidance to the Bible student.

Stephen Gifford
President, Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I can now tell you how much I have enjoyed and profited by my completed reading of your Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History. So far as I can determine, this is the most comprehensive and thorough treatment of a very big topic to come along in very many years. Your obvious ease with and expertise in prophecy, history, and literature lend an authoritative ring to this book, which deserves to be known and read with care far and wide. Your research and organization impress me as much as authors like Uriah Smith and Le Roy Edwin Froom. Your appendix on literature and the Bible is absolutely priceless! I just hope this book blesses many, many lives.

Jerry A. Stevens
Editor, ADVENTISTS AFFIRM

Thank you for your Christ and Antichrist in Prophecy and History, which I have greatly enjoyed. It will, I am sure, be very valuable for our church as well as many other churches wanting to know about this theme, which is of such vital importance for the final decision. I especially want to congratulate you on the pleasant language you have used, considering it very important for the reader to enjoy this kind of eschatological reading. Also impressive is the immense quantity of references that clarify the theme and give authority to your writing. Without doubt, I recommend the translation of this work into Spanish, so that others can benefit by it. I sincerely congratulate you on producing such a valuable book and look forward to the volumes that are to follow in the near future.
Dr. Hector E. Ramal
Director, Adventist Theological Faculty, University of Montemorelos, Mexico

It is a good, enriching book, Edwin, and I know that God will bless both of you for this monumental task. I very much enjoyed the extensive merging of history and prophecy. I appreciated the fresh insights on the early Germanic Christians, the early Christians in North Africa, etc.
Heather Tredoux
Director, Voice of Prophecy, South Africa


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Release Date 2013
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