In the ever-shifting climate known as American evangelicalism, we are seeing disturbing trends with regard to authoritative voices in publishing. Cut to the chase: Good, biblical books by wise authors are usually shunted to the side in favor of dreck and drivel pumped out by celebrity leaders who wouldn’t know biblical worldview if it clubbed them with the jawbone of a donkey.
Happily, there still exist great books by great authors, and a big favorite around these parts is Daymond Duck.
Duck, primarily a Bible prophecy expert from Tennessee, combines genteel southern grace with a clear-eyed look at the world past, present and future. His lectures and resources are hugely popular, and his latest, “God Has Spoken (And We Know It)” is delightful in its thoughtful reflections on the God who can be known.
A growing number of people sense something is up, something big is on the horizon. There are too many huge problems for things to continue as they have. There are plenty of opinions about what needs to happen, or even what is coming. With “God Has Spoken,” Duck provides a biblical answer. And he does with “an easy guide to Bible prophecy and world events.”
At the outset, Duck makes a very salient point: “Sadly, many people, including many pastors and longtime church members, actually believe all Bible prophecy is too complicated to be understood. They incorrectly reason that it is a mystery that God never intended for humankind to understand. It never occurs to them that God would have left it out of the Bible, if He didn’t want them to understand it. They also fail to recognize that God put people in the church to teach it, and He even sent the Holy Spirit to help them understand it.”
Duck, after years of teaching Bible prophecy, knows that the people in the pews thirst for this kind of teaching, yet an increasing number of pastors refuse to teach it, for various reasons. One of those reasons is that prophecy is considered to be “complicated.”
Enter Duck and “God Has Spoken.”
The author looks at 10 popular subjects and provides clear and concise explanations.
In Chapter 2, “The Bodily Resurrection,” Duck explains a topic that few understand, but wonder about. He points out that, although some scholars bizarrely claim the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) don’t give a clear teaching on the resurrection, in fact they do: “The only Scriptures that existed when Jesus was raised from the dead are found in the Old Testament. So, I want to begin with the Old Testament, with what many believe is the oldest book in the Bible, the Book of Job. I can’t be dogmatic about this, but I can tell you that there are people who believe that the Book of Job was written before the flood. Some scholars believe that because Job doesn’t mention several major things that are found in the Old Testament – he doesn’t mention Moses or the Exodus or the Ten Commandments. This suggests he probably wrote his book before Moses came along.”
Duck then gives a fascinating explanation of the centrality of resurrection to our worldview.
In Chapter 5, “Israel and Today’s News,” Duck pulls back the curtain on a remarkable promise by the Creator to preserve His people, now re-gathered in their land. Incredibly, Israel is mentioned more than 2,500 times in the Bible.
Duck tells us that God has purposely spotlighted Israel and the Jews, in order to show the inhabitants of Earth his own glory: “Hurting Israel is like sticking your finger in God’s eye. Hurting Israel hurts God. It hurts God because He wants us to know, to believe, and to care about what the Bible says. But hurting Israel shows that people don’t know, or don’t believe, or don’t care what the Bible says about her. Hurting, or attempting to hurt, Israel is also an affront to God, because He said Israel can’t be destroyed.”
Undergirding everything Duck studies and teaches is a desire to reach the individual with the truth that this life is but a brief introduction to our eternity. He wishes for everyone to understand the astonishing implications of predictive prophecy in the Bible. Duck says that pastor indifference, seminary influence and widespread lack of individual Bible study have contributed to widespread ignorance about a third of the Bible, at least. That’s how much space is devoted to prophecy.
God has spoken, and we can know it. Daymond Duck shows you how.