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Daniel’s Fourth Kingdom

Fulfilling the Times of the Gentiles

by Melvin L. Hawkins LLC



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/28/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 324
ISBN : 9781664235410
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 324
ISBN : 9781664235403
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 324
ISBN : 9781664235427

About the Book

Although there is broad consensus among Bible prophecy scholars that the times of the gentiles will continue until the return of Jesus Christ, the century-old, traditional interpretation holds that Daniel’s fourth, gentile kingdom (the Roman Empire) ceased to exist in AD 476 in the West at Rome and, therefore, must be “revived” politically in the beginning of the seven-year tribulation period. That prevailing viewpoint is obscuring a clear understanding of the continuing existence of the fourth kingdom as well as its fulfillment in history of important prophecies related to the end times. Peters forewarned about this potential interpretation problem in The Theocratic Kingdom (1884). Daniel’s Fourth Kingdom: (1) establishes that the divided Roman Empire still exists today and explains why that fact matters regarding the season of Christ’s return; (2) respectfully questions the traditional interpretation; (3) exhorts the church to love not the temporal kingdoms of this world but, instead, to embrace her gospel-inspired, Holy Spirit-empowered, love-driven, apolitical, evangelical mission to share the gospel with all nations while expecting the possibly imminent pretribulation rapture; and (4) invites all readers, believers and skeptics alike, to consider the relevance of the Bible concerning world history, current events, and the future.

About the Author

Melvin L. Hawkins (BA, 1974, University of Southern Mississippi; JD, 1977, Louisiana State University Law School) accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior as a child in rural Mississippi. He was valedictorian of his high school class, a college honors program graduate in political science, earned his law degree at age twenty-three, and completed a lengthy legal career in Texas. Melvin is a husband, father, and grandfather; an award-winning Christian writer; a former deacon and elder; a church volunteer; and a Bible prophecy student and teacher who completed a semester-long course on Daniel and Revelation at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston in 1992. In decades of studying eschatology, he could not find a book devoted primarily to the fourth kingdom (or beast) of Daniel 2 and 7. That intrigued him because Daniel describes the fourth kingdom in great detail and was particularly interested in “the meaning of the fourth beast” (Daniel 7:19 NIV). Melvin’s view of Bible prophecy as an enduring message of hope for the church led him to research and write this book.