FAITH NEWS SERVICE – The study of end times might not be for every Christian, but as the book of Revelation tells us, the man who understands this book shall be blessed.
Marc Wheway is one Christian who has developed a serious interest in eschatology. Raised in a traditional Assemblies of God Church from age five, he was exposed to Tim Lahaye’s Left Behind series while attending youth group in the nineteen-eighties. The production both interested him immensely and at the same time, scared him to death. From that time onwards, he was hooked on eschatology.
Marc says that the study of end times helps him to stay awake as a Christian, aware that Jesus could return at any time.
“Regardless of my life concerning Christ, or the circumstances in general, I have never lost sight of the fact that Jesus could come for His church at any moment,” he said. “I also had a strong conviction that I would play a part in the “things to come”.
“Thirty-plus years later, I have not come across anything that has had the same impact as Tim Lahaye’s Left Behind series. Although I have read many books on the subject and have watched just about every teaching series and movie I could get my hands on, still, nothing has come close.”
With many Christian leaders not having a strong interest in the subject, and thus have limited knowledge on the end times, there are not many resources available, and often, what is available falls well short of the truth. According to Marc, many writings and those teaching on the subject lack the theological framework, and historical familiarity, to accurately piece together the puzzle.
“Consequently, erroneous claims populate Christian literature, popularising preterist, or partial-preterist theology, while stating that pre-millennial dispensational theology was birthed in the 1800s and introduced by John Darby,” he stated. “Ephraem of Nisibis’s (306-373 A.D.) sermon, titled “On the Last Times, the Antichrist, and the End of the World” is perhaps one of the strongest pieces of evidence disputing the Darby claim.
“Pre-tribulation eschatology was the original position held by the early church and is still the majority view amongst evangelical believers, although most holding the view know little about it. The importance of recognising that pre-tribulation theology as the original position equips the Bible scholar to rightly handle God’s word and prepares the student of eschatology for the last days, and the return of Christ.
“The evidence of the last days is seen through the signs of the times that are all around us, especially seen through a great falling away from sound biblical doctrine, more recently replaced by scoffers and progressive Christianity. Other signs include, but are not limited to, global upheaval and increasing efforts to establish world peace and security, moving towards a new world order with a yet-to-be-revealed one-world leader. Additional evidence consists of the corruption of God’s creation through human DNA modification and transhumanism, such as in the days of Noah.”
Marc says that few churches and ministries mention anything about signs of the times and most avoid the subject of eschatology altogether. Only recently, people are waking up and asking questions due to the salient, increasing and escalating signs, which is why he wrote the book Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times.
Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times identifies twenty-four signs from Mathew, Chapter twenty-four (the Olivet Discord), focusing on the events leading into the tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ. Marc says the signs of the times reveal the season of Christ’s return. While no one knows the day and the hour, the season can be known through the linear events listed that are being fulfilled. The end time signs are being fulfilled all around us, and they will continue and even escalate during the tribulation and the great tribulation, concluding with the return of Jesus Christ at the end of the age.
“Again, due to the lack of teaching resources available, general awareness, and amount of Bible prophecy being fulfilled, this is why I wrote the book Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times and other books on the same topic,” Marc continued. “However, my qualification and credibility do not come from writing books but from a doctorate on the topic. As mentioned, there is little material available on the topic of eschatology, which motivated me to help fill the void.
“In my early years, Tim LaHaye significantly influenced my life, steering me into a lifelong pursuit of understanding Bible prophecy. When seeking formal training on the subject, Chuck Missler was the next major influencer, leading me to Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary, offering post-graduate studies in Bible prophecy.
“After five years of rigorous study, in 2014 I graduated with a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies, majoring in eschatology. Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times is a continuation of my research, being my fourth published book. Twenty-Four Signs of the End Times follows Daniel’s Divulgement (2021), The Revelation, Proclaimed and Explained (2021), and The Revelation, The Revival (2015).”
In addition to studying Bible prophecy and writing books, Marc is the founder and overseer of Kingdom Seekers. Kingdom Seekers was founded in 2008 as a ministry focused on the signs of the times, leading to the return of the coming King, Jesus Christ. Kingdom Seekers Fellowship began in 2018, meeting every Sunday, majoring on preparing the church for the rapture.”
Marc’s books are all now available globally and will help steer any Christian interested in end times in the right direction.