R.C. Sproul is undoubtedly one of the preeminent evangelical theologians of the current period – pastor of a large church, founder of Ligonier Ministries, author of a myriad of books, and so on and so on. Most of his material is excellent, but …
By the title of this volume one can observe that The Last Days is a redo, in this case revised and updated. I have not read the original version so I have no means of comparison. However, if I had read the original, it is unlikely that I would have taken the time for the second.
If you buy this book in search of a detailed analysis of the end times, you will be disappointed. You will not receive clarity or at least a clear understanding of Sproul’s views concerning future events. This volume is an analysis and criticism of preterism. In fact, Sproul states the purpose of the book in his introduction: “The purpose of this book is to evaluate moderate preterism and its view of eschatology.” There are endless quotes from preterist theologians (particularly James Stuart Russell) and Sproul’s response to them. To be fair, as quoted above, Sproul does warn us concerning the purpose of the volume right from the start in the Introduction.
I fear this volume will have an extremely limited audience. You will only need to purchase The Last Days According to Jesus if you are doing extensive research on the Bible and future events or if you are experiencing sudden attacks of insomnia.
The bottom line: Save your money on this one. But if you must purchase an R.C. Sproul book, get your hands on Knowing Scripture, you will gain valuable knowledge from that one.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by BakerBooks for a fair and honest review.