Rooted in history and biblical truth, Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer’s Last Disciple Series (Tyndale House) sets out to use the power of story to communicate the propositions in Hanegraaff’s nonfiction work The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible Really Says About the End-Times and Why It Matters Today (Thomas Nelson).
One of the world’s leading apologists, Hanegraaff originally published The Last Disciple and The Last Sacrifice six years ago with both being re-released to celebrate the final book, The Last Temple. With all the recent hype surrounding failed prophecies regarding Jesus’ return, Hanegraaff feels the timing of the end of this series could not be better. “I think people are ready now more than ever to rethink their eschatological paradigms. The Last Disciple Series helps them to do just that.”
Set during the volatile period of Nero’s reign over the crumbling Roman Empire, the novels revolve around a reluctant hero—a fictional Roman warrior named Gallus Sergius Vitas. “Vitas is a simple and decent man in a position high enough in Roman society to be able to oppose the injustice around him. He lives in a pivotal time; the greatest empire of that time is at the point of sudden and unexpected collapse. As world history shows, the resolute actions of a handful of men and women could and did make a difference in unfolding events. Vitas also reflects each of us and the faith journeys to take us to the cross and beyond.”
Hanegraaff believes The Last Temple is biblically faithful, historically accurate and theologically enlightening and hopes readers are reminded that “The Bible is as relevant to modern readers as it was to the seven historical churches living in the shadow of the Neronian persecution. As Jesus made clear, in this world we will have tribulation; but we, as much as first-century believers, are to take heart because He has overcome the world.”
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2012 issue of FamilyFiction digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!