Hank Hanegraff’s wrote a book called ”Apocalypse Code” Dr Norman Geisler does a brilliant scholarly book review and rebuttal of Hanegraff’s book that attacks premillennial dispensational theology. Here is just a small sample of Dr Geisler’s summery.
This brings me to my chief concern about The Code-it is based on an allegorical method of interpreting prophetic Scripture that, if applied to other teachings of Scripture, would undermine the salvation essentials of the Christian Faith. Let me illustrate the extent to which The Apocalypse Code goes in allegorizing away the literal truth of Scripture from above cited texts. It transforms -
- The plain meaning of the Bible into a so-called “deeper” meaning
- Literal promises into spiritual ones
- Unconditional promises into conditional ones
- Jewish tribes into Gentiles
- A thousand years into eternity
- A literal resurrection into a spiritual one
- Land Promises for National Israel into spiritual life in Christ
- A literal mark of the Beast into a mere symbol of identity with him
- Physical clouds into mere symbols of judgment
- A literal earthly throne of David into a heavenly reign of Christ
- Two literal witnesses into literary representatives of the Law and Prophets
- Cosmic judgment into the destruction of a small city (Jerusalem)
All of this Hank is fond of calling “Reading the Bible for all it is worth.” Well, for all it is worth, this is not reading the Bible; it is a serious misreading of the Bible. So serious a misreading it is that were it a reading on an essential doctrine of the Bible – like the virgin birth, the sacrificial atonement, the bodily resurrection, or the second coming-it would be a rank heresy!
It is sad that a man who has fought so hard for so long against cults and aberrant teachings has himself succumbed to a method of interpreting the Bible that is not significantly different from those used by the cults which he so vigorously opposes.
Also read what Dr. Thomas Ice says about Hanegraff’s “Apocalypse Code” (pdf file)
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.