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The Last Temple

(The Last Disciple #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Set in the turbulent years just before one of the most horrendous events in Jewish history, The Last Temple concludes the trilogy of The Last Disciple and The Last Sacrifice. Vitas is reunited with his wife and retires to Alexandria, determined to live a quiet, domestic life. But he can't avoid the debts that he owes to the men who saved him, and he becomes a key figure in ...more
Published July 20th 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Lisa Johnson
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Last Temple
Author: Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer
Pages: 326
Year: 2012
Publisher: Tyndale
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
The setting is Caesarea in 67 A.D. as the story begins. The main character, Vitas, is posing as a slave in a Roman official’s household. He has bee
This is the first book I've read about the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD and the only thing that comes close to it was A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. In this novel there is an entire portion of the story devoted to Nero's demise as well as the rebellion in Jerusalem that Rome got involved in. I liked how the author tied it all to the book of Revelation that the apostle John wrote on Patmos. That was an interesting perspective.

It was obvious the book was not the first in a series and it di
John Otte
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Ugh. A kind of silly end to an otherwise enjoyable series. For some reason, the "vision" of the story seemed to narrow to just one character when, in the others books, we saw multiple viewpoints. Seemingly important events took place "off-camera," only to have it revealed each time to, well, not. And the ending just was ridiculous in terms of historical accuracy.

All in all, the series is interesting. Christian fiction needs more "dissenting views." I think it's healthy to have a preterist "End T
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know some of the main characters (other than John and Nero) were real people. The book's afterword, historical notes, etc gave me at least two more books to read. :)
Justin Nichols
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow. Incredible ending to an incredible series!

Historical fiction is no easy task, but Hanegraaff and Brouwer just delivered one of the most well-written, intricate, compelling stories intertwined with true accounts that I've ever read (or watched or heard). I almost want to stick with only these kinds of novels from now on! (I won't hold to that, but this series almost convinced me, lol.)

The Last Temple was an at times beautiful, at times utterly gruesome telling of the Jewish and Roman civil
Maurice Williams
Two earlier books of “The Last Disciple” series were published in 2004 and 2005. Sales had dropped off after the second book was published due to lack of reader interest. It was many years before this third book of this series came out in 2012. I think what happened is the principle author, of “The Left Behind” series, Hank Hanegraaff, got into a public controversy with Tim LaHaye, principle author of the “Left Behind” series based on a futurist understanding of “Revelation” held by Tim LaHaye a ...more
Daniel Coutz
A little disappointed.

I started this series soon after the first book came out. The last disciple drew me in immediately and the last sacrifice was just as great. The was they weaved in and out of characters was great. Unfortunately the final book didn't have the mystery of the first two and stayed on one point of view the whole time. It was nice to finally finish the series and have it resolved but it was not what I hoped it would be all these years.
DJ Fedorka
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical fiction

This was a very well-written trilogy. It kept true to the Bible and other historical documents. Characters were well developed. I enjoyed these books very much.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the other 2.
Andrew Miller
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final installment in The Last Disciple trilogy, The Last Temple continues following Vitas in his quest for vengeance against Rome. The narrative picks up the threads of his story in Caesarea, where his brother has “sold” him into slavery in order to gather information. During his time as a slave, an unfortunate series of circumstances leads to Vitas being crucified. But while he hangs on the cross, he sees Sophia, his wife, passing by in the crowd of onlookers. Wonder of wonders! Could she b ...more
This is the 3rd book ("The Last Temple") in the series, after book 1,"The Last Disciple," and book 2, "The Last Sacrifice." Originally, I had bought this series for my husband as a manly sort of Christian books, but he enjoyed it so much that he wanted me to read it. It's much gorier than my usual reading, but any story that does truth to persecution and war will be gory. The time frame of the series is from Nero's persecution of the Jews up through the destruction of Jerusalem, and particularly ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Roman Legions, Followers of the Christos, The Destruction of the Temple

Hanegraaff, Hank and Sigmund Brouwer. The Last Temple (The Last Disciple Book 3). Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House, 7/20/2012. (PG13-V)

Gallus Sergius Vitas was a renowned general of the Roman army; a former member of the inner circle of Nero, the Roman Emperor. Vitas finds himself in Caesarea posing as his brother Damian’s slave and daily mourning the death of his wife Sophia. Damian convinces Vitas there is no harm in c
Meagan Myhren-bennett
by Hank Hanegraff and Sigmund Brouwer

Before His death the Christos prophesied that the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. But how can this impregnable structure ever fall? But Jewish rebellion continues as the Roman Empire is caught up in the turmoil of Nero's reign.

As the Jews continue in their defiance after Nero's fall, Rome again turns her attention on the chosen nation. Confident that the Temple will never fall before the long awaited Messiah comes, Israel refuses to sub
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Before reading this book, I had heard only two interpretations of the Book of Revelation. The dominate one I heard was the end of the world for us and it hadn't happened and the Left Behind movie(I also heard Catholics don't believe in the Rapture theory so I never thought about that one much). I had also heard that there was a theory that Revelation was about the 2nd fall of the Temple. I didn't know much about that event so I just accepted them as theories and had no idea what I thought and fo ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not my typical fiction.

However, I was really surprised about how well this series and especially this last book handled the Book of Revelation. It was enjoyable and intellectual. Those don't typically go hand-in-hand.

I just loved the (view spoiler), the fictionalized accounts so went well with the scriptures and history.

I am impressed. I'll probably dissect this book later.

The only negative is the obvious negative when reading close, but wh
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice conclusion to the trilogy. Representing a different take on eschatology in fictional format. The other more well known being the dozen or so volume series - the "Left Behind" books by Tim Lahaye. Gives a perspective of the interpretation of Revelation as being intended for 1st century Christians (largely Jewish believers) on their needing to persevere against their persecution by "the Beast", being the Emperor Nero. It takes the fear and mystery out of a book from the Bible that has been gr ...more
Roger Sigmon
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long awaited conclusion to the trilogy really delivers! A page rapid pace page turning historically accurate account of the Jewish war with the Romans. You will come away with a myriad of questions about the book of Revelation as well. The reader will want to study further into Revelation , 1st century history, and Roman/Jewish history in order to explore whether parts of John's prophecy might actually have been fulfilled in the 1st century.

This is a great book for the above reasons or if y
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The Last Temple had a compelling plot, vivid descriptions (the lightening storm stays with me), and likable/dynamic characters. I can't say I enjoyed this read though because I felt that the story's theological perspective promotes empire and some of the underling values expressed deeply offended me. A very well-written story from a theological and values perceptive that is very different from my own.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigmund Brouwer has a gift for revealing just so much at a time to keep the mystery going as it unravels. This was #3 in the series, and I had read the other two some years back, so things were a bit dim, but it was a good story with multiple mysteries. It was a good read and is an answer to the Left Behind series that was so popular some years back.
Sheldon Lehman
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I disagree with the authors' interpretation of Revelations, but it's a well written story and a great end to the series.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kim Holland
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last Temple

This book was action packed a gives an historically accurate picture of what occurred between 1 century Christians and those who would destroy them.
Keith Tolbert
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent conclusion to the trilogy! I especially like how the text of the book of Revelation is woven into the story. Well worth the read!
Aug 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Read the first two years ago and waited a long time for the final installment. Although it was not bad, it wasn't particularly exciting either. Not worth the several years wait.
Charity Murigi
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling read on the struggle intellect poses on belief in Christ, the fall of the temple of Jerusalem and great insight on the workings of the Roman empire. Loved it
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Hank Hanegraaff serves as president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina–based Christian Research Institute International. He is also host of "The Bible Answer Man" radio program, which is broadcast daily across the United States and Canada as well as around the world through the Internet at Widely considered to be one of the world's leading Christian apologists, H ...more

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The Last Disciple (3 books)
  • The Last Disciple
  • The Last Sacrifice