Reading these books, written by a messianic Jew, has opened my eyes to points of view, some of which I've stated on here in the past, that I cannot turn away from. I look at them from the point of view of a Christian warrior and a patriot for this country. Some of the things I see in the tea leaves, so to speak, are stark and scary. Some are beautiful beyond belief. I want to put an excerpt from the Authors notes taken from the last book in the series called "Dead Heat".
This, in some ways, was my favorite part of the entire book. It very clearly shows how intelligent and observant this man is in relation to world events and biblical prophecy. After reading/listening to this series, which is head and shoulders better than the Left Behind series for believability and biblical accuracy, I am forced to ask the same questions that Joel posited above.
"I am not a clairvoyant, a psychic, or a modern day Nostradamus, as some have suggested. I am simply a story teller. Dead Heat is the fifth and final novel in the series that began with The Last Jihad. And like the other four it is based on a series of very real and increasingly serious geopolitical threats facing the United States and our allies today. As well as on a series of very real and deeply sobering prophecies written in the pages of the Bible, centuries ago. So far as such geopolitical threats are concerned, it is not my contention that we are necessarily destined to see such horrors come to pass. Hopefully, our nation's political, military, intelligence, and law enforcement leaders will have the necessary wisdom, courage, and sense of urgency to counter and neutralize these threats, and many others like them, in time.
If we, and they, understand the magnitude of the Evils gathering against us, we could very well avoid the cataclysms that some experts now believe are no longer a matter of if, but when. So far as the prophecies are concerned however, let me be clear. The world is destined to see such horrors come to pass. When? I cannot say. How will such events play out? One can only speculate. I have no doubt it will happen, as the Bible predicts, and they certainly could happen in our lifetime. Only the Lord, himself, knows. That said, it is worth noting that of the one thousand or so prophecies found in the pages of the bible, more than five hundred have already come true. Indeed, a number of startling End Times prophecies have come to pass over the course of the last century. Including the rebirth of the state of Israel, large numbers of Jews returning to the Holy Land after centuries of exile, Jews rebuilding the ancient ruins of Israel and making the deserts bloom, and Israel creating "an exceedingly great army".
All of this begs the question: Since some dramatic Last Days prophecies have come true in our lifetime, isn't it remotely possible that more such prophecies could happen in our lifetime, as well? One of my fictional characters in Dr. Mordecai put it this way in The Ezekiel Option, describing bible prophecy as "an intercept from the mind of God". The scriptures tell us that God, in his sovereignty has chosen to give us advance intelligence of some future geopolitical events, that will shake our world and shape our future, so we are not caught off guard. So we can get ready. So we can help others get ready. As the Hebrew prophet Amos once wrote, "Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless he reveals his secret counsel to his servants, the Prophets. Amos 3:7.
Which brings me back to my first point. Though something is coming, I pray we are spared the events portrayed in Dead Heat. I did not write this book to predict exactly how such end time prophecies will come to pass. I wrote it to ask, "What if?" What if the political debates that so obsess and divide us prove, one day, to be trivial pursuits, distracting us from the most important and pressing issues of our time? What if, in the midst of Presidential campaign seasons that invariably consume so much of our nation's time, talent, and treasure, we find ourselves, one day, blindsided by gathering Evils we either do not see, or fail to fully appreciate? What if the great fortunes we are trying to amass do not protect us from the weapons being formed against us? And what if, in our never ending national hunt for power, prosperity, and celebrity, we somehow gain the whole world, but forfeit our souls? A new Evil is rising. I feel it. Let us awaken, before it's too late." -Joel C. Rosenberg, Nov. 2007, Washington, D.C
Have we, as Christians, lost the forest for the trees? Have we forgotten what we are fighting for? What the end result is to be for us and our families and (hopefully) friends? I have written about the Magog war and have discussed other possibilities for how prophecy is going to be fulfilled, and now I want to open a discussion with you, my new family and friends about this topic. I want to know your thoughts on the prophecies that have come about and those that seem to be on the brink.