Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Excellent Books on Prophecy

Books on prophecy are of great interest in view of the current world situation and the many changes in the world in the last decade. Here I review three excellent books on Prophecy – or to be exact on Escatology  - the study of End Times. The Bible has much to say about this so read along in Scripture. I note the copy right date on each of these since the world is changing fast and I’m presenting them in order of date published.

Prophecy 20/20
by Dr.Chuck Missler

This book is chock full of information on many subjects. Missler ties them all together – or at least attempts to. He describes the Bible as “an integrated message system…that transcends the insights of the individual contributors.” Anyone who has read and attempted to understand the entire Bible would agree with this and with Missler’s assertion that the Bible originated outside of time since history is written in the Bible before it happens.

Another main point is the fact that even scientists today recognize that the physical universe has four dimensions – not just three. The fourth dimension is time. The scientific information interested me though some of it was difficult to comprehend.

There is much history, biblical prophecy, and description of various end time events and a great deal of very scary information about where we are now. He covers current weapons of mass destruction, biotechnology and diseases, the recurring conflict over Jerusalem, the rise of Islam, and the thrust toward one world government – and more.

The book is excellent in many respects though I have several criticisms. The chapters do not flow or tie together well. I also wish he had included an index. Finally, his ending is lame. He demonstrates throughout the book that the signs suggest we are nearing end times. In the final chapter (five pages long) he says 1. Don’t believe me, do your own research. 2. Find out in alternative media what’s going on. And the ultimate issue is the identity of Jesus Christ. I wanted more. Missler offers no thoughts about what the church must do to prepare for the end times. Copyright 2006

By Joel Rosenberg

Implosion is a very timely book and well worth reading. It asks the question, can America recover from its economic and spiritual challenges in time? Rosenberg writes in the context of Christian prophecy and beliefs. Some of his books have been prophetic – coming out just before major events related to his topic. He has done it again with this book - dealing with the financial and moral crisis currently facing us.

Rosenberg describes the pessimists view, the optimists view and the biblical view of our current national plight. I was sobered by this part which gives many facts and figures about how deeply in debt and how deeply decadent our culture has become. He also vividly describes his biblical understanding of the Rapture.

Then Rosenberg gives a detailed, informative history about the First and Second Great Awakening. I learned that even in the 1700’s Christians were plagued with apathy! Rosenberg’s rich descriptions of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield and John and Charles Wesley demonstrate how their influence sparked revival. Similarly, in the chapter on the Second Great Awakening we read about Francis Asbury, Timothy Dwight and Charles Finney and their impact in igniting revival.

Rosenberg then asks the question: “Will God in his grace and mercy decide to allow the American people to experience a Third Great Awakening?” He believes our country will implode unless this happens. He challenges all Christians to get serious about their faith, offering specifics about how to pray for revival, share the Gospel with others, and disciple new believers. He says we need a national U-turn from our current path as a nation.

Rosenberg gives positive suggestions for all Christians to get serious and pray for revival in this country. This is an excellent book to guide us in what we can and must do as Christians. Only God can bring another Great Awakening. Our prayers, repentance and efforts to obey God may not be successful, but without this we will face “utter disaster.” Copyright 2012

Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change
By John Hagee

 I was intrigued by the subject of this book after reading a number of other
books on end times prophecy and reading many of the Left Behind books. I knew little about the four blood moons. Much of the book recounts the biblical prophecy about the second coming of Jesus. Hagee lists many scriptures about watching the heavens for signs and suggests that the heavens are God’s billboard.

The last third of the book gives details about the blood moons. When the moon is in a total lunar eclipse it looks red and is thus called a blood moon. A Tetrad is four total lunar eclipses occurring consecutively and including a total solar eclipse within the series. These are rare and have occurred only three times in the last 500 years – each on dates significant in Jewish history. The book describes each of these three giving evidence of God’s protection of Israel. The fourth Tetrad and solar eclipse will happen in 2014 and 2015 each falling on a Jewish holy day. He cites reasons to suggest the time of the Rapture may be near and urges Christians to watch for the signs.  Copyright 2013

Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

Blessings, Dottie

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