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Saturday, September 04, 2010
Book Sneeze Review: What In The World Is Going On? By Dr. David Jeremiah
Clearly this book was written to believers in Christ as the subtitle educates the reader regarding 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford To Ignore. Someone without a spiritual foundation in place may be blinded to the prophecy and promises presented (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Dr. David Jeremiah includes the non-believer with a challenge to salvation beginning in Chapter Three and three times thereafter warnings are given to the reader to "get right with God" before it is too late. For the reader who studies the Bible and seeks historical signs of the last days he/she will appreciate the author's weaving of Old and New Testament into the culmination of Prophecy that is Revelations. The author explains in vivid detail with Scripture references throughout.
On page 19, I especially appreciated the explanation of the importance of Israel becoming a Jewish state in 1948. This historical timeline was explained by author Milton B. Lindberg, "Without the existence of the nation of Israel, we would not be able to say with certainty that we are in the last days. That single event, more than any other, is the most prominent sign that we are living in the final moments before the coming of Jesus! The Hebrew People have been called God's timepiece of the ages."
In Chapter One, Dr. Jeremiah answered the questions, "Why is Israel so important? What does all this mean to me?" I quote, "Let's return to the questions we posed at the beginning of this chapter. Why has this tiny nation with a population of less than six million become the geopolitical center of the world? Why is a fledgling country with a total land space hardly larger than New Jersey mentioned in the nightly news more than any other nation except the United States? Or, to sum it up, why is Israel so important? I hope this chapter has helped you answer that question. Israel is important because the fulfillment of God's covenant with its founder, Abraham, greatly affects every one of us. We have shown why it's important for our nation to continue to support and protect Israel. Nations who befriend Israel will be blessed; those that do not will be cursed."
I learned on page 28 & 31 that the US is number one in oil consumption as of 2007. However, the US is 11th in oil reserves. Do the math and you learn why the Middle East is rich in oil and why the US depends on the countries in the Middle East more than we may like to admit. Oil!
Also amazing to learn of OT prophesies and the story of Daniel interpreting King Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the rebirth of the Roman Empire and how Islam came to be. Dr. David Jeremiah is an anointed teacher and this book was not only educational but fascinating as at times it was quite a meal, but then the next chapter he would segue into a slightly different topic though all chapters hammered home the truth that we can see the signs of the times as outlined in Matthew 24:1-31 specifically.
I don't recall hearing both views (pre-trib, post-trib). I clearly enjoyed the details of pre-tribulation, which I personally believe to be the right take on the Rapture. People beware - Fatah is for all followers of Allah and Fatah is coming home to roost in every country!!
I come away with a much better understanding of what the Koran is and who created it, as well as the clear deceptive teachings about Allah - who is clearly not the One, True God of the Bible. Allah was named after a moon god. For when God introduced himself to Moses, He gave His name YHWH-Jehovah.
On page 90 & 91 Hal Lindsey explains, "The doctrine of Satan is that all religions are equally valid, that all paths lead to God, that God is impersonal, unknowable, and it is therefore irrelevant to Him what we call Him or how we worship Him. If Allah and God are one and the same, then wouldn't the worship of the Hindu chief gods, Vishnu and Shiva, also be the worship of Allah and God, only by a different name? Pretty soon, everybody is God....Which is the same as saying that nobody is."
Lastly, I appreciated the Albanian tradition of folding their napkin and realizing that Jesus also did the same in the tomb when he folded his grave clothes. I so enjoyed that story on page 213.
There is so much more I could share about this special work by Dr. David Jeremiah. He has an obvious love for his reader, saved and seeker alike. I find it hard for someone to finish reading this book if they did not truly have an understanding of God, His Word and prophecy. However, Dr. Jeremiah does what he is called to do - teach and preach the Gospel. His repeated calls to salvation reinforced his calling and was not missed by me. The last call of four was on page 117. He must have included that call to salvation to bless the person that perservered....
Buyer beware this book is a meal and then some. However, if eaten in portions and digested slowly, you will be grateful you ate it. Believers need not be confused or fearful for the future. For if you face the future with God, you will know who wins the battle and who is thrown into the Lake of Fire. Dr. David Jeremiah helps us understand and helps us to make the choice whether to be burned or to be blessed. We must choose as we come closer to the return of Christ. We must be prepared to answer the question posed often these days, "What In The World Is Going On?". Dr. Jeremiah equips us to answer this question with Scripture, facts and prophetic explanations. This is a book you may not want to lend to your friend for you will no doubt scribble, highlight and refer back to it often. It is a precious reference book. Buy your friend his/her own book. He/she may need it after the Rapture.
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