Friday, 31 August 2012

Book Review: Epicenter



Genre: Religion & Spirituality   
Author: Joel C. Rosenberg   
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars  

Joel C. Rosenberg made quite a splash with his 'ripped from the headlines' first two books, The Last Jihad and The Last Days. Rosenberg's first book was written nine months before the 9/11 attacks (although not published until 2002). His second book was as equally prophetic with world events mirroring his fiction. All this naturally got people talking. Who was Rosenberg? What did he know? Why were his books mirroring world events so closely?

Rosenberg does not claim to be a prophet although he admits to being an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish background. His works of fiction are merely that - fiction although they are premised on the prophecies of the Old Testament book of Ezekiel. It is these prophecies that Rosenberg and many Bible scholars and conservative theologians see coming to fruition before our very eyes.

Epicenter is Rosenberg's non-fiction account of world events in the light of the prophecies of Ezekiel, Danial, and Jeremiah. These prophecies point to the rise of Iran as a threat to regional and world peace and it's eventual destruction, an end-time alliance between Russia and Iran (and we see more and more evidence of this each day), the collapse and rise of the Russian nation and its eventual destruction. All of these Biblical prophecies are woven around events that we can see happening in our world each and every time we turn on our televisions. These are not nebulous prophecies where anything can be read into them but exact accounts of what we see happening today.

Well, of course, all that is huge, "Hmmmmm."  No thinking person with an open mind can deny that ancient prophecies written thousands of years ago appear to be coming true before our very eyes. What's up with that?

Amazon says: 

"In his first groundbreaking nonfiction book, now with updated content, New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg takes readers on an unforgettable journey through prophecy and current events into the future of Iraq after Saddam, Russia after Communism, Israel after Arafat, and Christianity after radical Islam. You won't want to miss Joel's exclusive interviews with Israeli, Palestinian, and Russian leaders, along with previously classified CIA and White House documents. New content includes the most up-to-date information since the hardcover release in 2006, a new poll about American attitudes toward the Middle East and prophecy, and transcripts of interviews conducted during the interview process for the Epicenter DVD-video."

Inside the front flap says: 

From the author who predicted 'a kamikaze attack on the U.S.' a war with Saddam, the death of Yasser Arafat and Iran's nuclear threat against Israel come 10 new predictions that will change your world. Epicenter gives you the headlines before they happen. Epicenter explains what is happening in the Middle East and how it will impact you. Epicenter provides inside information found nowhere else, including: Exclusive interviews with top political, military, intelligence, business, and religious leaders in Israel, Iran, Iraq and Russia; Previously classified documents from the CIA, Pentagon, and White House; An exclusive poll of American attitudes towards biblical prophecy, Israel, and current events. Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option and The Copper Scroll, with more than one million copies in print. Joel is a writer and communications strategist who has worked for some of the world's most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Israeli deputy prime minister Natan Sharansky. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called him a 'force in the capital.' A former political columnist for World magazine, he has been interviewed on over 300 radio and TV programs, including ABC's Nightline, CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh Show, and The Sean Hannity Show.

(Originally posted to Multiply December 29, 2008)

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