The economic downturn surprised us. National spending is out of control. Europe is rising in power again. Events in the Middle East seem to be getting worse, not better. What are we to think of it all?
After a tremendous amount of study, Dr. David Jeremiah chose the ten most important prophetic clues from the Bible that we all need to be aware of. As the subtitle of the book says, we cannot afford to ignore them. They are now affecting us and will continue to affect us until Jesus calls His children home or until He returns. In clear detail and a gripping style that makes it hard to put the book down, he explains these clues in terms we can all understand.
I've read a number of books about the End Times. They all speculate about what will happen in the future. What in the World Is Going On? is the first book I've read that includes End Times happenings which are already occurring. The first two chapters explain the importance of Israel, why it is now in the world spotlight, and why Muslims hate her so much. In the next two chapters, Dr. Jeremiah touches on the importance of oil and how it plays into the End Times events. He also speaks on the rise of the European Union and what its role during the End Times will be. The remaining six chapters prepare us for what is yet to come, and he explains how current events are leading to these final six important clues.
On top of it all, however, Dr. Jeremiah continually reminds us that God is in control. The world may seem to be falling apart, but God is bringing about His plan in His way. He has given us clues in His Wordâ€”clues He meant for us to understand when the time is right. Dr. Jeremiah does an excellent job of showing us that the time is right. We need to understand these clues.
"What in the World is Going On?" by Dr. David Jeremiah makes the case that we are living in the Biblically prophesied last days. Providing a scary, no-nonsense commentary on recent world events, this book motivates the reader to shrug-off society's prevailing apathy and evaluate truth vs. falsehood, good vs. evil, and purpose vs. selfish indulgence. Regardless of whether you agree with Jeremiah's conclusions, the reading of this book prompts examination of self and the world we live in.
Strengths: Jeremiah examines world events with stark candor; which is a refreshing change from the prevailing spin of â€˜I'm OK, you're OK' and â€˜world peace'. Also, he included much-needed proposals of a Christian response in light of his heavy conclusions.
Weaknesses: The subtitle is easily misleading, â€˜Ten Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore". Only about half the book addresses â€˜clues' that could be considered evident: Israel, Oil, The European Union, Islamic Terrorism, and the re-emergence of Russian power. The remaining â€˜clues' are more speculative and future-looking: the role of America, the Rapture, the Antichrist, Armageddon, and the return of Jesus Christ.
Bottom Line: Paul admonishes Roman believers to â€˜know the time' and â€˜awake out of sleep', "for our salvation is nearer than when we first believed" (Rom. 13:11). Dr. Jeremiah urges the same for believers today along with these sentiments: "Our trust has never been in governments, civilizations or cultures", "we have always put our trust in the One who stands above institutions, above history, and even above time itself_", "only He is worthy of our allegiance." (pg. 139)
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Between the mystery laden covers are 257 high quality pages of hope, anticipation, suspense and great surprise concerning these times in which we are living.Dr. David Jeremiah simplifies prophecies given in the bible concerning the happenings of these last days, aka the End Times; Exploring the touchy subjects of Islam, oil and Americas role in the End Times happenings. He sheds light on the issue of the Antichrist, and gives the current modern names of places involved in such prophecies as the battle of Armageddon. Although this is not my kind of book, I must say I respect the research done on the presentation, and the detail with which it is presented. I recommend this book as a must-read not just for pastors and Christian leaders, or believers; but for every single person because we all sure need to know the signs, and make proper preparations.This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.