For the most part, I thought because of the presentation of the book and because of the year the book was published (2010) that this was going to be a good book to have. How wrong was I! Maybe I shouldn't have judged this book by it's cover_ Anyway, the book fails to interrupter the end time prophecies, simply because the author JUST DOES NOT READ THE VERSES OF THE BIBLE but follows the erroneous belief in that Rome is the anti-christ beast empire. If the author(s) would simply read, they would see that
1) NO OTHER PROPHET IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE USES GEMATRIA SO WHY WOULD A JEWISH CHRISTIAN PROPHET USE IT? It is also believed that "Gematria . . . is something that falls under the category of what is occult and witchcraft, and is taught based on a system of numerology ." Would God use witchcraft to manifest a revelation to one of His prophets? And if John did use Gematria, why would he be calling out NERO as the 666 beast if John clearly stated in the first chapter of Revelation that he was writing a PROPHECY OF WHAT WAS TO SURELY COME THAT HAS NOT YET TAKEN PLACE? It is known that John wrote the book of Revelation in the year of the mid to late 90's AD when NERO WAS ALREADY DEAD! Prophecy is based on future events, PROPHECY IS NOT HISTORY, so why would John call out someone that wasn't even around anymore nor was a threat? Also, in the original Greek text of Revelation 13:18 JOHN NEVER WROTE THE NUMBER(S) "666". John actually writes Ãâ¡ ÃÂ¾ ÃÅ¡ (chi-xi-stigma). Which John could have been trying to ask his readers to figure out what these symbols mean and many know that it can also be translated in the Arabic language for "In the name of alah (with the cross swords of Islam)." HINT, HINT?
2) When interrupting the dream, Daniel says clearly that the feet of king Nebuchadnezzar's statue was mixed clay and iron. So why does everyone always assume that the feet represent Rome when Rome is actually represented as the legs of iron? What about the clay? What kingdom is Daniel really talking about? The Aramaic word Daniel uses for the word "mixed" by the way is "arab". Hint hint?
3) Ezekiel clearly gives the locations of the kingdoms or nations that will rise up against Israel in the last days in Ezekiel chapter 38. NOWHERE DOES EZEKIEL MENTION ROME OR RUSSIA! The book of Ezekiel was written between the years 593-573 BC and the locations of all the descendants of Noah were in certain places during this time. None of the names of the people that Ezekiel writes of were in Russia or Rome between these 25 years. And all of the locations Ezekiel writes that will attack Israel are Islamic locations by the way. Hint hint?
4) the author misses Ezekiel's prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 44 about the Golden Gate in Jerusalem being shut. This prophecy in the Bible again was written between 593BC-573BC and was fulfilled in 810AD and has been shut and sealed up for 1,201 years now (up until 2011)! Oh yeah, and the Muslims were the ones who shut it up by the way to stop Jesus from coming back into the Jerusalem in the last days. However, Psalm 24 is a prophecy that the LORD will speak to those everlasting doors and they will be "lifted" or the Hebrew is "carried away".
5) ROSH IS NOT RUSSIA! The Hebrew word rosh means "chief, head, or captain/top" in which Ezekiel is making mention of Turkey!
6)John says in Revelation 17: 10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. 11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. The kingdom that WAS when John wrote Revelation was Rome, the fifth. The real order of these kingdoms are 1st Egyptian empire, 2nd Assyrian empire, 3rd Babylonian, 4th Medo-Persian, 5th Greek, 6th Rome, the kingdom that WAS NOT YET TO COME IS THE 7th which was the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire and therefore may very well be the 8th! The Ottomans where Islamic by the way, hint hint?
At least they got most of the Messianic prophecies correct, but this book tries too hard to sway you to believe in out dated and foolish interruptions when it comes to eschatology simply because they are close minded and do not read. Hmm, at lease the author tries to explain what some of the creatures may be in Revelation (as man-made vehicles, nice).
If you are looking for good books on eschatological prophecy, get The Islamic Antichrist by Joel Richardson, books by written by Walid Shoebat, Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life by Tass Saada and Unleashing the Beast: The Coming Reign of Terror by a Fanatical Islamic Dictator and his Ten-Nation Coalition by Perry Stone. God bless and KEEP READING THE BIBLE FOR WHAT IT SAYS.
Stephen Miller delivers a difficult topic - biblical prophecy - in an engaging, witty, accessible style. His research is impeccable and the supporting evidence and photos compelling. Rather than arguing for one position over another, he presents the array of interpretations throughout the history of the Church and among respected scholars. This approach invites readers to be informed and to draw their own conclusions. Prophecy is usually a ponderous topic; here it is lightened and brightened by the author's respectful, open-minded, and faithful stance. I recommend it to students of the Bible without reservation. It's a valuable resource.
I have other encyclopedia's of Biblical prophecy but Miller's blows me away. He discusses Nostradamus, the Greek Sybelline oracles, and deals with the ticklish matter of Bible prophecies that did not come true. There are pictures on almost every page and even-handed explanations of the various interpretations of Bible prophecies. There is also an excellent dictionary of terms, and subject index. I plan on using this book as a valuable preaching and teaching resource.
So I ended up winning this book in a Facebook drawing and getting to read it for free, but after reading through it, I would have definitely payed full price for it! Miller is a great writer and attention grabber! He does a great job of covering all the bases and making room for each viable interpretation. End times have always been a tricky subject and one of special avoidance for me due to the cloud of confusion around each interpretation. Miller has definitely cleared it up to the point where I can see each interpretation for what it really is. Also, just learning more about each vision and dream and such really extends the awe and wonder at our great God who really does hold the world in the palm of his hand! He knows what he's doing that's for sure!