I recently finished reading "What in the World is Going On? 10 Prophetic Clues You Can't Afford to Ignore" by Dr. David Jeremiah.
I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book is very reminiscent of Joel C. Rosenberg's writing, and covers much of the same ground. But, this book takes a more simple and direct approach, aiming to clearly explain the current point in history in a way that anyone and everyone can understand it, almost like a bulleted list being checked off. It's loaded with quotes and citations, but Jeremiah wraps it all together into a cohesive package that reads easily and follows a clear progression.
In short, his ten 'clues' are:
1. why is Israel so important
2. why is oil so important
3. how modern Europe is fulfilling prophecies about ancient Rome
4. how Islamic terrorism figures into all this
5. the rapture - what it means, how it might play out, and when it might occur
6. America's role in end-times prophecy
7. when the world is ruled by one man - what happens after the rapture
8. the new axis of evil
9. the battle of Armageddon - what leads up to it, where will it be, how it will play out
10. the final end
If you're not of the Christian persuasion, I still encourage you to take a look at this level-headed interpretation of the Bible's roadmap of the end times. If nothing else, it might give you some things to think about.
If you are a Christian, this is an absolute must-read. There is no way to know for certain when the so-called 'last days' will be, so our only course is to look at the numerous signs the Bible speaks of; as more and more of them fall into place, we can know with greater and greater certainty that they are fast approaching. As I've mentioned before, there are a scary number of these signs that have fallen into place in recent times, including the state of Israel being established, the resurgence of Russia, an alliance between Russia and Iran, and increased anti-Semitism all over the world. Many more are discussed in the book.
This book is an easy and fast read, communicating a lot of big concepts in very understandable fashion. It is filled with facts, educated guesses, and inspiration. I'm sure some Christians will disagree with parts of the theology Jeremiah applies at times, too, but I would challenge each of you to broaden your horizons and give it a shot. It's something worth considering, no matter who you are because no matter your views, the events described in the Bible (and explained here) will affect every man, woman, and child in the world. I'd love to hear your thoughts, too - please drop me a comment.
At minimum, if you're reading this blog, you're probably someone who is paying attention to the world around you, and that means you're probably wondering what in the world is going on. This book gives you some answers.