Friday, February 17, 2006

Book Review: The Ezekiel Option by Joel C. Rosenberg

Book ReviewPolitico-turned-Author Joel C. Rosenberg hits the mark solid with his end times series in The Last Jihad, The Last Days, and The Ezekiel Option. Based on the Bibilical prophesy of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, The Ezekiel Option tells a tale that you could find in the headlines of your morning newspaper tomorrow!

"I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD. ... 'Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up, the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD. ... I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay upon them. From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God." -from Ezekiel 38,39 (NIV)

Imagine, if you will, a new revolution in Russia. A revolution that topples the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin, leaving a known terrorist thug at the helm of one of the greatest former super-powers in the world. A terrorist thug who assumes the title of Czar and, while touting peace and using U.S. intervention in Iraq as a precedent, demands that Israel abandon her nuclear program under threat of attack.

The Ezekiel Option follows along those lines, truning Bible prophecy into modern fiction that is so realistic and so possible in today's global climate that you may find yourself wondering whether you're reading a newspaper or a novel. Joel C. Rosenberg crafts a timely tale of international suspense and terror that you won't be able to put down.

If you're like me, you'll finish this book in record time, then pick up the Bible and pour through the prophecy in Ezekiel from which this tale is inspired. The entire series is a must read, from The Last Jihad through The Ezekiel Option. This is truly one of the best books I have read recently. I highly recommend it!


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