What in the World Is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah

What in the World Is Going On? is a highly interesting book written about the end time prophecies and is written rather well.  This book is probably one of the most simple and easiest to understand, which is often a major hurdle when reading about prophecy.  The book speaks of ten signs that you cannot ignore about future events.  These 10 signs present themselves as 10 chapters within this book as Dr. David Jeremiah focuses on each for a while. The 10 signs are these:

The Israel Connection, The Crude Awakening (a chapter on the current and future oil crises), Modern Europe…Ancient Rome, Islamic Terrorism, Vanished without a trace, Does america have a role in prophecy? , When one man rules the world, The new axis of evil, Arming for Armageddon, and The return of the king.

The first thing that I noticed was that these 10 chapters seem at first to be 10 signs, but as I continued on within those chapters that they were simply different topics as Dr. Jeremiah talked about the progression of end time events.  They were more of a timeline that went through from now until the last chapter, The return of the king.  Obviously the return of the king or Jesus is not a sign of the end times as it has not happenedyet and also is what happens at the end of all of that prophecy.  In fact chapters 5-10 seemed to not be talking about signs of the end times at all but simply a retelling of one interpretation of end time prophecy.

Once I began reading these chapters however I did enjoy the way that the prophecy is described and explained in such a way that is not very hard to understand.  There however lies my second problem with the book.  Dr. David Jeremiah has very accurately portrayed his interpretation of end time events within the later chapters.  He does not, however, explain any kind of other interpretation of the same set of verses.  He fails to acknowledge for the most part that there are other interpretations at all!  Basically if you are a fan of the Left Behind book series and subscribe to that brand of biblical prophecy you will enjoy this book, though you will probably not hear much that wasn’t said first in the Left Behind book series.  This book offers little modern input for the interpretation of the prophecies, and does not accurately portray the contents of the book when it says there are 10 signs.

I say all of that about the book and yet I find myself enjoying what I have read within its pages.  It is an interesting read and certainly well written, but I don’t personally see any reason why this book was written in the way it was.  I would have enjoyed an in depth study into the prophecy that describes events leading up to the second coming and the rapture and such but that is not what this book is.  If you asked me to describe this book to you in one word it would be this: Stale.

If you are someone who has done any kind of reading about end time prophecy I would not recommend this book to you as you would be better off finding your information elsewhere.  The same goes to those who have read all or part of the Left Behind series of books.  However, if you are a newer christian who would simply like an introduction into biblical prophecy then you might enjoy this book.  In fact you might absolutely love it.  But keep in mind that there is a lot more information out there, some of which is more open minded and some is more in depth so keep your eye out for other books on the topic.

Dr. David Jeremiah is the senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, and chancellor of San Diego Christian College. He is also the founder of Turning Point, a ministry committed to providing sound Bible teaching through national radio and television broadcasting. Dr. Jeremiah has authored numerous books, including the best-selling “Captured by Grace,” “Life Wide Open,” “My Heart’s Desire,” and “Sanctuary.”

This book was provided to my by BookSneeze to review.  I was not required to give a positive review and anything I have said is purely my own opinion of this book.

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  1. PRETRIB RAPTURE STEALTH !

    Many evangelicals believe that Christ will “rapture” them to heaven years before the second coming and (most importantly) well BEFORE Antichrist and his “tribulation.” But Acts 2:34, 35 reveal that Jesus is at the Father’s right hand in heaven until He leaves to destroy His earthly foes at the second coming. And Acts 3:21 says that Jesus “must” stay in heaven with the Father “until the times of restitution of all things” which includes, says Scofield, “the restoration of the theocracy under David’s Son” which obviously can’t begin before or during Antichrist’s reign. (“The Rapture Question,” by the long time No. 1 pretrib authority John Walvoord, didn’t dare to even list, in its scripture index, the above verses! They were also too hot for John Darby – the so-called “father of dispensationalism” – to list in the scripture index in his “Letters”!)
    Paul explains the “times and the seasons” (I Thess. 5:1) of the catching up (I Thess. 4:17) as the “day of the Lord” (5:2) which FOLLOWS the posttrib sun/moon darkening (Matt. 24:29; Acts 2:20) WHEN “sudden destruction” (5:3) of the wicked occurs! The “rest” for “all them that believe” is also tied to such destruction in II Thess. 1:6-10! (If the wicked are destroyed before or during the trib, who’d be left alive to serve the Antichrist?) Paul also ties the change-into-immortality “rapture” (I Cor. 15:52) to the end of trib “death” (15:54). (Will death be ended before or during the trib? Of course not! And vs. 54 is also tied to Isa. 25:8 which Scofield views as Israel’s posttrib resurrection!) It’s amazing that the Olivet Discourse contains the “great commission” for the church but not even a hint of a pretrib rapture for the church!
    Many don’t know that before 1830 all Christians had always viewed I Thess. 4’s “catching up” as an integral part of the final second coming to earth. In 1830 this “rapture” was stretched forward and turned into an idolized separate coming of Christ. To further strengthen their novel view, which evangelical scholars overwhelmingly rejected throughout the 1800s, pretrib teachers in the early 1900s began to stretch forward the “day of the Lord” (what Darby and Scofield never dared to do) and hook it up with their already-stretched-forward “rapture.” Many leading evangelical scholars still weren’t convinced of pretrib, so pretrib teachers then began teaching that the “falling away” of II Thess. 2:3 is really a pretrib rapture (the same as saying that the “rapture” in 2:3 must happen before the “rapture” [“gathering”] in 2:1 can happen – the height of desperation!). Google “Walvoord Melts Ice” for more on this.
    Other Google articles on the 183-year-old pretrib rapture view include “X-Raying Margaret,” “Margaret Macdonald’s Rapture Chart,” “Pretrib Rapture’s Missing Lines,” “Edward Irving is Unnerving,” “The Unoriginal John Darby,” “Catholics Did NOT Invent the Rapture,” “The Real Manuel Lacunza,” “Thomas Ice (Bloopers),” “Wily Jeffrey,” “The Rapture Index (Mad Theology),” “America’s Pretrib Rapture Traffickers,” “Roots of (Warlike) Christian Zionism,” “Scholars Weigh My Research,” “Pretrib Hypocrisy,” “Appendix F: Thou Shalt Not Steal,” “Pretrib Rapture Secrecy,” “Deceiving and Being Deceived,” “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty,” “Famous Rapture Watchers,” and “Morgan Edwards’ Rapture View” – most by the author of the bestselling book “The Rapture Plot” (the most accurate and documented book on pretrib rapture history which is obtainable by calling 800.643.4645).

    [Hi Preston. Saw the above web bit. And you may enjoy Googling “Plagiarism in a David Jeremiah Book.]

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