What in the World is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah, is a book that ties current, world wide events to the prophecies of the bible. Right from the preface, Dr. Jeremiah acknowledges that the bible is "absolutely dependable". This is something that every bible believing Christian would agree with. Furthermore, he goes on to explain the importance of prophecy by the statement that "fulfilling prophecy is one of God's calling cards". Nevertheless, he does not take this view to the extreme as some cults do which advice their members to give up all worldy ties and obligations as they wait for the impending end of the world. Nor does he make predictions with specific dates either. Dr. Jeremaih simply admonishes each and everyone of us to wait, with faith and hope, regardless of whether we are a CEO or a salescler, "it is vital that easch of us takes our God-given tasks seriously" (Page 45), as we wait with patience on the Lord's timing.
A big strength of this book, is the background it provides concerning current as well as historical world events. The political significance of oil is adressed. But how and if this ties into biblical prophecy is still a matter that can be debated. Nevertheless, as Christians, we are not to be ignorant of the world around us. It is our duty to maintain awareness of what is going on around us. This book was very educational regarding the real and present threat of Islam. A mini-history is provided about the religion of Islam, and the true origin of its false god, Allah. The concepts of the Jhihad, and the subtle but dangerous doctrine of "fatah" is explained as well. The motives and intent of the Islamic nations to use our tolerance against us to further the growth and domination of Islam is often not even considered to be a threat by many Westerners.
The reader must be aware that Dr. Jeremiah reads into biblical prophecy from the "pre-tribulation" rapture point of view. There are in fact various views of the tribulation/ second coming events of the bible, held by bible reading Christians. The specific timing and order of these events are to be considered in the context of what they are: secondary issues- and not major doctrines concerning faith and salvation. Not all Christians hold a pre-tribulation rapture point of view, and therefore will differ on their ideas of what will happen in the events of the end of the world. I welcome Dr. Jeremiah's views on prophecy and end of the world events. Nevertheless, each must be convinced in his or her own mind that it stands up to the test of scripture. Just as the early Christians did, we too must hold up what we learn against the scriptures to make sure it is in fact consistent with the bible.
I believe this timely book should be required reading for the secular audience as well as those familiar with the bible even if only to learn more information on the dangers of Islam and current worldwide events. Complacency alone may lead to the downfall of our nation. As he stated in the book, all we need to do is look to the signs of the times, as with the changes of the seasons, to understand the time of the end, draws closer. As for the specific details, Dr. Jeremiah deserves some consideration. But, in the end, first and formost, is to maintain a spirit of faith and humility and trust in God. As a blogger for booksneeze.com I received a free copy of this book for review. I was not required to make a positive review.