- Changebig changes, dramatic changes, changes that will transform the world as we know it
- Answerswhat the changes are underway in the world's most important countries
- Insightreaders will understand the trajectory of world events by being taken inside the governments of Iran, Iraq, Russia, China, and more
- Accessibilityaimed for a wide audience in both the general and Christian markets
- FaithJoel shares his faith in Jesus Christ and the reliability of Scripture
- Will Iraq go from bad to worse?
- Will Israel and her Arab neighbors find peace, or is another major Middle East war just around the corner?
- If the new, post-Soviet Russia is our friend, why is the Kremlin creating a new class of thermonuclear weapons and building an alliance with radical Islam?
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About the Author
Joel C. Rosenberg is a writer and communications strategist who has worked for some of the world’s most influential and provocative leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A front-page Sunday New York Times profile called Joel a force in the capital. A political columnist for World magazine, he has had his work published by The Wall Street Journal, National Review and Policy Review. He and his wife, Lynn, have three sons and live near Washington, D.C.
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EPICENTER STUDY GUIDE
By JOEL C. ROSENBERG
TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.
Copyright © 2008 Joel C. Rosenberg
All right reserved.
Chapter One PREDICTING THE FUTURE
"It was one thing to write a novel that opened with a kamikaze attack against America that essentially comes to pass. But until that moment, few people had been talking publicly about the possibility of going to war with Iraq. Except me." // EPICENTER, PAGE 4
1. Where were you when you heard the news about Pearl Harbor? Where were you when you heard that John F. Kennedy had been shot? These were common questions asked by previous generations of Americans. One of the defining questions for Americans today is, Where were you on September 11, 2001? What were you doing when you heard the news of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
2. Did the events of that day alter your thinking about national security, the role of the United States on the world stage, and the situation in the Middle East? If so, explain. If you live in a country other than the U.S., how did 9/11 affect you and your perspective? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
3. Is it possible, in your view, for human beings to accurately and consistently predict the future? What about God? Is he able to tell us the future? Why or why not? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
4. Look up the following verses. What is the common message of these passages'Jeremiah 33:3 Daniel 2:20-22 Daniel 2:27-28 Amos 3:7 2 Peter 1:20-21 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
5. Do you believe the prophecies found in the Bible truly foretell future events, particularly specific events in specific epicenter countries? Why or why not? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
6. Read the following Scriptures and note what each one says about God's Word: 2 Samuel 22:31 Psalm 119:16 2 Timothy 3:16 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
7. Based on these Scriptures, what do we know about the credibility of biblical prophecy? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
8. Of some 1,000 prophecies found in the Bible, scholars say that half of them have already come true. The rest deal specifically with events that will happen in history's last days, in the millennial kingdom, and beyond. What are some examples of Bible prophecies that have already come true? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
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Table of Contents
Welcome to the Epicenter v
Introduction: All Eyes on the Epicenter ix
Understanding God's Heart for the Epicenter 1
Predicting the Future 5
The Genesis of Jihad 8
Connecting the Dots 11
Setting the Stage: Part I 15
The Third Lens 20
Future Headline: Israel Discovers Massive Reserves of Oil, Gas 23
Future Headline: Treaties and Truces Leave Israelis More Secure than Ever Before 25
Setting the Stage: Part II 27
Future Headline: A Czar Rises in Russia, Raising Fears of a New Cold War 31
Future Headline: Kremlin Joins "Axis of Evil," Forms Military Alliance with Iran 35
Future Headline: Moscow Extends Military Alliance to Include Arab, Islamic World 38
Using the Third Lens: Part I 41
Future Headline: Global Tensions Soar as Russia Targets Israel 49
Future Headline: New War Erupts in Middle East as Earthquakes, Pandemics Hit Europe, Africa, Asia 52
Future Headline: Iraq Emerges from Chaos as Region's Wealthiest Country 56
Using the Third Lens: Part II 59
Future Headline: Jews Build Third Temple in Jerusalem 66
Future Headline: Muslims Turn to Christ in RecordNumbers 69
Tracking the Tremors 73
Closing Personal Note 81
Prayer Journal 83
Bible Prophecy and Your Spiritual Journey 85
Suggested Reading 91
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Epicenter is a very deep, thought-provoking book. Rosenberg brilliantly portrays the world as it is today, and outlines past events according to biblical scripture. Also, a majority of the book foretells possible future events, following the prophecy of Ezekiel, Chapters 38 and 39. Reading this book is a very eye-opening experience to those who do not know much about the end times and the signs of its coming. Some may refute his theories, due to the controversy of revelation. Either way, most Christian scholars and educators believe there will be a rapture and a second coming of Christ. Rosenberg¿s book is primarily about the signs indicating the coming of the rapture/ tribulation. If he¿s wrong about the signs, who cares- at least we are on guard and believe it will come sometime. Either way, this book is very interesting and moving. Honestly, this book inspires us to be better Christians and live our lives in the name of God. This is a very profound subject, and can¿t be ignored, especially in the world we live in today. I respect Mr. Rosenberg, and thank him for this extraordinary book. I recommend this book to anyone who can handle the heavy content it possesses, and is able to keep things in perspective. Overall, this book is spectacular, and makes for a worthwhile read.
Joel Rosenberg writes good stuff! He studies and knows what he is talking about and as he is from a Jewish background, that makes his insight even better.
I think the Epicenter is not only thought provoking, but presents sound truth, based on the book of truths, the Bible. Even though we cannot know the exact day or hour, it is clearly presented in the scriptures that the Christian should not be caught unaware, because we are children of the day and not the night. In saying that, we are not to get so focused as to forget that we have a work to do until that appointed time. We are to be about our Father's business, telling others of the 'Good News of the Gospel 'Jesus Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, and NO man comes to the Father, except through Him.' I don't expect the unbeliever to comprehend what is going on, because they can't they don't have the Holy Spirit living within. Sinners are dead in their trespasses and sin, and only Christ can bring life to their spirit. Great reading, and I would encourage people to order it through Barnes & Noble Now! 'Lift up your heads O Christians, for your redemption does draw near!' Maranatha
Good stuff...bible prophecy.
Very interesting as it's something I've never read about in any depth. I have a hard time with literal interpretations of the Bible, though the explanations provided here certainly force you to reconsider some previously held assumptions. My only problem is that people have been predicting the end times since the Resurrection and it's yet to happen. That said, this book has some very probable prophecies and this author has been right in the recent past.My major quibble is one of time gap - this book was written in 2006 and several of the major topics discussed in the book (e.g. stability in Iraq) have changed dramatically since the writing. Problem is, they've tended to change in a way that further supports the author's thesis.Basically, it's an interesting, fast read. Worth the time.
Awesome references and positively charged possiblities about Isreal being the center of this conflict. Moved quickly and was very informitive.
Rosenberg explains how his background has poised him to become an expert at interpreting modern day events through the "third lens" of scripture. Rosenberg's fiction books based on Biblical prophecy have plotlines eerily close to real life news events--written long before those events came to pass. Here he explains how he came up with those plots, delving into a detailed description of how he interprets certain prophetic passages from the bible.Heady stuff at times, and Rosenberg does quit a bit of self promotion. Prophecy is always facinating though, who doesn't want to know the future?
I would give this book 5 stars, because it is exceptional, however, it could use updating to include the most current events. It was published in 2006, so perhaps it will be updated in the next year. That would be wonderful, as I’d like to read it again. That criticism aside, Epicenter has a wealth of information concerning prophecy, the Middle East, and the world as a whole. The author is extremely knowledgeable, and his caring and respectful attitude toward all peoples is evident. Epicenter is very well researched, documented and well written. It is also exceedingly readable and interesting. I recommend it to those interested in the future of mankind.
Joel Rosenburg hits the nail on the head in his book the Epicenter I have studied Revelation for years, this book sums it up. If you want to understand more clearly what is happening in the middle east and how it will effect you, pick up this book.
Epicenter takes literature intended for two thousand years ago recdorded in the Bible, and tries to apply it to the events of today. While Holocaust victims have been saying 'never again' since Nazi Germany, we now have a call from Fundamentalist Christians like Rosenburg, for a nuclear Holocaust over Israel. Rather than working for peace as Christians should, they are fanning the flames of war and hatred in books like Epicenter. Playing on peoples fears proves to turn a quick buck for false prophets like Rosenburg and others who exploit the middle east situation to line their pockets, rather than work for the peace that is desperately needed.
I had recently read a book called 'Night' by a halocaust survivor. In the little town of Singlet Transylvania, the Jews of foreign birth were separated and put on trains 'to work in a brickyard'. One of the men escaped and though wounded returned to the village and told fantastic stories of mass murder with only he as a survivor. I found it amazing that no one believed him and instead preferred to believe that things were going to be OK, right up to the point where the Nazi's returned and removed the remaining villagers. Joel Rosenberg, is waving the warning flag today. Sure he may have some of the details wrong but the signs are there. We ignore them at our own peril.
For those of you who may not remember Hal Linsey's Late Great Planet Earth (1970), you could save yourself a few dollars, if you could find that classic dud. Mr. Linsey begins chapter one of his book with a quote from Demosthenes, a prominent Greek statesman and orator. 'We believe Whatever we want to believe'. Amen to that statement, for 36 years ago, Mr. Linsey captivated this country with his view that what was happening in the Middle-East was Biblical Prophecy coming to pass....Many, of this ilk, have been hawking this flawed theological view of prophecy, for decades. History is all neatly laid out, for the Premil, Dispensational crowd. They can boggle your mind, with charts and graphs, and projecting the latest news event into their presentations. Mr. Rosenburg is riding into the limelight, off the coatails of 9-11, with some supposed mind boggling insight he recognized before it happened. Well, I believe the terrorist will soon use Stinger missles to bring down airliners. Does that make me a prophet, or one who simply recognizes the obvious. Using planes as a destructive weapon is sure not an orignal idea, ask the Japanesse, who used planes as missles, in WWII. Look folks, the Middle East does have the potential to blow up into a nasty big war, but who says this would be the end of the world? Mr. Rosenburg uses Ezekiel, chapter 36, 37, and 38 as though he has found the key to understanding world events. Mr. Linsey had this same approach three decades ago. Mr. Rosenburg does not point out that many well known, and respected Biblical theologians do NOT share his views. Its the same ole game, Hal Lindsey played, and here's how it goes. Don't trouble me with facts, and sound thinking, just tickle my ears with half truths, and speculation, and sprinke in just enough Bible, to make me think you know what your talking about........Probably 36 years from now, another Joel Rosenburg will appear, catapulted into the spotlight, by some future event that can be used to tickle the ear. Unfortunately, many will flock to the book stores, and once again prove that you can fool most of the people, most ot the time.
This book was dramatic, true to life, and scary. I found this book very thought provoking and close to scripture as I would expect from this author. Any christian must read this book!!!
This book has been out over 3 years now and we have not seen a nuclear exchange in the middle east or Jesus coming in the clouds to rapture up his elect. It is a repeat of Hal Lindseys "Late Great Planet Earth" written in the 70's and predicting the end of the world which never came.
Jesus himself is quoted as saying to his audience "some of you standing here will not taste death until they see the son of Man coming"(Matt. 16:27,28), and "this generation will not pass away until all these things take place" (Mark 13:26-30) The Bible is a product of man and was written for the people of it's own time. The Book of Ezekial quoted so often was written for the Israelites coming out of captivity in Babylon. As Christians even in a nominal sense we should be working for peace with people of other faiths, not putting out stuff like this that causes division and hatred with Muslims and their faith.