I enjoyed a coffee in the King David Hotel, Jerusalem, with author Joel C. Rosenberg. He told me he does not see himself as a prophet just someone who seeks wisdom in the Word. Believe me, his story is remarkable.
Joel had been a researcher for US radio giant Rush Limbaugh. He also was speechwriter for Steve Forbes in two US presidential campaigns. He worked for Benjamin Netanyahu. Forbes and Netanyahu both lost those particular elections with Rosenberg on their team and he decided it was time to try another career.
Writing books was a long-shot for him but with his keen interest in world events, he simply thought about what would happen if we were living in the events described by Ezekiel 37-39 today. What followed is startling. The media in America call him ‘a modern day Nostradamus,’ His political thrillers all have story-lines that came true, after publication!
‘The Last Jihad’ published 9 months before 9/11 begins with the hijacking of an airplane and a kamikaze type attack on an American city. It was published four months before the actual Iraq war began but that was part of the storyline too.
Book sales soared and Joel was asked where he got his ‘inside information.’ Next he wrote ‘The Last Days.’ Eerily this story predicted the death of Yasser Arafat and the story describes Hamas gaining power in the Palestinian territories. Both events happened soon after publication.
In his third effort, ‘The Ezekiel Option’ he described Iran developing nuclear weapons and a dictator gaining power in Russia.
‘The Copper Scroll’ continued the theme. His website says, “On June 1, 1956, the New York Times broke a story that captured the imagination of the world. Another Dead Sea Scroll had been found, unlike any before it, describing unimaginable treasures buried in the hills east of Jerusalem, and under the Holy City itself. In the years that followed, some scholars came to believe the Copper Scroll could be history’s greatest treasure map, one that could lead to the discovery of the Second Temple treasures and the building of the Third Jewish Temple.”
Finally in that series of books came “Dead Heat.” In this story the stage is set for war. Oil prices are surging to record highs. North Korea prepares to strike south. Israel considers completing the Third Temple and the US President nears the end of his second term.
Rosenberg also wrote ‘Epicenter’ and ‘Inside the Revolution’ valuable non-fiction insights in book and DVD format. (See www.joelrosenberg.com)
The accuracy of his writing opens an obvious enquiry. Are the biblical prophecies we have read for years, worthy of serious study today?
I am challenged by the biblical statement, “Do not despise prophecies.” (1 Thess 5:20)
The Lord has declared His love and loyalty to Israel and the Jewish people over and over again. “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:15-16)
That verse hardly indicates the Lord is about to turn His back on the very people He chose?
The Lord identified Israel as His firstborn son? “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Israel is My son, My firstborn.” (Exodus 4:22)
Sandra Teplinsky in her book ‘Why Care about Israel?” told this story: “A friend of mine was praying about the Jewish people one day when the Lord flashed a memorable picture across her mind, reminiscent of the famous parable of the Prodigal Son. She saw a large house with a ranch-style verandah built on a lovely, estate-sized parcel of property. Inside the house a festive party was in full swing. But the father of the family was not celebrating. He stood alone on the veranda, his eyes fixed far on the horizon, waiting for the return of a long lost son. He did not object to the party; occasionally he popped in and smiled at the bubbly crowd that remained oblivious to the son’s absence. But the master of the house simply could or would not join in the festivities until his beloved boy came home.
“The interpretation? My friend knew instantly that the father represented the Father; and the house, His Church. The long lost son whose return He awaited with long-suffering was the prodigal Jewish nation.” (‘Why Care about Israel?” by Sandra Teplinsky, Chosen, Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Do we see the Father looking out for His chosen? He told us ‘all Israel’ would be saved when we reached the end of the age of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24).
He obviously has a plan for His Church and for Israel and although at times we have all failed, praise God He never gives up on us, or His promises.
God clearly announced His people were holy, ‘a special treasure.’ “For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.” (Deut. 14: 2)
He will bring them back.
“Now therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city of which you say, ‘It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.” (Jer. 32:36-37)
God has determined a special day for Israel. One of His most frequent names in the Bible is “the Lord, God of Israel.” Do you see Him failing?
These are scriptures that merit the Joel C. Rosenberg treatment. What would happen if they were fulfilled now? How would they appear?
Some in the Church fail to see the fulfilment