We are witnessing things today that the prophets of Israel longed to see.
God is fulfilling His Word in our generation!
If you want to understand what God is doing in these last days, you must understand what He is doing with Israel. It is here that the Bible’s prophecies regarding the end of the age will all unfold.
Jonathan Bernis, host of the internationally popular television program Jewish Voice With Jonathan Bernis, with this fascinating book unlocks a greater knowledge about the last days. The audiobook explores questions such as:
- What crucial role does Israel play in the last days?
- Why is anti-Semitism on the rise worldwide, and what is at its root?
- What is the seed promise, and why is Satan so angry about it?
- What profound promise did God make to Abraham that applies to you today?
- Israelology 101
Here are many helpful insights into the missing link in your systematic theology. If you don't have a category for Israelology, you are not only doing theology wrong, you are doing the whole Bible thing wrong. If you get a niggling suspicion that Romans, chapters 9-11 actually mean what they say, but you can't quite say what they mean, this book is a tremendously helpful guide. I really enjoyed this production. Well written, narrated superbly! One place I couldn't quite follow him was his interpretation of Jeremiah 33:7-8 "I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. 8 I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me" Instead of seeing these as simultaneous with the second coming and the salvation of All Israel, he places the fulfillment of verse 7 at the rebirth of the modern state of Israel in their unbelief instead of seeing it as intrinsically related to the corporate sinlessness of an all saved surviving Jewish nation born in a day, when the finally look on the One Whom they have pierced and proclaim, blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord! Other than that I can heartily endorse almost every word in this tremendous book. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
- Some good thoughts mixed with some dubious logic
"Unlocking" covers seven main points around the importance of Israel to the end times, and particularly the importance of Messianic Jews. While the author stresses that we cannot know the exact time of when the second coming will be, we can know the signs and the signs point to it being soon.
And on the surface he reasoning of these signs sounds good, but then if you look too hard at them the reasoning starts to crumble. For example, one thing he claims as a good indicator is that "there are more messianic Jews now than in any time period except the first century". Sure, that's because you take any population group and there are more of them now than ever before. That's what happens with the whole world's population has gone from 2B to 7B in 70 years. Of course there is more of any given group. If he had given an increased percentage then it would have been more credible.
There are many instances where claims are made without backing up of data. Or an anecdote told as proof of wider data. And lets not forget that theologians have been sure the signs they see are signs of the end since day dot. Just because we can see signs now doesn't mean they are The Signs.
There is also a presupposition of his particular type of dispensationalism without having done the ground work to explain why. He mentions one other type "supersessionism" and dismisses it without actually engaging in any way. There are other views out there, beyond those two - beyond dispensationalism even, and it would have been good to at least have a little support for his position, a little discussion, rather than assuming it was the basis.
Despite all this there is a good stuff in here. Lots of ideas worth discussing - how Christians should approach groups like ISIS or other terrorists. Or (even if they are Signs) how we should like with an eye towards Jesus' return.
Even if you don't agree with his 7 key points, it can be worth reading to get another view. Reading books outside your own theological position is important, if nothing else to help you check if what you do believe is right.
Narration by Jim Seybert is good. Well paced. Clear and easy to follow. He does well with the occasional Hebrew words. Occasionally a word trips him up (how he says evangelion is a little strange) but overall a great reading.