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A Second Look At Second Look

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

After nearly a decade of inactivity, I’ve decided to revisit this blog. I hope you will find it useful.

The first topic will be to at last deliver a promised review of Epicenter by Joel C. Rosenberg. This was to be third of a trilogy of reviews of books about, what was in 2009, the immediate future. The first two books were America Alone by Marc Steyn, and Antichrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah, by Joel Richardson. I intend to revisit these books in subsequent posts to examine how well their predictions or warnings have held up in 10 years.

Thematically, this blog remains A Second Look at books, culture, and God-related topics that have some age to them but still hold relevance for today. Naturally, my perspective has changed in ten years, and you may see less about gaming and musicianship than before. What draws my attention more in these times is the imminent approach of both The Last Days of the current Biblical age, and my own last days in this mortal shell.

Antichrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah, by Joel Richardson

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

One thing that makes interpretation of apocalyptic Bible prophecy difficult is the many disparate passages in scripture, so that the task of tying them together into a coherent and comprehensible, end-time narrative is daunting. Authors and teachers who attempt to do this very thing ironically often exacerbate this problem by injecting their own notions, arising from speculation on how the prophecies might play out, or through attempting to impose current political alignments onto prophetic passages. The result is that the body of thought in the Christian world on end-time prophecy is muddled, and Christians inadvertently present an uncertain message to non-Christians.

Occasionally, a work arises that brings clarity rather than confusion to our understanding. Such is the case with the opening chapters of Antichrist: Islam’s Awaited Messiah, where author Joel Richardson compares three principle characters of Islamic eschatology – the Mahdi, the returned prophet Isa (Jesus), and the Islamic antichrist Dijjal – with the three principals of Biblical eschatology – the Antichrist, False Prophet, and Messiah Jesus. Though characterized from opposing perspectives, the parallels between these persons is uncanny and immediately recognizable to anyone who has devoted time to reading and understanding Bible prophecy. (more…)