Book Review: Clash Of Kingdoms

Clash Of Kingdoms:  What The Bible Says About Russia, Isis, Iran, and the End Times, by Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/Thomas Nelson.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

This book tries to have the best of two worlds.  On the one hand, this immensely short (barely over 100 pages) volume seeks to profit from widespread concern about international affairs and prophecy [1] centered around Jerusalem, Israel, and the Middle East within mainstream Christianity.  On the other hand, the authors want to avoid leaving themselves open to accusations that they are profiting off of fear and are foolishly engaged in setting dates about end time prophecy.  To their credit, the authors of this book are seriously trying to encourage readers to have faith in God as the master of history and prophecy, rather than to live in fear over the apocalyptic moods that can result from watching and reading too much news in our contemporary world.  I do not feel that the authors manage to entirely avoid giving in to the temptation to profit off of the fear that many people have about the contemporary world situation, but they certainly deserve a great deal of credit for recognizing the need to place prophetic speculation within a larger framework of divine providence.

The contents of this immensely short book, barely longer than pamphlet size, are extremely straightforward.  The authors divide their material into eight chapters after beginning with a foreword and an introduction to look around and be wise.  The chapters deal with the problem of nations being divided into those who like Israel and those who do not, and then move on to look at Russia, what happens after ISIS, the rise of Iran, the destabilization of Europe, the central position of Israel, the rise of Babylon, and the need for readers to have faith and not fear after having read a particularly unpleasant set of speculations.  It is pretty safe to say that things will not turn out exactly as the authors claim, and somewhat mystifying why this short book required two writers when a fluent writer with a modicum of knowledge about the headlines and Bible prophecy could likely have knocked this book out in a week or two of writing.  One would think that two writers would only get in each other’s way unless they divvied up the material to make it even shorter of a writing process.

This is not a bad book, but the book has less information about end-time prophecy than someone like me is used to.  It is more notable what is not said than what is said.  On the positive side of the ledger, the authors manage to avoid making speculations although their writing is clearly meant to pump up a belief that end times are upon us.  Equally notably, while the authors have a fair amount to say against Obama’s approach to Israel, they have nothing at all to say about Trump or his own foreign policy, which has included more positive feelings towards Russia than the authors possess.  On the negative side of the ledger, the authors appear not to be aware of the larger relevance of God’s promise to Abraham that He would be for those who were for His descendants of promise (the children of Jacob) and against those who were against them. By focusing so much attention on Israel and surrounding areas, the authors make large areas of the world (including the main audience of the book, namely the United States) largely peripheral to the entire discussion of end-time prophecy, which is a puzzling choice.

[1] See, for example:

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