Jerusalem In Prophecy: God’s State For The Final Drama, by Randall Price
In all fairness, when I pondered about whether to read this book or not I thought I was going to be able to tear into this book rather fiercely. There are some books that one reads expecting not to like, in this case because its prophetic focus seemed more than a little bit overwrought, and one is pleasantly surprised at how one finds the books to be after one has started reading. So it was with me regarding this book, one of many that deals with prophecy that I have read over the course of years . That is not to say that I agree with everything in this book–clearly that is not the case–but rather that I saw this book as a legitimate work on prophecy whose speculation was not outrageous in nature and which had a thoughtful view on Israel and Jerusalem in particular. The fact that the author approaches prophecy from a premillennial perspective makes this a much easir book to appreciate as well on that level, as the author makes some pointed critiques about the correlation between replacement theology and other eschatological worldviews. If you are a postmillennialist or an amillennialist, you will likely find this book far less enjoyable than I did.
In terms of its content and structure, the author divides his look into the place of Jerusalem in prophecy into several parts. The first part is called “The Days of Discovery,” and it looks at the relevance of prophecy and the centrality of Jerusalem within God’s perspective as well as worldwide attention. The second part of the book looks at the period of darkness for Jerusalem promised in prophecy, and is fairly short. The third part, a lengthy one, looks at the deliverance of Jerusalem through the return of Jesus Christ and also looks at the New Jerusalem above. The fourth part of the book consists of one chapter on getting ready for God’s reign. After that there is a chronology of Jerusalem in history and prophecy and a lengthy glossary of terms, along with the usual notes and indices. Altogether the book is around 400 pages or so in length, although the book reads fairly fast for a book of its size, and so it is not as difficult to read as may appear to be the case from the outside.
As far as how this book may be appreciated, the author is a very strong Zionist. As someone who has visited Israel (and Jerusalem in particular) and who is generally favorable to Israel, I did not find the author’s point of view to be too strident as it was close to my own. Those who are pro-Palestinian or anti-Semitic will not enjoy this book’s approach very much. The author makes comments about authors who populate their writing with prophetic charts and then does the same thing himself–although he does not set dates, he does include a great many charts that include speculation concerning various prophetic matters, including the length of the tribulation. Some readers will be tolerant to the author for these lapses in self-awareness, and some readers will be far less sympathetic. More than most books, this is a book whose worth will be strongly dependent on what you bring to the table in terms of your own view–as a pro-Israel premillennialist who is hostile to replacement theology, I found a great deal to appreciate here. Those with different perspectives will likely find this book to be far less enjoyable. Consider yourself duly informed and choose whether or not to read this book or to consider this review as a recommendation accordingly.
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