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4.0 out of 5 stars Completes Trilogy of Books on Recent Events
This third book in a recent series may form a trilogy of sorts. The other two recent books ["What in the World is Going On?" and "Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World"] spoke of current events and how to navigate through them as this book does. Essentially this book covers four areas: the coming New World Order, the President of the Order (AntiChrist), the coming...
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Statistics but Flawed Eschatology
It was a pleasant surprise to find this book filled with valuable statistics about economics, politics, and culture in general. David Jeremiah did an excellent of compiling information from diverse sources on the current condition of the United States and the world. The documentation behind this book is immense with almost 30 pages of end notes. Like many Americans, he...
Published on December 8, 2010 by pbcook
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Completes Trilogy of Books on Recent Events,
This review is from: The Coming Economic Armageddon: What Bible Prophecy Warns about the New Global Economy (Hardcover)This third book in a recent series may form a trilogy of sorts. The other two recent books ["What in the World is Going On?" and "Living with Confidence in a Chaotic World"] spoke of current events and how to navigate through them as this book does. Essentially this book covers four areas: the coming New World Order, the President of the Order (AntiChrist), the coming collapse of currency and present financial system, and finally Biblical hope to work through it. Not a book that pursues subjects to an extreme depth, but more of a book that gives the most recent information (and some of it is very helpful and interesting) and when I finished I had a lot to think about and wanted to re-read the book. My understanding is David J. worked exceptionally long researching this book and it shows. Rarely lags. Carries some occasional familiar traditional evangelical endtime theology, but not to the point of interference, only making points. An excellent primer for those new to the subject as well as those wishing current information. David Jeremiah is never lost time when you read or listen to what he has to say.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Coming Economic Armageddon,
This review is from: The Coming Economic Armageddon: What Bible Prophecy Warns about the New Global Economy (Hardcover)Dr. Jeremiah writes from a wealth of research and Biblical knowledge. Although he presents facts not easily found in the traditional media, he does not write to scare but to inform the reader. The economic crisis in this country, in fact in this world, is frightening. It is a subject that I try to leave to those who truly understand the economy and give me tidbits of information that I can handle, or ignore. I was interested in what Dr. Jeremiah had to say because of his scholarly approach to the subject, and because without exception, every book that I have read by Dr. Jeremiah always speaks of hope, something that the economists of today don't seem to have. It is evident that there is unrest and fear in this country for many reasons, but the media would have us believe that the economy is one issue, a difficult issue, better left to the "experts", or to a two minute blurb on the evening news. I don't want to be an expert. I do want to be better informed, and I found that through reading this book, even I could understand some of the issues and know that there is a plan. More importantly, I felt that by having the information presented in this book, I now have a resource to encourage friends and family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Closer to home,
This review is from: The Coming Economic Armageddon: What Bible Prophecy Warns about the New Global Economy (Hardcover)Dr. Jeremiah does a fantastic job of unpacking how Bernie Madoff and other crooks like him set up the Global Economy for an armageddon. It is very sobering to realize the financial mess that we are in, and heart-breaking to realize how we got there. Wait until you learn about the 'Debt Iceberg' that has America crippled. It is unbelievable.
I know from reading the news that this stuff is too real. If there is a positive to come out of all this, I guess I am at least glad that Bible prophecy has spoken on these issues. It is comforting to know that God is ultimately in control.
Here are all the chapters in the book:
1. The Fall of the American Economy
2. The New World Order
3. The New Global Economy
4. From Crisis to Consolidation
5. Satan's CEO
6. The Mark of the Beast
7. Financial Signs of the End Times
8. The Collapse of the Global Financial Market
9. God's Ultimate New World Order
10. Keep Your Head in the Game and Your Hope in God
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Statistics but Flawed Eschatology,
However, like many other authors, he makes a common mistake when he begins interpreting biblical events and future events foretold in Scripture using these headlines. Instead of using the Bible to explain difficult Bible passages concerning eschatology, he uses current events as a framework for explaining the end time events found in the book of Revelations and other places. The result is a theory of eschatology that sounds good after reading the newspaper but is not biblically consistent when compared to passages like `The Wheat and the Tares' of Matthew 13. Many of his eschatological theories take away from the value of the book but it is overall a helpful beginning point for understanding many of the problems we face today in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can This Really Happen To Us?,
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As a boy I remember watching the newsreels about the Second World War and its impact on people in remote places like England, Japan, France and Germany. Although we had rationing and collected waste paper for the war effort we always had our homes, safe and secure from the ravages of war.
Dr. Jeremiah describes in this book a scenario in which that immunity from change no longer exists; people all over the world, including us, will be involved this time in events that will change the face of the globe forever. These events are too big to even imagine and are so far reaching that really nothing can be done to prevent them or even alleviate their impact on our lives.
This book is the story of the end of the world as we know it told from a Biblical, Christian perspective. As a Christian I found it both disturbing and inspiring; I long for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and know that terrible things will have to happen first; it doesn't make the thought of those terrible things any less disturbing to know that they too will come to pass.
Because I have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, I believe I will be removed in an event called "the Rapture of the church" before the most serious events described take place. Dr. Jeremiah points out that this is the next event on God's prophetic calendar and could happen at any time. What the Lord does not tell His church is how bad it will get before the church is removed.
The Lord condemned the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times; this stands as a warning to us today to observe the signs of the times that are being manifested all around us. This book is an effort to describe events today and show how they fit in to the prophetic scenario described in the Bible for the end of the age.
The book points the reader to Christ as the answer. I join Dr. Jeremiah as I too believe there is no safety net that will deliver us out of the troubles that are coming; there is, however, a safety person, the Lord Jesus Christ, that can deliver believers through the events happening now and will deliver them from the judgments to come.
The book is an excellent warning that change is coming and now is the time to prepare! I recommend it to all who have a concern about what they see happening in the world today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Refresher for Some; a Must-Read For Others,
In fact, an astute observer who has never cracked a Bible open--but has merely made an honest effort to inform themselves despite the disinformation from government, media and popular culture--understands that the seed of economic destruction for America was planted long ago. That seed has been nurtured, sometimes by a trickle, and sometimes by great spurts. It has been slowed somewhat a couple times, but never stopped. The harvest is almost upon us.
Dr. Jeremiah, whose radio program I've partially caught from time-to-time, has written a book that repeats the warning about this pending harvest given 2,000 years ago.
The first part of the book presents samplings of evidence, from mostly secular sources, about the bitter pill we will soon be forced to swallow. His research has mined some very enlightening quotes to support his other evidence.I appreciated his courage in calling one particular skunk a skunk: Social Security has been transformed into a compulsory, government-run Ponzi Scheme. Politicians and most talking heads are far too cowardly to ever admit this out loud. But while Dr. Jeremiah explains what a Ponzi Scheme is, citing examples, the informed reader will likely come to the same conclusion about Social Security even before he ties it together in black & white. It's also refreshing that he diverges from the ubiquitous "prosperity preachers" in honestly admitting that inflation in particular, and man-made financial calamities in general, widen the chasm between rich and poor while decimating the middle class. Another nice nugget is his analysis of Joseph's management of the Egyptian economy. Some people use this story in Genesis to imply that government-controlled, centralized (socialist) economies are Biblical, effective, or resistant to disaster. David Jeremiah politely takes exception to that notion.
From there, The Coming Economic Armageddon takes us over familiar territory (for those who have read other books about prophecy). Nobody who reads Bible prophecy for themselves is likely to agree 100% with someone else's interpretations, and that was my experience here. But Dr. Jeremiah has a well-grounded education of the matter, in general, and doesn't try to expound upon aspects of end-times prophecy he doesn't yet understand. (Yes, others have, and do, including some of the "big name" prophecy teachers.) He concentrates on the financial aspect of the end times, and the thrust of this is intended as a warning for those who still fail to appreciate the magnitude of this coming disaster.
People who have never read a single verse from the Bible have heard of "the mark of the beast," and perhaps even some contextual speculation about a cashless society, bar codes, RFID chip implants, etc. But they don't appreciate how these developments were assumed 2,000+ years ago in the Bible, and like similar assumptions in Revelation and the other prophetic books, were scoffingly dismissed until the development of satellite communications, the Internet, 3G, streaming webcasts, podcasts, etc., etc., etc.
Perhaps the best treat in store for the prophetically literate is Dr. Jeremiah's chapter on the Millennium. I don't know about others, but I've never heard teaching on this subject, and never read more than perfunctory paragraphs here and there touching on it. It's a pity this period goes unnoticed by prophecy teachers. It is important, fascinating, and painfully revealing about human nature.
TCEA wraps up with a chapter about preparation for the rider of the black horse (look that one up, haha). Dr. J doesn't give investment advice, but advises practical application of the spiritual advice Jesus evidently considered more important than any earth-bound financial strategy.
For those who already have a grasp of end-time prophecy, this is like a review, with a few fresh tidbits thrown in. For those who don't, it's a must-read.
Henry Brown is the author of TEOTWAWKI aviation adventure The Delayed Blitz(Krieg), as well as the military thriller Hell and Gone. He is the columns editor at New Pulp Fiction, and does some blogging of his own at the Two-Fisted Blogger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering Analysis of Economic Conditions,
He explains how the world economy is more interrelated than ever. There is also a good presentation of how the Social Security System is, more or less, a grand "ponzi scheme" on the brink of collapse. He also explains how the economic health of a "superpower" can impact many other areas of a nation, such as it's international political and military influence. A good explanation of how debt at either an individual or national level eventually leads to serious financial problems and that pumping "fiat money" into an economy at the rate we have will lead to inflation is provided. We know that scenario (inflation, wherein it will take a day's wages just to buy food) is predicted to happen in the end times according to Revelation 6:6.
Further in the book Jeremiah turns to what he knows best: end times prophecy. As a result, the reader will find a rock solid discussion of how a "new world order" will play a role in the end times, how the Antichrist will be able to control who may buy and sell, the mark of the beast, and other important topics. Readers of his previous books, such as "What in the World is Going On?", will find a good bit of redundancy; but they will also see it being explained from a more economic angle. If you haven't read a previous book by Dr. Jeremiah, I think one could jump right into this one and not miss much and, thus, since this one is most current, I would say get this one.
In the end, Dr Jeremiah delivers a good book well worth reading and, once again, makes a valuable contribution to the idea that Christians should now, more than ever, learn as much as possible about end-times Bible prophecy given the times in which we live.
Jeffrey R. Camino, Author
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Resource,
THE COMING ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON gives crucial facts about present and future economic changes in our world that we need to understand from the Bible's perspective. Dr. Jeremiah's book powerfully reminds us that God is the only One to give shelter in this world's chaos, and He gives the biblical counsel we need to stand firm with our hope in God.
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2.0 out of 5 stars From a Christian's persepctive, could have been better.,
However, I find his venture into economics a mediocre attempt at adequately explaining our current financial crises, and the future of politics and globalization.
The biggest problem with the book is that it is centred around the development of political concentrations of power, which according to Jeremiah, indicate the coming of the end times. Of course, most of western history (and even ancient history) is filled with concentrations of power, even more so than today. Monarchs and tyrants filled the pages of history, yet this is written off by Jeremiah as being part of a different time and different cultural experience that is not applicable today. His approach is very cynical. He compares the CEO's of Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns to the Antichrist, and the financial crises to too much government intervention. While the latter is debatable, comparing CEO's to the Antichrist borders on ludicrousness. What would be more plausible is that these CEO's simply took an unfair advantage of the free market, violated our man made laws, and made poor moral choices. Jeremiah then goes on to claim in chapter 5 that "The Rapture of the church will precede the Antichrist". If this is the case we should not be concerned with trying to find the Antichrist in secular leaders in our society anyway!
To understand our financial situation, it makes more sense from a Microeconomics perspective. Thought not a religious book, I suggest Louis Hyman's book Borrow: The American Way of Debt as an excellent, fair, and readable book if interested in our current financial situation.
In short, Christ taught us to live in the world, and not be of the world. Christians should not be so concerned with the moves of political elites and tumultuous financial crises. Instead, Christians ought to love our neighbours. Whatever political system we live under, however the government affects our financial situation, and whatever trouble our system finds itself, Christ can still be worshipped, whether in a Capitalist society, or a Socialist one. God is not limited to the economic creations of man. Instead we should be concerned with our souls, and our fellow man, as Christ would have us. We ought to live peacefully under our governments as long as basic human rights are concerned, and aim to live at peace with one another. "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God." Soli Deo Gloria!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Escatology With a 1970ish Theme,
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This review is from: The Coming Economic Armageddon: What Bible Prophecy Warns about the New Global Economy (Paperback)As a disclaimer, I just couldn't make it past page 200 of ~260. I'll set aside that this book details the economic circumstance from 4 years ago, but I loathe the time I put into reading the pages I did. The time I've taken for this review is simply to warn others before beginning this book.
Basically, there were no gems that I found within. That was the biggest disappointment. There was nothing new. In fact, most of the discussion of the "current times" reads like something from the 1970s - just updated - while other material is just rehashed. As an example, instead of writing how television sets are going to connect everyone to the world, we now have cell phones which will allow the anti-Christ to control the world's population. He also goes on and on about the "mark of the beast" and RFID chips and credit cards. There is nothing new here at all.
The speculation of the mark of the beast (666) may very well have been discovered (as God has allowed in these last days) by Walid Shoebat to mean the religion of Islam. Search the term "666 and Islam" on "YouTube" and you will find ample evidence for this. But you won't find it in this book.
He later delves into Babylon and COMPLETELY misses the eschatological meaning. There are pages and pages of discussion about how Babylon in Iraq will emerge as a world power again. It won't. A good read to dispel that idea and show what the true Mystery Babylon is:
A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days.
Then there is the topic of the pre-tribulation rapture. I don't mean to argue this topic here, but the biblical evidence that the church will be raptured before the tribulation is scant at best. HOWEVER - and here is the kicker - Dr. Jeremiah states that all Christians will be raptured before the anti-Christ and false prophet hit the stage. BUT then he spends about 50 pages writing about what will happen after the rapture. I don't get it. If I am to be raptured, then why do I care at all about what will transpire? In fact, why would the bible even mention events after the rapture if the church will be taken away? Yes, I know, it doesn't make any sense. Hence, the idea of a pre-trib rapture does not make any sense. In fact, if there is indeed no rapture, we may see an incredible apostasy take place as millions of people who thought they would be raptured will be undeniably living through the tribulation. It's bad doctrine that may very well bring false hope and apostasy to those who subscribe to the rapture teachings.
My poor and critical review of this book should not be taken as a bash against this doctrine. It is a poorly researched and bland read with very little redeeming value. I respect the author and listen to him on the radio frequently (that's why I purchased the book), but I cannot recommend this book to others.
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