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The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Through the Lives of God's People in Israel Paperback – February 18, 2014
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--Anne Graham Lotz, speaker, author of The Magnificent Obsession: Embracing the God-Filled Life
"The Holy Land Key is a fast paced journey filled with facts and information, tempered by heartwarming stories. Ray Bentley has earned the respect and admiration of many leaders in Israel and the Messianic Jewish community around the world. This not the everyday book on prophecy...it is told with an eye towards the future and a heart for God's present work in the Holy Land among Jews and Arabs. Anyone interested in the Bible, the Jewish people and the Middle East will appreciate this strategic, relevant, and engaging book." --Dr. Mitch Glaser, President, Chosen People Ministries
Praise for The Holy Land Key
“Get ready for your mind to expand with new thoughts, your heart to enfold God’s people, your eyes to glimpse God’s plan, and your faith to soar in worship. My applause!”
—Anne Graham Lotz, speaker, author of The Magnificent Obsession
“Ray Bentley has immersed himself in the land of the Book and the people of the land. His challenge to not only study prophecy, but also to live it, rings with the clarity of a bell. He makes an ancient subject come alive, and I found this book riveting and convicting and moving.”
—Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best-selling author of the Left Behind series
“In The Holy Land Key, Ray Bentley ties together history, current events, prophecy, Israel’s feasts and festivals, and the progress of the gospel among Jews and Arabs. Ray also explains the mystery of the Messiah’s return, which God laid out for us to see through dramatic signs in the heavens. This book will challenge your thinking, fill you with hope, and bless your life.”
—Tom Doyle, vice-president of e3 Partners, author of Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World?
“Seeing prophecy through the eyes of God’s chosen people, Israel, is the only way to fully understand all of its implications. Ray Bentley sets forth the importance of being on God’s calendar and seeing the patterns that are visible in God’s feasts. Ray gives us a greater understanding of the signs in the heavens as God’s signals of coming events. I am glad he is getting the truth out in these last days, as we know time is short!”
—Pastor Mark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries
“What I appreciate most about The Holy Land Key is the common ground Ray Bentley and I have in our hearts. We both desire that out of every tribe, tongue, and nation countless numbers of individuals would be saved and brought into the kingdom of Christ. I appreciate the growing interest Ray has in the perspective of Arab and Palestinian believers living in the land. We do not have to allow differences to keep us from loving each other and enjoying the wondrous friendship and fellowship Christ brings.”
—Botrus Mansour, general director of Nazareth Baptist School, author of When Your Neighbor Is the Savior
“The Holy Land Key offers a look into the heart of one who is a lover of God’s people and a true friend of the Jewish people. Ray’s longtime interest in God’s covenant with His people, Israel, and his insatiable desire to find God’s mind on the issues of the conflict in the Middle East, make this book a pleasure to read.”
—Tass Saada, founder and president of Seeds of Hope, author of Once an Arafat Man
While on vacation this year, I had the privilege to read Ray Bentley’s new book on Israel. I am not a stranger to the Holy Land, having been there many times, but I learned so many things about Israel and God’s people that I did not know. The book reads like an adventure story. It causes you to look over your shoulder at God’s continued blessing upon His people and to look forward to the many prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled. When you are finished with this read, you will want to book a tour of Israel!
—David Jeremiah, founder & CEO of Turning Point Ministries
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Mr. Bentley brought a wonderful, more personal perspective to the study of Bible prophecy. The following are just a few of the subjects which stood out to me:
1. This book brings perspective to Bible prophecy through the context of the Jewish people.
2. Israel today represents tangible proof that the Bible is true.
3. Both Jews and Arabs are the seed of Abraham and both have an important role in Bible prophecy.
4. The chapter on Patterns and Predictions offered several wonderful insights.
5. The overview of how the Bible feast days are a prophetic picture fulfilled in Yeshua was worth the price of the whole book.
6. Finally, Mr. Bentley explains what a profound responsibility and privilege each of us share in these days before Yeshua returns.
In the spirit of a Berean I would like to point out two areas where I find myself in disagreement.
1. The Jubilee cycle: Mr. Bentley explains the cycle as a set of 50 years (7x7+1). His explanation implies a yearly Sabbath cycle which is interrupted by the Jubilee. (i.e. 1917, 1967 and "fifty years into the future".) This is incongruent with the Biblical reckoning of an uninterrupted daily Sabbath cycle.Read more ›
My excitement came to a halt when I started reading The Holy Land Key. Overall I found the book hard to read because it was very disjointed. It didn’t flow and the material was not clearly presented. There were a number of times in the middle of a chapter I had to look at the title to remind myself what the book was supposed to be about.
In the introduction, Ray stated, “It is important to read prophecy carefully, to handle its interpretation with great care, and to anchor all our conclusions in God’s Word”. So far so good, if that aim was achieved. Where this book was out in left field is in the rest of that statement, “but we also want to explore some new territories in Scripture that have prophetic significance.” Some of those “new territories” weren’t exactly grounded in Scripture.
The new territories were where The Holy Land Key got off track. The most egregious example is “what God has written in the heavens and what the Bible says about these heavenly revelations.” The three chapters devoted to the signs in the heavens smacked of new age astrology with Bible verses tacked on. Other things I took issue with: 1) A principal of Biblical interpretation from 1 Corinthians 15:46, “However the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.” This scripture was taken out of context and specifically addresses resurrection.Read more ›
On a whim, I picked up and read The Holy Land Key, by Ray Bentley. Frankly, I was stunned. And captivated. I've always assumed that most prophecy books dealt with trying to establish a future timeline and find a date for the end of the world, or the return of Christ, or some other cataclysmic event.
The Holy Land Key is nothing like that. At all.
The basic concept is the idea that, as Americans, we look at prophecy as a forthcoming event or series of events. But Bentley approaches it from the point of view of the Jewish people. To them, they are living in the midst of prophecy. They are seeing prophecies from thousands of years ago being fulfilled around them, almost daily.
From the very first pages, I was intrigued. So I continued.
Bentley describes a reality in our world that I've noted for years, and I think he nails it. The conflicts that occur, even in our times, are the result of an age-old collision of two worlds. If you go back to the book of Genesis, you'll find that Abraham had two sons. Isaac, the son of the promise, and Ishmael, another son who was given a promise as well. Isaac was given to Abraham, and from this line, the Jewish nation came to be. But from Ishmael, most of the Arab nations arose. And the conflict between two brothers has resulted in the world we face today.
Reading prophecy in light of this reality reveals things that I've never considered before. And Bentley takes the time to make these issues understandable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice overview but does not go in to depth on any subject.Published 4 months ago by Wade E. Walker, Jr.
My husband can't stop talking about how awesome that book is!! I'm 3rd in line to read it. Haha ;)Published 7 months ago by Kayla
An important and personal journey into biblical prophecy interwoven with a clarifying indictment of the mendacity of anti-Semitism and the popular culture within which it has been... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ecomposer