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The Last Prophet Paperback – July 22, 2011
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FIVE STAR RATING
"This book reminded me a bit of the Left Behind Series. I was quickly caught up in the tale... The plot is well developed and interesting. The characters are believable. I very much enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others."
Reviewed by Lynn F. for Readers Favorite
"..."The Last Prophet" tells the story of John March as he discovers his duty as one of the prophets of the book of Revelation, to stand against the Anti-Christ...he must stand for faith in a time where people will have none. "The Last Prophet" is a riveting religious thriller, highly recommended." Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force Master sergeant, where he spent the first four years of his life before moving to North Carolina. A somewhat voracious reader growing up, he read everything from comic books to The Bible, including stories by many popular authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Jeff Horton's novel, The Great Collapse, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. He is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network. When he's not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family.
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There were several continuity problems as well. The first to come to mind is Moscow being wiped out in one chapter then in a later chapter, a church in Moscow was destroyed.
FWIW I would not expect a god to enter battle with a laser saber either. Anything that could create this universe is beyond mortal comprehension. Any attempts to describe it or even see it would be beyond our brains ability.
But, all in all, the book was a fun read so I give it three stars instead of two.
I will definitely read other books written by Jeff Horton, and I would recommend The Last Prophet to everyone.
As such, it does a good job of getting its point across in an entertaining adventure story. Abe Addon, the U.S. president who is actually a demon taken on human form as the "False Prophet" to serve his master, Satan, i.e. "the Beast", makes a believable, though quite conventional, lackey of old Horny. The "last prophet", Jonathan Elijah March (surprisingly enough a Gentile), knows quite well, along with his co-witness, Moe Princeton, and various angels that appear, that he and Moe must die three and half years into the seven-year period known as the Tribulation. These deaths are to be a publicly celebrated and world-viewed event in Jerusalem, after which, both he and Moe are to be brought back to life. John March's battles with the demon masquerading as the U.S. president take him through the gambit of action hero suffering: his son Samuel is kidnapped, causing his wife, Lara, to worry frantically as any mother would. He is followed; he is hated; he is threatened with bodily harm by Abe Addon's devotees. He continually faces the moral decision - will he sacrifice himself to his mission even though it will cause his little family to suffer?
As one who grew up studying the Bible, I'm usually put off by Hollywood drama that is supposed to be based on Bible stories but makes free use of poetic license to add a little more of a human-interest twist here, more of a love story there - adding tinsel town glitz to a drama that was already far above the average just the way it was. That Hollywood arrogance always seemed to me a corruption of the greatest literature of the world, to say nothing of the affront to sacred scripture. The Last Prophet never crosses that line for me, though Mr. Horton does add one bow to the drama preferences of the modern reader - Abe Addon takes a fancy to John Elijah's girlfriend, Lara, attempting to corrupt her "just because she is such a pure spirit", as fallen angels are so very prone to delight in doing. This causes our hero a type of romantic stress that I don't believe was in the original script.
I am a bit amused by the fact that the modern day incarnation of the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah), for whom Jews everywhere leave an extra cup out at the Passover Seder every year because of his soon expected arrival to herald the coming of the Moshiach (Messiah), is a card-carrying American Christian Gentile in this story. In addition, his co-witness, Moe Princeton, another American Gentile, is the modern day incarnation of Moshe (Moses). Add to this the American False prophet, and you get quite an Americo-centric telling of this well-known Biblical drama. I'd always figured the Anti-Christ/False Prophet would come from the EU, myself; more specifically from Germany (the one horn rising up amongst the ten horns), given that nation's history with the Jews. But I say amused, rather than offended, because...well...Americans do tend to think they should always get the lead role on the world stage. And in the same way that the blonde-haired, blue-eyed Christ has replaced the dark-skinned Semitic gentleman who roamed Roman-era Israel with his very Jewish disciples, such transformations are so obviously culturally biased they are almost high camp.
All in all, I enjoyed the book. It was fast-paced and looked at an old story from a new premise. I would definitely recommend it.
Jonah (Jon) Elijah March is born to ordinary parents in an ordinary town in the United States. But he is no ordinary child. He is one of the last of two prophets mentioned in the Bible's Book of Revelations.
He has dreams that in time prove to manifest as actual events that become stronger when he is a teen. When his earlier visions, like the one about Lara--literally a girl of his dreams--being involved in an accident does not manifest as he envisioned, Jon thinks he is wrong. In time he realizes that his vision have merit and are not wrong, only he has not been patient or trusting enough to see them to fruition. In time Jon and Lara marry.
Another tells Jon he is slated for great things because of his visions and that God has chosen him to be a prophet but he doesn't believe it. And then an angel appears to him and follows it up with a miraculous sign. It is then that he accepts his fate. Along with his acceptance comes an ominous message--with the glory comes imminent death.
Jon is not alone in this journey. There are people who see him for what his purpose is to be, such people as the kind Pastor Weathersby who guides Jon to understand his gift and later he meets the Pope along with other spiritual world leaders who believe in his prophesies.
As Jon begins his mission by proclaiming God's message spreading the news that "The End of Days is at hand," the reader can find comfort in what Horton reminds us, "The world is a very transient place..." And warns people that the Beast (the Bible Beast who's not a very nice chap) is gaining power and influencing those weakened by their greediness and materialistic needs to where they "worship him" --the Beast --thus forsaking all reason and goodness (God). Sounds familiar. I believe there's a lot of that going on now, don't you? Jon then reassures all that will listen that "Jesus Christ will once again come to enlighten (or save) them." The Beast is in the image of a charismatic politician, Abe Addon who scams the people into trusting him and his false promises. All the while his only purpose is to control and dominate mankind. We have here what all good stories have--a good protagonist and a good bad antagonist and Abe Addon is a really bad guy with a winning smile.
Jon, Lara and their son Samuel travel to Israel as the end comes closer. In time Jon meets the other prophet Moe Princeton. I liked this character. There was something very earthly about him. Jon at times seemed so intense, even in his loving and insightful ways. On the other hand Moe is more of a regular kind of guy. Both have visions and messages for humankind, who per the usual, aren't listening.
Horton tells his readers that "Life is a only a brief stop on the road to eternity." And I find that reassuring while reading about the worldwide disasters spreading--drought, floods massive earthquakes, and finally, a devastating asteroid alerting us that the end of the world is at hand.
I'm not crazy for "Hey, guys! You screwed up big time and now it's a done deal," kind of books, but the journey with Jon is an interesting one. I had to agree that the world is in a very precarious position and too many leaders (corporations) have sold out the health of our planet and the welfare of the people for their greed and power ego. All in all, if you want to acquaint yourself with the Bible prophecies and/or be aware that life is fragile and fleeting, this book could be of interest to you.