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One Nation without Law: The Rise of Lawlessness, the End Times and the Power of Hope Paperback – July 4, 2017
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A rising tide of lawlessness is sweeping the world.
The daily reports of evil and injustice are growing in number and intensity, causing most of us to freeze in fear or sink into hopelessness. But did you know all this was foretold? And that you can still live a life of hope?
In these pages, pastor and end-times expert Phil Hotsenpiller will help you begin to connect the dots between biblical prophecy about lawlessness and current events. As you begin to see God's perspective, you can--and will--see what purpose these struggles serve in His plans. You'll be able to confront your fears and frustrations, gain a hopeful outlook for the future and move forward with confidence, because God is still in control. Here are practical, everyday ways you can respond with faith, hope and love to the daily lawlessness you see around you--and make our world a better place until the return of Jesus Christ.
"Both a prophetic warning and an inspiring call to action. A must-read."--ERICK STAKELBECK, host, TBN's The Watchman show; director, Christians United for Israel's Watchman Project
"An excellent and inspiring read!"--WARD L. SMITH, chief of police (ret.), Placentia (California) Police Department
"A remarkable piece of work!"--MICHAEL P. CHENÉ, colonel (ret.), United States Marine Corps
Phil Hotsenpiller is a pastor and expert in the field of end-time prophecy. He has been interviewed on the subject of Armageddon and the post-apocalyptic world by various media outlets, including the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, the Christian Post, the Telegraph and Fox News. He lives with his wife, Tammy, in Orange County, California, where he serves as senior pastor of Influence Church.
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Phil Hotsenpiller is a pastor and expert in the field of end-time prophecy. He has been interviewed on the subject of Armageddon and the post-apocalyptic world by various media outlets, including the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, the Christian Post, the Telegraph and Fox News. He lives with his wife, Tammy, in Orange County, California, where he serves as senior pastor of Influence Church. Learn more at www.philhotsenpiller.com.
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There's real doubt when he identifies ISIS as the modern day Ninivites and goes off the deep end in quoting John Hagee? The guy who knew all about those red moons - don't remember that? yah, not much to that came about.
That's my review - not a personal attack, I am sure Phil is a very nice man and means well.
In his book One Nation Without Law: The Rise of Lawlessness, the End Times and the Power of Hope – Mr. Hotsenpiller looks at the subject of Bible prophecy with an eye towards giving his reader a panoramic of the causes and effects of evil in our present world. This information then allows the reader to see the origins of sin in our world and how that sin has been corrupting mankind ever since.
In Chapter 3, Mr. Hotsenpiller looks at a case study of the evils of lawlessness which hits close to home for many of us. The chapter is entitled, Lawlessness in America: A Case Study. Though not comprehensive, the author provides more than enough information to show how sin and evil are not just other people’s problems. But in fact, as that famous adapted quote by Kelly so appropriately states:
“We have met the enemy and He is Us”
In this chapter Mr. Hotsenpiller explains that even though many of our nation’s founders believed in a Judeo-Christian morality, that in fact darkness and its companion the monster Sin lurks in the shadows just waiting to escape when our moral vigilance is lulled into complacent slumber.
After giving the reader a good grasp of historical nature of lawlessness in the Bible and its clear and present danger to our present generation(Part I of this book), Part II of this book then shifts gears to look at the lawlessness in the context of the end times. Part II includes the following chapters:
5. The Rise of Israel
6. Strange Alliances and Shaken Nations
7. The antichrist: Man of Lawlessness
Finally in Part III of the book Mr. Hotsenpiller ends with the power of hope. Notice I said the “power” of hope. As the author explains, far too often we think of hope as a passive idea. As Mr. Hotsenpiller explains, the power of hope is derived from YHWH and His spirit working through us to accomplish His will for mankind. He explains as follows:
“Never underestimate what you can do. Never let the enemy convince you that you are worthless or weak. You carry the divine presence of God with you and are mighty in God for the pulling down of spiritual strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).”
In the final section of this book Moving Forward with Hope, Mr. Hotsenpiller provides some excellent advice and comfort to believers. I quote:
“It is my prayer that this book leaves you with a sense of renewed confidence and hope in our wise, powerful and gracious God. His perpetual presence, and your access to Him through prayer, will enable you to anticipate struggles, make wise decisions and avoid tendencies to panic when you hear frightening news. Although the world may continue to increase in lawlessness, fear and conflict, we can move forward in the power of God, bind the strong man and see the miraculous outpouring of the Spirit of God.”
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In the spirit of respectful criticism there were several topics in this book where I believe the author did not provide as thorough explanation as the subject deserve. One example is found in Chapter 6 where Mr. Hotsenpiller described the future invasion of Israel by the armies of Gog and Magog. Mr. Hotsenpiller envisions the invasion as taking place at some point before the final tribulation, the Anti-Christ covenant and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. What I find disconcerting in Mr. Hotsenpiller’s explanation of this subject is that he does not thoroughly address the context of Israel “dwelling securely” in the land as described in Ezekiel 38:
“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall - dwell safely – [yashab betach] all of them.”(Ezekiel 38:8)
The phrase “dwell safely” comes from the Hebrew yashab betach. This distinct Hebrew wording is originally found in Leviticus 25 & 26 and refers to a conditional promise given to Israel which stipulates that if they keep YHWH’s statues and judgments they would dwell securely in their land. In other words Israel’s dwelling safely in their land is contingent on obedience to YHWH and his laws.
Further Jeremiah 32, Zech. 14, Ezekiel 28 and 34 all show that it is during the millennial reign of Christ when Israel’s dwelling securely (yashab betach) takes place. In light of Leviticus 25 & 26, Jeremiah 32 and Zechariah 14 it seems incongruent that Ezekiel 28 & 34 would described Israel dwelling securely during the millennium only to then (in Ezekiel 38 & 39) place this “yashab betach” before the millennium when the conditions of Leviticus 25 & 26 are not present. Also it should not be ignored that Revelation 20 a describes a Gog and Magog invasion during the millennium when Israel - is - dwelling securely in the land, exactly the same conditions described in Ezekiel 38 & 39.
In consideration of the fact that Mr. Hotsenpiller believes these events take place before the millennial reign of Yeshua and that they are relevant signs for those of us living today it would have been helpful for him to explain how he reconciles the clear millennial context of yashab betach in the Old Testament with his interpretation of Ezekiel 38 & 39.
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In closing, even though I don’t agree with every aspect of Mr. Hotsenpiller’s interpretation of Bible prophecy I think his book is a valuable contribution to the subject of lawlessness and its relevance to the day and age in which we live. His explanation of the “power of hope” is an excellent and important primer which every believe would benefit from reading. Once you’ve read Mr. Hotsenpiller’s book I’d encourage you to open you Bible and see if these things be so.
The author, Phil Hotsenpiller, begins by taking a look at the rise of lawlessness, tracing its roots and its spread through the centuries. He begins the discussion with Moses at Mount Sinai. The Law was given by God as a blueprint for life so that we maximize our relationships with Him and with one another. However, lawlessness is evident even before the Law was delivered. Adam and Eve blatantly disregarded God's instructions. Likewise, the Israelites had followed their own desires even before Moses descended Mount Sinai to deliver God's commandments. Lawlessness is following the motives of our own hearts, an act that started soon after time began and continues to run rampant in today's culture. Next the author turns to the Code of Hammurabi, from the mid-1700s BC, and on to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and a great discussion on lawlessness versus evilness throughout history.
In section two, Hotsenpiller examines a variety of prophecies about lawlessness and its connection to the end times. He discusses many interesting and compelling arguments regarding Biblical prophecies, actually pointing out how prophecies have been fulfilled throughout the past century. It is fascinating to study how Biblical prophecies have been fulfilled and how they have shaped modern society. The last part of this section has a great discussion about the man of lawlessness, the Antichrist.
Finally, he explores options we can take to respond appropriately to the rising tide of lawlessness around us. When we begin to see God’s perspective on such events, we are better equipped to put our fears and anxieties into His capable hands and move on with our lives. The last section of the book focuses on spiritual warfare, the power of hope, and the power of prayer.
I recommend this book to all Christians, especially those who seek a better understanding of the society we live in and how to navigate through it in a Biblical way. I received this as a free ARC from Chosen Books, Baker Publishing Group on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.