- Series: The Façade Saga (Book 2)
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Kirkdale Press; 1 edition (August 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577995619
- ISBN-13: 978-1577995616
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 167 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Michael S. Heiser is a senior writer for Bible Study Magazine and a scholar-in-residence at Faithlife Corporation. He has also served as academic editor for the Faithlife Study Bible and is author of The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible and the fiction series The Facade Saga.
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This book ties together many subjects I have interest in (theology, prophecy, the push for global government, possible coming alien deception, ect...). There were also characters who were at were struggling with different aspects of their faith and their understanding of scripture. I am not a scholar like one of the main characters (Brian), but I also found that I could personally relate to Brian. And on top of that, there were detailed discussions on subjects possibly related to the coming deception (mind control, MKULTRA, Project Monarch, Nazi UFO technology, Operation paperclip, operation high jump, ect...). That makes this book not just a work of fiction, but also an important reference work.
Dr. Heiser always has a way of challenging the way I view subjects. I often have a shift in perspective after reading his views on them. I loved how he handled the subject of whether or not the Nephilim will be part of the end times. Dr. Heiser was able to mix in detailed discussion on all these subjects, along with a love story and lots of action!
I was also amazed at the breadth of research that went into this book. It was interesting to come across a character who was an "economic hit man" and to see the comment that our political parties are just window dressing. Dr. Heiser is aware of the fact that our political process is just an illusion and that there are financial and corporate interests that are directing it for their gain at the expense of people worldwide. This has been going on for decades and most American's are not aware of it.
Dr. Heiser also has a way of getting my blood boiling :). There were a few areas of the theological discussions in the book where I would take issue. I view this as a positive thing, because it challenges me to think through why I believe what I believe. The only one I will mention is the discussion concerning the 4th kingdom in Daniel 2. I think a careful reading of the text of the vision makes it clear that this vision will not be completely fulfilled until all of the kingdoms are removed from the earth to the point that no trace of them was found (Dan 2:35). I do not believe a strong case can be made that this was fully fulfilled at the 1st coming of Jesus. Also, Jesus did day the kingdom of heaven was at hand, however, this does not tell the full story that the gospels tell. After certain events occurred in the gospels, there is a shift in the teachings of Jesus concerning the kingdom. He began to speak about it as something that was far off in the future. He sought to correct their thinking in passages like Luke 19:11-27 and Acts 1:4-11.
I love Dr. Heiser's out of the box thinking and I appreciate his scholarship. We must never rely on only one scholar, because most scholars spend much of their time arguing with each other :). No one scholar has it all figured out!
As the one of the main characters in the book always emphasizes, it is very important that we learn to stay focused on the "text". Jesus warned that great deception is coming and we need to be prepared by knowing what the text says. It is also good to think through the discussion in the book concerning the "elect" and "eternal security".
This book with be an important reference for me in the future. To make it even more useful as a reference work, I also purchased the handbook at http://readtheportent.com/.
Now, if I could only figure out that riddle...
I hope to meet Dr. Heiser some day.. we live in the same town and I have never met him!
For those who are interested in learning more about the concepts raised in the book Heiser has a pdf that functions as a great appendix/footnotes, complete with links etc. It is excellent, too.
I look forward to seeing where he is taking this; it's so much better (and less predictable) than the usual nephilim fare. The only downside? Who knows how many years it is going to take to get the sequel (he has a lot of irons in the fire)!
There is some consolation: in early 2015 we are going to get two new non-fiction books (soon!): "Supernatural" and "The Unseen Realm" (reworked versions of his magnificent "The Myth that is Real"). They are going to be awesome.
Keep it up Professor Heiser!