Book Review: What In The World Is Going On?

What in the World Is Going On?: 10 Prophetic Clues You Cannot Afford to Ignore. David Jeremiah. Thomas Nelson, 2008.

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The world’s events are chaotic and uncertain.  The global trends that people are noticing also can be fearful.  From jarring headlines, distressing news shows, and dire predictions, it can be easy to wonder “What In The World Is Going On?”  David Jeremiah aims to answer this question through the study of ten points that he finds through looking at the news and Scripture to know the signs of what to come.

Jeremiah begins by describing the background of the creation of Israel.  He then continues by describing crude oil and the focus the world has upon the Middle East.  The author then moves to the connection that Ancient Rome has with the European Union.  Jeremiah describes the phenomena of Islamic terrorism next.  He then goes on to describe The Rapture, and how he views America in terms of prophecy.  The author then describes how he sees current events lining up with the anti-Christ, the war of Gog and Magog, the war of Armageddon, and the return of Jesus Christ to rule upon the earth.

David Jeremiah presents good research on each topic, as each chapter is fascinating and thought-provoking to read and most all of the topics are interesting and proper for the premise of the book.   As to be expected, Jeremiah does a wonderful job of interpreting the Scripture that he brings into play, when he does it.  What he presents is quite obviously well thought out.

However, Jeremiah places more of a focus on current events and the typical Republican political agenda than he does on Scripture at times, including twisting Scripture around to try to apply it to his scenarios.  The chapter on oil is pretty terrible as it’s been proven wholly irrelevant in 9 short years because oil production has been shifted to the Western Hemisphere from the Middle East.  This is shown in the fact that a number of oil-based economies are struggling now and looking to diversify away from oil. The chapter on the United States reflects the typical over-exalting of the nation as a “Christian Nation”, reflecting a “chosen nation” status.   The chapter on the Rapture is pure false teaching, reflecting Jeremiah’s belief in dispensationalist doctrine.

Overall, this book is an interesting book on several topics that would be of interest to most readers. However, it strays away from a purely Biblical focus in a number of the chapters in favor of commentary on current events, pure speculation, and twisting Scripture to meet his ends. While this works for entertainment, akin to a novel, the warning definitely needs to be sounded on taking much of this book as serious doctrine.

Rating: 3 out of 10.

Book Cover Image Source: Amazon

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