What in the World is Going On? by Dr. David Jeremiah (Thomas Nelson Publishers) engages the reader with an overview of ten key biblical ends-times themes with specific interest in seeing these events being fulfilled in our current world situation.
I highly respect David Jeremiah. I have more than one friend who knows him personally and by all accounts he is the real deal. He has faithfully proclaimed God’s Word without apology for decades. For these reasons, it is difficult for me to offer an objective review, but here goes.
What I like about this book was Dr. Jeremiah’s honest effort to connect the dots between ancient prophecy and today. He has obviously spent much time studying the relevant biblical passages as well as surveying the contemporary political scene.
Anyone who thinks we might be living in the last days will be captivated by the possibilities presented in this volume. The way such a small strip of real estate in the Middle East continually makes world headlines demands that we at minimum keep one eye on the news and another on biblical prophecy. Dr. Jeremiah works to bring the two worlds together. The importance of oil, the alignment of the European Common Union, and the increased activity of Islamic terrorists serve as very relevant material. As I read the book, I could not help but read international headlines with new eyes.
What I did not like about the book was the many speculations presented as assertions. In some of these cases, the Bible was used as the source of authority. For example, in seeking to understand how Israel will possess incredible wealth in the last days, Dr. Jeremiah suggests that Israel is sitting on a vast oil reserve, pointing to Deuteronomy 33:24 for evidence: “Let Asher be blessed…and let him dip his feet in oil.” This text, along with Genesis 49:22-26m, forms the basis for speculation that Israel will become rich through oil. But in other cases, the Bible was not even referenced. Perhaps the greatest example of this transgression was in the speculation regarding the ethnicity of the antichrist. Dr. Jeremiah states there is “strong evidence” (p. 153) that the antichrist will be a Gentile. What is his strong evidence? A generic quote from another prophesy teacher that presents no evidence at all.
For this reader, this is the downfall of the book. Yes, the book is interesting. Yes, I can even see how maybe Dr. Jeremiah’s speculations might soon become reality in our world. However, I am not convinced of either his interpretation of current events in relation to biblical prophecy, nor am I even convinced that his system of interpreting prophetic Scriptures (the dispensational pretribulation, premillennial position) is even correct.