There are very few books that I’ve wanted to reread in my lifetime. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare; The Enemy Within by Kris Lundgaard; Alive by Piers Paul Read—these are the few that come to mind. But then I have to add “any of Joel C. Rosenberg’s fiction” to that list. About five years after reading the Last Jihad series, I’ve picked it up once more, and I am nowhere near disappointed for having done so.
The Ezekiel Option is Book 3 in this series, and it’s the decisive wedge that turns friends into enemies and nation against nation in the world of Rosenberg’s imagination. Of the first three books, this is the most timely installment, for it covers in full detail the “Gog and Magog” prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39. While the story is fictionalized, the research and warnings are not. One day, a Russian-Iranian military alliance will seek to wipe the State of Israel completely off the map, and when that day comes, God will exact holy vengeance upon His enemies, and no one will then claim that they haven’t seen God work.
This alliance is not far away, Friends, and in fact might already be here. And the question Rosenberg implies in The Ezekiel Option is the same that I ask today: will you believe all that God has said in His Word and has already proven throughout history, and must you first witness and then survive His holy firestorm from the sky before you believe what He told humanity several millennia ago? The Messiah has come one to provide salvation and He’ll one day come again to exact vengeance upon His enemies. Why remain as you are (empty and condemned already), when Jesus has offered the only thing you really need in this life: peace with God?
Perhaps Rosenberg never meant for his political series to be a long Gospel tract, and maybe I don’t intend for my book reviews to be such either, but there’s always room for the Truth:
Isaiah 55:6-9 “Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
As a real political action-thriller, The Ezekiel Option is a far more intense read than The Last Days (Book 2), which felt more like a simple political-thriller with some action. I can’t guarantee that you’ll love the book and series as much I do, but you’ve got to admit that it’s certainly worth a shot.