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Epicenter: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future

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In his first groundbreaking nonfiction book, now with updated content, New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg takes readers on an unforgettable journey through prophecy and current events into the future of Iraq after Saddam, Russia after Communism, Israel after Arafat, and Christianity after radical Islam. You won't want to miss Joel's exclusive interviews w ...more
Paperback, 401 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published October 1st 2006)
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Apr 14, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most compelling nonfiction book I have ever read. Joel Rosenberg offers amazing insights into the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39 in relation to the "end times". I couldn't put it down, and I am not usually a big nonfiction reader. For those of you who are skeptical of these kinds of books, I think the author himself explains it best when he says, ", I am not a psychic and I don't have access to secret government information. But I do have access to the Jewish prophets...and so do yo ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The political/geopolitical conclusions were shallow, but then again, most Christians have little to no grasp on that subject and only rely on "easy" dumbed-down conclusions like this. Although a Christian myself, we should be relying on more in-depth sources than this. It's sad that Rosenberg has to explain such simple things in so much detail to account for Christians' lack of knowledge on the subject.
I cringe when my parishioners or my seminarians pick up a book like Rosenbergs and laud it as
Nov 22, 2007 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I was watching MSNBC about a month ago when I suddenly saw Putin (on a visit to Iran) shaking hands with Ahmadinejad, as if they were old friends. The image alarmed me, and I immediately got this book out of the library to learn more about how this might tie into some bits and pieces of Biblical prophesy I'd heard before.

As I read this book, the image I saw on the news made complete sense. I was so excited by the collection of political insights filtered through the "lens of scripture." It was l
Sep 25, 2008 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible read. We need to be aware of what is happening in this world, particularly in the Middle East. Joel C. Rosenberg has used the prophesies found in Ezekiel 38-39 in relation to the end of times, and what is happening in our world today. The author explains it best when he says, ", I am not a psychic and I don't have access to secret government information. But I do have access to the Jewish prophets...and so do you. God has told us what the futures holds for Israel, for t ...more
Jun 12, 2009 Jillaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
After writing some prescient political thrillers based on Old Testament prophecy, Joel Rosenberg writes the book behind the novels to explain his reading of Ezekiel 38-39 and the War of Gog and Magog. This is some pretty mind-boggling stuff. We read it for my book group and the discussion leader used the Church Old Testament study guide (from seminary?) to compare a lot of Rosenberg's conclusions with our own teaching's and latter-day prophecy; he is spot-on. There are some things he overlooked, ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to find out that Russia has already come close to directly attacking Israel before. Iran will not back down. I expect Israel will have to go it alone and bomb them. No one comes to their aid so we either won't, or are out of commission. Would rearrrange status quo of ME and put Israel and Iraq (Babylon) on top and set the stage for anti-christ making peace pact with Israel. How long before Iran has the bomb? It is very interesting to see events predicted in the bible playing out. We ...more
Brent Soderstrum
This is a great book which ties all that is taking place in the Middle East today with what the prophet Ezekiel predicted would happen. Much of what Rosenberg sets out in his book has already happened, is in the process of happening or will happen soon.

Some of what is set out seems hard to believe but we can see the rumblings beginning to take place. Israel will be attacked by Russia, Iran and other Middle East countries while no one comes to her defense. I would think the US would come to Israe
Clark Goble
Jul 06, 2012 Clark Goble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joel Rosenberg was recommended to me by a fiend at church and being the junkie I am, I immediately checked him out. I am incredibly glad I did! In one simple word, this guy is amazing. Rosenberg has written a series of highly acclaimed political thrillers that have an uncanny way of predicting real life occurrences. I am not sure how I missed him because his books are so unnervingly prophetic that he is constantly being interviewed on television. He has conducted high level briefings ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Jon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2011
Nothing what I anticipated. The cover is dubious. I really thought this book was a current affairs analysis, it ended up being evangelical zealotry. Rosenberg may be a renowned prognosticator of events to come. Interesting that he uses as he refers to as the third lens which is to interpret events through scripture, particularly Ezekial which speaks about the end of days. He initially peeked my interest despite my misunderstanding of what this book was really about. However, I found as the book ...more
As a Bible believing Christian, I have to confess, I didn't WANT to like this book. I was predisposed to think it would be fanatical, emotional or off-base. But as I read along, it was compelling and I was interested in where the author was going. In the end, I developed a surprising respect for Joel Rosenberg. This guy is a Washington/ political/ communications expert who has put it all on the line by making his wrestling with Biblical prophecy public - first in his fiction (which I haven't rea ...more
Jenna Leigh
I've always enjoyed reading books on eschatology and theology, so I thought this was a good book. Many authors of end-time prophecy literature focus on the dramatic nature and the hype that the apocalyptic genre can create; the "scare factor", if you will. Joel C. Rosenberg didn't do that; he just honed in on facts, and how they relate to biblical prophecy. I read this when it first came out, and then when I read it again a few years later, of course some of the politics didn't exactly line up t ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Eugene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the fiction thrillers by Rosenberg. He seems to spend a lot of time in the near East and knows it as well as any of the other writers in his venue. However, this is nonfiction book and I learned a lot that was new to me. His face to face interviews with the people in the area are very interesting. We read all sorts of thing in the public media but not all seems to be true(or even most of it). It is educational to hear from authors who have been there and don't have to report their impres ...more
Mar 31, 2009 Ray rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rosenberg writes about the status and changes in the Middle East, and explains these changes based on selected Biblical passages as his source. Believers who are convinced that the Bible contains all the answers may find his arguments convincing, but those who believe that one can find Biblical passages to support any argument will find this book short on facts and long on cherry-picked quotes from religious Prophets.
Karen K - Ohio
I'm afraid I have to give this book a big thumbs-down. Rosenberg spends far too much time describing his fictional novels and quoting the rave reviews they received, which comes across as very self-serving and quite off putting. This book would have been half the length if he didnt describe so many fictional events from his novels. He also spends considerable time discussing how clairvoyant everyone thinks he is and therefore he should be trusted to correctly interpret Biblical prophecies and cu ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Deirdre rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is little to this book except the belief that everything in the Bible will come to pass and that the one true God, Jesus Christ, will rule the world above all other beliefs of other Gods.
This is the same sort of stuff that all religions preach.....that their God is the only true God. In this case, Jesus Christ.

Lots of speculation in this book. I struggled to finish it.
Apr 01, 2009 Ger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joel Rosenberg explains the background of his "prophetic" novels with a heavy emphasis on Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39. It is amazing to view what is now showing up in the news today in the context of these prophecies. The events predicted by Ezekiel, as highly unlikely they have seemed for centuries, are now unfolding before us. The end approaches . . .
The author provides some thoughtful and rather frightening proposals about future events in the Middle East. Even if the reader does not believe in the Bible (one context which the author heavily relies on, but certainly not the only context for his research), I think his arguments are compelling and warrant attention and discussion.
Apr 16, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an indepth look at the prophecies from Ezekiel regarding the end times, specifically the war of Gog and Magog. If you have read Rosenberg's "The Last Jihad" series then there isn't a lot new here other than some fascinating real-life annecdotes that inspired some of the scenes in the books. If you haven't read that series, then this is an eye-opening look at how a prophet from 2500 years ago described what is currently happening in our time. Most of the book focuses on the ties between R ...more
Chris Ross
Let me start by saying I believe this book is more about promoting Joel's previous novels than anything else and I believe in an attempt to encourage people to buy his three previous novels. I find it interesting and dubious that Joel is promoting himself and his first novel that was ready to go and shelved due to September 11th and then suddenly published and he just happened to predict that planes would be used as weapons for terrorist attacks.

I am not a religious scholar and I am not in a po
Kay M
Jul 07, 2015 Kay M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I would give this book 5 stars, because it is exceptional, however, it could use updating to include the most current events. It was published in 2006, so perhaps it will be updated in the next year. That would be wonderful, as I’d like to read it again. That criticism aside, Epicenter has a wealth of information concerning prophecy, the Middle East, and the world as a whole. The author is extremely knowledgeable, and his caring and respectful attitude toward all peoples is evident. Epicenter is ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Della rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out very informative about political influences and the people involved. As I read further, I felt like he was a name dropper and enamored with himself. The book then changed to a Biblical study more than half way through. Although I agree we can use the third eye, as he calls it, to examine current events, it doesn't seem prudent to use that third eye alone. I did learn some interesting facts, but hoped to learn more. The Biblical references I have been through many times so n ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joel Rosenberg has amazing ability to connect current world events and Bible prophecy together in today's world. His contacts in Israel along with his understanding of the political and international atmosphere make Epicenter a fabulous commentary on where we are this very day on the prophetic calendar. If you do not know prophecy, I recommend you read Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 while having Epicenter in the other hand.

He also has written other books on this subject that are fictionalized accoun
Sally Schueler
Jul 02, 2014 Sally Schueler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epicenter 2.0 was an excellent read and I would love to see Joel Rosenberg do yet another update to this book as events are so rapidly taking place and much has changed since 2006 and 2008. I picked up this book because of my interest in the Epicenter and the roles explained in the Bible and I learned a great deal. Rosenberg specifically zeros in on Ezekiel 38-39 which describes the war of Gog and Magog, (yet to occur) where Russia and Iran form a nuclear alliance to destroy Israel…hmmm…sounds l ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Barry rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-misc
The strength of this book lies in its interviews with politicians and powerful leaders of Western and Middle Eastern countries. Because of Mr. Rosenberg's past positions he was able to snag interviews with leaders that most authors never would get a chance to interview. Mr. Rosenberg capitalizes on this with liberal quotes and anecdotes from these leaders. Another strength of this book is in the research he has done to figure out the modern equivalents of Biblical locales. Together, these streng ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Jamie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A common sales technique runs as follows: 1) Define a problem as very serious; 2) establish your credentials; 3) Offer a solution (your product); and 4) close.

By page 10 of Epicenter, I predicted the book would end by extolling Jesus Christ, claiming success in some ministry, and asking for money.

Rosenberg starts with some fearmongering and name dropping.

Then he moves to what I found a very logically tortured argument that modern Israel fulfills selected Biblical prophecies of an apocalypse.

Jul 07, 2008 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mike by: Kristen
Shelves: 20s, nonfiction
From the beginning and throughout Epicenter, it is evident that Rosenberg is very well-informed politically, and demonstrates a strong understanding of the Bible and what it truly means to be a Christian. Rosenberg's opinions prove to be a very interesting read, as they come from a one-of-a-kind perspective due to his extensive work with many well-known individuals in politics in several countries, and his background as an evangelical Christian from an Orthodox Jewish upbringing.

Dealing with en
Ginny Jaques
Dec 28, 2011 Ginny Jaques rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in current world events
Recommended to Ginny by: a Web discovery
Interesting book. Lots of insider information on diplomatic and political activities over the past 20 years, supported by information gleaned from interviews with world leaders, diplomats and politicians.

Joel Rosenberg is a Russian Jewish Christian (Christian Jews call themselves Messianic Jews) with much experience living and working in diplomatic hot spots around the world. He brings an interesting perspective to the discussion of past, present, and future events, particularly as they involv
Nov 18, 2015 Roxanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in 2005 most of the information in this book is not relevant now because there are all new players in the terrorism game. But the part of the book that intrigues me is that the author is talking about the end days from the Bible. He says that in the end Iran will be the problem when they attack Israel and that no countries will help them fight.
Aug 19, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! Joel Rosenberg goes through the prophecies of the Bible that have come to pass and that will come to pass in the future. It is amazing to see how the things going on in our world today are fulfillments of prophecy written over 2000 years ago! Jesus is coming soon!!!
Epicenter is about big and dramatic changes that will transform the world in the coming years.
Epicenter will be able to answer several questions regarding the turmoils going about in the Middle East.
Such questions are: Will the current situation of Iraq go from bad to worse? And will Israel and her Arab neighbors will be able to find peace, or will there be another major Middle East war that is about to happen?
It discusses the changes that are underway in countries that have gained prominence i
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Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m
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