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The Ezekiel Option

(The Last Jihad #3)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  5,949 ratings  ·  363 reviews
When Russia's richest oil baron is killed, Moscow suddenly teeters on the verge of political chaos. Tehran races to complete its nuclear arsenal. Washington finds herself dangerously divided from her European allies. A new evil looms on the horizon. A dictator is rising in Russia. Iran is feverishly building nuclear weapons. A new axis of evil is emerging, led by Moscow an ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published June 27th 2005)
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Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The good news is that Joel Rosenberg is writing quality thrillers, with plots which are so plausible that some of the things he has written about have come to pass. A Russian commercial flight, with one of the oligarchs on board, is hijacked and headed to Washington D.C., forcing the President to make the only call possible. Meanwhile, there is a coup in Russia, with a new leader emerging, who is polished and appeals for peace and prosperity for Europe, eventually causing a U.N. vote to sanction ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
This is the first book I have read by Joel C Rosenberg. I do wish I had taken the time to read The Last Jihad and The Last Days as they are a continuing story.
First of all I have to say I thought this was going to be another Left Behind story, or more accurately an apocalyptic adventure novel. I was actually very pleasantly surprised.
I could not believe how understandable and exciting he made such a complex prophecy as is found in Ezekiel! I learned SO much about Biblical prophecies and also an
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Joel Rosenberg's engaging writing style that really immerses the reader into Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy's world. The storyline is fast paced full of danger, espionage, and intrigue! This book is one of the better stories in this series.
Merv Jersak
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Picking up from where “The Last Days”, left off, “The Ezekiel Option” begins with a hi-jacked Russian airliner that is about to be flown into the U.S. capitol. The airliner is shot down, and this becomes the source of worldwide propaganda against the U.S. At the same time, the Palestinian Prime Minister and one of the participants in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Dr. Ibrahim Sa’id, is assassinated. His friend and former Mossad head, Dr. Eliezer Mordechai, uncovers a plot for a major cou ...more
Jul 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Too bad, I still can't give this 0 stars and have it register, apparently.

A friend recommended this book because it "had some interesting things to say about the end times." As I am always interested in crazy conspiracy theories, and in particular those folks who are eager to "force the end", I thought I'd pick it up.

Well, I had initial misgivings when I checked the back cover. The blurb had a quote from Rush Limbaugh: "If you only read one novel this year, this is it!". Now I have never seen El
As a political and spiritual apocalyptic thriller I found this story to be pretty engaging. I don't follow politics and world events as much as I probably should but this book definitely got me wondering if the events portrayed could really come about in the same way.

The pacing of the story starts off incredibly fast with a hijacked plane on target to crash in to the US Capitol building. From there the political back-story begins to take shape (this is a bit slow at times) while mirroring Biblic
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
The last book in Rosenberg's trilogy reads like a Tom Clancy novel ghostwritten by Oral Roberts. The fact that the book deals with religious subjects should be obvious to anyone who's picked it up; the title includes the title of a biblical book, Ezekiel, parts of which are quoted in several chapters. That the book's luminous back-cover praise comes from Tim LaHaye, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh should also be a clue.

However, the book starts off as a decent political thriller with a terrific op
R. Riddle
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting and enjoyable novel. It was almost prophetic.
Substitute Putin for Gogolov and the story suddenly becomes very current.

Because the story was written in 2005 I at first was correcting history, but as it went forward I realized that while some elements have changed the basic facts remain. Russia is rebuilding its empire and remains an enemy of Israel.

In fact, there is a rising tide of antisemitism around the world. So while names change, the essential truths remain. With
Brent Soderstrum
The third of the Last Jihad series deals with the War of Gog and Magog which is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In this novel Russia, Iran and Germany prepare to attack Israel after Israel ignores a UN proposal that they disarm themselves of nuclear weapons. The US abstains from the vote on the UN resolution. Thus Israel is left alone to face the rest of the world.

I really enjoy Roesnberg combining biblical prophecy of the end of times with what is going on in our world today. He has been uncann
Sandi Powell
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
My first Joel Rosenberg book although he has written many others. A book of fiction based on the prophesy of Ezekiel (37, 38,39). I couldn't put it down. He brings to life how events could actually take place, how political bonds could form between the countries mentioned in Ezekiel in these last days. It has been amazing to actually see some of his ideas as to how it will look politically ...coming true. He takes the time to trace how the lineage of Noah's sons moved across the lands and settle ...more
Ronda Watts
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading! This book kept me excited and I couldn't put it down. A thrill ride from one page to the next! My mistake was picking it up to read on a work night. I had to finally force myself to go to bed at 2:30am. Joel Rosenberg is my new favorite author cannot wait to read more of his books. Good use of reading time.
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This isn't my typical genre. I knew going into the story that it would have many references to prayer and Scripture, so that wasn't a turn-off as it might be for some wishing for a political thriller without a religious message. I found it intriguing, and it definitely has me motivated to study the prophetic passages relating to the End Times. A page-turner!
Connie M Harkins
The Ezekiel Option

Riveting!!! I was surprised to find Jesus mentioned in this book. Being a believer, I enjoyed it very much. The book of Ezekiel has always been a fascinating mystery for me.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story. I'm not very religious, so I got a little tired of the bible verses after a while, but I understand how it was integral to the story. Overall a fun read.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I am not a fan of "Wrath of God" books. There was just too much religious "facts" for me to absorb. And it made the book drag on.
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here is my review of the entire series:
Cheryl Napoli
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how this normal-starting series turned into this. Bummer.
Marie Bungard
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am loving every minute of this series. Powerful writing.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Interesting story, but way too pro-Christian. I felt like the author was trying to "save" me.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I enjoy these sorts of books so much, but I do. This is one of those "As mentioned on the Rush Limbaugh show!" kinds of books. It's a form of right-wing Christian porn. The prophecies of Ezekiel are coming true! Gog and Magog have come straight from the pages of scripture to menace Israel! The anti-Christ has risen in Russia! Iran and Germany have turned their guns toward the only bastion of freedom in the Middle East! It's the end of the world as we know it!

In actuality, this w
Edward Maroncha
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The storyline is excellent. The book did capture my attention. It is well written and captivating. I however feel that Joel sometimes gets carried away by the prophecies and forgets that he is telling a story.

Some of the passages where Mordecai reveals the prophecies are outright boring, in my opinion. They would do well in a non-fiction Christian book, but in a fictional story they have the effect of killing the flow of the story. Perhaps my judgment is clouded by the fact that the book I was r
Vera VB
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Er gebeuren verschillende spannende zaken tegelijkertijd in de wereld. Het vredesevenwicht is helemaal weg omdat in Rusland een nieuwe man met geweld de macht neemt. Hij manipuleert en strooit zand in de ogen van de bondgenoten van Amerika waardoor deze landen allemaal de kant van Rusland kiezen. Amerika komt alleen te staan, maar blijft wel trouw aan een van zijn bondgenoten, Israël. Het broeit langs alle kanten en een oorlog is niet meer uit te sluiten. Te veel landen hebben dan ook nog eens k ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Russia's richest oil baron is killed, Moscow suddenly teeters on the verge of political chaos. Tehran races to complete its nuclear arsenal. Washington finds herself dangerously divided from her European allies. A new evil looms on the horizon. A dictator is rising in Russia. Iran is feverishly building nuclear weapons. A new axis of evil is emerging, led by Moscow and Tehran. And Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy, two senior White House advisors, find themselves facing the most chilling question ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
'The Ezekiel Option' offers an alternative 'last days' scenario in contrast to 'The Samson Option' (complete annihilation of all of creation, like Samson's bringing down the Temple and all of those opposed to the Lord). Jon and Erin (finally) pledge their love-and-commitment to each other, but will probably have to wait to the sequel before they'll get to celebrate the marriage ceremony and 'after-I-do's'... Stay with Eli Mordecai throughout this episode... he's the 'prophet' to keep you focusse ...more
Kevin Charman
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read the rest of the series and this one takes things a step further. A mix of political thriller, insight into the Middle East, US and Russia was interesting. As with many thrillers of this type, the lead characters appear to come through, not unscathed, but make it through almost impossible odds. Although the ending of the book may be a little beyond most people's belief, past and current events lend great credibility to the build up and climax - certainly makes you think when you hear ...more
Carol Arnold
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A page turner, can't put it down book! I didn't realize when I started this book that it was book 3 in the Last Jihad series. But I didn't feel like there was anything I didn't understand because of not reading the first two books. I do, however, want to go back and read them! This is an end-times book similar in theme to the Left Behind series. Russia is trying to win world domination. The U.S. falls into their trap. Israel is waiting to see what happens. There is plenty of excitement and intri ...more
sharon duthie
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, exciting& educational!!!

Joel had me going back over and over all the prophetic explanations he had a wonderful, reliable, believable character explain. It took me twice as long to read as I kept stopping, reading my Bible, reading commentaries. Out of all the teaching I’ve heard on the End Times this rings as the most accurate in relation to the Bible. Brilliant, believable storyline. I love Joel’s book, pity they haven’t been made into movies. Way better than Tom Clancy, come on
Brad Carlson
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in current events with a biblical perspective
This is an excellent, and very fast paced read. Rosenberg takes a fairly well known passage in Ezekiel and deftly weaves a plot together that, on the one hand, is quite realistic as respects the alignment of nations and the UN action and yet on the other hand, looking at the biblical prophecy, this could actually play out this way. I think the role played by Iran in the narrative could have been played out better but, still, overall, this is a very good read.
Diane Lybbert
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joel C. Rosenberg continues to write exciting political thrillers with a prophetic theme. The world leaders are ready to go nuclear on each other; Russia and her allies seek to eliminate the US and all Jews worldwide; Israel tries to build coalitions to protect herself. With all thumbs hovering over the buttons, who will push first? Or will it even matter? Gotta read this one!
Connie Cook
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3rd book in the Jihad series. This one creeped me out. It was believable how the Russians lied to get the other countries to side with them instead of Israel. I like Jon and Erin’s characters. There is a lot of biblical references to the last days.
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Note: This is a different person than the fantasy author, Joel Rosenberg

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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“In that instant, Gogolov feared death. He could feel himself falling through the dark void of space. He was flailing and terrified and utterly alone. He braced for impact, but it never came. He cried for mercy he would never see. He felt the searing heat and the demons ripping at his eyes and face with claws like razors. And then, in a terrifying flash of clarity, he realized it would never end.” 3 likes
“Other believers had suffered in this country. Others had died at these hands, and hands like them. Jesus had suffered far worse. He had suffered and bled and died for her. For her sins. To set her free. To adopt her as a child into His family. To bring her into His Kingdom. Forever. How could she not be willing to suffer and bleed and die for Him?
If that's what He asked, she would do it. With the strength He gave her. Be the grace He provided. And maybe she would see Him soon, face-to-face.”
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