Item description for Northern Storm Rising: Russia, Iran, and the Emerging End-Times Military Coalition Against Israel by Ron Rhodes...
Overview Bible scholar Ron Rhodes analyzes current events in the light of biblical prophecy and empowers readers to interpret the signs of the times (Matthew 16: 3).
Almost 2700 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel detailed a massive end-times attack against Israel. The coalition he describes is still making headlines today. Bible scholar Ron Rhodes analyzes current events in the light of biblical prophecy and empowers readers to "interpret the signs of the times" (Matthew 16:3).
This up-to-date assessment of the situation in the Middle East reveals vital information about...financial and political ties between the group of nations north of IsraelMuslim leaders' growing antagonism toward Israel and the United StatesIran's development of nuclear weapons and the resulting threat to global securitythe polarization of nations supporting extremist Islam and the rest of the worldglobalization and its role in setting the stage for a cataclysmic war
Readers will grow in their confidence in God, for to Him, "the nations are like a drop in a bucket" (Isaiah 40:15).
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.48" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736921745 ISBN13 9780736921749
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More About Ron Rhodes
If you are looking for a source to expand your prophetic horizons, Ron Rhodes is at the top of the list. His primary website, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries is packed with valuable information, a teaching and resource ministry that specializes in defending Christianity against atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the cults, world religions, and any group teaching false doctrine. His ministry is dedicated to producing concise materials that enable Christians to defend their faith.
Ron has amazingly authored over 60 books. Each publication is impressive. His work is some of the best for armoring Christians against the anti-biblical assaults gaining momentum each day. Three of his books are Silver Medallion winners. His formal education: Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary (1986). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with High Honors. Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (1983). Major: Systematic Theology. Graduated with Honors. Elected to Dean's List. B.A., Houston Baptist University (1979). Recipient of the Greek Excellence Award.
From 1988-1995 Ron was Associate Editor of the Christian Research Journal, editor of the Christian Research Newsletter and co-host the Christian Research Institute's popular national radio show, The Bible Answer Man.
Most of Ron’s time today is spent involved in his non-profit ministry, writing and making guest appearances as keynote speaker at conferences across the U.S. and Canada. He regularly addresses current issues in the media and teaches cult apologetics through his books and website and when time permits he lectures at Veritas Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot Seminary and Biola University and other well-known seminaries. Ron Rhodes is also a frequent guest and contributor to various national media outlets, from magazines, television and radio shows. This man deserves to be placed in the “expert” category.
Dr. Rhode’s oversees his ministry staff in the researching and publication of fact sheets, booklets, and outlines dealing with a vast numbers of growing cutting-edge topics. He offers many of these items free of charge. His website is continuoulsy updated with new articles and resources staying current with the fast-moving issues effecting Chritianity and the world in general. Dr. Rhode’s excellent resources are outstanding for understanding how to witness to cults and all non-Christians alike, and those who believe they are Christians but are caught-up in liberal theology and questionable doctrines.
Ron Rhodes currently resides in Frisco, in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Northern Storm Rising?
Great Book on End Times Prophecy Feb 10, 2008
While this book is heavy reading, the author handles a scary topic with in a positive manner. Rhodes is definitely easy to read. Especially good were his chapters on nuclear war and interpreting Ezekiel. This book is actually centered on the prophesies of Ezekiel and the author goes into Ezekiel 38-39 and explores this text's Bible prophecy as it relates to end times.
This book will be especially enjoyed by those who follow end-time prophecy. It gives a different perspective than most.
An up-to-date assessment of the situation in the Middle East" and prophecy... Jan 17, 2008
Long ago the prophet Ezekiel foretold of what many believe are events leading up to the second coming of Christ. Northern Storm Rising by Ron Rhodes skillfully explains the prophecy and defines terms that many may not understand, such as Pretribulationism, Midtribulationism, and Postribulationism. Rhodes stresses Chapters 2 - 5. They form the foundation for the book by discussing radical Islam and assist in understanding Ezekiel 38-39. Many will be eager to read chapter 8 as it discusses America's role in the unfolding events.
I am one of the many that accept the view that prophecy is unfolding before us. "Whether we are wrestling with individual insecurity or national insecurity, the Bible comforts us that God is in control not only of our individual lives--including the timing and circumstances of our deaths--but also of human history." Rhodes is quick to point out, "In view of such facts, no Christian should need to be fearful of what is taking place in the world. Our God reigns!"
While prophecy is and always has been confusing, Ron Rhodes has made the topic easier to understand. He uses simple terms and logical organization of the information. He is careful to inform but not to panic the reader. I found this book to be very interesting, as the teacher of an adult Sunday School Class, I will refer back to this on many occasions. If you are interested in prophecy and "end times" you will want to read this book.
Good Research, Flawed Results Jan 8, 2008
I like Ron Rhodes ministry and have enjoyed several of his previous books that deal with cults and false religions. This is Ron's first book that deals with the subject of Bible Prophecy. Overall, this book was well researched and did a good job of summarizing the main arguments for a primary involvement of Russia in the Ezekiel 38's Last-Days "Gog coalition". I appreciate the fact that Rhodes did not succumb to the temptation to argue that the United States is found in Bible Prophecy as Mike Evans and others have done. While making for popular reading, it is simply irresponsible hermeneutics to make such a claim. Unfortunately Ron does seem to take the standard party line that several other disciples of John Walvoord have made before him: The Pre-trib rapture for instance. While the rapture issue is simply one of the most demonically inspired stronghold doctrines that blinds and binds much of the Evangelical Church today, it is simply not to be found in Scripture and I was disappointed that a generally quality apologist such as Ron would teach an indefensible and historically novel doctrine. I recommend the following books for those open to consider the far more Scripturally and historically defensible Orthodox position of the Post-Trib rapture.
The Secret Rapture: Is It Scriptural? Church and the Tribulation: A Biblical Examination of Posttribulationism
Perhaps Ron's most obvious error is the following. In examining the several names listed in Ezekiel 38, he utilizes the names to pinpoint the locations of ancient peoples and then points to the nations which occupy those regions today as the culprits in the coming invasion. Which is fine. So for instance, in correctly pointing out that Meshek and Tubal were located in Asia Minor at the time that Ezekiel was penned, Rhodes identifies modern day Turkey as one of the collaborators in the coming invasion of Israel. Good on him for this. But here's the catch: When Rhodes turns to examine Rosh, he suddenly switches his methods. Several others have done the same thing: Hitchcock, Rosenberg, etc. Rather than remaining consistent, Rodes no longer uses the geographic method that he used before, but now uses the genetic lineage method. In other words, Rhodes first identifies some ancient peoples in Ezekiel's day named Rosh and claims that because they are the ancient genetic ancestors of the modern day Russians, this is proof that Russia will attack Israel. Do you see the trickery here? Why does Rhodes not attempt to figure out who are the modern day descendants of all of the other names listed? Herein lies the fatal flaw in the whole premise of this book. If Rhodes had been consistent, he would have demonstrated that the ancient Rosh peoples lived in an area to the north of the Black Sea and would have thus concluded that the Ukraine may possibly be part of the coming coalition. But because this does not make for exciting reading, particularly in light of Vladimir Putin's exploits of late, Rhodes is forced to use an inconsistent hermeneutic here. I am not trying to be nit-picky here. These things have serious implications and have the potential to mislead many sincere believers. Rather than looking to the Middle East wherein is the overwhelming emphasis of Prophetic Scripture, Rhodes directs us to look to Russia, although Scripture itself does no such thing. Other obvious errors that Rhodes makes are to ignore the overwhelming and obvious evidence that Gog and the Antichrist are one and the same being and that the destruction of Gog and the Battle of Armageddon are clearly the same events. Consider the following Scripture:
And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am Yahweh.' I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am Yahweh... " 'I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I Yahweh am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares Yahweh the Sovereign. This is the day I have spoken of. --From Ezekiel 38, 39
Consider the facts and decide for yourself. God says that after the defeat of Gog and the army with him, all of the Gentile Nations as well as Israel will be convicted of their unbelief and will know that He (YHVH) is God. Everything about the events and Scriptural language here indicate this war is no mere opening act to the Great Tribulation, but is rather the completion of that period that will have a decisive effect on all of the nations worldwide. After the defeat of Gog and Magog, God's name will no longer be profaned. And yet Rhodes expects us to accept the fact that this passage should be applied to some lesser battle that takes place just prior to the emergence of the Antichrist who will then literally three plus years openly blaspheming God's name, all the while gathering a global following in the process?! What will take place after Gog and Magog's destruction is one that can only be applied to the period after Christ returns and has utterly destroyed all of His enemies. Rhodes is forced to take a radically different position to defend his outdated theory. Overall, Rhodes makes a good effort and does a good job defending his theory, although it be fading... Balance out this book by reading a few other Books or listening to the teaching of anything by Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Terrorist whose arguments do a good job of correcting several of Rhodes errors.