Title: End Times & the Secret of the Mahdi
Author: Michael Youssef
My rating is 4 stars.
Revelation is the last book in the New Testament of the Bible and probably one of the most widely written about in nonfiction books. I wanted to read Michael Youssef’s book that looks at Revelation with the main three religions in the Middle East: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Many know the Dome of the Rock is built on the land where the Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple were built. I prayed before beginning to read the book so I would know what is true and aligns with the word of God, but also to be aware of new ideas or conclusions drawn by the author regarding Revelation. The author is someone who I never knew about or read his writing before. I can say he writes very simply for people to be able to grasp what he is teaching. I admire people who write like this, inviting readers to learn and converse with the author instead of writing at an academic level.
Michael loves to share the gospel with people and in his travels he has come across a variety of people whose faith has wavered, perhaps was nonexistent or were open to the Bible’s message. Michael absolutely believes the Word of God to be inspired by God and without error, which is essential when studying, reading and being a Christian. Some of the people he has interacted with broke my heart as they didn’t take a firm stand based on the Bible, and being leaders they were endangering their flock.
While there were some points made by the author I absolutely agreed with, some I wasn’t sure about and there were others I didn’t agree with at all. The point, however, is to go back to the Bible and like the author study Scripture using Scripture because it won’t contradict itself ever. Recent news events are used to show what Michael sees in Revelation as happening in the past, present and future. The book is a book that can bring hope and understanding while helping displace fears.
Please read the Bible, keep it close with a pen and paper or notebook and see what God highlights for you as you study Revelation!
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