When the Lion Roars
I just finished Carl Gallups latest book, and wanted to share my thoughts while they are still fresh on my mind. My review is somewhat influenced by my long time friendship with the author, and the fact that we are partners in ministry. I am a born again Christian, and approach life, and this review, with a biblical worldview.
This book is different than other books on prophesy that I have read. There are no time lines, no dogma, and no outrageous, or fanciful, claims to turn the reader off. Every book on prophecy will have its detractors, but the information in this book will be helpful to all open minded bible scholars, regardless of his or her eschatological understanding of end-times events.
The premise of the book is to look at the evidence of what is happening in the world today, and compare it to what the bible prophesizes about the end-times. It causes the reader to at least consider that we might be living in the last days. Chapter by chapter, the reader examines biblical prophecy, history, current events, and technology, advancing exponentially, and coalescing toward a prophetic end.
While the book is well written, and easy to read, some of the concepts will be challenging for some readers. Some of the scenarios presented in the book sound like conspiracy theories. A causal reader might summarily dismiss these, but every quote is referenced, and documented, with thirty-one pages of small font endnotes.
This work is well thought out, balanced, and thorough. The contextual scripture references give authority to the author’s postulations. Brother Carl exposes the weaknesses, and apathy, of the church as part of the problem, and challenges believers to remain vigilant in sharing the gospel, and the truth of God’s Word, in times like these.
While some end times events may be frightening, this book reminds the reader of the hope that is available through faith in Jesus Christ. It is a call to action, to a church that has been largely asleep. Anyone who watches the news and wonders, “What is going on?” or “Where will all of this end?” will gain valuable insight, and a true blessing, by reading this book. To the author I say, “Well done, my Brother.” To every potential reader, I highly recommend this book.