Thursday, September 17, 2015

Agents of Babylon

Agents of Babylon: What the Prophecies of Daniel Tell us about the End of Days *****
by Dr. David Jeremiah

Overview: This book is a kind of a Bible study on the book of Daniel. Each chapter of the book begins with a fictional depiction of each chapter of Daniel. Then Dr. Jeremiah leads you through the actual text of that chapter of Daniel. Then the end of the book's chapter has principles for today from the text.
Theme: the end times
Positive: Dr. Jeremiah writes so clearly. He writes in a way that anyone can understand no matter how much they already know about the Bible or about Daniel in particular. Someone who had never read the book of Daniel could pick up this book and understand it.
Negative: The fictional account of what happened in the biblical text is a little repetitive. Dr. Jeremiah says that he included the fictional story to help draw people into the story. It's true that there were aspects of Daniel's life that I hadn't thought about before. However, I am always cautious to mix fiction with my Bible study.
Conclusion: Studying the end times can be frightening to me. But Dr. Jeremiah's book is filled with so much hope. He reminds us that even though judgement is coming to the Earth, God is with us. We already know the end of the story...that we will be with Him in heaven. And that's something to hope in!
The end of the book has an appendix with over a hundred instances where God is at work in Daniel. It is a good reminder that everything happens because God is directing it. Very encouraging!

I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.