3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
While I'm too young to remember the Moon landing in 1969, I'll never forget the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Sending out shock waves, the event seemed to come from nowhere. One man who was not surprised was David Liang, who had published a magazine article in May 1989 predicting German reunification. That was a development that many thought impossible in the late 1980s.
David was drawing not only on his military defence expertise but also on his studies of the prophecies in the Bible. In the non-fiction work Christ's Return and Today's Global Geopolitical Bombshells: Understanding What Might Take Place After This he and Dorothy Liang walk us through the signs that international trends are the realization of biblical prophecies. They focus on world-shaking events - or bombshells, as they put it - like the historic summits involving North Korea or President Trump's decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. As the USA abdicates its "policeman" role, what might happen if former superpower Russia moves into a Middle East power vacuum? In charting our possible course towards the end-times, the Liangs are guided by the prophecies in Revelation.
They refer to other biblical sources too. For instance, David's German reunification prediction was based on Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a statue with feet of iron and clay. I loved David's clever interpretation of this image. Iron symbolizes the autocratic Eastern Bloc countries, while clay represents the West because democracy allows for more shaping. Not only did the two former opposites combine after the Cold War, but Western countries also experienced elements of state control. The resulting mix is like the statue's feet in the dream. This was awe-inspiring to contemplate. David extrapolates this to predictions that Taiwan and China will reunify, as well as North and South Korea.
While the "iron and clay" image also works well for those scenarios, the case for Korean reunification isn't entirely well justified. It seems to rely on denuclearization, which isn't happening. Likewise, the point about the role of Brexit in a radically changing Europe seems to be a red herring. Although certain facts about Europe were omitted, the book is generally well researched. I enjoyed learning a lot from it, including the fact that the population of India may already have surpassed that of China. The volume of information is dense given the relative shortness of the book and its chapters. Most of the material is carefully referenced using a consistent footnote style.
The writing style is clear and the text seems well prepared, but another edit is needed as I found several typos and grammatical errors. It might be helpful to include the chapter subheadings on the contents page. Informative though the footnotes are, a bibliography signposting further reading would be useful. Though the book's factual content is mostly firm like iron, the trouble with prophecies is that their meanings can be massaged like clay. This may be why each chapter ends abruptly with a statement to the effect that everything that's happening means Jesus could be returning soon.
Ultimately, that can't be disproved. In that connection, this book might appeal most to Christians or Messianic Jews. Some of the content might be offensive to members of other religions and particularly Muslims. For example, the phrase "Islamic-based harlot" is used in connection with "Babylon the great, the mother of harlots" of Revelation 17:5 in the King James Version of the Bible. Some disambiguation of the term "Babylon" might be helpful as the word is used in various senses. Most of the meanings of "Babylon" were new to me. This enlightening book could be recommended to anyone wanting to learn about biblical end-times prophecies in the light of current trends - and shocks - in international relations.
Overall, this work is well written and informative. It's worth reading for the fascinating predictions. I wonder how many will come to pass? As the book sometimes lacks precision and impartiality, and as the editing still needs improvement, I rate it three out of four stars.
Christ's return and today's global geopolitical bombshells
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon