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Chris experienced religion in his formative years like many young people. As he grew up, he developed a belief in science and facts. This caused him to become doubtful of religion as he couldn’t fathom how faith in God worked. Things changed, however, when a female friend introduced him to the Bible. Upon reading it, Chris challenged God to reveal himself before he would believe in him. God obliged, and this prompted Chris to ask for the ability to translate biblical prophecies.
Chris began to spend a lot of time reading the Bible, with a major focus on the prophecies foretold. He transcribed these prophecies and linked each of them to an expected time of fulfillment. Starting with the book of Numbers, he explained how time is calculated in the Bible. He also delved into the prophecies in the book of Daniel, ascertained the kingdoms spoken about in the king’s dream, and linked them and their timelines to the present-day Christian church. Chris connected Daniel’s vision of the four beasts to the Antichrist while also expounding on the book of Revelation. This book is essentially a reference to past and future biblical events and prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation, with an emphasis on decrypting their meanings and revealing their Gregorian timelines.
The Trumpets by Chris Thomas Shepherd is a book about his understanding of the biblical prophecies in the books of Daniel and Revelation. Firstly, I must commend the author for the time spent researching and writing what he truly believed about these prophecies. I’m not sure how much of it I agreed with, though; the content of this book was as perplexing as it was controversial. At the beginning of the book, I was in sync with the author’s message, but I soon noticed some points of contention forming when he talked about the Antichrist.
I wasn’t in sync with how he translated the events of the horsemen of the apocalypse or the period of the Antichrist’s reign. Chris spoke about the war to come following the arrival of the Antichrist and described it in vivid detail, foretelling the time, location, and actions to occur. This felt like fiction and not an expounding of biblical prophecies. The fact that he could name specific times, locations, and event details warred against my Christian sensibilities; the Bible implies that no one knows when these things will occur, so I didn’t know what to make of Chris’s assertions. The fact that some of his assertions didn’t have legs to stand on didn’t fill me with confidence either. An excellent example of this was when he revealed Manhattan as the proposed residence of the Antichrist’s close friend who would later become an American priest—I won’t give more details here to avoid giving away a spoiler.
There were aspects of this book that were nice to read. I enjoyed the author’s narration about the history of modern nations, tracing back to the Babylonian era—I found it refreshing and educational. At many points in the book, I also picked up a few things concerning the art of war, diplomacy, and military strategy. I appreciated the glossaries at the end of the book; the author included three tables summarising the message of this book in clear and easy-to-read terms; I thought this was a nice touch.
This book was professionally edited as I could barely find any grammatical problems. Since all my contentions are subjective issues, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The message presented was clear, and the author’s writing was almost flawless. I recommend this book to open-minded people interested in the subjects of theology and history.
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