If you want to know about me, I, myself, am an Universalist Christian. I used to smoke, I used to swear and I used to drink. I ate pork and bacon. Like it or not. Look for just decent Christian, I suggest you go to church and be one of them or learn something new from Bible. This is your options of two ways you can take.
Finished the book in one day and started to ponder about what the book really said about the prophecies or warning signs, or harbingers of future that will come. All writing are in fictional settings. Again and again, in my mind I was referred to verses that remind me about any prophets who claimed they received the messages from High Power. I remembered the verses that I have to wait and confirm that a person is really a prophet that God had sent him to bring the messages or just other false prophet who think he is.
One book got me into thinking more: if it is really happened from Sept 11, 2001 and aftermath. I had my doubts but I preferred to see something happens in future. Each time I think about that book, I remember the verses in Deuteronomy and had made my decision about wait and confirming everything that writer told his audience the truths that he received.
"I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in my name. "But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, 'How can we tell that a message is not from the LORD?' —whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him."(Deu 18:18-22, New English Translation)(the italic words are mine to emphasize.)
"You must investigate thoroughly and inquire carefully." Deuteronomy 13:14aIt is pretty difficult for me to follow but I cannot emphasize on anything more than I learned more about what is in Old Testament indicated me different way. I don’t have a reason to believe, I rather read and understand the Bible really say than whatever preacher told me or writer told me. Within a book, there are some touchy subjects of prophecies that writer claimed as truth. I am not going to say that I follow him—I preferred to see if that really come true or other embarrassments in Christianity, like Pat Robertson and Jerry Farwell. His writings come to one verse in Isaiah 9:10, turned it into whatever harbingers--I don't want to give more details about this verse, it is very pretty creepy verse that got me thinking if this is true or not. I wish this author write more than just what in Isaiah but I was amazed by how simple way that he wrote very well due to his Jewish Christian background and express how much he understood all the purposes of harbingers according to the Scripture. With all reading a book, I checked Bible to see if an author used the verses accurately--He did very well. Good book to read but I have my own opinion to protect me from any false teachings from so-called Christians who claimed to be someone so special. Know more about Bible is the best weapon to protect you and me from scriptural twisting Christians, and as the guidance to know more about God. I have to stand on the verses in Deuteronomy for some reasons that I want to confirm that everything are true instead of letting me into what I don't want to embarrass myself for believing.
I wish I could give you more explanations in reading the prophets. I had realized that Scriptures are the example about what happening to Israel and other nations that are written in prophecies, give me more insights about the example of warnings to them, will happen to present nations that don't follow God's way. I wish it is very easy to talk more about, I could not.
Personally I don’t fear a person when someone claimed to be, as one told me or tried to convince me with many bible verses or trying to scare me about the future like December 21, 2012 craps or tried to spook me about the raptures. Only few verses still stick to my mind which made me more stronger than anyone tried to scare me. I preferred to stand up and wait until I confirmed that something will come, came true that God had sent him or her. I want to be responsible for confirming the truth according to Scriptures.
Whatever in a book I read, I will investigate to make sure anything in Bible that an author or authoress accurately interpreted and correctly quoted.
In past I had read many fantastic books with prophecies, my understanding had changed, and turned me into different person after reading Bible with the heart of understanding that I had made my requests from God. Bible already gave me many troubling thoughts that caused me to leave the Churchianity on my own exodus due to many discoveries in Bible.
More you know, the Bible is best weapon and best antidote against any false teachings--if you really know more, otherwise you are other Christians who don't understand the Scripture. I have to say that I am very humble reader, stay away from bragging about how much I knew--I don't want to get bite from other brother or sister in Christ. Eager to learn more when I can.
Sorry if I did not give any glowing happy or heart warming review on this book like I had seen some reviews. I wish I could but give more respects to the fellow Christians for standing in their faith.