A biblical interpretation of the events of September 11, 2001.
In this straightforward debut work, Shephard takes readers verse by verse through the King James Version of the book of Revelation, laying out his case that the verses predict the rise of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, as well as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For example, when Revelation 18:9 tells of a great city made desolate in one hour, Shephard pairs it with the terrorist attack on New York City. When Revelation mentions “the beast of the pit,” Shephard reminds readers that Saddam Hussein, the so-called “Beast of Baghdad,” was found by U.S. forces hiding in a pit. When Revelation 13:8 says that people whose names aren’t written in the “book of life of the Lamb” shall be “slain from the foundation of the world,” Shephard writes, “I’ll say it now, the ones that John is referring to are followers of the Koran.” The interpretations sometimes seem fuzzy or far-fetched (Revelation’s “two hundred thousand thousand,” for example, falls well short of the actual number of Muslims in the world), but the book appears to be intended as much as an expression of personal faith as a work of exegesis. It’s clearly aimed at fellow practicing Christians, as when the author writes that the evidence for his suppositions is “[t]he greatest evidence possible, the verses in the Bible.” The author also lays out the background and specifics of the Bush-era “war on terror” in painstaking detail, drawing from many sources. He defends his interpretations, in part, by contending that Saddam Hussein fulfilled the specifics of Revelation too closely not to be their object, but the book doesn’t discuss the idea that present-day people may be living in post-apocalyptic times. Overall, however, the book will likely stimulate discussion as a Christian analysis of Hebrew prophecy.
A detailed, thought-provoking case for the real-time relevance of Revelation.