Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Holy Land Key: Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Through The Lives of God's People in Israel by Ray Bentley


"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." (Romans 1: 16, NIV)



Wow. This book was amazing.  As I thought about writing this review, it was very hard for me to know where to start.

When I first received this book, I showed it to my husband. He read it in like a day and a half.  He was so moved by the content that I asked him if he wanted to be the one to write the review.  It took me a little longer than a day and a half to read.

Throughout my educational experiences in high school and college, I have always connected more with stories.  History with its dates and facts are usually a little harder to wrap my brain around.  This book is a combination of both, stories and fact.  But I still enjoyed it so much.

In The Holy Land Key, Ray Bentley shares many journeys.  He shares his journey, the journeys of many colleagues, but most importantly the journey of Israel in God's magnificent plan.  Bentley takes us through the scriptures connecting them with things we can see with our own eyes, an reveals the part that Israel has played and will continue to play in the history of the world and God's plan of redemption for mankind.  Along the way, he has developed friendships that God has used to increase his knowledge of things to come.

The Holy Land Key is divided into five parts, with each part containing 2+ chapters.  Chapter titles include: "Partnering with Those Who Are Helping to Fulfill Prophecy, Learning from the Descendants of Ishmael, History's Most Persecuted People, Patterns and Predictions in Prophecy, The Zodiac and Christ's Second Coming, How Seasons and Feasts Reveal Christ's Second Coming, and God is Bringing His People Home."

I learned so many new things from this book, and I am pretty sure I am not finished learning.  One of the greatest things I learned from the book, in my opinion, is found in Romans 11:17-18 and John 10:16.

"And if some of the branches were broken off, and you [Gentiles], being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.  But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you."-Romans 10:17-18 (NKJV)

"And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd."-John 10:16 (NKJV)

The Church has not replaced the Jews.  We are the "wild olive tree" that has been grafted in!  This revelation was very enlightening for me, because I have always felt we, as Believers inChrist, were separate.  But that is not the case. 

Another thing this book did for me was to open my heart to all the people groups in the Middle East.  I love the story of Hagar and Ishmael in the Bible.  I love that even though she was alone in the desert with her son, God still had his eye on her and was loving her, and caring for, and providing for her and her child.  God is still doing that for Ishmael's sons and daughters.  My heart has been opened more to that fact.

The book is about prophecy, and how it can be seen in the scriptures.  It's about prophecy and how it can been seen in natural things we can see with our physical eyes. And its about prophecy in spiritual things that are eternal that is often revealed in the natural.

I love this book.  I recommend it to anybody who wants to study about End Times, Biblical prophecy, or who wants to learn more about the Jewish people, the land of Israel, and what God is doing in the last days.  He is amazing and loves us all.

Many blessings to you as you discover your part in His Story,

 

Beth

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Blogging For Books.  I was not required to give a favorable review.  The thoughts and opinions here are entirely my own.

 




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