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Joel Rosenberg: Modern Day Nostradamus or Biblical Prophet?

Updated on May 20, 2011
Joel Rosenberg is a popular speaker around the world regarding Biblical prophecy
Joel Rosenberg is a popular speaker around the world regarding Biblical prophecy

Fiction author has an uncanny ability to predict the future

Author Joel Rosenberg decided to pursue a career as a writer after experiencing failure in the political realm. Since then he has written five best-selling novels with another one soon to be published in October 2010, as well as two popular nonfiction books.

The basic theme of his books is Islamic terrorism and how it relates to Biblical prophecy. He gained much of his knowledge about the Middle East personally from Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Israeli deputy primer minister Natan Sharansky, having worked for them as a political consultant. His knowledge of Biblical Prophecy is a result of years of diligent personal Bible study. Rosenberg, though a Jew by birth, is an evangelical Christian who accepted Christ at the age of 17.

Joel began his first novel entitled The Last Jihad, nine months before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. In it he wrote about a kamikaze airplane attack on an American city. He had just finished it and had been in the process of getting it published when the 9/11 attacks occurred. He became fearful of publishing his book, thinking it would not be well received. Then, a few months later, Rosenberg heard President Bush talk about the probable need to go to war with Iraq over weapons of mass destruction. He was dumbfounded because in the same novel he had written about the U.S. going to war against Saddam Hussein over weapons of mass destruction! At that point, he was encouraged to get it published. Though he was completely unknown as an author, the book skyrocketed to success immediately.

Joel Rosenberg (right) meets with Mosab Hassan Yousef, (left) the son of one of Hamas' founders, who converted to Christianity and spied for Israel
Joel Rosenberg (right) meets with Mosab Hassan Yousef, (left) the son of one of Hamas' founders, who converted to Christianity and spied for Israel

  His second novel is entitled The Last Days.  In the beginning of the book, he writes about a diplomatic convoy passing through Gaza as part of the peace process which was attacked and bombed. Six days before The Last Days went on sale in bookstores, a U.S. convoy driving in Gaza was attacked by terrorists.   After seeing this pattern of prophetic passages in Rosenberg’s books, U. S. News and World Report wrote an article about Rosenberg suggesting he might be a modern day Nostradamus.  In the same novel the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is killed.  At this point, the media suggested that Arafat “watch out”.  Eight months later, Arafat was dead.

    Rosenberg’s third novel, The Ezekiel Option is based on chapters 38 and 39 from the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament.   These passages of scripture talk about the war of Gog and Magog which concerns the alliance of several nations to destroy Israel.  Biblical scholars have determined that Gog and Magog refers to a political leader that arises out of Russia.  With this is mind, Rosenberg wrote about an alliance between Russia and Iran to attack and destroy Israel.  One of his Islamic characters in the book talks about “wiping Israel off the map.”  When Rosenberg wrote this book, Ahmadinejad wasn’t even the president of Iran.  Later, after becoming the president of Iran, on the very day The Ezekiel Option was published, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke the very same words about wiping Israel off the the map.  Unfortunately for Iran and Russia, and fortunately for Israel, the Bible declares that the outcome of this war involves God coming to the rescue of Israel, and Russia and Iran being annihilated. 

    Rosenberg’s fourth novel, The Copper Scroll is derived from the prophecies of Ezekiel 40-48 which pertains to the rebuilding of the Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem where the Al-Aqsa mosque currently exists.  The struggle between Muslims and Jews over control of this spot will continue to accelerate in reality as it does in this novel.  Rosenberg says regarding the prophetic elements in this book, “About a month before the novel was published, my publicist sent out a press release that said something like: BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WARNS BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF JERUSALEM, TEMPLE MOUNT, COULD SPARK NEW MIDEAST WAR. About a week later, that war was well underway.”

The fifth novel written by Rosenberg, Dead Heat, depicts ballistic missiles fired on major U.S. cities off America’s coasts from container ships.  In it, the President is killed when one of the missiles destroys Los Angeles where the Republican Convention was about to be held.  Since both New York and Washington, D. C. are also two of the cities laid waste by the missiles, the American government is incapacitated, enabling evil world leaders to increase in power.  None of the events in this book have come to fruition at this point and hopefully they will not.

    Even if the president of Iran were to be made aware (or perhaps is aware) of the Biblical prophecy regarding the eventual failure of Iran to destroy Israel, he would most likely disregard it because he has his own set of prophetic beliefs supposedly based on the Koran.  He is waiting for the appearance of the twelfth Imam (the Islamic Messiah) which is the title of Rosenberg’s latest novel, due out in October 2010.

    Rosenberg has also written two nonfiction books on the same theme as his novels which have proven to be very popular and well-received:  Epicenter 2.0: Why the Current Rumblings in the Middle East Will Change Your Future and Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform published in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

    The author has been invited to speak to both the Pentagon and the White House (during Bush’s administration) regarding Biblical Prophecy and its implications for today.  Rosenberg downplays any suggestion that he is a prophet or a Nostradamus.  He insists that he got his ideas by combining his knowledge of Biblical Prophecy with the events happening in the world today.

    Not content to wallow in the whopping wealth he has obtained from the sales of his books, Rosenberg and his wife have established a ministry entitled The Joshua Fund which distributes relief and supplies to the needy in the Middle East.

    See the You Tube video interview of him with CNN below:

Media Interview with Joel


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      Jen Lueders 

      8 years ago

      Wow! You are such a good writer and very thoughtful in all your review. Thanks for another well written review. This is going to take forever to read all fo these wonderful books, but thank you... keep them coming!


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