Return of the Gods (my book review)

“Return of the Gods” is a 240-page book from Jonathan Cahn.  He is the author of the two best-seller “Harbinger” books and a well-known speaker about Bible prophecy.  Cahn reminds me of the (fictional) Messianic Rabbi Levi Katz in my “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” novel series.

The Harbinger books used a fictional narrative to present information drawn from the Bible, other texts and from historical research.  “The Return of Gods” presents the non-fictional information without any fictional thread.  If you are wondering why things are so bad and seem to be getting worse in American and the world, this book will provide you some helpful explanations.

This new book cites passages from the Bible about the pagan gods of the Old Testament era.  Though they are depicted as “gods” they are actually demons (fallen angels).  Cahn describes the sins of the ancient Jewish nation as they wandered from the one true God and embraced these evil spirits.  He also has researched and describes how these pagan gods were (and are) worshipped under various names around the world (outside the Holy Land).

The book takes three primary pagan gods and describes their goals and interaction with people.  Evil and destruction were rampant, but almost the whole world was following them in one name or another.  The people pursued wealth and power, sacrificed their children to these gods and engaged in violent and licentious acts.

The central point for this book is the parable told by Jesus in Matthew 12:43-45, about the evil spirit who is forced out of a man.  Later, the spirit returns to the man, bringing seven spirits even worse.  The spirits find the “house” clean and unoccupied and the man ends up even worse than before.

The book applies this parable to our current era-  through the incarnation of Christ and the rise of the Christian church, these pagan gods were largely swept aside (but not eliminated) in the Western world for around 1900 years..  But the Western world has increasingly turned its back on God (especially in the last several decades) and the post-Christian world is like that empty house of the parable.  Fewer and fewer people are Christians, filled with the Holy Spirit.  So the evil spirits have returned and things are increasingly even worse than during the pre-Christian era.  Cahn describes the growing evils of our era and the decline in the Christian church to show the prophecy of that Matthew passage (and other Bible passages) in our time.

I think these evils and trends are self-evident, so I hit the speed-reading turbo-boost to get through these middle chapters.  This is the same situation depicted in the “Supply of Sin and Demand for Salvation” chart from the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” novels.

The last 20 pages of the Cahn book describe the coming battle between evil and God, described in the Bible’s end times prophecies.  God will that war and will completely vanquish these pagan “gods” and those who follow them.  Unfortunately, most of the people living on earth in that final period choose the wrong side in the war.  They are tempted and coerced by these evil spirits to join the forces of Satan.  In the last pages of his book, Cahn describes the path to enlist in the right side for this war- through a life-giving relationship with Jesus.

The Bible is clear:  (1) Great evil was done by and for these pagan “gods” in the pre-Christian era, (2) God is holy and we are not to worship these false gods or idols (Exodus 20:3-6), (3) our battle is not limited to flesh and blood, but against the devil and spiritual forces  and we cannot do that without God (Ephesians 6:10-12) and (4) the final battles of Revelation pit Satan and his demonic forces against God.  The book is worth reading for more detailed background information about the evil forces described in the Bible and to remind us that the second coming of Jesus is eminent.  God wins this war and all evil will be eradicated.

Coming Soon (?)  Totally Green Fusion Power!

Big announcements this week from the US Energy Department, a major breakthrough in research on nuclear fusion at a federal research facility.  The Energy Secretary said, “This is what it looks like for America to lead, and we’re just getting started.”  [The taxpayer funded breakthrough] “will go down in the history books.”

After thirteen years of research, the lab was able to use super lasers to project into a capsule of hydrogen isotopes and cause a fusion reaction for less than a second.  The fusion reaction produced more energy than the lasers provided.  Whoopee!  Green power that doesn’t emit hydrocarbons.

Nuclear fusion is the energy-releasing process that occurs about 93 million miles away in the sun and in hydrogen bombs.

There are a few problems that may slow the practical application of these scientific advances.  It took a lot of energy to run the many super lasers for that fraction of a second.  Hundreds of times as much energy than was produced by the super lasers to trigger the fusion process.

To put it in perspective, I took a recent electricity bill for my home.  In that month, we used about 50 kilowatt hours (kWh) per day for the heat pump, appliances, lighting and other household devices.  That cost about $6.00 per day.

If only we could buy the Hindenburg D2023 Magic Power Box to produce this green energy.  We could connect it to our power meter and feed that same 50 kWh per day for our household needs.  But we would need (at least) a 5,000 kWh per day power source to run the Hindenburg D2023 box.  If power rates stayed the same, that would cost us at least $600 per day and would stretch our budget a bit too far.

There are some other problems.  Could the energy grid produce and deliver those 5,000-plus kWh to us each day?  And the Hindenburg D2023 Magic Power Box doesn’t exist.  It will take years and billions of research dollars to develop, manufacture and implement the Magic Power Box.

We might want to consider the potential safety risks of having ongoing large-scale nuclear fusion devices operating around the world and the potential consequences from accidents, system malfunction, wars, natural disasters and terrorist attack.

Of course, it will also require energy to manufacture and maintain the Magic Power Box and to produce and deliver the hydrogen isotopes (deuterium and tritium) that are required for the fusion process that releases energy.

On the bright side, this fusion process will exhaust helium, so you would be able to fill your own party balloons at home.  Imagine the fun you could have inhaling helium and making your voice sound weird (warning: inhaling helium can be deadly).

You may want to hold off on your order for the Hindenburg D2023 Magic Power Box.  In the meantime, we might want to meet our energy needs through existing more-efficient means (hydroelectric, hydrocarbons and nuclear power sources, for example).

New Video at YouTube:  The Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress Novels (with limited offer for a free audiobook)

FREE Audiobook offer:  The author has a limited quantity of the new audiobook edition of “Twilight of the Church Age” available for promotional purposes (while supplies last).  If you are interested in a copy, please follow the instructions contained in this video.

YouTube link for this new video:  The Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress Novels video

The Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress series of novels dramatizes the End Times events set forth in Bible prophecy.  The novels blend a dramatic story line, humorous parody and sound Bible teaching with the objectives of entertaining and educating readers and to encourage them to trust in Jesus for these perilous times.

This 7 ½ minute video sets forth some key aspects of these Bible prophecies (it focuses on the teaching objective).  For a peek at the dramatic story and humorous parody from the novels, please view other videos at the author’s YouTube channel and the author’s website (markctredecim.com).

Book one in the series is “Twilight of the Church Age.”  The world is turning away from God.  Some Christians see the end times are drawing near.  Political elites grab for more power and wealth.  None of these people realize that the Tribulation period is much closer than they think.  Who will be taken to heaven in the Great Surprise?  Is there hope for the people who are left behind?

The second book in the series is “The Great New Deal.”  It continues into the brief interlude between the rapture and the tribulation   It’s a second chance for the people who were left behind.  Who will accept this gift?  Who will reject it?  The interlude is a very dangerous time on earth.  This novel uses parody to reveal the social and political threats to America and dramatizes the coming events in Bible prophecy. 

Which side will you choose in this great spiritual war?  This future period may not be as soon as tomorrow, this week or even this month.  Then again, maybe it will be.

The novels are available for purchase from Amazon in audiobook, Kindle, paperback and Large Print hardcover editions and in audiobook editions.  For more information, follow this link:  Shop for books and audiobooks.

Omnibus Impeachment (Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste)

Trump and the Babylon Bee back on Twitter!  How can Stalinist progressives deal with it?  Desperate times require desperate measures:  Omnibus Impeachment.  But things may not go as they expect- God is still in control.  Enjoy this new 10-minute video from the audiobook edition of the novel, “Twilight of the Church Age.” 

YouTube link for this new video:  Omnibus Impeachment

American is the leading nation of the current era (from the perspective of economic and military strength).  So why does it seem to be missing in the end times prophecies of the Bible?

The Bible warns that God expects much from those to whom much God has given much.  Sometimes, America has risen to the occasion; other times it has not.  In recent decades, the nation has increasingly turned away from God- will that end well for America?

What will bring about its downfall?  Will it be war, plague, natural disaster or some other external force?  Or will internal decay cause it to crumble and fall?

God may use any or all of these as He brings judgment upon the nation and as Bible end times prophecies are fulfilled.  The video provides selected passages from the audiobook edition of the novel “Twilight of the Church Age,” adding illustrations by the author.  The complete audiobook plays for just over six hours.

This novel is the first book in the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” series, written by Mark C. Tredecim.  The story continues in the second novel, “The Great New Deal.”  Both novels employ parody and humor to expose dark political and cultural forces that threaten America.  The novels connect the events of today to prophecy in the Bible.  Which side will you choose in this great spiritual war?  This future period may not be as soon as tomorrow, this week or even this month.  Then again, maybe it will be.

The novels are available for purchase from Amazon in audiobook, Kindle, paperback and Large Print hardcover editions and in audiobook editions.  For more information, follow this link:  Shop for books and audiobooks.

A new video: The Great Surprise (The Last Day of the Church Age)

In an instant, all of the world’s Christians will vanish (taken by Jesus to heaven).  This is the Rapture of the church, described in Bible prophecy.  Those left behind refer to it as the “Great Surprise.”  Who will be called by Jesus?  Who will be left behind and is there any hope for them?

To access the video at YouTube, follow this link: New Video

This video highlights about ten minutes from the audiobook edition of the novel “Twilight of the Church Age,” adding illustrations by the author and excerpts of great music for dramatic effect.  The complete audiobook plays for just over six hours and is available for purchase from Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

This novel is the first book in the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” series, written by Mark C. Tredecim.  The story continues in the second novel, “The Great New Deal.”  Both novels employ parody and humor to expose dark political and cultural forces that threaten America.  The novels connect the events of today to prophecy in the Bible.  Which side will you choose in this great spiritual war?  This future period may not be as soon as tomorrow, this week or even this month.  Then again, maybe it will be.

Both novels are available for purchase from Amazon in audiobook, Kindle, paperback and Large Print hardcover editions.

For more information, visit the author’s website   https://markctredecim.com/books-and-more/shop-for-books/.

Book Review: Five Stars for “The Day of Ezekiel’s Hope” by Donna VanLiere

This book does a fine job of dramatizing the Bible prophecies of the End Times and provides good Bible teaching, too.

This is a dramatization of the Bible’s end times prophecies.  It’s the middle book of a 3-book series (in three books the author delivers a tale that took over a dozen books in the old Left Behind series).  A friend recommended this series and I’ve just read the first two books.

This book depicts events after the rapture of Christians (that’s in book 1).  It shows the horrors that will be faced in the first half of the seven-year tribulation.  The author (Donna VanLiere, known for “The Christmas Shoes”) says she didn’t feel she could adequately depict how bad that time will be.  Perhaps that’s so (it will be beyond terrible) but she did a plenty fine job of dramatizing the horrors of the tribulation based on the book of Revelation.

She also shows the courage of the tribulation saints (people who become Christians during the tribulation) and some of the ways that God will reach out to people and call them to join His family (E.G., these tribulation saints, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists and the two witnesses in Jerusalem who preach strongly and point out the evils of the antichrist and his minions).

Besides telling the dramatic fictional story, the author includes a section (“Where in the Word”) that provides the Bible support for the story.  This section is written so that regular folks can understand it, but well documented with plenty of references to the Bible and other Christian writers.  The novel will entertain the reader even as the “Where in the Word” section is educational and a good resource for the future.  Hopefully many readers will be drawn to their savior.

This series by Donna VanLiere and the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress Series” (by Mark Tredecim) are independent of each other, but dramatize and teach about the same Bible prophecies.  They have some interesting connections in their fictional tales.  E.G., both place the rapture on a weekday, at a moment just before the noon hour (Eastern time).  Both also place the Ezekiel 38 war between the rapture and the tribulation (the Bible does not specify whether it will be before the Tribulation or instead during the early days of the tribulation).

These are just interesting coincidences, as neither author has received any inside message from God and they did not coordinate their writing. Amusing note- both series include a point where one fictional character tells another character, “let’s go, Brandon.” When art is based on Bible Prophecy, odds are good that life will imitate art.

A new video: Pilgrims and Progressives- The Sword of the Spirit

I’m pleased to announce a new Mark Tredecim video is now available at YouTube. It takes an excerpt from the new Audiobook edition of “Twilight of the Church Age” (written by Mark Tredecim and narrated by Jake Flory) and adds illustrations for dramatic effect. The video is slightly more than 15 minutes in length.

Quick link to the video at YouTube: Sword of the Spirit

There is a growing trend of toward censorship of wide swaths of content in many segments of news, communications and publishing.  How might the Bible fare if it was subjected to the standards and scrutiny of progressive (so-called) fact checkers?  The result might be something like the DFIV Bible (Democratically Fact-checked Improved Version) presented in this video.

The apostle Paul wrote, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NLT).

When reading the Bible, it’s tempting to skip over some chapters or verses in favor of ones that seem easier to understand and seem more interesting.  But you’ll miss something if you do.  That’s a reason why a whole-Bible-in-a-year reading program (like the “One Year Bible” published by Tyndale) is worthwhile.

Some pastors prefer to mostly preach messages related to health and wealth and steer clear of Bible text addressing sin and judgment.  Though prophecy comprises over a quarter of the Bible, some pastors seem to avoid it, particularly the end times prophecies of Revelation and Daniel.  These are very important topics, particularly for people living today.  That’s why these end times prophecies are central to the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” series of novels by author Mark C. Tredecim (www.markctredecim.com).

Texas, We have lift-off!

The state of Texas has played a critical role in the U.S. space program.  The novel Twilight of the Church Age features many characters and locations in Texas.  Of course, that’s in addition to characters and places in Missouri, New Jersey and elsewhere in the U.S.A.

In appreciation of the important roles played by Texas in the space program and the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” series of novels, I am dedicating the new audiobook edition of Twilight of the Church Age to the state of Texas.  It is now available in an audiobook edition from Amazon, iTunes, and Audible.

The audiobook includes the complete novel sold in paperback and hardcover editions through Amazon.  It was produced (narrated) by Jake Flory.  I am very pleased with the result and I encourage you to give the audiobook a try.  You can hear a free five-minute preview at Amazon.com and Audible.com (spoiler alert- some characters are taken to heaven, others are left behind).

Things are racing toward the era known as the Tribulation, though most people are oblivious.  A group of Christians works to create a resource to help the people who will be left behind after the rapture.  Other people just live day to day.  Politicians scheme for power and riches.  The Bible’s End Times events are closer than any of them think.  In the Great Surprise, millions are taken to heaven.  Is there hope for the people who are left behind?

The production length is over six hours.  You stream or download it and then listen using your favorite digital devices. If you are a frequent listener of audiobooks, Audible offers various subscriptions and promotional offers from time to time.

Limited time special offer:  Would you like to be a reviewer for the audiobook?  I have a few Audible “copies” to give out (while supplies last)- just send me an email (mark.c.tredecim@gmail.com) and request one.  I hope you will enjoy the audiobook from Audible and then share your assessment in a review at Audible.com.

Name that tune!  This second special offer is for the first five Audible “readers” who send me an email with the correct answer to this question:  What is the title of the song that Isaac is singing as they pull into a Lubbock gas station?  If they wish, these five lucky Audible readers will have their name used for a character in the third novel in the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” series (if and when I write it).

New Video at YouTube:  “Saturday Night with the Stars (CCCP-TV)”

I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new video at YouTube.  This video runs for nearly 15 minutes.  It highlights about twelve minutes from the audiobook edition of the novel “The Great New Deal,” adding illustrations by the author and excerpts of great music for dramatic effect.

To watch this new video, follow this link to YouTube:  https://youtu.be/1YH1QrqYUrM

In an instant, all of the world’s Christians have vanished without a trace (taken by Jesus to heaven).  This was the Rapture of the church, described in Bible prophecy.  Those left behind refer to it as the “Great Surprise.”  Many people are grieving for someone lost in the Great Surprise.  Other people see an opportunity to gain power and wealth.

In America, progressives have gained total control of government and the media.  They blame all problems on Covid, conservatives and Christians but can’t solve the many challenges facing America in this perilous period.  Crime is growing, the economy is collapsing, and foreign enemies and plagues threaten America.

A new television network (CCCP-TV) has risen from the wreckage of the old broadcast and cable networks, under the control of the new political regime.  Its most popular and top-rated show is “Saturday Night with the Stars,” a live news and variety show hosted by “C-C” and “Chill.”  This Saturday’s exciting episode doesn’t go exactly as scripted.

The complete audiobook (5 hours and 47 minutes) is available for purchase from Amazon, iTunes and Audible.

The “Great New Deal” is the second book in the “Tribulation Pilgrims’ Progress” series, written by Mark C. Tredecim.  Both novels employ parody and humor to expose dark political and cultural forces that threaten America.  The novels connect the events of today to prophecy in the Bible.  Which side will you choose in this great spiritual war?  This future period may not be as soon as tomorrow, this week or even this month.  Then again, maybe it will be.

Both novels (“Twilight of the Church Age” and “The Great New Deal”) are available for purchase from Amazon in Kindle, paperback and Large Print hardcover editions.

Earth first!  We’ll mine the other planets later.

Just about the time that Tesla was getting started, Pixar (Disney) released an excellent animated movie called “WALL-E.”  It’s a movie for kids that adults can enjoy, too.  This was back in 2008, when you didn’t need to have your finger on the fast-forward button to protect the kids from unsuitable content in a Disney movie.  If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it.

The movie is set hundreds of years in the future.  WALL-E is a cute and diligent maintenance/salvage robot, doing the best he can to fulfill his mission.  Ultimately, his mission grows bigger and he helps save the day.  During the movie, we learn that this fictional earth became environmentally unsound, with mountains of consumer waste everywhere.  Humanity departed from the earth on interstellar cruise liners.  The passengers are overserved, overfed and underworked, with everything done for them by robots.

WALL-E depicts the despoiling of the earth by people.  Easy to imagine that (take a trip into the street camping world of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle).  Gross and dangerous!  The movie doesn’t dig into how first-world lifestyles might have impacted the poorer countries of the world.  Or explain how they created and stocked sufficient spaceships to transport 8+ billion people to safety.

If we were to pull back the curtain in WALL-E’s world, we’d probably learn the poorer countries were decimated by the policies of the pampered elites in Europe and North America.  The poor countries were mined for minerals (like cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel and rare earth elements) without regard for their people or environments.  These were processed by coal-powered factories in China into batteries and components for electric cars and for unreliable solar and wind power gear.  When those batteries and devices failed, the hazardous remains were sent to poor countries for salvage and disposal.  Meanwhile, these poor countries were denied many benefits of this age:  man-made fertilizer, pesticides, engineered seeds, internal combustion engines and reliable electricity.  All in the ego-feeding cause of “saving the planet.”

When it came time to leave this fictional disaster, there was plenty of room on those luxurious space liners for the “Great Reset” elites of “WALL-E world.”  But most of the 8+ billion people were probably left behind, in a hostile environment unsuitable for life.

The excellent 2020 book “Apocalypse Never” by Michael Shellenberger documents the hypocrisy and lunacy in the progressive green energy and climate disaster movement and the disregard for third world peoples.  I’m looking forward to the new (September 2022) book by Henry Sanderson titled “Volt Rush.”  Early reviews suggest Sanderson explores these subjects and describes the consequences if these progressive dreams should be fulfilled.  “WALL-E world,” here we come.

Today, back here on earth, I’m not worried about progressive foolishness and malevolence bringing us to the environmental and economic dystopia of a “WALL-E world.”  God is in control.  Through Bible prophecy, God tells us how this world will end.  But He has withheld the exact timing from us.  We can’t know the “when,” but Jesus tells us to be alert and watch for the signs.  Evaluating the current circumstances and trends through the lens of Scripture, I believe that we are near the tipping point.  That’s when the Supply of Sin on the earth has grown great enough and the Demand for Salvation (through Jesus) falls low enough.  At an exact moment set by God the Father, Jesus will open the first scroll in heaven and the judgment of the Tribulation will fall upon the earth.

God’s judgment will include unimaginable environmental damage, combined with the consequences of wars, plagues, famine, natural disasters, demonic attacks and the evil totalitarian rule of the antichrist.  Everyone not already rescued through the Rapture will suffer during the Tribulation; most will die.  Be alert- it’s coming soon and it will continue for seven years, when Jesus returns to end it.  But the story has a happy ending for everyone who sides with God.

We don’t know when the tipping point will occur and we can’t just sit back and wait for it.  It could be years, months or weeks from now.  Until then, Christians need to resist evil and do good.  Pray for another great awakening and revival, so that many more will come to salvation.