End of America – Critique Part 1

I finished The End of America by John Price, last week, and you already know what I think about that. Life changing probably barely begins to scratch the surface of the implications of this book.

However, like all life-changing events they need closer scrutiny before you jump in. To put it another way, you need a second opinion before your future goes under the knife.

And, that’s just what is at stake here. If you believe what John Price has written in this book, your future needs to undergo radical surgery, and you should verify whether this is a good idea or not.

You need a second opinion, and that’s where I come in.

I’m a professional critic and a life-long cynic. I take nothing at face value and am critical of everything. So, allow me to use these qualities in your service.

Over the next few days, I intend to put ‘The End of America’ under a microscope and examine its validity and salient points. I’ll give you the lowdown on what’s right or wrong – and whether it matters.

Think of it as taking the book to court with yours truly as the prosecuting attorney and judge.

And, you’ve been selected for jury duty.

So, let’s jump in and see if this tome bears up under closer scrutiny.

I’ll be addressing each chapter/section of the book individually – capitalized and in bold.

INTRODUCTION

John Price wrote America at the Crossroads: Repentance or Repression in 1979, and it appears to have been remarkably prophetic. The subtitle of the first edition was: Can America escape national decline, economic collapse and devastating conflict?

The national decline and economic collapse are underway, and we are swiftly approaching devastating conflict.

Here are some prophetic comments from that earlier book:

Economy – Given the unbridled right to create money, government will do so and eventually cause the destruction of the entire system.

Banks – We should anticipate that at any point in time our US banking system could suffer a blow from which it could not bounce back and which would result in government takeover… In whatever way it may start, if it starts, a series of major bank failures would totally alter the nation as we now know it.

Government – We must not confuse cause with effect. God will heal; that’s the effect. But the cause, the reason He will heal, is our repentance. Just electing Christians to office won’t change the nation and heal its wounds. Instead, we’ll repent and God will then allow Godly men and women to be elected to office and He will use them in the healing process. Some well-meaning Christians want to heal the nation by organizing the ‘Christian vote’ and voting our problems away.

For someone to have the foresight to predict in 1979 what is happening today… well, that’s quite a feat. I would even consider using the term ‘brilliant’. But, John Price would undoubtedly object. So, I’ll attribute an even greater cause than mere brilliance: it’s God-directed.

It certainly caught my attention, and should catch yours as well.

He makes another quote that I completely identify with:

[interpreting prophecy] is like approaching a light in the night through a fog, the closer one gets, the clearer one can see. As we get closer to the end, we can begin to see that only one group of inhabitants of the earth can fulfill these prophecies in our day.

I have found this to be very, very accurate. It wasn’t until 2006, that I really began to see how end times events could play out. And, like the author, I began to see America as the ‘Daughter of Babylon’ which resulted a change in approach to end-times prophecy.

Then, I met the loveliest woman on the planet and took a well-deserved break from writing, until I was abruptly reawakened on April 5th, 2011. (But, you can read all about that here.)

The point is that the author lays out what I believe to be the right approach to analyzing biblical prophecy in these last days. To get it right, you need your bible and a good newspaper.

CHAPTER ONE – BEFORE OUR VERY EYES

The author starts to lay out some foundational ideas about end-times prophecy, and there’s one that I want to look at more closely. After all, my job here is to look at what he gets wrong:

When does everything begin?

This is my first disagreement with the author. He quotes Matthew 24:32-34 and attributes this group of verses to Israel’s beginning in 1948.

I disagree.

I believe that he would have done better to have considered Luke 21:24:

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

This leads me to believe that the proper starting point was June 7th, 1967 – the day that the ancient city of Jerusalem was finally captured by Israel. Symbolically, even the flag of Israel flew briefly from the spire of the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.

It is clear to me that THIS marks the beginning of the ‘last days’ that this book talks about. AND, if it is any comfort, it gives many of us a bit more ‘breathing room’.

Of course, it’s ridiculous to think that this difference in opinion would affect the timing of coming events. The ‘Last Days’ will happen as God has intended them to.

The author goes on to develop the imagery of the ‘budding fig tree’ and remark on ‘two major global changes’.

One of those ‘global changes’ was the unification of Europe in 1993. For the first time, we get something of a better idea of what the Lord meant in Daniel, when He spoke of the ten toes in Daniel 2 – except that there are 27 countries in the EU, not 10.

Could it be that we haven’t quite arrived at the point where we can understand these ten toes?

Could be.

We’ll understand when the time comes for understanding.

Then the author introduces Islam into the mix – something that few (if any) purveyors of prophetic literature have ever done.

But, let’s move on to the next chapter.

CHAPTER TWO – THE RELIGION OF PEACE

I’ve lived in the Middle East for something like 15 years. Every day involved some interaction with Islam. Whether it was the five times daily call to prayer ringing out across the valley, or the bus bombings that scattered bodies and parts across the road. And, there was every other kind of interaction in between.

From all of that, and more, I can tell you that the author is completely accurate in his portrayal of Islam. In fact, this section alone would be worth the price of this book.

But, there are still some issues that I have.

First, the author claims that Abram and Sarai lacked faith when Sarai offered Hagar, here servant, to Abram (aka, Abraham), resulting in Ishmael.

I completely disagree.

There is no indication of faithlessness here. In chapter 15 of Genesis, God promises Abram that his descendents will be as the stars in number. In chapter 16, Sarai (later Sarah) gives Hagar to Abram, and Abram thinks that this must have been what the Lord meant.

It is only in chapter 18 that the promise is given to Sarai.

There was no disobedience or faithlessness of any kind in what Abram did. It was in no way wrong for Hagar to be Abram’s wife. Only later is Abram told that the promise would descend from Sarai.

Second, the author indicates that the Arabs have somehow been an evil influence in the world. That’s actually not completely true. Only in recent times have they been a scourge upon western civilization. In actuality, the Arabs have been a place of refuge for those that the Catholics sought to destroy. In fact, there are many times in history when the Catholics have been far, far worse than the Muslims. Far worse.

And, even now, the Arabs act as a brake on the machinations of those elites that seek to bring in the ‘one world order’.

Essentially, the Arabs, as a people, are no worse and no better – on average – than any other group of people. They just are.

Having said all that, the rest of the chapter is gruesomely accurate. From the seventh century onward, Islam has murdered and raped its way in all directions from the Arabian Peninsula. The author directs the reader to www.thereligionofpeace.com for more information, and I second that recommendation.

CHAPTER THREE – MUSLIM END TIMES PROPHECIES

I love one of the three quotes that begins this chapter:

Every single day, Muslims are killing Muslims. You do not see a single Muslim leader get up and say, ‘Enough is enough’. It’s nearly as if we live in a world where if Christians kill Muslims, it’s a crusade. If Jews kill Muslims, it’s a massacre. And when Muslims kill Muslims, it’s the Weather Channel. Nobody cares.”

– Israeli Ambassador to the US, Dan Gillerman, New York Times, July 20, 2008.

What a classic quote.

In this chapter, John Price makes a connection that I’ve heard only one other person make – the connection between Islam and the Antichrist.

This connection answers why the Antichrist uses beheading to kill those who oppose him.

I’ve puzzled over that for a while, and am grateful to the author for pointing it out. I’m not sure that the connection is as strong as suggested. Nor do I believe that Europeans are as reluctant to resurrect the guillotine, as the author suggests.

But, that’s hardly a major issue.

The author goes on to make a fascinating observation that the ‘End Times’ prophecies of Islam are a mirror image of those same prophecies that appear in the bible. The description of the Antichrist that we loathe and fear is exactly how the Mahdi is presented in Islam’s holy book, the Quran.

Almost every point in Christian eschatology has a mirror image in Islam. It’s almost as if Islam were tailor-made to be the perfect religion for the Antichrist.

Does this mean that the Antichrist system will be Muslim?

The author seems to think so.

My suspicion is that this Antichrist might start out as a Muslim, but he will have characteristics that will appear Christian to the Christians, Hindi to the Hindus, Buddha to the Buddhists, and Jewish to the Jews. He will have something for everyone and conquer with words, what he doesn’t conquer with arms.

I guess that this is a disagreement with the author, but not a very strong one.

MY CONCLUSIONS SO FAR

While it is true that I have some disagreements with what John Price has written up to the end of Chapter Three, those disagreements are quite minor. John’s overall premise is very sound at this point in the book.

If you took everything that John says without reservation, you would be doing very well indeed.

If the rest of the book follows in the same vein, then there can be no doubt that his conclusion must be considered seriously.

And what is that conclusion, again?

Get out of the US as soon as you can. America is going to be destroyed, and you do NOT want to be there when it happens.

But, let’s not jump ahead of ourselves. We have 13 more chapters to get through. (And, the next one is a doozy!)

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