The Ezekiel Option (2005)

Originally posted on: 22 July 2014

I thought I was already done shedding tears from The Last Jihad and (especially) in The Last Daysbut I thought wrong.

I’ve already gone fond of Sa’id, the new Palestinian Administraton Prime Minister. He would make you feel and believe that it’s really possible to have a deal with the Palestinian people. But there’s the visit in Saudi Arabia. It broke my heart like what happened during the Samson Strike.

The Ezekiel Option, based on the book of Prophet Ezekiel, was interesting in a sense that it gives you a picture of what could possibly come. Thank heavens for such [option]. The thought of “The Samson Option” is just unimaginable. Heartbreaking, obviously.

Speaking of such, it started with one because of a visit in Saudi Arabia. A lot of people already knew what happened and who’s involved. Still, it was sad. I think it’s one of those rare experiences in my reading habit years that I got so held captive by a book I’m reading.

Two funny things also happened while reading The Ezekiel Option. One, I drifted to Lalaland while sitting then found myself seeing scenes from the novelThen there’s the incident when I almost sent Jon Bennett an email with an attachment of proposal for an LGU. No wonder I couldn’t find his email address.

Also, there were things said/written in this novel that really caught my attention. During a UN something session, the Philippines was portrayed as a nation standing for and in a sense also defending Israel. It was fiction but it was a big deal for me. Totally.

There were also statements though referring to Iran have been prophesied about the Philippines, especially the first one:
*A missionary-sending country
*A prosperous and peaceful nation
I may not exactly get the verbatim of the second claim for Iran, but I took the thought as just the same. By the way, we’re actually used to say “nation” instead of a “country” so it goes as “The Philippines will be a missionary-sending nation.” This was said of us after 2010, when we declared our Jubilee of jubilees.

Whether Mr. Rosenberg missed that for the Philippines, which is not a direct participant in the situation leading to the War of Gog and Magog, or what he said of Iran was actually what the country would become, he still hit the prophecy declared.

From the first installment of the The Last Jihad series until this one, I had my entire soul so absorbed. Why not? It was about Israel.

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The Last Days (2003)

Originally posted on: 22 June 2014

Although I hoarded Joel C. Rosenberg novels from the OMF Lit section during last year’s IMBF, I unfortunately wasn’t able to have a copy of The Last Days. So after I finished reading The Last Jihad, I had the dilemma of buying its sequel. And I could hardly wait, but I was also in a tight budget. But I was determined.

So I raided 3 shopping malls and 6 bookstores in search of The Last Days, all in one day/night (of 11 June 2014). My feet were killing me in the process, but I found what I was looking for. It wasn’t totally brand new, but it’d do. I needed my fix of literature. And I needed it badly.

Though I find the title of the book banal, sort of given that we’re already in the last days, I still like it better that its prequel The Last Jihad. Yes, even though it made me cry buckets. Samson Strike. I haven’t heart of it before but I kind of got the idea. And it broke my heart.

Like in The Last Jihad, which had my mind stuck in DC, Jerusalem, and Baghdad, The Last Days had my mind stuck in Gaza and Gibraltar. It was easy to picture out the scenes, and without being sullied by Hollywood political thriller films.

2 year hiatus

So I just found out that I haven’t made any entry from March 2010 – April 2012. Those were the years when most of my blog entries were on faitherz.blog.com, but I bet it’s mainly because I got quite busy then eventually forgot the password to this account. Thank goodness I remembered it again.

My brain got refreshed. My mind remembered. After 2 years and a month.