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[Review] The Key To The Middle East by Derek Prince

Title: The Key To The Middle East: Discovering The Future of Israel in Biblical Prophecy
Author: Derek Prince
Publisher: Chosen Books/Baker Books Publishing reprint November 5, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Bible prophecy pertaining to Israel.
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 209
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Source: Free copy from Chosen Books/Baker Books Publishing for the purpose of review.

Summary:
Derek Prince was a soldier in the British army and stationed in the Palestine area at the time of his discharge. He had recently married and they would continue to live in Palestine a few more years. During this era World War II had just ended and the Jewish people wanted a nation of their own. Derek Prince witnessed first hand the new nation of Israel struggle against hostile neighbors.
He also began a life long love of Bible prophesy.
In the preface the author acknowledges a natural resource in the Middle East that the world depends on, Oil. It's given the Middle East "political power." Oil brought the Middle East countries a strong voice, as well as control over its riches. A second decisive topic for the Middle East is Israel. No other Middle East country is "in love" with Israel. Peace accords have been reached by some of their neighbors. Most of the Middle East is a smoldering pot in reference to Israel.
Prince begins the book with a short biography of his life and how he came to live in Palestine in the mid through late 1940s. He reminds us of the destruction of Europe after World War II, the after affects of the Holocaust, and the dire need of a nation for the Jewish people.
Using Old Testament scripture (some New Testament) he builds his case of bible prophecy of Israel.

Thoughts:
The Key To The Middle East, is a tough book to review.
  1. It's a reprint. I have no idea what is different or added anew in this edition as opposed to the previous printing. 
  2. This is the first book on this subject I've read. 
Reason number two is why I wanted to read and review this book, still it's a challenge.
The beginning chapters felt to me as if the author was building his case for the topic and book. As a courtroom attorney builds his case to persuade jurors, Derek Prince built his case to the readers.
All non-fiction authors should begin by stating reasons for their book, followed by what they hope to accomplish, etc. Prince had a great beginning, but I did not agree with all his conclusions. For example, when he came to the question on page 120: "What can we do to repay our spiritual debt to the Jewish people?" I halted. I don't feel I owe a "spiritual debt" to the Jewish people. I have empathy for their suffering and what they've been through, and pray for them. Further, I don't feel they are waiting on a spiritual debt repayment. They are a people of resilience, hard-work, perseverance and determination. They've worked tirelessly to search and bring to justice Nazi criminals, find artwork and money stolen from them during the Holocaust, and to create and protect the nation they love. I have great respect and admiration for them.
I was interested in and found intriguing the prophecy of the restoration of Israel brought about "a new era." An "era" not "the times of the Gentiles" but of "...the government of God on earth, for Israel and for all nations." See Romans 11:25-27.
Strong points of this book is the authors close connection with Israel both before and during its statehood, and Israel's "chronology of events" from 1947-2012;  included are the wars, raids, prime ministers, peace negotiations. There is a statistics counter comparing Israel to other Middle East countries in terms of population, military population, exports.  

Derek Prince website: http://www.derekprince.com/

A great review from a fellow blogger friend:  http://www.bookwomanjoan.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-key-to-middle-east-by-derek-prince.html




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