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Review – “The Twelfth Imam” by Joel C. Rosenberg

Review – “The Twelfth Imam” by Joel C. Rosenberg

Outside of LaHaye and Jenkins, there is perhaps no more successful author of contemporary Christian thrillers than Joel C. Rosenberg.  His “Last Jihad” series was a frightening, yet ultimately uplifting addition to the “end-of-days” canon of apocalyptic fiction.  Through the skillful balance of bible prophecy and real world events, Rosenberg creates characters and stories that ring with the future echo of a world that could very well be our tomorrow.  This masterful blend of reality and speculative fiction has served to transcend the Christian niche and brings a mainstream audience to the table.

In his latest book, “The Twelfth Imam”, Rosenberg departs from the world he created in “The Last Jihad” to ask a different question about how the world might face Armageddon.  In the Book of Revelations it’s predicted that an “antichrist” will come into the world before Jesus returns.  Made popular in both fiction and film over the years, that antichrist is, more often than not, portrayed as a politician or world leader.  The foundation of Rosenberg’s story explores this prophecy from another angle – what if the antichrist appeared in the figure of the fabled 12th Imam found in the Islamic faith?  A figure promising a one-world government under the guise of Islamic law.  A man who could perform miracles as foretold in the Quran.  It’s an interesting and disturbingly plausible path that leads quickly from where we are today to the end of the world.

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