Review: “Clash of Kingdoms” by Dyer and Tobey
This is a review of the book Clash of Kingdoms by Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey.
The idea of end-times prophecy is a hot topic in the church; and as time continues, scholars who engage with the apocalyptic texts of the Bible are forced to reevaluate them based on current geo-political contexts. “Clash of Kingdoms” is the next entry in the genre, and Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey do a respectable job of interpreting what the Bible has to say about the end in light of what is currently happening in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
What I appreciate about “Clash of Kingdoms” is how Dyer and Tobey (even though they wrote on the topic of ISIS and end times previously) approach the subject again in a way that assumes nothing of the readers as the create context and walk the reader through the history in an accelerated pace to bring them to the present. From there, they give the same thoughtful treatment of history and Biblical scholarship, as they lay out a case for the potential role that the Islamic State could be playing early on in setting the foundation for the end. From there, they analyze how a certain Eastern European leader could be the key to the next movements in apocalyptic events (but no spoilers in this review because the reader should approach this book with little to no expectations like I did).
What gave me pause as I was reading was how neatly and easily conclusions were made and ends tied up so that it seemed like Dyer and Tobey’s interpretation of events is the logical ending. Going back to the Bible which they quote extensively, “no man knows the day or the hour” (Matt. 24:36) so the reader should take a long pause before moving to the next step of using this book as a way to justify a view of world leaders as the antichrist.
“Clash of Kingdoms” is a good read for a fresh, accessible take on Middle Eastern current events. I would recommend this book for end-times, apocalypse buffs; however, those who take an active interest in the geography of the Middle East will find this book equally fascination.
***I received my copy of this book for free through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for writing a review on it. I was not obligated to post a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.***