Giveaway Week- A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days by Jonathan Bernis

With spring feeling so far away, I decided we needed a little something to brighten our days before the sun comes out to play. (At least for those of who live in the Pacific Northwest, for those of you who already seeing sun, lucky people!)

I’ve declared the first week of March giveaway week on

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Today I want to introduce to a book by Jonathan Bernis, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days. I’ve always been intrigued by the book of Revelation and End Days prophecy and when I was offered the chance to review this book by Bethany House, I took it. Note: I was given this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review, and in turn, am passing it along to one of you!

I’ve been spending quite a lot of time in the Old Testament lately. I’m amazed at God’s continued love for the Israelites, despite their many failings. It gives me comfort to know that no matter how much I mess up or fail, God will still forgive and love me.

The premise of this book is the state of the Israelite nation and how it correlates with end time prophecy. Jonathan insights were new to me, but made me ask myself why I hadn’t seen it for myself. He sites both Old and New Testament and takes you deep into scripture.

What I found interesting and refreshing, is he doesn’t get caught up in the whens and ifs of the end times. Scripture gives us clear signs to look for and we are to be on watch for them. However, we are not to get so caught up in looking for the signs that we forget Jesus’s main message.

He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (NIV) Luke 10:27

I’ve seen too many folks want to decipher the book of Revelation and end times prophecy so they could know when Jesus was coming back. That’s not what we’re to be doing. No man knows the day or the hour.

I also enjoy Jonathan’s time spent on the Old Testament scriptures. Jesus himself quoted the Old Testament. He knew the importance of what His sacrifice meant, but He also knew that it didn’t negate the entire Old Testament.

I’d planned to read this book slowly, but found I had to read just one more chapter, which turned into another, etc. I believe this book will give you a clearer view of what Jesus did and what He will do when He returns again. It did me.

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Wednesday I’ll have another Giveaway so be sure to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss it!! Hint-it has to do with the word heirloom……

What’s your favorite story, book, or verse from the Old Testament?


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  1. Amy says

    So far my favorite Old Testament book is Genesis. I’m doing a Beth Moore study on Daniel right now, which goes along w/ parts of Revelation, and am enjoying it. I do have to say that parts of it are over my head and very confusing. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    • says

      Amy, I started out rereading the Bible this year with a bit of old Testament, New Testament, and then Psalms or Proverbs each day. I like Exodus and Numbers as I’m learning so much from the Israelites. I used to think they were so unfaithful after seeing God’s miracles, but now I realize I’m quick to forget God’s promises as well. It’s made me remember to cling to His word and not run after other things. I haven’t reached Daniel yet, at least, on this read through. :)

  2. Natasha says

    I have come to realize the Old Testament is key to understanding God and His ways, so choosing a favorite is difficult. But, I think I would have to say Job and Psalms. Am enjoying your blog! :0)

    • says

      Thanks, Natasha. I’m looking forward to digging into Job and I love the Psalms. Speaking of Old Testament, did anyone watch The Bible on the history channel last night? We really enjoyed it and had fun letting the kids fill in the events they didn’t show.

  3. Dawn D. says

    Melissa, Thanks for the review. Sounds very interesting. I, too, am fascinated by end times and prophesy. My favorite old testament book is Deuteronomy. I love that when I read it the first time, a several times since, that I was able to see the basic foundations of life and government laid out. There is rhythm and reason, and it makes sense! For those doing the Daniel study: I’ve done the Daniel study, by Beth Moore. it was one of my favorites! I felt, at times lost, but found that as long as I kept up with the homework, by the end of the book, I had a good grasp of it. Hang in there. It will pay off! :)

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by, Dawn. I so agree with you. Planting, harvesting, it’s all there for us, if we just follow it. :) I haven’t done the Daniel study yet, but I’m intrigued and when I’m done with my current group study-Power of a Praying Woman-I’d like to do it.

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