Not only does Rosenberg write best-selling fiction, he also has a gift for doing research and discerning trends in society and in world politics. With Implosion, he tackles the questions he has been asked with increasing frequency, e.g. “Are we living in the Last Days?” and “What does the Bible say about America in the Last Days?” In light of the overall pessimism Joel has noticed in America, he has looked into history and Bible prophecy for answers.
On the side of pessimism, he allows that America could be on the verge of implosion. He lays out four possible implosion scenarios, devoting a chapter to each. The four are: financial collapse, war/terrorism, natural disaster and rapture (an America so crippled by the rapture that it plays no important role in the end times.)
Implosion also offers a fifth, more optimistic scenario: a spiritual awakening in America. Rosenberg devotes a chapter each to the First and Second Great Awakenings. The history of both gives hope that God might move again in response to the earnest prayers of His people. I was especially encouraged by the account of Timothy Dwight, a descendant of Jonathan Edwards who became president of Yale in 1795. Dwight led the students and faculty of Yale out of a period of debauchery, cynicism and heresy and into what one student at the time called “a glorious reformation.”
While I am still in the pessimist camp when it comes to America’s future, this book opened my mind to the possibility that God might not yet be done with my country.
I received a free copy of this book for review from Tyndale House Publishers.