Bill Salus made a grand entrance into the world of Bible prophecy back in 2008 when he published his first book titled, Isralestine. Prior to that time, he had been a businessman and a music minister. But he had also been a passionate student of God’s Prophetic Word.
Bill likes to refer to himself as an “Eschatologist.” And he often uses that term to refer to me and other Bible prophecy specialists. I hate the term. It sounds very academic and stuffy. Further, it sounds like a reference to a person who studies bugs! I prefer to be known simply as a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher.
But if anyone could be called an Eschatologist, it would be Bill — and not because he is stuffy. Rather, he brings an inquisitive attitude to God’s Prophetic Word, and this attitude propels him to constantly search for end time prophecies that may have been overlooked or misinterpreted.
Bill’s First Book
Bill’s first book was longwinded and very tedious to read. He seemed unable to keep his focus on his subject as he chased rabbits all directions. But his basic thesis caught the attention of Bible prophecy experts.
Basically, what he argued was that Psalm 83 is a prophecy about an end time war that is yet to occur — a war between Israel and all the Arab states with whom it shares a common border.#Psalm83 is a #prophecy about an end time war between #Israel and all the #Arab states. Click To Tweet
Previously, Psalm 83 had been considered to be simply a lament over the desire of the nations of the world to destroy Israel. And most Bible prophecy specialists quickly dismissed Bill’s thesis as nonsense. But Bill proved to be tenacious, and he could not be easily pushed aside.
I felt like his thesis was well worth considering since the end time war of Gog & Magog, led by the Russians (Ezekiel 38 and 39), does not involve a single nation that has a common border with Israel. It made sense to me that the Psalm 83 War would be fought first, ending with an overwhelming Israeli victory that would spur the Arab world to turn to Russia for help. The Russians would then respond with a coalition of Arab states from the outer perimeter of Israel — all of which would be defeated supernaturally by God.
As to whether or not Psalm 83 was a prophecy, Bill pointed out that it was written by Asaph who is identified as a prophet in both the Old and New Testaments (2 Chronicles 29:30 and Matthew 13:35). Further, Bill offered strong evidence that the conflict pictured in the psalm has never occurred in history, and therefore, if it is a prophecy, then it is one yet to be fulfilled.
But the majority of the Bible prophecy community reacted to Bill’s thesis as if all end time prophecies had already been discovered and properly interpreted. He was not even given the courtesy of being invited to present his thesis at the annual Bible prophecy conference sponsored by the Pre-Trib Research Center.
I encouraged Bill to rewrite his book to make it more readable and appealing to the general public, and he did so. He published a much shorter and easier-to-understand version in 2013 titled, Psalm 83: The Missing Prophecy Revealed. I recommend this book to you.
Bill’s Subsequent Books
Bill’s next discovery was even more fascinating. In a book titled, Nuclear Showdown in Iran: Revealing the Ancient Prophecy of Elam (2014), he pinpointed a prophecy in the book of Jeremiah that few people had ever commented on. This book was well organized, clearly written and focused in its presentation.
His thesis was that the Jeremiah passage (49:34-39) indicates that in the end times there will be a great catastrophe in the area of modern day Iran that is called Edom in the Bible — the place where a nuclear reactor is located today. The prophecy says the area will be destroyed and the people scattered, but they will be regathered when the Lord returns. Further, the passage states that the Messiah will have an alternative throne located there. Again, this is a book I would highly recommend.
Bill’s book, The Now Prophecies (2016), was much needed since there are highly respected Bible prophecy experts who argue that all end time prophecies are going to be fulfilled during the Tribulation and the Millennium and that any prophecies that appear to be fulfilling now are just “stage setting.” Bill and I both strongly disagree with this attitude about end time prophecies.
The fact of the matter is that many end time prophecies were fulfilled in whole or in part during the 20th Century — such as the regathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth and the re-stablishment of their state. And then there is the explosion of knowledge and the invention of rapid transportation, as well as very negative like the paganization of society and the rapidly developing apostasy in the Church.
In the second and last segment of this look at author Bill Salus’ eschatological studies, I’ll examine his novels and go over points of disagreement.