Bill Salus is currently in the process of writing a three part series of novels about the end time prophecies. These books are rather unique because the first half of each one is a novel based on end time prophecy, while the second half of each book contains a commentary on the prophecies. This makes for very long books.
I have not been reading this series because I do not care for fictionalized presentations of Bible prophecy.
Two of the books in the series have been published. The first, titled, Revelation Road: Hope Beyond the Horizon (2012), begins with the Psalm 83 War and the destruction of Damascus and ends with the Rapture of the Church.
The second in the series, Apocalypse Road: Revelation for the Final Generation (2017), focuses on the gap period between the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation. This is a much needed study since most people seem to assume that the Tribulation begins immediately after the Rapture.
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Points of Disagreement
I have not always agreed with Bill’s interpretations of prophecy, which is no big deal. After all, I am not the Pope of Prophecy, and there are many things about end time prophecy that are not clear and can be honestly debated. For example, in his book about the “now prophecies,” Bill identifies the United States with the biblical references to Tarshish. I don’t think this identification can be justified.
In his latest book, Apocalypse Road, Bill proposes an idea that I strongly disagree with — namely, he pulls the Seal Judgments out of the Tribulation and places them in the gap between the Rapture and the Tribulation. His basic reason for doing so seems to be his conviction that there just isn’t enough time to fit all the judgments of Revelation into a Tribulation period of only seven years.
I think Bill is way off base here. I believe the Lord is capable of accomplishing whatever He pleases in any time frame He chooses. And I believe the book of Revelation clearly places the Seal Judgments within the seven year time frame of the Tribulation. Further, removing the Seal Judgments from the Tribulation compromises the integrity of Daniel’s 70 Weeks of Years.
Bill’s attempt to help the Lord out by providing Him with more time reminds me of Theistic Evolutionists who argue that God could not have created the universe in six days, so they provide Him with more time by converting each day of creation into a billion years.
Like me, you may not agree with all of Bill’s interpretations or conclusions, but they are always biblically based and they will force you to search the Scriptures and reconsider your own interpretations. I therefore hope Bill will keep digging and will continue discovering prophetic gems.
Have you ever stopped to think how many First Coming prophecies were not understood or even recognized until the Holy Spirit opened the eyes of the New Testament writers to them? Consider the prophecy in Hosea 11:1, which reads, “When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.” Surely people must have thought this referred only to the deliverance of the nation of Israel from Egyptian captivity. But the Gospel of Matthew applies this statement to the Messiah (Matthew 2:15), claiming it was a prophecy about the escape of Joseph and Mary from Herod’s murderous army when they fled to Egypt with the Christ child and then subsequently came out of Egypt and returned to their home in Nazareth.
How many such nuggets about the Second Coming are yet to be discovered? In Bill Salus we have a true Eschatologist who is searching diligently.
I was recently discussing Bill’s writings with another Bible prophecy scholar. He made an interesting remark about Bill. He said, “I guess you know that Bill is known among Bible prophecy experts as ‘The Star Trek Eschatologist.'” When I asked him why, he replied, “Because he boldly goes where no man has gone before.”
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I congratulate you, Dr. Reagan, on your comments about Bill Salus. I think he is misguided on the issue of the seal judgments. Some things we just don’t know and have to be careful not to speculate. Respectfully, I think Bill is seeking as we all should be seeking like the Bereans. The Psalm 83 Prophecy is very interesting and we may have to brace ourselves and allow history take its course until another time in the future where we may gain more conclusive evidence. What really intrigues me is the Prophecy about Damascus being a ruinous heap in light of what is currently happening in Syria.
I’ve been a student of Bible Prophecy since 1987 and I’m concerned about the speculation explosion that has occurred over the last 10 years. We can see cetain signs being developed but we cannot know how God will bring these things about. Example the hook in the jaw Ezekiel 38. No one knows what that hook may be, but the speculation is rampant. The problem with so much speculation in this social media world of instant information, is people begin telling their circles of contacts that this or that is going to happen and by the way, such and such preacher said as much! This is confusing and dangerous. Those of us teaching Bible Prophecy must be sensitive to this ongoing concern and temper our speculative comments accordingly.
I note both comments above and Rays” has some whiskers on it. I’m wondering if he has kept up with Bills’ work on this and other areas and if he still holds the same views. Bill has put some meat on his thoughts reference the seals judgements which look to be spot on. His work is excellent especially Psalm 83. We know from Ezekiel that Israel will be in changed position and something as Bill describes with ref. to Psalm 83 will occur even if it’s not precisely as he describes. The point is his suggestions work with ref. to the Prophesy. As to Bro Stef more recent comment. While one can agree with the amount of speculation that can be about us, it is also true that more of it will be revealed as time passes per Daniel and keeping things sealed up until the time of the end. One must also consider the source and the caliber of the work. And Bill’s is excellent in my opinion. And as to not knowing what the hook may be, true but that is not important. We know that there will be an irrespirable force drawing Gog et.al. to do battle and that is sufficient. Bills scenarios fits well and makes perfect sense even if it may be off a tad. So what?