Eerie front-page NYT story examines ISIS prophecies about an apocalyptic showdown in Syrian town of Dabiq. (Story looks ripped from THE FIRST HOSTAGE, my forthcoming novel about a showdown over Dabiq.)

Excellent Article…I encourage everyone to read this.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog


(Dallas, Texas) — Readers of this column know that I have been trying to draw the attention of leaders in Washington and Jerusalem, U.S. presidential candidates, journalists, Evangelical leaders, and the American people more broadly to the emerging threat of what I call “Apocalyptic Islam” of both the Shia and Sunnivarieties.

My last series of political thrillers — The Twelfth Imam, The Tehran InitiativeandDamascus Countdown— imagined a scenario in which Iran’s Shia Muslim leaders, driven by their genocidal belief in End Times Islamic prophecies, built an arsenal of nuclear weapons and set into motion a plan to annihilate Israel and the United States.

Now, my latest political thriller series — The Third Target (which was published in January 2015), and my forthcoming novel, The First Hostage (which releases December 29th) — imagines a scenario in which the leaders of ISIS are driven by a Sunni version of genocidal End Times prophecies to…

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