A Jerusalem Channel book review by Christine Darg
Christian Zionists and End-Time prophecy buffs will thoroughly enjoy an intriguing new novel, “The Derash Tetralogy,” the latest addition to the genre of End-Time Evangelical Fiction.
The book is authored by a ministry friend, John David Pitcher Jr, MD, and in my opinion is much deeper than the “Left Behind” series– due to Dr. Pitcher’s insights into Israeli current events as well as American evangelical involvement in the state of Israel.
The book is a semi-autobiographal and semi-fictional account of Dr. Pitcher’s true discovery and exegesis of the Oldest Midrash (Bible commentary) in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul. On 5 July 2017, the Jerusalem Channel broke a story of the greatest literary discovery of our times– an ancient Jewish Midrash or commentary on the Torah that was completed circa 67 AD, predating any midrashim by over 200 years. The Oldest Midrash contains an accurate account of the end of days when Messiah returns. Dr. Pitcher’s fictional account of his real discovery reveals the battle that percolates around the Derash (interpretation) of Paul’s “code.”
Dr. Pitcher’s understanding of theology, eschatology and spiritual warfare all combine for riveting reading, and he gives us great insights into the current movement of bridge-building between Jews and Christians.
This energetic author–a physician, adventurer, humanitarian, marathon-runner and linguistics scholar– is truly the “Indiana Jones of eschatological biblical scholarship!”
The book would also make a great movie script.
The meaning of the title, I suppose, is that four related dramas (tetralogy) surround the discovery of his derash, meaning ‘interpretation” or “exegesis.”
The title is perhaps a little too scholarly for what is, in fact, an easy-to-read story, but hopefully the title will compel both philo-Semites and prophecy buffs to read the book.
I first met Dr. Pitcher through a Facebook group entitled, “After the Rapture, Passing the Baton,” which was a more down-to-earth title than the Facebook group’s current title, “The Oldest Midrash, the Identity of the Messiah.” However, that concept of the church passing the Gospel baton back to Israel is really what this book is all about. When the “Great Snatch” (translation of the saints) happens in the twinkle of an eye, the Jewish people will carry on preaching where we left off, and there will be a great harvest of souls–a multitude before the throne of God that cannot be numbered.
Dr. Pitcher believes that he was elected and privileged by God to make the discovery of the Oldest Midrash (commentary) about Messiah that was actually penned by the Apostle Paul. Could it be that Paul’s madrash has only now been discovered because we are living in the times of the unsealing of great mysteries?
As Daniel 12:9 reveals,
“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Furthermore, Dr. Pitcher’s novel may spark an interest in reading his theological books also available on Amazon.