The Last Rabbi
About the Book
The controversy continues in this sequel to “The Sign”. We find one of our main characters from the previous novel, John Meskwa Anang, a Native American preacher, on a mission to locate and teach the 144,00 Jewish evangelists as described in the book of Revelation, Chapter Seven. Our book opens with a factual historical account of a 100-year-old Rabbi, Yochanan ben Zakkai. He uses an unorthodox method to gain audience with the enemy of his people, the Roman General Vespasian and his son Titus. This is all in an attempt to broker a peace deal with the Romans and prevent the imminent destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Fast forward 2,000 years to modern-day Jerusalem where we find the carbon-copy, modern-day namesake, 100-year-old Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai. He is the head Rabbi of the original yeshiva established in 70 A.D. Affectionately known as Rabbi Z, this aged rabbi attempts to broker a peace deal with the person he believes to be the Messiah. Woven into the plot is an ominous celestial object, know by some as the “Destroyer”, which for more than forty years has been hidden from the public by governments of the world. Its appearance precedes the return of Christ for His church, followed by the beginning of the earth’s woes as described by John the Revelator. It’s affect is mentioned in Luke 21:26: “Men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world.” Love conquers all in the life of Rabbi Z in a totally unexpected way at the conclusion of this fact/faith-filled novel. John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” I Corinthians 13:13: “But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
About the Author
Stephen Jarrard was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised on Long Island. He was an unexceptional student who barely graduated from Massapequa High School in 1966. After dropping out of a local junior college, he joined the Navy doing three Mediterranean tours on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga, C.V.A. 60. While on fire watch one evening, he discovered an incipient fire that could have taken the ship out of commission for a very long time. He turned his Navy firefighting skills into a career and earned a fire science A.A. degree from Florida Junior College in Jacksonville. During this time he was introduced to a class on world religions. This class was the catalyst that changed the direction of his life. This eventually led him to begin studying the bible for himself. Forty-three years later, here he is writing his second book, a sequel to his first titled "The Sign" (Life Rich Publishing).After twenty years of Bible study he was called by God to the position of an evangelist. He turned in his notice with the Cobb County Fire Department to spend the next several years bringing the gospel of Christ to the Native American community through setting up a "medicine tepee" at powwows and Indian festivals across the country. The lack of financial assistance forced him back to square one. After regrouping, he and his wife, Marcia, began ministering to inmates in jails and prisons. He found a more receptive audience there than anywhere else (including the church). Stephen is self-taught in the Bible and his views are his own. This has led to many differences about doctrinal matters between himself and many of his brethren within the church and outside the church. His understanding of end time events which has developed over the past twenty three years is what led him to write both "The Sign" as well as "The Last Rabbi". The outcome of his findings are far from mainstream. Stephen has been a Christian (non-denominational 100%) for forty-three years and he thanks God for his wife Marcia and his five children every single day. He is an accomplished woodworker and enjoys hunting, reading and researching Biblical topics, especially the most problematic themes.