As a college undergraduate in English, Steven Ira intended to be an English teacher. He changed his mind, earned an MBA and spent his entire career as a small businessman. Having retired from active business he has returned to his first love, writing.
Throughout most of those business years he regularly studied the Bible, including the works of several well known theologians: Lewis Sperry Chafer, John Walvoord, Dwight Pentecost, Charles Ryrie, Mark Hitchcock and others. His first three novels in the Daniel Goldman series, Voices, Babylonian Harlot and The Last Prophet, are based on Tribulation era prophecies, especially those revealed in the Biblical books of Daniel and Revelation. The vision for this series was to write stories about people caught up in the perilous times following the Rapture of the Christian Church. The stories are primarily about those people, yet they carefully follow Bible prophecies about the times themselves.
How can the reader distinguish fiction from actual Bible prophecy in the novels? The short answer: the plots are fictional while the geopolitical settings are Biblical.
For example, the Bible has nothing at all to say about the individual characters in the stories—with only three exceptions. Those three exceptions are: the two “Beasts” (Vicente Romani and Akiva Sharabani); the “144,000 end time witnesses”; and the two prophets of Revelation, chapter eleven.
The Bible reveals that the two Beasts are satanically indwelt; that they establish a universal, apostate “harlot church”; that they seek political, economic and religious control of the whole world through a re-awakened “Roman Empire”; and in the first half of Daniel’s seventieth shabua (final seven year period of our current era), that the Antichrist, with the False Prophet’s help, seeks to counterfeit Israel’s coming Messiah in many ways. Also, the Bible says the 144,000 end time witnesses are commissioned to spread the Gospel of the coming Kingdom and reveals the supernatural ministry of two prophets during the last half of that seventieth shabua (the forty-two months of the “time of Jacob’s trouble”). Other than faithfully adhering to these details the Daniel Goldman series simply dramatizes ways in which the various characters might respond to the Biblically described social and geopolitical circumstances of the end time.
On the other hand, the Bible offers many specifics about the social and geopolitical circumstances in the period between the Rapture of the Church and the Second Advent of Christ. The series remains faithful to those details. Yet even in this area the Bible allows wide latitude for imagination since it describes only the essences of those circumstances.
In short, the novels seek to show possible, plausible ways in which Bible prophecies of the end times might be literally fulfilled.