The Copper Scroll (2006) is the fourth evangelical thriller in the Last Jihad series, following The Ezekiel Option. In the previous volume, a massive earthquake occurred under Jerusalem. Then red hot stones fell out of space to strike Russia and her allies when they attempted to destroy Israel. Military units and installations were the hardest hit, but government offices, shrines, mosques and other buildings were devastated. Mecca and Medina were smashed flat.
Jon Bennett and Erin McCoy were saved from Russian security and army troops by yawning crevices that swallowed their pursuers. As Moscow burned around them, Jon and Erin fled down the river in a speedboat.
In this novel, Jon and Erin are married in full church ceremony. Shortly after the minister pronounces them man and wife, pagers start going off among the witnesses. A suicide bomber has attacked in the heart of Washington, DC, but the victims are only ordinary people.
After dining with their friends, Joh and Erin leave for their honeymoon. They swear a mutual pledge to leave politics behind and just enjoy their new marriage. After their first night together, Jon asks Erin where she would like to spend the rest of their honeymoon and she chooses Ronda in Andalusia.
After enjoying being together and visiting the intriguing landmarks of the town, Jon finds an urgent message at the hotel from Ken Costello, who had taken over Jon's former position as senior advisor to the President. Returning the call, Jon learns that Eli had been ambushed in Israel and was undergoing emergency surgery. Jon and Erin rushed to Israel to be with their old friend.
Eli tells them of a new evil rising after the War of Gog and Magog, but he dies trying to pass on one more piece of information. Israeli Prime Minister David Doron confides to Jon that Eli had put together a team of archaeologists to track down some new information about the Copper Scroll. But Eli is the fourth member of that team who has been killed by some unknown group.
Doron also mentions that the Israelis are planning on building the Third Temple on the devastated Temple Mount. Jon is appalled at the idea, since it would infuriate the Muslims. Doron says that Islam has been wiped out, but Jon points out that the Islamic Jihadists have been destroyed, but other Muslims still remain. Doron seems not to care.
Doron provides Jon with a phone number of another team member, Yossi Barak, the chief archaeologist at the Israel Museum. He calls ahead to alert Barak of Jon's interest. When Jon calls the number, the phone is answered by Natasha Barak, another archaeologist and Barak's granddaughter. She arranges a meeting the following morning at the museum.
In this story, Jon and Erin learn about the discovery and translation of the Copper Scroll. They also find out that another scroll is the Key to the Copper Scroll. Acting on their own, they follow clues toward the Temple treasure that was supposedly hidden from the Romans. Along the way, the learn that this treasure may include the Ark of the Covenant.
Once again, the author tracks biblical prophecy toward the End Days. After the destruction of the military and political power of Russia and most Islamic nations in the previous volume, it should be obvious that Jon and Erin are destined to survive to the very end. But they will presumably be lifted up to heaven during the Rapture, so who will be the protagonists when the Anti-Christ appears?
In Old Testament prophecy, the building of the Third Temple will signal the coming of the End Days. Since the Temple is not rebuilt in this novel, another sequel must be forthcoming. Stay tuned!
Recommended to Rosenberg fans and to anyone else who enjoys takes of biblical prophecy, desperate shootouts and hidden treasure.