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Biblical Prophecy and Discerning the End Times.

Scripture has a great deal to say about the future, often referred to as the Last Days, End Times, or the Day of the Lord. From Old Testament prophets Ezekiel and Daniel to Jesus’ apostles John and Paul in the New Testament, numerous men of God describe signs of the end times in varying degrees of detail. They address the emergence of an evil antichrist, the establishment of a world system that flourishes worldwide, and a growing global conflict that comes to an explosive conclusion in Israel. And many of them highlight social trends that will surface in the last days.

Peter describes it like this: “In the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! … These teachers oppose the truth [and] have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are” (2 Timothy 3:1-9, NLT).

But prophets and apostles aren’t the only biblical figures who prophesy about the future. Jesus spends a great deal of time talking about future and providing a number of clues that signal the world’s end and foreshadow his return. As his ministry and life near their end he offers this response to a question about the signs of those events. “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. “The day is coming when you will see what Daniel the prophet spoke about—the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing in the Holy Place.” (Reader, pay attention!) “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack. A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. And pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.“Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time. “So if someone tells you, ‘Look, the Messiah is out in the desert,’ don’t bother to go and look. Or, ‘Look, he is hiding here,’ don’t believe it! For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near. “Immediately after the anguish of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven” (Matthew 24:4-31, NLT).

But the book of Revelation remains the most prominent book of prophecy in Scripture for many believers. It goes into considerable detail about the last days, the antichrist, Babylon, and God’s judgment of a sinful world. Millions of committed Christians, casual churchgoers, and non-believers alike have studied the words contained therein in hopes of discerning the timing of Christ’s return, the identity of the antichrist, and the nations involved in Armageddon. They read books from experts and scholars who proclaim to possess insight into how it all ‘goes down’ in those last days. Sadly, many of these ‘insights’ conflict with Scripture and paint a picture that is easily digested by a trusting and desperate audience.

The fact is many of the details regarding the end times will not be made clear until those days are upon us. And many of those details will bear little resemblance to the narratives offered by many self-proclaimed experts and religious charlatans.

So how should we read and study prophecy? With an eye toward understanding the big picture and broad trends without concerning ourselves too much with learning granular specifics, much of which will remain a mystery until the Lord returns.

My new novel, A Town Called Babylon, offers one portrait of how the world will look in the end days, how society will tempt Christians to compromise their faith to remain in good standing, and how the antichrist might emerge. It is not meant to be a definitive treatise on the end times.

Rather I hope to galvanize readers to think critically about biblical prophecy and consider the possibility that widespread views propagated by popular pastors and authors may not be accurate. I want to encourage readers to investigate Scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit as they seek to understand prophetic passages and, especially, the book of Revelation. And I hope to entertain readers in the process with a compelling story, colorful characters, and a hopeful conclusion.

You can purchase a copy at Amazon in both paperback and e-reader formats. I hope you enjoy the read. Here’s a link for your convenience.

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Release of new novel: A Town Called Babylon.

Excited to announce the release of my new novel, A Town Called Babylon. It is an engaging and provocative dystopian thriller.

Unlike other novels in that genre, however, it does not travel well-worn ground focused on tyrannical governments. Rather, it provides a glimpse into the alarming world of societal tyranny. Drawing on biblical prophecy and burgeoning social trends, it paints an unsettling portrait of the immediate future when society – working in concert with powerful institutions such as corporations, academia, and the media – threatens and attacks truth, individuality, and religious freedom. The picture that emerges is at once frightening and hopeful, cautionary and insightful.

Set in fictitious Babylon, the story revolves around Dr. Philly Love, a neurosurgeon who steadfastly refuses to embrace as truth the pronouncements of the Intellectual Council, and Browning Dillon, the worship pastor of Babylon Community Church who has serious reservations about society’s worldview. When the pair meet at a neighborhood barbecue, sparks fly. As they draw closer to each other they find themselves targeted by sinister forces masquerading as angels of light – dark powers determined to destroy them and unify the world under one banner.

It is available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle) and online at Barnes & Noble. I’ve attached a link below for more info. If you would like a signed copy (at 25% off), please contact me via email.

Just Released My Latest Thriller, An Absence of Justice.

I just released my latest novel, An Absence of Justice, in September 2015.

With first-rate writing, credible dialogue, and a riveting plot, it makes an exceptional read for any fan of suspense. Throw in a couple unforgettable characters, several bombshells, and plenty of heart-pounding action and you have one of the year’s best thrillers.

Critics say:

“A complex, international thriller … that will hold the reader’s attention from the first page to the last … [It is] too good to put down and will leave you on the edge of your seat … With any luck, Cyr has already started working on a sequel.” (San Francisco Book Review).

“Highly Recommended … A highly satisfying novel you soon won’t forget … When you turn the last page you’ll be begging Cyr to focus an entire series around the truly memorable protagonist.” (BestThrillers.com).

“Thriller-aficionados will unite in praise for An Absence of Justice … A compelling, satisfying thrill ride [that] has it all; suspense, intrigue, surprises, and depth of plot.” (Portland Book Review).

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Synopsis: As one of the world’s leading authorities on technology, Malcolm Fitzpatrick uses his expertise to identify a unique brand of criminal: the privileged killer. These über-successful men sacrifice innocent lives in their pursuit of wealth, power, and greatness. Alarmed by their growing presence in Europe and the courts’ unwillingness to hold them accountable, Malcolm decides to intervene personally.

In Paris, meanwhile, investigative journalist Camille Chevalier has written an incendiary story detailing despicable acts committed by three prominent Parisians. Before it goes to press, however, her editor leaks the story to one of the perpetrators, placing her life in imminent danger. To survive, Camille goes underground where she encounters an unlikely benefactor, Malcolm.

Together they devise a plan to ensure the men identified in her story never harm anyone again. The ensuing cat-and-mouse chase crisscrosses Europe through Monte Carlo, Cannes, Geneva, and, finally, Paris, where an explosive, nail-biting finale occurs.

It is available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble online. It is also available in a variety of e-reader formats (see links below). I encourage you to pick up a copy today. And don’t forget to recommend it to a friend and post a review on your favorite book review website.

For a paperback, click here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/1516853458

For the Nook version, click here:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-absence-of-justice-roderick-cyr/1122628847?ean=2940152339154

For the Kindle version, click here:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015EHPTS6

New novel a powerful story of relationship redemption.

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My just released novel, An Unexpected Outcome, is the riveting love story of Colby and Haley Carlisle. The novel takes readers on a journey of commitment, broken vows, second chances, and relationship redemption.

Critics call it:
“A gripping, tragic portrait … with complex, sympathetic main characters.” (Kirkus Reviews).
“Suspenseful…A story with many twists.” (San Francisco Book Review).

The novel captures several remarkable characters readers will never forget and contains a number of intense, adrenaline-inducing scenes that will keep you enthralled.

When Colby and Haley marry they agree to prioritize family first and value each other above all else: work, wealth, friends, and hobbies. Then Colby receives an unsolicited proposal that promises to gratify all his secret desires. But it comes at a cost and sets in motion a sequence of unexpected events that jeopardizes Haley’s life and threatens their marriage. As the couple struggles through the chaos they must decide whether to rebuild their marriage and give each other a second chance. What results is a heart-pounding outcome neither imagined and neither will ever forget.

Plenty of action exists to keep the pages turning and a number of plot twists and turns will surprise readers, lead them on an emotional roller coaster, and appeal to fans of romance and action genres.

New novel is a thrilling, emotional, white-knuckle story that captivates readers

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The recently released novel, An Accidental Abduction, is the story of Katy Byrd, a young woman who enjoys her small town life in Lakesburg, MN but yearns to make a difference. When she decides to join her church on a mission trip to Morocco, Katy hopes God uses the experience to transform her ordinary life. But when local terrorists kidnap her, life turns upside-down for Katy and thrusts her into a harrowing scenario that’s far from routine. Now she must confront circumstances far more challenging and severe than anything she faced back home. Worse, her survival appears to rest entirely on the intervention of a man she barely knows – the man assigned to guard her and prevent her escape.

The plot examines Katy’s battle with despair as she struggles to understand why God allowed the abduction to happen and how the traumatic experience transforms her and those around her. It has adrenaline-inducing scenes while touching the heart and soul. A great read for the summer with an inspiring, encouraging message.

The novel is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in paperback, and electronically on Kindle. To order, click the links below – and remember to recommend it to your friends as well.

http://www.Amazon.com/dp/B00LI30DEQ

http://www.Amazon.com/dp/149962879x

 

What Jesus taught about following Him as a disciple.

In my book, Difficult Is the Path: Why Life as a Disciple of Christ Is Not for the Fainthearted, we examine Scripture and identify examples Jesus provided, parables He shared, and lessons He taught about the challenge of living as His disciple. We focus particular attention on verses the American church has ignored historically or dismissed as irrelevant.  During His sermon on the mount Jesus specifically said that the path that leads to eternal life would be challenging, yet often we want to create an alternate path that arrives at the same location but follows a more leisurely and comfortable route. My book explores the dangers with pursuing that approach.9781462726233_COVER.indd

Of course, just because the path is difficult doesn’t mean it is not worth taking. This study lays the foundation for the reader to deepen his relationship with the Lord and increase his faith, and in the process enjoy a far more satisfying, purposeful, and rewarding life. Though Jesus left no ambiguity over the fact that following Him would be challenging, He also makes clear that doing so would lead to indescribable peace, joy, and hope.