- Review: Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God
Review: Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God
Norm Goldman, B.A. LL.L, is the
Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures, which he created in 2002.' Practicing law for over 35 years enabled Norm to transfer and apply to
book reviewing his many skills that he had perfected during his career in
the legal profession and as a result he became a prolific free lance
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Author: Jerry J. Pollock, Ph.D
Imagine being interviewed for the position of Messiah by some of
the most distinguished biblical characters. Among the luminaries
sitting around a semi-circular table are Seth, the third son of Adam
and Eve from whom it is said that all mankind descended after their
eldest son, Cain killed his younger brother Abel, and the genetic
lineage of Cain was allowed to die out. Then we have Chanoch,
father of Methuselah, who lived 365 years and his son Methuselah who
outlived him reaching 969 years. Also among the interviewers and
sitting in the center is King David and to his left is Moses, the
greatest prophet of all time, and adjacent to him Jacob, son of Isaac
and grandson of Abraham. Remember Jacob; he had four wives, who bore
twelve sons and a daughter. The sons became the Twelve Tribes of
Israel. At the end of the table is Abraham, representing the
figurehead of the earth’s three monotheistic religions. You have to
admit that this is quite an outstanding interview team! And by the
way it is Isaiah who conducts one final interview.
As we read Jerry J. Pollock’s Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God it becomes quite evident that this is undoubtedly a most remarkable tome, something with its unique creativity and profound thought that is poles apart from the multitude of books concerning spirituality and religion.
If you glance at Pollock’s commentaries posted on various
Internet sites, you realize that the first several chapters are
really a compressed memoir of his life. Using twin imaginary
brothers, Yoseph and Yinnon, Pollock examines his heartbreaking
childhood growing up in a dysfunctional family where apparently he
was unloved and rejected by his parents and as he clearly states: “a
total void of demonstrable love and praise in my upbringing.”
He refers to several episodes where G-d miraculously saved his life including his attempted suicide and concludes there must have been a reason why his life was spared. As he states, “Why me? He had his reasons. I had to find out for myself what my mission was.” Pollock also feels a deep need to give back to G-d what He has given him.
As a result, Pollock tells us that he was determined to climb the spiritual ladder and “a thought came into my head, from out of the blue, that I should start a nonprofit charitable corporation for the Third Temple, which would be essential to the coming Messianic Age.” Pollock strongly believes in the coming of the Messianic Age and he has in fact created a non-profit organization, The Shechinah Third Temple where he believes it is his mission to advance the Divine by spreading His spiritualism. Moreover, he practices what he preaches and has incorporated spirituality into his daily life and encourages others, if they haven’t done so, to perform kind deeds, being merciful and truthful and stand up for what is right and just.
The remainder of the book is taken up with a journey into heaven and the arrival at the Third Temple. It is here where Yoseph and Yinnon meet Michael, the chief archangel who tells Yoseph that he would be his advocate during an interview process. Yoseph is stunned and inquires what interview process?
Michael smiles and tells him the Messiah interviews and he is to be interviewed for the position of the Messiah. Yoseph is also informed that his twin Yinnon has not been with him all this time and that he was lost a long time ago in his mother’s womb.
Using the mechanism of interviews Pollock embarks on an insightful
self-analysis dealing with a multitude of truth-seeking questions. He
explores an assortment of themes as happiness, humility, sincerity,
love, flawed nature of human beings, aging and scientific
explanations of longevity, creation, what Yoseph’s fate is in life,
and many more. One question I found particularly worthy of note was
when Chanoch asks Yoseph to elaborate on the following: “Man
achieves the possible. G-d accomplishes the impossible?” Another
was David’s request of Yoseph to comment on his statement: “that
we can’t just be forgiven outright for our sins. In addition to the
Day of Judgement in the World to Come, we need to learn the lessons
in the present world.” Other questions were specific to some of the
biblical characters such as why did G-d remove Chanoch from the
earth? As the case of the prophet Elijah, not only did their souls
ascent intact but also their bodies.
Yoseph candidly states that as he was being interviewed he could feel as if seven mind readers could see into the truthfulness or falseness of his heart. In other words, he couldn’t throw the bull and his replies had to be truthful and sincere.
Pollock has certainly done his homework in re-creating the
historical biblical setting where the Messiah interviews are
conducted. His dexterity in revealing his own character in small
fragments as well as the interlacing of insightful reflection makes
for a captivating read. Moreover, his elegant prose hits us with
immense energy as we muse over the many questions that Yoseph is
called upon to answer. Although, I have to confess that
notwithstanding that it takes some time to absorb all of the book’s
material with its raw power and harsh originality, patient readers
will find, as I have, that in the end it is all very beneficial and
meaningful. In fact, by the time you’re done reading this
intelligent narrative, you may even believe the Messiah interviews