Category: BIBLE PROPHECY


Having been a proponent of the pre-tribulation rapture as I was for twenty-eight years, its counter-productive or destructive power in the life of the Christian and the Church as a whole is becoming clearer to me all the time…

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There was a time when I looked forward to being raptured, because the rapture was going to happen before anything really nasty happened in my part of the world. In an instant I was going to be in heaven, without hardly having to defend my faith at all. Don’t get me wrong: the rapture, I’m convinced, is a real, Biblical event, and there really is going to be a tribulation. The nation of Israel and the remnant will be the focus of world events for a few years, and the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ will follow. However, having honestly and realistically faced up to all those tricky Bible passages in all their glory and detail, I see things very differently now*.

The little cliched allegory of a live frog being slowly heated up in a pan of water, so that he doesn’t know he’s cooking, is becoming increasingly relevant. We’re all frogs in that pot, while the world around us “heats up”. The very conditions prophesied are becoming more prevalent and pronounced, while we’re still here…on the earth.

Perhaps another cliched but equally unmistakable fact is that if our immediate ancestors-those who lived just a few decades ago, were suddenly transported to our present day they would be mortified by what they would see: gay marriage and almost universal immorality; churches erasing the maleness of God, not to mention the deity of Christ, the rejection of national pride, and far more. Our world is moving quickly towards a global society in which the Christian faith is without doubt going to be squeezed into the shadows by an increasingly hostile liberal elite, while a certain other religion is being escorted to prominence. Once the current US president goes, for whatever reason, the process will escalate, and our world will change radically.

The predicament Israel, the newly reformed Jewish nation, finds itself in just as prophesied, is no less dramatic than it has been, as most of the West outside of Trump and his supports grow in their favor towards the enemies of Israel. The technology necessary to number, monitor and control everyone on earth is available and already at work, as is the propaganda and establishment necessary to herd everyone into the same way of thinking.

In short, the conditions which well-known prophecy teachers have assured us would come about after the rapture, are becoming more and more visible to us…here and now.

As with most debatable issues among humans, Christians generally take one or another of two extreme views and refuse to budge. Either they think that prophesied events are not to be considered and can’t be understood, so ignore them altogether, or they follow what their favorite teacher says to the n’th degree and refuse to even imagine any other view than the pre-tribulation rapture: we’ll all be taken away before anything bad happens to us. Both views are dangerously faulty.

A large percentage of Christians believe that we shouldn’t be engaged in politics; we shouldn’t speak out and upset anyone; we shouldn’t make waves; we shouldn’t say that some things are wrong and some are right… and they vacate the space which generations of freedom-seekers worked and fought for on our behalf, leaving the champions of lawlessness to move in. A majority of evangelical ministers who do care insist on supporting the politically-correct understanding of eschatology, and so fail to alert their people or anyone else to what our Enemy is already working out in our world. They tell us that it’s all unavoidable anyway, and not to worry because before anything serious happens to our society and our nation we’ll all be whisked away to heaven. Never mind the fact that millions of our brothers and sisters in the faith around the world are already suffering persecution without being raptured, because that’s “over there somewhere”: it’ll never happen here.

Apart from a minority of dedicated people who’re engaging in every way they can in our world to preserve what’s left of the Christian free world, the rest of us are in essence handing it over to the kind of people who will happily stand squarely behind the “man of lawlessness”, when he finally makes his debut appearance.

* My new book, “ALL LEFT BEHIND: THE CASE AGAINST THE PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE” is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.

 

 

 

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Every day when I hear what’s going on in the world I have a strong urge to publicly connect the many dots, which easily make a familiar prophetic picture. Then, as the obligations and business of the day take over, my conviction mellows and I’m telling myself that it was all just furtive imagination born of multiple coincidences and exaggerations, mixed with a desire to see our world as it ultimately should be. Common-sense takes over.

However, on this occasion, the urge seems to have got the better of me…

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Here then is my very own conspiracy theory, supported by decades of observation of the world’s affairs and direction, in comparison with relevant Bible prophecies. Call me crazy if you like. I’m well past the point of caring or of wanting to follow the herd anyway: the point at which all committed believers will have to pass one day, like it or not.

Most prophecy “experts” within the evangelical Christian world have for decades clung doggedly to the conviction that the kingdom of the Beast will be a “Revived Roman Empire”, with the European Union as its likely immediate progenitor. One or two even claim that we already have a “revived Holy Roman Empire”. However, there really isn’t much unity, or Roman church influence, or desire for world domination apparent yet in the EU. Perhaps a far more radical union will emerge or form in the future. But my own suspicion goes further than that: the kingdom of the Beast will consist of an Islamicised West, headed by the United States.

In the very Western nations where millions fought for freedom of thought and speech, our political masters-by that I mean those in ultimate power and not just those we elect- aided by the bulk of the media and social media, and most of higher education which is anti-West and  anti-Christ, are pulling down everything the West has stood for. and working to hand over the West to a “global community”. The only enemy to this empire fit for a certain prophesied tyrant-besides Donald Trump- is Christianity. That other large and rapidly growing religion is somehow seen as a friend to the globalists. Well, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

Regarding said religion, which is as much a political movement as a religion, it seems to me that where criticism and analysis is now outlawed-even in my nation of origin, England, submission has already occurred in much of the West, and the world is changing much more rapidly than most Christians are aware of. Worse than that, many Christians have their heads in the cozy warm sand and are content to believe what their TV tells them. They see Trump as their enemy rather than a last bastion of a free and Christian-friendly West that he is.

Trump is one of the very few exceptions to those going along with the tide of history towards the fulfillment of Revelation chapter 13. He’s a finger in the dike. He’s a willing tool of the restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:7). His election frustrated the plans and dreams of globalists who very nearly had a stranglehold on us all, and now work to get a stronger grip. Unfortunately, to my mind anyway, Trump isn’t going to be around permanently, and those working to bring him down, and who were doing so even before he got elected, are going to be in high gear as soon as they regain complete control.

Oh, but most people are quite happy with the way the world is heading. Yes, they have grumbles and gripes, but there isn’t anyone running around in a red suit and a pitchfork (except perhaps Trump) and the sun still shines, and the TV still works: how could we possibly be teetering on the edge of Revelation? Nonsense!

Who’s going to be taking over when they manage to get rid of Trump? There doesn’t appear to be anyone in sight just now who could fit the bill. Perhaps a certain someone, loved by globalists and the godless alike, who has already been president, will come back.

A two-term limit? Really? The law and the Constitution stopped mattering about ten years ago, and perhaps before that: why should pesky old term limits matter? The new way of doing things, Trump excepted, is to trample on the law and the Constitution with a new agenda, and then either get the media to keep it quiet or herald it as progress. The people running our security agencies, more than half of our politicians, the bulk of the media, perhaps half of the population-don’t care about law or Constitution anymore. They care about what they want, any way they can get it. We could certainly be said to be in, or close to, the age of lawlessness. And how long will it be before its leader, the man of lawlessness, is revealed?

“…as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth…” (Luke 21:35).

Prophecy “experts” constantly miss the fact that Daniels prophecy of the so-called “Revived Roman Empire” (chapters 2 and 7) doesn’t seem to suggest that the empire will need any reviving. If you read carefully you’ll find that it appears to continue in great strength until its final form and then the judgment. And has not Europe, since Rome, continued on in great strength, dominating the world and to a large extent, shaping it to its own image?

One of the central aims of the Beast, and the nations of the world, according to Scripture in several prophesies, will be the capture and division of Jerusalem. Don’t look now, but this is the dream and the stated goal of most of the Islamic world, and virtually all members of the the United Nations. Under President Obama the United States government was also turning against Israel and towards its greatest enemies, but under Trump we currently have a pause in the process of betrayal.

WHERE IS THE U.S. IN BIBLE PROPHECY?

For a long time people have been asking the question,  “Is the United States, the greatest power on the earth, mentioned in Bible prophecy?” Of course, the name “United States” wasn’t used in Bible prophesies made many centuries ago. But is the US mentioned indirectly? Many think that the US will be the “eagles wings” which come to the rescue of Israel in Revelation. That’s wishful thinking at best. The word “eagles” and the term “eagles wings” were sometimes used as metaphors for God’s own aid, or for armies of judgment in the Old Testament, long before transport planes and air-lifts were imagined (Exodus 19:4; Jeremiah 48:40-41).

It seems to me that the most logical answer to this question is that the US actually is very much a part of Bible prophecy, and that it will be a central part of the final world empire- perhaps even the driving force of it. The kingdom of the Beast will be an overpowering military force, according to Scripture:

“Who is like the Beast? Who can make war against him?” (Revelation 13:4).

At the present time and at no time in the foreseeable future could this be said for the European Union. But it could be said for the West led by the US, which together have been the policing force of most of the world for some time. The undisputed military super-power has for decades now been the US, backed reluctantly by its allies in Europe. This applies not only to military power but also to economic power. The West, dominated by the US, leads the world in both respects. Together they dictate to the rest of the world.

IRON MIXED WITH CLAY

In Daniel’s vision (chapter 2) the feet of  iron and clay represent peoples groups which are together as an empire, but are essentially so different that they cannot become truly one, any more than iron and clay can blend. Europe and the US are composing themselves as much as possible of a mixture of peoples groups, with some successes and some problems. I see the iron and clay mix as the mingling of races and the attempted union of nations which are really too different to merge.

OUT OF ROME

Moreover-and I can’t understand why the “experts” have not yet recognized this (they probably don’t want to) the US was born out of Europe. If Europe is the “Revived Roman Empire”, born out of Rome, and since both are allied, and linked historically, genetically, ideologically, politically, culturally and socially, isn’t it obvious that the US is as much “out of Rome” as Europe is?

We may be a lot closer to the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecies than most of us realize. While we wait for the last days empire to form “over there”, we may already be in it.

 

 

 

I’ve studied Bible prophecy for 37 years, and in that time I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with those claiming to be “prophecy experts”…

REMAINS OF THE SECOND JEWISH TEMPLE, WITH ISLAMIC DOME OF THE ROCK BEHIND IT

One by one, the most influential people, the biggest names in Bible prophecy, have proved themselves to me and to many others to be painfully wrong and mistaken. They get entrenched in some kind of prophetic political correctness and refuse to budge from it for fear of denying their faith and of going against the grain of current interpretation. Even the big-wigs, those with international names and a list of formal qualifications a mile long, say and write things which can be shown to be wrong by anyone with discernment, an open mind and an open Bible.

Perhaps it’s understandable, though frustrating, that the most common words and phrases emitted by such people for decades include the following: the stage is being set; it looks like; probably; just about to happen; fulfillment; on the horizon.

Of course, interpreting Bible prophecy can be a tricky pass-time, but it doesn’t have to be. The mistake so many make is in attempting to force their faulty ideas into present-day events and future ones.

Whenever I write on Bible prophecy I get fewer views than I do on any other subject. I see the reason for that to be the fact that people are so numbed to it all by all the many false predictions made in over-confidence, the ridiculous non-Biblical event and date-setting, and sometimes the hands grasping for money which “we badly need to continue this vital ministry”. Ha! I can write here and reach people all around the world, without spending or asking for a penny…why can’t the experts?

Why does it matter? It matters because there are huge numbers of people in the West who see that the world must indeed be headed towards what has been foretold in the Bible, or at least towards some sort of date with destiny, but who are either badly misinformed or uninformed, and fail to ” search the scriptures”. There are millions of others who have no knowledge at all of what is down the road for planet earth, and need to be warned with correct information.

So don’t get me wrong-I’m not mocking the idea of the Second Coming. In fact I’m convinced in my own mind that it certainly is coming…soon. But what does “soon” mean in this context? Does it mean next year, next decade, or in another thousand years or so?

And what gives me the right to find fault with the experts? Who am I and where did I learn my theology and get my ordination? The answer to that is simple: God has not commissioned those self-proclaimed experts to pass on the message while forbidding the rest of us from figuring it all out for ourselves. As Vernon McGee said, God put the cookies on the bottom shelf so that everyone could reach them. The experts are no more “right” than we can be if we simply look into Scripture and look at our world.

As in the dark days when the Bible could only be read in Latin and interpreted by the “experts” in the Church, so now we have such people and their admirers in the Christian media claiming to be the proper proponents of truth while the rest of us…. the ignorant masses… need to pay attention to them and believe every word they say. That’s not God’s truth. We have every right, as believers, to test what we hear and to hunt down the truth for ourselves. In fact we’re obligated to do so. I’ve done plenty of it over the years, and I’ve concluded that there are no experts that I fully trust now. Test everything, I say. Either they’re in it for the money or the prestige, or because they don’t want to have to go out and get a proper job. Or perhaps they’re just plain wrong.

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I’ll confess I’m not an authority on churchy affairs, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps it’s time political correctness within the church faced a little more opposition from those who aren’t under its power…

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I’ve no doubt that many or most church ministers are working hard and doing their best for their congregations and for their God. But my experience and my observation of today’s church world, overall, is that the flock is not being prepared for what it already faces, or for what may be coming…

We don’t have to go any further than our television or our web-based news feeds to see the direction our world is heading in. Here in the US we’re becoming more and more polarized as the haters crawl out of the closet and make their intentions clear. Our culture is being torn because those who are most intent on changing it have the power of most of the media on their side.

POLITICS AND RELIGION

Of those who take a Biblical view of culture and politics in the Church how many are talking about it? Alright, we don’t have to side openly with either major political party, but we absolutely should be discussing the issues, because they affect all of us and all our children. We don’t live in a theocracy or a church state, and I wouldn’t want to. But we all, in a so-called “democracy” or “republic” or “democratic republic” have a right and a duty to shape it, rather than just handing it over to those who want to tear down all the principles our Creator created us to live by, and even the obvious principles of nature itself.

 

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SEX

Another but not unrelated subject is sex and romance. Without these none of us would be here, right? But how many churches and their ministers discuss the hows and the whys of love: the principles God expects us to live by? How many discuss that stuff which the Bible calls “sin”? “Sin” is such a little word, but it’s so profoundly important. How many young people are being told what sin is and what its consequences are? How many are being told that the things now being forced onto the Western world regarding morality and sexuality are enough to bring eternal consequences?

…those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21 NIV).

ORIGINS

Some in the Church regard the subject of our origins as being insignificant. Where we came from isn’t important, they say. What did Jesus say about origins? He said:

If you believed Moses, you would believe me…but if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words? (John 5:46).

The writing of Moses, and the prophets, and the apostles, all speak of our creation: not our evolution. We’re made by God in the image of God, not by chance, random mutations and billions of years of time in the image of a lemur or an ape-like creature. Calling into question our creation is calling into question our salvation from sin, and our eternal destiny. If all the writers are wrong about creation, so are they wrong about salvation.

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Our kids are being taught that they evolved from soup. The church which is not working to correct this view is not, I repeat not, caring for its flock.

WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD

I believe in the rapture of the Church. However, what many ministers in churches and on the radio and internet are teaching is that before all that’s foretold in Revelation and elsewhere occurs we’re all going to be taken to heaven…

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Why did our God go to so much trouble to foretell last days events if we aren’t going to see them or experience them? Why do so many prophecy “experts” make a living at what they do if all the time we’re going to disappear before it all happens? Why are so many in the Church sticking their heads in the sands of rapture, when half way across the world many of their believing brothers and sisters are already being martyred for their faith? We are not all going to escape what is to come. We are not all going to get out of here, without some very serious opposition first. So why are the churches passing out buckets full of sand when they should be equipping the saints for what may come and for what has already come in many parts of the world?

FELLOWSHIP AND WORSHIP

One powerful way to prepare the Church for what it has to deal with and for what it may have to face is through fellowship and worship. Sadly, I see very little. I see cliques and little groups who like each other and turn their noses up at the rest. I see very few Bible studies where the  Bible is studied and where it’s not just another opportunity for someone to give a sermon rather than openly discuss Scripture in relation to today’s world. And I see a kind of worship where if you don’t like or accept a very specific genre of music, i.e. Christian “contemporary” music-an innocuous and generic form of pop-you’re out of luck and probably out of any possibility of fellowship.

APOLOGIES

We all get bombarded with lies from every direction. And who did Jesus say was the father of all lies? The devil.

Our history is being revised and scrubbed out by our education establishments and our media. Our “news” feeds are not giving us news at all any more but propaganda, gossip, slander and fakery. Our schools and universities are teaching that we all evolved out of nothing, that there’s no truth to Christian “myths”, and that the Christian Church is the cause of all that’s wrong in the world. Our entertainment world is stuffing gross immorality and extreme violence down our throats, sometimes dressed in special effects, and always with attractive people, to get our attention. Our politicians are (generally) out of touch with reality, with their own voters, and with any sense of Godly wisdom, and our judges are making laws and ignoring others to suit their own agendas.

So how is the Church countering all the lies and deceit we all face every day? I’ll rephrase that last question. Is the Church countering all the lies and deceit?

 

 

 

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