Q. I had a friend ask me why most of God’s nature related judgments hit the Bible Belt and not our cities that resemble Sodom and Gomorrah? Any thoughts? Continue reading…
Q. What are some major signs of a church falling into apostasy? I ask because I fear the church my husband and I have been attending for over 7 years may be slipping in the Emergent/Seeker Friendly category. Most classes are now being taught from books associated with contemplative prayer and meditation. We have also introduced a class on intercessory prayer being taught from a book by a known false prophet. My husband’s class is taught by a man that claims Eve was not the first woman God created, that it’s okay to gamble, that what we secure for ourselves in this life is what we’ll have in heaven… etc.
Q. The destruction of the northern invasion’s troops and allies with obvious supernatural intervention is said to show the Lord’s greatness and make Him known among nations (Ezek. 38:23), but apparently, this is not the same as the kind of acknowledgment that Zech. 12:10 speaks of, with Israel turning to Jesus as Messiah as a nation? I don’t understand how Israel could proceed to follow the anti-Christ if they had turned back to the Lord after the Ezek. battle. Ezek. 39:22 says: “The house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, from that day forward”.
How can they know that and then proceed to follow the anti-Christ? Is Jesus as Messiah still out of their minds until the second coming and instead, Israel thinks that the anti-Christ is the messiah until then, and they are following God without Jesus by building the temple? The timing doesn’t fit the whole picture otherwise.
I know a lot of prophecy scholars use the general life span of 70 years for the countdown for all end time prophecy to be fulfilled which leads us to 2018 or 2037. So many people swore the end of this age would come by 1988 due to a generation lasting 40 years. They were obviously wrong. So what if 2037 passes?
I read that Russian Pres. Putin has ordered Russian forces to a first strike alert status over the Kosovo situation. He has said that Russia will not permit the Serbian province of Kosovo to declare independence as the West intends. Is all this true?
Can you speak about the current events in Pakistan how they might play out in the Ends Times with regards to the War on Terror?
Re your thought that “the coming Moslem leader al Mahdi could be the AC”–I thought he was dead. Do you think through Satan’s power he will be resurrected and become the AC?
Q. Thank you so much for opening Bible prophecy to those who earnestly seek understanding. Which brings me to my new question. Why do so many Christians avoid the Bible’s end time prophecies? From reading the Olivet Discourse, I understand that the Lord WANTS us to know the signs of the times…to be watchful. Is it fear? Or don’t they want it to come true? I get excited when I see prophecy coming true! We who study prophecy realize our redemption draweth nigh. Your thoughts?
A. In my opinion, organized religion is largely responsible for this. Their goals are centered around membership growth (not to be confused with evangelism) and financial success so they want their members focused on the here and now, not on the future. They’re afraid that too much understanding of end times prophecy would dampen people’s enthusiasm for remodeling projects and building fund drives and the like.
The experience of groups like the Calvary Chapels demonstrates that when prophecy is taught clearly and in the context of the Bible as a whole, it has a positive impact on growth. Even so, prophecy is rarely taught at the seminary level and as a result almost never taught in churches. Ignorance produces fear and you see the result of that.
But when people do develop an interest in prophecy, it seems like they finally light up spiritually and see the entire Bible in a whole new way. This can be threatening to the status quo. I can’t tell you how many letters I’ve gotten from people who said that after they began studying prophecy they had to leave their local congregation and find a new place to worship. It happened to me and was a primary motivator in heeding the Lord’s call to develop a para-church teaching ministry that resulted in this web site.
Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;
Are the signs in the heavens trying to tell us something?
I have read with dismay several news articles this week suggesting the possibility of PM Ehud Olmert giving away the Temple Mount to the Palestinians. My question is this: From a Scriptural, prophetic viewpoint, would the LORD allow the temple mount to be given away?