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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Clash of the Worldviews

I am having a splendid email conversation with a Christian leader who does not share my view of Bible prophecy. I have taken issue with his harsh rhetoric about Bible prophecy students and teachers, and pro Israel Christians—or, to be more precise—Christian Zionists.

He feels our insistence that the Bible speaks of a society that is spiraling downward into immorality is a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. That is, if one believes the world is getting worse, one tends to pull back from helping others, taking care of the environment, etc.

It’s an interesting theory, but it doesn’t square with reality.

I’ve never known a Bible prophecy teacher who was anything but engaged in helping the plight of his fellow man. I do not litter, my family recycles, and we support animal shelters.

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Most of the Bible-believing Christians I know give of their surplus to those in need, and they do it enthusiastically.

My late friend and mentor, David Allen Lewis, was both a pioneer in bringing Israelis and Palestinians together and robustly engaged in feeding the hungry. David, I love you and miss you.

So the charge of the fellow on the other side of the keyboard is bogus. He’s a smart guy and I suspect deep down he knows this, but in opposing a “future” view of Bible prophecy, he must set up his opponents as straw men. Or scarecrows.

As I often say, what you read in the Bible is what you see in the real world: Israel reborn; a global economy; a growing global religion; intensifying hostility of Jews and the state of Israel; false teachers in the Church. The list goes on.

Prophecy is so valid and so based in reality one wonders—truly—how anyone could reject it.

I hold out hope for my e-pal.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment mike

    I have recently changed my belief from what 99% of Christian churches preach regarding the ‘end times’. I believe the ‘end times’ in the bible is referring to the end of the old covenant and the beginning of the new covenant. The ‘old heaven and earth’ passing away bringing in the ‘new heaven and earth. The original Greek wasn’t i believe made clear in Matthew 24 when the disciples asked about the end of the age not the end of the physical world. The thecratic nation of Israel was destroyed in AD 70 by Rome. Jerusalem was sacked. It certainly was a time of great tribulation for them as well as the new Christian religion. The Jewish temple was destroyed just as Jesus predicted.
    I believe we are in His kingdom now and of it there will be no end. I know people disagree on ‘end times’ teaching but being saved by grace alone through faith alone i hope is what unites us. Nevertheless, my new end times beliefs are very hopeful for me since i dont believe this world will ever end as stated in Ecclesiastes 1:4. Another iinteresting interpretation is II Peter 3, in part reading ‘ the elements will burn with fervent heat’. I believe this is the old covenant elements or ‘principles’ burning up.

  • http://romans109.com Roman

    Romans 10:9 tells us that there are only two things needed for you to go to heaven and be with God forever…
    “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

    The world we live in can be a scary place, but Romans 8:28 tells us that God is in control and reminds us that God has a plan to protect us and give our hearts peace. The plan is to have His son Jesus Christ pay the price for our mistakes, even though He did nothing wrong, so that we can have a perfect life in heaven, even though we don’t deserve it.

    He offers this as a free gift to you because of His great love for you.

    For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, so that whoever believes in Him will not die, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

    Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation.

    ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.’ (Ephesians 2:8,9)
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