Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Contempt for Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

Visiting a church today, I was dismayed to hear the pastor minimize the importance of Bible prophecy. His sermon was rolling along wonderfully, when he detoured and spent several minutes discussing the spiritual “immaturity” of those who study (or teach) Bible prophecy.

How rude and arrogant.

He cited the usual suspects, those irresponsible teachers from years past who predicted Christ’s return and of course were wrong. This has become one of the deadliest arrows in the quiver of prophecy opponents. Harold Camping and others have done tragic harm to the cause.

Yet, I am astonished that the critics force the Campings of the world onto the relevance of the Bible. Harold Camping (or any other failed “seer”) has literally nothing to do with the credibility of the Bible! Nor does the Mayan calendar debate. Nor did Y2K, nor any other traveling sideshow.

Prophecy makes up a third of Scripture. Why would a pastor ignore it, minimize it, or attempt to sanitize it from Scripture (one is reminded of the old Soviet photos where Stalin had a freshly killed perceived enemy airbrushed from an official photo)?

In his amazing little book, Who Wrote Isaiah?, scholar Edward J. Young likened the scholarly criticisms of the biblical prophecies to cutting the Bible into confetti.

Prophecy is being attacked as too incredible to believe, and it is here that we find the frontline battle in our world today, in my view. That Israel—so ubiquitous in the Bible’s predictive prophecy—is maligned and hated to such a degree serves, also, to illustrate the fact that Bible prophecy is true.

It was foretold.

The pastor this morning rightly explained that there are many details we should not be concerned with, including timing of end-times events, etc. The tragedy though is that he wants to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

One can listen to wonderfully orthodox sermons from pastors today, and then watch the whole thing run headlong over the cliffs when prophecy is mocked and scorned.

Bible prophecy is extraordinarily relevant and “hot” right at this moment. Just one glaring example is the restoration of the Jewish people to their ancestral land; truly the land has bloomed again like a rose in the desert.

How profoundly sad so many American pastors go out of their way to keep true biblical prophecy from their flocks.

Overlooking Jerusalem's Old City, 2011

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Haime52

    One particular prophecy of Jesus’ stands out in my mind. He said,”… pray that you flight not be on the Sabbath…” Most scholars say this was a prophecy of the fall of Jerusalem,in 71 A.D., and that may well be so but it speaks to something else, as well. That is the accepted thought that the Sabbath was done away with at His resurrection. HE believed that it would still be in effect after He left! What changed?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tom Kirkham

    I think a big part of the problem is that many churches are leaning toward theologies that discount the role of prophecy and “spiritualize” prophetic statements to the point that there is almost total loss of meaning to prophetic scripture. A glaring example is Replacement Theology where churches declare that the Church replaces Israel as God’s people and thus anywhere in the New Testament where you see “Israel” you can just replace it with the “Church”. This is heretical teaching. There is no foundation for Israel being replaced by the Church. In fact prophesy for Israel has not been completely fulfilled….the 70 th week still is in the future and the Church is not even mentioned during the Tribulation, just Israel.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Myles

    “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”. 2 Peter 3:2-4

    It is sad that most of these scoffers in the last days are from within the church as it is becoming more apostate with the falling away just as the Apostle Peter and Paul said it would!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment bruce thompson

    How profoundly sad so many American pastors go out of their way to keep true biblical prophecy from their flocks.

    They also deny God power is at work today.

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