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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Why Are People Missing It?

posted by jfletcher

One of my favorite things to do is study Bible prophecy. A fascinating outcome of that is observing that so many people in our world today miss the fact that prophecies are being fulfilled at an astonishing rate.

While I enjoy studying “eschatology,” I also love to read about origins issues. I am not a scientist, but rather my area of interest is researching the recent history of thought on evolution and creation.

I was privileged to know the late Dr. Henry Morris of the Institute for Creation Research. Through him, I began to investigate how Darwinian philosophy has affected the Church and the wider culture.

An outcome of the spread of the philosophy of naturalism is that people also miss the reality of the Bible’s predictive prophecy.

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In other words, a couple generations were taught that the Bible’s accounts of origins in Genesis 1-11 were not true. From there, it was a short step to disbelief in the rest of the Old Testament, or the Hebrew Scriptures. Now we are widely told that the Exodus didn’t happen, Abraham wasn’t real, David is myth, etc.

That is precisely why so many people in our world today do not “see” reality.

I am actually quite comfortable saying that I believe the early chapters of Genesis are a straightforward account of early Earth history. Logically, I also take seriously the predictions for the future, from the prophets.

I see through these studies that the Bible validates itself.

So at the end of the day, I am able to understand that the anti-Bible bias of men like Charles Lyell and Thomas Huxley was simply wrong.

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Not only were they wrong about origins, but they were certainly, tragically, wrong about last days theology.

That is why so many people in our world today miss the significance of the prophecies concerning the Jews’ final “re-entry” into history.

I encourage you to simply read the Old Testament for yourself. Take as long as you need. Take notes. Then meditate on current events and recent history.

You’ll arrive at the truth.

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Is It the End of Your World?

posted by jfletcher

We live in turbulent times, for sure. I think we can all agree on that.

For many, Bible prophecy is a fringe worldview. That’s okay; we are all entitled to our own views.

Yet, with so many odd and frightening things going on in the world today, I wonder: do you think it’s the end of the world? If so, what is going on in your personal life as you navigate this Earth experience?

As readers of this blog surely know, I certainly believe we are living in the last days. My chief reason is the presence of the state of Israel in our world. It seems clear to me that the many prophecies announcing this end-times reality are ubiquitous.

Had I lived in, say, A.D. 999, I would not have been looking for a cascade of last-days events, simply because the Jews would not have been back in their ancestral land.

That is the signpost.

Having said that, I enjoy talking with people who share different views of reality.

So…do YOU think we are living in the last days of world history?

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The Valley of Hinnom

posted by jfletcher

Rob Bell, the wildly popular pastor from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has made news lately. His new book, Love Wins, presents a “progressive” view of hell.

I don’t want to comment on Bell or his book per se, but rather point out that the biblical setting for “hell” is an actual place. Often, people are not aware that places in the Bible are something other than symbolism or myth.

For example, Armageddon is a real place. Megiddo is an ancient site north of Jerusalem; in the Hebrew it is “Har Megiddo,” or, Hill of Megiddo. Napolean claimed it was the greatest natural battlefield he’d ever seen. Megiddo is the setting for the famous “end of days” battle.

Likewise, Jerusalem’s Valley of Hinnom, on the southern edge of the Old City, is the site of an ancient trash dump (which burned continually) and pagan sacrifice. The whole scene was so horrific, it served as a backdrop for the biblical writers’ accounts of the place of torment for the dead.

Far from some esoteric dream-stuff, the Bible is connected to real people, in real places and real eras.

The Bible is not myth, but rather a relevant book for those seeking truth.

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The Clash of Worldviews

posted by jfletcher

There is an interesting “debate” going on within the evangelical Church today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I wind up on the losing side.

In years past, the concept known as “Kingdom Now” was somewhat confined to the Pentecostal world. In short, Kingdom Now means that we should work to build the Kingdom of God here and now.

The opposite view is the one I’d call the Bible Prophecy view—that is, Jesus will establish His kingdom when He returns.

I fall into the latter camp.

One of the themes of Scripture, as it relates to the last days, is that the world will become worse: the creation itself is groaning under the curse, but people will also become narcissistic, thus (ironically) embracing Herbert Spencer’s “survival of the fittest” view.

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It seems clear to me that our world, our culture, is disintegrating into a meaner and more inhospitable place. I’m not sure at all why certain Christian leaders embrace the idea that man can establish any kind of “utopica” (my word) on this sin-wracked planet.

But that is not such a popular view these days, in the Church. It’s all about building some sort of positive environment in which righteousness is the law of the land.

Many of the popular writers and speakers and leaders today in the evangelical world promote the Kingdom Now philosophy. Oddly enough, this is exactly the view promoted by Darwinists in the 19th century. The idea was that man can evolve past his animal instincts.

Bible prophecy, especially as it relates to the last days, is quite clear and not really hard to understand at all. Unless one’s narcissism compels him to believe he can interpret it or ignore it or re-fashion it.

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As always, though, the marker—the signpost of history—is Israel. The nation is fulfilling major prophecies right before our eyes (notice the intensifying pressure on the Jewish state, a hallmark of last days theology).

Soon enough, we will all know who was right and who was wrong, with regard to the timing of the Kingdom of God.

I’m content to wait.

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