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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

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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A Flood of Unbelief

posted by jfletcher

My enthusiastic (and unsolicited!) endorsement of Barry Werth’s book, Banquet at Delmonico’s is prompted because it is so relevant to eschatology, the study of “last things.”

Christ and the apostles warned regularly that the latter days of history would be marked by, among other things, a departure from the faith.

Werth’s research into the spread of Darwinian philosophy sheds interesting light on this subject. In the 19th century, people generally believed the Bible is true. They accepted the Genesis accounts, and that logically led to belief in the rest of Scripture.

But when pseudo-scientists like Thomas Huxley and Herbert Spencer simply added their presupposition that the Bible isn’t true to science…well, the rush to apostasy in the Church really kicked-in.

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One of the first accounts to go was the flood of Noah’s day. Clever evolutionists like Charles Lyell understood that the general public would never go for a full-blown frontal assault on the Bible. Rather, it must be suggested that the earth was simply “very old.”

Once that obstacle was overcome, over time, it could be suggested that Noah was myth and so was his flood. The new science of geology would fit that presupposition, thus ushering-in the concept of a very ancient Earth.

Clergymen like Henry Ward Beecher (and later, Harry Emerson Fosdick) helped popularize such attacks on the Bible.

From there, it was a short step to reducing the books of the prophets to myth, legend, embellishment, etc.

The early proponents of Darwin never produced any real evidence that the Bible isn’t true, but they were superb at marketing.

Today, especially in America, even though Bible prophecies are more compelling with each passing week…more people miss the fact.

That is a tribute to Darwin & Friends.

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