Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

Groaning

posted by jfletcher

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:22)

On a trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, my guide talked quite a bit about “Mother Earth” and how “she” groans under the weight of man’s abuse of his environment.

I agree with a bit of that, although I worship Father God. In the book of Romans, Paul wrote that the whole creation is groaning under the curse of sin, and he taught that there was an end-game.

I thought of this when the killer tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, just up the road from where I live. Even one death would have been devastating, but we are hearing about many deaths.

In the book of Isaiah, the Lord promises that one day, He will restore/remake the earth, for a final time. He promises this. I believe him.

The Harold Camping fiasco—in many people’s minds—”harmed” the teaching potential of Bible prophecy enthusiasts. I disagree.

Camping was wrong on an epic scale, and many “predicted” he would be—it was easy to see his downfall coming—but sometimes we forget that the Bible isn’t wrong.

Paul and the other apostles taught, through revelation from the Creator God, that a day was coming in which there would be no more tornadoes, and no more dead children, and no more abuse of the creation.

Because predictive prophecy in the Bible authenticates Scripture, we can be confident that that day is not only coming, but that it is near.

The Darkness

posted by jfletcher

There are all sorts of amazing prophecies in the Bible. Not all of them deal with antichrists and things that go bump in the night. But they do signal a season of darkness before the light dawns.

Among other places in the New Testament, the two letters that bear Peter’s name discuss “false teachers” and departures from the Christian.

Apostasy.

The apostle indicates that both false teachers and their “students” will do so willingly. In particular, 2 Peter 3 has a fascinating discussion of this, revealing to us that in the last days, there will come “scoffers” into the Church, specifically, and that they will first deny the origins accounts of Genesis, then they will, in effect, put up their hands and mockingly ask, “Where is the promise of His [Jesus] coming?”

It doesn’t help Bible prophecy students and teachers today that men like Harold Camping are such bunglers. Because if people were able to see past the Harold Campings of the world, they would see clearly that Peter’s predictions are coming to pass every single day, especially among the liberal wing of the Church—and this includes the evangelical wing of Christendom. It is open season on believers who actually think that Jesus will physically return to Jerusalem, as He told his disciples He would.

One blogger recently said that we must be mindful of believers struggling with the mocking and that we should be “preparing them for the coming post-evangelical darkness.”

That’s interesting; post-evangelical darkness. If you don’t realize that those shadows are already falling, pay attention. Pay attention to the mocking jabs from those in the liberal wing and the so-called “Emergent” crowd.

Be mindful of 2 Peter 3; the scoffers today—within the Church!—are fulfilling the very prophecy they deny.

Isn’t that amazing?

Is Prophecy Relevant?

posted by jfletcher

Recent world events, along with Harold Camping’s spectacular fail, have placed the subject of Bible prophecy squarely in the public square. I don’t remember a time when so many people are talking about “the end of the world.”

Except in the Church. While other religious traditions and even secularists are discussing end-of-the-world scenarios, various Christian leaders seem embarrassed by it. This is probably due to credibility problems among some prophecy teachers, and pastors’ own thirst for affirmation from the world—something Jesus cautioned them about.

I attended a service yesterday, an evangelical church of some size, and the pastor’s sermon was titled, “The End of the World.” He mentioned it in his opening sentence, meandered into other subjects, then wrapped-up by mentioning it again. He recognized the huge amount of press coverage Bible prophecy had been given recently, but he still couldn’t bring himself to actually teach any of it.

It is quite ironic that the Church today (evangelicals have now joined the mainline and Catholic traditions in their disinterest in Bible prophecy) is moving away from prophecy teaching at the very moment it is heating up.

Forget Camping. His failed prediction had nothing at all to do with the Bible.

I will be in Israel next month, and would love to know what your questions are about end-of-the-world events.

I will walk through Jerusalem and meditate on the book of Zechariah, which predicts that at some point, the world will attack Israel. Given the rift between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama, one wonders why Bible prophecy is so difficult for many to believe.

Still there, huh?

posted by jfletcher

Coming out for the encore of the Band’s legendary 1976 Thanksgiving Day final concert, at San Francisco’s Winterland theatre, the peerless Robbie Robertson strode to the microphone and said, “Still there, huh?”

It was a funny line, and I was reminded of it as my eyes flickered open early this morning. Harold Camping’s harmful prediction that the Rapture would occur today has made international headlines. It has also served as a bizarre attack on the credibility of the Bible, since so many equate the declarations of a man with what the Bible actually says/predicts.

Of course, not only does the Bible not give any date for the return of the Lord—Jesus Himself said that only God the Father knows—but it says quite plainly what will befall false prophets.

Still, we have this thoroughly fascinating scenario upon us in which it is the end of the world, but it isn’t!

It isn’t the end of the world when a man says it is, but the Bible is plain about the “season” of the end. Take for example the context of Jeremiah, chapter 30. In it, the Lord predicts that at the time of the end, Israel will be alone; all her “lovers” will abandon her.

The president’s insistence this week that Israel retreat to its borders of June 4, 1967 is a perfect fulfillment of Jeremiah 30. Charles Krauthammer said yesterday on FOX that without American assurances, Israel is “naked and alone” in the world today.

Precisely. Traditionally, only the U.S. and Micronesia (God bless them!) vote for Israel in the United Nations. Now, officially, America has abandoned the Jewish state; do not be fooled by the doublespeak that pledges support for Israel’s security on the one hand, and insistence on the 1967 borders on the other (Ambassador Abba Eban referred to these narrow borders as “Auschwitz Lines”).

Yes, we’re still here. But not for long.

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