Tag Archives: prophecy

Trump: antichrist or protector?

Donald Trump (now President) addresses his fans. Note to Michael Horton: Donald Trump never called himself Messiah. The one who did, trashed Christian values, and you said nothing. But now comes the counter-coup against Obama. But one thing more: is Trump the antichrist, or will he protect us from him? More recently: herewith a call to action to support a President who stands against oppression.

If you are of the mindset that we are living in the “last days”, your doctrine concerning the timing of the rapture will have a bearing on what you expect to happen in the near future. For those who believe in a pre-tribulation rapture whereby believers will be removed from the earth prior to the tribulation, recognizing that identifying the antichrist is little more than an entertaining intellectual exercise.

Predictions, prophecies and possibilities

Blake's Image of Creation and creationism should be a warning to fools who deny God and His creation narrative. Or those who presume to judge God with theological questions about which they know little themselves. Some dire predictions are also possible today. Creation also answers a great many questions about who we are and where we came from.

Throughout the ages many have set dates for the Second Coming of Christ. Within the last two centuries, the Millerites and Harold Camping both presented logical (but wrong) arguments to support their predictions. The Millerite prediction for the Second Coming was 1843, which they then represented was misunderstood and should be have been interpreted as a “cleansing in heaven” and not on earth. More recently, Harold Camping predicted the Lord’s return in 1994, which he then revised to 2011.1 While such beliefs were sincere and well-founded, they ignored the Scripture that tells us that no one knows the day or the hour – only God in heaven. However, Jesus emphatically warned us to watch for the signs of the times so that we would not be overtaken as victims of a thief who comes in the night.

Twenty-first century

The Orot Rabin power station, south of Caesaria Maritima. Israel’s oil might make this obsolete.

As the twentieth century drew to a close, pundits glowed over the end of totalitarianism and the inevitable march of democracy. The collapse of the Soviet Union prompted intellectuals and politicians to speak of a “New World Order.”  It might be instructive to compare this optimism with the mood of the West at the beginning of that century – a mere fourteen years before World War I and only years before a worldwide economic depression.

Terrorism, prophecy & vacuums

Tower of Babel, ancient counterpart to the United Nations. The first globalist or one-world government. They, too, used "together" as a deceptive euphemism. This did not impress God. Collectivism is no substitute for worship. In politics, America must stand for Pittsburgh, not Paris, and certainly not Babylon, ancient or modern.

Biblical prophecy can be fascinating – especially when it comes to end time predictions. However, the real purpose of prophecy is not to intrigue us about future events – as if God was some kind of fortune teller. When we look at the past prophets such as Jeremiah, we see someone who was telling God’s people what was about to happen if they didn’t repent. In Daniel’s case we see prophecies that served as warnings and explanations about what would shortly take place, as well as prophecies that were to be understood at some future point in time. The vast majority of prophecies were written to call God’s people to repentance, to help us understand that there is no one like our God who tells the end from the beginning, and to warn us about future circumstances that will impact our lives – especially when we stray away from God’s protective covering. All in all, there is and was a purpose for prophecies. They are so important that nearly one third of the Bible is prophetic.

Prophecies and signs

The father of lies and his son

The prophetic signs that we are living in what has been termed the “latter days” or “end times” seem to be erupting all around us. Pulpits are alive with predictions about what will come next or that all the conditions for the return of Christ have already been fulfilled. While I wholeheartedly admit that “most” of the conditions prophesied do exist, there are several significant ones that still remain unfulfilled.

Gates of hell

Remedies for a culture run amuck. Who are the soldiers of the cross?

America’s decline has more than several contributing factors – all of which have escalated during the reign of the current Administration.  Many with a spiritual worldview and clear vision would readily acknowledge that Mr. Obama in honoring his pledge to fundamentally change America has done his best to open the gates of hell and bring all types of destruction upon us.  Jesus had something to say about the gates of hell that we should pay be paying attention to.  In Matthew 16:13-19, Jesus confirms His deity and then says to Peter in verse 18-19 something very significant.

Deceive, divide and destroy

Are there any devils left in hell? Or did Obama hire them all away?

Dr. David Jeremiah commented on the tactical strategies of Satan in his sermon series on Spiritual Warfare. He reduces it to three components: to deceive, to divide, and ultimately to destroy. Those who are contemplating the spiritual battle being fought for the heart and the soul of America would do well to recognize Satan’s tactics, which interestingly enough can all be used to describe the actions of the man now occupying the White House.

Whom do you fear? God or man?

God protects Israel when Israel respects God. Nehemiah knew this. Why don't Israel's leaders today? For that matter, why don't Americans see that? Why listen to modern descendants of Sanballat?

 

Fear thou not; I am with thee.

– Isaiah 41:10

That which we see unfolding in America on a daily basis indicates that it is certainly a very fearful period of time to be alive. But I ask, “Who should be afraid, and what should they fear?”

Blessings not realized

Revelation includes blessings, and a curse on this city.

It is widely believed that the Book of Revelation is confusing, not understandable, and divisive. As a result, it is seldom taught from America’s pulpits. It should be noted that prophecies account for nearly one third of the Bible. Therefore, disregarding prophecies yet to be fulfilled is truly a disservice to believers who are admonished to know the entirety of the Bible.

Islam and Iraq in Prophecy

An illustration of prophecy

Since many do not study prophecy and others believe there isn’t any need to since we will all be swept away before the period referred to as “The Tribulation” begins, they do not recognize the prophetic events unfolding before our very eyes. Before proceeding, it is necessary to stress that we can recognize the signs of the times but we cannot accurately predict how end time prophecies will play out or the specific dates of these occurrences.