Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Converging End Times Signs: Living on Borrowed Time

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Why is the message of the soon return of Jesus Christ such a passion of yours?

On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.

Bill Salus

Living on Borrowed Time

Bill Salus: The theme of what we are going to talk about today is a book Dr. David Reagan has written. Dave, you have written many books, but the one in particular I'd like to discuss is called, Living on Borrowed Time.

I really think this is an important book, because what Dr. Reagan has done in his book is demonstrate how all the end time signs seem to be converging. He put together a panel of about 22 Bible prophecy experts and asked them questions that are very significant. We here on "Prophecy Update" are going to go through some of the questions Dr. Reagan posed and see what the experts are saying about how we are truly living in the end times.

Yesterday I was at a church's courtyard signing some books and I had a young man of about 25 years old come up to me. He was sitting at my table with his mom. She had her Bible open and was trying to impress upon him that he is possibly that final generation because we are living in the last days. But, he was really struggling with that concept. So, they called me over to sit by him and talk with him a little bit. Of course, I gave him my reasons, and some of those same reasons I had given you when you interviewed me for your book. I also referred him to Living on Borrowed Time, because in your book you've got all these important answers, particularly about all these different signs that are converging.

Tell me a little bit about your book. Then, I want to go through some of the questions that you asked these Bible prophecy experts.

Dr. Reagan: Sure. I begin the book by talking about scriptural principles that apply to the return of Jesus. These are just the fundamental principles, like the fact that Jesus has promised to return. There are some people who deny that Jesus will ever come back, and so I talk about that viewpoint, which is called Amillennialism, and explain why it is unbiblical.

I also talk about the fact that we cannot know the date of Jesus' return, but that we can know the season of His return because we have been given signs to watch for. Those signs are happening right now.

In the second part of the book, I go into the prophetic forum where I interview 22 different Bible prophecy experts, including you, Bill. I ask them about eleven different questions.

In the third section of the book, I have a number of chapters in detail of what I consider to be the key signs of the end times. These signs are the re-establishment of Israel, the revival of the Roman Empire, the proliferation of cults, the convulsion of nature, the growth of apostasy, the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, and topics of that nature.

Finally, in the last section, I talk about the challenges to the Church, because the Church is asleep today. The Church is not preaching the soon coming of Jesus, and therefore Christian are apathetic about His return.

The section I think people will find most fascinating is the section where I ask eleven questions of 22 different Bible prophecy experts.

Bill Salus: I want to go through some of those questions in a moment. You've written other books similar to this where you have had other forums, and even had Christ in Prophecy TV shows discussing these questions.

Passion For Prophecy

Bill Salus: Firstly, I do want to say that I think it is very important that your message and your ministry is so glued onto the fact that Jesus is coming very soon. You preach the Rapture it is an imminent event and that should put Christians on the edge of their seat to be called to holiness and evangelism. Let's talk about that for just a moment, and then we will get into some of those questions.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, the message of Jesus' soon return is the passion of my heart. I was a professor of International Law and Politics for 20 years before I'd began studying Bible prophecy in detail. Since then, that message has really gripped me. Very clearly we are living in the season of the Lord's return, identifiable because of the signs of the times. I gave up that career and stepped out in faith in 1980 to start preaching this message, and that's become the fundamental message of this ministry — that we are living on borrowed time.

That we are living in the season of the Lord's return is a two-edge sword that cuts two ways. For the believer in Christ, the message is — commit your life to holiness and commit your life to evangelism. For the unbeliever, it means flee into the loving arms of Jesus before it is too late, because He is coming back to pour out the wrath of God upon this world. People need to get right with Jesus right away.

I have this sense of urgency. I believe we are living in the most exciting period of world history, second only to the First Coming of Jesus Christ.

Season of the Lord's Return

Bill Salus: One of the first questions that you asked the Living on Borrowed Time panel was, "Do you believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return?"

Dr. Reagan: That was indeed the first question. Every person on the panel, all 22 said to the effect, "Absolutely! We are living in the season of the Lord's return."

I was surprised by something in their responses, though, because I expected nearly all of them to say something else, because the question was two parts: "Do you believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return?" "And, if so, why?" I expected them to say that we were, and they did. But, what surprised me was when they got to the why part. I expected probably 98% of them to answer, "Because of the re-establishment of Israel in 1948." And, certainly, all of them consider that important, but that is not the majority reason that was given for believing that we are living in the season of the Lord's return.

The overwhelming majority of Bible prophecy experts focused on one word — convergence. In other words, they said the main reason why they believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return is not because of any one particular sign, but because we have so many signs converging that are coming together for the first time. All the signs of the end times are coming together at once.

There have been times when people would say, "Well, we have this sign and that sign, and so Jesus must be coming soon." But, there were many other signs that weren't around. Today, though, we can look around us and can see all of the signs that Jesus taught converging together at the same time. They're coming together all at once. Now we can finally say, "Wow! There isn't anything missing today from the world scene in terms of the signs we were told to look for."

In the second segment of my interview with Bill Salus concerning the converging end times signs, we'll discuss what many Bible prophecy experts believe is the most important end times sign.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: Heaven

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Promise of Victory #3: The Millennium (Continued)

3) To the Nations — God has also made some promises to the nations. He has promised that the day is coming when the nations will enjoy what they've always dreamed of, what every summit conference has always hoped for, and that is peace, righteousness and justice. It doesn't matter how many times the leaders of this world meet in summit conferences. There will never be peace on this earth until the Prince of Peace returns, and that is Jesus Christ.

Here is one of those promises, though there are many, many of them. Micah 4:3 says, "He (the Messiah) will judge between many peoples and render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war."

Oh, how I have yearned for those days! They are coming. We will win in the end.

4) To the Jews — There is a fourth reason that God is going to have a Millennium. He has made many, many promises to the Jews that have never been fulfilled.

One of the worst apostasies taught by the Church for the last 2,000 years is that the Church replaced Israel. God has washed His hands of the Jews and has no purpose left for the Jews. You have to avoid three chapters of the Bible to believe that, and that is Romans 9, 10 and 11 which says God still loves the Jewish people.

God still has a purpose for the Jewish people. God is going to fulfill every promise He has ever made to the believing remnant of Jews who will turn to Him and accept Yeshua as their Ha'mashiah. And, that's going to happen.

The Jews are going to be honored during the Millennium as the prime nation of the world. Again, there are many, many Scriptures about this in the Old Testament. I just want to show you one of the most glorious, and that's in Isaiah 60. Look at what it says God is going to do for the Jews during that time.

"The glory of the Lord will appear upon you Israel. And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. The wealth of nations will come to you and the sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you and all who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation. The days of your mourning will be finished. Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever."

This is going to be fulfilled during this Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.

God is going to take the world and just turn it upside down with regard to the Jews. Today the Jews are hated. Today the Jews are mocked. Jokes are made of the Jews. The Jews are persecuted now, but soon Jesus will make the Jewish believers at that time the prime nation of the world. The whole world will recognize the glory of God flowing through the Jewish people and coming out to the world, and the whole world will honor the Jews.

Here's a good example of this promise to the Jews in Zechariah. What an image this is! In Zechariah 8 beginning with verse 22 reads, "Many peoples and many nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of Hosts, in those days ten men of all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'" When a Jew walks by in the Millennial Kingdom, ten Gentiles will grab his robe and say, "Please let us walk with you because we know that God is with you."

What a day that's going to be when God fulfills the promises He has made to the Jewish people!

5) To the Church Age Saints (you and me) — There is another reason for the Millennium. During that time God is going to fulfill the promises He has made to you and me — the Saints.

God has promised that we are going to rule over all the nations of the world. That's a promise that has not been fulfilled, but it's going to be fulfilled during that time. Take for example Daniel 7:27, "Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms and the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions will serve and obey Him.'"

We are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ. There's many, many passages that talk about that. For example, in Revelation 2:26, "And he who overcomes, and he who keeps my deeds until the end," this is Jesus speaking, "to him I will give authority over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces as I also have received authority from my Father."

We are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ over all the earth.

Promise of Victory #4: Heaven

The final stage of God's plan for the ages will come at the end of the Millennium when we will be presented with our heavenly home, the home that Jesus Christ is preparing for us right now. The Redeemed will be removed from this planet at the end of the Millennial Kingdom and we will be put into that heavenly home that is waiting for us.

I suspect that from that vantage point, though I can't prove this but I suspect it, from that vantage point we will be able to watch the greatest fireworks display in all of history as God superheats this earth to burn away all the pollution of Satan's last revolt. Out of that fiery inferno, we are told, God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth which will be our eternal abode.

That's right! Heaven will come to Earth in eternity. Heaven will come to Earth. We always think about going up and living in Heaven eternally, but the Bible says, no, Heaven will come to Earth and we will live on the New Earth in our new bodies in the New Jerusalem eternally. The New Earth will be Heaven. The New Earth will be our home and we will live in the city called New Jerusalem.

One of the most comforting Scriptures to me in all the Bible is Psalm 2. It says that while all the political leaders of the world plot and connive against each other and against God's Word, God sits in the heavens and laughs. His laughter is prompted not by a lack of concern, rather it is motivated by the fact that He has everything under control. You see, the message of Bible prophecy is that God has the wisdom and the power to orchestrate all the evil of mankind to the triumph of His Son. Jesus is returning and He will be totally victorious over all the evil in this world.

Look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near!

Monday, April 14, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: The Millennium

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Promise of Victory #3: The Millennium

This brings us to the third great triumphal event that Christians should be looking forward to, and that is the Millennial Reign of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that those of us who are in our glorified bodies — the saved — will reign with Jesus Christ over the flesh for a 1,000 years, during which time the earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice. Jesus will be serving in Jerusalem as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. David in his glorified body will be serving as the King of Israel. We in our glorified bodies will be scattered all over this earth to reign over different peoples from around the world.

Jesus said that there is going to be degrees of reward depending upon your faithfulness to Him in this life. He said I will put one person over one city, another other two, another over five, one over 10, and so forth. Some of you will be mayors. Some of you may be governors. Some of you may be presidents of nations. We are promised to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ over this earth. Everybody in a position of reigning authority will be a person in a glorified body. That could include not only the people in administrative positions, but judges and also teachers.

I can hardly wait for the Millennium to come because every teacher on planet earth will be a person in a glorified body. Everything will be taught out of the Bible. Everything! We will teach mathematics. We will teach geology. We will teach history. We will teach it all out of the Bible.

There will be no one there to say "Separation of Church of State," because there will be no separation of Church and State. Praise God! Do you know what there will not be? There will be no Texas Legislature or United States Congress, because Jesus will give the law, and not some legislature. There won't be any lobbyist or any people of that nature, because Jesus will give the law and He will see to it that the law is enforced.

Boy, what a time that's going to be! No wonder the earth is going to be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice.

During the Millennial Kingdom, God is going to fulfill some promises that He has made. When I first began to believe the Bible for what it literally said, I could grab hold of those promises.

You see, I grew up in an Amillennial Church, which is a church that said that Jesus is never going to come back to this earth and there's never going to be a Millennial reign. To them it was all just nonsense. But, when I started believing the Bible for what it said, the first struggle I had was why in the world would Jesus want to come back and reign on this earth? Why not just do away with it and let's all go to Heaven and it will be over with? I had a real struggle with that.

The more I studied Bible prophecy the more it became clear that we have to have a Millennium for a number of reasons. One of them is that God has made promises that He must fulfill because God is a God of His Word. The only way He can fulfill those is through the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

1) To Jesus — Firstly, for example, God has made some promises to Jesus Christ. He has promised to Jesus that a day is coming when He is going to receive the honor and glory and power that He should have received the first time He came. Instead, the first time Jesus came He was spat upon, He was crucified, He was mocked, and He was scourged. But, at Christ's return, He is going to receive honor, glory and power. That's going to happen during the millennial reign of Jesus.

Boy, what a time the Millennial Reign is going to be! Isaiah describes it best, though there are many descriptions of it in the Bible, both Old Testament and New. Here is one of Isaiah descriptions, "Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed for the Lord of host will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and His glory will go forth before His elders." Jesus is going to be glorified and honored as He should have been at the First Coming.

Here's an underwriting of Christ's glory in the New Testament from 2 Thessalonians 1. Paul writes, "Jesus is returning to be glorified in His Saints on that day and to be marveled at among all who have believed." Jesus is coming to be glorified. He is coming to receive majesty and glory. God's going to keep that glorious promise during the Millennium.

2) To the Creation — Secondly, God has made some promises to the Creation. God has promised that He will restore the Creation to its original perfection. Repeatedly in the Hebrew Scriptures, the promise is made over and over again that one day God will redeem His Creation.

Again, I grew up in a Church that taught me that one day Jesus is going to come back and then the whole universe is going to blow up. We will then live in an ethereal world forever as disembodied spirits floating around on clouds playing harps. I sure couldn't get excited about that.

That's not what the Bible teaches at all! The Bible teaches that God loves His creation. He created it perfect. He wants to return it to that perfection. It teaches that Jesus died on the cross not only for you and me and for our sins, but that Jesus died on the cross to make it possible that the whole of Creation can be redeemed.

Do you remember that once a year when the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies he would walk in there and he would put the blood on the Mercy Seat? This was a symbol that one day the Messiah would die and His blood would make it possible for the grace of God to cover the law of God which was under that Mercy Seat.

But, did you ever notice it says the High Priest stepped back and sprinkled the blood on the ground? Most people never notice that. He sprinkled the blood of the ground. What was that? A symbol it was, a prophecy, that the Messiah was going to die not only for the sins of mankind, but die to make it possible for all of Creation to be redeemed. God is going to do that during this particular time.

There are many Scriptures that talk about the redemption of Creation. For example, Isaiah 11 talks about how the wolf will dwell with the lamb and how the lion will eat straw with the ox. There will no longer be any poisonous animals. There will no longer be any meat eating animals. A man will live in perfect peace and harmony with nature and the animal kingdom will live in peace and harmony with itself.

Here's an affirmation of this fact in the New Testament. Peter stands before the Sanhedrin Council in Acts 3, and Peter says to these men who crucified Jesus and who could crucify him, "Repent in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that He may send Jesus Christ the appointed for you whom heaven must receive (where He is now) until the period of the restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient times."

There's going to be a time for the restoration of all things, and that's going to occur during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.

In the fifth and last segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll continue to look at the Millennial promises and finally cover the fourth promise of victory — Heaven.

Friday, April 11, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: The Second Coming

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Promise of Victory #2: The Second Coming

This brings us to the second great prophetic event of triumph that we can look forward to. Boy, what a day this will be! That is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The Bible says Jesus will return to this earth at the end of seven years of great Tribulation. He will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem from which He ascended into heaven. This will occur when the Jewish people have come to the end of themselves as a result of the persecution they experienced in the Tribulation, motivating them to turn their hearts to God. That is one of the fundamental purposes of the Tribulation. There are several purposes, but one is to bring the Jewish people to the end of themselves so that they will no longer look to the United States or anybody else, but they will turn their hearts to God because that's the only person they will have to turn to.

When Jesus comes, we are told, the remnant of the Jews will look upon Him whom they have pierced and they will weep and they will mourn as over the loss of an only son. They will look upon Yeshua and they will cry out, "Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai," which means, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." A great remnant of the Jewish people will be saved on that day. In fact, Jesus said He would not return until the Jewish people are willing to say, "Baruch haba b'Shem Adonia."

At that point Jesus will speak a supernatural word and the Antichrist and his forces will be destroyed in the Valley of Armageddon. There is no such thing as the Battle of Armageddon. It doesn't exist. Jesus doesn't send some army out against the Antichrist and his armies. He just speaks a supernatural word. After all, this is the One who spoke and the whole universe came into existence. Jesus will speak and the Antichrist and his forces will drop dead. Their tongues will melt in their mouths, their eyeballs in their sockets, and their skin will drop off. It's no wonder that the Valley of Armageddon will be filled with blood as deep as a horses bridle for a distance of 200 miles. There's going to be hundreds of millions of people in that valley when Jesus Christ speaks.

Jesus will then resurrect the Old Testament saints. You see, the Old Testament saints are not a part of the Bride of Christ. When the Rapture occurs, that's for the Church. The Church is the Bride of Christ. The Old Testament Saints according to Daniel 12 will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation at the Second Coming of Jesus. They will be resurrected as will the Tribulation martyrs, and they will receive their glorified bodies at that point.

Jesus will then judge all of those who are still left alive at the end of the Tribulation — both the Gentiles and the Jews —All left alive will be judged at the Sheep-Goat Judgment. The saved will be allowed to enter the Millennium in the flesh, but those who are not saved will be consigned to death and to Hades.

In the fourth segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll look at the third — the Millennium.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: The Rapture

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Promise of Victory #1: The Rapture

Our first promise of victory is the Rapture of the Church. This is an event that is often confused with the Second Coming, but they are not the same. A careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the return of Jesus is going to be in two stages: first the Rapture, and then the Second Coming.

The fact that these two are separate events can easily be demonstrated. For example, there are only two detailed descriptions in the New Testament of the return of Jesus. Only two! One is in 1 Thessalonians 4 and the other is in Revelation 19. If you will look at those in detail, you will find something very interesting. The two passages are as different as night and day, which raises a major theological question. The two passages describing the return of Jesus have absolutely nothing in common except that they both focus upon Jesus Christ. And, they could not be any more different.

For an example, let me show you how different they are. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears in the heavens. He does not come to earth. In Revelation 19, Jesus returns to the earth.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears in the heavens for His Church. In Revelation 19, He returns to the earth with His Church.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears as a deliverer to deliver His children from this wicked world, but in Revelation 19 He returns as a warrior to pour out the wrath of God.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears in grace. In Revelation 19, He returns in wrath.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, He appears as a Bridegroom for His Bride the Church, but in Revelation 19 He returns to earth as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

How then can these two passages be reconciled? Well, I believe that the only way that they can really be reconciled is to conclude that they are talking about two different events. Therefore, the Second Coming of Jesus is going to be in two stages: first the Rapture, and then later the Second Coming.

Incidentally, this reconciliation solves another problem, for the Bible says repeatedly that the return of Jesus is imminent, in that is it can happen at any moment. But, how can it be imminent if there is only one future coming? If you only believe in one future coming, what's called the Second Coming, then the return of Jesus is not imminent. Imminent means it can happen at any moment. But, if you only believe in the Second Coming and don't believe in the Rapture, the return of Jesus is not imminent. There's no way in the world He could come back today. And why's that? Because there are prophecies that have to be fulfilled.

Here's the point, if there is only one future coming, then the Lord's Return in not imminent because there are many prophecies that must be fulfilled before He can return to earth. There's a whole passel of them, as we say in Texas. I'll just list you a few:

  1. There must be seven years of Tribulation.
  2. There must be the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.
  3. There must be the revelation of the Antichrist.
  4. There must be the killing of the Two Witnesses.
  5. The desecration of the Temple by the Antichrist.
  6. The institution of the Mark of the Beast.
  7. The salvation of the Jewish remnant.

All of those are things that must happen before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The point again is this the only way the Lord's return can be imminent is for there to be a Rapture that is separate and apart from the Second Coming, and which can occur any moment without the fulfillment of any prophecies.

This reconciliation solves another problem, in that the Bible says that no one can know the date of the Lord's return (Mat. 24:36,42). No ands, ifs, or buts about it. There are a lot of sincere people who think they do know when the Rapture will occur, but they don't truly know.

The Bible does say that we can know the day of the Lord's return at His Second Coming, though. I don't know if you've ever thought about this or not, but here is the problem — the date of the Second Coming can be calculated precisely. It will be exactly 2,520 days or seven prophetic years, that is 360 days to a year, from the day the Tribulation begins. From the moment when the Antichrist signs that treaty guaranteeing the peace of Israel, you can count down 2,520 days until Jesus will return. We can know the exact date of the Second Coming.

Therefore, the statement about not knowing the date must apply to the Lord's appearing in the Rapture and not in the Second Coming. So, when we hear talking about how you cannot know the date, we are talking here about the Rapture. We are not talking about the Second Coming.

Again, the solution is two future comings — first the appearing of the Lord for His Church at the Rapture, and then the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.

In the third segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll look at the second — the Second Coming.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: Four Triumphant Events

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What are the four major prophesied triumphant events that born again children of God can look forward to with confidence?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the evil that is abounding in the world? Do you sometimes wonder if righteousness is going to be extinguished and evil and is going to triumph? Well, I have incredibly good news for you. The Word of God promises that one day soon those of us who are Christians will witness complete victory over the evil forces of this world! For the details about that great victory, read on.

We live in a world that is full of gloomy news. Each night the television news is full of stories about murders, rapes, child abuse, political corruption, revolutions, plagues, and even natural disasters. As we are assaulted by all this bad news, it's easy for us to become discouraged and depressed. The result is that we live in a world that desperately needs hope. And I am pleased to say that God's Word provides it.

I want to present you with a summary of that hope. And, I'm going to do so by presenting some of the highlights from a presentation I made in Lamb & Lion Ministries' 2011 Bible Conference. My presentation was titled, "The Promise of Victory."

The Best of Times

In his great novel about the French Revolution called, A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens began the story with some of the most memorable words in all English literature. Here is what he wrote:

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom. It was the age of foolishness. It was the epic of belief. It was the epic of incredulity. It was the season of light. It was the season of darkness. It was a spring of hope. It was the winter of despair."

These words have never been truer than they are today. Everywhere we look in every direction, the world seems literally to be falling apart. We are racked by wars and rumors of wars. Immorality and violence are rampant. Our money is being devalued and debased. Our educational systems have been hijacked by Humanist and by Atheists. Our political systems are grid locked by value wars and corruption. All of nature seems to be reeling out of control producing one calamity after another.

And our churches are being destroyed by rampant apostasy. True Christianity is under attack from all sides and Christians are being marginalized as nothing in the world but a bunch of intolerant bigots.

Yet, despite all this economic, social and political chaos, I would say it is also the best of times because all of these developments are a fulfillment of End Time Bible prophecies that point to the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said society would be as immoral and as violent as in the days of Noah. And, He said that when we see that immorality and violence developing that we are to look up and we are to be watchful because our redemption will be drawing near.

Those of us who have committed our lives to Jesus may see all that is dear to us literally disintegrate before our very eyes, but we are going to win in the end. We may suffer terrible persecution, but we are going to win in the end. We may see the collapse of the dollar and the fall of the United States as a world power, but we are going to win in the end.

How can I be so confident? Because the Bible promises ultimate victory, and I know for certain that the Bible is true.

Our Promised Victory

What is our promised victory? Let me summarize it for you very quickly.

We are promised that at any moment right now we will be taken out of this world in what is called the Rapture of the Church.

We are promised that God will then pour out His wrath on wicked world leaders who currently thumb their noses at Him.

We are promised that Jesus will then return to reign over all the world in majesty and glory from Mount Zion in Jerusalem and the world will be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice as the waters cover the sea.

We are promised that we will ultimately be given an eternal home on a New Earth that has been refreshed and refurbished and perfected as the original earth was. And, we are promised that we will live eternally on that New Earth in glorified, immortal bodies in the presence of our Creator and our Savior.

Again, how could I be certain of these promises? Because the Bible tells me so, and the Bible can be trusted as the infallible Word of God. And, how do I know that? Because it is the only book in the world that has fulfilled promises.

I don't know if you ever thought about that or not. There is not one fulfilled prophecy in the Koran. There is not one fulfilled prophecy in the Hindu Vedas. There is not one fulfilled prophecy in the sayings of Buddha or Confucius. There is not one fulfilled prophecy in the Book of Mormon.

The Bible is the only book in the world that contains fulfilled promises, and not just prophecies about the Messiah, but prophecies about cities and towns, and nations and individuals. The only one is the Bible!

The Bible contains 109 prophecies about the First Coming of Jesus, and every one of which were literally and precisely fulfilled. Because they were literally and precisely fulfilled, we can be absolutely confident that all the prophecies about the Messiah's return and triumph will be precisely and literally fulfilled.

Let's take a quick look an overview at God's Plan for the ages. There are four major prophesied triumphant events that we can see on the horizon that we as born again children of God can look forward to with confidence. One is the Rapture. Then comes the Second Coming, then the Millennium, and then Heaven.

In the second segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll look at the first — the Rapture.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Scripture Related Movies

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The overwhelming success of the TV series, The Bible, which was featured on the History Channel in March of 2013, seems to have prompted Hollywood to wake up and take notice of the fact that there are millions of people who are interested in Bible-related movies and TV programs. The series drew the largest cable TV audience in history — more than 13 million viewers, with a cumulative total of more than 100 million.

NBC has already contracted to finance a sequel that will take the story of Christianity through the end of the book of Acts and even beyond that. It is tentatively titled, AD: Beyond the Bible.

Son of God

Son of God Movie
[official website]

20th Century Fox decided to get on the bandwagon by distributing a portion of The Bible series as a major motion picture titled, Son of God. I saw the film, and I was greatly impressed by it. Some Christian critics cut the film to pieces with arguments that were petty to the point of being silly. A great article by Nathan Jones analyzes the movie in detail.

One thing I loved about the movie, that I did not see any critic mention, was its title. Think about it. "Son of God" is a title of deity. It affirms that Jesus was who He said He was — namely, God in the flesh. That title is blasphemous to Jews and downright horrendous to Muslims, but the movie's producers did not give in to the pressure of political correctness. Also, in the movie, Jesus states three times that He is the only way to God. Christians should be celebrating the film rather than throwing rocks at it.


Noah Movie
[official website]

The second biblical epic of the year, Noah, is a better candidate for stoning. It was about 20% Bible and 80% imagination — vivid imagination!

The first half of the film came across to me like a Sci-fi movie. It featured weird creatures called "Watchers."They served as protectors of Noah and his family, and they helped Noah build the Ark. These creatures, who supposedly are fallen angels, were presented as modern-day Hollywood transformers who could transform themselves from a pile of rocks into 20 foot tall fiendish monsters. I guess they were based on the biblical reference to Nephilim living on the earth at the time of Noah (fallen angels who manifested themselves as giants — see Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33). What I was never able to figure out is why fallen angels would want to help Noah!

The other strange aspect of the movie was a revelation Noah made to his family. In the midst of their voyage, Noah told them he felt it was God's will for all of them to commit suicide when they landed so that the sin of Man would never again corrupt nature! Needless to say, this insane idea caused Noah's family to rebel against him. I suppose this concept was introduced to provide dramatic effect to offset what otherwise would be a boring cruise.

But despite all this nonsense, the film had some redeeming virtues. There was no filthy language or torrid sex scenes. It clearly differentiated good from evil. It related the reason for the Flood to the sinful rebellion of Mankind. The Flood itself was pictured as a worldwide deluge, in stark contrast to the currently popular idea that it was only a regional flood.

Some have criticized the movie for never mentioning the word, God. That criticism is invalid. God is spoken about constantly, but He is called "The Creator." And, I liked that term of reference since we live in a time when even thinking about a Creator God is considered ridiculous.

One of my favorite parts of the movie was when Noah is portrayed sitting down with his family in the midst of their voyage to tell them the story of Creation. It is told just as it is related in the first chapter of Genesis.

My favorite part of the film is when Noah disguises himself and walks through the camp of his besiegers the night before the flood begins. He witnesses debauchery that simply overwhelms him and impresses upon him God's justice in sending the flood.

But what happened next prompted me to want to stand up and shout, "Hallelujah!" Noah goes back to the Ark and shares with his wife what he saw. She is repulsed, and Noah responds by observing that the same potential for debauchery resides in the two of them and in all of Mankind. I could hardly believe what I was seeing and hearing on the screen — a Hollywood denial of the essence of Humanism. The basic religion of Satan has always been Humanism, and it is the religion of Hollywood. Humanism teaches that Man is basically good and capable of perfection. The Bible teaches that Man is basically evil and can be changed only by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Noah affirms the biblical view.

God's Not Dead

God's Not Dead Movie
[official website]

A few days after seeing Noah, a friend called and said I needed to see a film titled, God's Not Dead. I had not heard about it. I checked the Internet and found that it was being shown at only a handful of theaters in the Dallas area. Then a few days later, when I checked again to see the show times, I discovered it had spread to theaters all over the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

I went to see the movie on a Saturday morning at 11am, and the theater was packed! I quickly discovered why. It turned out to be the best Christian movie I have ever seen. It is outstanding in every respect — strong acting, excellent directing, and a compelling story that is true to God's Word. As we say here in Texas, "I got my socks blessed off."

That's all I am going to say about it, because I don't want to spoil it for you. Incidentally, this movie was funded by the Duck Dynasty.