Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Prophecy Questions: Key to Understanding

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What is the most important key to understanding Bible prophecy?

I have been holding Bible prophecy conferences for over 30 years and my favorite part of each conference is always the question and answer period where we give people in the audience an opportunity to ask any question they please. In this series I'm going to start throwing questions about Bible prophecy at my two guest experts — Gary Fisher of Lion of Judah Ministry and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries. I know you will enjoy their very fascinating and informative responses.

Prophecy Questions Panel

The Key to Understanding Bible Prophecy

Dr. Reagan: If you were telling somebody what the most important key to understanding Bible prophecy is, since there's so much misunderstanding, what would the key to understanding it be?

Dennis Pollock: The key is actually something that I've heard you say so many times over — if the plain sense makes sense you don't look for any other sense, or you will end up with nonsense. In other words, what you do is unless the passage or prophecy is just shouting and screaming, "I'm an illustration, I'm a symbol," then you take it at face value. You will come up with a far more accurate perspective than if you decide every prophetic passage has to be translated by me and I will figure out exactly what God is saying.

Dr. Reagan: That would make you God, right?

Dennis Pollock: It would make me God. Let me give you an example. In Zechariah 14 it says the Lord is going to fight against the nations that have come against Jerusalem. It says His feet are going to stand on the Mount of Olives. It says living water is going to come forth and flow from Jerusalem. And, He will be the King and Lord over the whole earth.

Now, let me give you the Dennis Pollock translation and interpretation these deep passages. Here is what I believe it is saying. The Lord will go forth and fight against the nations that come against Jerusalem. His feet are going to stand on the Mount of Olives. Living waters are going to flow from Jerusalem. And, Jesus will be King over the whole earth. Now, I know that's incredibly profound, but I'm taking the safe route which is to believe that what the Bible says is true.

Dr. Reagan: That would make you a fundamentalist! But, Dennis, the point of the matter is that same book of Zechariah has all kinds of First Coming prophecies, and every one of them have meant what they said. They said the Messiah was going to come humbly on a donkey and be hailed as a King. Today's allegorizers would say, "Well, no, that does not mean He is going to come on a donkey. It just means He is going to be a humble person." But, no, He came riding on a donkey.

Dennis Pollock: That's exactly right.

Dr. Reagan: If the First Coming prophecies meant what they said, then why don't the Second Coming ones mean what they say? What would you say about this?

Gary Fisher: My answer to this is — believe the Bible as it is written. I was having lunch with a pastor one day and we were talking about this very issue. I knew we were in trouble when we got to lunch. He slid this booklet across the table and he told me, "This is the latest booklet that I wrote on Bible prophecy." He looked at me and declared, "Gary, I studied these things and I respectfully just believe you are wrong." I asked, "Wrong about what part?" He stated, "Jesus is never going coming back to this earth." Well, I said, "Brother, Zechariah 14:4 says that the Messiah's feet one day will touch down on the Mount of Olives." He replied, "Don't you understand that is just talking about the born again experience." I had to say humorously, "No, I didn't understand that." I believe Zechariah just like Dennis read a few moments ago. I believe it will happen exactly like Zechariah says it will.

C.I. Scofield was one of my heroes on this issue. He wrote that he didn't quite understand Ezekiel 38-39, that Russia was going to attack Israel in the last days. That was back in 1908. At that time Israel didn't exist and Russia was a Christian nation. But, he believed the Bible as it was written. We will be on safe ground if we do so as well.

Dennis Pollock: You remember when the wise men came to Herod. They were wanting a little more info about where this king was going to be born. Herod called for the scribes and asked something like, "Hey, Guys, you study the Scriptures. Where do you suppose the Messiah is going to be born?" What did they tell him? They answered that it would be in Bethlehem of Judea. How in the world did they figure that out? They read the Old Testament and it said, "From you Bethlehem Ephrathah will come forth a ruler." So, they read the Scripture and they believed exactly as it reads. They nailed it! They got it dead on, and that's how we should also understand Bible prophecy.

Dr. Reagan: The only thing I would add to what you all have said is that principle should apply to all the Bible, not just to Bible prophecy, but to all the Bible. Just take the Bible for its plain sense meaning. God wants to communicate. He knows how to communicate. You don't have to have a Ph.D. in hermeneutics or imagination in order to understand God's Word.

In the next part of this series covering prophecy questions, our panel will explain the errors behind the Amillennial and Post-Millennial views of Christ's reign on earth.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Prophecy Questions: Need for the OT

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Is the Old Testament essential to understanding Bible prophecy?

I have been holding Bible prophecy conferences for over 30 years and my favorite part of each conference is always the question and answer period where we give people in the audience an opportunity to ask any question they please. In this series I'm going to start throwing questions about Bible prophecy at my two guest experts — Gary Fisher of Lion of Judah Ministry and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries. I know you will enjoy their very fascinating and informative responses.

Prophecy Questions Panel

Heaven's Questions Today

Dr. Reagan: Let me read you the verse 1 Corinthians 13:12, "Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face," That means when we stand face to face with Jesus. "Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known." This says that we only understand in part for now, but when we stand in the presence of Jesus Christ we are going to understand it all. But, what if you could ask Jesus a question right now about Bible prophecy? What question would you ask today?

Gary Fisher: I would want to know the exact chronology of how all of Bible prophecy is going to work out that is remaining to be accomplished. Like, is Psalm 83 going to occur before Ezekiel 38? Is Ezekiel 38 going to be before the Tribulation? I would want to know in detail how it's going to work out. Maybe also a chart, one I don't have to correct.

Dennis Pollock: I would want to know just what are we going to be doing in Heaven? The prophecies which talk about Heaven just give us little glimpses, but they don't tell us much at all. I have an eagerness to know just what Heaven will really be like.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, the Bible provides a great detail about the Millennium and what we will be doing, but when it comes to Heaven there are mainly two things which stand out in my mind: one, we will see the face of God which means we will have intimate fellowship with God, and two, we will serve Him. There are certainly going to be things to do.

Dennis Pollock: Right! The one thing that a lot of people think that I don't believe is that we will be singing 24/7. I mean, I enjoy worshipping and singing, but hour after hour, and day after day, and year after year for all of the millennia — oh, no!

Dr. Reagan: No, no, no. But, I tell you, what I can hardly wait to be in is a worship service led by King David because he was kind of an "uninhibited" person.

Dennis Pollock: That's right. I think we will be as well, if we're not already.

Dr. Reagan: I think my question would be, "Who in the world are those peoples who seem to be living outside the eternal Jerusalem on the New Earth?" There seems to be people living outside during the eternal state. Who are they? Where did they come from? What is the deal about that? I've never been able to quite figure that one out.

I have a long list of questions not only about Bible prophecy, but other things as well. Certainly there will be ones concerning Bible prophecy.

The Essentiality of the Old Testament to Bible Prophecy

Dr. Reagan: Why is a knowledge of the Old Testament essential to understanding Bible prophecy?

Dennis Pollock: You know, Dave, when I started working with you one of the things that you insisted on when I wrote was that whenever I quoted Scripture I had to give the reference. You even told me exactly how to do it. I put the parenthesis here and the period goes at the end of the parenthesis, not before. And so, you insisted that I always give the reference. The thing of it is, the writers of the Bible didn't have you to tell them to always give the reference.

Dr. Reagan: That's right!

Dennis Pollock: We can read huge chunks of prophecy in the New Testament that go directly back to the Old Testament. In fact, Revelation is just full of Old Testament prophecies.

Dr. Reagan: There are over 300, and not one is directly quoted. Hebrews keep saying something like "it says somewhere, it says somewhere."

Dennis Pollock: Right! Matthew will at least give the author. He maybe won't give chapter and verse because there were none in those days, but he will at least give you the author. But, in Revelation, they don't.

And so, the New Testament prophecies are based on the foundation of the Old Testament prophecies. If you throw them out or never read or study them, you are definitely going to be at a loss for really understanding the whole picture.

Gary Fisher: I'm no stranger to this question, because I was raised in a denomination that taught that the Old Testament was fulfilled and so therefore it is no longer relevant. The New Testament is the only relevant book. As a matter of fact, when we'd go to the book stores to buy a book we would buy only a New Testament. We wouldn't even buy the Old Testament.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, I grew up in the same kind of church. If the preacher said, "Bring your Bible," we all brought our New Testament.

Gary Fisher: I'm with Dennis. The Old Testament illuminates the New. One of the classic examples I can come up with is Romans 11:25, "a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and then Israel will be saved." Is there something in the Old Testament that gives us more illumination of that? Yes, there is, "the day they look on Him whom they have pierced and they mourn for Him as one who mourns for an only son." But, you have to have the two verses together for them to really start to fall together.

Dr. Reagan: One connection that pops into my mind is that there is just no way in the world to understand Daniel and Revelation apart from each other. They fit together like a hand and a glove. You've got to know Daniel to understand Revelation. So, people really need to get into the Old Testament if they are going to understand Bible prophecy.

In the next part of this series covering prophecy questions, our panel will reveal what the key is to understanding Bible prophecy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Prophecy Questions: The Strange Ones

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What are the strangest questions we've ever received in a question and answer period?

I have been holding Bible prophecy conferences for over 30 years and my favorite part of each conference is always the question and answer period where we give people in the audience an opportunity to ask any question they please. In this series I'm going to start throwing questions about Bible prophecy at my two guest experts — Gary Fisher of Lion of Judah Ministry and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries. I know you will enjoy their very fascinating and informative responses.

Prophecy Questions Panel

Strange Questions

Dr. Reagan: What are the strangest questions you've ever received in a question and answer period?

Gary Fisher: Oh, we've had a lot of fun talking about this. I think some of mine were related to Y2K. I got emails from people asking me if I was going to sell survival equipment and build a bunker.

Dr. Reagan: Did they ask if you would have machine guns?

Gary Fisher: Yes, right, all that kind of stuff. But, we never promoted any of that. We just kept preaching the Word, and Y2K proved to be nothing, of course.

Dennis Pollock: I did have someone ask me if I really believed that Barney the cartoon purple dinosaur was the Antichrist?

Dr. Reagan: What?! How did that happen?

Dennis Pollock: What happened was that I was reading an article tongue in cheek that was trying to make the point that anybody with a little reasoning and a little mathematics thrown in can prove that anybody could be the Antichrist. We were doing radio at the time when I read my article. I let the listening audience know at the beginning that this was just tongue in cheek and it wasn't real. I then went into this complicated formula using Barney's name and numbers and numerology and all these things to show point blank that Barney must be the Antichrist. Somebody tuned-in in the middle of that and that's what happened. He tuned-in in the middle of it hearing me prove that Barney the dinosaur was the Antichrist, so he had to know if I really did believe that? And, to let him know, no, I didn't believe Barney's the Antichrist.

Dr. Reagan: That's hilarious!

Gary Fisher: Bible prophecy attracts those who want to use the Bible as a springboard and then they go from there with their imaginations.

I had this one email about a guy wanting to know if King Haile Selassie of Africa was going to become the resurrected Messiah. Was he going to be Jesus, and what did I think about that? I didn't know what to say about that.

Dr. Reagan: I had a teenager one time ask me, "Is going to Hell like being sucked into a black hole in space?"

I was once up in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho where there are a lot of survivalists and we had a question and answer period. I had never got such questions in all my life! What is the prophetic implication of the black helicopters that are going around all over the United States spying on us? What are the prophet implications of the thirty-thousand Chinese Communists troops that are on the boarder of China ready to invade the United States at any moment? What is the prophetic implication of the concentration camps being built all over the United States because the President is going to declare martial law and put us all in concentration camps? I mean, I just thought I was in Lala-land.

Gary Fisher: I got a bunch of wild questions. Some guy will go on about something incomprehensible like, "What do you believe about the Lusahavren of the thirteenth harmonic of the square root of the...?" I want to go back and reply, "Would you care for another drink?"

Dennis Pollock: The Bible tells us that self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit. If you're going to be a prophecy teacher and answer these inevitable questions, well you've got to have self-control. Number one, there are questions that are going to come your way which will cause you to want to break out laughing, but you've got to hold back. Secondly, you are going to want to ask, "Are you crazy?," but cannot.

Dr. Reagan: One of the things that gives Bible prophecy a bad reputation unfortunately is that there are people who traffic in crazy theories and who love to create all kinds of rumors.

In the next part of this series covering prophecy questions, our panel will ponder what questions reserved for our date with Heaven that they'd like to ask today. They'll also explain why the Old Testament is so important to understanding Bible Prophecy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Is it Okay for a Christian to Celebrate Christmas?

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"Well, that's a no-brainer," you're probably thinking. "Of course Christians should celebrate Christmas. Christmas and Christians go together like those little curly shoes on an elf. They're inseparable!" And yet, the deluge of email this ministry receives around this jolly season is resplendent with believers who are struggling with the origins of Christmas. They really want to know if they are pleasing Jesus, or in actuality are worshiping a false god, truly something to be concerned about.

Christmas Past

I read a book called Fossilized Customs about the origins of Christmas and found the inception and the symbols we use in its celebration very interesting. The author contended that since there are many former pagan elements used for Christmas, that we should no longer celebrate the holiday.

He claimed Christmas was a fabrication of the Roman Emperor Constantine who replaced the worship of the sun god Mithra on December 25th with the worship of Christ. He also pointed out that Christmas over the centuries has picked up many of its festivities from other cultures, like the exchanging of presents, the burning of a Yule log, decorating an evergreen tree, and featuring the medieval Dutch Sinterklaas (Santa Claus). And then, of course, there is today's full scale consumerism.

Christmas Present

Should we then drop Christmas and Easter, and even Sunday worship, and go back to celebrating the Jewish feasts as some concerned Christians have resorted to? Well, let's not give up on Christmas just yet, though, for I think the author of that book missed the whole point of what it means to be a Christian living under God's grace.

What does this "living under grace" mean? Romans 8, Acts 15, and the whole book of Hebrews make it crystal clear that a definite transition occurred in how we obey God's moral law since Christ. It states that believers are free from the 613 laws given to Moses with their appointed feasts and ceremonial rituals, nay even the 10 Commandments. How could that possibly be? Because that old Law was just a pointer to what sin is. It couldn't cleanse because nobody could meet its standards. Instead, the Mosaic Law has been replaced with "love the Lord your God" and "love your neighbor as yourself" (Mk. 12:30-31).

For instance, take the Fourth Commandment about keeping the Sabbath. Because of God's principle of grace, it becomes not one day that we should set apart for the Lord, but every minute of every day. Do you see how grace frees us from the Mosaic Law and yet enables us to fulfill it through Jesus Christ?

We are now under "Christ's law" (1 Cor. 9:21), the "law that gives freedom" (Jms. 1:25; 2:12), and no longer under the "law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:2). Bear in mind that we're not free to sin (Rom. 6:1-2), but because we are free to worship God in a relationship deeper than do's and don'ts, we can choose to celebrate certain holidays or not.

As to knowing that Christ's birthday was really in the Fall and not on December 25th, does which day really matter? Not to Paul, who in Romans 14 declared, "One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike... Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord." Living under grace gives us the freedom to give spiritual significance to any day we please, or not to do so, and, as Paul warns, we do not have the right to judge and condemn those who decide to give spiritual significance to different days.

And just because the Romans feasted and exchanged gifts during the festival of Saturnalia, does that negate Christians following the example of the Wise Men giving gifts to baby Jesus? Of course not! How many of you are thinking of Saturn in front of the plum pudding? No, you're thinking of Jesus.

Symbols have different meanings to different people. To a Christian, the rainbow symbolizes God's promise never to destroy the earth again with water. But in modern American society, it is a symbol of the Homosexual movement. Are we therefore to wash our hands of the Rainbow and surrender it to the devil? I don't think so.

Christmas Future

The book's author missed the point that as Christians we can celebrate Christ's birth on December 25th and have a Christmas tree and all the festivities because we are honoring God. It's certainly okay then to celebrate Christmas because it's a time to remember Jesus' birth and kingship, looking forward to the time when He will return in victory to set up His Kingdom. Christmas, Easter, and the Lord's Day are times of worship and remembrance for the Church, and just because that grinch Satan has attempted to water down our honoring of God doesn't mean we just throw the whole act of worship away.

If Christmas is to you about celebrating our Savior, and you use the decorations and festivities for such a purpose, God knows that your heart and purposes are right with Him. For in reality, to a Christian, every day should be a celebration of Jesus Christ.

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." - Romans 11:36

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Forgotten Man of Christmas

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I love the Christmas story. I love it so much that I keep a tiny nativity scene on my desk all year long. It is a constant reminder to me that God loved His creation so much that He was willing to become flesh so that He could die for our sins to make it possible for us to be reconciled to Him.

In telling the story year after year, we focus, as we should, on the precious baby laying in the feeding trough — the baby who is Emmanuel, "God with us." Almost equal attention is often given to the baby's virgin mother, Mary. We also hear about the chorus of angels who appeared to the shepherds, and we hear songs sung about the Wise Men who came from afar, seeking the king whose sign they had seen in the heavens.

All of that is fine and proper. But in the midst of all the remembrance and celebration, one key character is usually forgotten and that, of course, is Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus.

The Son of a Carpenter

Perhaps Joseph remains in the shadows because we know so little about him. We can rightfully agree that Mary was probably around the age of 14, since that was the age of marriage in those days. But there are no clues as to Joseph's age. There are church traditions that say he was an older man and may have been a widower with an existing family, but no one knows for sure.

There are only three things we know about him for certain:

  • He was of the tribe of Judah, descended from David through Solomon (Matthew 1:1-16).
  • He was a craftsman, most likely a carpenter (Matthew 13:55).
  • He was a righteous man before God (Matthew 1:19).

He must have also been a man of compassion and forgiveness because when he discovered that Mary, his betrothed, was pregnant, he could have had her publicly humiliated and stoned to death. Instead, we are told that he decided "to put her away secretly" (Matthew 1:19).

It was at this point that God intervened and spoke to him in the first of four supernatural dreams. In the dream, the Lord assured him that he should not be afraid to take Mary as his wife "for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 1:20).

About two years later, Joseph had a second dream in which the Lord warned him that Herod was going to search for the Christ Child and destroy Him. He was told to take his family and flee to Egypt. He obeyed this command immediately, and Jesus was delivered from the horrible massacre of children that occurred in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16).

After the death of Herod, while the family was still in Egypt, God spoke to Joseph in a third dream, telling him to "return to the land of Israel" (Matthew 2:19-20). He evidently intended to settle somewhere in Judea, but en route he experienced a fourth dream in which he was warned that Judea was not safe. In response to this dream, he headed back to the Galilee to his home town of Nazareth from which he and Mary had begun their perilous journey several years before (Matthew 2:22-23).

The last we hear of Joseph is in Luke 2:41-51 where we are told that during one of the family's annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Passover, Jesus was accidently left behind when the family's caravan departed to return home. Jesus was 12 years old when this happened. This story reveals what a pious man Joseph was, for it was a long, arduous, dangerous, and expensive journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem. Yet Joseph took his family every year.

Joseph evidently died before Jesus began His public ministry at the age of 30, because no mention is made of him thereafter, except for the fact that when Jesus began teaching in Nazareth the first time, the people proclaimed in amazement, "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And His sisters, are they not all with us?" (Matthew 13:55-56). The very wording of this statement indicates that Joseph was dead by this time since he was not mentioned by name among the living relatives.

From the little we know about him, I think we can conclude that Joseph was a godly man who communed with the Lord, observed the Law of Moses, and who undoubtedly raised his stepson to honor God and His Word.

We desperately need more fathers like Joseph today.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Riots in England

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I believe we are witnessing the collapse of Western civilization.

The evidence is all around us. There is increasing violence and immorality, and all of it is rooted in the increasing apostasy within the Church. The Church has gotten in bed with the world, and the Christian values that have served as the bedrock foundation of Western civilization have been eroded to the point that we are now practicing abortion on demand, celebrating sexual perversion and reveling in blasphemous entertainment. As the late Steve Allen summed it up, "In America today, we have vulgarians entertaining barbarians."

We have demanded that our society be separated from religion. We have kicked God out of our schools. And then we scratch our heads in wonderment when teenagers kill each other over tennis shoes.

The terrible riots we have been witnessing lately in England are a preview of what is on the horizon here in the States.

Riots in England

The British are running ahead of us in their cultural decline for two reasons. First, The Church of England surrendered to the heresies of the German School of Higher Criticism some 50 years before the apostate attitude of that philosophy destroyed the mainline Protestant denominations here in America. Second, the British instituted full-fledged Socialism immediately after World War II, creating a welfare society that destroyed the values of hard work and individual responsibility.

Facing Consequences

The British are now reaping the harvest of turning their backs on God and surrendering their freedoms for government "security."

Spiritually, as the Church of England began to teach that the Bible is not the Word of God, but is, instead, Man's search for God, and is therefore full of myth, legend, and superstition, people lost interest. Today, only 7% of Britons go to church (at the maximum), and most of them are attending churches that died spiritually long ago. Churches across England are being turned into theaters, bars, and Muslim mosques. Moral values essential to civilized society are no longer being passed from one generation to another.

The pay-off of Socialism is that a whole generation has grown up expecting the government to supply all their needs. The problem with Socialism, as Margaret Thatcher once said, is that "sooner or later you run out of other people's money." The Socialist economy of England is bankrupt, and people are now being told that they must assume responsibility for supplying their own needs, like paying tuition to go to college. The masses are responding with blind rage, and since they are devoid of moral values, they see no problem in burning and looting to acquire what is "rightfully theirs."

In a recent issue of the Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Kentucky) newspaper, The Southeast Outlook, there was an interview with a former editor of the newspaper who is now a missionary to England with Young Life. Her name is Ninnie Hammon. When asked, "What do you believe is behind this rebellion?" her response was as follows:

Two words: godlessness and socialism. British society has been influenced by historical Christian thinking... but given the statistics [of church attendance], it's likely that the overwhelming majority of the population today has never even met a Christian... Like the rest of Western Europe, England has been thoroughly evangelized, thoroughly churched, and has thoroughly rejected Christianity.
The Brits have filled the void of godlessness in their lives with a nanny government and rules, rules, rules. England is the most highly regulated society on the planet: regulations govern every facet of human existence. The Brits seem to believe that if they just pass enough laws they can control the evil around them. The riots are evidence that it hasn't worked...
One-fifth of all British children are raised in homes in which no adult has a job — where they've never seen anybody get up, dress, and go to work. One-tenth of the adult population has not done a day's work since Tony Blair took office in 1997.
We feel all around us a seething anger just under the surface among the "entitled portion of society." Government was supposed to fill the God-shaped hole in their lives, but it didn't. Government was supposed to solve all their problems, but it hasn't. Far from it... the United Kingdom has the highest drug use in Europe, the highest incidence of sexually transmitted disease, the highest number of single mothers, and the highest abortion rate. Marriage is all but defunct, except for William and Kate, gays, and Muslims. In that kind of spiritual drought, it doesn't take much of a spark to set off a fire.

We are traveling fast down the same path as the British. Increasingly, Americans are thumbing their noses at God while demanding that government provide them with care from the cradle to the grave. Spiritual apostasy combined with economic socialism is a deadly mixture. It will kill any society, no matter how great it may be or how great it thinks it is.

The barbarians are not at our gates. They are already within the citadel. They are shaking their fists at God while crying out for government to come to their rescue. The result will be the collapse of society upon itself.

"Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." - Galatians 6:7

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bible Translation in Prophecy: Implications of World Missions

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What are some of the prophetic implications of world missions?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Pruett who is the president of Pioneer Bible Translators, a premier Bible translation ministry located in the Dallas, Texas area. Greg and I discussed the passage in Matthew 24 that tell us that the Gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. Our objective was to discern if the Bible was telling us that we are now living in the age when that prophecy is finally being fulfilled.

Greg Pruett

World Missions and the End

Dr. Reagan: Let's take a quick look at some of the prophetic implications of world missions.

Matthew 24:14 says, "that the Gospel will be preached to the whole world and then the end will come." As we have seen in this discussion with Greg Pruett, Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes today through the utilization of modern technology. Communication's tools like short-wave radio, and movies, satellite television, the Internet have furthered and the translation of the Bible into many languages.

But, there is one point I want to make crystal clear, and that is the preaching of the Gospel to all the world is not a condition for the Rapture of the Church. The Bible teaches that the Rapture is an imminent event that could occur at any moment. There are no signs of the Rapture. The signs of the times relate to the Tribulation and the Second Coming. But, when we see these signs accumulating as they are today, you can be assured that the Rapture is right around the corner and that we are living on borrowed time.

One other point, although we are making great progress today in proclaiming the Gospel to all the world, the prophecy in Matthew 24:14 will not be completely fulfilled until near the end of the Great Tribulation. At that time, right before the final pouring out of God's wrath in what the Bible calls the Bowl Judgments, we are told in Revelation 14:6 that God in His infinite mercy will send forth an angel to proclaim the Gospel to every person on planet earth, giving mankind one last opportunity to repent. The message proclaimed to the whole world by that Gospel angel will constitute the final fulfillment of the prophecy in Matthew 24:14, and then the end of this present age will come with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Now, folks, that will not be the end of the world, only the end of this present age, for when Jesus returns He will set up His Millennial reign whereby He will rule over all the world from Mount Zion in Jerusalem for a thousand years. Then the world will be flooded with peace, righteousness, and justice.

In summary, the return of our Lord is going to occur in two stages. First will be the Rapture of the Church, which is an event that could occur at any moment. Second, the Second Coming will occur at the end of the Tribulation after the Gospel has been proclaimed to every person on earth.

Are you ready for the Rapture? If Jesus were to appear in the Heavens today, would you be called to Him, or would you be left behind to face the terrors of the Antichrist during the Great Tribulation? If you are not ready I pray you will reach out to God in prayer, confess you are a sinner, repent of those sins, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Don't put it off. Do it now! Do it now because your life will be transformed, for you will receive the gift of the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit who will serve as your Guide and Comforter, and He will give you the strength to cope with the evil of this world.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bible Translation in Prophecy: Final Languages

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How long until we have the Bible translated into all the languages of the world?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Pruett who is the president of Pioneer Bible Translators, a premier Bible translation ministry located in the Dallas, Texas area. Greg and I discussed the passage in Matthew 24 that tell us that the Gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. Our objective was to discern if the Bible was telling us that we are now living in the age when that prophecy is finally being fulfilled.

Greg Pruett

The Pace of Translating the Final Languages

Dr. Reagan: I am always looking for statistics and the statistics always vary, but they are generally the same. Basically, there are about 6,900 languages in the world. Roughly 438, somewhere around 450, have the completed Bible. Another 2,100 languages don't have the completed Bible or the New Testament. Now, I found those statistics are a little bit misleading. The reason I consider them misleading is because those 438 languages that have a complete Bible represent probably 85-90% of all the people in the world. All these others languages we are talking about are used by small tribal groups, right?

Greg Pruett: That's right. The ones that are remaining with not a scrap of Scripture are about 2,252. You can get the up-to-the-minute or the most recent official statistics from the Forum of Bible Agencies International. All of the Bible agencies cooperate together through that website and through their own individual efforts as well.

So, about 2,252 languages have no Scripture whatsoever and about 353 million people speak those languages. It might be somewhere around a billion that don't have a New Testament so they are also in a pretty serious situation. But, aside from that, the remainders have access to either a New Testament or a Bible in their language, so a large portion of the world's population now has access to God's Word.

Dr. Reagan: There are many teams out there working right now to get these last language groups their own Bibles, not only from Pioneer Bible Translators.

Greg Pruett: Yes, there is Wycliffe, the United Bible Societies, and other groups like the Lutheran Bible Translators. All of these we partner with closely together. We are really tight. We are truly living in the end times now because more cooperation and stronger synergy is being developed than ever before in history.

Dr. Reagan: So, if you are going to go in and start working with a particular group to get the Scriptures into their language, you would check with these other translation groups first to make sure they don't have the same purpose or idea?

Greg Pruett: That's correct. And, it's getting to be the situation that if the Bible translation movement continues to develop the same momentum that they've had over the last 30 years, that over the next 20 years we are going to start seeing every Bible translation project in every viable language that is really ever needed. I'd place that just within the next 20 or so years.

So, if the same momentum continues based on the trend of the last 30 years, we can project into the future that over the next 20 some odd years we are going to start seeing every Bible translation project that is ever needed come to completion. The Bible translation movement is so active that we have to check with each other first or we are going to duplicate our efforts.

Really, it's getting harder and harder to find a Bible translation project left that covers a language that has over 100,000 speakers. We are at the point where we are doing a lot of work to make sure that every language over 100,000 speakers is going to have a Bible translation project going on in it soon. It won't be too long before we are going to be looking at the 50,000 level and then soon we will be looking at the 30,000 level.

It should be that in 20 something years from now all of those small language groups will be spoken for, God willing.

Cost of Translation

Dr. Reagan: I would imagine that this enormous effort to get he Bible translated into every language out there must really require a lot of funds?

Greg Pruett: It is an extremely expensive to go to other places and mobilize other people. We have partners like the Seed Company. Wycliffe US has been launching fund raising campaigns after fund raising campaign. The rest of us are all really working hard to not just get the funds, but the people who have the skills.

Dr. Reagan: It seems to me that every church in America that has any heart for missions should have at least one Bible translation group in their budget.

Greg Pruett: I agree with that whole-heartedly. It would make my life a lot easier!

Dr. Reagan: I'm hoping some of the pastors out there right now will feel convicted about getting some Bible translation group added to their budget.

Greg Pruett: We have been praying for years now that God would mobilize the Church to finish this task. Right now we believe we are training the generation of missionaries and are recruiting the generation of missionaries who are going to leave behind them the legacy of a world in which every person on earth could have access to the New Testament in their own language.

Dr. Reagan: What a wonderful goal! That is just fantastic. You know, when I think about churches supporting missions I always think about a friend who was on our staff who went to a small church in Kentucky on a Sunday morning. One of the elders got up and said, "Folks, I've been watching TV and there is a terrible drought going on in Africa. People are starving to death right and left. We need to get some aid to them. I found a Christian organization that will do it. Let's raise some money this morning by having a special offering and let's get some help to these people." This staff member was thinking, "Man, this is wonderful, this is great, what a vision to help people." As he was getting his checkbook ready all of the sudden the pastor jumped up, ran up to the pulpit, and responded, "Before we take up this special offering, I want to remind you that we do need a new roof for our building." The staffer reported that it was just like he threw a wet blanket on the whole special offering. In other words, that pastor was saying don't give much because we need more here.

Greg Pruett: It's the reality that we live in. But, we must remember the purpose of the Church. The Lord said for the Church to do a certain, primary task, and that was to make disciples of all nations. When we are finished with that task to Jesus' satisfaction, that will be the end of the Church Age. The Church needs to realize this vital purpose of the Church and to live out our purpose with our finances.

Dr. Reagan: We really do. I just pray that fellow Christians will be convicted not only to give more to missions, but also to urge their church to give more to missions and to put Bible translation organizations into their budgets. I have a real heart for this and I want to see people do just that.

Dr. Reagan: I praise God for you, Greg, and for Pioneer Bible Translators. We all will be praying for you. We are just praying you reach more and more people with the Word of God.

In the last part of my interview with Greg Pruett concerning Bible translation in prophecy, we'll look at some of the prophetic implications of world missions.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bible Translation in Prophecy: Pace of World Missions

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How fast is the Gospel spreading throughout the world?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Pruett who is the president of Pioneer Bible Translators, a premier Bible translation ministry located in the Dallas, Texas area. Greg and I discussed the passage in Matthew 24 that tell us that the Gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. Our objective was to discern if the Bible was telling us that we are now living in the age when that prophecy is finally being fulfilled.

Greg Pruett

The Pace of World Missions

Dr. Reagan: I want to share something with you some amazing statistics about Christian world missions that I ran across recently.

In 100 AD when the Church had just barely gotten started and had been going about 70 years, they were converting about 100 persons a day. By 1900 that was up to 1,000 people a day, so that was about 100 years ago. By 1950 nearly 4,000 came to Christ per day. By 1980 it was 20,000 a day. By 1990 it was 86,000 a day. By 1995 it was over 100,000 a day. And, by the year 2000 there were over 200,000 people a day accepting Jesus as Savior.

That is what I call conversions on an exponential curve. It is amazing what is happening in these end times!

Greg, tell us how in the world we can get from 1,000 Christian conversions a day in 1900 to 200,000 a day a hundred years later in the year 2000. How does that happen?

Greg Pruett: Well, really, the population of the world has exploded from 1.6 billion to now 7 billion people in the world. But, not only that, but technology has just exploded as well. You can use radio and different forms of media, you can use the Internet, you can have cell phone access to the Gospel and to Scripture. All of these things have accelerated exponentially over the same time period.

The access to Scripture has just exploded exponentially in the last few decades. Way back in the beginning, very few people had any access to Scripture in their own language, but during the last thirty years literally thousands of Scripture translations have been made. Beyond that, every kind of media has been used now in promoting the Bible such as The Jesus Film which is in 1,068 languages. Billions of people have seen it.

Probably the most significant thing that has ever happened in the missions movement in the world today has been that now it is not sending missionaries only from Europe or from the United States, but the missionary movement has exploded out of Korea and from Brazil and all those different countries. Back in 1974, about 3,400 missionaries went out from non-Western countries, yet now it is over 103,000. That's literally 100,000 more!

Dr. Reagan: The first factor you mentioned was radio, and I was thinking about the fact that in the 1960's I bought myself a short-wave radio. I'd never had one before. I turned that thing on and the most amazing thing to me was as I dialed it up I heard languages all over the world. I heard the name of Jesus in almost every language you could imagine. The atmosphere of this planet is saturated with the name of Jesus on the short-wave radio.

With today's satellite television, I remember Billy Graham gave a sermon from either Puerto Rico or Jamaica several years ago, and it was carried by satellite television to over 100 nations in the world. In that one sermon he preached to more people than he had preached to in all of the history of Christianity before then. Such an outreach is truly just unbelievable.

Greg Pruett: In 1974, Congress reported that two-thirds of the world's population was unevangelized, living in the least reached and unreachable places. By the times of the 1990's, people were talking about half the world's population. Here today you can look up the Joshua Project website and see the figure's about 40%.

Dr. Reagan: One of the most amazing technological developments to me is the Internet. On the ministry's television program "Christ in Prophecy" we have access to 70 million homes in the United States, and we have access to every country in the world through 13 satellites. But, that is nothing compared to the access we have through the Internet. So, we have a full-time Web Minister who is on the Internet talking to people all over the world.

Greg Pruett: The electronic outreach potential has gone beyond the Internet to cell phone technology. Right now our close partner "Faith Comes by Hearing" say they have 536 dramatized audio versions of the New Testament in 536 languages. They are all available now on the iPhone via two different Apps that you can use.

Dr. Reagan: I was glad to hear you mentioned was The Jesus Film.. A lot of people don't know what that is, but it's the Book of Luke told word for word. The movie was filmed by Campus Crusade. They have over 1,500 teams showing the movie around the world right now, many using an old 16 millimeter projector hooked up to a car battery.

Greg Pruett: I have shown it myself. It has been dubbed into 1,068 languages.

Dr. Reagan: I checked and found they have shown The Jesus Film to six billion people total. They have 200 million conversions which is 21,000 a day or 630,000 a month comprising 7.5 million a year.

In the next part of my interview with Greg Pruett concerning Bible translation in prophecy, Greg will share how amazingly we've almost reached every people group and give an estimate about how long it will take to finish the job.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bible Translation in Prophecy: Pioneers

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If you wanted to get into translating the Bible into a new language, what would it take?

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Greg Pruett who is the president of Pioneer Bible Translators, a premier Bible translation ministry located in the Dallas, Texas area. Greg and I discussed the passage in Matthew 24 that tell us that the Gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. Our objective was to discern if the Bible was telling us that we are now living in the age when that prophecy is finally being fulfilled.

Greg Pruett

A Little About Greg Pruett

Dr. Reagan: I understand that you have been President of Pioneer Bible Translators since 2007, and before that you were a Bible translator in West Africa for what, a dozen years? I also happen to know that you have a Civil Engineering degree from the Texas A&M University.

Greg Pruett: That's right.

Dr. Reagan: Well, how in the world did an engineering graduate in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M end up doing Bible translation work in Africa?

Greg Pruett: I guess it is kind of a love story really, because I met my wife at Texas A&M and she was really passionate about Bible translation, and I was very passionate about her. Over time I just got drawn into it I guess. We both went off to Fuller Theological Seminary to study Missions and Scripture and then we did some work in linguistics in North Dakota and in Dallas before we headed off to France to learn French.

Dr. Reagan: So, first of all, you received some basic training in languages and linguistics?

Greg Pruett: That's right, including learning the Scripture in Greek and Hebrew. Then my first official assignment was to West Africa in an area where it had been controlled by the French at one time, but first I had to go to Paris to learn the French. We spent about a year in France learning French, which by the way is about the coolest thing we have ever done for Jesus.

Dr. Reagan: Well, somebody has to make those sacrifices! Why was it necessary to learn French?

Greg Pruett: Some of the people in West Africa speak French. The government's choice of language is French, and all of the police checkpoints and interactions with the government are all done in French. But, I didn't actually go to West Africa to translate the Bible into French, but rather to translate into a tribal language. The people there really honestly didn't speak French. Just a few people spoke French, but we could use that as a bridge to get into that context.

Creating a Written Language

Dr. Reagan: When you go into an area with a language that you have never learned before, how long does it take you just to prepare starting to translate? I mean, don't you have to be there two or three years to learn their language?

Greg Pruett: It takes you about two years of learning the language. You go to the people who speak French and you ask for a few key phrases like, "What is he doing?" and "What is that?" You walk around the village taking notes concerning what is that and what is he doing. Two years later you are fluent in the language if you have a capacity for language. That helps. It helps a lot. It's still not easy, though. You walk around pointing and they say "Bong-kani," and you hope that means house, so I write that down.

Dr. Reagan: Did these people already have a written language?

Greg Pruett: They did not. There were some missionaries that had written down some words, but really the people themselves had never really used a written language. So, first you have to figure out how to write the language, and then the people themselves need to be taught to some extent how to read the language.

Dr. Reagan: Do you use Western alphabets?

Greg Pruett: We use a lot of the International Phonetic Alphabet. We also published in Arabic Script as well because some of the local people had Arabic Script.

After two or three years of learning the language, we started the actual process of translating the New Testament into that language.

Dr. Reagan: And how long does that take?

Greg Pruett: It varies depending on the education of the people, but for us it took about twelve and a half years. It can in some cases take 30 or more years depending.

Dr. Reagan: And once you get that, you have the prospect of having to teach them how to read?

Greg Pruett: Right, we do that all along the way. The first day we were there the ladies of the church came to us and asked us to teach them how to read. We didn't even speak the language.

Dr. Reagan: Has computer technology speeded up the process of translation any at all?

Greg Pruett: It has greatly. We have computer assisted adaptations methodologies. We have all kinds of different programs that help with the original Greek and Hebrew.

Dr. Reagan: Do you often find that there are tribal languages in the same area that are very similar so that you can then easily start making the translation into another tribal language?

Greg Pruett: Just similar enough to do an adaptation from our language to another related language. A lot of times it is a lot harder than it sounds, but it is possible.

The Pioneer Team

Dr. Reagan: Do you still get out in the field these days?

Greg Pruett: I spend about a month each year in West Africa. Mostly I spend a lot of the rest of my time in administration, fund raising, and those sorts of things.

Dr. Reagan: How many people do you have out in the field these days?

Greg Pruett: We have about the same number of people in preparation as we do overseas. We have 300 people on our team total. We have between 80 and 100 full time, career, long-term missionaries overseas, as well as a bunch of interns.

Dr. Reagan: That's fantastic! Do these people have to raise their own support?

Greg Pruett: Just as I do. We all have to raise our own support from churches and individuals. We look at this as a great opportunity for us to mobilize the church. We believe that is why God made it this way that we would need the Church, so that the Church can learn about their purpose to reach out to the whole earth.

In the next part of my interview with Greg Pruett concerning Bible translation in prophecy, we'll marvel at the rapid pace of world missions.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Homosexuality as an End Times Sign: Hope for the Homosexual

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Is there hope for the homosexual?

Yes, there is. The only hope is Jesus Christ. Through the power of His Spirit, the homosexual can be delivered from bondage to his sin, either by receiving complete deliverance from his perverted lust or by receiving the power to control the lust.

The most encouraging message any homosexual could ever be given is one contained in the Word of God in I Corinthians 6:9-11. This passage begins with some very bad news, but it ends with incredibly good news. The bad news is put in the following words: "Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

Paul minces no words in this statement, and the impact is devastating. Homosexuals are condemned with the worst of sinners. But in the very next verse, Paul provides a wonderful glimpse of hope for the homosexual: "And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God."

Isn't that marvelous? Those words were addressed to saved children of God! Paul says, "And such were some of you." Yes, some of the Christians at Corinth had been sexual perverts, but they had been delivered from their bondage by the power of God in Christ Jesus. Their sins had been forgiven and forgotten by a God who does not wish that any should perish (Hebrews 8:12 and 2 Peter 3:9).

Like all sinners, the homosexual will find forgiveness and deliverance when he gets on his knees and repents of his sin. He will also find acceptance in the Church.

The Church

The Church has been severely criticized for having a "condemning attitude" toward homosexuals. The criticism is unjustified.

The Church cannot receive homosexuals into its fellowship when they come without repenting, demanding that the Church endorse their sin. To do so would be equivalent to the Church accepting adulterers who brag of their sexual conquests and refuse to repent.

Yes, the Church is a hospital for sinners and not a spiritual Phi Beta Kappa society. But the Church is a hospital for sinners who are willing to confess their sins and seek reconciliation with God.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Homosexuality as an End Times Sign: Consequences

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Let's consider for a moment the homosexual political agenda. It's a radical one that most people are not really aware of. If enacted, it would serve to undermine the Biblical concept of the family.

The first goal, of course, is to repeal all state laws against sodomy. Until 1961 every state in the Union had a law against sodomy. Since that time, state after state has repealed its anti-sodomy law due to pressure and threats from homosexual activists and organizations like the ACLU despite the fact that the Supreme Court has consistently upheld the constitutional right of states to pass such laws.

Another goal high on the political agenda is to get special laws enacted that would prohibit any kind of discrimination against homosexuals. The proposed laws are broad in scope. Some would prohibit a person from refusing to rent a room in his home to a homosexual. Others would go so far as to penalize a church for refusing to hire a homosexual, and organizations like the Boy Scouts would be required to recruit homosexual leaders. The most ominous laws are those that would classify verbal attacks on the homosexual lifestyle as "hate crimes." The latter laws could be applied to media ministers as well as preachers in the pulpit.

Pressure is mounting from homosexual activists groups and their allies (the ACLU, the NEA, and NOW) for the legalization of homosexual marriages in every state. Certain other demands go hand in hand with this one. One is that homosexual couples be given the same tax breaks as traditional families. Another is that such couples be given equal consideration in the adoption of children. And, of course, there are demands that the homosexual "family" be presented in the public schools as an alternative lifestyle.

The "Gay" Lifestyle

Let's take a closer look at the perverted lifestyle of homosexuals. I warn you ahead of time that the following information is graphic and disturbing.

Promiscuity is the norm. In a 1978 study, 43% of homosexuals admitted to having sex with more than 500 partners, and 28% to having sex with more than 1,000! They also revealed that most of their sexual partners were anonymous persons with whom they had sex only once. A 1981 study found that only 2% of homosexuals are "near monogamous" meaning that they had 10 or fewer sexual partners in a lifetime.

Corrupt Roots and the Bumper Crop

The sexual practices of homosexuals are even more appalling. The Institute for the Scientific Investigation of Sexuality reports:

  1. Two-thirds of homosexuals regularly lick and/or insert their tongue into the anus of their partners.
  2. More than one-third participate in "fisting" that is, the insertion of the hand into the rectum of a lover.
  3. Thirty per cent participate in "golden showers." This is where one person urinates on the other, sometimes into the mouth of his lover.
  4. Thirty-seven per cent admitted participating in some form of sado-masochism (torture for sexual pleasure).
  5. Ninety per cent admitted to some form of illegal drug use.
  6. Seventeen per cent said they had either eaten or rubbed themselves with the feces of a partner!

Gay? The old derisive term, "Queer," seems more appropriate.

The Deadly Pay-Off

Satan has attempted to disguise the sinfulness of homosexuality by having it dubbed "the gay lifestyle." But God will not be mocked. The Bible teaches that we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

The Apostle Paul says that homosexuals suffer the consequence of their sin by "receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error" (Romans 1:27). The truth of that statement has always been evidenced in the psychological suffering of homosexuals.

But the statement has taken on new significance in recent years with the sudden outbreak of specifically homosexual diseases like AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), originally known as "the Gay Plague."

The result of their filthy sexual practices and their gross promiscuity is that the homosexual community is plagued with disease. Two-thirds of all AIDS cases result from homosexual activity, and homosexuals account for one-half of all syphilis cases even though they constitute only 1% of the population.

It is no wonder that the average age of homosexuals dying with AIDS is 39. The average age of homosexuals dying of all other causes is 41. And only 1% of homosexuals live to the age of 65! That compares to 73% of heterosexual males who live to age 65 or over.

Homosexuality is not an alternative "lifestyle." It is an alternative "deathstyle"!

In the last part of this series on homosexuality as an end times sign, we'll explore if there's any hope for the homosexual and what should be the Christian's response.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Homosexuality as an End Times Sign: The Homosexual Response

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Increasingly, the homosexual community is responding to criticisms of its lifestyle by arguing: "We are born as homosexuals. Being homosexual is as natural as being left handed. We have no more choice about our sexual orientation than a person has about his skin color. We should therefore be given special civil rights protection like other minority groups."

It sounds good. But it is a lie of Satan. The Word of God places no condemnation upon a person's sex, skin color, or national origin. In fact, the Bible says that "God is no respecter of persons" (Romans 2:11). But the Bible clearly condemns a sexual preference for a person of the same sex. Would a loving God who sent His Son to die for the sins of the world condemn someone for something they have no control over? The answer is obvious.

Furthermore, there is no credible scientific evidence whatsoever that sexual preference is genetically determined like skin color. Several scientists have made the claim, including some recently, but none of their studies have stood the test of scientific investigation. In fact, all the evidence points to the fact that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice.

Certainly there are people who seem to be naturally tempted by a person of the same sex. Such temptation derives from the sin nature that all of us are born with. But that does not mean that giving in to the temptation is okay. After all, people with a normal sexual orientation are often tempted to have sexual relations outside of marriage, but the Bible clearly condemns both fornication and adultery.


Homosexuals also like to respond to their critics by arguing that the scientific community has declared their lifestyle to be "normal." In this regard they point to the decision that was made by the American Psychiatric Association in 1974 to remove homosexuality from its list of pathological psychiatric conditions.

It is true that the APA took such an action, but what is not so well known is the fact that the action was entirely political in nature and not motivated by any new scientific discoveries. This became evident in later surveys of the members of the association. Those surveys showed that the majority of the APA membership still viewed homosexual behavior as pathological. And four years after the vote, another survey revealed that 69% of psychiatrists still believed that homosexuality "usually represents a pathological adaptation."


Another response of homosexuals to their critics has been to label them "homophobic." This is a very effective response, because no one wants to be accused of being prejudiced.

But a phobia is an irrational fear. Is it irrational to fear homosexuals? I think not. They are carriers of deadly diseases. They are determined to destroy the God ordained concept of the family. And the Bible teaches that their unchecked presence in any society will ultimately result in God pouring out His wrath on that society. As you can see, there are some very rational reasons to fear homosexuals.

In the next part of this series on homosexuality as an end times sign, we'll look at the gay community's attack on the family and the consequences of their choices.