Friday, September 30, 2011

Left Behind: The Post-Rapture Message

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Because the Rapture may be more imminent than ever, and since so many of our loved ones will be left behind to wonder what has happened to us pondering what dark future awaits them in the aftermath, I will be running all this Feast of Trumpets week a message of hope. This message explains why millions suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and will give them answers to what has happened. It is our "left behind" message, and my prayers should we be departing really soon that it brings people to Jesus Christ.

This last segment of this "left behind" message series is so you can see a copy of what The Christ in Prophecy Journal's final message will display after the Rapture occurs.


Did Many People Disappear?

You're scared and you have lots of questions. The video below was prepared just for you before this great disappearance to answer your questions and help you prepare for what's coming up ahead.

Get further answers, also posted elsewhere in English, Spanish, and a mp3 audio version that contains further details about the Rapture and life living in the Tribulation.

The video above is also posted on the various networks listed below, as well as on the Lamb & Lion website.

Daily Motion

Full - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/17424354
Part 1 - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/17315824
Part 2 - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xab50g_jesus-came-whats-nexty-part-2of2_news

YouTube

Full - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cpcMwHUd6g
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOOSKyRRFxc
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bvT2b3Iwzc


Facebook

Full -
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=51007853998#/video/video.php?v=1217925491847&oid=51007853998

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Left Behind: What You Can Do to Live

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Because the Rapture may be more imminent than ever, and since so many of our loved ones will be left behind to wonder what has happened to us pondering what dark future awaits them in the aftermath, I will be running all this Feast of Trumpets week a message of hope. This message explains why millions suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and will give them answers to what has happened. It is our "left behind" message, and my prayers should we be departing really soon that it brings people to Jesus Christ.

This third segment of our "left behind" message will explain what those who weren't raptured can do to survive. It's also available in video below.



What You Can Do to Live

Now, you may be asking "God, why didn't you tell us all this before the Rapture so we could get ready." Well, He did. The Bible clearly teaches that God never pours out His wrath without warning for He is a just and loving God who does not wish that any should perish. That is why God provided the Bible, the Good News about Jesus spreading across the planet, and the many signs alerting us to the fact that we were living on the threshold of the Tribulation and soon return of Jesus Christ. God gave the world every possible chance for 2000 years to repent of its rebellion and return to Him.

But, it's not too late for you to be with Jesus unless you've taken the mark. You see, this story has a happy ending. Jesus' return at the end of the Tribulation means great joy to those who love him. Jesus will cleanse the world of evil and the damages from His wrath and restore the planet to pristine condition. Jesus will rule from Jerusalem over those who throughout human history have put their faith and trust in Him (Revelation 20:4-6,9).

You can be one of those people. Whether you die in the Tribulation or not, it is where you end up eternally that truly matters. Everybody who does not accept Jesus as Savior during the Tribulation will go to Hell for their rebellion. Anyone who accepts Jesus as Savior, though their earthly bodies may die during the Tribulation, will then live forever in glorified bodies with Jesus in His love and glory.

Remember Jesus' promise in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Pray now for forgiveness for your sins and ask Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of your life. Don't delay!

In what little time you have in this life, get a Bible or download one from Bible.org, so you know God's will for your life. Download this and everything you can from our website at lamblion.com or others like raptureready.com so you can know more about Jesus and what is in store for you in the Tribulation and the glorious return of Jesus. Gather quickly with others who have accepted Jesus as Savior for support and to worship together.

And finally, equip yourself with these key articles. The Rapture may have started this tragic series of events, but there are many more world changing events coming that you have to be ready for.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, we will be waiting for you on the other side of this. May God bless you and keep you. Maranatha!

"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him." (Nahum 1:7)


The last segment of this "left behind" message presents a copy of what The Christ in Prophecy Journal's final message will display after the Rapture occurs. It's titled "Did Many People Disappear?"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Left Behind: What Comes Next

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Because the Rapture may be more imminent than ever, and since so many of our loved ones will be left behind to wonder what has happened to us pondering what dark future awaits them in the aftermath, I will be running all this Feast of Trumpets week a message of hope. This message explains why millions suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and will give them answers to what has happened. It is our "left behind" message, and my prayers should we be departing really soon that it brings people to Jesus Christ.

This second segment of our "left behind" message will explain what's coming next for those who weren't raptured. It's also available in video below.



What Comes Next

So, what comes next? For starters, people are going to try to explain away the Rapture with all sorts of wild theories, like possibly Global Warming or UFOs. So-called "Christian" leaders are going to come out and say the Church is still around because they didn't disappear.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that they cannot be believed, for the times will be filled with false religious teachers. The greatest of these false teachers the Bible calls the False Prophet, and he will seemingly be able to do many miracles and will promote a one-world religion and leader (Revelation 13:11).

Amid all the chaos from the Rapture, the Bible teaches that the world will turn to a dynamic leader to bring order and peace (Revelation 6:1-2). He will succeed where no other person has been able in establishing a peace treaty for Israel (Daniel 9:27). That treaty marks the official beginning of the 7 years that the Tribulation will last.

But, the world leader, known to believers in Jesus as the Antichrist, is anything but peaceful. He will plunge the planet into nuclear world war, resulting in terrible famines, pestilence and mass death. Violence, disease and starvation will be a way of life. A quarter of the world population — almost 2 billion people — will die from this war (Revelation 6).

In Jerusalem, 2 men will appear and preach there for 3 1/2 years that Jesus is the Messiah the Jews have been looking for (Revelation 11:3). 144,000 Jews will call Jesus their Messiah and also preach about Him throughout the whole world. Millions will accept Jesus as their Savior — hopefully you will be one of them. But, many of those millions of believers will be killed by the Antichrist for not pledging their loyalty to him by receiving his mark on either their right hand or forehead. The persecution of believers in Jesus will be awful in the Tribulation (Daniel 7:22; Revelation 7).

Next, the greatest earthquake the world has yet experienced will devastate the planet (Revelation 6:12-14). Something falling from space will then burn up a third of all the world's vegetation. A second item from space, probably a meteor, will crash into the ocean and annihilate a third of the world's marine life and ships. A third object from space will taint the world's water supply, poisoning millions (Revelation 8:7-11).

The devastation to the atmosphere will block out most of the sun and moonlight so that the days appear shorter (Revelation 8:12).

Next, some supernatural "woes" will befall mankind. First, the holding place for a demonic hoard is opened and millions of locust-looking demons pour out and sting people like scorpions. The pain will last 5 whole months. Second, 200 million riders on horse-creatures will burn and impale, wiping out a remaining third of the people (Revelation 9:1-19).

Three and a half years into the Tribulation will see the 2 men witnessing in Jerusalem killed, but 3 1/2 days later come back to life (Revelation 11:7-12). It will also see the Antichrist supposedly killed and appear to come back to life as well (Revelation 13:3).

And that's just the first half of the Tribulation. As bad as the first half of the seven years is, the next half is even worse (Revelation 16).

Those who take the Antichrist's loyalty mark on their hand or forehead will suffer from painful boils. Those who don't take the mark will be cut off from commerce and hunted down, but the Bible assures (Revelation 20:4-6) that those who take the mark have made a decision that will last forever — eternal damnation — so don't take it!

The oceans and everything in them are totally destroyed, as well as all the fresh water. The heat from the sun will become scorching. The Antichrist's kingdom will fall into pitch darkness.

An even greater earthquake than the one 7 years earlier will flatten the earth and 100 pound hailstones will crush the inhabitants.

The Euphrates River in Iraq will dry up and a massive army from the East will cross and enter the Valley of Armageddon in Israel to fight the Antichrist's army. This is what the Book of Revelation calls the battle of Armageddon.

It is the moment that Jesus will gloriously return with all those who disappeared in the Rapture. Jesus Himself by just speaking will destroy the armies at Armageddon. Jesus will throw the Antichrist and the False Prophet into Hell, and Satan into a deep pit. Jesus will be victorious and all who continued to rebel will be put to death — all of them (Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-3). This is the Tribulation — the wrath of God.


The next segment of this "left behind" message will explain what those who weren't raptured can do to survive.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Left Behind: What Just Happened

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Because the Rapture may be more imminent than ever, and since so many of our loved ones will be left behind to wonder what has happened to us pondering what dark future awaits them in the aftermath, I will be running all this Feast of Trumpets week a message of hope. This message explains why millions suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and will give them answers to what has happened. It is our "left behind" message, and my prayers should we be departing really soon that it brings people to Jesus Christ.

This first segment of our "left behind" message will explain the Rapture, why it will happen, and what's it all about. It's also available in video below.



What Has Happened

If you are reading this because millions of people have suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, then you are looking for answers to what has happened, why it has happened, and what will be happening next.

First, as to what has happened — Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has returned.

For 2000 years the Bible has been proclaiming to the world that Jesus would be coming back. Jesus stated in John 14:1, "I will come again."

Because Jesus has returned, millions of people who have put their faith and trust in Jesus as Savior, accepting His free gift of salvation, have disappeared in an event called the Rapture.

You might be thinking that there was something mysterious in the sudden disappearance of millions of people, but the Bible has already explained this so-called mystery. Jesus said that when He came again, He would come for those who are saved. He said, "I will receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:1-4). The Apostle Paul put it this way: "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet" (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

The Rapture happened to those of us who accepted Jesus as Savior, both those alive and those who had died since Jesus was resurrected. Both groups — living and resurrected believers — were caught up to be with Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

This all happened very quickly, like a flash of lightning. Jesus left as suddenly as He came, taking those who have accepted Him and His salvation, and leaving behind those who have rejected Him. And you, sadly, have been left behind.

Well, maybe you know a loved one who has disappeared — a wife, a husband, a child, a friend — and are wondering what has become of them. In that flash, as those who had accepted Jesus as their Savior were caught up to meet Jesus in the air, they traded their earthly bodies for bodies that are perfect, imperishable and immortal (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 50-55).

They sit with Jesus now in Heaven at a great banquet called the "Marriage Supper of the Lamb" (Revelation 19). They will live in great joy and know no sorrow. They will be with their King and live in love forever. They are well taken care, and you don't have to worry about them.


Why It Has Happened

But, it is the why of the disappearances that is your cause to worry. For believers in Jesus were taken out of this world to spare them from the great wrath that has just begun to befall the planet (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9).

Jesus' return for all His true believers was just a prelude to His final Second Coming. The second phase of Jesus' return is to set up His Kingdom on earth. Jesus' Kingdom is why this whole thing is happening.

You see, we have come to the end of one age and will soon be beginning the age of Jesus' glorious reign right here on earth. But first, God has to deal with rebellion — sin — before setting up His Kingdom. God's going to use this intermediate time period you now live in to pour out His wrath on mankind for its continued refusal to accept His Lordship. The time you live in is called the Tribulation.


What It's About

What is the Tribulation all about? The unparalleled horror of the Tribulation is spelled out in detail in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Isaiah wrote that it will be a day of "the terror of the Lord" when "the pride of men will be abased" (Isaiah 2:10,17,19). Zephaniah proclaimed that it will be a "day of wrath," "a day of trouble and distress," and "a day of destruction and desolation." Men will stumble around like they are blind and "their blood will be poured out like dust" (Zephaniah 1:15,17).

This dreary picture is echoed in the New Testament. Jesus said it will be a time of tribulation "such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall." In fact, Jesus said it will be so terrible that if it were not stopped at the end of seven years, it would result in the destruction of all life (Matthew 24:21-22).

The Apostle John states that the chaos will be so great that the leaders of the world will crawl into caves and cry out for the rocks of the mountains to fall upon them (Revelation 6:15-16).

Why is there going to be such carnage? How could a God of grace, mercy and love allow such an outbreak of unbridled terror and bloodshed?

One reason is to satisfy the justice of God. Yes, God is characterized by grace, mercy and love. God is a God of love. Jesus says so in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

But, God is also a God of justice. The Bible also says in John 3:36, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." It is God's very nature to love, but also in love to see justice done for evil.


The next segment of this "left behind" message will explain what's coming next for those who weren't raptured.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Change Is Coming

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Do you feel as if something really big is ready to go down?

If you're like me you can feel it. You can sense it. The heavy weight of a coming dramatic change is in the air.

Decay – The signs of entropy are all around us. They're glimpsed in the despondent eye of the unemployed worker who cannot find a job, the harried broker who sees no end to market volatility, the average Joe who feels the wheels of justice have totally fallen off the wagon of freedom, and the graduate who sees no hope for the future because our leaders have failed us. People are feeling our best days now lie behind us.

Something's got to change.

Economy – The signs of financial ruin are growing. The Western world so steeped in debt vainly pushes back the inevitable knock of the repo man. The nations fall one by one into insolvency, dragging down the economies of what remaining nations are still productive. The East rises ready to claim its investments only to discover the money is artificial, and so tethered stares down bankruptcy as well.

Total and worldwide financial disaster is inevitable.

Nature – The signs of natural destruction are evident. The earth trembles under the fatigue of one natural disaster after another. Record tornadoes rip the countryside apart. Tsunamis and hurricanes devastate coastal regions, reaching ever inland. Daily earthquakes level whole cities. Droughts burn and fires scar the land. Everyday there's a report of another, and then another, and then another.

The world can't take much more of this punishment.

War – The signs of another global war are exponentially mounting. The entire world is focused on the fate of the little nation of Israel. The sum of the United Nations wants her destroyed. The arms race of the Middle East fueled by a supernatural hatred of the Jewish people is just one trigger pull away from engulfing the Middle East in a bloodbath. The world's resources have grown scarce and so the nations eye hungrily the outcome of such a war, ready to turn a regional conflict into a global one.

The hate cannot be held back any longer.

Immorality – And, the signs of immorality accost our most basic decencies. The love for our fellow man has grown cold. Life means nothing to anyone and so we murder even our children at will. People rail against God and His moral law demanding lawlessness. Christians lose more and more ground in the court systems. Around the world those who stand for righteousness are tortured and killed in record numbers. The restraining force on immorality has all but fled, mostly leaving us to our own self-destructive tendencies.

We are watching the world scream on in its dizzying path towards mutual destruction and know that it cannot go on like this. It just can't. Something's got to give. The world cannot continue to get this evil, this volatile, and this hopeless without finally exploding into chaos.

That's what I see, and if you've got your fingers on the pulse of the world as well then that's most likely what you see as well.


The Final Result

If history repeats itself, and it usually does, then we are all at the brink of something cataclysmic. I'm firmly convinced like no other time during my life that this is the case. Unless the restraining hand of God delays the inevitable, the final days of routine life as we know it are quickly running out.

Inevitable – that's the key word, for God has told us that this shattering, world altering change will eventually happen. It must, for God's prophecies always come true.

  • The nations surrounding Israel will finally attack with all their anti-Semitic fury (Ps. 83; Ezek. 38-39).

  • The economies of the world will collapse under their own massive debt load, resulting in famine and the emergency solution of a punishing global financial system (Rev. 6:5-6 & 13:16-17).

  • Natural disasters will increase in frequency and intensity until the mountains are leveled, the oceans are destroyed, and the environment is left in ruins (Lk. 21:11; Rev. 6:12 & 16:3-4,18).

  • Immorality will sink into such darkness that murder and debauchery will be the way of life (Rev. 9:21).

  • And, out of this global chaos, where hope seems to have totally fled, the world will trade all their freedom over to a global dictator who will control everyone with an iron fist, annihilating all who stand in his way in wave after wave of wars and persecution (Rev. 6:2 & 13:17).

This is the world of the near future, and it's an awful nightmare to contemplate.


The Hopeful Escape

Despite the soon break of the gathering storm, and despite the hopelessness about the future that it brings, believers in Christ can know that it is not our future. Our future plays out in the polar opposite. Instead of living in a world gone mad, we foresee a new home in Heaven. Instead of persecution by a crushing tyrant, we face a loving and benevolent King. Instead of living under wrath, we see living under love. And, where there is only hopelessness left on earth, there is hope, peace and joy awaiting us (Rev. 21-22).

The change on our horizon is bright, for the King of Kings is coming to take those who are saved up to live in Heaven with Him for ever and ever (Jn. 14:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thes. 4:13-18). It will be an event called the Rapture, and it is coming sooner than we think. In fact, it could be argued that it has the potential to happen this very week due to the prophetic significance of the Feasts of Israel.

The Feast of Trumpets occurs on September 29-30, 2011. Will it herald the "last trumpet?" Only God knows for sure. The Rapture is an imminent event, and so we don't know the exact day or hour it will finally occur. I can only speculate that with the rise of major world events tied to the prophetic significance of the Feast of Trumpets, that this week is one I'm keeping a very close eye on.

Because the Rapture may be more imminent than ever, and since so many of our loved ones will be left behind to wonder what has happened to us pondering what dark future awaits them in the aftermath, I will be running all this Feast of Trumpets week a message of hope. This message explains why millions suddenly and mysteriously disappeared and will give them answers to what has happened. It is our "left behind" message, and my prayer should we be departing really soon, is that it brings people to Jesus Christ.


The series begins answering the questions of what happened, why it happened, and what all the disappearances are about.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology: Sabbath

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Did the Roman Catholic Church Institute Sunday Worship?

The Seventh-Day Adventists maintain that it was the Catholic church that changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and enforced the change through a decree issued by Emperor Constantine in 321 AD. This contention is as invalid as the one made by Dan Brown in his book, The Da Vinci Code, when he asserts that the Church did not recognize the divinity of Jesus until Emperor Constantine forced them to do so at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. In both cases, the action simply codified what was already the accepted belief or practice.

The New Testament attest to Sunday worship in Acts 20:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:2. And the writings of the Church Fathers also confirm that Sunday worship was the accepted practice long before Constantine:

The Epistle of Barnabas (100 AD) — "Wherefore, also, we keep the eighth day with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead."

Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians (110 AD) — "If therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death."

Justin Martyr in his First Apology of Justin (ca 147 to 161 AD) — "On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read as long as time permits... Sunday is the day on which we hold our common assembly, because it is the day... Jesus Christ our Savior... rose from the dead."

Tertullian in An Answer to the Jews (ca 200 AD) — "The observance of the Sabbath is demonstrated to have been temporary..."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology: Anti-Catholic and Anti-Semitic

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There are two characteristics of SDA eschatology that should be mentioned.

First, their writings are extremely anti-Catholic in nature. They have been from the beginning and continue to be so to this day. The Catholic Church is blamed for the abolition of Sabbath-keeping, and the papacy is considered to be the Antichrist. Ellen White hated "Romanism" with a passion, and she correctly predicted that the Protestant world would become more accommodating to Catholicism.12

Another characteristic of SDA end time prophetic interpretations is Replacement Theology. They teach that the Jews got what they deserved in the First Century when God poured out His wrath in 70 AD on Israel and Jerusalem. They believe the Jews have been set aside as God's Chosen People, and that the Church has replaced them, inheriting all the promises that were made to them in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The amazing thing is that these anti-Semitic views are expressed very strongly by two SDA spokesmen who happen to be Jews — Doug Batchelor and Steve Wohlberg!


Steve Wohlberg

In a book entitled Exploding the Israel Deception, Steve Wohlberg asserts that the book of Revelation must be read with "Middle East symbolism glasses" and not with "literal Middle East glasses."13 When read with symbolism glasses, Wohlberg asserts that we will understand that the prophecies apply to spiritual Israel (the Church) and not to literal Israel. The booklet concludes with a remarkable paragraph:14

If you have been led to believe that the prophecies in the book of Revelation apply to an Israel in the flesh, these lies must be unmasked. If you have been taught that Revelation's statements about Jerusalem, Mount Sion (sic), the temple, God, Magog, Babylon, and the Euphrates River apply to those literal places in the Middle East, these errors must be shattered. If you have accepted the idea that the Antichrist will one day walk into a rebuilt Jewish temple during a final seven-year period of tribulation, this false theory needs to be blown up. If sincere people have convinced you that Armageddon centers around Russian, China, and the modern State of Israel, then someone must push the button which reads: "Destroy Global Delusions." It is now time to flee from all frogs and fables!

This paragraph unmasks the fundamental problem with SDA prophetic interpretation. They take a symbolic rather than a literal approach. Instead of accepting the prophecies to mean what they say, they spiritualize them, making them say whatever they desire for them to mean. They ignore the fact that the First Coming prophecies meant exactly what they said. Why then do not the Second Coming prophecies mean what they say?


In the last part of this series on what the Seventh-Day Adventists believe concerning the end times, we'll discover if their claim that Sunday is an unbiblical day of worship is historically accurate.


Notes

12) E. G. White, The Final Events of Bible Prophecy, page 37-43.

13) Steve Wohlberg, Exploding the Israel Deception, (Endtime Insights, 1998), page 99.

14) Ibid., page 126.

Jeremiah Films has produced an outstanding video about the SDA entitled "Seventh-Day Adventism: The Spirit Behind the Church." It includes interviews with seven former SDA pastors and four former SDA members. You can order a copy from their website at www.jeremiahfilms.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology: Timeline

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The following is an analysis of how the Seventh-Day Adventists view key eschatalogical events on their timeline.

The Mark of the Beast — Ellen White was equally reckless in determining the meaning of the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16-18). The book of Revelation clearly reveals that this is a mark the Antichrist's false prophet will require people to put on their right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell anything. It is also stated that the mark will be either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Yet, Ellen White declared that the true mark of the beast would be Sunday worship! This is an obvious twisting of Scripture to make it mean whatever you want it to mean. It is the problem you always get into when you start spiritualizing the Word of God.


Chart of Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology

The Rapture — The SDA scheme of end time events places the Rapture at the end of the Tribulation and mixes with it some of the events that the Bible says will occur at the time of the Second Coming — such as the pouring out of God's wrath and the devastation of the earth.

In contrast, the New Testament clearly separates these events. In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Jesus is portrayed as appearing in the heavens for His Church. Revelation 19:11-16 portrays Him as returning to earth at a later time with His Church for the purpose of pouring out God's wrath and then establishing His worldwide reign.

The New Testament also indicates that the Rapture will occur at the beginning of the Tribulation, not at the end. When referring to the signs of the end times, Jesus said, "When these things begin to take place," we are to look up for the coming of our redemption (Luke 21:28). Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 that we are to anticipate the return of Jesus who will "deliver us from the wrath to come." And in Revelation 3:10 Jesus promises that He will keep the redeemed "from the hour of testing" — that hour which will "come upon the whole world to test those who dwell upon the earth." Doug Batchelor refers to the concept of a pre-Tribulation Rapture as "a Satanic delusion."7

The Millennium — Placing the Millennium in Heaven is almost as weird as what Amillennialists have done with it by equating it with the Church Age here on earth! The Bible clearly states that when Jesus returns, He will become king over all the earth (Zechariah 14:1-9) and that He will reign over all the nations from Mount Zion in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:2-4 and Micah 4:1-7). The Bible also promises that He will redeem the earth, not leave it desolate. It will, in fact, be returned to its original beauty and glory, as it existed before the Fall (Isaiah 11:4-9).

Nor is there any indication that Satan will be bound on earth for 1,000 years. Rather, Revelation 20:3 says he will be bound "in the abyss." The abyss is pictured in Luke 16:26 as a great chasm located in Hades. Ellen White fancifully interpreted the abyss to be the earth returned to its original state of confusion and darkness.8 I can't help but believe that if God had meant the earth, He would have said earth and not abyss!

The concept that the sins of the redeemed will be placed upon Satan when he is exiled to the devastated earth is downright blasphemous! Yet it is clearly taught in the writings of Ellen White.9 This means that SDAs have two saviors. Christ is the sin-offering who dies for sin. The Devil is the one who plays the role of the scapegoat who bears our sins away! The Bible says Jesus was the one who bore our sins (Isaiah 43:1 and 1 Peter 2:24). The Bible also says there is no savior except the Lord (Isaiah 43:11).

Incredibly, in the SDA scheme, Satan is our final sin-bearer and therefore plays a vital role in our redemption. Jesus becomes simply a mediator between us and Satan. This is plainly "another gospel" that Paul so strongly condemned in Galatians 1:6-9.

During the Millennium, the saints are portrayed as spending their time in Heaven judging the wicked in order to determine their degrees of punishment. The scripture used to justify this concept, 1 Corinthians 6:2, refers to the saints reigning over people on earth during the Millennium. All judgment has been given to Jesus (John 5:22) and will be exercised by Him at the end of the Millennium at the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15).

The Second Coming — At this point, the SDA scheme of end time events finally starts getting a few things right. They assert that Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives, and that is correct (Zechariah 14:1-9). The only problem is that the Bible says this glorious event will occur at the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 19:11-16), not at the end of the Millennium. The SDA also correctly asserts that at the end of the Millennium, Jesus will resurrect the unrighteous dead and pronounce their judgments (Revelation 20:11-15).

They are also right when they say that Satan will lead a revolt against Jesus and His Saints. But they are wrong when they contend that his rebel force will be made up of the unrighteous who have been resurrected. That's because the resurrection of the unrighteous does not occur until the rebellion is over and done with. The rebellion is described in Revelation 20:7-10; the resurrection of the unrighteous, described in verses 11-15, does not occur until after this rebellion is crushed. Those who rebel with Satan are people born during the Millennium who never receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

One final thing I believe the SDA gets right is the destiny of the unrighteous. They argue that after their judgment, they will be cast into Hell where they will suffer for a period of time in proportion to their sins, and then suffer destruction. Many have condemned the SDA for this teaching, arguing that they are Annihilationists. But that is incorrect. Annihilationists believe that the wicked cease to exist at death. The SDA has adopted the Conditionalist position that claims that immortality is conditional on accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Those who refuse to do so never become immortal, but they will be resurrected, judged, tormented, and then suffer 'the Second Death" (Revelation 20:14-15).10

The Eternal State — The SDA is also correct in its concept of the eternal state of the redeemed. The Bible clearly teaches that the saved will live eternally on a New Earth in a New Jerusalem in the presence of the Lord (Revelation 21). The traditional concept of mainline Christianity that Heaven will be an ethereal world of disembodied spirits is not scriptural.11


In the next part of this series on what the Seventh-Day Adventists believe concerning the end times, we'll discover why they despise Catholicism and Israel.


Notes

7) Doug Batchelor, Anything but Secret! page 3.

8) E. G. White, The Final Events of Bible Prophecy, page 110.

9) Ibid., pages 109-110.

10) David Reagan, "The Reality of Hell," Lamplighter magazine, (Lamb & Lion Ministries, March-April 2006), pages 3-6.

11) David Reagan, "The Meaning of Heaven," Lamplighter magazine, (Lamb & Lion Ministries, January-February 2006), pages 3-7.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology: The Tribulation

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The following is an analysis of how the Seventh-Day Adventists view the Tribulation.

The Investigative Judgment — The SDA's cornerstone doctrine of investigative judgment is both unbiblical and anti-biblical. The doctrine is unbiblical because there is no true biblical basis for it. It is anti-biblical because it denies the finished work of Jesus on the Cross. It is also downright silly in nature because it assumes that Jesus, who is omniscient, must take 160+ years (and counting) to evaluate and judge the works and sins of all believers.


Chart of Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology

The Tribulation — There are actually two concepts of the Tribulation that can be found in SDA literature. One is the concept that the Tribulation started in 1844 when the "apostate Protestants" began to persecute Adventists. This persecution, of course, intensified (supposedly) when Adventists began to emphasize the essentiality of Sabbath-keeping. The other concept of the Tribulation is that it will be a period of intense persecution that will immediately precede the Lord's return. Doug Batchelor says he thinks it will last no longer than two months.5 During this period of time, the United States and the Vatican will be unified in forcing the observance of Sunday worldwide as the proper day of worship.

Both views are unbiblical. The Bible clearly teaches that the Tribulation will be a period of seven years during which time God will pour out His wrath, first on rebellious Gentile nations (Revelation 6-11), and then on the nation of Israel (Revelation 12:13-17). The period will begin when the Antichrist signs a covenant that will guarantee peace in the Middle East (Daniel 9:27). It will end seven years later when a great remnant of the Jews accepts Jesus as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10 and Romans 9:27-28; 11:25-29).

The concept of the U.S. allying itself with the Vatican to force Sunday-worship upon the world is downright ludicrous. This is one of Ellen White's most flagrant false prophecies. Since the time she wrote this prophecy in the 19th Century, the U.S. has abolished all Sunday observance laws (often referred to as "Blue Laws"), and the country has become increasingly secular and pagan.

Her scriptural justification for this weird prophecy is a good example of the SDA's tendency toward nonsensical interpretations. She asserted that chapters 12 and 13 of Revelation teach that the Antichrist (the papacy) would dominate the world for 1,260 days before suffering a fatal wound. She converted the days into years (without any textual authority for doing so) and then decided that the ending point to the 1,260 years was 1798 because that was the year when, during the French Revolution, a French general conquered Rome and took Pope Pius VI captive. She then counted backward 1,260 years and proclaimed that the era of papal dominance over the nations of Europe began in the year 538 AD.

Notice that the first thing she did was to violate her own rule that a prophetic year always equals 360 days. This was a rule that had been laid down by William Miller in calculating the date of the Lord's return, and that rule had been accepted by all Adventists.

The second problem with her calculations is that nothing significant happened in the year 538 AD. The reigning bishop of Rome at that time was Vigilius who never exercised any secular reigning power. Papal power over Western secular governments began during the reign of Gregory the Great who was bishop of Rome from 590 to 604 AD. This is the period of time that is generally recognized by historians as the beginning of the papacy.6

A third problem with Ellen White's calculations is that the papal setback of 1798 was not the first in Vatican history. During the time period she identified, there were at least 20 anti-popes who set themselves up in opposition to the reigning pope, and there was a period of 70 years, from 1309 to 1378, when the papacy was actually moved to Avignon, France.

The fourth problem with Ellen White's calculations is that 1798 did not even begin to mark the end of papal influence worldwide. On the contrary, during the 20th Century the papacy was solidified in its power and authority and continues to this day to exercise great authority among the nations of the world. SDA apologists usually respond to the modern day resurgence of the Catholic Church as the healing of the "fatal wound" that is referred to in Revelation 13:3. But this prophecy refers either to a wound experienced by the Antichrist or to the revival of the Roman Empire in the end times.

Finally, the prophecies in Revelation 12 and 13 have absolutely nothing to do with the papacy. They simply declare that the Antichrist (a person) will focus his demonic efforts on the annihilation of the Jewish people during the last 1,260 days of the Tribulation.

So, why did Ellen White conjure us such a bizarre interpretation? Because she wanted to use it as a basis for asserting that the second beast of Revelation 13 was the United States! Here's how her reasoning went: Since the power of the first beast waned in 1798, the rise of the second beast (Revelation 13:11ff) must have occurred at that time, and the only candidate on the world scene was the United States which was rising to power at that exact time. Thus, the second beast of Revelation 13 is always portrayed in SDA literature as a bison with either an American flag or a map of the U.S. in the background. This, to say the least, is a reckless interpretation of Scripture, particularly when you consider the fact that Revelation 13:11 specifically states that the second beast "had two horns like a lamb." Somehow, the lamb became a bison which represented the United States!


In the next part of this series on what the Seventh-Day Adventists believe concerning the end times, we'll analyze how they view other key eschatalogical events.


Notes

5) Doug Batchelor, Anything but Secret! a booklet published by Amazing Facts Ministry (2004), page 22.

6) Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, volume IV (Eerdmans Publishing, 1989), page 212.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology: Basic Concepts

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The following are how the Seventh-Day Adventists would define various coming end time periods and events.

The End Times — The end times leading up to the soon return of Jesus began in 1844 when Jesus entered the Holy of Holies in Heaven and began His investigative judgment of the sins and works of believers. When this work is finished, the Rapture will occur.

The Tribulation — In the end times, the United States will align with the Vatican in a conspiracy to impose Sunday worship upon the world. This will lead to a terrible persecution of Sabbath keepers. The "crowning act" during this time will occur when Satan impersonates Jesus and declares Sunday to be the official Sabbath. The papacy is portrayed as the Antichrist; Protestant Christianity is the False Prophet; the United States is the enforcer; and the period of persecution will constitute the Great Tribulation which will culminate in the Battle of Armageddon between the true believers and the Sunday-keepers who have taken the Mark of the Beast.

The Rapture — At this point, Jesus will appear in the heavens. All eyes will see Him. The righteous dead will be resurrected, the living saints will be caught up, and all the redeemed will return to Heaven with Jesus. Before returning to Heaven, Jesus will pour out the wrath of God on the nations, all the wicked will be killed, and the earth will be totally devastated.

The Millennium — The saved will spend the next 1,000 years in Heaven with the Lord. The sins of the redeemed will be placed upon Satan, and he and his angels will be banished to the desolate earth where they will wander for the next thousand years. Meanwhile, during this time in Heaven, the redeemed will judge the lost, reviewing their deeds to determine their degrees of punishment.

The Second Coming — At the end of the Millennium, Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives. The redeemed will return with Him, but they will descend inside the New Jerusalem. Jesus will command the wicked to rise from the dead. Satan will then rally these people to revolt against Jesus and His saints. They will march against the New Jerusalem. Fire will engulf the earth while the redeemed are protected inside the New Jerusalem. The wicked will have their judgments pronounced and will then be thrown into the Lake of Fire where they will experience degrees of punishment and then suffer destruction.

The Eternal State — Out of the fiery inferno will come a New Earth, purified by fire. God will then recreate the earth in beauty and perfection. The redeemed will live in the presence of God on this New Earth eternally.


In the next part of this series on what the Seventh-Day Adventists believe concerning the end times, we'll analyze in more detail how they view the Tribulation.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Seventh-Day Adventist Eschatology: The Great Disappointment

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Bible prophecy has always been important to Seventh-Day Adventists, more so than you would find among mainline Christian groups, even Evangelicals. The SDA church was founded on Bible prophecy, and its phenomenal growth during the 20th Century was based on an emphasis on Bible prophecy.

The Millerite Movement of the 1840's gave birth to the Seventh-Day Adventists. The Movement was generated by a false prophecy made by William Miller, a Baptist pastor, that Jesus would return in 1844.


Compounding the Error

When this prophecy failed to materialize — an event that came to be called "The Great Disappointment" — a small group of Millerite diehards decided to rescue the prophecy by spiritualizing it. They argued that William Miller had set the right date but had prophesied the wrong event! Instead of returning to earth on the prescribed date, Jesus had instead entered the Holy of Holies in Heaven to begin a second aspect of His atoning work called "the investigative judgment." This process, which continues to this day, involves an evaluation of the sins and works of each believer to determine their eternal destiny.

Thus, one false prophecy led to another which provided the foundation for the establishment of the Seventh-Day Adventists. One analyst has expressed it this way: "The Great Disappointment led to the Great Cover-up."1


The Source

All the fundamental concepts of the SDA scheme of end time events were developed by Ellen G. White and are contained in her book, The Great Controversy (1888).2 Since she is revered by the SDA as a prophet of God, no one has dared to tinker with what she wrote. Accordingly, when you write to the SDA today requesting information about Bible prophecy, you will not receive a summary written by any modern day author. Rather, you will be sent a copy of a brief booklet entitled The Final Events of Bible Prophecy3. This booklet is nothing but a compilation of relevant chapters from The Great Controversy.


Ellen G. White

Ellen White's writings are not easy going. She was a longwinded writer with a tendency to preach and chase rabbits. Her writings are thus disjointed and difficult to consolidate into a timeline of events.

Fortunately, the essence of her end time concepts has been boiled down by Doug Batchelor, the SDA spokesman for the "Amazing Facts" television program. He has summarized the concepts in a video that is also named "The Final Events of Bible Prophecy."4 To date, hundreds of thousands of copies of this very high-tech, spectacular video production have been distributed worldwide.


Doug Batchelor


In the next part of this series on what the Seventh-Day Adventists believe concerning the end times, we'll look at how they define those coming periods and events.


Notes

1) John Ecob, booklet entitled Seventh-Day Adventism Weighed and Found Wanting (Marayong, Australia: Herald of Hope Magazine, 2004).

2) Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, first published in 1888. Now available from Remnant Publications in Coldwater, MI (1997).

3) E. G. White, The Final Events of Bible Prophecy, (Amazing Facts, 2004).

4) Doug Batchelor, "The Final Events of Bible Prophecy," a video produced by Amazing Facts Ministry, Roseville, CA (2004).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Increasing Attacks on the Miracles of Christ

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Does Jesus' miracles prove that He is God in the flesh?

In this interview, Dr. David Reagan and I finish our discussion on the end time prophetic significance of the increasing attacks on the character of Christ, later televised on our program Christ in Prophecy.

Dr. Reagan: The miracles of Jesus were for the purpose of proving or let's say affirming His divinity. That is what the miracles were all about.

There are 35 miracles of Jesus that are mentioned in the Scriptures, but we know there were many more because one of the last verses of the Gospel of John (21:25) is, "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written."

Of the 35 miracles of Jesus specifically mentioned, it's interesting that there are different types of miracles. For example, there's the miracle that shows that He is the Lord of time when He turned water into wine instantly. He didn't need any time. He is the Lord of time, just as He spoke the Creation into existence.

You know the God of the atheist is time. They think if you have enough time you can do anything. If you have 10,000 monkeys typing for ten million years they will produce the works of Shakespeare accidently.

Nathan Jones: Time plus nothing equals something to them.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, but God doesn't need time, so He is the Lord of time.

When Jesus stilled the sea, He was the Lord of nature. When He walked on the water, He was the Lord of physics. Jesus is the Lord of the laws of Nature. He created them and He can violate them. When Jesus would say to a person that He didn't need to come and touch the person to heal then, and that He could speak the word and they would be healed, He was the Lord of space. When Jesus cast out demons, He was the Lord of the supernatural. So these are evidences that He really was who He said He was, and the evidence is overwhelming.

We have first hand accounts in the Gospels about Jesus in the flesh performing the miracles of God. These accounts are not just stories that people made up. People came from all over. They came because they wanted to see miracles. Jesus was actually disturbed about that because He wanted the people to come to Him because of His teachings, but they came because of His miracles. They wanted healings and they wanted bread, but they didn't exactly want whatever He was teaching. Jesus believed his teachings were the greatest gifts, not His miracles.

Nathan Jones: Jesus taught flat out in John 10:25, "The works I do in my Father's name testify about me." Later Jesus said that we should believe the works so that we may know and understand that the Father was in Him, and that Jesus was the Father. Fantastic verses!

Dr. Reagan: Yes, they really are, and that was what it was all about when it came to His miracles.

Nathan Jones: Two of the miracles really beat up on by most liberal theologians is the virgin birth and the resurrection of Jesus.

Dr. Reagan: Those were two central events of His life. They are the two events that point to the fact that Jesus truly was God in the flesh. In fact, the Resurrection is so important that Paul says if you don't believe in the Resurrection then you don't have any hope. You can't even be a Christian if you don't believe in the Resurrection. Any person who claims to be a Christian and denies the Resurrection is not a Christian. They can call themselves one, but that would be like me going into a garage and saying I am a car when you know I'm not.

Well, those are the two key miracles in Jesus' life, and because they are so key I have devoted two entire chapters in my new book Jesus the Lamb and the Lion to the reality of the Virgin Birth and then to the evidence of it, and another chapter to the reality of the Resurrection and another one to the evidence of it. I could go on all day about both of them as you well know, but folks are just going to have to get the book to see all of the arguments that I present there because I give a lot of arguments right out of the Scriptures themselves that I think prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was born of a virgin and Jesus was resurrected from the dead.

Nathan Jones: If Jesus was neither born of a virgin or resurrected from the dead then we don't have God in the flesh, do we?

Dr. Reagan: We would not have God in the flesh. It was absolutely essential that the Messiah be virgin born and that He be resurrected from the dead in order for Him to be God in the flesh and in order for Him to be the Savior of this world.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Increasing Attacks on the Preincarnate Christ

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Did Jesus appeared in the Old Testament in preincarnate form?

In this interview, Dr. David Reagan and I discuss the end time prophetic significance of the increasing attacks on the character of Christ, later televised on our program Christ in Prophecy.

Dr. Reagan: I wrote a lot about the topic of the preincarnate Jesus in my new book Jesus the Lamb and the Lion in chapter 8. One of the reasons I enjoyed writing about that so much is because I decided to use a different format in writing it. I had a man who wrote me one time and gave me a whole bunch of questions about the preincarnate Jesus. And so, I thought I would just respond to his questions. I love to do that. So, the whole of chapter 8 is question and answer.

So, what scriptural evidences are there that Jesus existed before His incarnation? Well, for example, there's Isaiah 6. In Isaiah 6, Isaiah goes to the Temple to mourn the death of his king, the only king he had ever known. When Isaiah goes there he suddenly sees the King of Kings and Lord of Lords lifted up high and glorious in the Temple. Then, over in the New Testament, we are told point blank that when Isaiah saw the Lord lifted up high and holy he saw Jesus Christ. Now, that is what we call a preincarnate appearance of Jesus.

There are many other preincarnate appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament. Usually He appears as what is called "the Angel of the Lord." That doesn't mean that Jesus is an angel, rather it means He is God's angel, like my wife is my "angel. This term means Jesus is a messenger of the Lord as angel means "messenger." When Moses saw the burning bush, God spoke to him out of the burning bush and told him take his shoes off as that was holy ground. The next verse says, "And who spoke to him was the Angel of the Lord." The burning bush was a preincarnate appearance of Jesus.

Nathan Jones: My favorite example of Jesus in the Old Testament is Gideon. Judges 6:22 records, "When Gideon realized that it was the Angel of the Lord he exclaimed, 'O sovereign Lord, I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face,' but the Lord said to him, 'Peace do not be afraid you are not going to die.'" Gideon saw God incarnate, proof that Jesus was there in the Old Testament.

Dr. Reagan: The Bible says no man has ever seen God the Father. No one has ever seen His face. The Father is spirit. But, they have seen Jesus Christ in preincarnate appearances.

In Psalm 2 Jesus appears to David and says that God has promised Him that one day He will rule over all the nations in the world. He said that to David in Psalm 2.

There are many other preincarnate appearances and I had a lot of fun writing about them. Of course, I end that chapter by talking about whether or not Melchizedek was a preincarnate appearance, though that is highly debatable. I present both sides so that people have to draw their own conclusions.

Nathan Jones: Melchizedek possibly being Jesus was a whole new topic for me reading that one.


In the last part of this series discussing the increasing attacks on Christianity and Christ, I'll question Dr. Reagan whether he believes Jesus' miracles prove that He is God in the flesh.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Increasing Attacks on the Divinity of Christ

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How can one prove that Jesus is God in the flesh?

In this interview, Dr. David Reagan and I discuss the end time prophetic significance of the increasing attacks on the character of Christ and some defenses against those attacks, later televised on our program Christ in Prophecy.


Fulfilled Prophecy as a Defense

Dr. Reagan: Talk about fulfilled prophecy for one. I point out for example that there are 109 specific prophecies that Jesus fulfilled in His First Coming. Some of those are prophecies that are well known to people, like in Micah 5:2 that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, which was written a whopping 500 years before His birth.

Nathan Jones: And it was a specific Bethlehem Micah was referencing, right?

Dr. Reagan: Yes, people don't often realize that there were two Bethlehem's — one up by the Sea of Galilee and one down near Jerusalem. The Bible says specifically that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, which means it is the Bethlehem near Jerusalem.

There are many, many other prophecies like Micah 5:2. Psalm 22 says the Messiah would be crucified. Well, that is not the way the Jews executed people. They executed them by stoning them to death. Crucifixion was the way the Romans executed someone. And, by the way, the Psalm 22 prophecy was written 1,000 years before the Messiah was born.

In my new book Jesus the Lamb and the Lion I talk a lot about fulfilled prophecy. In fact, I have a whole chapter about probability and the fact that you cannot write these prophecies off as accidental, because that'd be beyond the realm of probability. I show the actual statistics where eight prophecies being fulfilled in the life of just one man is beyond the realm of probability to be fulfilled accidently.

In my book I also talk a lot about symbolic prophecy and how different symbols in the Bible pointed to Jesus, such as the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, and the feasts of Israel. They were all symbolic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.


Witnesses as a Defense

Dr. Reagan: Proof that Jesus is God in the flesh can be found in the witnesses to the divinity of Jesus. There is the witness of the Trinity, and I give many examples of those from the Old Testament in my book. Old Testament scriptures show that God exists as three persons in one. God refers to Himself in the plural over and over again. I talk about the witness of God the Father in how He witnessed that Jesus was God in the flesh at His baptism and at His transfiguration.

I also talk about the witness of Jesus Himself. Do you know that one of the most famous teachers in Christendom recently said that Jesus never claimed to be Messiah? And yet, Jesus claimed over and over again and again to being the Messiah. He made specific statements that He was the Messiah. He said that before the Sanhedrin Council and to the Chief Priest. He used the term "Son of Man" to refer to Himself, which is a Messianic title from Daniel. Jesus used the term "Son of God" to refer to Himself. Jesus applied messianic prophecy to Himself. Jesus identified Himself with God the Father when He said, "If you have seen me you have seen God the Father" (Jn. 14:7,9). Jesus declared, "I and the Father are one" (Jn. 10:30).

Chapter 7 contains evidence of the divinity of Jesus Christ and it gives just one Scripture after another. When you read all of that, I tell you there is no way you can say Jesus was not God in the Flesh.

Another example I mention is the fact that Jesus went about forgiving sins and granting salvation, and only God can do that. Talk about Jesus' miracles.

Talk about the witness of angels. Many times angels bore witness to Jesus being divine. For example, when He was born, Luke 2 tells us that the angels announced that "today in the city of David there has been born to you a Savior who is the Messiah the Lord."

There is also the witness of fallen angels in that Satan and his demons recognized Jesus as God in the flesh. like when Satan was tempting Jesus in the wilderness. The demons identified Jesus as God one time when Jesus delivered a demon from a man in Capernaum and the demon cried out, "I know who you are—the Holy One of God!" (Lk. 4:34).

There is also the witness of the Apostles to Jesus' divinity. We have many, many verses from the writings of Peter where he talks about how salvation is found in no one else under Heaven except the Lord Jesus Christ. There are also statements from the Apostle John and the Apostle Paul. We also have the witness from the book of Hebrews, though we don't know for sure who wrote that book. Whoever wrote it said Jesus is, "the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His nature" (Heb. 1:3).

There are many other witnesses of the deity of Jesus. For example, many people think that Peter was the first one to confess Jesus as the Son of God, but no he wasn't, Nathanael was. Nathanael said, "Rabbi you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel" (Jn. 1:49). The centurion at the cross looked up and said, "Truly this was the Son of God" (Mt. 27:54).

Jesus is God in the flesh and is not some Johnny-come-lately concept that was conjured up by a bunch of ignorant fisherman on the shores of Galilee long after He was dead. It was prophesied ahead of time. It was fulfilled in His life. It was demonstrated in His life.


Changed Lives as a Defense

Nathan Jones: I love the point that you made in your book that lives were changed because of encountering Jesus in one's life. If Jesus wasn't God in the flesh then lives wouldn't change.

Dr. Reagan: That is the continuing, greatest evidence of all that Jesus was who He said He was. When people put their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and truly in Him personally, and not just become a cultural Christian but really put their faith in Him, then lives are transformed. You and I know that for sure. My life was transformed. Sometime the transformations are so radical, like my good friend Jack Hollingsworth who is a featured singer for the ministry. He lived on the streets homeless for 20 years. He tried to kill himself three different times. But, when he met the Lord Jesus Christ his life totally transformed. He formed a ministry which today goes all over the nation singing and teaching and focusing on the homeless and prisoners. This is the kind of thing that happens and is the greatest continuing evidence that Jesus was really was who He said He was.


In the next part of this series discussing the increasing attacks on Christianity and Christ, I'll question Dr. Reagan whether he believes Jesus appeared in the Old Testament in preincarnate form.