By Nathan Jones
Which group today seems to be the most receptive to the message of Bible prophecy?
On Wednesday, January 25th I was interviewed by hosts Matt Buff and Jim Fletcher of the Rapture Ready Radio show, broadcast over BlogTalkRadio. During the second hour of their two hour live show we talked about the growing interest in Bible prophecy, the importance of teaching the Creation, Lamb & Lion Ministries' new ministry initiatives in reaching people for Christ, the top five questions every Christian should know, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and how Christians should respond to non-Christian candidates when it comes time to vote. Matt Buff also simultaneously chatted online with people listening to the show, taking questions from the audience.
Surprise Response to Bible Prophecy
Jim Fletcher: Picking up on this theme of tying everything together based on Scripture, I'm actually reading a book by Oswald Allis called The Unity of Isaiah. Allis was a scholar at Princeton and Westminster many years ago. I know he would have had issues with Dispensationalism and wouldn't have believed exactly as we do, but he affirmed the validity of predicted prophecy in the Bible.
Allis made a statement that I want to read about the apostasy and heresy that had already crept into the church in his time. He was talking specifically about the denial of prophecy first in seminaries and then in the pulpits around the country. He said, "Is it any wonder that they are tempted to leave Isaiah and many of the parts of the Bible severely alone? Is it any wonder that Bible study is not on the increase, but decidedly on the decrease in many circles in the Christian Church." He wrote that 60 years ago!
I'm just amazed over the growing liberal influence in the Church. What do you find as you are dialoguing with people in speaking in times like this that are so uncertain and so scary for so many people, what kind of feedback are you getting about the Bible prophecy message? Are people enthusiastic? Are they not?
Nathan Jones: As the Church kind of snoozes about Bible prophecy and gets more and more scared to teach it, inversely we are seeing the secular world becoming more and more interested in it. Just look at all the movies like 2012 about the end of the world. Thank goodness the Left Behind series really brought Bible prophecy to a lot of secular readers who had never considered it before. So, there is I believe more than ever an interest in Bible prophecy, though maybe not from the Church itself, but certainly from unbelievers.
We are finding that prophecy being a gift for believers is attracting unbelievers to the Bible. Now, of course, we have to establish the Bible as God's Word to them first, but people are really starting to take notice.
You guys at Rapture Ready Radio can probably concur with us that the more natural disasters happen the more people notice and exclaim, "Hey, wait, something's going on!" They are taking notice of world events and then checking out our ministry's teaching on Bible prophecy. It's a rather strange kind of occurrence, for while a lot of ministries are hurting in this current economic environment, Bible prophecy ministries like ours are getting more and more interest in our message because people are starting to take notice of the craziness going on in the world around them. The end times signs are starting to make sense to them and they are getting scared, especially with the economy and the wars and rumors of wars that Jesus said in Matthew 24 would be coming the closer to His return. So, I would conclude that the interest in Bible prophecy, especially among unbelievers, is increasing exponentially.
Matt Buff: It really is. Bible prophecy has become a big interest. Sadly, we had a big fall-out from the Harold Camping ordeal and people were asking us questions about him, and then we have 2012 and FX is playing that horrible movie every single night. I wonder if they are going to play it every night? It is kind of like A Christmas Story, it's always on FX, but with John Cusack.
Nathan Jones: I love what Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 3:11 where he talks about how God has set eternity in the human heart. So, no matter if you are the most dogmatic believer or the staunchest Atheist, there's something inside of you that draws you to the eternal. People look to the future, whether they deny it like an Atheist or they embrace it but they've been given the wrong information like from Hinduism and Buddhism. Since God put eternity in our hearts, people are starting to respond to that tugging.
Unfortunately, some supposed Bible prophecy teachers are really messing it up, like Harold Camping for instance. There are a lot of nuts like him causing a lot of confusion, but that to me just reveals that Satan knows his time is short and he's trying as hard as he can to scramble the airways of the Gospel message to confuse as many people as he can. That's a sign of the end times.
In the next part of this Rapture Ready Radio interview, I will discuss some of Lamb & Lion's latest initiatives in reaching people for Christ.