Over the next few weeks we will continue to share with you the opinions of 13 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Revelation. While being interviewed, the panel had the opportunity to answer a very personal question. The responses were inspirational, encouraging and insightful. The members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts were asked to address:
#10. Why have you devoted your life to the teaching and preaching of Bible prophecy?
Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries
That's a long story, but let me try to make it short for you. Years ago I reached a point in my Christian growth where I became dry. I needed something more. I began to pray, "God. give me something fresh from your Word; something that I can be excited about."
At that time I knew nothing at all about Bible prophecy. Shortly after that I was reading through some books in the Christian book store and I came across a book that dealt with the Mark of the Beast of all things. I had heard about that, but I didn't really know anything about it. So, I begin to read that book and it really got my interest. That was the beginning of an insatiable appetite for Bible prophecy.
I became a student of Bible prophecy about 30 years ago. I studied it for many, many years. I was a pastor for 15 years. I preached and taught Bible prophecy. I taught through Daniel and Revelation many times. It just became a love of my life. But, when God called me into doing full-time evangelism I initially started out just preaching evangelistically trying to lead people to Christ. I saw many people saved in those early days of our evangelistic ministry.
Then there was a guy by the name of Dave Reagan preaching not far from me. I went to hear him and he was talking about the Rapture of the Church. I knew immediately that God was telling me, "That needs to be your thing." During that meeting in Jennings, Louisiana, I walked down the aisle and I knelt down. I said, "Lord, I know you want something from me, but I can't perceive what it is." It was almost as if I heard the voice of God that I needed to preach about the imminent return of Jesus. So, very gradually, I started directing my messages in that direction. And, for the last 10 years that has been the theme of our ministry. I believe that's my calling. That's what I will be doing until Jesus takes me home.
August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries
I've given my life to the teaching of Bible prophecy because it motivates me to live holy. It motivates me to live godly and righteously in this present day. That's from Titus 2:12, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present age." That's what Bible prophecy does. It motivates us to live holy and righteously. It motivates us to pray, "Maranatha! Even so come, Lord Jesus." It motivates us to win precious lost souls in these last days. So, that's why I've devoted my life to the study and teaching of Bible prophecy.
Daymond Duck, Prophecy Plus Ministries
God did it to me! I was saved when I was 17 years old, but I didn't live like it. I was asked to teach Sunday school about my mid-30's. I started teaching, but I was totally unqualified for it. I came across verses about the Rapture and the Second Coming and I thought, "What in the world is this all about?" So, I started studying, and I actually studied as much as I could as fast as I could and I really literally strained my eyes trying to absorb what that was all about. I just loved the subject. God laid it on my heart. He's never let me turn lose of it. It's the love of my life. Some people their love is fishing or golf or whatever, but mine is studying Bible prophecy.
Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries
The Lord called me into this area of ministry. All my life back when I was a young man I was taught you should never study the book of Revelation. And yet, the Lord called me into this area. When He did I found it to be such a blessing. It blessed me so much to understand the end of the story, and that God really wanted us to know that book. So, for me, when I realized that He called me to this area I surrendered my life totally to it, and it has been such a blessing ever since.
Jack Kinsella, The Omega Letter
It's because that's what the Lord told me to do. It's just that simple. I got saved when I read Hal Lindsey's Late Great Planet Earth back in 1975. I read the book because I was trying to deprogram my sister who had read it and became a Christian. I was a Catholic at the time, and we went to church every time someone we knew died. I didn't want to have her break that tradition. But, that's how I got saved. The Lord called me to ministry almost that very day. He said, "Now you work for me." And, I have ever since.
Mark Hitchcock, Faith Bible Church
I've given my life to the teaching of Bible prophecy because when I was in my early 20's I began to really get serious about studying the Bible. I began to read through the Bible and even read those parts of the Old Testament. I would get back there and I would get so lost I didn't know what I was reading about. So, I would always ask God to feed my soul with something. He was gracious enough to do just that.
I began to realize that I couldn't really understand the Bible if I didn't understand prophecy. That was really the motivation for me. People ask me, "Why do you love Bible prophecy?" My response is, "Because I love the Bible." The Bible is 28% prophecy at the time it was written. So, to me you can't understand the Bible without understanding prophecy. I want to understand the Bible. So, if a person really loves the Word of God then they are going to love the prophetic Word, and that's really where my love of Bible prophecy comes from.
In the next part of this series on reading and understanding Revelation, the remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will continue to answer the tenth question, and a personal one at that: "Why have you devoted your life to the teaching and preaching of Bible prophecy?"