Why is the message of the soon return of Jesus Christ such a passion of yours?
On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.
Living on Borrowed Time
Bill Salus: The theme of what we are going to talk about today is a book Dr. David Reagan has written. Dave, you have written many books, but the one in particular I'd like to discuss is called, Living on Borrowed Time.
I really think this is an important book, because what Dr. Reagan has done in his book is demonstrate how all the end time signs seem to be converging. He put together a panel of about 22 Bible prophecy experts and asked them questions that are very significant. We here on "Prophecy Update" are going to go through some of the questions Dr. Reagan posed and see what the experts are saying about how we are truly living in the end times.
Yesterday I was at a church's courtyard signing some books and I had a young man of about 25 years old come up to me. He was sitting at my table with his mom. She had her Bible open and was trying to impress upon him that he is possibly that final generation because we are living in the last days. But, he was really struggling with that concept. So, they called me over to sit by him and talk with him a little bit. Of course, I gave him my reasons, and some of those same reasons I had given you when you interviewed me for your book. I also referred him to Living on Borrowed Time, because in your book you've got all these important answers, particularly about all these different signs that are converging.
Tell me a little bit about your book. Then, I want to go through some of the questions that you asked these Bible prophecy experts.
Dr. Reagan: Sure. I begin the book by talking about scriptural principles that apply to the return of Jesus. These are just the fundamental principles, like the fact that Jesus has promised to return. There are some people who deny that Jesus will ever come back, and so I talk about that viewpoint, which is called Amillennialism, and explain why it is unbiblical.
I also talk about the fact that we cannot know the date of Jesus' return, but that we can know the season of His return because we have been given signs to watch for. Those signs are happening right now.
In the second part of the book, I go into the prophetic forum where I interview 22 different Bible prophecy experts, including you, Bill. I ask them about eleven different questions.
In the third section of the book, I have a number of chapters in detail of what I consider to be the key signs of the end times. These signs are the re-establishment of Israel, the revival of the Roman Empire, the proliferation of cults, the convulsion of nature, the growth of apostasy, the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, and topics of that nature.
Finally, in the last section, I talk about the challenges to the Church, because the Church is asleep today. The Church is not preaching the soon coming of Jesus, and therefore Christian are apathetic about His return.
The section I think people will find most fascinating is the section where I ask eleven questions of 22 different Bible prophecy experts.
Bill Salus: I want to go through some of those questions in a moment. You've written other books similar to this where you have had other forums, and even had Christ in Prophecy TV shows discussing these questions.
Passion For Prophecy
Bill Salus: Firstly, I do want to say that I think it is very important that your message and your ministry is so glued onto the fact that Jesus is coming very soon. You preach the Rapture it is an imminent event and that should put Christians on the edge of their seat to be called to holiness and evangelism. Let's talk about that for just a moment, and then we will get into some of those questions.
Dr. Reagan: Yes, the message of Jesus' soon return is the passion of my heart. I was a professor of International Law and Politics for 20 years before I'd began studying Bible prophecy in detail. Since then, that message has really gripped me. Very clearly we are living in the season of the Lord's return, identifiable because of the signs of the times. I gave up that career and stepped out in faith in 1980 to start preaching this message, and that's become the fundamental message of this ministry — that we are living on borrowed time.
That we are living in the season of the Lord's return is a two-edge sword that cuts two ways. For the believer in Christ, the message is — commit your life to holiness and commit your life to evangelism. For the unbeliever, it means flee into the loving arms of Jesus before it is too late, because He is coming back to pour out the wrath of God upon this world. People need to get right with Jesus right away.
I have this sense of urgency. I believe we are living in the most exciting period of world history, second only to the First Coming of Jesus Christ.
Season of the Lord's Return
Bill Salus: One of the first questions that you asked the Living on Borrowed Time panel was, "Do you believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return?"
Dr. Reagan: That was indeed the first question. Every person on the panel, all 22 said to the effect, "Absolutely! We are living in the season of the Lord's return."
I was surprised by something in their responses, though, because I expected nearly all of them to say something else, because the question was two parts: "Do you believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return?" "And, if so, why?" I expected them to say that we were, and they did. But, what surprised me was when they got to the why part. I expected probably 98% of them to answer, "Because of the re-establishment of Israel in 1948." And, certainly, all of them consider that important, but that is not the majority reason that was given for believing that we are living in the season of the Lord's return.
The overwhelming majority of Bible prophecy experts focused on one word — convergence. In other words, they said the main reason why they believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return is not because of any one particular sign, but because we have so many signs converging that are coming together for the first time. All the signs of the end times are coming together at once.
There have been times when people would say, "Well, we have this sign and that sign, and so Jesus must be coming soon." But, there were many other signs that weren't around. Today, though, we can look around us and can see all of the signs that Jesus taught converging together at the same time. They're coming together all at once. Now we can finally say, "Wow! There isn't anything missing today from the world scene in terms of the signs we were told to look for."
In the second segment of my interview with Bill Salus concerning the converging end times signs, we'll discuss what many Bible prophecy experts believe is the most important end times sign.