Friday, January 31, 2014

Israel as Proof of God's Existence: Fulfilled Bible Prophecy

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One of the most decisive evidences of God's existence can be found in Bible prophecy. I'm speaking of the fact that the Bible is full of hundreds of precise prophecies that have been fulfilled in detail in history.

In fulfilled Bible prophecy we find what I would call "conclusive evidence" that God exists and that the Bible is the Word of God.

Just consider for a moment the fact that no other book in the world contains fulfilled prophecies. There is not a single fulfilled prophecy in the Koran, the Hindu Vedras, the book of Mormon or the nonsensical, obfuscated ramblings of Nostradamus.

In contrast, the Bible contains hundreds of fulfilled prophecies concerning persons, cities, nations and empires.


Daniel's Prophecy

Take for example the incredible prophecy of Daniel that is recorded in Daniel chapter two. As most of you well know, in that chapter we are told about Daniel interpreting a dream of the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar.

Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of a great statue of a man with a golden head, a chest of silver, thighs of bronze and legs of iron.

Daniel explained that Nebuchadnezzar's dream represented a succession of world empires, beginning with the Babylonian that was represented by the head of gold. It would be succeeded by the Medo-Persian Empire represented by the chest of silver. Next would come the Grecian Empire represented by the thighs of bronze.

Daniel did not specifically identify the fourth empire, but it was obviously the empire of Rome which followed the Grecian Empire and which split into two parts, represented by the two legs.

As one wag has put it, "Daniel wrote history in advance better than historians have done so after the fact."


Messianic Prophecy

And then, of course, there are the Messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfilled — a total of 109 separate and distinct prophecies.

It has been calculated that the odds of just 8 of those prophecies being fulfilled accidentally in the life of one person are 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That's the number 1 with 17 zeros after it. So, the odds are one in 100 quadrillion! And that's beyond the realm of probability.

The scientist who made these calculations was Peter Stoner. He illustrated the meaning of 1 in 1017 by using the state of Texas.

He said to fill the state knee deep with silver dollars. Then fly over and drop out one silver dollar with a check mark on it. Next, let 10,000 bulldozers rampage around the state for ten years, getting the silver dollars mixed up real well. Then, turn a blind-folded man loose in this sea of silver dollars. The odds that the first coin he would pick up would be the one with the check mark on it is 1 in 1017.



In the fifth segment of our study of how Israel proves the existence of God, we'll look at the fulfilled prophecies that concern Israel's worldwide despersion, persecution, and the desolation of the land.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Israel as Proof of God's Existence: Proof of Design in Nature

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On to my second proof of God's existence: Design in Nature.

The Bible itself points us to this evidence:

Psalm 19:1-2

1) The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

2) Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.

In other words, the universe we exist in, and the planet that serves as our home, are both so complex and beautiful in their design that they literally shout the existence of a Designer.

Consider the Earth. Its size is perfect. If it were smaller, an atmosphere would be impossible, like the planet Mercury. If the Earth were larger, its atmosphere would contain free hydrogen, like Jupiter. Earth is the only known planet with an atmosphere composed of the right mixture of gases to sustain life.

Likewise, the Earth is located at precisely the right distance from the sun. If it were farther away, we would freeze. If it were closer, we would burn up.

The Earth's moon is the perfect size and distance from the Earth for its gravitational pull to move the oceans and keep them from stagnating, while preventing them from spilling across the continents.

The Earth is the only object in the universe that we know of that contains water — an essential ingredient for life. And the Earth has a built in hydrological system whereby water evaporates from the oceans, leaving behind the salt content, and then is distributed as rainfall over the continents.

Design applies as well to the complexity of the human brain and the human eye — and to the complexity and beauty of animal and plant life.

Or, consider the fact that in every cell of our bodies there exists a very detailed instruction code that is like a miniature computer program. This DNA code is a three-billion-lettered program that tells each cell how to act. It is like an operational manual.

How could such complex designs be the result of chance? Or, the consequence of a "Big Bang" explosion? How many explosions have you ever heard of that produced order instead of chaos?

Yet, scientists with Ph.D.s piled on top of each other take a look at all this design and declare it to be an "accidental product of evolution."

To me that's equivalent to standing in front of Mt. Rushmore and declaring, "Wow! Isn't it amazing what can be produced accidently by erosion?" If I were to say that in front of a scientist, he would declare me to be a fool. Yet, scientists declare the same nonsense about our planet and the life that exists on it.

Mt. Rushmore

It's no wonder that Ray Comfort gave his book about Atheism the title: You Can Lead a Scientist to Evidence, But You Can't Make Him Think!

The Bible puts it this way (Psalm 53:1): "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'"


In the fourth segment of our study of how Israel proves the existence of God, we'll pause thirdly to look at the proof of fulfilled Bible prophecy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Israel as Proof of God's Existence: Proof of Changed Lives

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With regard to changed lives, I have in mind the way in which lives have been radically changed throughout history when they came in contact with God and put their faith in Him.

Consider, for example the lives of Abraham and Paul. Abraham was an idolater and Paul was an accomplice to murder when their lives were totally transformed when they encountered God and placed their faith in Him. And the Bible is full of many other examples.


An Amazing Last Will and Testament

I encountered an example in September of 2012 when I received a letter from a law firm in Chicago informing me that Lamb & Lion Ministries had been named as a beneficiary in a will.

A copy of the will was enclosed with the letter. It began by stating that the testator had no living relatives. He then specified that he wanted gifts of $30,000 each to be given to three friends whom he named. Next, he stated that he wanted $2,500 to be spent on a party in his honor at a local bar, with drinks on the house!

It was at that point that I began to wonder how in the world our ministry could possibly be one of his beneficiaries!

My puzzlement became even greater when I turned to the next page. It contained a list of the groups who were to receive the remainder of his estate. Several Catholic charities were mentioned, followed by a long list of liberal organizations, from the ACLU to a Harvard Embryo Research Center.

At that point, I was really perplexed at how we could possibly be named in such a last will and testament.

Then, I turned the page — and there was a new will, dated three years later.

It began the same way, with gifts to the same three friends. But from that point on, the will was radically different. For, you see, the next statement was a repudiation of the party at the bar. "Just forget about it," he wrote.

Then came the listing of the beneficiaries. There were only three — two Messianic ministries and our ministry.

I immediately realized that I was holding in my hands absolute evidence of the existence of God and His miracle working power. It was obvious that during the three years between the two wills, this man had met Jesus, and his life and values had been totally transformed.


Jack Hollingsworth

That was not the first time I had seen such a radical impact of God on a life. Let me share with you another example. I have in mind a man named Jack Hollingsworth who lived on the streets as a homeless alcoholic for 20 years.

In 1988 he wandered into a detox center in Lexington, Kentucky where he was confronted by a tough little lady named Sally. When he started trying to con her, she confronted him with his drunkenness and told him, "I declare to you in the name of Jesus that you will never be able to get drunk again." Jack laughed and wrote her off as nuts.

After all, he was a professional drunk, and he could get drunk any time he desired. But to his amazement, he discovered that he could no longer even get a buzz on, no matter how much he drank! Finally, he went back and asked Sally to tell him about Jesus. She did, and Jack put his faith in Him as his Lord and Savior.

His life was totally transformed, as you can see in these photographs.

Jack Hollingsworth

Jack was instantly delivered from alcoholism. He and Sally later married, and they formed a ministry called Acts 29. And ever since 1993 they have been on the road together, with Jack teaching, preaching and singing. And in the process, Jack became the featured singer on our TV program.

What greater proof do you need that God exists?

But Atheists renounce such proof out of hand by declaring it to be "too subjective." "Show me something objective and tangible," they declare.


In the third segment of our study of how Israel proves the existence of God, we'll pause secondly to look at the proof of design by nature.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Israel as Proof of God's Existence: The Assault of Atheism

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In his book, I Never Thought I Would See the Day, David Jeremiah devotes an entire chapter to the increasingly vehement assault of Atheism.

He talks about how Atheists have become bolder and more blatant and vicious in their denials of God, their attacks on Christianity, and their claims that Jesus was simply either a misguided man or a myth.

He says they have become characterized by their arrogance and their anger. As evidence of their arrogance, he points out that in their literature today, Atheists refer to themselves as "The Brights," and they dismiss believers as "The Dims."

As an example of their anger, Jeremiah quotes a sentence taken from the book, The Divine Delusion, written by Richard Dawkins, one of Atheism's most vocal spokesmen:

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.

This rising anger among Atheists, and their increasingly virulent attacks on God and Jesus is what prompted me to write a book called Jesus: The Lamb & The Lion. It is a study of Jesus in Bible prophecy and His fulfillment of it, proving that He really was who He claimed to be — namely, God in the flesh.

There is a certain sense in which these relentless attacks on God by the Atheists are downright amusing. That's because I find it ironical that the very people who deny God's existence are the very ones who are so obsessed with Him!


Can God's Existence Be Proved?

When I was growing up in the Church, I was repeatedly told that the existence of God cannot be proved. Rather, I was told it must be accepted by blind faith.

There is no doubt that to accept something that cannot be seen requires faith. But an acceptance of God's existence does not require blind faith, because the evidence of His existence is simply overwhelming.

Christian philosophers and theologians have developed many arguments for the existence of God, and they have given those arguments typical philosophical names, like:

  • The Ontological Argument
  • The Cosmological Argument
  • The Teleological Argument

But I want to mention only three proofs of the existence of God — three that are down-to-earth and easy to understand, three that I think are very convincing. They are:

  1. Changed Lives
  2. Design in Nature, and
  3. Israel in Bible Prophecy


In the second segment of our study of how Israel proves the existence of God, we'll pause first to look at the proof of changed lives.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Bible Prophecy Insights Ep6: Dry Bones


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2,600 years ago the prophet Ezekiel was shown a vast valley of dry human bones. God declared that they would come to life. And they did! With a great rattling sound the bones drew together and were given life.

God explained His vision — it would be the Jewish people resurrected as a nation once more. In 1948, the dry bones became the nation of Israel again, just as God foretold. The only part still missing is God's Spirit, and they'll get that upon Jesus' return.

Learn more about the dry bones coming back to life in the prophecies fulfilled and soon yet to be fulfilled by the return of Israel.

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Welcome to the sixth "Bible Prophecy Insights" video, where you get an awesome insight into God's prophetic word — in just one minute! These specially produced computer animated videos hosted by Nathan Jones of Lamb & Ministries are designed to be shared all over the Internet, drawing people to the outright amazing promises God has for us all.

Our hope is that you'll learn from, enjoy, and pass these messages on to family, friends and acquaintances so that they too may know the spiritual richness of Bible prophecy. Enjoy and God bless!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Final the Rapture: Rapture Response

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How should you respond knowing the Rapture is coming?

A great new movie about the Rapture has been produced and is being released in theaters this month. It is titled Final: The Rapture (watch the trailer). The film was shot in Argentina, Japan, Hawaii and Los Angeles. It is hard-hitting and realistic, complete with all sorts of special effects.

On our television show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. David Reagan and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the movie's writer and director, Tim Chey. The following contains some behind the scenes insights into what went into the movie, as well as getting to know the vision and heart of the director.


Distribution

Dr. Reagan: Is Final: The Rapture going to be released in theaters, or is it going straight to video?

Tim Chey: It has been in theaters and continues going platform city by city. We are going to be in Florida in January 2014. So, yes, right now the movie is in theaters.

Dr. Reagan: Can people get copies of the video right now?

Tim Chey: Yes, they can. We are making the advance screeners available to the general public for just a limited time so that people can see the whole movie as well if it's not in a theater near you. Advance screeners raises money for us, because to be in each city is about $25,000 in advertising expenses. For example, in Florida we are going to be in Orlando, Melbourne and Ft. Lauderdale. Each city's advertising costs $25,000 in newspaper and TV buys. Advance screenings is a great way to generate the revenue to keep the Gospel going in the theaters.

You can watch the trailer and let others know about Final: The Rapture by visiting watchfinal.com.

Dr. Reagan: You can also see where the movie is going to be screened in your area. So do that. This a film you must see.


Rapture Response

Dr. Reagan: We are interviewing Tim Chey, the director of an exciting new film called Final: The Rapture. Tim, I would like for you to say a few words to those who may not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Just sort of summarize the message of your movie to those who do not know Jesus.

Tim Chey: I just want to say that I started off as an Atheist. I then became a believer at 36 years old, and I'm now 48.

I want to let you know one thing — the next great event of the Church is going to be the Rapture. The Rapture is not a joke. It's something that you have to take very seriously, because when the Rapture happens, the world is going to be in chaos. The world will be enduring tribulation like the world has never known. Read so in the Bible beginning with Revelation 1.

With so little time left before the Rapture happens, this is the time to get serious with God. If you are a lukewarm believer, it's a time to ask yourself, "Am I really saved? Do I really have a relationship with Jesus Christ?" If you're not a believer in Christ, it's time to really get serious and read the Bible. I encourage you to read every chapter in there and so get closer to God, because God promises if you draw closer to Him, He will draw closer to you and put you on the right path.

One of the reasons why we made the film, Final: The Rapture, is because we wanted to show both sides of God. God is a God of love. He loves you desperately and He wants to bring you to Him. But, He's also a God of justice. We have to have both. You can't have one being loving, and He also let sin go without justice being done. So, this is a movie about God's coming judgment on the world, and it's a righteous judgment.

God is not being mean-spirited in any way, because He loves you. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for you, and it was a horrible death. No, God's not mean-spirited, but He has to be righteous. This righteousness is also displayed through the Rapture, which will be when the true Church will vanish and be taken up in the first stage of the Second Coming. You can read about this in the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 where it says "caught up," which is "rapio" in Latin and "harpazo" in the Greek.

Not only can the Rapture be found in the Bible and so it's biblical, but Billy Graham, J. Vernon McGee, John MacArthur, and thousands of great Bible scholars believe in the Rapture of the Church. Don't let anyone dissuade you that the Rapture cannot be found in the Bible. As a matter of fact, the Rapture is going to be the next great event of the Bible.

Please come to Christ now. Don't wait another day! Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for your rebellion against God, your sins. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to be your Savior. He promises to forgive you and give you a brand new life. And you, too, will be part of the Rapture.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Final the Rapture: Post-Rapture Reaction

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How will the world respond to the Rapture after it happens?

A great new movie about the Rapture has been produced and is being released in theaters this month. It is titled Final: The Rapture (watch the trailer). The film was shot in Argentina, Japan, Hawaii and Los Angeles. It is hard-hitting and realistic, complete with all sorts of special effects.

On our television show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. David Reagan and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the movie's writer and director, Tim Chey. The following contains some behind the scenes insights into what went into the movie, as well as getting to know the vision and heart of the director.


Post-Rapture Reaction

Nathan Jones: Wow, Tim, the trailer for Final: The Rapture was intense! I just love watching it again and again, especially the professor who's sitting on a supposedly deserted island and is yelling, "I can't believe this is happening!" I would imagine after the Rapture there will be a lot of people yelling, "I can't believe this is happening!"

Tim Chey: Oh, yes, I agree. The Atheist character had just heard from a news segment where they said the Stock Market crashed. All his bank savings were on hold. Basically, the government was shutting down the banks and they are only allowing like $25 a day out in withdrawal, something crazy like that.

I think after the Rapture runs on the banks are what's going to happen. I think it's going to be total chaos, and the banks are going to be completely the first to go. If that happens, then people are going to be panicking. Scared people by the masses are going to want to withdraw all their money right away.

Nathan Jones: Runs on the banks have historically always followed national disasters.

Dr. Reagan: I think people will be doing that very same thing, particularly those who may have heard and taught about the Rapture. Maybe their husband or their wife heard a preacher on TV or whatever, and they're going to exclaim, "I can't believe this is really happening!"

Tim Chey: The first thing I would do if once the Rapture happened and I was a lukewarm believer, I would go to the bank and withdraw everything and get out of the United States. I would try to get to like Fiji. I would go to some remote place where I cannot be touched by the evil that ascending in this world. Unfortunately, that's what happens unwanted by the professor. He ends up on a remote island, though not by choice.

Nathan Jones: That would explain then why the football player was so hot to get out of the country. He was trying to escape?

Tim Chey: Right.

Dr. Reagan: What kind of explanations do you think will be given for the Rapture? Because the government is going to try to explain it away.

Tim Chey: I think there's only one explanation. I think governmental officials around the world are going to say some alien being zapped the populace. Currently, it has to be the only way to explain the disappearances of Christians worldwide.

Dr. Reagan: I think so, too, in terms of a logical explanation. There are going to be other explanations, I'm sure. One that comes to mind was back in the early 1970's with the leaders of the New Age Movement in the United States. They called a press conference and announced that the Masters of the Universe, who are the names for the demons that they channel with, have spoken. They proclaimed, "The Master of the Universe have revealed to us that a time is coming soon when those who live by faith will be taken off the earth so that those who live by reason can continue in their evolutionary development." I remember that so clearly back in the early 70's. I have no doubt that when the Rapture happens that those guys will rush to the microphone and say, "See! We told you. We told you, and it has now happened." That would appeal to the people who are more spiritually inclined, I'd guess. But, as you surmised, the explanation I think the government will give probably will involve aliens.

Tim Chey: Oh, yes, absolutely. But, I also think that there's going to be a great harvest of souls. I agree with John MacArthur when he and also many other pastors that just after the Rapture there's going to be the greatest evangelical harvest ever.

Nathan Jones: There are a lot of lines which I thought were really great in Final: The Rapture. There was one lady in particular in a scene from Argentina that caught my memory. An older woman is walking with the lead woman up the stairs and she says something to the effect, "I'm a Christian, and since I'm a Christian, this couldn't be the Rapture, because I would have gone, too, right?" There are going to be lots of people left behind who think they are Christians, but are not really. What's the difference? Why aren't they raptured with the other Christians, even though they claim they are Christians?

Tim Chey: It's interesting that you bring that up, Nathan, because a lot of pastors are coming to the conclusion lately, and this is based on even my travels around the world, that probably the majority of Christians are going to be left behind. That's kind of shocking.

Dr. Reagan: How about pastors as well?

Tim Chey: Possibly, yes, but we won't go into which ones. Yes, I agree with one of the excerpts of a best-selling book which claims that lukewarm Christians are an oxymoron. We are not going to see lukewarm Christians in heaven. That's because of Revelation 3 where Christ says He would spit lukewarm Christians out of His mouth. Then Jesus says the most shocking thing in Matthew when He says to the effect, "I don't know who you are. You evangelized. You cast out demons. But, depart from me! I don't know who you are." Do non-believers cast out demons? Do they evangelize? Jesus is talking to people who think they are believers, but they've never really in repentance accepted Jesus as Savior.

Dr. Reagan: So many people think they are Christians simply because let's say they've gone through baptism, or they go to church maybe once a month, or their names are on the church role, or something like that. I call these Cultural Christians because they really have no personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And, that's what salvation is all about — a personal relationship with the Savior of this world.

Tim Chey: That's absolutely right. David. In fact, they are not even Christians. We shouldn't even say that they are lukewarm, because they are not even Christians to begin with. They've never entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ who paid the price for our sins.

Dr. Reagan: Anybody can claim to be a Christian. It's like standing in the garage and claiming, "I'm an automobile." Well, I'm not. I can say that, but it doesn't make me one just because I'm standing in a garage any more so than I'm standing in a church claiming, "I am a Christian."

Tim Chey: A lot of people sadly are Cultural Christians. They grew up like you mentioned, Nathan, the woman in the movie. The character probably just grew up thinking since she was baptized at age two, then she was saved. "I must be a Christian" they'll claim with all sorts of reasons, but they don't live or have any repentance for their sins. They don't have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Dr. Reagan: In fact, public opinion polls are now showing that even among Evangelicals many claim Jesus sinned, Satan's not real, and there are many roads to heaven. All sort of unbiblical teachings Christians are claiming. Barna and other polls are showing that only about 9% of all the people in America are true Bible-believing Christians.

Tim Chey: Yes, that's really sad. The statistics may even be smaller, we don't know. But, I know when Jesus says, "I'm coming back, and where am I going to find faith?" I think that is an extremely apropos statement.

Dr. Reagan: Well, it certainly makes it apparent that one of the richest evangelistic fields are churches themselves.

Tim Chey: That's right.

Nathan Jones: At least, Tim, your movie gave some real encouragement about the numbers of people who will be rapture. The movie's newscasters started off reporting that hundreds are missing, then thousands. Then they realize that millions are missing. I do pray that millions will be going to Heaven in the Rapture of the Church.

Tim Chey: Oh, yes, we have to be praying for that as well. No one should want to be here for the Great Tribulation. It's going to be a mess.


In the fifth and last segment of our interview with Director Tim Chey concerning his movie Final: The Rapture, Tim will tell you how you can see the movie and respond to its call to salvation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Final the Rapture: Pre-Rapture Society

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What will society look like just before the Rapture?

A great new movie about the Rapture has been produced and is being released in theaters this month. It is titled Final: The Rapture (watch the trailer). The film was shot in Argentina, Japan, Hawaii and Los Angeles. It is hard-hitting and realistic, complete with all sorts of special effects.

On our television show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. David Reagan and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the movie's writer and director, Tim Chey. The following contains some behind the scenes insights into what went into the movie, as well as getting to know the vision and heart of the director.


Actors

Dr. Reagan: I was impressed with every aspect of the film such as the quality, but particularly with the acting. You have some really fine actors. Are they all professionals?

Tim Chey: Yes, they all are. We cast in Hollywood, which is the capital of casting.

Dr. Reagan: Some of these actors are outstanding actors in their countries as well, like in Argentina and Japan?

Tim Chey: Oh, yes.

Nathan Jones: The woman in Argentina was great.

Tim Chey: She's a big TV actress. It's funny because everywhere we went people were trying to get her autograph, rather hindering the film-making process. We said to folks, "We'll get you an autograph after this scene."

Dr. Reagan: The lead Japanese actor has been in major Hollywood films, hasn't he?

Tim Chey: Yes, he plays the general in Letters from Iwo Jima, which is a Clint Eastwood movie. It was interesting how he talked about Clint Eastwood directed him, and it was just amazing for me to hear. Eastwood is a phenomenal director. He's also one of my favorite directors, too.

Dr. Reagan: The actor that impressed me the most in the whole film was the professor from Los Angeles.

Nathan Jones: Oh, because he was a professor like you were?

Dr. Reagan: The intellectual arrogance of the guy! I got so mad at that guy. That's when I realized how good an actor he was. Is he a professional actor?

Tim Chey: Yes, he's a very big actor and we were blessed to have him. He's also a sold-out believer. It's very hard like we were talking about to get a talented sold-out believer to be in your film.

Dr. Reagan: It's hard to believe that he's a believer in Christ, really. The way he behaves in that film, I thought I was watching Richard Dawkins who is the world's number one Atheist.

Nathan Jones: He kind of looks like him, too. He reminded me of some of my old professors from when I was at Penn State, just totally hostile to the Gospel.

Tim Chey: Yes, exactly.

Dr. Reagan: Did you work him up to be that way?

Tim Chey: Yes, indeed. We actually shot at some of the major universities to get real students who were on the borderline of being an Atheist or believer in Christ. When they saw the movie interactions with the extras, they saw our professor and thought he was a real Atheist. He actually turned around and responded to a question off-scene, "No, I'm a believer. I am just playing an Atheist." He just that convincing.


Pre-Rapture Society

Dr. Reagan: Well, Brother, I just praise God for you and for many reasons. One in particular concerns how I've been all over the world in the history of this ministry. I know that whenever I go to a foreign country, whether it is Africa or Asia or Latin America, and I turn the TV set on in my hotel room, I'm going to see the most lewd, blasphemous, sexual and violent films and TV programs — all made in the USA. We are the moral polluters of planet earth. I'm just glad to see someone who is dedicated to making films that inspire and uplift. Your feelings about Hollywood these days?

Tim Chey: I agree with you 100%, Dave. In fact, on the airplane now they force you to lower your blinds and watch their garbage. We've tried to put our Christian movies on the airplanes, but they won't have anything to do with them. And to think how very fascinating that this country was founded by believers, the Pilgrims. And yet, American's today take our religious tradition and throw it right out the door. Then they say, "No, you are forced to watch our garbage, but we can't have anything Christian." It's even in the magazines when you stand at the checkout counter. We are forced to see the National Enquirer, but put a Christian magazine on the stands and we'll be sued by the minority groups.

Dr. Reagan: Nathan took his kids to a Toys R Us about a year ago, and as they are checking out they walk by a magazine stand. There on the magazine stand was the latest copy of Archie comic books. On the cover was the drawing of a same-sex marriage, on an Archie comic book!

Tim Chey: The thing is, we are in living in Sodom and Gomorrah right now. We are living during the last days. It's so hard to reverse that prophesied moral plunge. But, as you know, we can't have it both ways. We can't have the Rapture happening soon and it still be a glorious world in America.

Dr. Reagan: Amen. Sad, but true.

Tim Chey: The 1950's would have been a great time for the Rapture to happen, but I think the Lord is showing us the degradation of our country today as a precursor to Christ's return.


In the fourth segment of our interview with Director Tim Chey concerning his movie Final: The Rapture, we'll theorize as to what excuses the world will use to explain away the Rapture.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Final the Rapture: Production and Response

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How have people been responding to a movie about the Rapture?

A great new movie about the Rapture has been produced and is being released in theaters this month. It is titled Final: The Rapture (watch the trailer). The film was shot in Argentina, Japan, Hawaii and Los Angeles. It is hard-hitting and realistic, complete with all sorts of special effects.

On our television show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. David Reagan and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the movie's writer and director, Tim Chey. The following contains some behind the scenes insights into what went into the movie, as well as getting to know the vision and heart of the director.


Production

Dr. Reagan: The auditions for the actors used in Final: The Rapture were not all held in Los Angeles, were they? This film was shot in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Argentina and Japan, right?

Tim Chey: Yes, that's absolutely right. It's amazing that we went to all the places that we did for auditions and shooting.

Dr. Reagan: Tim, I tell you, when I saw this film the first thing that impressed me was the quality of it. The quality of the filming, of the directing, of the script and everything is top notch. The reason that this impressed me so much is because over the years I've seen many Christian films that were produced with great dedication and with great zeal, but they were very, very low budget. Those movies sadly just came across sometimes as totally hokey. But, yours is very different.

You shot this in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Argentina and Japan. I noticed at the end that you had a different film crew in each area. That adds up to a lot of money. How in the world were you able to raise the funds for this film?

Tim Chey: We were very fortunate. We had Christians who were wealthy Evangelical Christians. That's a very hard combo to get — a wealthy Evangelical Christian, that is.

Dr. Reagan: They are few and far between. The Lord must have led you to them.

Tim Chey: He did. It was out of the blue where we got most of our funding, because we had just gone through a disappointment with this Indian chief who runs a billion dollar tribe. I flew from Hawaii all the way to Canada and I asked the chief, "Are you sure? Because I'm flying all the way from Hawaii to Canada to meet with your tribe." He said, "Tim, we're going to put 10 million into this movie. We want you to know it's a done deal." So, I fly all the way over to Canada. They pick me up, then two hours to their tribe the chief says, "Oh, we just had a meeting and we decided to not do your film." It was very devastating, but we meet these kind of people all the time.

Two months later we get a phone call and it was one of my friends who had invested in our other film called called Suing the Devil. That's the one with Corbin Bernsen, and also in it is Malcolm McDowell. My friend invested in it and he did very well with it. He said, "I want to put some serious cash into your Rapture movie." So, they flew my wife and I to Australia. They picked us up in a limo, which was a little better than the Indian tribe. Then he said, "We want to put millions into your movies."

Nathan Jones: Praise the Lord!

Tim Chey: Did you know that all my movies have been doing well. All our films have been in the black, to let you guys know. And, it's a good way to get the investors their money back.

Dr. Reagan: Sure, if I'm investing, I want to know what you've done and if you made any money previously.

Tim Chey: Oh, absolutely! Movie making absolutely beats the stock market.

Dr. Reagan: There's no doubt the Lord's hand is upon you.


Response

Dr. Reagan: You've shown Final: The Rapture now in a number of theaters across the nation, with Florida opening in theaters in January 2014. What has been the response of the audiences to your movie?

Tim Chey: One story in the news was a woman who came out of the theater after watching Final: The Rapture. This happened in Houston. She came out of the theater shaking. My wife saw her in the lobby and she pointed a pastor to her and the pastor led her to Christ. She got on her knees right in the middle of the lobby and people thought this was crazy. Some woman came up and asked me, "What's going on here? It's like a Baptist revival?" I replied, "No, it's just a Christian film that the Lord has lead us to show."

Nathan Jones: Your movie's website has a video where people can watch and see people's responses as they are coming out of the theaters, which is fantastic. They are coming out saying, "Wow! I didn't know this." Or, "This movie really moved me." Final: The Rapture is changing people's lives!

Tim Chey: Yes, it is. The great response is all the Lord, because you know 1 Corinthians says, "I become all things to all men to win some to Christ. To the weak I become weak, to the strong I become strong." In actuality, we are going to the weak — the movie-goers.

I think it was a mistake for the Christian Church since the 1940's to not get into movies. They should have competed with Hollywood and got in there and mixed it up with them, because we are seeing so much fruit now, such as altar calls. People are using Christian media to bring people to Christ.

Nathan Jones: Wow, praise the Lord!


In the third segment of our interview with Director Tim Chey concerning his movie Final: The Rapture, we'll go behind the scenes into who some of the movies actors are and discuss what society would have to look like just before the Rapture.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Final the Rapture: Tim Chey's Testimony

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A great new movie about the Rapture has been produced and is being released in theaters this month. It is titled Final: The Rapture (watch the trailer). The film was shot in Argentina, Japan, Hawaii and Los Angeles. It is hard-hitting and realistic, complete with all sorts of special effects.

On our television show Christ in Prophecy, Dr. David Reagan and I had the wonderful opportunity to interview the movie's writer and director, Tim Chey. The following contains some behind the scenes insights into what went into the movie, as well as getting to know the vision and heart of the director.


Rapio

Nathan Jones: Tim, why make a movie about the Rapture when some people claim the Rapture cannot even be found in the Bible?

Tim Chey: I can't tell you how many times people have told me that the Rapture isn't in the Bible. I was at a Dairy Queen just yesterday and a guy said to me, "Sir, the Rapture's not in the Bible. Sorry to tell you that." I replied, "If you look at 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and you look at its use of "caught up", that word is "harpazo" in the Greek and "rapio" in the Latin, where we get the term Rapture. So, yes, Rapture is in the Bible."

Nathan Jones: Yes indeed, "rapio" is where we get the English word Rapture, right there in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Tim Chey: Right, and I think it's a timely topic to talk about because so many people, especially the young generation, don't even know about the Rapture, let alone that it is or is not in the Bible. I think the Rapture is a really, really important topic.

Dr. Reagan: That's a very important point, because Nathan and I have noticed that when we go to prophecy conferences around the nation to speak we rarely see anybody below the age of 60 even. It's like the whole young generation is being by-passed about any teaching concerning Bible prophecy.

Tim Chey: Oh, yeah. The latest poll is only 10% of the nation is actually Christian, true Christians that is. I just think we have fallen so, so far from where the knowledge of Bible prophecy was even 20 years ago, like in the 1980's during the Reagan administration.

Dr. Reagan: Tim, you must personally have some interest in Bible prophecy to produce a film about the Rapture. Is that true?

Tim Chey: Yes, definitely. I've been studying Bible prophecy ever since I first got saved. I really believe that if we truly believe we are in the last days, we've got to act like it. Unfortunately, it's like a fire is happening and we're not even trying to put it out.


Testimony

Dr. Reagan: You mentioned when you first got saved. Tell us about your background.

Tim Chey: I got saved late in my life. I was 35 years old. I was in the Philippines at the time when I got saved. It was incredible for me. The Gideon cooperation are always contacting me now because they want me to speak, all because I got saved through a Gideon Bible in a hotel. Sure, it sounds so cliché, but I actual picked up the Bible and I went through the questions in the beginning. I then got down on my knees and I accepted Jesus Christ, right there in a hotel in the Philippines, of all places. I've never turned back and I've just been on fire for the Lord ever since.

There's a verse in the Bible where Jesus says to the effect, "Those who have been forgiven the most, love me the most." Now I just work for the Kingdom of God, just out of gratitude for my salvation, and not to get any blessings or anything, even though God has blessed us so much.

Dr. Reagan: How in the world did you become a director of movies?

Tim Chey: I started at USC Film School when I was 18. When I graduated, I couldn't get a job. The biggest misconception is you go to a good film school and you'll get a directing job, but it doesn't happen. Trust me. In fact, out of my class only one or two really became film directors. The rest just ended up sort of disappearing, like becoming film crew, or not even getting into film. So, I couldn't get a job.

Without a job, I ended up going to grad school. I ended up working in a field totally different from what I'm doing now. After I worked for three years practicing law, I realized I just didn't have a heart for law. Of course, at that time I was still a secular heathen. I wanted to start making films, and that desire is what sort of propelled me back into the film industry. I directed my very first film for Universal Studios.

Dr. Reagan: That was before you were saved, right?

Tim Chey: Yes, before I was saved. Still, getting to make movies brought me no happiness. Corbin Bernsen is a good friend of mine who was in my film Suing the Devil, and he had no happiness after being in L.A. Law. Now he has a giant cross on the front of his door and he's saved — a totally sold out believer.

Nathan Jones: Praise the Lord!

Tim Chey: Sure, you see so many bad things coming out of Hollywood, but there are actors coming to Christ as well. It's a great time for a harvest, though the workers are few. That's the thing.

Nathan Jones: I love what you said earlier before this interview about how all the people, it was like 16,000 people who tried out for Final: The Rapture, they all read the script. They all therefore read the Gospel message. You have a mission field unheard of to actors!

Tim Chey: Oh, sure. It's an incredible harvest going on there in Hollywood. They are the media influencers, much like you guys are. If we can lead those actors and producers and directors to salvation, then they can lead other people to salvation as well. An actor friend of mine is good friends with Robert Di Nero and and we led him to be saved on the set, and now she's pitching the Gospel to Robert Di Nero. We are one heart beat away from the Gospel to anyone we want to give it to.

Dr. Reagan: I was astounded when you told me that you had reviewed 16,000 actors for this wonderful film called Final: The Rapture. There must be a lot of hungry actors in Los Angeles?

Tim Chey: Oh, there are lines. Whenever we cast, you see lines of actors stretching around the entire casting building with them all holding the script. You kind of feel sorry for them because you really want to give them work, especially as a Christian, but there are very few Christian actors believe it or not out there and we want to work with Christian actors. It's just that there are very few Christians that go to Hollywood, and I think that's a mistake.


In the second segment of our interview with Director Tim Chey concerning his movie Final: The Rapture, we'll go behind the scenes into the production and learn how the audience has responded.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Fall of Islam: Islam's Salvation

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How do you share Jesus with a Muslim?

In this study series on Islam, we will seek an answer to the question above. We will also explore Islam's background, belief system, goals, growth strategies and end time views. How Islam fits into the biblical description of the last days will be explored. And finally in the last segment, we'll look at the best methods for sharing the Gospel with Muslims.

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Islam's Salvation


Islam's Salvation

I have to admit one thing. I'm going to admit it right here: I'm a "hater." I'm a card-carrying hater of Islam, which is a terrible thing to say in this PC world nowadays, but bear with me.

Do you know why I hate Islam? I hate what it does to their people. It enslaves over a billion people to a religion that tells them that they must kill themselves in order to be assured of going to Heaven.

I hate that Satan rules it, and so far he's gotten away with it.

I hate it because of all the Christians that have been murdered in the name of Allah. Our ministry supports a gentleman by the name of Standfast Oyinna in Nigeria. He recently reported the Muslims of Boko Haram broke into his church with hatchets and machetes. They were chopping up the people. Standfast's own son put his hand up to defend his head and they chopped his hand clean off. And this happens to their village almost weekly! One of the people in his church almost lost his children. Boko Haram were taking the town children and throwing them down a well. Fortunately, they escaped with some other children, praise the Lord!

This is what Islam does to a nation — it subjugates and then puts us back into the dark ages. It sends people to Hell by the billions.

So yes, I hate Islam because I hate Satan. But, as you know, as Christians we are called to hate evil and to love good. So, it's okay to be a hater of Islam because it kills people for all of eternity.

Islam also presents the Church the greatest opportunity for evangelism in world history, if you know how to evangelize the Muslim.

One of the blessings of being Web Minister is that I get to talk to people all over the world. I have people write in through various venues like email and social networks. I've encountered so many Muslims seeking to understand God, or trying to convert me to Islam which just opens the door for me to share the Gospel with them. From these experiences, I'm going to share with you six different ways that you can reach a Muslim for Christ.

1) The Bible is okay to read.
Sura 5:46-47 and 68 says that Mohammad gave an okay thumbs up for the Muslim to read the Bible. If you give anyone the Word of God, the Holy Spirit speaks through it.

The following is a testimony off of an ex-Muslim website by a real ex-Muslim girl from Iran who calls herself Fars.

"I left Islam for several reasons. Originally because I was sent by my grandmother to a mullah to learn the Islamic prayer. I was taught this in Arabic, which as a Persian, I didn't understand one word of it. When I asked this mullah what the heck it meant and what I was saying, he said it wasn't important that I know, just that I say it with all my heart. Say what with all my heart? He then complained to my grandmother that I was too questioning for a girl and should be talked to. Whatever.
I finally bought an English translation of the Koran; I was appalled. No wonder the Mullah didn't want me to know what it all meant. When I read some of the passages in English to my mother she was shocked with disbelief. 'That can't be right!' She couldn't believe it and she had been a Moslem all her life and never knew exactly what the Koran said. She and my sister have both also left Islam.
That is the tragic legacy especially in Iran which had Islam forced on it by Arabs. That is why educated college students are up in arms because they are finally beginning to understand what Islam really means and says."

Once Fars could read the Bible in her own language, she gave her life to Christ. So, it's okay for a Muslim to read the Bible, and you can tell them that.

2) The Life of Christ
The following is a real testimony of a man from Morocco named Ibn Zakaria.

"I left Islam because I didn't find peace with it. Since my childhood, I had a lot of questions in my mind about Human Rights in Islam, women rights, Eternal life and about the life of Mohammed. I started looking for answers, by reading the Bible and comparing the life of Mohammed to that of The Lord Jesus Christ. I found myself far from Islam and enlighten by the Gospel and the truth of the word of God."

When you hold up the life of Mohammed — a killer, a murderer, a wife stealer, a child molester, a liar — and put it up against Jesus Christ who is sinless, loving, holy, and died for us — the Muslim is shocked. They can't believe the differences. The Jesus taught in the Koran isn't that Jesus at all. Of course, anyone is attracted to someone who lays down their life for them. Tell them what Jesus did for them by dying for their sins.

3) The love of God.
Abdel Masih of Egypt shared how he became saved.

"I was born in Egypt to a Muslim family. I think in looking back that maybe my family was loving because it was liberal in its approach to Islam. It was loving not because of Islam but in spite of it. When I began to study I saw that the Koran was very filled with hate and not enough on love. Christianity seemed so much more familiar and the Sermon on the Mount is a teaching after my own heart. There is nothing like it in the Islamic literature."

God is love. You know Muslims don't know love from Allah whatsoever. They see these mullahs on TV and they are angry and yelling all the time. It's a religion of hate. A Muslim like any person wants to know love, and you can reach them by telling them of the love of God.

4) The assurance of salvation.
Mounif of Morocco writes this testimony:

"My father was and still is an imam in a mosque. I had many questions about my place in Paradise, but there was no answer."

Muslims have no assurance of salvation except for one thing, and that is to die a martyr. To kill infidels by your own death is the only assurance they have of salvation. Why do you think that certain Muslims are willing to blow themselves up? That's the only way they can get into Paradise.

You instead can assure them that through Jesus Christ who died once and for all for their sins that they can have the assurance of Heaven with their Father.

5) Grace.
Sinbad of India shared his story:

"I had of course gone through the whole process of learning about Islam and the do's and don'ts, and had always tried to practice it but always was struggling as if I was forever carrying a great load on my back, as if I was in a prison. After I left I felt as if I had just been released from prison."

Islam is like shackles to a Muslim. They feel it. They know it. But, when you teach them about the grace of God, that there's nothing you can do to be saved, that God did it all and that Jesus Christ paid for their sins on the cross, then they feel relieved. Maybe you can look back at the time when you got saved and you remember how it felt to have that weight lifted off of you? Well, a Muslim is looking for that weight to be lifted off of them as well.

6) A relationship with God.
Cynthia from American shared:

"My fear of Allah became so intense that I hoped to get cancer and therefore be punished for my sins on earth instead of after death. I would scrub and cleanse my body in prayer so obsessively, that my hands became cracked and bloody. Still, I continued to believe in a religion that on the outside looked so moral and just.
Then I did something that I told my parents and myself I would never do. I rented the movie The Passion of The Christ. I held back tears that threatened to fall from my eyes until the short scene in the movie when Mary Magdalene reverts back to the day when Jesus was the only person who would accept her and love her. I began to cry as I suddenly realized what my mother had been trying to tell me for years. Finally, I understood that God loved me and was not out to get me or do me harm. It was also at that moment that I knew that Allah was not God.
I felt the love and protection of God all around me. I was no longer scared to live and no longer scared to die. The world looked so beautiful and I couldn't stop thanking God for saving me.
It has only been two weeks since I was saved by Jesus Christ, and they have been the happiest two weeks of my life. Every day that I wake up I am so grateful that God never left my side during my seven year hiatus. I feel like he was just patiently waiting for my return. I now live my life with an inner peace and love for God that I cannot put into words.
Thank you Jesus for never leaving me!"

A relationship with God is one of the best ways to reach a Muslim for Christ. Christians have a relationship with God, and not some distant unknowable being that could care less about them and wants their death to prove their faith, but a God who loves them and cares for them. The very Jesus you accepted.

There is a lot to fear around the world over Islam. It's certainly a big problem right now, and our country is facing it, too. Our government lately seems to support it even. In fear of Islam, they have not only become supporters, but they have become collaborators. They are allowing Islam to take over our nation.

Where there's a lack of faith, where there are a lack of morals, there is also a decline in population. That's God's way of weeding out the stupid I like to think. And, God is weeding us out and replacing us with Islam, until a point. The Bible gives us hope that Islam will fail. Jesus Christ is coming soon. He will defeat Islam. He will defeat Satan. And, I think during the Tribulation when you read in Revelation about the multitudes that have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, I'd bet that many of them are former Muslims finally released from Islam's hold.

So, go out and share the Gospel with Muslims. Don't be scared of them. Don't be scared, for they are seeking truth just like so many other people. Free them of that burden of sin and judgment by sharing Jesus Christ.