We are to watch and pray for the Lord’s return. We will help you do so by keeping our eyes on the signs of the times and reporting them to you. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So He wants to us know the signs today, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.
From where I sit (and I sincerely hope I'm wrong. But I don't think so) the church as a whole seems to have kicked the prophetic Scriptures to the curb lately (despite the fact at least a third of the Bible is blatant prophecy). Notably, the book of Revelation (Despite the fact that the book of Revelation is the only book that promises special blessings to the saint (or sinner for that matter) who takes it on). What gives?
The millennials, from their cyber-world, see themselves in many cases as victims. Many of these infer that they spring from the very race that did the founding, the enslaving, the conquering, the decimation. The very privilege they enjoy—of being highly educated through the financing by Caucasian parents—imprint upon their liberally-acculturated psyches that they are guilty by association. Thus they are, themselves, victims. They must therefore join in the constant diatribe against the founding of the nation—against the white, conservative-powers that be who lord their pseudo-morality over the whole of society.
Jesus' Olivet Discourse prophecies continue to come alive while today's news flashes in lightning-like fashion across our television and computer monitor screens.
We most often consider the terrorism and pyrotechnics of Middle Eastern madness. We talk about Russia and Iran (Persia) preparing to fulfill the Gog-Magog prophecies as given in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
In a June 23rd referendum, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). The media labeled this British exit from the EU "Brexit." The vote surprised some who study Bible prophecy. After all, many pointed to the EU as the revived Roman Empire of the end times. Now, after the UK's vote, some have started to doubt that. But should they? Is Brexit a step backward for bible prophecy? Does it mean the EU isn't the alliance foretold for the end times?
Can we trust prophecy? Some people caution against it.
I remember reading a persistent preterist's long rants in one forum. He loved recalling these failures and often remarked that prophecy enthusiasts would die in vain waiting for Christ's return. Of course, the preterist insisted that Christ had already returned in 70AD.
There is a day coming in which every Christian will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. On that day we will see our Lord face to face and He will give us our rewards based on what we do for His kingdom now in this life. With that sobering thought in mind, we need to examine our heart and our motives to be intentional about Bema Seat living.
Every week I find in my email inbox a number of predictions for this or for that concerning Bible prophecy. Many involve the writer's prediction of the time of the Rapture, based upon a specific formula he or she has figured out, or has adopted from someone else's 'thoughts.
Some, such as the particular writer I'm thinking about in writing this commentary, send out each year a dozen or more predictions of the time of the Rapture to various forums, including mine. His predictions usually revolve around traditional Jewish holy days. Although every prediction has thus far failed to come to pass, the writer is persistent, becoming more adamant about the validity of his date-setting with each succeeding "forth telling."
One of the big questions in the back of people's minds is, "If Jesus is going to come, why hasn't He?" In Peter's second epistle, after he reminds us that the holy prophets and he and the other Apostles have spoken of these things, he writes this:
"...Knowing this first, that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'" (2 Peter 3:3-4).
The end of the age will be marked by a one-world government ruled by an evil man that Christians call the Antichrist (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7-8). Some think Pres. Obama is the Antichrist. Others think he is a type (a picture or a forerunner) of the Antichrist.
This writer has long believed that Pres. Obama might seek to become one of the 10 kings (the first head of the North American Union), but he appears to want more than that. He appears to want to rule the world.
You know what the funny thing about Bible Prophecy is? It's that irrespective of our doctrinal positions and eschatological 'leanings', the reality is that it's coming to pass regardless of what we think or believe. Nations are aligning just as they were foretold, regardless of what Rick Warren or Hank "the Bible Answer Man" Hanegraaff teaches. Collectively, we have become a people bent only on wickedness, with our hearts filled with violence...just like the Bible said we would, in the Last Days.