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.
"Jesus did say there would be certain signs that would precede His coming, and that those signs would be like labor pains a woman experiences," Jeffress says on The Janet Mefferd Show.
Persecution against Christians and threats against Israel have been around for millennia, but now they're increasing in frequency.
We are now in the last days of the end times. In order to understand what is happening we have to look at them from two perspectives. One of these perspectives is the prophecies that have been fulfilled with respect to Israel. The other perspective is all of the other fulfilled prophecies that deal with the last days.
Isaiah prophesied that war will break out between Syria and Israel at the end of the age. He said that Damascus, Syria will be destroyed forever in one night (Isa. 17:1-14). Damascus has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, but it has never ceased to exist as a city in one night because no army has ever had the ability to destroy it in one night. It will cease to exist as a city in one night in the future and it will take a very big bomb to do that.
Concerning this war, Isaiah used the phrase, "In that day" three times in chapter 17 (verses 4, 9 and 10). "In that day" is a Bible phrase that refers to the end of the age. This war will take place at the end of the age.
There is a perfect economic storm rising in Russia.
Seventy percent of the Russian economy is dependent upon oil. In order for the Russian economy to break even they need to be able to sell oil at $109 per barrel. Right now the price is $59 per barrel. Despite Putin recently winning: Russian Man of the Year for the 15th straight year, he is in big trouble.
The one major failing of Putin since he came to power is that he promised the Russian people he would diversify the Russian economy and wean them off their over reliance on oil. He has failed to do so and this failure is now coming back to haunt him.
But I do want to discuss the concept upon which the novels and the film are based, and several related questions. Among them:
* What exactly is "The Rapture"?
* Is "The Rapture" a Biblical concept, or merely a fictional plot device?
* What does the term mean?
* What are the implications of "The Rapture"?
If there is a subject in the Bible that is arguably the most debated, divisive, and distorted....it is the subject of Bible prophecy. Under the umbrella of end times teaching, there are primary issues like: the Rapture, Great Tribulation, Israel, Church, and Second Coming that shape our outlook on the future and even how we live now. We will get to work on some of those issues in future articles. What we will look at now is the elephant in the room. It's a growing trend to negate Bible prophecy in our day. Believers need to answer this question with clarity and boldness:
Is Bible prophecy relevant?
Are we living in the last moments of earth's history? Are we living in the very last days?
When I came to faith in Jesus in 1971 at the age of 16, everyone was talking about Bible prophecy, and Hal Lindsey's book, "The Late Great Planet Earth," had our attention.
It seemed like everything was falling into place.
Not only was Israel reborn as a nation in 1948, but Jerusalem came back under Jewish control in 1967, which to many was a clearly momentous fulfillment of many biblical prophecies.
Yet, despite the fact that the God of the Bible clearly establishes His credentials as the one and only true God by pointing to and emphasizing His prophetic powers, the Church has a sad heritage of both ignoring and abusing prophecy.
In fact, there is probably no other portion of the Bible that has been more ignored and abused in the Christian heritage than the prophetic scriptures.
Prophecy has been abused by apostates, spiritualizers, and fanatics.
With the upcoming re-release of the Left Behind movie due out next month, you can rest assured that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture haters will come out in droves. The secular world, Hollyweird in particular, seems fixated on this idea with the return of Christ, but not in a good way.
It has in recent years released a number of films mocking it, or turning it into some kind of bizarre horror spectacle. Granted, what follows after the Rapture will be a horror show on a 'biblical' scale, but the Rapture in and of itself is not anything to fear for the believer in Jesus Christ.
In these dark days, prophecy performs the same function. The Lord WILL RETURN to execute judgment and vindicate His holy name! While we do not take delight in the death of the ungodly, we do delight in knowing Jesus will rectify all wrongs, judge the wicked, and institute peace on earth. This is ultimate comfort. The ark carried 8 precious souls. It carried every kind of animal. And it carried with it the knowledge of the One True God, and His promises to all generations: holiness in the end.