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.
Why would a God of love, grace and mercy allow the carnage of the Tribulation to occur?
The Character of God
Dr. Reagan: A time is coming which the Bible calls the Tribulation. It's a future period of seven years when God will pour out His wrath upon this earth. During that seven years, tragically one-half of humanity and two-thirds of the Jewish people will die during that awful time. Why in the world would a God of love and grace and mercy allow such carnage to occur? This is the question I get over and over and over.
By Dr. David Reagan
The 20th Century was full of momentous events that no one could have foreseen in 1900. Looking back on that century, what would you consider to be the most important event from a biblical perspective — particularly from the viewpoint of Bible prophecy?
World Wars I and II?
The Great Depression?
The advent of space travel?
The collapse of Communism?
"I wrote it in much more down-to-earth terms," Terry recently told me. "I don't think you should write down to somebody, but ... I wanted it to be really a basic understanding of where the Middle East is going."
He hit the bull's-eye. "Cauldron" is a tour-de-force for one of the top apologetics teachers of the last few decades. And as a writer, Terry achieves what most of us could never hope to achieve.
Many lukewarm Christians have been transformed by studying prophecy. It is the study of prophecy in these days that motivates and convicts us to change our lives and live as we ought. The Rapture has galvanized may wishy washy believers into serious students of the Bible. Knowing that our Lord and Saviour is coming for us soon has inspired them into a new paradigm.
The Fig Tree Prophecy
Bill Salus: This other question from your book Living on Borrowed Time is very important. How do you interpret Matthew 24:32-35?
"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."
Dr. Reagan: We had a very interesting scattering of responses there. Twenty people responded to this question and there were two who did not. Of the 20 who responded, ten took the position that, yes, it does refer to Israel.
The Gog-Magog Battle is set between a massive coalition of nations descended from Noah's sons Japheth and Ham against Israel (Gen. 10:2-7). The nations are from the territories of ancient Rosh, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Gomer and Beth-togarmah. Their leader is called "Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal" (Ezek. 38:2-3). The battlefield is on the "mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate" (Ezek. 38:8). The purpose of the invasion is to "plunder and loot" and destroy the people of Israel (Ezek. 38:12, 16).
A number of verses in the Bible point to the emergence of a potential "money trap." Most specific is the following prophetic text: "[...] that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name" (Revelation 13:17 KJV).
We note a number of new developments over recent years that hasten the facilitation of just such an event as described. However, before pointing to these, it is worthwhile to firstly reflect on the implications of just such a prophecy. What does it imply, "that no man might buy or sell"?
There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and currently all of them are in some stage of fulfillment. As in years past, I'll list the seven with their primary biblical references and offer commentary from current events.
1. Israel Will Be In The Land ... Ezekiel 36:8-12, 37:21
People are always surprised when I tell them that as Bible prophecy foretells future events, it also reveals some interesting circumstances that would require modern technology for these events to occur. Here are some examples:
1) Increase in Knowledge — Daniel 12:4 reads, "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." These words were spoken to Daniel when he asked for an explanation of some of the end time prophecies that had been given to him. In short, he was told that the prophecies would not be understood until the time came for them to be fulfilled. We must be living in that time because the rapid pace of modern scientific discovery is enabling us to understand Daniel's prophecies for the first time.
"While I am not suggesting that President Obama is the Antichrist, the fact that he was able to propose such a sweeping change in God's law and still win reelection by a comfortable margin illustrates how a future world leader will be able to oppose God's laws without any repercussions."