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.
The author of several dozen books, including “The End: A Complete Overview of Bible Prophecy and the End of Days, says today’s news reports indicate a new alliance is developing of nations that haven’t regularly gotten along with each other in the last, oh, few thousand years.
And their common foe would be Israel, said Mark Hitchcock.
He was addressing a packed house at the weekend’s “Understanding the Times” conference in Eden Prairie, Minn., a Minneapolis suburb, hosted by Olive Tree Ministries.
Abomination of Desolation?
Daniel’s “abomination of desolation” is a very familiar term to most Christians thanks to Jesus’ reference to it in the Gospels. At the same time, it is easily the least understood major prophetic term compared to say the great tribulation, the mark of the beast or even the 70th week. Most Christians have no clue what it is because the terms “abomination” and “desolation” do not have the same significance to a modern Western reader as they did to ancient Torah-savvy/Jewish audiences.
Now we come to the point of today’s briefing. What does Barack Obama, American politics and the Election of 2012 have to do with Bible prophecy?
Let’s look first at what we know as opposed to what we think. Barack Obama would not be president of the United States if God didn’t want him there. We know that as a certainty.
The thousand year reign of Christ upon the earth is something I long to see. I can hardly wait until the time when Jesus shows one and all how the earth should be ruled.
Satan has tried for millennia to accomplish this and has always failed. He will make one last effort with the Antichrist, but the Bible tells us that he will fail again. He won’t be around to see Christ rule the earth, but we who belong to Him will be here, and what a day that will be. Jesus will let Satan loose after the thousand years is complete, but just long enough for him to lead a rebellion and meet his final judgment in the Lake of Fire.
Now, 150 years later, in admittedly less dire circumstances, Congress is preparing itself for the next big thing when it comes to money — a future in which payments are made with a wandlike wave of a phone rather than the exchange of wrinkled pieces of paper.
"We are, I think, on a precipice of some fundamental change in the way money is exchanged between consumers and businesses," Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said as she opened the first of a string of hearings in March.
The Amillennial viewpoint of end time Bible prophecy is the majority view within the Church today — held by both the Catholic church and most mainline Protestant denominations.
Amillennialists are those who believe that Jesus is currently reigning over all the world from Heaven through the Church. They therefore believe that we are in the Millennium now — that it began at the Cross and will continue until the Second Coming. They do not believe that Jesus will ever return to this earth to reign from Jerusalem.
Among the many strange phenomena we’re watching, a new development has emerged. There is a mystery afoot. Around the world, people have begun to hear strange sounds … bone-chilling, unexplainable, echoing, resonating, harmonic, crashing, metallic clamoring racket. It has forced many to think again about the coming apocalypse.
I am always surprised when I meet bona-fide dyed-in-the-wool born-again Christians to whom Bible prophecy is either irrelevant or is something they have written off as sensationalism. Many mainstream teachers and preachers write off the study of Bible prophecy as fodder for crackpots.
Students of Bible prophecy are routinely presented as unbalanced, suicidal, genocidal lunatics yearning for the judgments of a vengeful Lord culminating in the near-extermination of the human race.