REAL ISLAM – PART IX

In PART VII of this series, we looked at what the Islamic scriptures known as the Hadith say about what the Time of the End will look like. We took a look at the Mahdi, the Islamic messiah, and noted how some forces within Islam are working toward producing the conditions they believe are necessary for his appearance on the scene. Iran is one of those players – and so it the newly successful terror group ISIS. This inevitably sets up the discussion of whether this Mahdi may indeed be the coming Antichrist. Over the course of the next couple of installments, I hope to provide a balanced case both for and against. It is a position that just a few years ago I supported wholeheartedly. Now I’m not so sure. Though I do think that much of the same evidence can point to another prophetically significant role for Islam in the Last Days scenario. WHO DAT MAN ? “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, ‘Come ... [More]

THE FUTURE – PART IV

Writing as a man well into my 50’s, I can say this with assurance. The future that lies before us is unlike any I imagined as a kid or a young man. The world has been turned on its head. That men would marry men – and women marry women – is absurd beyond belief. That science would anticipate a time when human beings would no longer be fully human is would have stretched the boundaries of credulity. That true Christianity would have become a pariah in the culture that it once defined and ordered remains an amazement. So today’s installment will be just about some seemingly unrelated trends that are shaping our future; all of them setting the stage for eventual prophetic fulfillments. STAGE SETTING BEYOND HUMAN – Scientists are altering the human experience. Mankind will no longer be limited to the features God gave him. A recent article carried by Yahoo reviewed some of the ways that we’ll be changing in just a few short years. The first listed was “Implantable Smart Phones.” The ... [More]