THE FUTURE – PART VII

EMERGING PROPHECY “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:34-34) We began by examining the times we live in from Man’s point of view; breaking it down into the humanistic, the New Age view, the Islamic and New World Order perspectives. Right now we’re going through God’s plan for mankind as revealed in Biblical prophecy. We will finish our survey by studying those End Times prophecies that are in the process of being fulfilled. But in order to understand what’s to come, we need understand God’s stated purposes for the Tribulation. That’s the 7-year- period of time just before Jesus returns to judge the world. It is the time when the Antichrist will reign and rule a One-World civil and religious government. A Detour: - The Tribulation Where we are in God’s time now is right at the cusp of the End of the Age, The Tribulation, Jacob’s ... [More]

A CALL TO REPENTANCE

We’ve just celebrated another Veterans Day in the United States of America. It used to be called Armistice Day. It was the day that combat ended in the First World War. We now use it as a day to honor all our veterans. We had the pleasure of attending a service at a local Baptist Church, honoring those who have served. There were vets there from Viet Nam and Desert Storm, from Iraq and Afghanistan and Korea and a couple from World War II. And wonderful things were said; true things about why and how this country was founded. The godly principles of the Puritans and our Founding Fathers were mentioned. So was President Lincoln’s Proclamation of Prayer and Fasting of March 30, 1863. How different that time was. The America of today has become a land of selfishness. We celebrate the exercise of our free will, not knowing that as we do we embrace the values that rob us of that very freedom. That free will was never meant to be exercised outside of the guidance of God’s Word. So we tear ... [More]

REAL ISLAM – PART XI

In PART X we continued to consider the case for a Muslim Antichrist. Today we’ll summarize those arguments and look at the response from the other side. AC: MUSLIM or ROMAN ? When considering Islam, one of the key questions we must ask ourselves is: What is its role in the End Times? With so many prophecies either being fulfilled or lining up for fulfillment, we can know that we are on the edge of that culmination of prophetic history. Just the story of Israel; its rebirth and the restoration testify to that. So what is the place of Islam in the Last Days equation? Dr Joe Van Koevering has emerged as a strong apologist for the position that the Antichrist will come out of Islam. He points to Revelation 13 to build his case. In the first part of the chapter, John sees “a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.” (Revelation 13:1) This is clearly a reference to the Antichrist himself. But a ... [More]

THE FUTURE – PART VI

We ended the last segment in this series by examining some of the Biblical prophecies that have been fulfilled; especially those relating to the rebirth of the nation of Israel. God has ordained certain specific events to prepare the way for the return of His Son; - Satan too is working to prepare the world for the emergence of his chosen one, the “man of sin”. (2Thessalonians 2:3) To this end, he is infiltrating the church, altering the culture and corrupting the hearts of men. ANTICHRIST CONDITIONING “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1John 4:1-3) Let’s get ... [More]

REAL ISLAM – PART X

In our last installment we discussed what Scripture has to say about the coming Antichrist that will come upon the earth during the Tribulation. Today we’ll look at what Islam has to say about the Last Days; specifically the role they anticipate for the Mahdi, the Islamic messiah. We will find that the parallels between the Biblical Antichrist and the Mahdi are quite astounding indeed. But does that necessarily mean that the Mahdi will be the Antichrist with Islam its vehicle? Or has God ordained another role for Islam and its messiah figure? WHO DAT MADHI ? When we examine the resume of the predicted Islamic Mahdi, and what the Bible has to say about the end times “man of sin”, we find the similarities astounding. Now, the prospect of an Arab / Islamic Antichrist presents a most interesting scenario: A descendant of Ishmael, Abraham’s son with his wife’s servant girl, father of the Arab race, leading the assault on Israel, the offspring of Abraham’s rightful heir Isaac, all ... [More]