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  • My assessment of recent events in the Muslim world related to end times

    06/26/2014 7:10:36 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 79 replies
    self | 06/26/2014 | RaceBannon
    My assessment of recent events in the Muslim world related to end times prophesies and the nation of Israel. Each Christian tries to see his generation and it's comparison to end times prophesies. Since my childhood, the writings of Hal Lindsay seemed to rule in Christian thought, the teachings of the rapture and the teachings of the Soviet Union invading Israel in the end times along with an Islamic invasion by Egypt, Syria, Iran, Ethiopia and Libya. The presence of Israel in the land was the final identifier for most Christians that the end times are upon us, so all...
  • Is There Anything Prophetic About the ISIS?

    <p>The world is reeling with the horrifying spectacle of the recent stunning success of the Sunni Islam, ISIS, (Islamic Society of Syria and Iraq),which in the past two weeks has taken over most of Iraq, and is currently encircling Baghdad. The group has become the richest terror organization in the world after plundering banks in Mosul(Biblical Ninevah), and as a prize has taken Fallujah and Tikrit, places the United States,Britain and their coalition spent billions in treasure and thousands of our finest young lives to “liberate”.</p>
  • Are We Living in the End Times?

    06/14/2014 4:58:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 170 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In the fundamentalist Bible church I attended as a child we would regularly have long sermons about the “end times”. These were based on an interpretative system of the Bible called “Dispensationalism”. The roots of this theology were the idea that history could be broken down into various “dispensations” or time periods and that God behaved differently and different things happened to the human race in these different dispensations. Part of this teaching was that the “rapture” would take place in which all the Christian people would be supernaturally whisked up into heaven and the sinners would remain behind. Thus...
  • Vanity: Baghdad Falling Part of End Times?

    06/13/2014 6:33:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 90 replies
    Baghdad looks like it's about to go down to Islamic Militants. Some say Baghdad is Babylon? What happens when it falls?
  • Death and Martyrdom: An Important Aspect of Early Christian Eschatology

    10/09/2003 10:08:01 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 31 replies · 789+ views
    Concordia Theological Quarterly ^ | October 2002 | Dr. William C. Weinrich
    Death and Martyrdom: An Important Aspect of Early Christian Eschatologyby Dr. William C. WeinrichConcordia Theological Quarterly,Volume 66, Issue 4, pp. 327-338 (Posted with permission from the author) Under the emperor Commodus, toward the end of the second century, a wealthy Roman by the name of Apollonius was arrested on the charge that he was a Christian. The extant account of his martyrdom reports that when Apollonius was brought before the court, the proconsul, Perennis, inquired of Apollonius: “Apollonius, are you a Christian?” To this question Apollonius responded: “Yes, I am a Christian, and for that reason I worship and...
  • How Hitler and Judas could end up in heaven

    06/04/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 262 replies
    The Week ^ | 06/04/2014 | Damon Linker
    In certain schools of Christian thought, hell is not everlasting, but a more painful form of purgatory. M any Christians presume that hell is a place where brutally painful punishments are inflicted on evildoers for an indefinite, and perhaps infinite, amount of time in the afterlife. Think of a medieval torture chamber with no exit — or fire extinguishers. But this, as I argued in a recent column, makes no theological sense. If morality is good, then doing the right thing must be its own reward and doing the wrong thing must be its own punishment. To think that a...
  • Bartholomew: With Francis, we invite all Christians to celebrate the first synod of Nicaea in 2025

    05/31/2014 8:09:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 29, 2014 | NAT da Polis
    Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On his return from Jerusalem , where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis "we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries , the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was...
  • The Veiled Doctrine of the Pre-Trib Rapture

    02/07/2014 6:11:36 AM PST · by CynicalBear · 124 replies
    Raptureready.com ^ | 2-3-14 | Dan Payne
    As a thief veils his presence from those he wishes to steal from, so the Lord has veiled the doctrine of the Pre-Tribulation coming for His church. That may be construed by some as a loaded statement, for sure. Of course, those who have put forth great effort in the study of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine may dispute its veiling. Indeed, for those who search out truth through the effort of study, and humble reliance upon the Holy Spirit, truth is unveiled. It is of no mystery to the children of God that He requires us to study His Word....
  • From Here To Eternity - The 7th Trumpet (Michael Rood's SNL)

    01/26/2014 7:53:17 AM PST · by Errant · 17 replies
    A Rood Awakening (Sabbath Night Live) ^ | 24 January 2014 | Michael Rood
    Yes, Bible fans, this is the moment everyone has been talking about in the Christian church – yet few having any idea of the legal prerequisites to the event of which they so cluelessly speak: The Gathering Together (harpadzo in Greek, rapturo in Latin) of the Saints at the second coming of the Messiah (or the first coming of Yeshua as The Messiah – as he came the first time as THE PROPHET that we must “shema” (hear and obey)). Do not miss this event (either this teaching on Shabbat Night Live – or the actual “Last Trump” resurrection of...
  • Prophecy Questions Futurists Cannot Really Answer

    01/20/2014 7:30:29 PM PST · by grumpa · 31 replies
    Prophecy Questions for Christians ^ | January 20, 2014 | Charles S. Meek
    There is astounding disagreement among Christians on Bible prophecy. About a dozen years ago I decided that I could no longer blindly listen to my pastoral staff on this subject, and I became determined to get to the bottom of this subject. There were too many questions I had that the church just could not answer adequately. I became a preterist. Preterism is the view that most if not all prophetic events happened with the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. It appears to be the fastest growing view of eschatology as other systems are being discredited. I see a...
  • When is the Rapture ?

    12/23/2013 7:16:44 PM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 752 replies
    Jesus is coming 2016 ^ | current | Jesus is coming 2016
    Why I believe the Rapture of the Church will take place between December 25, 2013, and January 4, 2014 The Lord has been giving me pieces to a puzzle for the last 13 years, leading me to the date for the firstfruits Rapture of the Church. The puzzle ends between December 25, 2013, and January 4, 2014. I very strongly believe that the Rapture will take place on January 3/4, 2014. However, it is possible that the puzzle can end as early as December 25, 2013.
  • Another False Prophet Exposed

    12/20/2013 1:03:07 AM PST · by Stingray · 34 replies
    eschatology.org ^ | Monday, 13 February 2012 05:15 | Don Preston
    Several months ago someone sent me a copy of a book: 2008 God’s Final Witness, by Ronald Weinland. It was suggested to me that perhaps I should challenge Mr. Weinland to debate me. As I scanned the book, I decided that the best response overall was to allow time to respond to Mr. Weinland, and my thinking has been vindicated. You see, Mr. Weinland claims that, “When this book is published at the end of summer of 2006, there will be a maximum of two years remaining before the world will be plunged into the worst time in human history”...
  • End time maundering-- could Legarde of the IMF be the whore of Babylon?

    10/13/2013 7:50:25 PM PDT · by Mamzelle · 62 replies
    Drudge headline | 10/13/13 | Vanity
    Just a little chill went down my spine as I read this hour's headline on the DR. Curious if anyone felt likewise.
  • Theology Adrift: The Early Church Fathers and Their Views of Eschatology

    09/12/2013 4:22:27 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 198 replies
    Bible.Org ^ | March 10, 2012 | Matthew Allen
    In 1962, philosopher-scientist Thomas Kuhn coined the term “paradigm shift” to signal a massive change in the way a community thinks about a particular topic. Examples of paradigm shifts include Copernicus’s discovery that the earth revolves around the sun, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and Darwin’s theory of evolution. Each changed the world of thought (some for better, some for worse) in a fundamental way. From a political perspective, Constantine’s Edict of Milan, issued in AD 313, constituted the formal beginning of a major paradigm shift that signaled the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval period....
  • Christian Hope through Fulfilled Prophecy

    07/22/2013 3:56:47 PM PDT · by grumpa · 29 replies
    Prophecy Questions blog ^ | January 23, 2013 | Charles Meek
    Have you ever been concerned that what your church is teaching about Bible prophecy does not match up to what the Bible actually says? Biblical prophecy appears to be undergoing a radical revision among scholars. R. C. Sproul, for example, perhaps the most influential theologian in America, has said that his views on eschatology had changed to a version of “preterism.” Preterism is the view that most if not all prophecy was fulfilled in the 1st century. Hank Hanegraaff (the popular Bible Answer Man) has adopted a similar view. On the other hand, Dallas Theological Seminary, a highly influential center...
  • What Events Will Lead Up To The Anti-Christ's 666 Global State

    06/22/2013 7:04:38 AM PDT · by kindred · 162 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 6/20/13 | DJP I.F.
    When the Rapture of the Church finally takes place - in which Almighty God the Son calls out His body (saints and ambassadors) - it (The Rapture) will be a wondrous sign unto the apostate western world more so than a sign unto the whole world. For all had better be prepared, for Almighty God's "Day of Wrath" is now at hand (2 Thess. 2:3-12)! All these are the beginning of sorrows (birth pangs) Matt. 24:8. The official commencement of this horrific seven year period will be the breaking of the 1st seal (i.e., the "Confirming of the Covenant" -...
  • The Sign Of The Rainbow

    And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature … And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set...
  • Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes

    02/25/2005 9:17:07 PM PST · by Ryan Bailey · 84 replies · 68,361+ views
    Malachy's Prophecies - The Last 10 Popes 1. The Burning Fire. PIUS X. 1903-1914. This Pope showed a burning passion for spiritual renewal in the Church. 2. Religion Laid Waste. BENEDICT XV. 1914-1922. During this Pope's reign saw Communism move into Russia where religious life was laid waste, and World War I with the death of millions of Christians who were carnage in Flanders Field and elsewhere. 3. Unshaken Faith. PIUS XI. 1922-1939. This Pope faced tremendous pressure from fascist and sinister powers in Germany and Italy, but he was an outspoken critic of Communism and Fascism which enraged Hitler....
  • The Israel of God (Reformed Caucus)

    12/31/2012 2:14:00 PM PST · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    Westminster Seminary California ^ | 2003 | R. Scott Clark
    THE ISRAEL OF GOD ©R. Scott Clark 2003 (rev. 2012) All Rights Reserved. Introduction There is much more to "end-times" or ultimate things (Eschatology) than what we say actually happens in the last days. We say what we do about eschatology because of what we think God is doing in history. At the center of the debate is the question of "the Israel of God" (Gal 6.16). Of course, this is not a new question. During our Lord's earthly ministry and after his resurrection and before his ascension, the disciples asked him repeatedly, "Lord, are you at this time going...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - August 19th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    08/20/2012 3:23:36 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 19, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - August 19th, 2012 Pastor JD argues from scripture how, with a certainty, we can know this is the final generation alive at the rapture of the church.
  • And the Reason Is...

    08/18/2012 8:32:01 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Begona's Hope ^ | 8/18/2012 | BegonaB
    Most people agree that in the battle of Gog and Magog a confederacy of Islamic nations will attack Israel. There are some arguments about it, but again the majority of scholars seem to believe that this confederacy will be led by Russia. My question was, why would Russia want to attack Israel? Why would it ally itself with Islam? It just didn’t make much sense to me. In 2009 the Tamar natural gas field was discovered some 50 miles off Haifa’s coast, well within Israeli waters. With an estimated 250 billion cubic meters, it is large enough to meet all...
  • Turkey's Fate...Islam In Prophecy pt 15

    The modern nation of Turkey is an important player in the events leading to the Day of the Lord. Though it is a Muslim nation at present, in the earliest centuries of the new testament church, it was in the Turkish region that the gospel first flourished beyond the borders of Judea and Samaria. The apostles took the gospel to what then was refered to as the Roman province of Asia, within decades of the resurrection of Jesus. Paul taught there for two years as recorded in Acts 19.The original letters of the Apocalypse were addressed to churches in Ephesus,...
  • PLATONISM’S INFLUENCE ON CHRISTIAN ESCHATOLOGY

    07/24/2012 4:50:47 PM PDT · by wmfights · 43 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D
    IMPACT OF PLATONISM ON ESCHATOLOGY Randy Alcorn has specifically addressed the impact of Platonism on Christian eschatology. In doing so he has coined the term, Christoplatonism. As the title suggests, Christoplatonism is a philosophy that “has blended elements of Platonism with Christianity.”46 But as he points out, this merger is not a good thing since this mixture of Platonism with Christianity “has poisoned Christianity and blunted its distinct differences from Eastern religions.”47 According to Alcorn, Christoplatonism’s pervasive influence 41 Blaising, “Premillennialism,” 162. 42 Russell D. Moore, “Personal and Cosmic Eschatology,” in A Theology for the Church, ed. Daniel L. Akin...
  • PLATONISM’S INFLUENCE ON CHRISTIAN ESCHATOLOGY

    07/22/2012 12:14:15 PM PDT · by wmfights · 70 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D
    Much attention in recent years has been devoted to the influence of Greek philosophy on Christian doctrine. This has been especially true in regard to the nature and attributes of God. Some have also contended that Christian eschatology has been negatively influenced by Greek Platonic assumptions and ideas. Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven, for instance, asserts that biblical eschatology has been largely replaced by Christoplatonism which is a merger of Christianity and the ideas of Plato.1 According to Alcorn, common conceptions of heaven are often influenced more by Platonic ideas than they are the Bible. In an interview with Time, N....
  • Why Premillennialism Mattered in the Early Church’s Battle against Gnosticism

    06/15/2012 2:12:00 PM PDT · by wmfights · 14 replies
    Theological Studies ^ | Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.
    Discussions about eschatology and millennial views are sometimes dogged by questions about their importance and practical relevance.1 Yet early church history shows that belief in a particular millennial view, in this case premillennialism, was no small thing. In fact, it was a major weapon in the early church’s battle against the greatest enemy to Christianity of that era— Gnosticism. Donald Fairbairn argues this point in his article, “Contemporary Millennial/Tribulational Debates.”2 Fairbairn is a professor of historical theology at Erskine Theological Seminary and earned his doctorate in patristics from the University of Cambridge. I would like to summarize some of Fairbairn’s...
  • The End of Marriage - A Sign That We Are In The Last Days!

    04/09/2012 5:35:48 PM PDT · by kindred · 7 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 4/9/12 | DJP , I.F.
    It is well know that in the Western cultures of Europe and now in America, that the God ordained institution of marriage - which was ordained before the world began (Eph 5:28-33) - has been rapidly falling by the way side. This out right rejection of the institution of marriage is found mostly in liberal/progressive circles and is a progressive liberal trait. What is most alarming is that these "western" countries - which once embraced the Judeo/Christian moral absolutes of the Bible - are now secular wastelands reaping the whirlwind of their anti moral absolute rebellion. As history has always...
  • When Will Christ Come? Some Basics of Catholic Eschatology

    03/28/2012 1:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 27, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In certain Protestant circles (not all), especially among the Evangelicals there is a strong and often vivid preoccupation with signs of the Second Coming of Christ. Many of the notions that get expressed are either erroneous, or extreme. Some of these erroneous notions are rooted in a misunderstanding of the various Scriptural genres. Some are rooted in reading certain Scriptures in isolation from the wider context of the whole of Scripture. And some are rooted in reading one text, and disregarding other texts that balance it.The Catholic approach to the end times (aka Eschatology) is perhaps less thrilling and provocative....
  • Why Didn't The Lord Mention The Rapture? (Dispensational Caucus)

    03/11/2012 4:58:39 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 34 replies
    The Coming Prince of Peace ^ | February 29, 2012 | Jack Kelley
    In 51 AD, almost 20 years after the Resurrection, the Apostle Paul became the first to reveal the incredible secret that would become known as the Rapture of the Church. He did this in his earliest written communication, his first letter to the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), repeating it four years later in a letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 15:51). In doing so, Paul finally identified the group mentioned in Matthew 24:31 who would be in Heaven waiting to return with the Lord at his 2nd coming. From Thessalonians we know that, at the Rapture, the dead in Christ...
  • Harold Camping Admits Sin, Announces End to Doomsday Predictions

    03/07/2012 7:54:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/6/12 | Lillian Kwon
    After numerous failed doomsday predictions, Family Radio founder Harold Camping announced this month that he has no plans to predict ever again the day of God's Judgment. He also issued an apology to listeners, admitting that he was wrong. "We have learned the very painful lesson that all of creation is in God's hands and He will end time in His time, not ours!" a statement on Family Radio's website reads. "We humbly recognize that God may not tell His people the date when Christ will return, any more than He tells anyone the date they will die physically." Camping,...
  • Global Nuclear Holocaust in the Day of the Lord

    02/04/2012 7:58:15 AM PST · by kindred · 15 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 1/31/12 | DJP I.F.
    “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thess. 5:2-3) There has been much wondering by the American people to the rocket that was mysteriously launched off the coast of California last year. The Pentagon stated that they were still trying to determine if a missile was launched and - if so - who had launched it? What ever the case may be,...
  • (2012) Mayans couldn't even see their own End of Days

    12/31/2011 5:36:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 12/31/2011 | Staff Writer
    Mayans couldn't even see their own End of Days MY prediction for the year 2012, which I am told begins tomorrow, is that the world will not end. This is despite the belief that the Mayan calendar says that it will. The calendar was devised 5,125 years ago by the Mayans of Central America, a people who never had the wit to invent the wheel, but it runs out on Dec. 21, 2012. The End of Days, so to speak. If, as some seers suggest, thats an accurate prediction, you have less than a year to get your affairs in...
  • Homofascism and the Dark Days Brewing for America

    10/18/2011 4:45:57 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 20 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 10/18/2011 | Gina Miller
    Those of you who regularly tune in to this radio broadcast are not surprised when I say America has been taken over by communists, and along with the rest of the world, is spinning down into the hellish abyss of the Last Days foretold in the Bible. Satan’s global regime is smoothly working its sinister way into place, and the days ahead will grow ever darker. I know there are many, many people who do not want to hear such words and do not believe what I say is true. There are many people who are content to keep their...
  • Satan's Demonic Complex - Setting the Stage For 666

    As a biblical fundamentalist (one who believes in the realities and ETERNAL truths of the Holy Bible) I have one critique with those who give political commentary and analysis. The average media personality today - whether they be a Left-wing reprobate or a Conservative, REFUSES to see the world, the events at hand and the overall picture of why the world is the way it is from Almighty God’s ETERNAL perspective (2 Cor. 4:3-4, Eph. 6:12, 1 John 2:16-17). These blinded individuals (Left or Right), posses an unbelieving subjective world view which blinds them to the true realities at hand,...
  • 'Rapture' Real Aftermath: Beheadings, Shootings, Mass Graves

    07/13/2011 6:57:42 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 32 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | July 13, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    The executive director of a ministry that works with the persecuted church in the northern reaches of Vietnam says he's outraged that a "prophecy" by an American preacher apparently cost the lives of many tribal Hmong people who believed it. The prediction by Harold Camping, 89, of Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio, was that Jesus Christ would return to Earth to "rapture" his followers to heaven on May 21. Camping said mankind had run out of time, and the Creator of the universe would arrive on that Saturday. The horrific aftermath of the unfulfilled prophecy was reported by James Jacob Prasch,...
  • What Happens When You Die?

    06/25/2011 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 63 replies
    Logos Apologia ^ | June 22, 2011 | Cris D. Putnam
    What happens when you die? The Bible uses the word death in different senses. Jesus said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). Also in Revelation 20:6, John speaks of a “second death,” apparently distinguishing it from the first death or the usual understanding of death. It is important to note that the only way to escape the second death and Hell is through the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 11:26). Make sure to be in on that one! Now...
  • Life and Death and the Last Days, or Why Eschatology Matters

    05/27/2011 1:03:35 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 26 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 27, 2011 | Joel McDurmon
    Christian parents wonder today why the majority of their children today leave the church when they become teenagers and never come back. I’ll tell you why. A big part is due to the nonsensical hounding upon Rapture and End Times by most Christian pastors, teachers, and parents. You’ve heard the phrase, “The economy, stupid.” The modern Christian equivalent should be “The eschatology, stupid.” Your eschatology matters. What you believe about the future will determine much of how you live your life, and will affect much of your character. In times of crisis, this truth is magnified. True believers will take...
  • Theologian Clarifies Rapture, Last Days Beliefs

    05/24/2011 10:27:46 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 44 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | May 24, 2011 | Audrey Barrick
    "This scheme has two returns of Jesus at the end of the times: one ... just for his saints and then his final return after the tribulation," Sproul summed up. Disagreeing with this view, Sproul pointed to the imagery that the Apostle Paul used in his account of the rapture in the NT book of 1 Thessalonians. "The whole point of the imagery here echoes and reflects something that was commonplace in the contemporary world in which Paul wrote – namely, the pattern and practice of the triumphal return to Rome of the Roman armies," the Reformed theologian stated. After...
  • Before Harold Camping, There Was Chuck Smith

    05/24/2011 6:46:25 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 19 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 24, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    On December 31, 1979, Smith told those who had gathered on the last day of that year that the rapture would take place before the end of 1981. He went on to say that because of ozone depletion Revelation 16:8 would be fulfilled during the tribulation period: “And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.” In addition, Halley’s Comet would pass near earth in 1986 and would wreak havoc on those left behind as debris from its million-mile-long tail pummeled the planet.[5] Here’s how Smith explained...
  • Rapture Prophet Harold Camping's 'Really Tough Weekend' (VIDEO: The man finally emerges and speaks)

    05/23/2011 9:09:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 114 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 05/23/2011 | Adam Clark Estes
    Harold Camping emerged from his Alameda, California home yesterday to face reporters for the first time since the Rapture that never happened. Wearing a light jacket and speaking over chirping birds, Camping told the San Francisco Chronicle he was "flabbergasted" that the world did not end on Saturday. "I'm looking for answers," he told the reporter. "But now I have nothing else to say. I'll be back to work Monday and will say more then." Camping followers are similarly perplexed. "I don't think I am going to stop listening to him," one man added, heaving a deep sigh before continuing:...
  • Where is the Promise of Christ's Coming?

    05/23/2011 7:48:34 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 9 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turretin Blog ^ | May 23, 2011 | TurretinFan
    One of the key passages regarding the second coming of Christ is found in 2 Peter 3:1-18 (the entirety of chapter 3 of 2 Peter). First, let me provide you with the text of the chapter, and then my commentary on it. 2 Peter 3:1-18 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: knowing this first, that...
  • Why Modern-Day Prophecy Theorists are More Dangerous than Harold Camping

    05/23/2011 7:20:22 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 53 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 23, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    How is it possible that most evangelical critics of Harold Camping are more dangerous than the failed prognosticator? For the simple reason that it’s no longer May 21, 2011, and Harold Camping will be relegated to the dust bin of prophetic history, but prophecy prognosticators will continue to abound by claiming that Jesus is still coming “soon” even if we don’t know the “day and hour.” In nearly every article I’ve read by evangelicals denouncing Camping, they still claim that all the signs are in place for Jesus’ “soon” return. Here are some examples: Even though Tim LaHaye denounced Camping’s...
  • The May 21 Fallout...

    05/21/2011 10:25:44 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 27 replies
    I believe that May 21, 2011 will prove to have been a watershed day for millions of people, regardless of the fact that Jesus didn’t come back to rapture His flock, and commence the judgment of the earth, as predicted by Harold Camping. Evidently the calculations of the self-confessed life long Bible student, and civil engineer didn’t quite add up. I hope you don’t think I am being facetious about it, because there is nothing humorous in this at all. In fact, I have no doubt that though things didn’t work out as some anticipated, many lives will never be...
  • The Great Omission

    05/06/2011 6:57:19 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 2 replies
    American Vision ^ | May 6, 2011 | Joel McDurmon
    In a previous partial review of Michael Horton’s The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples, I began documenting some of his duplicities in regard to the Lordship of Christ and the meaning of the subject matter of that book. I mentioned how clearly he writes of Christ’s all-encompassing power early in the book, but then spends the rest of the book qualifying it to death. … In order to escape the meaning of Jesus’ claim to “All power in heaven and on earth,” Horton simply relegates the application of this power to a future dispensation. Much like dispensationalists,...
  • Is the Antichrist Approaching?

    04/30/2011 10:22:15 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | April 29th, 2011 | Sonja Corbitt
    - Catholic Exchange - http://catholicexchange.com - Is the Antichrist Approaching?Posted By Sonja Corbitt On April 29, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Featured on Front Page,Grow,The Marquee,What We Believe | 9 Comments Uprising after uprising in the Middle East; sexual and intellectual scandal in the Church; earthquakes in Chile and Haiti; tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan; and financial collapse in almost every market: given the startling increase in the frequency of global crises—political, religious, financial, natural—one is tempted to begin looking for Antichrist and despair for the future.The pervading anxiety and fear is exacerbated by non-Catholic proliferation of “end time” fiction...
  • Premillennialism in the Old Testament

    04/24/2011 12:47:23 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 133 replies
    Pre-trib.org ^ | Undated | Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum
    I. The Basis for the Belief in the Messianic Kingdom Premillennialists have often been criticized for basing their belief in a Millennium entirely on one passage of Scripture, Revelation 20. Because it is found in a book well noted for its high use of symbols, they say it is foolish to take the one thousand years literally. But that is hardly a valid criticism. To begin with, while it is true that the Book of Revelation uses many symbols, it has already been shown that the meaning of all those symbols is explained either within the Book of Revelation itself...
  • Fundamentalist-evangelical Harold Camping predicts rapture of 200 million on May 21, 2011

    04/22/2011 4:57:42 PM PDT · by CTrent1564 · 157 replies
    Internet monk blog ^ | April 22, 2011 | Chaplain Mike
    By Chaplain Mike “We learn from the Bible that Holy God plans to rescue about 200 million people (that is about 3% of today’s population). On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) into Heaven because God had great mercy for them. This is why we can be so thankful that God has given us advance notice of Judgment Day. Because God is so merciful, maybe He will have mercy on you.” • Literature from Family Radio: “Judgment Day: May 21″
  • The Logical Fallacy “Tribulations vs. Victory”

    04/13/2011 6:29:05 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 25 replies
    American Vision ^ | April 13, 2011 | Bojidar Marinov
    That is exactly what postmillennialism believes about the victory of the Gospel. History will see the progressive triumph of the Gospel not only over individuals, families and churches, but also over nations, cultures, and governments. Nation after nation will submit to Christ; they will change their customs, mores, and legal systems to reflect the Law of God. More and more the Gospel will change the hearts of men but also their institutions and their societies; more and more the Biblical worldview will become the operational worldview for the powers and authorities in the land. The church will experience its ups...
  • “Those who Can Not Remember the Prophetic Past are Condemned to Repeat It”

    04/11/2011 8:58:03 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 6 replies
    American Vision ^ | April 11, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    Joel Richardson believes the Bible teaches “that the biblical Antichrist is one and the same as the Quran’s Muslim Mahdi.”[1] As I mentioned in a previous article, there’s nothing new about making Islam the end-time bad guy when it comes to prophetic speculation. It has a long history, something Mr. Richardson seems not to be aware of or, if he does know about it, he’s not telling his readers. Francis X. Gumerlock makes this historical observation about Islam and end-time conjecture: In A.D. 637, the Moslems captured Jerusalem, and soon afterward built a mosque on the Temple Mount. One chronicler...
  • Why the Rapture is Not in Revelation

    03/22/2011 6:36:53 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 67 replies
    American Vision ^ | March 22, 2011 | Gary DeMar
    Like [Hal] Lindsey and many who preceded and followed him in pronouncing their generation as “terminal,” [Jeff] Lasseigne is constrained by his dispensational hermeneutic to offer a worldview that is really an “upper-world worldview”: Or as John MacArthur said, “Man’s efforts to bring about a better world . . . amount to little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic to give everyone a better view as the ship sinks” (196).[3] The “rapture” has been a convenient escape hatch for Christians. When times worsened, the “rapture” was preached with great vitality. Millions were assured that before all hell...
  • Rev. Franklin Graham: Japan Quake May Be Beginning Of Second Coming....

    03/20/2011 2:34:25 PM PDT · by TaraP · 306 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 18th, 2011
    Natural disasters 'escalating like labor pains' may be linked to the return of Jesus, says Rev. Franklin Graham. In an exclusive Newsmax.TV video, the evangelist says the end could come in 2012 or later. *escalating birth pains*