Prophetic speculation never seems to end. Here’s the latest: “Three unusual happenings have sparked claims that Biblical prophecies about the end of the world and the coming of the Messiah may be coming true.” The three prophecies are a snake and a pigeon at the Wailing Wall the birth of a red
When the world hiccups, prophetic speculators believe they have a cure by prognosticating on when the end might be. It’s an old process that has not made with much success. People have been predicting the end of the world or some version of it for centuries. When our world is
There is a long history of prophetic speculation. When I say a long history, I mean a l-o-n-g history. In addition to centuries of prophetic claims about the end, there is also a great deal of confusion about end-time themes. One of the most abused prophetic topics is the antichrist.
Charles Wesley Ewing, writing in 1983, describes a clear historical picture of how prophetic interpretation based on current events turns to confusion, uncertainty, and in some people unbelief when it comes to predicting an end that disappoints: In 1934, Benito Mussolini sent his black-shirted Fascists down into defenseless Ethiopia and preachers
With all the talk about Israel moving its capital to Jerusalem and how Pres. Trump is a modern-day Cyrus, you might be surprised to learn that something called “End-Time Fatigue” has settled in. “For many on the Christian right, the state of Israel has been seen as a key to
Those pushing the prophetic significance of moving our nation’s embassy from Tel Aviv (the pro-homosexual capital of the world) to Jerusalem believe in a near-prophetic future for Israel that will result in another Jewish Holocaust. People like John Hagee and Robert Jeffress are dispensationalists. They believe that at this moment in time
Because of the latest developments in Syria, prophecy prognosticators are coming out of the woodwork . . . again. The same thing happened in 2011 when prophecy hobbyists were claiming that Isaiah 17 was being fulfilled right before our eyes. Here’s an example from a video that was uploaded on
Prophecy prognosticators claimed that a tetrad of blood moons in 2014 and 2015 was a prelude to some unnamed prophetic event. See my article “Will Four Blood Moons Usher in the Second Coming?” for an introduction to the topic. Let it be known that so-called Blood Moons and Blue Moons1
Prophecy enthusiasts content that the temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem based on Bible prophecy.
Prophetic prognosticators continue to claim that Russia is predicted in the Bible, in particular, Ezekiel 38 and 39.
History is filled with prophecy speculators who claimed that some form of the end was on the horizon. “When Mark Twain was in London, a rumor of his death or imminent death reached the editor of the New York Journal, who sent its London correspondent the following cablegrams: ‘IF MARK
When we experience devastating natural disasters, people often ask, “Why”? Some blame or give credit to God. Others make political statements, like Jennifer Lawrence who said, “You’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s really hard … not to feel Mother Nature’s rage or wrath.” There is no such thing as Mother Nature.
On August 21, much of the United States saw a solar eclipse. In some areas, the eclipse was total. For the uninformed, there is nothing unusual about an eclipse. They happen on a regular basis around the world. Here’s a site where you can see a list of the various eclipses
A microchip story is going around that has been latched onto by prophecy speculators as proof that we are living in the last days.
Theologian and pastor John Piper was asked by a Christian from Switzerland “why Jesus has not yet returned despite promises made some 2,000 years ago in the Bible.” Here’s how the questioner framed his argument: As I was studying with our children the need to evaluate prophets by biblical criteria
Once again, prophecy prognosticators are predicting that Jesus is going to wrap up everything in our generation because things are so bad the end must be near. A recent article written by Britt Gillette that appears on the Prophecy News Watch website says as much: “The signs of the Second
How often have you heard it said that we must be living in the last days because of all the bad things that are happening in the world? It’s been a standard claim among Christian prophecy prognosticators for centuries. Name any war, plague, natural disaster, earthquake, famine, or decline in
I’ve been writing on the subject of eschatology (the study of the last things) for a long time and countering the argument that a near end-time apocalypse is around the corner. Over the years I have participated in innumerable debates, written ten books on the subject, and published nearly 100