Have you noticed that some pastors will not teach End Times prophecy?
Some just haven’t had the opportunity to carefully study the subject, but, to their credit, they will occasionally invite trusted speakers to explain important messages from the Bible that pertain to the future.
Others don’t take the Bible literally, and suppose that prophetic passages are just symbolic of spiritual warfare. They are making the same mistake that Israel did when they ignored God’s warnings and were taken into captivity by the Assyrians and Babylonians.
A few think that End Times predictions were all fulfilled in the First Century, except for the return of Christ. The problem with this view is that the events they say were fulfillments were not very convincing.
Then there are those who shy away from teaching anything negative or controversial for fear that it might drive away potential congregants.
However, more than a fourth of the Bible is prophecy, and most of it is good news for those who take it to heart and act accordingly. Many prophetic portions are about salvation, God’s direction, and future blessings.
Even prophecy’s bad news serves a good purpose for those who believe and follow its warnings.
It is no wonder that God often needed to reprove His people when they ignored His will and continued to sin. In Proverbs we read:
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. – Proverbs 3:11-12
The writer of Hebrews quoted this proverb and then added this:
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:7-11
We are working on a new book about this subject. The working title is “The Good News about Bible Prophecy.”
It will be based on a study of four major themes of the Bible: World Evangelism, World Wars, World Governments and World Religions. Here is a preview of the contents of the book:
1 – World Evangelism – The Good News is the reason for the Bible.
The first prophecy about salvation in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:15. It is God’s prediction that there will be enmity between the seed of the serpent—energized by Satan and the seed of the woman—a promise of a Savior or Messiah.
This theme becomes what many commentators and teachers have called “The Scarlet thread of Salvation” from Genesis to Revelation This topic includes the many covenants (with Adam, Noah, Abraham and his family, David, Solomon and others) about God’s plan of salvation. It was always a message of God’s Grace, received/believed by sinners in every age (Ephesians 2:8-9).
It was always a message of a coming Messiah who would pay for our sins, and a sacrificial system—starting with Adam and Eve’s own family, and later prescribed by the Law—that would provide a temporary covering until the final work of salvation would be accomplished by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was also always a message that was to be taken to people everywhere so they could know the truth and receive God’s gracious forgiveness. That is why, when the Lord first promised to bless Abraham and to make of his family a great nation, He said, “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”- Genesis 12:1-3
That is why all four Gospels and the Book of Acts prescribe what is known as “The Great Commission,” the Lord’s plan for Christians to boldly take the Gospel to the whole world (Matthew 28:18-20).
2 – World Wars – Spiritual Warfare – There will be ultimate victory for believers.
A second theme in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the relentless battle between good and evil. This is the intense “spiritual warfare” that is waged throughout the Bible, and throughout human history, between the Creator and Satan.
Spiritual conflict produces family destruction, ethnic hatred, crime and war. The battle is fierce and relentless. Horrendous battles are fought, but ultimate success is sure because of Jesus’ victory over evil.
However, during many difficult times in history it has seemed that evil will prevail. We are living through just such a time. This may, in fact, be the ramp-up to the worst wars in human history, leading to the Battle of Armageddon. These conflicts were prophesied by Old Testament prophets and Jesus.
The Good News is the promise that Jesus will return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to establish the glorious kingdom described by Old Testament prophets, and to then usher in a New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation Chapters 19 through 22).
3 – World Governments – Evil world empires will come to an end.
The third major Bible theme our book will explore is the development of a series of evil world empires There are seven in particular—mentioned from Genesis to Revelation—that were controlled by Satan. They are:
Future “Revived Roman Empire”
We will study the origins of godless empires and consider where our world is now in this flow of the struggle between good and evil. Thankfully, the Bible predicts that the final world empire will be the Kingdom of God!
4 – World Religions – The true Gospel will prevail.
The fourth major theme we will ponder is the gradual development of false religions in step with the emergence of the evil empires. We will see how this process began in Genesis, with the Tower of Babel, and how it culminates in Revelation with “Babylon the Great,” a one-world religion that lends its influence to the final evil reign of the Beast in Revelation 17.
Along the way we will notice the conflict between revealed truth and man-made counterfeit religions throughout the Bible.
Please pray for the Lord’s guidance as we write this book.