The Prophecy Pendulum

Bible prophecy is full of mysterious things: the four horsemen of the apocalypse, a seven-headed dragon, a lamb that speaks like a dragon, stars falling from the heavens, and many more.  I have studied these mysteries for most of my life.  But there is a new puzzle that has gradually captured my attention in recent years.  It is the question of how the Church of the End Times could be lured into complacency just at the time that the prophecies all begin to materialize right before our eyes.  Many New Testament passages predict a time of apostasy, or “falling away” of the Church. According to Matthew 24:12 the love of most will grow cold in the last phase of this age. 2 Timothy 4:3 predicts this:

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

We are now living in a period of time where every day’s news brings fresh fulfillments of the striking prophecies of the Bible.  But the strange truth is, people do not seem to give the matter much thought.  Hal Lindsey’s book, “The Late Great Planet Earth,” was the best-selling non-fiction prophecy book, and the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins was the best-selling fiction series in American history.  Still, the average Christian is not living in anticipation that Jesus’ return is near.

 Trying to understand how there could be a lack of interest in prophecy at a time like this, I have begun to think about it as “The Prophecy Pendulum.”  As we all know, the pendulum of a clock is always swinging.  It is sometimes in the middle, but just as often, it is at the far left of its swing or on the far right. 

On one side of this swinging pendulum there are major events that capture everyone’s attention, such as the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948, or the dangerous Middle East wars that threaten to escalate into a world-wide conflict.  On the other side, there are promises of peace, or periods of relative prosperity.  Whenever it is possible, Satan will convince people not to think about the End Times.  He knows that when people are focused on the “blessed hope,” they will not be inclined to follow him. The Apostle Peter said that knowledge about God’s future plans would cause us to live a more godly life (2 Peter 3:11-12).

Satan uses fear to convince people to ignore information about an uncertain future.  There is always something wonderful coming up: a wedding, the birth of a child, or maybe a trip to Hawaii. If the Lord does come back, they hope that it won’t be before their next “big event.”  They discover that the best way to avoid hearing bad news would be to go to a church where the pastor never teaches prophecy.  There are whole denominations that won’t touch the subject.  Seeker-sensitive churches seldom teach anything “controversial,” including Bible prophecy.  And many well-intentioned pastors just don’t feel qualified to tackle the topic.

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6 Responses to The Prophecy Pendulum

  1. Thomas Lentner says:

    Ron…good observation. I left my “church” of almost 40 years because “that prophecy stuff isn’t important” Just like drivers who pull out in front of you always look the other way as if to say “If I don’t look at you, you’re not really there” I frequently wonder why there aren’t regular (at least monthly) updates on Sunday mornings regarding prophecy related events around the world. Birth pangs are more intense and frequent every day. Keep up the good work.

  2. N Trindade says:

    It always amazes me, that with all the information available, with exponential increase in knowledge, most of humanity would not recognize the signs of the times. Just as the Pharisees in Jesus day, could not recognize him as Messiah.

    In the case of Israel since and until today, Paul the apostle explains.

    Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

    For the unbelieving world of today and many in the church, what Jesus said is apt.

    And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:34-36).

    Christians should always be watching and praying.

  3. N Trindade says:

    Most students of Bible Prophecy would be mystified by the lack of interest
    in eschatology withing the church today. Not that there is a dearth of inspiring, knowledgeable and gifted prophecy teachers. Prophecy conferences and seminars abound around us. We who are excited about the times should be humbled to realize that this discernment and understanding is a gift, which should rightly inspire us to exhort each other and live holy lives in anticipation of that Great and Awesome Day.

    Jesus held the scribes accountable for not discerning the signs of the times at his first coming, so there is no excuse for the church, especially since we have The Word and The Spirit of God.

    For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Romans 11:25

    “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:34-36

    It is incumbent on all believers to watch and pray.

  4. admin says:

    Thanks for your insights, Neville!

  5. Paula says:

    When I was in 8th grade I went to a church revival on a Friday night that changed my life forever. I was raised Catholic and a friend asked me to go with her to a church event at her church (which was Christian). Among many other activities we watched the movie “Thief in the Night. That movie literally changed my way of thinking forever. Anyone who knows about the Catholic religion knows it is based upon repetition and doctrine. I had never learned anything about prophecy (even in my catechism) classes. I was both frightened to my core and elated in a way that I had never felt before. I am now 45 years old and a devout prophecy believer. I read the Left Behind Series and loved it. I know it is a fiction series but it is based upon the Holy Bible. The words are right in there, all one has to do is read them.

    I think this society has become so enveloped in their own lives that they simply don’t have time to think about it. Every single day I think about this and every single day I take time to pray to Our Lord and thank him for that day. God is trying to pull us closer to him. He needs for us to depend on him, worship him, and love him as he loves us. When bad things happen he calls out to each and every one of us to search for him and his divine guidance. It is there, we just have to be willing to listen.

    Neville, you make great sense and I wish everyone would everyone would just take time. If you give of your time to God he will provide the time. The hour of Our Savior is near!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!

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