Free Online Videos of the Book of Revelation

rev1-4At last, our complete verse-by-verse video teaching of the entire Book of Revelation is now available online. It is a free series of live class sessions on YouTube!

Near the very beginning of this last book of the Bible, there is a promise of blessing to all who will read, or even listen to the words of this matchless prophecy.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.- Revelation 1:3

Now you can join this class at your own convenience. You can watch for just a few minutes at a time, or dig in for hours of teaching any time you wish. The setting is a live class of committed Christians at our home church—Solid Ground Church, in Alta Loma California. You will hear some background noise, like laughter, or maybe someone coughing or rustling papers, but you will have the advantage of feeling that you are part of an interactive experience.

I first had the privilege of teaching Revelation verse-by-verse fifty years ago in my first pastorate at Community Brethren Church in East Los Angeles. Since then I have studied the subject extensively and have paid close attention to world affairs that could be part of the great Prophecy Puzzle of our generation. I have had the opportunity of teaching this subject repeatedly over the years in many places, and am now in the process of writing a multi-volume commentary on Revelation. The first volume, The Church in Prophecy and History is available now, and incremental additions are made regularly in our online commentary, Rejoicing in Revelation.”

I hope you will take the time to view this series. The entire list is available on our “Video Pages” at Prophecy Central.

Free notes for each session are downloadable, along with helpful charts and other materials.

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My Tribute to Dr. Tim LaHaye

conf 2011This week the Lord Jesus invited Tim LaHaye, one of His greatest Champions of the Faith, to join Him in Heaven. Tim was 90 years old, and had used all of his time to spread the Gospel, edify growing Christians, and bring much-needed hope to a needy world.

I met him in in the ‘60’s in the registration line of Campus Crusade for Christ’s great missionary movement. We had come to a Pastor’s Conference at Crusade’s new headquarters in Arrowhead Springs, California. We were there to learn how to share the “Four Spiritual Laws” with the hippie generation. I was a new, young pastor in Los Angeles (Community Brethren Church), and he was already the well-known pastor of the large Scott Memorial Baptist Church in San Diego and author of the book, Spirit Controlled Temperament, which would become a classic tool of Christian thought in the budding “Jesus People” generation.”

Tim continued to pastor the fast-growing church, establish Christian Heritage College (now known as San Diego Christian College), and write many other helpful books.

Fast-forward thirty very-eventful years; while I was pastoring Solid Ground Church in Alta Loma, California, I invited Tim to speak at our first Bible prophecy conference. It was shortly after he and Jerry B. Jenkins had released their first book in the “Left Behind” series. It was already popular, but at that time no one could have imagined that it would become the all-time best-selling 16-volume Christian fiction phenomenon, and result in the sale of more than 65 million highly-influential books depicting what Bible prophecy could mean to our generation.

We were planning a major Bible prophecy conference for January, 2011, in the Ontario Convention Center. A close friend at church noticed that we had a great line-up of highly respected speakers. He asked if I had invited Tim LaHaye to speak. I told him that since he had become the celebrated best-selling author, I didn’t know how to contact him. He just happened to have a phone number for Tim. The next day I reluctantly called the number, fully expecting to reach an impenetrable organization that might never give LaHaye the message. To my surprise, his wife Beverly, who is quite famous in her own right—as founder of Concerned Women of America, answered the phone, and promptly handed it to Tim. He was very friendly and polite, but asked how I had obtained that number. I mentioned our mutual friend and he laughed, and said they had just moved in to their new home and were surprised to get any call. However, he wanted to hear about the conference, and to my amazement, he said he had just developed a great message to share, and was wondering where he should give it. He said he would like to participate, and called out to Beverly to see if they had any plans for that weekend. She said, “No,” and he immediately told me, “I’ll do it!” Right then I knew that the Lord was putting that conference together! It really did turn out to be a fabulous event, and Tim’s message, “Prophecy as a Proof of Christianity,” was a special treat to the attendees.

We will miss him, but not for long. The Rapture is closer now than ever, and He is already with Jesus waiting for us to join them.


2011 Prophecy Conference

Tim LaHaye – Wikipedia

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Brexit: The Problem of Iron Mixed with Clay

The world was shocked this week by the unexpected outcome of a vote in The UK (United Kingdom) to leave the European Union (Thus “Britain Exit”).

The threat of uncontrolled migration by Islamic refugees from the Syrian battlefields and other places–where the emerging ISIS caliphate is persecuting Christians and even Muslims who don’t agree with them—is one of the main reasons the majority of British voters feel the need to regain autonomy over their own borders.

The Bible predicted that there would finally emerge a One-World Government. The Old Testament book of Daniel and the New Testament’s final book, Revelation, give some idea of how this global government will materialize.

Daniel’s visions of world empires conclude with a sort of “revived Roman Empire” in the last days. The European Union (EU) could very possibly be the head of this final world government. It is located in the same area as the old Roman Empire, and is expanding its influence year by year.

The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called “The Treaty of Rome,” those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which was called the Common Market for many years. Today the organization is known as the EU (European Union). In 1973 the United Kingdom joined the EU along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became a member of the union.  Since then the membership has grown to 28.

In Daniel, chapter 2, the major world empires are depicted in a series of dreams and visions.  Before this time Egypt and Assyria had already come and gone as world powers.  King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a giant statue. He asked his wise men to interpret the dream, but they could not.  However, Daniel, a devout young Hebrew captive, was given the ability to declare the dream and its interpretation to the king.

The statue had a head of gold that represented the Babylonian Empire and King Nebuchadnezzar.

The chest and arms were silver, and stood for the next world empire, which would have two parts.  This was fulfilled by the Medo-Persian Empire that eventually conquered Babylon.

 A bronze waist and thighs stood for another powerful empire that would arise.  This was a preview of Greece.

The legs were of iron, stronger than the other metals, and they symbolized Rome, the strongest of all empires, and the last world empire to reign over the known world.

The final aspect of the statue was the composition of the feet.  They were partly of iron, and partly of clay.  Then a rock fell from heaven, symbolizing the coming of Messiah to reign, and broke the feet, causing the whole statue to fall and break apart.  The rock then grew into a great mountain, representing the coming righteous reign of Christ.

What would the iron and clay mean? It is a Revived Roman Empire–partly of the old iron of the ancient Roman Empire, and partly of clay, something weaker and brittle, like the infiltration of Islamic groups that will not blend into the existing culture, and may even give rise to terrorism. When the stone comes out of Heaven and lands on these feet they will break. The stone from Heaven represents the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of Kings.  When he comes he will destroy the final evil empire and set up the Millennial Kingdom. (See also our blog from 2011: Iron and Clay)

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Introduction to Bible Prophecy

introQuestions a reporter would ask:

 How? – Inspiration: “Carried along” by the Holy Spirit – 2 Peter 1:21

 For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Peter 1:21

 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16

 Who? – God, speaking through His prophets and His Son – Hebrews 1:1-2

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; – Hebrews 1:1-2

 What? – Predictions about the future

Other religions have prophecies too, but they are unreliable. Islamic prophecies borrowed from the Bible and perverted.

When? – From the beginning of human history to the New Heaven and New Earth

From Genesis to Revelation

Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”—2 Peter 3:3-4

 Where? – Given in Bible lands/ Received everywhere. Recorded in most books of the Bible (more than 1/4th of the Bible is prophecy).

 Why? – Some of the main reasons:

 1 – Salvation/ Hope  – Genesis 3:15; Matthew 16:21; Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:3

 “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” – Genesis 3:15

 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. – Matthew 16:21

 Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, – Titus 2:13

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. – Revelation 1:3

2 – Blessing  – Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 7:14

 Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you. And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:1-3

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

 3 – Warning –  Jeremiah 4:6; Isaiah 17:1

 Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction.” – Jeremiah 4:6

The burden against Damascus.

“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap. – Isaiah 17:1

 4 – Understanding the times – 1 Chronicles 12:32; Revelation 2 & 3

 of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do… –  1 Chronicles 12:32

 Understanding prophecy may be difficult.

Sometimes it is symbolic, but, like all of the Bible- should be taken literally.

This requires proper hermeneutics (rules of interpretation)

Various major  positions

One’s view of prophecy is often affected by changing world conditions.

(See our book, The Church in Prophecy and History , about the Seven Churches of Revelation)

 Premillennial – Christ’s coming will precede the thousand years of peace

Pre-tribulation rapture

Mid-tribulation rapture

Pre-wrath rapture

Post-tribulation rapture

(Pan-tribulation rapture?)

 Postmillennial – Christ’s coming will follow the thousand years of peace

Amillennial – Christ’s coming will come without the thousand years of peace (just symbolic).

Not sure yet…

Still studying (OK, it’s a life-long adventure.)

Leaning one way, but not sure (OK. We can’t be dogmatic about the future. 300 prophecies of Christ’s birth, life, ministry – but couldn’t have been written before the Gospels.)

Concerned it is too controversial or counter-productive (OK, but can’t ignore it.  Warning: Prophecy should not be divisive — Not a test of faith or fellowship. We need humility, a teachable spirit, unity, and love.)

 Jesus’ own message about the future – Matthew chapters 24 and 25

 The Beginning of birth-pains          Matthew 24:4-8

The Tribulation                                   Matthew 24:9-14

The Great Tribulation                        Matthew 24:15-28

After the Tribulation                           Matthew 24:29-31

 See also: Harmony of Prophecy Chart

 5 – Encourage godly lifestyle – 2 Peter 3:11-12

 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God…  –  2 Peter 3:11-12

 6 – Validation of The Bible and Christianity

No false prophecies – Deuteronomy 18:20-22

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The Death of Justice Antonin Scalia

A Great Loss and Serious Questions about His Replacement

Antonin_Scalia_Official_SCOTUS_Portrait_cropThe sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia today is being lamented by conservatives as an unimaginable loss to the nation. He was the champion on the high court of the concept of “originalism,” the belief that their decisions should conform to the exact meaning of the Constitution at the time of its enactment. Liberal justices, on the other hand, have leaned toward interpreting the Constitution in the light of changing beliefs and morality.

Just a few months ago, when the Supreme Court overturned states’ laws against same-sex marriages, Justice Scalia and Chief Justice John Roberts issued bold warnings about the decision.

Here are the articles we posted on Prophecy Central at that time.

Supreme Court strikes down bans on same-sex marriage

June 26, 2015 – The US Supreme Court has issued its 5-4 verdict that states cannot deny gay men and lesbians the same marriage rights enjoyed for thousands of years by opposite-sex couples. Chief Justice John Roberts read for 10 minutes from his dissent. He accused the majority of overstepping their bounds and ignoring the Constitution.

“Today, five lawyers have ordered every state to change their definition of marriage,” Roberts said. “Just who do we think we are?”

Source: USA Today Reaction

Transcript of Supreme Court Decision

Justices’ pointed dissents to gay marriage ruling show unusual discord – USA Today

Scalia: Supreme Court now a ‘threat to American democracy’ – “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” – Justice Antonin Scalia – Washington Examiner

No Court Can Change What Marriage Is – Jim Daly – Focus on the Family

SCOTUS ruling on marriage a ‘spiritual 9/11’ – OneNewsNow

Franklin Graham Warns Gay Marriage Ruling Will Lead to Christian Persecution – Fox

Bush, Carson, Walker: Protect Religious Liberty, State’s Rights – NewsMax


Tsunami of Reactions to Supreme Court Marriage Decision

June 27, 2015 – Christians and Conservatives are expressing disagreement with the decision to force legalization of same-sex marriage in every state of the Union. Many of them are predicting the rise of persecution for those who believe the Bible.

Transcript of Chief Justice Roberts’ Dissenting Opinion

Scalia: SCOTUS Majority is A ‘Threat to American Democracy’ – NewsMax

Transcript of Justice Scalia’s Dissenting Opinion

Transcript of Justice Thomas’ Dissenting Opinion Religious, Family Groups Slam Justices for Redefining Marriage ‘Through Judicial Fiat’ – NewsMax

Ted Cruz on Court Rulings: ‘Darkest 24 Hours in Our Nation’s History’ – NewsMax

Conservative law firm says ruling on gay marriage will lead to ‘persecution of Christian people’ – MLive

What presidential candidates, others, are saying – WND

Unprecedented Four SCOTUS Dissents Promise to Keep Marriage Debate Open – Breitbart

Ben Carson: Govt ‘Must Never Force Christians’ to Betray Beliefs – NewsMax

Black Pastors’ Group Urges Civil Disobedience Against Gay Marriage Ruling NewsMax

Conservative Republicans Mull Next Step in Preserving Religious Freedom After Gay Marriage Ruling – “In all of our lives there comes moments where [we] have to decide whether we obey God or we obey a decision we believe is unlawful.” – Governor Mike Huckabee  – NewsMax


How and when will Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court vacancy be filled?

Since Justice Scalia’s death came during a Presidential election year, the immediate question is whether or not his replacement should be made before the next President takes office early next year. Republicans are generally opposed to the notion. The Constitution specifies that the President may make a nomination, but the Senate must approve it. Newscasters have already mentioned the possibility that if the President makes his nomination during a Congressional recess, confirmation by the Senate is not necessary. Unfortunately, the Senate is in recess now, until the 22nd of February.

How might the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice relate to End Times prophecy?

The  introduction to our section on “America’s Christian Heritage” states:

Prophecy students have wondered for decades why the United States will not apparently be a major player in the Bible’s End Times scenario. Europe is predicted as a Revived Roman Empire, but with a much weaker composition than ancient Rome. Ancient biblical lands will be involved in the prophetic future. They have modern names: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and others. But how could the one great “superpower” of our generation be ignored at the end of this age? Just a few years ago we could not have imagined how rapidly our beloved country would decline.

An honest evaluation of The United States today reveals that we are growing weaker economically, militarily, and above all, spiritually.

Many Churches in America are retreating from a literal interpretation of the Bible, and have allowed the corrupting influences of secular humanism, the sexual revolution, abortion, and other false beliefs and practices to slowly infiltrate their leadership. This change is predicted in the Bible. It is called apostasy, or a “falling away” from the truth.

As a result, our nation is in danger of God’s judgment. But like the biblical example of Nineveh, whose people repented in Jonah’s days, there could be a great revival first. We are praying for this!

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The First Hostage

firsthostageJoel Rosenberg’s ninth novel takes us into the unspeakable barbarism of ISIS. The things they have already done are the basis for a complete upset of powers in the Middle East, and drastic consequences for the United States.

Rosenberg’s unique experience in the political world, and his great knowledge of all things Middle-Eastern, equip him to see—and then portray for us—the dangerous future that we may face.

The First Hostage is not a comfortable read. It is about warfare at its worst—from the center of the action. It portrays a reality that you and I would just like to ignore. But if we—and our leaders—fail to understand the depth of this depravity, it will be too late to stop its demonic spread.

This story is not “preachy,” It may be the least theological of Rosenberg’s books. Like some of C.S. Lewis fictional works, a non-believer could ignore the spiritual meanings, but those who are looking for them, cannot miss them. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy is implied, but not explained with any detail. This is probably wise, since the current events relating to Islamic terrorism could relate to several prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled, and could occur in various ways.

The spiritual fate of J.B. Collins, the intrepid journalist for The New York Times, is not yet clear. We catch glimpses of his inner struggle, but will evidently have to wait for future installments of his story to know the outcome.


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2015 in Review: The Year in Prophecy

We have prepared a different type of review this year.

In the past we have written a book about prophecy soon after the end of the year. These studies were illustrated by news articles from the past year or so.

This year we are providing links to each section of Prophecy Central where we have recorded interesting activities during the year. In each section you will find the most recent reports at the top of each section. The ones from earlier in the year will be at the bottom.

Here are two lists for you to explore. One list is ALLPHABETICAL, and the other one is in order of ACTIVITY, or the amount of news collected for each topic.

At the top of this list you will find Iran, Israel, and Terrorism because these are such intense times for Israel and her enemies, and terrorism is growing everywhere.

We suggest that you read the PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE of each topic as you visit these pages. This will help you put the pieces of “The Prophecy Puzzle” together. In each section you will find links to key Scriptural passages.

2015 In Review: The Year in Prophecy

Links to our books

List of our previous Year-In-Review sections

Hal Lindsey’s 2015: Prophetic Year in Review

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New Year/ New Hope

notdead2At the beginning of 2015 we wondered if we might be seeing the dawning of the “Third Great Awakening.” The previous year had brought some exciting spiritual news.

2014 had been called the “Year of the Bible at the box office,” with at least four major releases on Bible topics: “Son of God,” “Mary Mother of Christ,” “Noah,” and “Exodus.”

Two other hit movies with Christian themes were also released during the year:  “Heaven is for Real,” and the remarkable story, “God’s Not Dead.”

There had been a surge of evangelicalism and significant growth of the number of churches in New York City.

There were numerous reports of Muslims turning to Christ after having dreams about Jesus in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Syria and the West Bank of Israel.

Christian radio and television had made great advances in the number of people being reached with the Gospel.

In spite of these encouraging signs, spiritual warfare was intense in 2015. Revelation predicts the intensification of this battle in the End Times:

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”Revelation 12:10-12

The Christian majority of the U.S. was stunned, though not completely surprised, when the Supreme Court decided in favor of same-sex marriage. In the wake of this historical departure from biblical standards, persecution of Christians began against those who felt they could not assist in enabling such unions.

Timid pastors ignored the subject. In fact, many pulpits ceased to stand against immorality in general; choosing to be politically correct instead of courageous “watchmen on the wall,” warning the nation to repent of its sin.

Abortions continued to be tolerated, even after it came to light that Planned Parenthood was selling aborted baby parts.

A flawed “Iran nuclear deal” was adopted by the U.S. and other weakening world powers. Terrorism continued to spread, affecting numerous targets in Europe and the United States.

However, against this negative backdrop, there are still many encouraging signs. In spite of the struggle, we who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are still on the winning side. Remember His promise to build His Church:

I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. — Matthew 16:18

In the “Revival” section of Prophecy Central, we have documented many positive signs that the Lord was mightily at work in 2015.  Here are some of the highlights:

There were more amazing Christian Movies. On Easter Sunday, a television follow-up series to “The Bible” began. It was called “A.D. – The Bible Continues.” The series, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, focused on the reaction of witnesses to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

“War Room,” a story of the power of prayer, was the surprise #1 box-office phenomenon in September. It was followed by another hit—“Woodlawn” in October. It was a true story from the inspiring Jesus People Movement in the 1970’s. It depicted a high school football team in Birmingham Alabama that overcame racial tensions when most of the players accepted Christ and sparked a city-wide revival.

The popularity of faith-based movies has given rise to a new provider of movies on demand via the Internet. Pure Flix offers more than 2,000 faith and family movies, inspirational titles, TV shows, documentaries and biblical based educational programs.

Many of the 16 Republican candidates for the presidential race are strong evangelical Christians. One of them is Dr. Ben Carson who is a famous brain surgeon and a dedicated, outspoken Christian. Speaking at a rally of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, he said. “It’s high time for those of the faith to get in the game and put God back in charge of America.” In early polls he held a close second place to front-runner Donald Trump, actually passing him for a short time in popularity, but now hovering in 4th place. One of the planks of Carson’s campaign is “Revival,” and it is encouraging that such an overt position would be popular. Current second place-holder is Ted Cruz, and third is Marco Rubio.  Both of them are also bold evangelical Christians. This phenomenon could be a sign of a coming revival in the nation.

Toward the end of the year a new survey from the American Bible Society and the Barna Group revealed that 75% of Protestant American teenagers (13 to 17) have their own Bibles and read them weekly. Some 37 percent read their Bible several times a week. About 95 percent of them either hear or read the Bible at least weekly.

There is also great news for the early part of the New Year as well. The sequel to God’s Not Dead will be released in April, and, on April 9, the 110th anniversary of the great Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, a massive multi-ethnic, multi-denominational, multi-generational assembly will take place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Free registration is open now, and more information is available about prayer involvement for 100 days leading up to the event.

The question arises, “If these are the end times, would God send a revival when He has already predicted apostasy and spiritual decline?”

The answer is “Yes!” He gave opportunity to Noah’s family, Lot’s family, and the believers in Jericho and Nineveh to repent and be spared. Why wouldn’t He give an opportunity, especially to the young people of our generation who have never really understood the Gospel?

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9

Revival must come through God’s Holy Spirit. But His people must really want it.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Peace in an Age of Terrorism

knowpeaceAfter the last two mass murder events, just one week apart, experts are saying that the U.S. is now under attack—guerilla-style—by Islamic terrorists.  Their goal is to make us fearful about carrying on our normal activities.

Fortunately, for true Christians, who are filled with the Spirit, we have an antidote to the paralyzing effect of terrorism, and we have a message of hope to those who are living in hatred or fear.

We live in San Bernardino, just a few miles from the latest horrific incident. One of the first reactions we all had to this atrocity was to wonder if we could suffer from the same senseless kind of attack. We have always felt so safe in our great country. But recent headlines remind us that, worldwide, Christians are the most persecuted people in the world.

In spite of the threat, I am happy to say that, because of the work of the Holy Spirit, we are experiencing the powerful positive “Fruit of the Spirit,” including Love, Joy, and Peace! (Galatians 5:22-23)

God’s Word is full of promises about overcoming fear and experiencing supernatural peace. Some commentators have noticed that there are at least 365 places in the Bible that encourage us not to be afraid. That would be a new dose of courage every day of the year!

Here are just a few of those passages, and others that stress the love, joy and peace that are given to us:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:6

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

[Jesus said] Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

[Jesus said] These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

[Jesus said] But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. – Matthew 5:44

During this Christmas season we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace to redeem sinful humans from the penalty of sin if they will truly accept His gift of eternal life.

Even those who hate us and our way of life can, and sometimes do, find new life in Christ.

Those of us who experience this supernatural love and peace should take advantage of this world-wide crisis to share the message, here at home, and around the world, that God is love. In fact,  He so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, so that those who believe in Him might not perish but have eternal life (John 1:12; John 3:16).

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The Good News about Bible Prophecy

NASAbluemarbleHave 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? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 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 EvangelismThe 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.

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