Good News!

Heard any good news lately? Prophecy comprises about one-third of the Bible, and believe it or not, most of it is good news! The prophecies of the first coming of Messiah were certainly good news. And the massive amount of Bible teaching about the Millennial age and beyond, is unquestionably positive!

But admittedly, much of "end-time prophecy" is depressing. We should remember that Jesus called this phase of the future "labor pains." Just as the birth of a baby is preceded by difficult and painful labor, the birth of the Millennium, and after that, the glorious New Heaven and Earth, is preceded by the Tribulation.

We need to balance our study of prophecy with a reminder that God is still on His throne. He is the loving, all-powerful creator and the designer of our incredible salvation.

The Gospel is the "Good News." The Bible is His love letter to us. The incredible Creation is His handicraft. The Family is His idea. Israel is still His chosen people. And the Church is the greatest expression of His power and purpose during this age.

Additionally, the Bible tells us repeatedly not to be afraid! So let's check out the good news today!

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Here’s Who Will Pray at Trump’s Inauguration
[Franklin Graham, Cardinal Dolan and four more clergy]

Dec. 29, 2016 - The Washington Post and other news sources reveal that prayer will be an important part of the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20th.

Evangelical leaders Franklin Graham and Samuel Rodriguez will take the stage alongside Donald Trump at his presidential inauguration next month. The pair are among a half dozen clergy who will participate in the Trump administration’s kickoff in Washington.

Source: Christianity Today
- Washington Post
Trump’s inauguration, Franklin Graham, Cardinal Dolan and four more clergy will pray - Washington Post

Prophetic Significance of Good News

RNC clarifies part of Christmas message after social media criticism

Dec. 26, 2016 - Republican Chairman Reince Priebus issued a brief statement about Christmas. He said that new hope was born into the world more than two thousand years ago...

"... a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King."

The comment was criticized on social media, thinking that he was suggesting that President-elect Trump will be a new king. However, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said that the reference was not about Trump, but about Christ. He told CNN, “Christ is the King in the Christian faith.”

Source: Fox

CT’s Top 10 Most-Read Christmas Stories

Dec. 22, 2016 - Get the real meaning of Christmas by reading these Christmas articles from Christianity Today.
Source: Christianity Today

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

Dec. 21, 2016 - In recent years "Happy Holidays" has been the generally accepted greeting of the season, but Donald Trump's campaign had an impact on the issue. In June he began to encourage people to return to the traditional greeting. He said, “Boy, do I mean it—we’re going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas,’ ”

The Public Religion Research Institute found 67 percent of Republicans don’t think it’s necessary for businesses to ditch a Christmas greeting for “happy holidays.”

Source: The Atlantic

Saudi Arabia Switches From Islamic Calendar to Jesus Birth Date-Based Gregorian

Dec/ 20, 2016 -

The Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has switched from the lunar-based Islamic calendar, which starts with the emigration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, to the "Western" Gregorian calendar, named after Pope Gregory XIII and based on Jesus Christ's birth.

Source:Christian Post

Extraordinary origins of everyday Christmas Carols

Dec. 18, 2016 - Many of the most-loved Christmas Carols, full of inspiring theological truth, came from the early days of America and the Great Awakening.

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” was first published in 1739, and then published in George Whitefield’s “Collection of Hymns for Social Worship” in 1754.

Other examples are "Joy to the World," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

Source: WND

Facebook Finally Gets Real About Fighting Fake News

Dec. 16, 2016 - In the wake of the news that approximately one-quarter of the users of Facebook have posted "fake news"-- stories that have false content, but appear to be legitimate-- the website will begin efforts to check the truth of stories and deal with offenders. They will enlist the help of fact-checking organizations like Snopes.

If a story is categorized as from a news source, Facebook says, it will be eligible to be sent to third-party fact-checking organizations. “This is still early days for these tests, and we’ll continue to learn."

Source: Wired
Pew Study: 23 Percent of Americans Have Spread Fake News - NewsMax
Facebook Fights Fake News Stories With Updated Features - NewsMax
Facebook now flags and down-ranks fake news with help from outside fact checkers - Tech Crunch

Texas attorney general drops a great big Yuletide truth bomb on school district

Dec. 9,, 2016 - Dedra Shannon, a student at Texas' Patterson Middle School, put her Christmas poster up, featuring Linus, a scrawny tree and a statement about the true meaning of Christmas from "A Charlie Brown Christmas":

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” Linus said.


Dedra's fellow-students and teachers appreciated the poster, but the principal told her to take it down or remove the religious content. At that point, the state's Attorney General stepped in, reminding the administration of a 2013 “Merry Christmas” law that says no school official in Texas can silence a Biblical reference to Christmas.

Source: Todd Starnes - Fox
Update 12/15/16 - Texas judge orders 'Charlie Brown Christmas' display restored - OneNewsNow

Trump ended the left’s War on Christmas

Dec. 7, 2016 -

Corey Lewandowski Tuesday proclaimed the War on Christmas over and conservatives victorious because Donald Trump was elected president.

Source: Rawstory

Cubs' World Series MVP: 'We all need Christ'

Nov. 6, 2016 - The Chicago Cubs player who drove home the winning run in the last inning of the World Series says that winning isn't the most important thing.

Ben Zobrist was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and a new Chevrolet Camaro convertible, but he says that his true prize comes through his faith and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

Source: OneNewsNow

Review: 'I'm Not Ashamed'

Oct. 23, 2016 - Movie critic Luke Y. Thompson gives a balanced assessment of the latest offering from Pure-Flix.

I’m Not Ashamed is a faith-based movie worthy of some praise, and based on the sobbing sniffles surrounding me in that mall theater, works like a charm with the audience it’s meant for.

Source: Forbes

Christian film 'I'm Not Ashamed' draws flak from atheists

Oct. 21, 2016 - Atheists object to the portrayal of a conversation between Rachel Scott and the two perpetrators of the Columbine massacre in the new movie about the columbine shooting.

Sadie Robertson, who portrays Scott in "I'm Not Ashamed," - "Many people worry so much about what people will say about them so they refuse to stand up for their beliefs."

Source: Christian Daily
'I'M NOT ASHAMED' A HIT WITH AUDIENCES Earns 93% rating from viewers and producer says response to Google attack looming - WND
I'm Not Ashamed - Trailer - YouTube

Mother Teresa declared a saint before huge crowds in the Vatican

Sept. 4, 2016 -

Speaking in Latin, Francis said that "after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother bishops, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint.

Source: CNN
How Mother Teresa Changed Missions - Christianity Today Every outreach-oriented believer should know the secret of the 'Saint of Calcutta.' - Rebecca Samuel Shah - Christianity Today
Editor's note: "Saint" means "sanctified, "or "set apart." As such, the Bible declares that all true Christians are saints, and are often addressed in this way by the Apostle Paul in the introduction to his Epistles to various churches. However, we do wish to honor the life and work of Mother Teresa, and agree that she is a wonderful example of Christian virtue and esceptional service to the poor. My sister, Joan Clucas wrote a children's book about her exceptional life story. And my wife Barbara and I stopped by the Scripps Hospital in San Diego when she was very ill to pray for her recovery. She sent a thank-you note to us, and undoubtedly the others who prayed for her there.

Harvest Crusade, coming to Anaheim this weekend, is on a mission 'to build up the church'

Aug. 26, 2016 -

Harvest Crusade, the Southern California evangelical Christian institution that has drawn more than 5 million people around the world, is expected to attract huge crowds to Angel Stadium again this week.

Source: Orange County Register
So. Cal. Harvest

‘Ben-Hur’ is set to roll back into theaters

Aug. 12 2016 - A new version of the epic movie "Ben Hur" opens this Friday.

It’s hard to top the birth of Christ, the Roman empire, the Holy Land, galleys at ramming speed, the most famous chariot race in movie history, the Valley of the Lepers, and, yes, Christ’s crucifixion.

Source: Boston Globe
'Ben-Hur': Superb remake of miraculous story of Christ - WND

The Bible comes to life with exact replica of Noah's Ark

June 7, 2016 -

A Dutch man recreated Noah's Ark in the Netherlands and plans to take the boat around the world starting with Fortaleza, Brazil, in summer 2016.

Source: Rome Reports
Life-sized Ark of Noah will voyage across the Atlantic to Brazil - Ruth Graham lifts up Ark as it embarks for Olympics - OneNewsNow

Sadie Robertson hopes to inspire young girls to 'Live Original'

June 7, 2016 - "Life Just Got Real," a new fiction book by outspoken Christian teenager Sadie Robertson, will hopefully help other girls through the struggles that they face.

Sadie Robertson was 14-years-old when her family was plunged into the spotlight with their hit A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty."

Source: Fox

ISIS on march but gospel message 'on fire'

May 25, 2016 -
From July 7 to 9, The Bridge Conference will focus on the persecuted Church. Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern says that God is moving in the Middle East.

While it seems like the Church is disappearing because of persecution by radical Islam, King says God is moving in the Middle East and the gospel "is on fire."

Source: OneNewsNow
The Bridge - Annual Conference on the Persecuted Church
Study finds 10 million Muslims have become followers of Christ since 1960

Why the Local Church Is Trending Up

May 24, 2016 -

Maybe it’s harder to observe from a land of ecclesiastical decline like the United States, but globally, the church is growing—and has been, in fact, since its foundation.

Source: Brian Dpouglas - Christianity Today

Good News In The Mideast...A great harvest of Muslims turning to Christ

May 23, 2016 - Author Tom Doyle writes:

Muslims all over the region are coming to faith in Christ. What’s more, they’re willing to suffer persecution for the Lord Jesus Christ in part because they see a great harvest of other Muslims.

Source: Joel Rosenberg

What the Latest Bible Research Reveals About Millennials

May 18, 2016 - A new six-year study by the American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group reveals good news and bad news about "Millennials" (born between 1984 and 1998- current ages 18 to 32).

Unfortunately, more than half (55%) are “Bible-neutral” or “Bible-skeptical.” However, Millennials who go to church regularly tend to know the Bible better than older Christians.

Practicing Millennials are more likely to believe the Bible came from God and read it multiple times a week than any other generation (87%).

Source: Christianity Today

Guided by God and Disney, life-size ark rises in Kentucky

May 18, 2016 - A life-sized replica of Noah's Ark is being built in Kentucky. Creationist Ken Ham says that it will be the biggest timber-frame structure in the U.S.

Ham said he hopes Ark Encounter, which will operate as a nonprofit subsidiary of Answers in Genesis, will encourage "people to actually talk about the Bible and the message of Christianity."

Source: CBS

7 Reasons to Celebrate National Hug Day

Jan. 21, 2016 - It's National Hug Day!
Source: Care2

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Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. - Philippians 4:8

Unfortunately, most of the headlines here at Prophecy Central are negative. That is inevitable since our purpose is to track the progress toward God's ultimate plans for the earth. Those plans are clearly revealed in Bible prophecies that certainly appear to be coming to pass right before our eyes.

The wonderful reality about God's revealed plans is that Jesus Christ is coming back to earth to establish His Kingdom. He will rule in righteousness over an indescribably fabulous age. The problem is that before He returns as King of Kings, the Earth must go through a dreadful period of disasters known as "The Tribulation" (Matthew 24:9-28). And Jesus, who taught us about these coming trials, said there would even be big problems in the generation leading up to the Tribulation. He called this period of time, "The beginning of sorrows [birth pains]" (Matthew 24:4-8). This could very well be a reference to our own troubled times.

Looking for the good in every situation is not a denial of reality. It is the proper way for a Child of God to respond to the serious problems we face. (Be sure you are a born-again member of God's family.)

Every shock, and every new installment of bad news, should cause us to consciously focus our attention on what God is allowing or doing in human history. Things that look bad have a divine purpose (Romans 8:28). And God has given us supernatural resources to employ at times like these. He has promised that believers will have supernatural wisdom (James 1:4), the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:6-7), His own love flowing through them (Romans 5:5-8; 1 John 4:19), joy and the other qualities listed as the "Fruit of the Spirit." (Galatians 5:22-23)

Looking for the good in whatever is happening is not just positive thinking or self-help religion. We can recognize what is bad in this sinful world, but by faith, we should remember that God is good, and He is in control.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28

This is the Thanksgiving season. It would be a great time for each of us to see every personal or world-wide problem in the light of this command to look for the truth and goodness that can result from everything that happens.

After teaching about the Rapture of the Church and the destructive Tribulation (Philippians 4:13-5:11) the Apostle Paul wrote:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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