The Final Judgment and the Christian Life | Steven Lawson

from Ligonier.org

What happens to those who die while denying the truth of God in their lives? What will their rejection of the truth mean for them? Most people today do not want to think about the final judgment. For those who are young, death and eternity seem so far away. Yet if we would think seriously about eternity—heaven and hell—it would change the way we live today, and for many, it will change where they will spend eternity. Theologian and author R.C. Sproul noted, “Modern man is betting his eternal destiny that there is no final judgment.” This is a tragically fatal bet. The holiness and righteousness of God demand that He execute perfect justice on the final day. At the end of human history, God will judge the world, and His eternal purpose for redemptive history will, at last, be fulfilled.

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The Antichrist and the Muslim Mahdi (Part 1) | Michael Youssef

Daniel tells us that the Antichrist will speak “boastfully” (Daniel 7:8), yet it is clear that these will not be empty boasts. The Antichrist will appear to possess superhuman brilliance. He’ll be the ultimate smooth talker, the greatest con-man who ever lived, and he’ll unite the nations under his rule. At first, he’ll seem to be a wise and benevolent dictator, bringing peace, prosperity, and hope. But once he is firmly in control of the gears and levers of power, he’ll reveal his true intentions.

The way has been paved for such a leader. Atheists, humanists, New Age mystics, Hindus, Buddhists, and Islamists have little in common with each other—but they all share in the belief that Jesus is not the only way to salvation. There are even many self-styled “Christians” who deny the Lord’s claim to be the only way to God. So it will be easy for the Antichrist to establish himself to many as an acceptable alternative.

In these days of muddled and confused worldviews, it is vitally important to know the truth. After all, Jesus said, “The truth will set you free.” As events unfold, we need to see them not only through the cameraman’s lens, but also through the lens of biblical revelation.

That the Antichrist is coming is known—only the timing is unknown. Although we know not the hour of night that the thief comes, we must be prepared nonetheless.

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Franklin Graham | ‘Can’t Help But Wonder’ If End Times Are Near

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“The killing of Christians by Muslims from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Pakistan. China tearing down church buildings,” wrote Graham.

“Christians tortured, beheaded, and crucified in Iraq, with villages burned and churches destroyed, and much the same in Syria.”

Graham went on to speak of “signs of the end of the age” documented by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 24, including “wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, and pestilence.”

“As I read the news, I can’t help but wonder if we are in the last hours before our Lord Jesus Christ returns to rescue His church and God pours out His wrath on the world for the rejection of His Son,” wrote Graham.

“I don’t know if we have hours, days, months, or years — but as Christians, God calls us to take the truth of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.”

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‘Left Behind’ Author Tim LaHaye Fires Back at Anti-Rapture Apologist

lahayefrom Charisma News

“God’s Word is just that—God’s words, and He meant what He said. Those who do not believe in the rapture do not understand that the first teaching of the rapture dates back to the first century when the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to write it into the Holy Scripture.

“Not believing in the rapture does not mean you are not a Christian. Like some of my friends, Craig is an a-Millennialist, who like Augustine in the 5th century taught that the Word of God was inspired and to be taken literally, except for prophecies, and they were to be taken spiritually, allegorically or symbolically.

“The problem with this is it eliminates 28 percent of the Bible from our understanding and removes the ‘blessed hope of Christ’s return’ for His church, which is clearly taught in Titus 2:12-14. Craig and those that think like him need to read my book, A Quick Look at the Rapture and the Second Coming, for in it, I examine 15 differences between the rapture and the Second Coming. They occur at least seven years apart for they are separated by the seven-year Tribulation that the Lord Jesus warned would some day come on this Earth as the worst time in all of world history. (See Matt.14:21)

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‘Left Behind’ Author Tackles ‘Great Bible Mystery’ of Revelation Prophecies

from Charisma News

revelationpageThe Book of Revelation is an enigma even to many serious students of the Scriptures, but Dr. Tim LaHaye, originator and co-author of the bestselling “Left Behind” series, and renowned puzzle master Timothy E. Parker will publish a book this summer that will remove the shroud of mystery surrounding the Bible’s 66th and final book.

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Fire-Breathing Prophets | Ron Cantor

from Messiahs Mandate.org

Being present on Shavuot (Pentecost) when the Holy Spirit birthed a revival in Jerusalem would have been amazing. Many would, no doubt, choose to witness the parting of the Red Sea or the crucifixion of Yeshua. As for me, I would choose something in the future. I have always been intrigued by the prophets in the eleventh chapter of Revelation. These two witness appear sometime during the Great Tribulation and proceed to prophesy for three and a half years.

We tend to breeze through their story, but if you take a minute and meditate on what is written, it is clear that these fellows play a major role in the End Times.

I believe that the Great Tribulation will begin after the war described in Ezekiel 38-39, when God destroys the invading armies on the mountains of Israel seeking the destruction of the Jewish nation. This will leave those nations, most of which will be Muslim, decimated—leading to a peace agreement brokered by the antichrist. Part of this agreement will be the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27).

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What does Bible prophecy say about the future of Syria? | Joel Rosenberg on CBN’s Stakelbeck Report

On this week’s edition of the “Stakelbeck on Terror” show, CBN correspondent Erick Stakelbeck and I Joel Rosenberg sat down for 30 minutes to discuss the current civil war underway in Syria, the President’s visit to the epicenter, and Rosenberg’s new novel, Damascus Countdown.

Most interestingly, Stakelbeck asked Rosenberg’s views on Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 and the Bible prophecies that indicate Damascus will be judged and destroyed in the last days of human history. They also discussed where Syria fits in — if at all — in the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39, what scholars call the “War of Gog & Magog.”

CRN | One in Three Americans See Extreme Weather as Sign of Biblical End Times

from Christian Research Network

CNN reports on a recent survey reveals that “more than a third of Americans see recent extreme weather as a sign that the world is in biblical ‘end times.’” The survey further revealed that 15% of those questioned believe the world will end in their lifetime in a manner similar to that predicted in the book of Revelation.

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