In case you’ve missed it, or simply haven’t noticed, I want to awaken you to something that is soon going to be the most significant event to ever take place in all of Christendom (that is…short of the birth of Christ and His resurrection). Truly we are living in a time that will soon be immortalized as, “A September to Remember!”
For several decades, the American Church has been in a state of spiritual slumber and numerous, enlightened prophets of God have been beckoning to us FOR YEARS to open our eyes and stop wondering around in languid lethargy and spiritual ambivalence to all the things which are about to soon take place.
Well known prophet and famous author, John Hagee is just one of these admired mouthpieces of God, and he’s been trying to get the attention of the church for over 15 years beginning with a book he wrote in the year 2000 titled, “From Daniel to Doomsday.” But because the church has largely ignored his prophetic utterances he is yet again pleading with the people of God through another, more recent book titled, “Four Blood Moons – Something is about to happen.”
And even though he is still often frequently ignored, he has remained undaunted in his prophetic call and charge from God. And since that charge has been so strong and succinctly clear, he has even financed and produced a theatrical movie bearing the same name, “Four Blood Moons” and it first aired in movie theatres all across the country back on March 23rd of this year.
And John Hagee is not alone in his prophetic pursuit to awaken the sleeping giant…known as the American Christian Church. Jonathan Cahn, who is now famous for his 2012 national best seller “The Harbinger – The Ancient Mystery that holds the secret to America’s Future,” has also joined the chorus of prophetic voices seeking to arouse the people of God from their slothful slumber and blind indifference.
And because God’s prophetic mantle is also so strong and resolutely resting upon Jonathan Cahn’s shoulders, he too hasn’t sat upon his spiritual laurels and taken a break; instead he has recently doubled his efforts and released another prophetic warning in late September of 2014 titled, “The Mystery of the Shemitah.”
In addition to Hagee and Cahn, many other prophets are joining forces with them to try and awaken the bride of Christ from her proverbial slumber so she will finally realize that the appearance of her bridegroom, Jesus Christ, is now very, very near at hand.
Indeed, Irvin Baxter, founder of “End Time Ministries” out of Plano, Texas, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “Politics and Religion” has been stating for over four decades that he is absolutely certain that Jesus Christ is most assuredly going to return in HIS lifetime. Irvin has even declared that the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl, which occurred in 1986, was proof positive of Christ’s imminent return because Chernobyl was a direct fulfillment of what was prophesied in Revelation chapter eight, verse eleven; which says a celestial star is going to fall from heaven and cause drinkable waters to become bitter and many people are going to die because of it.
And if these three prophets of God aren’t enough to convince you to open your eyes and unplug your spiritual ears, there are a host of others as well like: Harold Camping, Edgar Whisenant, Hal Lindsey, Tim Lahaye, Jerry Jenkins, John Hinkle, Paul Crouch, Stan Johnson, John Kilpatrick and the list goes on and on and on. And all of these prophets of God are pleading with the church right now, and some are literally yelling, “Wake up America – the end is near!”
THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING
And the proof and substantiation of their accurate validity, prophetic clarity, and hermeneutical profundity is found directly in the discourse and attestations of their own prophetic utterances. Just listen to Stan Johnson’s urgent warnings, the founder and president of the popular radio program “The Prophecy Club”:
- September 25, 2014 started the last seven years of plenty as prophesied in Joseph’s dream.
- On September 25, 2015 the Pope is going to announce the implementation of the New World Order.
- A global currency ‘reset’ is going to hit the entire planet in the fall of 2015.
- Welfare checks are soon going to stop and protesters are going to start burning entire cities to the ground.
- Very soon, martial law is going to be declared by the Federal Government and this will allow Obama to remain in office beyond his four year term and possibly serve an unprecedented third term.
- All firearms are going to soon be confiscated and Russia is going to defeat America in a surprise nuclear attack.
- And most troubling of all, the seven year tribulation period is going to occur from 2022 to 2028!
But in actuality, this isn’t really anything new, because all the way back in the early 90’s, prophet John Hinkle publicly revealed to TBN president Paul Crouch that God emphatically spoke to him the following, “On Thursday, June 9, 1994, I will rip all of the evil out of the world!” And Paul Crouch later brought credibility to John Hinkle’s incredible prophecy and brought added validity to God’s supposed audible declaration by saying, “The voice [spoken to John] was so loud and clear that it sounded like a great bell being rung by my ear.”
And Paul Crouch continued even further, looking directly at his television audience saying, “John has promised to be our very special guest on June 9, 1994; that is, if we have not already been lifted to meet the Lord in the air.”
So again, it is the very words of the prophets themselves, and the words of their prophecies, that bear witness to their accuracy and genuineness, and they provide us with infallible proof that these men are indeed the real McCoy and true prophets in the same lineage of all the other great prophets of old like Moses, Elijah, and Jeremiah.
Oh but wait, it seems 1994 has come and gone and we have neither been raptured from the earth, nor has God, “…ripped all of the evil out of the world,” so it is self evident one of two things is true:
- Either they are genuine prophets of God and their prophecies come true…
- Or, they are false prophets and their prophecies don’t actually come to pass.
But Stan Johnson, Paul Crouch, and John Hinkle aren’t alone. Back in 1988 prophet Edgar Whisenant wrote a book titled, “88 Reasons why the rapture will be in 1988.” And of course 1988 came and went, so he simply wrote a sequel to the book called, “The final Shout: Rapture report 1989.” And the same people who bought the 1988 book also bought the 1989 one.
Incredibly, even though his own writings proved that he was a false prophet, he still sold 4.5 million copies of his first book and he was regularly used as a prophetic voice and routine guest, on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, for many, many years to come and continued to write and prophesy that Christ’s return would occur first in 1993, but then he had to quickly change that to 1994 after 1993 also came and went.
He finally stopped making predictions altogether after he pretty much fizzled into obscurity in 1997 and then eventually died in 2001.
Not to be left on the outside looking in, Lester Sumrall, the founder of World Harvest Radio International, who later became known as the “father of modern Christian Television,” wrote a bestselling book in 1987 titled, “I predict 2000 A.D.” But of course here we are now (15) long years later, far beyond his predicted doomsday event, and he too has been shown to be a false prophet.
Harold Camping, the onetime president of nationally known “Family Radio” also got into the rapture prediction game when he declared in the early 90’s that September 6, 1994 was the day of Christ’s return; and when that day came and went he eventually changed his prophecy to May 21, 2011.
But when that day also came and went he moved the date to October 21, 2011. And then after that day too came and went he stopped making any future predictions all together and avoided all future interviews until his death in 2013.
And, as if all these prophetic utterances aren’t enough, who could possibly forget the massive hype and utter hysteria that was foisted upon the entire globe by hundreds, if not thousands, of Christian leaders and self appointed prophecy pundits from all around the world, who declared that God had told them by the power of His “spirit” that Y2K was going to be the end of all things and the destruction of civilization as we know it?
Because according to the “Spirit of God,” every computer on earth, and every satellite in the heavens, was going to systematically come to a screeching halt and Jesus was coming back to rapture His church and take us all home to glory!!
But of course, the year 2000 came and went without so much as a silicon chip hiccup, and the prophecy pundits were left searching for yet another catastrophic event to fix their sights upon.
The sad thing is, Christians all over the nation, and all over the globe, continue to fall for this kind of dime store exegesis and eschatological nonsense by proving over and over and over again that they have very short memories.
And that is precisely what these kinds of metaphorical “snake oil salesmen” are counting on …… humanity’s very short memories.
After all, most Christians have already forgotten that many, many prominent Christian leaders, just three short years ago, were predicting that the end of the world and the return of Christ was going to occur in 2012 because even the “Mayan Calendar” was backing up their claims and proving, “The End is Near!”
MOVING IN THE “PROPHETIC”
Sadly, this kind of prophetic mumbo jumbo isn’t just limited to the field of eschatology. Back on October 19, 1999, Benny Hinn prophesied on live television stating, “But here’s first what I see for TBN. You’re going to have people raised from the dead watching this network. You’re going to have people raised form the dead watching TBN … I’m telling you. I see this in the spirit. It’s going to be so awesome. Jesus I give you praise for this – that people around the world – maybe not so much in America [how convenient] – people around the world who will lose loved ones, will say to undertakers, ‘Not yet. I want to take my dead loved one and place him in front of that TV set for 24 hours!’ I see rows of caskets lining up in front of this TV set and I see them bringing them closer to the TV set and as people are coming closer I see actual loved ones picking up the hands of the dead and letting them touch the screen and people are getting raised as their hands are touching that screen.”
Well no wonder we aren’t seeing enough miracles occur in the church today … we’ve forgotten the secret power lying dormant in television sets when certain programs come on the air.
And of course, here we are some 15+ years later after this supposed prophecy was uttered and not ONE SINGLE, SOLITARY, VERIFIABLE, OR CREDIBLE ACCOUNT, of any miracle resurrection has ever occurred, or even been documented by Benny or the TBN network.
And yet Benny claims it was the very Spirit of God who told him all this and gave him this prophecy to bring to the church. And this same spirit supposedly told him that there were going to be rows and rows of caskets lined up with rows and rows of dead people coming out of them — but there hasn’t even been one!
The question every mature Christian should be asking is, “What spirit exactly is giving Benny this information? The spirit of God, or something else entirely?”
Incredibly, way before he ever uttered this prophecy, on January 1, 1990 Benny had previously prophesied this, “The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in the 90’s. Oh my! Some will try to kill him and they will not succeed. But there will come a change in his physical health and he will not stay in power and Cuba will be visited of God.”
Of course, not only have the 90’s come and gone, but so have the 2000’s and beyond; and good ‘ol Uncle Fidel is alive and kicking and Communist Cuba hasn’t even remotely been, “…visited of God,” at any significant point in their history like Benny predicted.
But hey, let’s not get bogged down in all the little details, after all, none of these erroneous utterances from a fertile imagination have caused anyone to stop listening to Benny and looking to him as a prophetic mouth piece for God Almighty has it? So surely he must be the real thing.
And if those previous ramblings aren’t bad enough, Benny had also said in the early 90’s, “The Lord tells me to tell you in the mid 90’s, about 94’ or 95’, no later than that, God will destroy the homosexual community of America. (massive applause erupts) But he will not destroy it with what many minds have thought him to be. He will destroy it with fire, and many will turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed.”
This is simply incredible; I mean just think of it. Here we are, once again some 20 years later, and the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of what Benny declared has come to pass, because homosexual marriage is now legal in all 50 states and no, “…fire of the Spirit,” has come in any way, shape, or form upon the homosexual community whatsoever! If anything, they have only grown and become more antagonistic and more tenacious in their efforts … not less.
But again, PEOPLE HAVE SHORT MEMORIES; and they keep buying into this stuff and failing to practice discernment and common sense.
And though Benny has shown himself to be a charlatan and a phony time and time again, he shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down. And to make matters even worse, he has also made some of the most outlandish and ridiculous statements I have ever heard. Statements like the ones he made on March 28, 2000 that Jesus would begin appearing PHYSICALLY in his crusades.
Benny once declared God spoke to him AUDIBLY saying, “I’m going to appear physically on the platform in your meeting.” He then went even further stating, “I believe – hear this, hear this – I believe that Jesus, God’s Son, is about to appear physically in meetings and to believers around the world to wake us up. He appeared after his resurrection and he’s about to appear before his second coming. You know, a prophetess sent me a word through my wife right here, and she said, ‘Tell your husband that Jesus is going to physically appear in his meetings.’ I’m expecting to see – I’m telling you – I feel it’s going to happen. I’m careful in how I’m saying it now, because I know that people in Kenya are listening. I know deep in my soul, something supernatural is going to happen in Nairobi Kenya. I feel that. I may very well come back—and you and Jan are coming. Paul and Jan are coming to Nairobi with me – but Paul, we may very well come back with footage of Jesus on the platform. Now hear this – I’m PROPHESYING THIS: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is about to appear physically in some churches and some meetings and to many of his people, for one reason – to tell you He’s about to show up!”
Frankly, I don’t even know where to start in response to something as outlandish and audacious as this.
Not only is this kind of spiritual gobbledy-gook just plain silly and ridiculous; it is outright heretical and completely unbiblical. NOWHERE does the bible ever declare, nor is there any biblical warrant whatsoever to believe, that Jesus will appear physically again, and again, and again ad nauseam just to let us know that He’s about to show up at His genuine final consummation and bona fide second coming.
And just like everything else we’ve looked at that Benny has fallaciously espoused; none of this has even remotely come to pass …… not EVEN ONCE! Because Jesus hasn’t shown up physically at any of his meetings, or anyone else’s for that matter, let alone a myriad of times as he so pretentiously predicted.
And most telling of all, and most potentially, spiritually damaging of all, is the fact that Benny declares that God supposedly told him all of this AUDIBLY, and also that he made sure his audience understood that he was PROPHESYING as God’s mouthpiece.
Well…as we stated previously, there’s only one of two things going on here with Benny and a host of other self proclaimed, modern day prophets:
- Either they are genuine prophets of God…
- Or, they are the kinds of “prophets” the bible specifically warns us about.
I personally think the Bible is absolutely clear on this matter and the facts speak for themselves. In fact, the only thing I agree with Benny Hinn on is that I do in fact believe he is hearing voices, but it’s clearly not the genuine voice of God or His authentic Holy Spirit because here’s what the Bible says about Benny Hinn’s “prophecies”:
Deuteronomy 18:20-22, “But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. 21You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”
Jeremiah 14:14, “14 Then the Lord said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.’”
Jeremiah 23:11, 16, 21, 31-32, “‘11For both prophet and priest are polluted; even in My house I have found their wickedness,’ declares the Lord. 16Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; they speak a vision of their own imagination, not from the mouth of the Lord. 21I did not send these prophets, but they ran. I did not speak to them, but they prophesied. 31Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the Lord, who use their tongues and declare, “The Lord declares.” 32Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,’ declares the Lord, ‘and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,’ declares the Lord.”
The bottom line here is very clear, “…if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.” End of story. Those kinds of folks are fakes and phonies.
So why did Benny feel so obligated to make such outlandish prophecies about Jesus coming in person to his meetings? Well…because Benny had previously already gone on the record in his ministry, as saying that Jesus was going to return in 1999 or 2000.
In fact, according to Benny, the Bible declares that Jesus is going to return in the same generation that the nation of Israel became a modern nation again. And since Israel became a nation again in 1948, Benny says a generation is 51.4 years long.
So if you add 51.4 years to 1948 you end up with wither 1999 or 2000; depending upon which month you start counting. And yet once again, here we are some 15 years later and nobody seems to notice that another false prophet has proven through their own words that they are false and not actually speaking for God as one of His genuine prophets.
And why do people still buy his books, and go to his crusades, and believe his false prophecies and bogus rhetoric? Because again, they have short memories. They refuse to do what Paul told the early church to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “…examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.”
They refuse to do what the half brother of Jesus told the early church to do in Jude 1:3, “…contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.”
They refuse to do what the Apostle John told the early church to do in 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
And they forget that it was Paul who said in Acts 20:29-31, “29I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.”
Do you see that? Paul pleaded with them, for THREE YEARS, night and day, with TEARS, not to be fooled and led astray by false teachers, false prophets, and those who dressed up like genuine sheep, but were really just ravenous wolves.
It’s a warning that the church of today could really, really use a good dose of.
A BLOODY TETRAD!
And now, in our most recent epoch of time, we are being inundated all over again with “prophecy” after supposed “prophecy” of the imminent return of Christ being warned about and ushered in by the devastating, apocalyptic harbingers of God’s FOUR BLOOD MOONS.
John Hagee and Jonathan Cahn have now formulated a veritable, spiritual “tag-team” conglomeration, akin to the days of wrestling super stars Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage, in their quest to be the loudest and most respected prophets of the modern era.
According to Hagee and Cahn, they’ve now been declaring for YEARS that four cataclysmic events are going to devastate the World, including the U.S., and these events will follow on the heels of four celestial blood moons which will occur on April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015; and September 28, 2015.
In fact, they’ve been “prophesying” that banks are going to fail, money will become worthless, governments will storm the streets with federal troops, Obama will become the anti-Christ, food will run out, nuclear bombs are going to explode, and ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREAK LOOSE!!
The only trouble for all of these prophecy pundits is this: they’ve now been predicting catastrophe after catastrophe after catastrophe, and declaring that one cataclysmic event after another was supposed to take place between 2014 and 2015, but then nothing happened!
The blood moon of April 15, 2014 came and went, and nothing happened.
And then the blood moon of October 8, 2014 came and went and nothing happened.
And then the blood moon of April 4, 2015 came and went and NOTHING happened. NOTHING has happened!!
And since nothing significant HAS happened to date, they’re now scrambling around trying to recheck their charts, and their astrological projections and declaring, “Oh…You just wait and see – it’s September…September is going to be a month to remember! We messed up, we missed it! God is reserving everything for one final, global impact on a single day in September!”
And so now …… well, now September is here, and we only have a handful of days left to see whether all of these sophists are going to once again be found to be a bunch of charlatans, or whether they did in fact hear from the very voice of God as they claim.
But I have a prediction of my own to make; and I will make it absolutely clear that unlike them, I am NOT PROPHESYING. I’m simply going to predict through my natural, human faculties of good ‘ol fashioned common sense, and a dose of sensible discernment, that September 2015 will also pass into the annals of human history just as uneventful as the September of 2014 did before it.
And I also predict that the final blood moon of this month isn’t going to be any more significant than the previous three blood moons were. And if my predictions are wrong … unlike the many so-called prophets of today, I’ll be willing to publicly admit it.
But if my predictions come true, what I really wish thousands upon thousands of Christians all over the globe would do is this: If NOTHING does occur; STOP LISTENING TO THESE CLOWNS!
I mean for goodness sake, how many times do these guys have to be proven wrong before people will finally stop listening to them?
I say just stop for a moment and examine the track record of these kinds of purveyors of sophistry and sloppy journalism and start using a little bit of biblical discernment and recognize them for the charlatans and con-men they really are.
I mean seriously, if the end of the world is coming, and Jesus is coming this month along with it, why are they always so interested in peddling their books, CD’s, and DVD series and so singularly focused on getting you to send them your monetary donations and financial support so they can continue the work of their “ministry?”
Why do they need millions upon millions of dollars to continue a ministry that is supposedly going to be non-existent in just a few short weeks because everyone is going to be raptured and the end of all things is here!?!?
It just doesn’t make any sense …… unless you know what you are espousing is really just the stuff of fairy tale and make believe and you’re really just interested in promoting yourself, your ministry, and your prominence in the market place of ideas and the religious stage.
Honestly, at the end of the day, there are really only two things all of these prophecy pundits have in common:
- All of them are 100% wrong … 100% of the time.
- And their interpretation of scripture is continually erroneous.
Just think of it … how many times have you heard a pastor, a teacher, or a self proclaimed prophet declare something like, “In the book of Daniel, in chapter such and such it says, ‘Blah, blah, blah,’ and the Lord has revealed to me that this means x, y, z is going to happen and then q, r, s is going to take place right after that so you better get ready ‘cause the end is near!”
Or they say, “In the book of Revelation in chapter so and so, God says the world is going to be ruled by the anti-Christ and he’s going to force everyone to put a computer chip in their hand or their forehead, and I just heard some company in Belgium is now installing chips in their employees so we now know that prophecy has already come to pass and the start of the seven year tribulation period has already begun! And praise God, because the Holy Spirit told me last night in a dream that Jesus is going to be here by the end of the year! Hallelujah!”
So again, we are only left with two logical conclusions:
- Either the so-called prophet is correct and the Bible is wrong.
- Or the Bible is correct and the so-called prophet doesn’t know how to interpret scripture properly and apply sound, biblical hermeneutics.
I personally am going to go with the latter rather than the former because as Paul said in Romans 3:4, “…let God be found true, though every man be found a liar.”
WHAT DOES IT MATTER?
“Okay Marc, I get it, some of these guys and gals are really off base and really missing the mark. But what does it really matter? Don’t they love Jesus too and don’t they mean well and just screw up once and awhile?”
The problem is truth matters. For starters, the unsaved world looking in from the outside at all of this kind of stuff is left shaking their head declaring, “What a bunch of cooks. I told you all that bible stuff is a bunch of bunk. These kinds of religious nuts keep telling us, ‘Look out, such and such is coming and the end is near,’ and yet decade after decade it’s all just a bunch of baloney. How in the world am I supposed to believe that the Bible is true when it is proven to be false so many times over and over again?”
I personally think that many people, with even just half a brain out in the world, often look at some of us Christians and they think we’ve thrown OUR brains away. In fact some of them, especially within the New Atheists movement say that very thing.
They accuse Christians as being brainless, half-wits who refuse to use common sense and reasoning to see what is right in front of their faces – that the bible is fake and full of flaws. And they point to all of these false predictions and false prophecies as proof of their argument.
So that’s one problem.
Another problem with all of this is that it has a real impact on the lives of non-believers AND believers all the time.
Just look at this Facebook post I saw posted just a few weeks ago. Someone named Mark Rittenhouse wrote the following, “The warnings have gone out of my computer since 2010. I have decided with the remainder of time I have left, I want to spend with my family and wife, but my first priority is Jesus. I have to keep my eyes focused on Jesus so I can complete my race. The rapture could happen by the weekend or during Rosh Hashanah. I encourage all my friends who haven’t [excepted] Jesus to do so. To all my loving Christian friends… I will see you on the other side. For anyone who gets left behind, please do not accept a computer chip that will go in your hand or forehead. The Bible is clear you will not see heaven. You will go directly to the pit. You will not be able to buy or sell without it. You will have to be martyred to make it to heaven. This is my final warning. My work is finished here. God bless!”
The really sad thing to me about this is that this person’s statements don’t seem to sound like much of a shout of praise; it instead reads more like a suicide letter of regret and sadness.
And he also claims that it is the Bible that is telling him all of this.
And what boils my blood, is that leaders in the church, WHO ARE FALSE PROPHETS, are making an impact on the lives of people like this and causing them to make REAL, MEANINGFUL choices that will affect the rest of their lives.
After all, what kind of impact do you think it is going to have on this guy’s life, and on the life of his wife and children, when they wake up just a couple of weeks from now on October 1st, and they’re shocked to find out that they are still here …… nothing has changed …… and Jesus hasn’t come back?
PROTECT THE SHEEP!
Right before Jesus ascended into heaven, he looked Simon Peter right in the eyes and told him three times to take care of the sheep and protect them like a good shepherd.
Frankly, that is the same charge given to every pastor in the body of Christ, all over the globe. We are supposed to protect the sheep, and feed them the proper food that comes from the Bread of Life; not sensationalistic food that is cooked up in the ovens of falsehood, scrip-torture, and exegetical error.
And I know that many people don’t like this kind of biblical correction, but if people don’t like someone like me taking a stand against false teachers and false prophets, than as I pointed out previously, their opposition isn’t really towards me because it’s really an opposition towards God and His Word.
Because as we already saw through the passages of the Old Testament, it was God who declared from the very beginning that His people should be calling out false prophets and false teachers for what they really are … FALSE!
And the bible is absolutely full of this … even in the New Testament. In fact, the Apostle Paul took his charge in this arena so seriously, and became so determined to root out false teachers and false prophets in the early church, he named some of them BY NAME!
And there’s a reason for this; this isn’t just some kind of superficial and misguided witch hunt … false teachers and false prophets are SPIRITUAL CANCER to the body of Christ … it’s a big deal to God!
And it’s a big deal to Jesus because He’s the one who died for His church and He’s the one who implemented the offices of pastors, teachers, and shepherds to care for, and protect the flock, from these kinds of ravenous wolves who lead His people astray.
All Christians, all across the globe, should be admonished by their leadership on a routine basis to test all things in light of scripture and hold fast to that which is true. They should be told to have a tenacity in their bones to search the scriptures with diligence and a studious heart, to find out for themselves what the Bible really says; and to learn how to implement the art and science of biblical interpretation for themselves, so they can recognize the counterfeit from the genuine article.
Truth matters … and it can REALLY matter in areas like biblical prophecy. Because what you believe, and your biblical worldview, will ultimately determine how you live your life and the choices you make.
The truth is, Jesus is INDEED coming again, but here’s how He says it will really occur:
John 5:25-29, “25 Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; 27 and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.”
You can rest assured, that Jesus’ promise to us will indeed come to pass; but He won’t be coming in some secret way, that only a few select, special people will know about, He’ll becoming in power and majesty … the likes of which the world has never known; and EVERY eye will see Him!
Indeed, we can take great comfort in knowing that our Redeemer will one day return for His bride and in His bold declarations as contained in Revelation 21:5-7 will come to pass: “‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He *said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’ 6 Then He said to me, ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.’”