The world is coming to an end! Why? Because the Bible says so! Or does it? Modern Bible prophecy teachers declare that we are living in the last days and that these are the end times! But does scripture predict an end of time?
What exactly does the Bible mean when it mentions “the last days”? It is important to define Biblical terms. Does scripture define the term “the last days” as the end of time or simply the end of an age? What does scripture reveal about this important subject? Let us start at the beginning – in the book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter 6 we read the account of God destroying the world with a flood. Then in Genesis 8:21 the Lord declares that he will never again destroy every living creature “as I have done.”
Genesis 8:21-22 (KJV) – And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Wow! What a great year 2018 was for www.scripturerevealed.com! Over 2000 visitors a month are visiting the website. Since the site was launched in 2015 we’ve seen over 61, 690 page views with 37,590 unique visitors. Now that’s the power of the worldwide web!
Once again it’s time to look back to see which articles were the most popular. Of course one factor affecting an articles popularity is when it was posted. Some articles have been up since early 2015.
Where is Mystery Babylon? Is it a city or just a fable? Many have been taught that Mystery Babylon is the Vatican in Rome, Italy or perhaps some other major city. What do the scriptures reveal? There are seven (7) important clues that point us to the true identity of Mystery Babylon.
What does the binding of Satan mean? Revelation chapter 20 verses one thru three mentions the binding of Satan. These passages are about Satan being bound at the beginning of “the one-thousand-year reign of Christ.” Here’s the scripture in Revelation chapter 20:
Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV) And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Many Christians assume that neither the Kingdom of God in which Christ is king or “the binding of Satan” has taken place. But is this the testimony of scripture? Is this what the scriptures teach? Let’s explore this subject together to learn what the scriptures reveal!
The following article is reposted with the permission of T. K. Burk! www.tkburk.com
In Numbers 19:1-22 we find a command for the sacrifice of a red heifer and the usage of its ashes. These verses describe a sacrifice that is unlike any other and that is central to Old Testament purification. For almost two thousand years there has been no red heifer meeting the specifications necessary from which this ash can be made. But recently there are reports of the birth of such a calf in Israel. This has led many Christian preachers that teach the prophecy view of “Dispensationalism” to tell their audiences this calf is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy, whose arrival means the construction of the third Jewish Temple cannot be far behind.
Dispensationalists believe that most of the prophecies about Israel are to be read literally as written. This creates a prophecy view that has God’s plan for Israel being different than His plan for the Gentiles (non-Jews). Their claim about this calf is nothing new for them for they have made the same claims about other red calves in the past.
Modern Christianity often attempts to remove the absolutes of the scriptures. What I call easy believism seems to be the hallmark of many churches in this day. What do the scriptures reveal regarding this vital subject? What is doctrine? And what exactly is the Apostles Doctrine? Doesn’t doctrine tend to divide people? Can’t we all just follow the leading of the Holy Spirit? One fact is certain, and that is the 1st Century Church continued steadfastly in the Apostles Doctrine.
Many Christians tend to shy away from any discussion of doctrine. First off what exactly is doctrine? Well, it’s simple! Doctrine is simply a body of principles presented for acceptance of belief. In other words, it’s something that is taught; a teaching. No one can escape doctrine. Everyone, whether they know it or not, believes and practices some type of doctrine. And that doctrine may be true, or it may be false. The early church experienced explosive growth because of the apostle’s doctrine.
Early in the book of Galatians, Paul, the Apostle, pointed to a problem for the Galatian believers. What Paul identified was that some of the Galatian Christians wanted to impose Judaic customs on other believers. Some Galatians believed that Mosaic (Jewish) customs were essential to salvation while others claimed they were essential for spiritual growth. In Galatians, we see Paul strongly arguing against these ideas and teachings.
Paul starts his letter to the Galatians by defending the Gospel and his Apostleship. Paul reminds them that his salvation and growth as a Christian was independent of men and even separate from the Apostles in Jerusalem. Paul comes out against the teaching that Diaspora believers must become like Judaics to be right with God.
Paul makes it clear to the Galatians that the only true children of Abraham were believers in Jesus Christ whether they be Judeans or Diaspora believers. In fact, Paul states that believers in Jesus Christ are the true inheritors and heirs of the Abrahamic Covenant which includes all its blessings and promises.
For the last 30 years, I have heard that an increase in technology, knowledge, and travel are sure signs of the “end times.” All one has to do is look at the tremendous advancements in computing power, and you’d have to conclude that knowledge and technology are rapidly increasing. The go-to scripture that is cited is found in Daniel 12:4:
Daniel 12:4 (KJV) But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Seal the Book, Daniel!
Let’s look at this verse, pick it apart to see what the scriptures reveal. The two signs that are mentioned here are an increase in human knowledge and travel.
Like many, I taught that Daniel was referring to the rapid development of both travel and technology. Our great-grandfathers traveled by horse-drawn carriages but today we travel by commercial jet. According to some, man’s institutional knowledge is doubling every two and one-half years.
This past August I decided to reward my two youngest children by taking them and their mother on a Caribbean cruise. It was their first cruise and trip out of this country. We packed our bags and away we went. Of course one of the best parts of cruising is the shore excursions. There were many shore excursions to choose from on our three country stops. One activity that I wanted to introduce my children to was snorkeling. So during our stop in Roatan, Honduras we decided to snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.
As Christians, we believe in modest dress. It is possible to dress modestly even when going for a swim or in our case snorkeling. I can guarantee that my wife and daughter weren’t wearing bikinis nor were my son and I in Speedos!
Upon arrival at the snorkeling location, we saw a group of young Honduran men waiting at the end of the pier. These young men would serve as guides for our snorkeling adventure. One of the guides, however, hurriedly made a beeline for us. His name was Omar, and unlike his counterparts, he was modestly dressed. Omar introduced himself and explained that upon seeing us, he knew we must be Apostolic Christians. After telling me about himself and his Church, he partially quoted from 2 Timothy chapter 3 and asked if I thought we were living in “perilous times.”
Here’s the entire passage that Omar was referring to:
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) – This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
I live in south Louisiana. Hurricanes are a way of life for us. Hurricane Katrina put about 5 feet of water in my home. It would take over a year to rebuild. I am 65 years old. There have been many famous hurricanes blow thru my neck of the woods. In my lifetime there have been 26 named hurricanes affecting south Louisiana. So a hurricane affects Louisiana on average of once every two years.
Recently hurricane Harvey devastated Corpus Christi and Houston, Texas. This was followed soon after by hurricane Irma plowing through the Caribbean and Florida. What I have observed is that every time we experience a hurricane, some people will say that it’s proof of God’s End Time judgment. While Harvey and Irma were mega-storms, there have been many other major hurricanes, in Louisiana and across the world. Records of storms can be found going back over 400 years.
The “Great Galveston Storm” of 1900 was a category four hurricane with winds up to 145 miles per hour.
Are there false Christs and prophets today? Of course, there are! What about in the first century? This article will explore that question. Jesus warned His first-century followers to “take heed.” The gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke serve as warnings to the disciples of Jesus. Jesus was addressing His disciples in the first century.
Matthew 24:3-5 (KJV) – And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mark 13:21-22 (KJV) – And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.