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Or why anyone would write yet another book about prophecy
One of the remarkable things about our time is the growing social consciousness of our nearness to EndTimes. And although this consciousness is expressed via some incredibly diverse perspectives, it still seemspoignant that the sum total of many voices is that some kind of End Times is near.In this mix are those who refer to the Myan prophetic calendar, Nostradamus followers, Christians,Muslims, New Age teachers and even total atheists who worry about horrific world scenarios. Speakingfrom just about every shade in the spectrum of beliefs, it seems that the voices of multitudes are ringingout to warn mankind that he stands on the brink. Plenty of world issues could be highlighted to this effect,but there’s something more. It appears that somewhere in the collective total of the facts and informationswirling around us, many have simply developed a gut feeling that we really are on the verge of a time of testing.But are we paying attention? Even as all of this chatter abounds, in a great number of churches the subjectis going silent. Here are some possible reasons why:
End Times weariness.
Some people have been hearing that we’re on the brink of End Times for decades,and it’s fair to appreciate that there is a time for just getting on with the life that is right in front of us.
He’s sold over 25 million books and he actively tells people that they shouldn’t bother withprophecy because it’s a distraction to the gospel. But the book of Revelation pronounces a special blessingon the reading of it, so it seems God wanted it read even if Rick Warren doesn’t.
The seeker sensitive movement in general.
Prophecy is not considered very “seeker sensitive” and isn’t arecommended topic when you’re applying “church growth principles” by bringing in lots of unbelievers andpreaching warm fuzzy messages to them.
Prophecy is an area where denominational differences are quickly unearthed. Weshouldn’t have any trouble fellowshipping with Christians due solely to them having different ideas onprophecy, but political ecumenicalism seems to demand a dumbing-down of bible teaching so thatdifferences can be swept under the carpet of unthinking togetherness rather than aired and discussed.
Because the times are close.
At a fundamental level this is probably the main reason. Satan is working hardin the church to lead it deeper and deeper into apostasy, and he doesn’t want people to understand whatis developing around them.Studying prophecy is worthwhile because through prophecy we learn about God’s plan for the world,where human government is heading, how sin will be dealt with and about the ultimate redemption of theworld from the power of the fall. It tells us what direction this world is heading in and provides somesignificant details about what will happen in the last days of human government.Getting a generally correct view of prophecy is important because a Christian’s view of prophecy can havea huge impact on their life. For instance, say you believe that the world is getting better and better, thatChristians will re-take societies institutions from the devil, and that eventually it will all be good enough forChrist to return. This way of thinking will have very different implications to your relationship with this