Are we in the 9th inning?

Are we in the 9th inning?

I spent some of my time in 2015 looking at scripture and comparing it to the various views of how Jesus will return. I must admit that I am not much nearer to taking a strong position then I was before my study. I’ve come to the conclusion that if the “how” was very important the Bible would be more clear on the subject. At the same time, my look at the “Pre-wrath” view caused me to lean a bit more towards the “Pre-Trib” outlook on the “Rapture.”

Regardless of my views, God has the how and when of His return right on schedule.

So…what happened in 2015 that might make us think that His return is not that far away? In 2015, I added two more prophecy updates to the ones I already listen to. Each week I listened to JD Farag’s and John Haller’s prophecy updates. You can find them on YouTube. I do think it was a significant year when it comes to Biblical prophecy because of the speed and nature of certain events happening in our world. Needless to say (but it hasn’t stopped me before), things are becoming more like the description the Bible gives of the last days. I don’t know how many times I felt like reading Matthew 24 this year.

In 2015 I listened to many different financial analysts regarding the shape of the world’s economy. I believe there will eventually be a one world government (mark of the beast). That will not happen unless there is a radical change in the way money is tracked and spent. Just Google “cashless society.” This is only one of many areas where new technologies may have made certain Bible prophecies possible. Avi Lipkin has said that America’s god is now mammon; I think he’s correct and that’s it’s been that way for quite awhile.

In 2015 I saw the most important (and sad) event continue to worsen. The lack of simple solid Bible teaching has created more false prophets and false apostles spewing their venom to those who want to hear what they have to say. Many pulpits are silent when it comes to societal events that have changed things, things as important as the definition of marriage.

Back in the early 1970’s, Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth reminded us to “be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.” For many who were unfamiliar with Bible prophecy, Hal’s book became an introduction of its importance.

Another book that influenced me regarding the subject of prophecy was Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. The church I was brought up in never touched the subject of Bible prophecy and I was fascinated with Josh’s book.

Over the years, I lost track of Hal Lindsey. I knew he had a show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. I had heard that he experienced family problems but never learned the specifics. I always knew there was some kind of problem with TBN and after it became obvious that many of its main supporters and spokesmen were Word of Faith believers and teachers, the only program I would watch there was Carl Baugh’s.

I have since learned that Hal Lindsey’s program was halted on TBN because there was some controversy over his support of Israel and his unfavorable statements about Islam.

If I were Hal I would have said goodbye and never gone back. But then, I could never allow anything of mine to be connected to TBN.

For some reason, Hal went back to TBN where he pays for his airtime.

I watched him on YouTube a few times this year and found his take interesting. In fact, I found his summary of the prophetic implications of 2015 to be the best I’ve seen. I almost put up a link to his program, but his association with TBN bothers me too much.

On the blogging front, I still check in on my favorite blogs every so often. I will miss “Appraising Ministries” and “The Sola Sisters.”

May God bless us and give each of us wisdom in 2016.

Jesus is our only hope.

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