Michele Bachman and Glenn Beck Can Only See the Apocalypse

I’ve been writing on the subject of eschatology (the study of the last things) for a long time and countering the argument that a near end-time apocalypse is around the corner. Over the years I have participated in innumerable debates, written ten books on the subject, and published nearly 100 articles. If there’s anyone new […]

Why Middle East Violence is Not Evidence the ‘Rapture’ or the End of the World is Near

Once again, the Bible is being interpreted through the lens of current events. The Christian Post reports: “Nearly eight out of 10 Evangelicals say they believe the ongoing violence in the Middle East is an indication that the rapture is on the horizon, a new survey released Friday shows. “Research conducted by the Brookings Institute’s […]

Contrary to Popular Opinion We Are Not Living in the Last Days

Once again Christians are being told that we are definitely living in the last days. For example, Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California said in a November 19, 2015 sermon that current news events are following the plan laid out in Bible prophecy. Melody Dareing, writing for Western Journalism, states that Laurie […]

Expecting the Near End of The World is a Christian Problem

Tonight I’ll be participating in a friendly debate on the subject of Bible prophecy with Dr. Michael Brown. Dr. Brown and I agree on a lot of topics. He’s a cultural warrior on the subject of same-sex marriage. The same day Dr. Brown’s article addressing Tony Campolo’s decision to move to the “gay side,” Greg […]

Michele Bachmann Says Jesus’ Second Coming is ‘Imminent’ Because of Obama’s Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

The Christian Post reports that “Former congresswoman and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of being ‘pro the goals of Islamic jihad,’ which she explains includes welcoming the ‘hidden imam’ to bring on the apocalypse.” She went on to say, “Talk about what you see in the newspaper every single […]

‘Apocalyptic Islam’ Paving Way for ‘Islamic Messiah’

In addition to Sharia law and killing for Allah for a first-class ticket to the Islamic version of heaven with 72 virgins based on a reading in the hadith, there’s an end-of-the-world aspect to Islam. Here’s how Joel Rosenberg, author of a number prophecy books, has been addressing the topic of an “apocalyptic Islam.” The […]

Is End Times Thinking Causing Political Indifference?

I thought we had learned our lesson from people like Edgar Whisenant, who claimed there were 88 reasons why the “rapture” would take place in 1988, as well as Hal Lindsey and Chuck Smith who argued in a similar way. Let’s not forget Harold Camping who made predicting the end end-times a popular and public […]

Why the Left Behind Film is Not Biblical

The reboot of a film version of Left Behind has turned out to be a commercial flop even though it has some big named-actors in it. The Left Behind book series is a revival of other end-time novels that have been plaguing the Christian publishing world for nearly 90 years. The first end-time Christian novel […]

Is it Time for Doomsday or for Building a City on a Hill?

“Apocalyptic thinking is in the air,” University of Connecticut psychologist Kenneth Ring said in 1990.1 But long before 1990 and today’s claim of a near-end of all things, speculation about the apocalypse was common. In fact, dip into any generation going back nearly two millennia and you’ll find prophetic speculators galore. It’s still in the […]

More Predictions About the End of the World that Paralyze Christians

Anne Graham Lotz is the daughter of Billy Graham. Like her famous father and brother, Franklin Graham, she has quite a following among Evangelicals. Recently she sent out a letter calling for “a national prayer initiative entitled 777: An Urgent Call to Prayer. The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the […]

Why Bother When Prophecy Pundits Tell Us We Have this to Look Forward to?

How many times have you heard prophecy pundits claim that the end of the world or at least some prophetic is near that’s going to change everything? We’ve got the first of four blood moons coming up on April 14th. Let’s not forget the Chilean earthquake, something that happens quite regularly. You may have seen […]

Halley’s Comet, the Jupiter Effect, and Blood Moons

As I’ve written in two previous articles about the upcoming Blood Moons in 2014/2015, (here and here), there are a number of Christian writers who claim that they will signal some type of end-time prophetic event. These types of speculations have a long and anti-climatic history. On December 31, 1979, Chuck Smith, the late senior […]