With all the talk about Israel moving its capital to Jerusalem and how Pres. Trump is a modern-day Cyrus, you might be surprised to learn that something called End Time Fatigue has settled in.
“For many on the Christian right, the state of Israel has been seen as a key to fulfilling prophecy. A new generation has other ideas.”
This “post-evangelical” generation was raised on a steady diet of low-budget movies and pulp novels that injected a potent fear of the coming Rapture, a dynamic most eloquently described by the late Billy Graham. “I pick up the Bible in one hand,” he said, “and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. It’s being fulfilled every day round about us.” (Drudge Now)
I have one of the largest private libraries on the subject of Bible prophecy, have written ten books on the subject, hundreds of articles, and debated the topic on radio and before live audiences. For decades, prophecy writers have insisted that Israel becoming a nation again in 1948 (and before that in 1917 with the signing of the Balfour Declaration) was the key to the timing of the end times. The so-called “rapture” was to happen before 1988. After the passage of 40 years, the date shifted to 1967 and at the Six-day War. That brought us to 2007 (1967 + 40 = 2007). when 2007 came and went, the magic number became 70 years, making 2018 the end-point for those who insisted that Jesus must be coming “soon” to “rapture His church.”
I am firmly convinced that this preoccupation on the end times has had a deleterious effect on our culture. “Why bother fixing what can’t be fixed. The antichrist is going to come and destroy everything anyway in the battle of Armageddon.”
Don’t think every person who has invested years in this popular end-time scenario has given up on their preoccupation with end-time speculation. They’ll find a workaround to support their obsession to sell more books.
Christian publishing companies, radio stations, churches, colleges, and seminaries are heavily invested in the position…
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