Posted 6/20/11 at 9:51 AM | David Dollins
In J. Barton Payne's book, 'Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy', it states that the Bible contains 1,239 prophecies in the Old Testament and 578 prophecies in the New Testament, for a total of 1,817. These prophecies encompass 8,352 verses. Since there are 31,124 total verses in the Bible, that would mean 27% of the Bible is prophecy (i.e., it speaks of things yet future from the reference point of the specific verse in question). The point is made - Biblical prophecy occupies a large portion of Scripture, so it must be important.
So in choosing the greatest prophecy in the Bible, where do we begin? Is it found in the book of Revelation? What about Daniel? Ezekiel? Psalms? Isaiah? Matthew? The letters of the Apostle Paul? What about the topic itself? Is it the second coming of Christ? The coming of Antichrist? 666? Christ's birth? Tribulation period? Israel becoming a nation again? Cataclysmic signs in nature? This is where many people would begin. But I am going to submit to you what I believe is arguably the greatest prophecy in the Bible, and it's not found in any of the books mentioned above, neither is it in the topics just listed. What is it? Well, it's already happened.
Posted 6/14/11 at 10:54 AM | David Dollins
"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?" The lyrics were made famous by Five Man Electrical Band in 1971, the song released during an era of social and political change. In the first verses of the song, the main character (a hippie) expresses his frustration over a series of signs he encounters. The signs he saw were supposed to have helped him, to have given him direction. Instead of heeding their direction, the numerous signs were met with contempt...now fast forward to the present day.
Signs abound pointing to the soon return of Jesus Christ. Signs are everywhere. The signs are clear. The signs are like neon lights flashing in the dark trying to get our attention. The earth itself would seem to be going through its own 'era of change', in the last moments of labor, ready to give birth to something new. Yet the signs of Christ's return are in many cases being met with contempt. Notwithstanding, Jesus, Paul, John, Matthew, Mark, Peter, Jude, and Luke all spoke of Jesus' return and none of them held back from proclaiming the signs that would accompany it. To that end, I believe the Tsunamis this world has experienced over the last decade to be one of those Biblical endtime signs. FULL POST
Posted 6/10/11 at 12:11 PM | David Dollins
I have been challenged by some for taking the position, via my previous Bible Prophecy article entitled, "The Rapture – What EVERYONE Needs to Know", that Jesus Christ will come back prior to what the Bible calls the Great Tribulation period, during which time the Bible declares that God will unleash His Divine Judgments on an unbelieving world that rejected His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. First of all, there should be NO volatility between Christians regarding the topic in general. The essentials we contend for (i.e., Jesus will indeed return), and with non-essentials we show charity in all things. The non-essentials are whether your view is pre-Trib, mid-Trib, post-Trib, or pan-Trib (i.e., it's all going to just pan out!).
I want to briefly address some questions and statements by many which challenge that the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view seeks to avoid any Christian persecution, and that those who believe the Rapture will occur prior to the Tribulation period have an 'escape' mentality (which I have heard many say who don't agree with the position I take). I have studied this issue, and taught it, from all sides. So I am very familiar with the reasoning for the various views. But having studied this topic from the different angles, I have come down on the side of a Pre-Tribulation Rapture view for a few key reasons, and here's why... FULL POST
Posted 6/6/11 at 3:54 PM | David Dollins
Gone. Instantly. In the blink of an eye. Hundreds of millions of people have vanished off the face of the earth. Wives are missing husbands. Husbands are missing wives. Entire families gone. Parents searching for young children and they can't be found because they have disappeared without a trace. People are missing from cars, airplanes, mass transportation, company and government buildings, ball fields, playgrounds, schools, malls, and vacation spots. Cemeteries everywhere would seem to have been ransacked as multiplied millions of bodies are missing. Mausoleums are empty. Grave plots have been disturbed and tombstones have toppled over, signs that many bodies are missing from their burial sites. A confused population now gathers around the TV only to find out that people have disappeared all over the world, possibly several billion. The news anchors are asking questions. World leaders have no answers. As total chaos and confusion set in, vast numbers of people make their way to the local church, synagogue, and mosque to find answers and hope, trying to make sense of what seems like a bad dream. For those still on earth who have ever attended a church or were taught from the Bible at some point in their lives, they slowly realize the one event they hoped would never occur, or never thought would occur, has just happened. FULL POST