Is there any relationship between the events of which we read, hear, and see in the daily news and biblical prophecy? You better believe there is a relationship! Just as when we are traveling and see signs beside the highway to tell us what to expect on the road ahead; so also, does the Bible speak about signs of the times to point to events of the future. But, just how do these signs appear to us today and how do we at the apparent end of the church age relate prophetically to them? These and other questions are issues I hope to deal with in this paper...
Henry Ford is reported to have said, "history is one damn thing after another." For the non-Christian history is merely a random sequence of meaningless events. In a nutshell, this is the belief of the professional secular historian. They may be good at chronicling these alleged random events, but when it comes to finding the meaning and significance of major events, this is the exclusive domain of the Bible-believing Christian. When it comes to explaining why the events of September 11, 2001 occurred in history, the Bible, especially Bible prophecy, provide a framework for making sense of this tragic mess...
An important issue that divides most preterists from futurists is the meaning of the biblical phrase "the age to come." Also, one’s understanding of a related term "the present age," is significant to a right understanding of the biblical view of prophecy. I believe that this present age refers to the current church age that began almost 2,000 years ago on the day of Pentecost when the church was founded. It will end with the rapture of the church. The age to come is a reference to the millennial kingdom that will commence with the second coming of Christ and last for one thousand years...
Modern, systematic Dispensationalism is approaching two hundred years of expression and development. We live at a time in which Dispensationalism and some of its ideas have been disseminated and adopted by various theological traditions. This is not surprising since our day is characterized by anti-systemization and eclecticism in the area of thought. It may be surprising, to some, to learn that Dispensationalism was developed and spread during its first 100 years by those within a Reformed, Calvinistic tradition. It had only been in the last 75 to 50 years that Dispensationalism and some of its beliefs were disseminated in any significant way outside of the orbit of Calvinism...
Anti-Semitism has been around for thousands of years, and it is still very much with us today. The world has witnessed, in the last few years, the greatest increase in anti-Semitism since World War II. Danny Danon, currently Israel’s United Nations ambassador has said, “Jew hatred and demonization of Israel are at ‘the highest level of our lifetimes.’”[1] Since the founding of the nation of Israel anti-Semitism has expanded into another strand we call either “anti-Zionism” or “the new anti-Semitism.” The new strand of anti-Semitism is expanding throughout the world under the leadership of the Arab Muslim world...