Historical Effects of Prophecy (from Are We Living In The End Times):
1. It has challenged believers to holy living in an unholy age.
2. It has given Christians a greater challenge to evangelize.
3. It has caused the church to be more missionary minded as the church has realized it must fulfill the great commission before Christ returns.
Four Pivotal Events of History:
2. The Flood
3. The Cross
4. The Second Coming
• 50% of the Bible deals with human history
• 25% of the Bible instructs us how to live
• 28% of the Bible deals with prophecy, some of which was fulfilled with Christ’s first coming, and more of which will be fulfilled upon His Second Coming.
“For twenty centuries His church has been persecuted by religions, kings, and dictators, yet today is stronger than ever. That in itself is a testimony to His promise, for although the church has been the most consistently hated group on earth, it is still growing and will continue to do so until He takes it out of this world. Church growth experts estimate the current number of Christians at over one billion and growing.” (Are We Living In The End Times, pg. 11)
Promise to return:
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3)
Warning against date setting:
“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)
Even many secular scientists believe that this world will soon come to the end of it’s resources and be uninhabitable.
Signs that this is the end:
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)
The coming together of Israel in 1948 is described in the Old Testament, by Ezekiel, in Ezekiel 37.
The Olivet Discourse (the most important Biblical prophetic passage) is found in Matthew 24 and 25.
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6)
Page 39 and 40 in Are We Living In The End Times describes the verse, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:7-8) LaHaye paraphrased this, saying, “When you see a war started by two single nations that is soon joined by the kingdoms of the world – followed by unprecedented famines, pestilence, and multiple earthquakes at the same time – you have seen the sign.” (Are We Living In The End Times, pg. 39) In June 1914, the Archduke of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian. This was shortly followed by an outbreak of war, which extended rapidly from those two nations to many other nations, or kingdoms, around the world. This was at first called the Great War, which we now know as WWI. An estimated 13 million soldiers were killed in this war, plus all the civilians killed or injured all over the world. This war was followed by epidemics all over Europe and North America, killing even more people. Much of this vulnerability was due to malnutrition caused by famine because of the war. Also, the only known multiple earthquakes were felt and recorded after WWI. This does not mean WWI was the event to usher in the end times, as the books states, but that that it was instead “the beginning of sorrows” as Jesus said.
Daniel 7 describes the character of Anti-Christ, and again in chapter 11, being called “the king.”
Chapter 7 describes:
• he will speak pompously and arrogantly
• he will persecute the saints of God for three and a half years
• he will intend to change the times and the laws
• he will eventually be destroyed and his body thrown to the flames
Chapter 11 describes:
• he will set himself above every god
• he will blaspheme the true God
• be a secularist who will put full confidence in his military strength
• a brutal conqueror
• will control the world’s finances
• will meet his end in Israel
The Anti-Christ’s heritage will be eastern Mediterranean; the Anti-Christ will be of the racial stock of those who destroyed the city and temple in A.D. 70, the Romans.
The Anti-Christ will commit the “abomination of desolation,” in which he stops sacrificing at the temple and proclaims himself to be God (this begins the Great Tribulation).
Because twice in Revelation John says, “ascends out of the bottomless pit,” many take that to mean that the mortal head wound the Anti-Christ receives actually kills him, and he descends to the pit. Satan is then expected to be indwelt in him, and he will be resurrected. This is what LaHaye calls, “an evil counterfeit of the Lord’s own death and resurrection.” At any rate, it is the result of that mortal head wound and the healing that is spoken of in Revelation that will cause the world to follow him, and worship him.
The Anti-Christ will be supported by a False Prophet, who will aid in making Anti-Christ look like a god, claiming his divinity and performing “signs and wonders” in order to persuade the unbelieving world.
“By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you.” (Ezekiel 28:16-18)
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)