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Where the dead are now

Where the dead are now

The 39 books of the Old Testament refer to the world of the dead 65 times as Sheol. The word may be translated as “the grave,” “hell,” or “death.” Sheol must not be confused with “the pit” or “the lake of fire,” for Sheol is the place of all those who have departed...

In God we trust?

In God we trust?

What citizens must sometimes do for civic or political reasons, Christians must sometimes do for spiritual or moral reasons. For both, defiance may be a necessary option. Though we in America have never suffered under regimes like Nero’s or Nazi Germany’s, and...

Revealing Revelation: The Long Letter

Revealing Revelation: The Long Letter

In our age of technology, we no longer make a habit of sending letters to one another. Instead, we use email, texts, and social media. For me, my use of social media allows me to reach hundreds of thousands of people in real time with updates about events that are...

Answers to Questions About the Millennial Kingdom

Answers to Questions About the Millennial Kingdom

Q: Doesn’t 2 Peter 3:10 teach that there won’t be a Tribulation or Millennial Kingdom? Context is key! Peter is not laying out the various details of the Day of the Lord but the ultimate result of it. In the OT the Day of the Lord is sometimes referring specifically...

The Special Ops Rapture Rescue

The Special Ops Rapture Rescue

In 1 Thessalonians 4, we find the premiere section of Scripture regarding the future rapture of the church. The Greek word translated “rapture” is harpazo. This is the word used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, which reads, “After that, we who are still alive and are left...

The Rapture and the Ten Virgins

The Rapture and the Ten Virgins

A friend of mine has a coffee mug that reads, “I can do all things through a verse taken out of context.” As Christians, sometimes in our eagerness to apply Scripture to our lives, we skip over the part where we discover what the verse or passage actually means. And...

If you are reading this letter…I am gone!

If you are reading this letter…I am gone!

Dear Sandra, It breaks my heart that you would have to read this letter because it means that you have been left behind and that I am gone. I have no doubt that the world must be in a state of confusion and panic, and yet hope still exists. I wonder if you remember...

How far along is the great reset?

How far along is the great reset?

How Far Along Is the Great Reset? Steve Miller The World Economic Forum is one of the most outspoken advocates of changing the way our world is governed. This group is made up of exceptionally elite business executives, politicians, academics, cultural experts, media...

The Last Hour

The Last Hour

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the apostle John said, “Little children, it is the last hour” (1 John 2:18). If John was in the last hour at the time he wrote those words, then surely we are now in the last milliseconds before the return of Jesus. No one knows how long...

Satan’s Seal

Satan’s Seal

On the heels of his ascent to global godlike status, Antichrist, with the aid of the false prophet, will implement the full measure of his religious and economic doctrine as the two merge into one. Here is how Scripture describes it. First, mandatory worship of...

Is the Rapture Really Taught in the Bible?

Is the Rapture Really Taught in the Bible?

I have noticed a disturbing trend the past several years. The core belief in the inerrancy of Scripture seems to be eroding in certain evangelical circles—and with it, key doctrines long held by the church. Among those under attack is the rapture. I do believe in the...

How Much Should We Care About Christ’s Second Coming?

How Much Should We Care About Christ’s Second Coming?

When Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion, the crowds shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (Matthew 21:9). For Jesus to be called “the Son...

Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Christ

Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled in the Life of Christ

The Old Testament is filled with prophecies about the human race, the nation of Israel, and future events in general. But the most important prophecies are those that point to the coming of Christ. These are not merely isolated “proof texts.” The whole of the Old...

Who Are the 144,000 in Revelation 7:14?

Who Are the 144,000 in Revelation 7:14?

In Revelation 7:14, the apostle John writes, “I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel” (NIV). Who are these 144,000? Some Christians have taken this as metaphorically referring to the church. However, the context indicates...

Interview with Prophecy Author Donna VanLiere

Interview with Prophecy Author Donna VanLiere

The Time of Jacob’s TroubleThe Day of Ezekiel’s HopeDaniel’s Final Week Harvest House Publishers: You’re known for the beloved New York Times bestsellers The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing. What inspired you to write novels on...

Grounding the Rapture?

Grounding the Rapture?

Jesus Christ is coming back.             For most Christians, there is no question or controversy concerning this. The real question is, How and when? Among respected theologians and Bible scholars, there’s a divergence of opinion about His return, especially as it...

Watching Bible Prophecy Unfold Today

Watching Bible Prophecy Unfold Today

A careful study of Scripture reveals that all the prophecies that are supposed to be fulfilled before the rapture have come to pass. That means the next major event on God’s prophetic calendar is the rapture, which will occur before the tribulation.[1] So from a...

Agreeing to Disagree in an Agreeable Way

Agreeing to Disagree in an Agreeable Way

“I’m okay; you’re a heretic.” That sounds like the title of a humor book. In reality, these words reflect how some Christians treat other Christians who hold to a different view of Bible prophecy. A popular Christian radio personality recently charged that...

God’s Prophetic Pattern

God’s Prophetic Pattern

One of the greatest “in-house” debates among believers is the timing of the rapture. Simply put, there are three primary positions: pre-trib, mid-trib, and post-trib. The first meaning that the rapture will occur before (pre) the seven-year tribulation period. The...

What Will Happen This Upcoming Year?

What Will Happen This Upcoming Year?

Every time a new year approaches, the supermarket tabloids are filled with headlines that proclaim what “experts” predict will happen over the next 12 months. Almost always, these guesses are wrong. The few times that they are correct or appear to be such, it’s...

Christmas: A Celebration of Bible Prophecy

Christmas: A Celebration of Bible Prophecy

When we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating God’s perfect track record of fulfilling every single Bible prophecy pointing to Jesus’ first advent. In the Old Testament, there are more than 100 prophecies related to Christ’s first coming. They reveal specific clues...

The three views of the Millenium

The three views of the Millenium

Soon after becoming a Christian, I stumbled across a couple of radio preachers who seemed like they knew their stuff, so I trusted what they said about the end times, not knowing there were other points of view to consider. My preconceived notion about the Lord’s...

A door of biblical discernment

A door of biblical discernment

As we continue to witness stage-setting prophecies developing before our eyes, we must also develop the ability to “understand the times, with knowledge of what [we] should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). It was this very ability to understand and navigate life that...

The phases of the second coming

The phases of the second coming

Much confusion exists among Bible readers regarding the second coming of Christ. Of central importance is whether Jesus will return once or twice. There are clearly two phases to the second coming, no matter what one’s view is of the timing between them. Jesus is...

Christians Will Be Saved from the Wrath

Christians Will Be Saved from the Wrath

Not only will “the year of the lord’s favor” (Isaiah 61:2 NIV), or the church age, come to a distinct end, to be followed by the “day of God’s wrath” (the unfulfilled period of seven years), but God has given His church ample evidence in Scripture that it will not go...

How Should We Pray in These Last Days?

How Should We Pray in These Last Days?

Martin Luther, one of the most influential figures in the Protestant Reformation, had the right perspective about prayer when he wrote, “Prayer is the mightiest of all weapons that created natures can wield.”...

Persecution

Persecution

Persecution, in varying degrees and forms, is coming. If it doesn’t, then Jesus and Paul were wrong. The question is not whether it’s coming, but rather how we will respond to it when it does. Some will undoubtedly give in and compromise, and in the process, deny...

Spiritual Warfare and End-Time Prophecy Collide

Spiritual Warfare and End-Time Prophecy Collide

The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. —Romans 13:11-12...

Keeping God at the Center of Bible Prophecy

Keeping God at the Center of Bible Prophecy

When it comes to studying Bible prophecy, it is easy to get buried in the details about what will happen in the future—to the point that we fail to focus on who Bible prophecy is all about: God. Yes, it’s natural to want to understand what will happen and when. In...

A Preview of what is to come

A Preview of what is to come

The more I study the book of Revelation, the more I love it. It’s like the movie Back to the Future. When we read it, we go back in time to a moment when God Himself revealed to us the future He has established for this world. What we read is not what might happen or...

Anchored to the Rock

Anchored to the Rock

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the...

Why Are Some Churches Reluctant to Teach Bible Prophecy?

Why Are Some Churches Reluctant to Teach Bible Prophecy?

When we consider the large number of passages in the Bible that talk about the end times and the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, it’s remarkable that there are so many pastors and Bible teachers who prefer to avoid talking about Bible prophecy altogether....

What’s “Prophetic Peace”?

What’s “Prophetic Peace”?

For well over a year now, our world has been quarantined in a constant state of crisis and uncertainty. Billions are asking, “What’s next? What new thing will once again disrupt our lives, sending us into yet another season of confusion and chaos?” It’s as if the...

Eight Ways We Benefit from Bible Prophecy

Eight Ways We Benefit from Bible Prophecy

The Bible says all Scripture is useful for instruction and for equipping believers for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). That includes Bible prophecy, which is often overlooked as an essential part of every believer’s spiritual knowledge and growth. Nearly 28...