Excuse me while I rant. I think Bible prophecy gets
a bad rap. I think that those of us who
long for Jesus' return are marginalized in the church
today. I even think there is a war on Bible prophecy
starting in our seminaries. The carnage is played out in
our churches that across-the-board stay away from the
subject. The fact that the King is coming is seen as bad
news to many because the event is shrouded in the
world's bad news.
But my perplexity goes
beyond this. As a ministry, we have asked ourselves just how
we can get the under age 45 crowd out to our events. Todd
Strandberg of Rapture Ready writes about this as
well. He says, "Every time I go to a prophecy conference, I
can't help but notice the sea of gray hair in the main
meeting room. A few years back, at a conference in South
Carolina, there wasn't a single person under age 50 -- and
we had over 500 people in attendance."
Strandberg concludes, "I'm
very concerned about the state of leadership in the field of
prophecy. I'm 47, and I am a spring chicken when compared to
the ages of my peers."
So I threw the dilemma out
to my radio listeners this past weekend. I
asked that if they were of the "younger generation," and
loved the topic of eschatology (end-times), would you please
send me a note? I cannot say that I am inundated! I've had
less than a dozen replies thus far. Here are a few examples.
Nick is 27 and writes, "I'm
very concerned with the young generation. We are moving into
the 'end times' at such a rapid rate and this young
generation is in a coma." Those are his words, not mine! I
am certain that not every young person is in that
is 34 and writes, "You
asked on your program today for young people to let you know
if end-time prophecy is an issue. End-time prophecy is
not AN issue, it is THE issue. You can look at
it as I do as the blessed hope or you can look at it as
Ashley writes, "I am completely enthralled about learning
about end times and how events in our world are carrying us
closer to the return of our King. It thrills me!! Most of my
(young) friends know nothing about it and have little desire
to learn. They say it scares them. Personally though, I am
filled with hope that we could be caught up with Jesus and
not have to taste death. I can't wait to meet Jesus face to
Russ, who is 32, writes, "It
is surprising to me that there are so many people I have
tried to talk to about prophecy who have brushed me off by
saying that they consider it 'doomsday talk.' It is
difficult to get anyone to even talk about it. Even my own
family doesn't want to hear about it and this includes
Jenni writes, "I am 37 and want you to know that we ARE
out here! I also thought I'd let you know that my 14
year old daughter is also just as interested in both the
Rapture and end-time prophecy, and has become quite a
missionary for Christ! One of our other favorite sites
is Rapture Ready. Thanks for having Terry James
made my day by writing, "I see a real remnant among the
church here in our military community who are actively
searching Bible prophecy and discussing end-time things. We
belong to a Bible study and I have personally had many
conversations with some of the 30+ folks that attend, mostly
the other young moms, and am surprised at how many of us
really are feeling the urgency in the air. Many of us have
taken our kids out of public school and are homeschooling in
order to get our kids grounded in God's Word so that they
can take a stand in their faith, whatever comes. Your
broadcast has helped us to ask important questions about our
times and what our stance should be. THANK YOU! Take heart,
the next generation does, indeed, have a remnant that is
awake, listening and watching for Christ's return. God
These few replies out of a potential audience of millions,
tells me there is a problem. I am told that younger
people want to "live out their life." This world is not our
home and I thought we didn't WANT it to be our home. This is
the home of the Antichrist and everything evil. If I am off
base here, I am hoping folks will tell me so!
Another e-mail emphasizes how terrified young mothers are
concerning our times. They simply interpret all
current/prophetic events as doom and gloom. Their world and
their families must not be touched. See no evil, hear no
evil, speak no evil. A sanitized world!
Then there are the mockers. Grant writes to me saying,
early 30's pastor friend of mine I brought to your
conference 2 years ago openly scoffed at what was said and
argued against a lot of it when I tried to show him the
realities of what is happening in this world today. I don't
have a lot of people to discuss these topics with."
Eschatology spells out the
devil's demise and thus he is putting up a war against it.
So the world asks -- and scoffs, "Where is the promise of
His coming?" just as the Bible predicted in
II Peter 3:4. Don't bother me with this info. Don't
depress me with it. Don't enlighten me with it. Don't bore
me with it!
God has asked
us to be His ambassadors in this depraved world. He asks us
to stand for truth; to be light in the dark; to be salt in a
world that is decaying. He asks us to distribute hope.
When you review all the road signs of the Olivet
Jesus was giving us some warnings, not to scare us,
but to prepare us.
A loving God
keeps us informed on the days prior to the era of
Antichrist. The warning is not to give in or to give
up, but to endure.
Whether anybody gets
excited about it or not, Jesus is coming again and
soon. Whether those who are excited about that are
young, middle age, or old, is irrelevant. His coming
will be right on time. Then the final days will play
out exactly as the Bible outlines. It's a sure thing
that those days will be frightful.
prepare ourselves for perilous times. We're in them.
The signs of the times are screaming at us! As a
headline reads that I posted to our
Web site headlines
"The Rapidity With Which the World Is Descending
Into Chaos Is Amazing."
That is why
God's end-time promises are so important and why it
is tragic that they are now marginalized.
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