Summary: Over the last few years we have learned about loud trumpets, glowing lights over the Temple Mount, glowing figures), pale riders in Egypt, “the nephilim” which some consider weird, bizarre. That said, we really can’t afford to ignore biblical prophecy.
The Dark Side of Bible Prophecy: Why We Must Discuss the Strange & Supernatural
(From an article by Gary Stearman found in April 2013 Prophecy in the News)
A Over the last few years we have learned about loud trumpets, glowing lights over the Temple Mount, glowing figures (12th Imam), pale riders in Egypt, “the nephilim” which some consider weird, bizarre.
1 Some say we should focus on the Gospel, or growing saints into mature Christians.
a Mainline churches for generations have shied away from the prophetical.
aa They say because prophesy is too confusing, controversial that it should be avoided.
bb They say lets just grow saints, equip them for works of service . . . that’s the real work of the church.
b That said, we really can’t afford to ignore biblical prophecy because it’s being fulfilled all around us today.
aa The stage is being set in the Middle East.
bb Israel is positioned to fulfill many of the prophecies laid out in the Old Testament.
cc What is occurring in Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Jordan and other revolutionary powers demand our attention.
c We are closer today to a one world government than ever before!
aa Stockpiling of superweapons, two world wars, holocaust, have brought us to the edge of the latter days.
bb We seeing the shadow of the fourth beast of Daniel’s prophecy emerging that will arise out of a series of wars & economic cataclysms.
2 For 50 years, many biblical prophecy scholars have been sounding alarms that can no longer be ignored.
a Even popular culture is aware of biblical prophecy; often lampooned, made fun of.
b Even the world knows we are looking for the Second Coming of Messiah. (They mock us, but they know the prophecy!)
B The Bible tells us that in the latter days there will be an explosion of dark and alien power.
1 Our culture has became infatuated with malevolent beings, demonic powers of hell: and an insatiable fascination with beings in the sky.
a Whether they’re outer-space aliens, angels, demons from the dungeons of the deep, they create a reality that haunts the mind of men.
bb There is a peeked fascination with the “undead.” (Werewolves, vampires, zombies and the like.)
cc The veil between the supernatural and the natural is growing thin.
b These “imaginary” creatures resemble biblical descriptions of the fallen angels/demons.
2 The response of biblical prophecy scholars is they are now writing & speaking on subjects that seemed out-of-bounds of Christian tradition.
a Most of the things being written have been on how geo-political shifts are signs of the times (Israel, Syria, Damascus, Iran, etc.)
b If the supernatural is manifesting itself on a global scale, should we ignore it? NO!
I Something New is Happening
A For decades prophecy teaching has been confined to certain classical approaches.
1 The Millennium, Daniel’s Seventy Weeks, Christ’s first & second coming, destiney of the Church, seven year tribulation, rise of the Antichrist, etc.
a Today, we are faced with more than just understanding the classical approaches.
aa After two world wars, development of computers, lasers, particle beam weapons, high tech surveillance systems, drones, microchips, government monitoring, genetic manipulation . . . we cannot afford to be like the ostrich.
bb DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research projects Agency, has declared its intent to develop geneitically enhanced super soldiers, and super-intellects with imbedded microchips.
cc Once these barn doors are opened, there is no recalling the horse into the barn. (We aren’t going back to analog now)
b What was once sci-fi terror is now front page reality.
2 Every world government has an agency that deals with the paranormal.
a Our own government has had orginizations in place well before Eisenhower Administration.
aa They are highly-funded programs that explore, investigate, and record “alien” activity.
bb I believe these “aliens” are not little green men, but are demonic entities.
3 It is well documented that the British military have a preoccupations with mysterious crop circles.
a Debunkers will say it’s a hoax perpetrated by people with too much time on their hands.
b But thousands witnessed military helicopters and jets flying low over the newly-emerging crop designs that appear in fields near Silbury Hill & Stonehenge.
aa Both are sites of ancient pagan religions . . . the “high places” of wicked sacrifices.
bb Whose making them? None other than ancient demonic powers.
B From vampires to crop circles, to the undead to ghostly apparitions seen by thousands there is no denying that interest in the demonic is here.
1 To explain these new experiences we must go to Scripture.
a Scripture tells us in Genesis 6.1-5, that “aliens” (demons) had illicit relations with humans.
1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful ; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.3 Then the Lord said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Gen 6:1-5 (NASB)