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.