In Agents of the Apocalypse, Dr. David Jeremiah, noted author and Bible teacher, takes a new approach to unpacking what is possibly one of the Bible's most popular yet confusing books — and he recently shared his thoughts on why America seems absent from the Book of Revelation and other prophetic writings regarding the eschaton.
Revelation, the final book of the Christian Bible, has long served as a source of inspiration and speculation for pulpits, printing presses, and movie studios. The colorful apocalyptic work is credited in the text to Jesus Christ's "servant John," also described as a prophet. John, not to be mistaken with Jesus' apostle, some scholars argue, tells of experiencing several visions, some of them related to future happenings, such as Jesus Christ's Second Coming and God's final judgment of the world.
Apocalyptic work by its nature reveals hidden or secret things, but, perhaps unlike John's original audience in the first century, modern Christians have long wrestled over possible meanings of Revelation's pervasive and perplexing symbolic imagery. more >>
It would be a dream come true if every time we went to make a decision a hand from heaven came down to point us in the right direction. God does help lead the way but when it comes to decision making He guides us through His word.
When the times comes we will either choose the right path or suffer from the consequences. When you follow His words, you can never be sent in the wrong direction. Having faith to trust in God's wisdom is the key to making the right decisions.
Below are 7 Bible verses that can be used for making tough decisions: more >>
David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Ministries and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California, is returning to New York City for another celebration, following a 2013 event that drew thousands to the city.
"One of the things we found out last year — we were at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last year, and it was a very special night for us because we introduced a brand new study Bible that we had worked on for so many years. It was a night of celebration," Jeremiah told The Christian Post.
"But what we learned is that many of the friends of our ministry, many of the people who live in that greater New York area love coming to the city, and especially if there's a spiritual event there at the center of it. So we decided to do it again this year at a smaller venue," he added. more >>
In a new Tuesday video series promoting Matt Chandler's upcoming book Mingling of the Soul: God's Design for Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption, the Texas pastor and his wife Lauren told husbands and wives that God's big plan for them is to have children.
Examining God's command to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, Matt Chandler urged married couples, "You've been designed by God physically, emotionally to have children. … God's big plan is for a man and woman to marry … and have children unless they're called to singleness."
Couples questioning God's design in their lives should consider their motives, he said. "I think the question I'd like to ask back [is] I want to know why you wouldn't want to have children. I think more often than not what gets revealed is a selfishness of heart or some kind of fear that's either rooted in an experience or not rooted in reality at all." more >>
MTV reality star Diem Brown was laid to rest in a sacred funeral on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in New York City.
Father Peter Fink of the Church of St. Francis Xavier and Pastor Kane Keatinge from Hillsong Church presided over the service, which was attended by family, friends, and former co-stars, who all spoke about the 32-year-old's deep faith in God, which lasted until she passed away.
"Diem was the happiest person I know," E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles said. "Till her last breath, she never gave up. I can't even explain to you her divinity. She talked about her faith in God, her love of family. Diem is laughing at me right now," she added when she began a reading too soon. "We all know Diem forgives everyone, so she forgives me for that!" more >>
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and megachurch pastor Rick Warren, both speaking at a Vatican conference Tuesday, warned that Christians should not succumb to the current sexual revolution or waver on the Biblical truth about sexuality and marriage.
"Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition, and abortion rights as parts of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems," said Moore in a prepared statement given during the "Complementarity of Man and Woman" colloquium convened by Pope Francis.
"The Sexual Revolution is not liberation at all, but simply the imposition of a different sort of patriarchy," he continued. "The Sexual Revolution empowers men to pursue a Darwinian fantasy of the predatory alpha-male, rooted in the values of power, prestige, and personal pleasure … We see the wreckage of sexuality as self-expression all around us, and we will see more yet. And the stakes are not merely social or cultural but profoundly spiritual." more >>