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 >>
Christian apologist Don Stewart and evangelist Greg Laurie both agreed during a recent discussion about the End Times that it is a mistake to deny that terrorist groups, such as the Islamic State in the Middle East and other parts of the world, are rooted in the Islamic religion, something they and others believe as fact.
"There's so many groups. What we are dealing with in a broad spectrum is Islamic terrorism," Laurie said during his interview with Stewart Thursday evening at the Harvest Orange County church in Irvine, California. "So, I think it's a mistake when someone stands up and says, 'You know these people are not Muslims.' Well, aren't they?"
Stewart responded, "Yes, they are." Adding that the first thing that politicians such as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry (and George W. Bush, Laurie added), say is that "it's this peaceful religion that's been hijacked and that it's not Islam." more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, has questioned whether news coming out of the Middle East is a sign of the end times.
First published on billygraham.org last week, Franklin Graham noted the various incidents of persecution facing Christians throughout the world.
"The killing of Christians by Muslims from Indonesia to Bangladesh to Pakistan. China tearing down church buildings," wrote Graham. more >>
Actress Alexa PenaVega discussed the end times as they are found in the new rapture-inspired film "The Remaining" this week.
In theaters Sept. 5, "The Remaining" is based on Revelation 8-9 and follows a group of friends who are celebrating a wedding when apocalyptic events leave them fighting for their lives. At first, different beliefs divide the group, but the catastrophic events eventually lead them to a church where they must choose between redemption and survival. While the film did not change PenaVega's views on the story found in Revelation, the actress admitted its many complexities, for both believers and non-believers alike.
"I don't want people to be confused, because for a long time people were calling the things coming and attacking us [in the book of Revelation] demons," PenaVega told The Christian Post. "I don't know how to correct people, I don't know what the creatures are called but they certainly aren't demons. In the Bible, they are described as things that essentially God sends down to torture the people who are left - it sounds horrible! But that's the balance I try to find. How do you explain this to people who don't quite understand, and do it in a way that doesn't turn them away, but brings them closer?" more >>
HBO's "The Leftovers" is four episodes in and one thing seems clear about the world these writers are trying to create: Christianity will not mean much to people anymore if the rapture takes place.
When the show kicked off, we analyzed the relevance of this show to Christianity and now with four full episodes, believing viewers can get a better feel of what's going on in the series and if it's worth checking out as the season progresses.
The third episode titled "Two Boats and Helicopter" features a character named Reverend Matt Jamison who now pastors a church that has dwindled down to a handful of folks. Matt struggles to keep his church by gambling to win the money he owes the bank for the lease, but eventually loses the building to the cult group The Guilty Remnant. more >>
Evidence of what one bishop described as the "end of the world" plague has been unearthed by Italian archaeologists in Egypt.
Archaeologists with the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor [MAIL] recently discovered a large monument used as a burial site in modern-day Luxor. The monument contained some human remains covered in lime, as well as bones charred by a giant bonfire. The archaeologists believe this evidence, along with the nearby discovery of three kilns used to make lime, are proof that the momentous plague of the 3rd Century A.D. that wiped out vast portions of the Roman Empire, including Egypt.
Francesco Tiradritti, director of the MAIL, told LiveScience that in ancient times, the lime was considered to be a disinfectant, and was likely used on the bodies in an attempt to halt the spread of infection. The bodies of plague victims were also burned, again to stop further contamination. more >>