While American involvement in church may be on the decline these days, what remains of great interest to many is the End Times and what the Bible has to say about it.
Items like "Blood Moons," the Rapture, and predictions over specific dates for the end have captivated countless people in the United States and the world at large. Yet what do people mean when they talk about the Rapture or Millennialism? What do theologians have to say about the Tribulation, the Second Coming, and the final Judgment?
Billy Hallowell, faith editor with The Blaze, recently released a book detailing the diverse theological opinions on the End Times, titled The Armageddon Code: One Journalist's Quest for End-Times Answers. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie pulled no punches in his warning to congregants of California-based Harvest Christian Fellowship Church Thursday night, explaining that Christians are living in the last days and tougher times lay ahead, in a message based on the Bible's book of Revelation 6-19 titled "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
"We are living in the last days and, yes, the worst is yet to come," said Laurie, listing major signs of the end times: "Antichrist. Armageddon. The great tribulation period. The four horsemen of the apocalypse."
The historic Doomsday Clock is ticking ever closer to global catastrophe, Laurie explained, saying according to scientists, it registers "3 minutes 'til Doomsday," when it says the world will experience a nuclear Armageddon. more >>
A survey of American pastors belonging to various Protestant denominations has found a diverse array of opinions on how the End Times will unfold.
In recently released data by LifeWay Research sponsored by Charisma House Book Group, details about how Jesus will return are uniform among Protestant pastors. The major areas of disagreement center on the nature of the rapture, including when and how literal it will be, the nature of the Antichrist, and the nature and timing of Christ's thousand-year reign.
Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, says the United States is entering a "phase of judgment" for its increasing rejection of Christianity.
"Romans 1 describes the type of judgment where we sin, and we refuse to repent of our sin, then He backs away from us," Lotz said last week during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, discussing the spiritual health of the nation.
"He removes Himself from us and He turns us over to ourselves. That's what I think I see in America. I believe we're entering into that phase of judgment, where God is backing away." more >>
With Live+3 ratings showing 3.5 million total viewers tuned into the miniseries' premiere, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman" marked the fourth most-watched telecast of all time for the NGC US network and its highest total viewership in 2016 to date.
The premiere aired Sunday, April 3, "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman: Beyond Death." In episode one, Freeman explored the afterlife: how beliefs in the afterlife developed, how our reaction to the afterlife changed the way we live, and the rapid advances science is making for a "digital resurrection." The episode garnered a 3.0 HH rating and 1.1 P25-54 (Live +3). more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that much like the decline of the Babylonian empire close to 2,500 years ago, America may also be staring down at its end, unless it turns back to God.
"What's the writing on the wall for America? As a nation we are found lacking because of sin and disobedience to God's Holy Word. We have not honored Him. If we don't turn back to God, I fear that our end will be near," Graham wrote on Facebook Sunday.
He noted that 2,500 year ago, present day Iraq was known as the Babylonian empire, and boasted one of the largest armies in the world at the time. more >>