The question of whether or not the current events taking place in Syria are connected to the End Times is a "legitimate question," says an author and expert on the Middle East and End Times prophecy.
Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author of books such as The Last Days and Epicenter, and founder of the pro-Israel The Joshua Fund, told The Christian Post that such speculations should be taken with caution, but are legitimate ponderings. "I think we have to be very careful not to overreach or to sensationalize a terrible situation that's happening to real people right now and to draw a conclusion too quickly," said Rosenberg. "That being said, the prophecies of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 are very important. They speak to the utter destruction and judgment of the city of Damascus at some point in the End Times future."
Rosenberg, whose bestselling novels often feature end times themes, also told CP that "these prophecies have never been fulfilled in history so far." more >>
While some have speculated about the possibility that the ongoing Syrian civil war may be connected to the End Times, many theologians are skeptical.
Dr. Floyd Elmore, professor of theology at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C., told The Christian Post that no one could have absolute certainty on a connection. "Since the Lord said 'no man knows the day or the hour when He comes,' I don't really think that anyone can say with absolute certainty that these specific events are going to lead to the End Times Catastrophes," said Elmore.
Elmore also talked about how events like Syria could be used as "stage props" when showcasing a possible end of days. "'Stage props' that would make a very good End Times scenario, but since we're supposed to be expecting the Lord to come at any time, I think there have been very good stage props in every generation," he noted. more >>
A Washington father preparing for the rapture strapped the family dog's neck with explosives and blew it up on Sunday because it had "the devil in it."
According to a report from KOIN 6 News, 45-year-old Christopher Dillingham allegedly attached an explosive device to his family's Labrador Retriever and detonated it at about 4 a.m. outside his family's home in Stevenson, Wash.
The explosion, which decapitated the dog, triggered a flood of 911 calls directing police to Dillingham's house where they found the yard littered with the remains of the dog its former owner, Ty Freemantle, later identified affectionately as Cabella. Dillingham was arrested at the scene. more >>
"Pacific Rim" may be just another mayhem film, but at least it has likeable characters and approaches the concept of one sacrificing for all, say Christian reviewers of Guillermo Del Toro's Sci-Fi action flick, which opened last Friday.
The movie's hero, Raleigh Becket, has an admirable, but challenged, back story and then risks all for the future of mankind, which at least gets him to first base, according to one Christian reviewer.
A film "has to have redemptive, sacrificial, Christological elements in it," said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Coalition and Editor-in-Chief of Movieguide, in an interview with The Christian Post. "Pacific Rim" achieves this in a very overt fashion, he explained. more >>
The recently released movie "This is the End," which has received some criticism from Christians for inaccurately portraying the apocalypse by biblical standards, reportedly had to be partially re-done to include a scene showing heaven due to popular demand by a test audience.
Seth Rogen, who co-wrote and directed the film with Evan Goldberg, said in a recent interview that an audience test-screening the apocalyptic comedy was disappointed the film didn't include an ending which showed all the characters in heaven following the Rapture.
Rogen and Goldberg were surprised to find their test audience wanted to see an ending involving heaven. more >>
The release this week of the movie "This Is the End" coupled with Hollywood's intensifying love affair with apocalyptic-type films gave some pastors in the Staten Island, N.Y.-area a chance to answer a local reporter's question, "Why the fascination?"
"The multiplication of apocalyptic movies is a very interesting phenomenon," said Pastor Dave Watson at Calvary Chapel in Mariners Harbor, as reported in a Staten Island Advance article written by Maura Grunlund. In addition to "This Is the End," the pastor noted that the comedy "Rapture-Palooza" was also released this month.
"As we look at the social, economic, ecological, political and moral problems that the human race faces, it is quite predictable that there would be a market for speculation with how it all ends or resets itself," Watson said. "This speaks, I believe, to a spiritual hunger, a desire by humankind to know, and, if possible, control his or her destiny." more >>