PROPHECY HEADLINES: Fighting continues in Ukraine despite ceasefire | Iran’s Supreme Leader vows extinction of Israel | Flurry of possible Ebola cases investigated in U.S. | Sweden says it will recognize the ‘state of Palestine’ | Canada joins airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10: “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”
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One of the most significant warnings our Lord gave in His teachings about the last days is this: “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Later, Jesus states, “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” And still later, He says, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.”
Our Lord knew that in the last days, false teachings would run rampant. Daniel, Peter, and Paul also warned of deceivers. The church has always been plagued by false teachers, for the devil is, as Jesus said, the master deceiver. Who can deny that false teachers are arising in unprecedented numbers today? These are just some of the catalysts that have spurred a rapidly growing interest in the subject of prophecy through books, DVDs, downloads, and movies.
My own long-standing dream of writing a prophetic novel to accurately present the Bible truths of future events has gone off the charts. Written with Jerry Jenkins, Left Behind became the number-one selling Christian fiction book in 1996. The subsequent books in the series all went on to become bestsellers and, more importantly, compelled many people to receive Christ as their Savior. I pray that upon completing this book, you will continue to study Bible prophecy for yourself to see what really is coming to pass.
Historically, whenever Christians have studied prophecy, they have become excited about the Lord’s soon return, which has produced three powerful results: (1) A desire for holy living in an unholy age; (2) A new zeal for evangelism and soul-winning; (3) A renewed interest in world missions that produces more praying, giving, and going into all the world to preach the gospel. Our Lord said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
As you continue to study Bible prophecy, I pray you will see these results appear in your own life. And, your diligence in the study of prophecy will not only keep you from being deceived by the false prophets of our day, but it will warm your heart and cause you to “lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” You will find yourself waking up each morning saying in your heart, “Perhaps today my Lord will come!”
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