In yesterday’s blog post, The Great Convergence Fizzle, it is about the failure of three sensational prophecies that were supposed to converge in September. They were prophecies of men and not of God. They were “prophecies” that cannot be found in the Bible.
Yet, many Bible prophecy students and teachers gave a lot of attention to these so-called prophecies — to the point that many people became almost hysterical in response to them. We were inundated with inquiries about them, and we tried to assure people that there was nothing to them.
I guess it is only human for people to focus on the sensational. But it is also tragic because it results in Bible prophecy being held in contempt by most people. The whole field of eschatology (the study of end times) tends to be a playground for fanatics.
I had a fellow call me one time and ask, “What is wrong with your ministry?” I asked him what he was talking about, and he replied, “You are always harping on the same thing — about the soon return of Jesus. When are you going to come up with something new?” By something “new” he meant something weird and sensational.
I make no apologies for focusing on the Lord’s soon return. That is what God has called me to do. Furthermore, the promises of God’s Word are so spectacular that I don’t need to come up with sensational and imaginative things.
That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote this fantastic statement: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Wow! That is a mouthful. I know some people who are suffering mightily, including my wife, and this verse says that no matter what they may suffer, it is nothing compared to the glorious promises of God that await them at death or at the Rapture.
Just think about those promises for a moment: the Rapture, glorified bodies, life eternal in a New Jerusalem on a New Earth in the presence of God the Father and His Son. No more illness. No more pain. No more disappointments. No more weeping. No more death.
It is no wonder that the Apostle Paul made the following declaration in 1 Corinthians 2:9 —
No eye has seen,
No ear has heard,
Nor has the mind of Man conceived
What God has prepared
For those who love Him.
We need to focus on the specific prophecies and promises in God’s Word and not the fanciful speculations of men. As I said before, Bible prophecy can be a playground for fanatics, but it can also be green pastures for disciples. That’s because it builds faith and hope.
One final point. There really is a prophetic convergence going on in the world. This was one of the major points in my book about the signs of the times which I titled, Living on Borrowed Time: The Imminent Return of Jesus. I pointed out that the many signs the Bible tells us to look for that will signal the Lord’s soon return are converging today as never before, clearly indicating that we are living in the season when Jesus will break from the heavens.