I recently was scanning the spines of some of my books dealing with eschatology, the study of the end times or the last days. I happened on a 1997 book titled THE END, by Ed Dobson.
I didn’t remember I had this book about predictive prophecy and pulled it out to scan and review for a few minutes. I discovered the front cover had a subtitle which “said it all”:
“Why Jesus Could Return by A.D. 2000.”
Now, two decades after the original publication date and nearly the same number of years past the turn-of-century target date, this projected timing of Christ’s coming and the end of the world can be mocked (along with the other Y2K prognostications). However, these future realities cannot be ignored.
With the current bellicose threats from the demented dictator of North Korea and his provocative testing of long-range missiles, which could potentially be fixed with nuclear warheads and reach most countries of the Pacific Rim—including highly populated parts of the United States, the world may be closer to “the end” than ever before.
The predictions of the book’s author may have been misdated (“…by A.D. 2000”) but his major propositions still attract our attention. Here they are:
- The Bible predicts that Jesus Christ will come back to the earth and judge the lives of the living and the dead.
- The Bible predicts the specific events and trends that will precede and accompany that coming of Christ.
- The current situation in the world has remarkable parallels to the events and trends predicted in the Bible.
We humans seem to have an insatiable curiosity for knowing or sharing future and unusual events. Consequently, many are the gullible guests of charlatans preying on unsuspecting souls by dishing out supposed truth or outright error in palatable portions. Additionally, we must recognize that some sincere but confused people are deliberately or demonically deceived.
Biblical prophecy is not like that. It is distinguished from the grocery store’s tabloid-type predictions of the weird, bizarre, and ridiculous. Instead, its predictions are Continue reading