5 Things Christians Should Know About ISIS – Part 2

The full text of my first post addressing this horrible, pre-apocalyptic crisis can be found HERE.

In summary, here is a biblical explanation of why there are people like this and why it is happening now.

1. There have a “seared conscience”.

2. They have no restraining Spirit influence.

3. They have been abandoned by God.

4.  They Are Storing Up Wrath for Themselves – Paul also writes that those who blatantly reject God’s grace are “storing up wrath for the day of wrath” (Romans 2:5) because of their “stubbornness and unrepentant heart”. If there are degrees of rewards in Heaven, it stands to reason there are degrees of punishment in Hell (Matthew 10:15, 11:21-24; Luke 12:42-48). How ironic that those who commit such heinous crimes against humanity are actually increasing their own punishment in the afterlife. And the horror of horrors for these radical Muslims is that the Judge sending them to this Hell will be the Jewish Messiah!

5. They Are Helping Pave the Road to Revelation – In recent history, Bible scholars have struggled with Revelation, largely due to the fact that so many scenes and events in that prophetic book are bizarre and difficult to imagine. But with modern technology, the reemergence of Israel as a nation and a growing one world government (just to name a few contributing factors), a portrait of the end times is much more in focus now than it even has been. But one verse particularly stands out. Revelation 20:4 speaks of “those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God”. I believe the activity referred to here takes place during the Tribulation period. These Christian martyrs will literally have their heads taken off (the Greek word for “beheaded” only appears in this verse and means to “hew or cut with an axe”). I find it interesting that the chosen method of killing believers in the Tribulation parallels that of first century Rome. But what is even more amazing is that this method of execution is making a comeback right now through radical Islam. This brutal method of chopping and sawing off the heads of Christians has laid dormant for 2,000 years, but is enjoying a growing resurgence in the last days.

ISIS, though clearly an indication of an unholy marriage of demonic activity and the total depravity of man, is evidence of Satan overplaying his hand once again. Having chosen to use more deceptive means to accomplish his purposes in the past, he is now unmasking himself and coming out of the shadows through this barbaric behavior. This terrorist group isn’t technically a biblical sign of the end times, but it is an indication that the kind of evil prophesied to thrive in the last days is already upon us.

 One more thing: Believers can expect this type of activity to get worse as we continue ramping up to Revelation. 

So how does a Christian respond to all this? Should we panic? Cower in fear? Run and hide? What does the Bible say? How can you live a courageous and victorious spiritual life in times like these? And is there any hope? 

Interested in knowing more about the age we live in, and how it relates to the end times? In my book, As It Was in the Days of Noah, I uncover several additional striking similarities between Noah’s generation, the end times and our day. Plus, discover what God would have His church do in the meantime. 

AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH is available at Barnes&Noble as well as Amazon, or anywhere books are sold.

Hey Jesus, Why Noah?

Sitting on a hillside outside Jerusalem a day or so before He was arrested and crucified, Jesus Christ answers His disciples’ questions about the last days and His return to planet earth.

But of all the analogies the Lord could choose from to describe the last days, why does He land on Noah and the Flood? What’s the parallel here?

One reason is because Noah lived in the “end times” of his own world and generation. Second, Noah’s life and work were a prelude, leading to global judgment. Third, there were numerous, observable prophecies made in Noah’s time and in the generations leading up to the Flood. And finally, the condition of mankind in Noah’s day best illustrates what life will be like as we approach Christ’s return.

Specifically, Jesus says, like in Noah’s day, people in the end times will be going about their lives, doing “business as usual,” just doing the things they ordinarily do. They’ll be living for themselves, without giving God a passing thought. Those in Noah’s day had chosen to ignore and reject God’s message. Likewise, His future judgment will come when unbelievers least expect it. The Flood, judgment, eternity…none of this was on their radar.

Jesus also described additional direct parallels between Noah’s day and the last days. For more on how much our current world resembles those generations, dive into AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH at your local Barnes&Noble, or whoever books are sold.

What Can Prophecy Do for Me?

Someone has said, “Knowledge is power”, and when it comes to studying prophecy, most assuredly so. Knowing about prophecy as revealed in Scripture enables your mind to engage “history in advance”. This influences your thinking, which affects your decisions and emotions. As you become more familiar with what God says is going to take place on planet Earth, you’re equipped and able to move forward just like Noah, realizing your purpose and fulfilling your destiny! So what does knowing about prophecy do for you? Here are 15 benefits to get you started!

  1. Helps you understand the times in which you live (I Chron. 12:32;
  2. Calms your fears about the future (Matt. 28:20; John 14:1-3, 27)
  3. Gives you confidence, courage and comfort in the present (I Thess 4:13-18; John 16:33)
  4. Increases your faith in God who’s in control of earth’s story (Isaiah 40:12-26; Psalm 115:3; Daniel 4:35)
  5. Helps you see the relevance of your Bible to life, both for now and the future (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
  6. Builds expectancy and anticipation for what is to come (Rev. 22:10; Matt. 6:10)
  7. Gives you positive hope in a hopeless world, rescuing you from despair (Titus 2:13-15)
  8. Keeps you centered in an age of doctrinal error, heresy and apostacy (1 Tim 4:1; 2 Tim 3:1-17)
  9. Blesses you as you listen and obey Scripture’s prophetic words (Rev 1:3)
  10. Motivates you to be urgent about your mission here on earth, not wasting your time on worthless pursuits (Eph. 5:15-16)
  11. Fuels the fire of your desire to see others know Jesus (2 Cor. 5:10-13; 6:2)
  12. Gives you perspective on the temporary nature of suffering (John 16:1,4; Rom 8:18)
  13. Helps you prioritize spiritual things over physical things, living wisely (Psalm 90:10-12)
  14. Purifies your life as you prepare yourself as Christ’s Bride (I John 3:2-3)
  15. Helps you know what to expect as you live for God in an increasingly hostile world (John 15:18-23)

When asked by His disciples, “When will these things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”, Jesus spoke directly to them,  prophesying many of the events found in the book of Revelation (Matt 24:1-39). Then He took their minds back to another ancient prophecy regarding the days of Noah. For them (and us) understanding the past is key to making sense of the future and navigating the present.

I encourage you to reject the passivity that prevents many Christians from living with confidence, direction and hope by engaging in what God says about your future!

To get you started, I’d like to offer you a Free Sample Chapter Download of As It Was in the Days of Noah.

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