I want to say a special thank you to Frugal Filmmaker Scott Eggleston, for his upcoming show about how to make better youtube music instruction videos.
Here is a link to his blog, and you should really check out his videos on film making if you want to make better videos! http://filmflap.blogspot.com/
Here are a few pics from a couple builds I did based off of some of his designs, and I will be posting a video response to him this week too!
Here's my jib. I have it mounted on a speaker tripod. And the fork is from a 18 or so inch kids bicycle. I have used Scott's pulley system idea to turn the camera plate up and down. I'll post a test shot later, if I can find the disk it was on! :)
Here is the top view of the camera stabilizer that Scott designed. I took the wheels off of his small dolly and added them to this design. I also added three T fittings to the top (I've taken one off to hold my shotgun mic holder). On the front I've added a quick release that also fits the jib.
Her is the bicycle fork mount. It's basically two flange fittings bolted together with short couplings for the top and bottom. The bicycle fork fits inside. I have a very thin ball bearing ring inside to aid in movement.
I'm posting this for my Facebook Friends who were interested in Enoch and the End Times.
Does Enoch Support A Pre-Trib Rapture?
In short, no,
it doesn’t. We’ll get to that in a minute. First some background information
would be helpful, because some readers might be wondering why we are talking
about Enoch in the first place.
included this as an appendix to the book, because Enoch is not a book included
in our Bibles, and it is also not something that we can point to with the same
type of authority as we do the books of the Bible. The oldest surviving
complete copy of what we call Enoch 1 is in Ethiopian Coptic, and we do not
have complete original sources for this book in Hebrew, or if it really
stretches all the way back to Genesis, Proto-Hebrew. It is true that a book
called Enoch was quite popular in the first century, and many church fathers
quoted from it. Even the Bible quotes from Enoch as well. But does it quote
from the Enoch we have or was it another Enoch? We use the book we have as an
incredible source of background info for the Bible, but we don’t have enough
source material to lend it the credibility as we do Scripture.
that we do have is a very important book that scholars sometimes use to shed
some light on early apocalyptic literature. But it is one of several books that
bear the title Book of Enoch. The book that we often call Enoch 1 is the most
likely candidate of the books we have as being closest to the authentic Enoch.
Enoch 1 claims that it was written by Enoch himself, the one that Genesis 5
tells us was translated or raptured by God for walking with Him. Many scholars
claim that Enoch was not written by the real Enoch, but by someone in the 3rd
or 4th century BC using Enoch’s name to tell a moral story, or
However, we do know that Jude said, in 1:14, that Enoch was written by
the very same Enoch, so if Jude was wrong and this same Enoch was not the Enoch
of Genesis then Jude is fallible and should not be included in the Bible. So we
know that some version of Enoch read
by Jude was a reputable copy of something that predated our Ethiopic version.
I think it is
also important to point out, that if Enoch was taken away by God, it is not
impossible to surmise that perhaps he was returned at some point. It is not
entirely far fetched to believe that he could have been returned in the years
preceding the Messiah to prepare the way for his coming, as Jesus described
that John the Baptist, in some way, embodied the spirit of Elijah. What that
meant exactly is unclear, but perhaps whoever wrote Enoch, wrote it in the same
manner that John encapsulated Elijah’s spirit.
So what we
see is Enoch seems to have been an important book to the early church, some
claim that it was even seen as Scripture, though we do not have that book, and
we cannot be sure that our Enoch is exactly the same Enoch, and not subject to
corruption. We do have some partial copies of Enoch from the Dead
Sea scrolls that show that our copy is very close to the fragments
that exist there. However, as I stress, there is not enough info to hang
everything on Enoch, or even to use it to build foundational doctrines on.
being said, Enoch is useful for historical study, and for understanding the
though process of the Christian and Jewish apocalyptic writers. Some Pre-Trib
writers, such as J.R.
Church and Gary Steerman
of Prophecy in the News, television
program claim that Enoch does point to a Pre-Trib rapture. So the big question
as concerns this book is as we started this appendix: Does Enoch point to a
Pre-Trib rapture of the church? And the answer is clearly, no. I do not
disagree with Church and Steerman’s belief that Enoch is important, nor that it
might definitely reflect information that might indeed date back to Genesis,
but I do disagree entirely that it points to a Pre-Trib doctrine.
investigate this further, let’s take a look at the opening portion of Enoch 1.
The translation that I will be using comes from Joseph B. Lumpkin’s book “The
Lost Books of the Bible,” from Fifth Estate press, published in 2009. It is a
very readable version, but adheres very closely to both the Richard Laurence
and the R.H. Charles manuscripts, which were the first two editions in English,
but without the thees and thous found in their versions.
The Book of Enoch chapter 1
1 The words of the blessing of Enoch,
with which he blessed the elect and righteous who will be living in the day of
tribulation, when all the wicked and godless are to be removed.
2 And he began his story saying: Enoch
a righteous man, whose eyes were opened by God, saw the vision of the Holy One
in heaven, which the angels showed me, and I heard everything from them, and I
saw and understood, but it was not for this generation, but for a remote one
which is to come.
3 Concerning the elect I said, as I
began my story concerning them: The Holy Great One will come out from His
4 And the eternal God will tread on
the earth, (even) on Mount Sinai, and appear
in the strength of His might from heaven.
5 And all shall be afraid, And the
Watchers shall shake, And great fear and trembling shall seize them to the ends
of the earth.
6 And the high mountains shall be
shaken, and the high hills shall be laid low, and shall melt like wax in the
7 And the earth shall be wholly torn
apart, and all that is on the earth shall be destroyed, And there shall be a
judgment on all.
8 But with the righteous He will make
peace; and will protect the elect and mercy shall be on them. And they shall
all belong to God, and they shall prosper, and they shall be blessed. And the
Light of God shall shine on them.
9 And behold! He comes with ten
thousand of His holy ones (saints) to execute judgment on all, and to destroy
all the ungodly (wicked); and to convict all flesh of all the works of their
ungodliness, which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things
which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh
from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten
thousands of his saints, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all
that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly
committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken
First of all
let’s examine verse 1. We see here that Enoch says the wicked are to be removed
in the Tribulation. This matches up with those who use Jesus’ parable of the
Tare’s to point to a Post-Trib rapture, though I do not know if using a parable
is the best example to build doctrine. But this passage in Enoch appears to
agree with the idea that the evil ones will be gathered and removed from earth.
We also see
that the purpose of writing is for the Elect, who are going through the
Tribulation. They were not raptured, and they are in the midst of the
Tribulation, clearly not a Pre-Trib point of view. Also we see that Enoch is
blessing the Elect by writing this, in other words, it will be something that
encourages the Elect during those days, which obviously will be discouraging.
us some clues as to what else is happening during this “tribulation.”
In verses 2
through 4 we see that the time period these Elect live in will also be the time
when Jesus is physically on the earth. Since it didn’t take place during His
first visit, it must therefore take place, if Enoch is to be believed, during
His second visit.
Verses 5 and
6 show us that Jesus’ coming to the earth results in a great earthquake unlike
anything that has ever happened, and this lines up with Jesus’ description of
His return in Matthew 24, which as we have shown earlier in this book, lines up
with a Post-Trib rapture theory.
speaks of the earth being destroyed, which lines up with the description of
what the earth looks like after the bowls of wrath are poured out in
Revelation, and also it lines up with what Peter says about the earth being
destroyed at the end of the world. This also points to a Post-Trib rapture,
because obviously Jesus is returning at the end of all of this, or as it
appears here, His return causes all of this.
Verse 8 shows
us that the righteous are on the earth, and His return causes peace and mercy
to abound. Again, this couldn’t be the case with a Pre-Trib rapture, because
they would already be at peace and dwelling in Christ’s mercy.
in verse 9, He comes with his Holy Ones to execute judgment on all and to
destroy ungodly. This is the biggest passage that some people use to point to a
pre-trib doctrine in Enoch, however, it doesn’t say that the Holy Ones here are
glorified resurrected saints. In fact, it doesn’t tell us who the Holy Ones
are. But even if the Holy Ones are the saints, and I believe Lumpkin’s point of
adding the Jude passage is to show that the Greek word is often used for
“saints,” it doesn’t mean that they have received their glorified bodies at
that particular moment. It could mean that the Holy Ones are the spirits of
those who have already died, and are coming to get their resurrected bodies,
which is what everyone teaches, not just Pre-Trib teachers. This just isn’t a
strong enough passage to base a claim for a pre-trib slant to Enoch.
I think in
order to make sense of this we need to look at the Greek. The word used by Jude,
translated here and in Enoch as “saints,” is “αγιαις,” transliterated as
“agiais,” and the word used for angels in the other passages is “αγγελων,”transliterated as “aggelon.” What is
most confusing about this passage in Enoch, as well as the Jude passage, is
that everywhere else, the fact that Jesus returns with His holyangels is what is
typically stressed. In Matthew 16:27 we see this, as well as 25:31, Mark 8:38
and Luke 9:26. We also see this in 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8. I believe that though
the spirits of the departed will be with Him as well, it is His powerful angels
that seem to be the main focus of passages like these, because His angels play a
vital role in the second coming, and have many duties from the minute Jesus
returns until the millennial reign begins. They separate the wheat from the
chaff, they bring the wicked to destruction and bring us to Jesus, they bind
the Antichrist and False Prophet, and they pour out God’s wrath on the evil
ones. Though the word “saints” is used, it stems from the same root word which
gives us the word “angels,” literally “holy ones.” So it is not an absolute
certainty that Jude and Enoch are referring to the souls of the departed in
The one thing
to keep in mind, whether in a Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, Post-Trib, Amillennial or
Post Millennial or even Preterist, we all believe that when Jesus actually does
return, He will bring with Him the spirits of those who have died who were
believers. So anytime you read a passage that points to this truth, it doesn’t
automatically prove any particular doctrine, it just confirms what we all agree
One more book that I am working on is the 2nd edition to Vol. 1. In this edition, I plan on including several links to online video tutorials that I am working on that will cover many of the lessons in the book!
Hope you will enjoy it, but until it is out, I thought I would upload the new cover which I think is really, really cool!
I just wanted to let you know about the books that I am currently working on. I am in the process of writing a book based on my sermon series "Giant Slaying." This book will focus on spiritual giants in our lives, and how to slay them, and also a discussion about the many giants that are mentioned in scripture.
I am also working on a book on my sermon series "Armor of God," or a.k.a. "Trials and Tribulations." In this book I will discuss the full armor of God, plus the other pieces that Paul alludes to in other passages other than Ephesians, such as the clothing of humility, the cloak of Christ and the offensive weapon of prayer! I think both of these books will include a great deal of pictures, so completing them will take slightly longer than normal!
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Revelation 12:11“And they have defeated him by the blood of
the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that
they were afraid to die.”
In America today there is a common agreement that prophecy
does not need to be studied because it is "divisive" and does not promote “Good
Christian Living.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve been even been
asked to not preach about prophecy. The fact is, the early Christians pointed
to fulfilled and future prophecy as a call to Christian living.
Lesser context and
Greater Context –
The Greater Context is the story of Jesus – What is fascinating about
the story of Jesus is that it is a 3 Part Play: Act I – the Messiah before the
Incarnation, Act II - Jesus during the Incarnation, and Act III - Christ our
If the Bible was a tapestry, prophecy is the main threads God used to
weave it with. Prophecy is the truth about what God is going to do that
validates who He is.
Prophecy is the proof that God provided to demonstrate His power to
those who watch for His involvement in the world.
1.When you study the Bible you cannot avoid
a.If you think you can avoid prophecy, you are
– 3:13 and following a prophecy of Jesus, Genesis 12:3-7 Abraham, Joseph’s bones
– is the story of Moses, a prophet, 12:46 no bone broken on Messiah, Joseph’s
– 26:44 people of Israel will never be completely destroyed
– Serpent 21:8-9, Star out of Jacob 24:17-19
– Cursed on a Tree 21:23, a veiled prophecy pointing to Jesus
1.In fact Moses is called the “Greatest Prophet
who ever lived” by Deuteronomy 34:10, so we must reject everything he wrote.
2.Now remember there are people who believe
we should not study prophecy, but we need to be reminded that Prophecy is very
– Joshua going into the land was a fulfillment of prophecy, can’t preach this!
– whole bunch of Prophets like Deborah,
Judges 6:8 “the Lord sent a prophet to remind Israel…”
viii.Ruth – Is prophetic because it is important to
understand the coming of David, and also the coming of the Messiah the “son of
David”, Kinsman redeemer is a prophetic picture of Christ.
Samuel – Samuel is a prophet
Samuel – Throne of David Established Forever 7:12-13, 16, 25-29
Kings – Elijah the prophet, can’t talk about him
Kings –Elisha the prophet, can’t talk
xiii.I Chronicles – 17:11-14 throne of David
Chronicles – 21:7 Throne of David messiah, son of Obed the prophet 15,
prophecies of the exile into Babylon
– Fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy in chapter 1, Zechariah son of Edo ch5,
Haggai ch 6
– Fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy
xvii.Esther – Setting the prophetic fulfillment of
Jeremiah’s prophecy and “for such a time as this” is a prophetic statement
1.We made it through the historical books,
but couldn’t avoid prophecy. Believe it or not, there are people who believe we
should not study prophecy, but again we need to be reminded that Prophecy is
very important. We’re about to find out that we can’t even get through the
Wisdom literature without running into prophecy. Here are a couple examples:
xviii.Job – Promised redeemer 19:25-27
– Soldiers cast lots and hands and feet pierced and mocked 22:7-18, over 30
other psalms that are prophetic about Jesus
– 29:18 where there is no revelation (prophetic vision) the people perish, in
fact the proverbs are a type of minor prophecy about what comes from living a
– There is nothing new under the sun is a prophetic statement, 12:13-14
prophecy of the coming judgment
1.Now we’ve made it to a section of the Bible
that is called the Prophets. But if we were to follow the advice of modern
Americans, we would have to skip all of these guys, so I guess we won’t talk
xxii.Isaiah – Malachi – All Prophets can’t preach on
them, let’s not read that he was going to be flogged and spit on, a meek
servant in Isaiah 40, 42 and 50 and 53, gotta skip that stuff, even though that
is how we witness to Jews. So we’ve just covered the entire OT and every single
bit of it is tinted with prophecy.
1.Thank God, for the most part there is very
little prophecy in the New Testament! Well, that isn’t true. For those who want
to avoid Prophecy, they will be hard pressed to dodge it in the New Testament
xxiii.Matthew – 1:18, 1:22 prophecy fulfilled, 3 (John
prophecies His coming) of course there are all of the prophetic parables, and
then there is Matthew 24, and we’re not even going to address the fact that the
parables of Matthew 25 are Entirely Prophetic in nature. First two parables he
prefaces with “the kingdom of Heaven is like” what is that? Oh yeah, Christ’s
kingdom, which is established in the millennial reign when He returns. Then the
final parable in many Bibles expressly says something like “The Final Judgment”
again a very prophetic event. Finally, Matthew even ends with “I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.” A prophetic statement if there ever was one.
xxiv.Mark – 1:2 – “It began just as the Prophet
Isaiah had written…” Hmmm. Prophecy. 8:31 Prophecy about His own death. Mark 13
– Jesus Foretells the Future, 14:27 prophecy of Jesus predicting Peter’s denial
before it happened. 16:18 a possible prophecy about Paul and Luke
– Luke chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all prophetic in nature. In fact, Luke defers
to prophecy again and again to validate Jesus’ ministry. So we have to throw
Luke out. Luke 6:24 prophecy, Luke chapters 9 and 10 both contain prophetic
passages, Luke 11 refers back to the prophet Jonah. Luke 12 second coming, Luke
17:20 and following is prophetic, Luke 19, 20, 21 and 22 prophetic, Luke 24
references the prophets
xxvi.John – John 1 again begins with Prophecy. John
3:16 OUR FAVORITE MEMORY VERSE is prophetic, because He hadn’t died yet! Can’t
preach John 3:16. John 4:21 prophecy, John 5:24-25 prophecy, John 5:39 (all of
the scriptures OT point to Jesus) well we already established that but here you
see Jesus say it outright, chapters 6, 7, 8 and 10 all hinge on prophecy. 11:25
another prophecy, in fact chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 are all
prophetic in nature. 18, 19 and 20 are all fulfillments of prophecy of the
prophets. Even in 21 we have a prophecy to Peter.
1.We’ve gone through all of the Gospels, and
you cannot separate prophecy from the gospels. I’m sorry for those who do not
want to study prophecy, but we’ll have to not study the Gospels either.
xxvii.Acts – Acts 1 starts with 2 prophecies, and
establishes that the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus talked about is not just a
spiritual kingdom in our hearts, but a physical kingdom that will one day be
established on earth. 1:16 “the scriptures had to be fulfilled”, Acts 2
fulfillment of prophecy, chapter 3 expounds on OT prophets, chapter 4
prophetic, chapter 5 power of prophecy, chapter 7 preaches through the
prophets, chapter 8 fulfillment of prophecy of Jesus, chapter 10 another
fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy, chapter 12 more fulfillment of prophecy, 13:23
prophecy deferred to, 13:40-41 prophecy “Look you mockers! Be amazed and die!”
they did not want people to scoff at prophecy. Acts 18:10 a direct prophecy to
Paul, 28 snakebite prophecy of Jesus, Acts even ends with a prophecy from the
1.I know you’ve heard people tell you
Prophecy isn’t important. But aren’t they even reading their Bibles? How can
you avoid it? I know, let’s just stick to the Epistles, they have so very
little prophecy we can safely hang out there to avoid prophecy. But wait…
xxviii.Romans – Chapter 1 sets up this info comes from
the prophets who spoke long ago and then he spend the rest of the book
expounding on what the prophets established. Romans 2:5 “because of your
stubbornness and your unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself
when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” This is the world Apokalypsios
which we get the world Apocalypse from. And is another name for the book of
Revelation. Because it is Christ who is revealed. This word is also used as another way of saying “a prophecy” in other
parts of the Epistles. But again, 2:5 is a prophetic statement. Later, we
have Abraham, we have the future glory, we have Israel’s selection all of these
are prophetic events that Paul is expounding on. Salvation in chapter 10 was
prophesied. Chapter 15 Paul uses the prophecies to establish the authority of
his teaching on these matters. Verse 26 the second to the last verse in Romans
appeals to the prophecies to prove his point.
xxix.I Corinthians – A big chunk of this book is
prophetic about the 2nd coming of Christ and the resurrection of the
dead. Chapter 1 opens with an appeal to the prophecy of the 2nd
coming and how we must be strong to endure persecution until that day comes!
Chapter 10 appeals to prophecy, Chapter 14 is about the continuation of
prophecy for the Church, Chapter 15 is all about prophecy, Paul even concludes
the letter with an appeal to the second coming
Corinthians – Opens with the suffering that was prophesied by Jesus and the
Prophets, chapters 2-5 are an exposition on the Prophecies of the Old Testament
and how they are fulfilled in Christ. 12 shows that Paul had prophetic visions
xxxi.Galatians – 1:3 “Just as the Father has
planned,” an appeal to prophecy. Chapter
3 appeals to both the law and the prophets, chapter 4 is an appeal to Isaiah to
strengthen his case 6:8 a prophecy of what comes from living a sinful life
xxxii.Ephesians – 1:4 even before the world, God chose
us…” a type of prophecy. 1:17 may God give you a spirit of wisdom and
revelation (that’s that apocalypse word again, in other words, a spirit of
prophecy). 3:5 plan revealed to the prophets. Chapter 5 quoting the prophets.
xxxiii.Philippians –1:6 Return of Jesus is when the good work is finished , Chapter 2 long
quote from the prophets, Chapter 3 prophecies that we will be changed when
Jesus Returns to place all under His control (pretty strong proof of a Post
xxxiv.Colossians – First two chapters hinge on the
fulfillment of the prophecies, ends with the fulfillment of prophecies as they
are in prison.
xxxv.I Thessalonians – chapters 4 and 5 are all prophecy
xxxvi.II Thessalonians – chapters 1 and 2 are all
prophecy and no the theory that people were quitting their jobs and waiting for
Jesus is not true. The Church Fathers taught that the Thessalonians were
surprised by the persecution they were beginning to endure and thought that
they had perhaps missed the rapture and were really worried because they
thought Jesus had “left them behind!” So Paul had to give them specific
instructions that proved they had not been “left behind,” and in fact wouldn’t
be because the Tribulation of the Saints had to come before the Return of the
xxxvii.I Timothy – 1:18 Timothy’s entire ministry was
predicated by Prophecy. Guess we have to throw his books out.
xxxviii.II Timothy – 1:9 pointing to God’s plan, a plan
revealed by the prophets and accomplished in Jesus Christ. Again a prophetic
statement. Chapter 3 is a warning about the Last Days. Chapter 4 is about the 2nd
xxxix.Titus – 1:2 a prophecy fulfilled 1:3 points to
the fulfillment of God’s plans. You cannot extricate prophecy from the message
of the Gospel, they are intertwined.
– not really prophecy, but it does speak of persecution in Verse 13 which was
prophesied by both the prophets and Jesus. So even an innocuous book like
Philemon is a fulfillment of prophecy.
– Drips with prophecy. Chapter 1 is quote after quote from the prophets and the
Psalms. Chapters 2 – 8 uses the prophecies of the OT to validate the teaching
about Jesus, chapter 9 expands on this. Chapter 10 appeals to the prophets too,
and chapter 11 is entirely about the lives of faith. Faith is demonstrated as
acting on a promise made by God before the promise is even fulfilled, that
takes prophecy in order for that to even happen.
xlii.James – 1:12 James appeals to the prophecy of
the coming reward to set up his entire teaching on Christian living. All
Biblical truth is predicated and founded on the proclamation of one of God’s
prophets. “Do I do anything without
telling one of my prophets first?” Amos 3:7, James is an example of this. James
gives his own prophecy in 3:18 of what will come from living a godly life. He
ends his book by using a prophet’s prayer life as an example of faith.
xliii.I Peter – This book is all about living a
Christian life because the Day of Judgment is coming! Peter starts with
prophecy, uses prophetic passages from the OT and then ends with prophecy all
to make the point that we need to be living a godly life.
xliv.II Peter – Peter continues his prophetic theme
by expounding on true prophets and false prophets and then warns again of the
John – Gives us one of the most powerful passages to understand the coming
Antichrist, and even coins the term Antichrist. He even goes on in chapter 4 to
discuss how to discern false prophets. This is a very prophetic book.
xlvi.II John – 2 John is a powerful warning about the
spirit of the antichrist and about continuing in the truth. This is a prophetic
warning because he gives the familiar prophetic “if…then…” arguments. Even
though it is a small book, it is still tainted with prophecy.
xlvii.III John – Again John is fulfilling the role of
a prophet here by correcting bad behavior that is going on in some of the
churches. He also speaks of the brothers who were traveling teachers who were
prophesied by Jesus and commissioned by Him. Not entirely prophetic, but still
colored by the prophetic message.
xlviii.Jude – Then we have Jude which quotes from the
apocalyptic book of Enoch 1 in the opening section, and the entire book is a
warning about the end to come. All prophecy.
xlix.Revelation - All Prophecy Can’t Read This –
Notice that the Book of Revelation is an expansion of the Matthew Chapter 24.
Notice also that Jesus came to John, the last living disciple in a long vision
unlike anything else we see in the New Testament, but which mimics how God visited
the prophets of the Old Testament. This book/vision was apparently so important
that Jesus, after His ascension into heaven, and nearly 60 years after
Pentecost. So when you tell me to move on to Matthew 25, perhaps you need to go
to Jesus and tell Him to move onto Matthew 25.
Matthew 24 is the
book end of the Bible – to move on past that is to reject the power that proves
the Gospel message is true.
It is even more important to study
prophecy today, because many of the events that we have been warned about as
being prophetic markers are starting to see fulfillment within our day, and it
shows us that the time is nearer than we want to admit. Here are a few:
Israel becoming a Nation
Damascus under attack
Euphrates drying up after thousands
of years flowing freely
Animals dying off
Rise of lawlessness all over the
The increase of knowledge
The increase of travel that Daniel
Scientist talking a lot about
Marking people via a chip or a tattoo of some type
One world currency being studied
and almost being attained by the internet
Muslim world calling for a
caliphate, which mimics the Biblical antichrist in many ways
Jews calling for a temple – which
Paul prophesied would be there
Sanhedrin and Holy Priesthood is in
waiting to be part of that temple
Global scope of sinfulness
Increase of disease and famine
False Christs – In my book Hard
Rain, I mentioned that over the last 2,000 years 70 people have claimed to be
Jesus – but of that list of 70 people over 35 of them have been during my
Apostasy of the Church – people in
the church will not endure sound doctrine
Finally, they will scoff at
Thess. 5:20 – do not scoff at prophecies
2 Peter 3:3 - Most importantly, I
want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth
and following their own desires.
Jude 1:18 - They told you that in
the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy
their ungodly desires.
It is very dangerous to reject prophecy, because when you
scoff at prophecy, you reject the work of the Holy Spirit of God – Revelation 19:10 the testimony of Jesus is
the Spirit of Prophecy.
Please be careful about scoffing at prophecy and about
avoiding the study of Prophecy. It is vital, and only getting more and more
vital as time ticks on.