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End of the world: Preacher’s bizzare claim of Jesus Christ’s return and rise of Antichrist

The end of the world will be preceded by the rise of the Antichrist, the return of Jesus Christ and a heavenly war upon Earth. These are some of the beliefs held by niche Christian groups and conspiracy theorists who follow literal interpretations of biblical prophecies. A chief evangelist among them is pastor Paul Begley of West Lafayette in Indiana, US, who has prophesied the end of the world on numerous past occasions. Most recently, the preacher took to YouTube where he told his…

Sudan Drops Death Penalty for Apostasy, Alcohol Ban for Christians

In one of a wide-ranging series of legislative reforms, apostates from Islam no longer face the death penalty in Sudan. “We [will] drop all the laws violating the human rights in Sudan,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said Sunday during an interview on state television. “We are keen to demolish any kind of discrimination that was enacted by the old regime, and to move toward equality of citizenship and a democratic transformation.” In April 2019, following weeks of massive revolutionary demonstrations, Christians joined in cheering…

Jana Riess: Reading Bible prophecy in a time of pandemic

Years ago, when I worked at Publishers Weekly and regularly made the rounds of publishing trade shows, I found myself sort-of-not-quite having breakfast with Hal Lindsey, the author of “The Late Great Planet Earth.” The tables in the hotel buffet were close together, and he was eating at the table right next to mine. We didn’t speak, but I took the opportunity to spy on him. (Do not judge me. You would have done the same.) Mostly I noted that he seemed to be…

‘The End Times’ part 8: The rapture

Editor’s note: This column is part seven in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. Left behind” is the name of a book series that was read by millions. The series consisted of 16 novels. Four movies have been made based on the theme. Who was “left behind” in the books? According to the series, all who are not believers. Those unbelievers will have to go through a horrible battle of armageddon and the great tribulation. No wonder…

Of prophecies and the word of God

‘Thus saith the Lord…’ has become a reoccurring fabric in our lives, globally but at a more rampant rate in Nigeria. There are several worship centres (not just churches) in Nigeria, each having one or many leaders prophesying as often as daily in some of them what God had seemingly sent through them. In this write up, Christian worship centres will be focused. For a proper understanding, let us start by defining the terms ‘Prophecy’ and ‘The Word of God.’ A prophecy is a…

Why Black Christians are bracing for a ‘whitelash’

Newbell, who is Black, had spoken about imago Dei — the idea that all humans, of all races, are made in the image and likeness of God. The man disagreed. “He explained that I was subhuman, that I was a different species,” recalled Newbell. “And he was trying to use Scripture as proof.” Newbell, 41, chooses her words carefully. But the Knoxville native is candid about the racism she’s faced during her ministry, including the past seven years as a community outreach director for…

Evangelical Christians and Trump: Is the partnership a surprise?

In early June, President Trump had federal officers use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a peaceful protest so he could stage a photo op outside St. John’s Church, which sits across from the White House. The image, now infamous, shows Trump awkwardly holding up the Bible as though he’s never held a book in his life. It’s a surreal shot that somehow captures the performative dimension of his entire presidency. But why the Bible? And why go through all that trouble to…

Reading Bible prophecy in a time of pandemic

Years ago when I worked at Publishers Weekly and regularly made the rounds of publishing trade shows, I found myself sort-of-not-quite having breakfast with Hal Lindsey, the author of The Late Great Planet Earth. The tables in the hotel buffet were very close together, and he was eating at the table right next to mine. We didn’t speak, but I took the opportunity to spy on him. (Do not judge me. You would have done the same.) Mostly I noted that he seemed to…

How biblical prophecy predicted today’s technology

By Jimmy Evans, Op-Ed Contributor | Monday, July 06, 2020 Jimmy Evans is the Founder and CEO of MarriageToday, a ministry and nationally syndicated television program devoted to helping couples thrive in strong and fulfilling marriages and families. He is Senior Pastor of Gateway Church, one of the largest churches in the nation. | (Courtesy of Jimmy Evans) After U.S. Senator John McCain passed away in August of 2018, the long-serving Arizona politician was given the honor of lying in state in the U.S. Capitol building.…

God on trial and Fr Scanlan’s Prophecy

Francisco Colaço As the world watches helplessly the havoc caused by Covid-19, two articles impressed me, 1) “Perplexing questions from mysterious Covid-19”, by Dr Nandkumar Kamat (“NT” June 14) and 2) “God on Trial”, by Fr. Nelson Lobo  (“Renewal”, April 1). “A tiny virus, just a nano particle, is holding eight billion intelligent humans to ransom.” Coronaviruses are RNA viruses, their evolution is very complex and nobody knows from where the first coronavirus originated. There are seven infectious coronaviruses and among these Covid-19 is…

Sussman: Christians have become their own worst enemy in America

Mike Sussman, Guest Columnist Published 11:22 a.m. ET July 5, 2020 As a faithful, committed Christian, I am saddened by the decline of Christianity in America. Christians often point to R rated movies, trashy television, the removal of the Bible from schools, and abortion, as the major reasons for decline. Though it is possible that those items may have had a small part in the decline of Christianity, it is likely that the biggest culprit is the attitudes of Christians in America. I recently…

‘The End Times’ part 7: How will the resurrection happen?

Posted: Jul. 4, 2020 12:01 am Editor’s note: This column is part seven in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. How will the resurrection take place? Here we are talking about only those who are saved. Just before Jesus’ second coming, there will be two groups of saved people: those who have died — bodiless souls already in the presence of Christ in the angelic-heaven — and believers still living on Earth. When Christ comes the second…

Blood Moon: ‘Prophecies of the last days’ are before us claims preacher in bizarre warning

“If you know what you’re watching for. Oh no, people need to know what’s going on.” The Bible’s Book of Joel 2 reads: “I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. “The Sun will be turned to darkness and the Moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” The Moon similarly turns red in the Book of Revelation: “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth…

Christianity crackdown: Mob destroys cross in violent attack on church

The church in Dhanbad city, Jharkhand, was still under construction when the mob attacked on June 22 and destroyed the cross. The church has a congregation of 16 families mainly from Belagadia. Two teachers, Kaina Pansal and Sushant Predhan, teach in the premises but they were accused of having converting some local families. Police arrested and interrogated the two teachers on charges of forced conversion. Their arrests sparked outrage and anti-Christian militants destroyed and vandalised the church. In Jharkhand, religious proselytism – the attempt…

‘The End Times’ part 3: The millennium

Editor’s note: This column is part three in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. Some people do not distinguish between things that happen on a physical level and things that happen on a spiritual level. This includes the things people wrongly associate with the second coming of Christ. They expect to see these events happen on a physical level. Some people think Jesus has yet to establish his kingdom and will do so when he comes the…

‘The End Times’ part 6: Life after death

Editor’s note: This column is part six in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. What happens to Christians following their death? Many Christians want to know if they go to heaven immediately after death. One sense of heaven as the Christian tends to use the term refers to the “final heaven.” This is the place the saved person goes to live eternally. The Bible refers to it as “the new heaven and the new earth” (2 Peter…

End of the world: ‘Mayans made a mistake’ Bible expert predicts end on December 21, 2020

There is also no evidence to support the bizarre idea the Mayan civilisation knew anything about when the world was going to end. After the original Mayan calendar scare in 2012, NASA said: “News flash: the world didn’t end on Dec. 21, 2012. You’ve probably already figured that out for yourself. “Despite reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, a mysterious planet on a collision course with Earth, or a reverse in Earth’s rotation, we’re still here.” Astronomer Edwin Charles Krupp, the former director of…

Jesus Was Divisive: A Black Pastor’s Message To White Christians

Enlarge this image The Rev. Lenny Duncan, here in May 2019, at the Metropolitan New York Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Courtesy of Lenny Duncan hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Lenny Duncan More than 90% of U.S. churches were closed at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. But since mid-April, mostly white faith leaders have pushed to fill their pews again, suing governors over bans on large gatherings and joining “reopen” protests at state capitols. President Trump threatened to…

‘The End Times’ part 4: We are in our first resurrection now

Posted: Jun. 13, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 15, 2020 6:20 am Editor’s note: This column is part four in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. A great blessing happens during the 1,000 years mentioned in Revelation 20. It is the “first resurrection.” In Revelation 20:4-6, John says he sees two groups of people. First, he sees the souls of Christian martyrs — that is, those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus. Then,…

End of the world: ‘Lucifer’s time is short’ Preacher predicts the rise of the Antichrist

“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” According to pastor Begley, these prophecies predict a convergence of the world’s three Abrahamic faiths in Jerusalem – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He said: “That’s already happening. I’ve been in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost when it was also Ramadan, and there would be Christians there walking around. “You…

End of the world: Locusts, solar eclipse and Blood Moon are proof of the end times

However, pastor Begley believes the threat posed by these critters is biblical in nature. He linked their arrival to other supposed prophetic signs, such as an annular eclipse of the Sun on June 21, and a penumbral eclipse of the Moon July 4. The preacher said: “There’s three major signs in the heavens that are going to happen between now and the end of the year. “The first one is June 21. We’re going to have a solar eclipse that’s going to go over…

Could these be signs of the predicted end times?

I do my best to stay clear of radical theories, especially when it pertains to the end times; however, with the significant occurrences that have taken place almost overnight, I can’t help but feel these are potential signs of judgment, and I fear the worst is yet to come. COVID-19 spread the Earth in a matter of days, resulting in death, mass shortages of food/supplies, and shutdowns of basic services and goods. Almost every major city in the United States is being overrun, set…

Jesus Was Divisive: A Black Pastor’s Message To White Christians

Enlarge this image The Rev. Lenny Duncan, here in May 2019, at the Metropolitan New York Synod Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Courtesy of Lenny Duncan hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Lenny Duncan More than 90% of U.S. churches were closed at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. But since mid-April, mostly white faith leaders have pushed to fill their pews again, suing governors over bans on large gatherings and joining “reopen” protests at state capitols. President Trump threatened to…

African American Christianity demands we overturn the structures of injustice

The maxim that “evangelical Christians are conservatives and Trump supporters” is so pervasive in our discourse that you would think it was preprogrammed into writing devices. More careful analysts add the word “white” in front of “evangelical,” and that makes all the difference. For reasons having more to do with demography, politics and history than theology, white evangelical Christians are, in large majority, conservative. And white Catholics are more conservative than Latino or African American Catholics. Notice what is going on here: Race, not…

5 ways to be prepared for the End Times

By Mark Hitchcock, Op-ed Contributor | Monday, June 08, 2020 When I was growing up, I had a friend down the street whose mother loved puzzles. Really big, complicated puzzles with very small pieces. Watching the process, I learned that a puzzle master must consult the picture on the top of the box as the template for the final product. Pastor Mark Hitchcock is the author of over 30 books related to biblical end times prophecy and associate professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. |…

Evangelical Christians Grapple With Racism As Sin

Enlarge this image Evangelical Christians traditionally focus on individual sin and salvation. But some are taking a wider view when it comes to addressing systemic racism. Reza/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Reza/Getty Images Christians the world over have been united in their revulsion over the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer, and faith leaders from across the theological spectrum have spoken out about the lessons they think Christians should draw from the incident. Many Protestant and Roman Catholic ministers…

‘The End Times’ part 3: The millennium

Posted: Jun. 6, 2020 12:01 am Editor’s note: This column is part three in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. Some people do not distinguish between things that happen on a physical level and things that happen on a spiritual level. This includes the things people wrongly associate with the second coming of Christ. They expect to see these events happen on a physical level. Some people think Jesus has yet to establish his kingdom and will…

Greek Orthodox Church rules yoga is ‘incompatible’ with Christianity

Downward dog, sun salutations and all other yoga practices are “absolutely incompatible” with the Christian faith, the powerful Greek Orthodox Church has said. Yoga has no place “in the life of Christians,” the governing body of the Church has ruled. It said it intervened after Greek media recommended yoga as a way to combat stress during coronavirus quarantine. Other religions have also advised against the practice in the past. The Orthodox Church is an influential organisation in Greece, and 90% of Greeks identify as…

Trump Does Not Speak for These Christians

President Donald Trump has spent the past 24 hours trying to send a message: He is the law-and-order president, and he has the support of American Christians. First came his waltz last night through the White House gates and across Lafayette Square, where protesters had just been dispersed with tear gas and rubber bullets. Trump posed, stone-faced while clutching a Bible, in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. This morning he visited the Saint…

‘The End Times’ part 2: The kingdom of God

Posted: May. 30, 2020 12:01 am Editor’s note: This column is part two in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. What are the Old Testament prophecies and how are they to be fulfilled? One of the great themes in prophetic scriptures is the kingdom of God — in other words, the promise the Messiah will come set up a kingdom over which he will reign forever. Jesus is the king who fulfills the prophecies about the kingdom,…

Tribulation Temple on Mount Moriah (An overview of Bible prophecy)

(Part 13) Published May 23, 2020, 11:00 PM GENTLE BREEZE By  NELLY FAVIS VILLAFUERTE Nelly Favis Villafuerte In Jerusalem the center of Jewish existence, there is a famous sacred mountain which has long played an important role in Jewish history and in prophetic events.  I am referring to Mount Moriah.  There is a prophecy that the Jewish temple in Israel will be rebuilt during the end times and antichrist will sit in the temple as God. Many people, particularly those who do not believe…

Ralph and Elizabeth Pyszkowski: Relating the coronavirus to Bible prophecy

The coronavirus has got the attention of the entire world. This plague has cost trillions by shutting down economies and claiming almost 200,000 lives. It dominates our news cycle, our conversations and our way of life. Some are wondering if life will ever be the same. Our ways of interacting and doing business have been completely transformed. As this dramatic disruption has come to the world, many people are rethinking their priorities. Some are mindful of the scriptures in the Bible that have predicted…

End of the world: Bible expert predicts the rise and identity of the Antichrist

The Antichrist is described in 1 John 2:18: “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, b which we know that is the last hour.” And in 2 Thessalonians 9-12: “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the…

No, Pastor David Wilkerson did not predict that the COVID-19 pandemic would shut down the economy

A Facebook post from the Jerusalem Prayer Team, an American Christian-Zionist organization  says a 1986 prophecy foretold of a plague like COVID-19 hitting New York City.  The post says that David Wilkerson, the late founder of the Times Square Church, told Mike Evans, the leading pastor of the Jerusalem Prayer Team, the following:  “I see a plague coming on the world and the bars and church and government will shut down. The plague will hit New York City and shake it like it has…

Some of the Most Visible Christians in America Are Failing the Coronavirus Test

If the coronavirus is a test of our collective character, some American Christians are flat-out flunking. Consider the popular pastor John Piper, who was asked what he would say to pastors who claim that the pandemic is God’s judgment on sinful cities and arrogant nations. “God sometimes uses disease to bring particular judgments upon those who reject him and give themselves over to sin,” Piper responded. Or perhaps look to R. R. Reno, the editor of the conservative Christian journal First Things, who argued…

Coronavirus exposes evangelical Christianity’s flaws. But the church can be a force for good.

A high-profile segment of American Christian leadership has not covered itself in glory, divine or otherwise, during this coronavirus outbreak. Church services globally have been one vector for coronavirus transmission — dozens of cases were linked to a single church in California. But some pastors in the U.S. have been reluctant to close down churches (and, perhaps, forgo weekly donations). Similarly, Jerry Falwell Jr. partly reopened his evangelical Liberty University, putting students, teachers and staff at risk. A Bible study leader for President Donald…

End times experts see ‘growing interest’ in Bible prophecy amid coronavirus pandemic

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Wednesday, April 22, 2020 South Korean soldiers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant on the street to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Gangnam district in Seoul on March 5, 2020. South Korea’s total number of novel coronavirus cases — the largest outside China, where the disease first emerged — approached 6,000 on March 5 as authorities reported 145 new infections. | JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images Experts on end times prophecies in the Bible…

Mark O’Connell Chronicles Doomsday Preppers In ‘Notes from an Apocalypse’

Enlarge this image While researching his book, Mark O’Connell visited Pripyat, Ukraine, a town that was evacuated the day after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. “I wanted to see what the end of the world looked like,” he says. Efrem Lukatsky/AP hide caption toggle caption Efrem Lukatsky/AP While researching his new book, Notes from an Apocalypse, about people who are preparing for doomsday, author Mark O’Connell undertook what he calls “a series of perverse pilgrimages.” Some stops on O’Connell’s…

‘Pandemics, Prophecy and The Middle East’: Live Webcast on COVID-19 and Biblical Prophecy

The COVID-19 pandemic has many Christians asking, are we living in the end of times? A new LifeWay Research survey has revealed nearly 9 out of 10 pastors see at least some current events matching those Jesus said would occur shortly before he returns to earth. To delve deeper into that topic, Chosen People Ministries is presenting a live webcast titled Pandemics, Prophecy and The Middle East, Wednesday morning at 9:00 Eastern/8:00 Central, which you can watch right here at CBNNews.com. The one-hour event…

Some practical thoughts on contemporary prophetic ministry

By Michael Brown, CP Op-Ed Contributor | Monday, April 20, 2020 Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire. I believe deeply in prophetic ministry today. I believe God still speaks to and through His children. And I believe that some are specially called to serve…

Christian Groups That Resist Public-Health Guidelines Are Forgetting a Key Part of the Religion’s History

Because of its long history, Christianity has a tendency to produce contradicting reactions to any number of situations—and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. On one hand, some religious leaders have shown that they believe a Christian response to the global emergency involves steps such as making allowances for their congregants to practice their faith with socially distant private worship or drive-through confession; in March, Pope Francis hailed “the creativity of priests” in responding to this crisis. Meanwhile, others have made it clear…

Orthodox Christians mark Easter in near-empty Jerusalem

Greek Orthodox priests hold candles lit from the Holy Fire in the church of the Holy Sepulchre [Ahmad Gharabli/AFP] A small group of Christian clergy celebrated on Saturday the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in a deserted Jerusalem as pilgrims who normally attended the ancient ritual stayed home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clergymen entered the Edicule, a chamber built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was buried two thousand years ago and rose from the dead after…

Christianity Is Not Trump’s Native Tongue, and So What?

By Austin Ruse, Crisis, April 17, 2020 Last week, President Donald Trump wished the country “Happy Good Friday,” and all hell broke loose. Suddenly, everyone was an expert on Catholic theology—or, at least, the emotional rubrics going along with Holy Week. Sure, most religious folk would not use the phrase “Happy Good Friday.” But most religious folk understood what he was trying to say, and they let it slide. Not the Left, though. Trump is an immigrant to a new land. James Dobson called…

Mark O’Connell ruefully waits on the end times in ‘Notes From an Apocalypse’

Advertisement Sounds familiar, yeah? O’Connell is uninterested in the precise apocalyptic specs, the accuracy of the book of Revelations, the exact date of Ragnarok. He’s interested in anxiety — his, yours, mine — about the end times and what those anxieties say about him, you, and me. O’Connell, a witty and perceptive critic and contributor to The New York Times Magazine, is a good friend to have at the end of the world. In mostly standalone chapters he offers everything from a critical appraisal…

How the ancient Israelites dealt with epidemics — the Bible tells of prophecy and rituals

“Death has come up into our windows, it has entered our palaces, to cut off the children from the streets and the young men from the squares.” (Jeremiah 9:20) Catastrophes have always touched people’s lives. With these words, the prophet Jeremiah addressed a disaster of his time, centuries before the common era. Scientists are working to explain the causes and origins of the coronavirus with evidence, yet conspiracy theories still abound. Also, some religious leaders have suggested that the virus is God’s message for…

Coronavirus: Beware of false Nostradamus prophecy – THIS quatrain did not predict COVID-19

Nostradamus’ followers believe he predicted many world events with precision, including the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1933 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. Now, people are saying Nostradamus predicted the coronavirus pandemic in a passage eerily reminiscent of the ongoing health scare. People have been sharing the following message online: “There will be a twin year (2020) from which will arise a queen (corona) who will come from the east (China) and who will spread a plague (virus) in the darkness…

Coronavirus prophecy: Are we living in the end times? Bible expert says ‘clock is ticking’

Help deliver hope to global Christians during the coronavirus period: Read our Covid-19 Appeal The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has infected more than 235,000 people since it first emerged in China last November. The pace at which coronavirus has spread across the globe has led many to read the Bible in search of answers. The coronavirus has never been seen in humans before and there is no known cure or vaccine. Many have taken these factors as evidence of the virus’ supposed connections to biblical prophecy. According to…

Removing the coronavirus mask: may this crisis reveal us as Christians

Everyone is looking for masks, even though medical professionals tell us not to. Maybe it helps us feel less helpless. But masks have another purpose. We normally think of them as things to cover who we are — to hide or disguise what we really value. I think this virus will take off some masks— and help reveal our true selves. And I think a whole lot of masks are about to come down. This is not a crisis anyone wants, but I am…

Coronavirus: Did the psychic Sylvia Browne predict COVID-19? Prophecy of pneumonia in 2020

In the book titled End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, Ms Browne predicted a widespread pneumonia pandemic in 2008. Although the coronavirus is not outright pneumonia, the virus can trigger flu-like and pneumonia-like symptoms. But what exactly did Ms Browne, who died in 2013, say? Her book reads: “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments. “Almost more baffling than the illness…

In Coronavirus Pandemic, Christianity Has Ancient Lessons

An employee of the municipal company Veritas sprays disinfectant in public areas at St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, on March 11. Marco Sabadin/AFP via Getty Images The modern world has suddenly become reacquainted with the oldest traveling companion of human history: existential dread and the fear of unavoidable, inscrutable death. No vaccine or antibiotic will save us for the time being. Because this experience has become foreign to modern people, we are, by and large, psychologically and culturally underequipped for the current coronavirus…

Marc Maron’s End-of-the-World Anxiety

It’s not that Marc Maron predicted this moment, per se. It’s extremely unlikely that when he posits in his new Netflix stand-up special, End Times Fun, that “something terrible” might be coming, he specifically foresaw the coronavirus pandemic, a black-swan event threatening to dismantle the global economy and sicken the world. If he had, he might have touched his face less—every time Maron wearily rubs his eyes during End Times, I shuddered. And yet. If End Times lands aptly during a week in which…

War and prophecy, plague and death

In the fifth century B.C., the playwright Sophocles begins “Oedipus Tyrannos” with the title character struggling to identify the cause of a plague striking his city, Thebes. (Spoiler alert: It’s his own bad leadership.) As someone who writes about early Greek poetry, I spend a lot of time thinking about why its performance was so crucial to ancient life. One answer is that epic and tragedy helped ancient storytellers and audiences try to make sense of human suffering. From this perspective, plagues functioned as…

Lawrence Wright’s New Pandemic Novel Wasn’t Supposed to Be Prophetic

My new novel, “The End of October,” which comes out next month, is a work of imagination. The book is not prophecy, but its appearance in the middle of the worst pandemic in living memory is not entirely coincidental either. It began with a simple question from the filmmaker Ridley Scott, who had read Cormac McCarthy’s postapocalyptic 2006 novel “The Road” and asked me, “What happened?” How could human civilization become so broken? How could we fail to preserve the institutions and social order…

The coronavirus: From prophecy to conspiracy theory to pragmatism

What are we to make of the coronavirus? Is it true that God has spoken through modern-day prophets who have declared the virus will be short-lived? Should we believe the theorists who claim the virus is a manmade weapon? And on a practical level, do we follow the hyper-caution of Israel’s Netanyahu or the more laid-back approach of President Trump? Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number…

Coronavirus in the Bible: Does the Old Testament prove prophetic links to COVID-19?

The spread of coronavirus has forced the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global emergency and pandemic on Wednesday. The virus, which first appeared in China’s Hubei Province, has spread like wildfire to virtually every continent. READ MORE Coronavirus UK: What should the elderly be doing? Many Christian hardliners, however, believe the coronavirus is a prophetic sign described in the Bible. Evangelists have claimed the virus is a precursor to the Apocalypse, as revealed in the Book of Revelation. There are also suggestions…

How Christians Can Respond To A World Anxious About Coronavirus

Watching the nation as it struggles to understand any pandemic has always given me pause to consider whether Christians really know how to think like Christians in a matter such as this. We, as God’s people, seem all too easily carried up in the same speculative panic that rules the minds of many when a crisis such as the Wuhan coronavirus manifests itself. In the Bible’s book of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus says, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or…

Christianity has not and will never lose its lustre

I would like to respond to Mr Shem Godwins’ article published in The Standard on February 27, 2020. The following issues that he raises caught my attention:#Islam, which is currently the second-largest (religion) after Christianity has only one identity.The writer compares and contrasts the two religions, praising Islam for its unity and castigating Christianity for disunity.I am not here to compare and contrast these religious movements, but it must be pointed out that Islam also has its divisions.Has the writer heard of Sunni Muslims…

As coronavirus worsens, how churches are trying to keep parishioners safe

The coronavirus outbreak has caused nearly every religious organization around the world to rethink how it holds worship services, which typically involve people gathering in a confined space and coming into physical contact with each other. But in majority-Christian nations like the US, the question is most fraught for local churches, as they prepare for Easter (Christianity’s most important holiday, which falls on Sunday, April 12, this year). What’s more, many Christian churches practice the rite of Communion using a “common cup” to share…

Sarah Palin Marks End Times With ‘Masked Singer’ Performance

While President Trump was preparing to address the nation on a global pandemic, viewers who may have tuned in early on Fox saw a panel of judges attempting to figure out which celebrity just sang Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” from behind a giant pink bear head on The Masked Singer.   After saying it would be “hella hard” to figure it out, judge Nicole Scherzinger began by guessing that it might be Christina Applegate. Going off of the clue of “hockey skates” and the…

Are There Jewish Prophecies About Coronavirus?

In the shadow of tragedy and fear, prophecies, conspiracy theories and urban legends come to life and get plenty of traction. But there are not a few prophecies in Jewish circles that are almost too specific in their details to completely ignore. Is it possible that the current outbreak of coronavirus was foreseen and warned about many years ago? Hamutal Shabtai, a psychiatrist and the daughter of famed Israeli author Ya’akov Shabtai, wrote a fictional script in 1986-87 about a virus that would cause…

Activists press Trump administration to aid embattled Nigerian Christians

International activists are sounding the alarm over what they say is the pervasive persecution of Christians in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, pressing the Trump administration Wednesday at a Washington press briefing to appoint a special presidential envoy to address the problem. The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) launched a campaign Wednesday titled the “Silent Slaughter” to raise awareness about the estimated more than 60,000 Nigerians who have died as a result of religious conflicts since 2001. Already this year, ICON reports more than…

‘Silent heroes’: Interactive TV show gives Christians in Iran platform to share testimonies

SAT-7 PARS “Signal” presenters Reza Jafari (L) and Niloufar Raisi (R) | SAT-7 An interactive satellite television program is giving a platform to Iran’s “secret” Christians to share their stories of hope with the outside world as the underground church in the Islamic Republic continues to grow. For the last year-and-a-half, the global Christian satellite network SAT-7, which operates in 25 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, has aired the weekly interactive news talk show “Signal” on its Farsi-speaking channel, SAT-7 PARS.…

Europe Leaves Christianity for ‘Paganism’

LONDON and DUBLIN – Martyr’s Free Church in Edinburgh is part of the rich history of Christianity in Scotland. Today it’s “Frankenstein,” a bar that describes itself as a family-friendly venue but also a place for stag parties, bar top dancers and monsters.  St Paul’s Church in Bristol, England is now a school for circus performers.  And in Llanera, Spain, the Church of Santa Barbara is now “Kaos Temple,” a skateboard park.  But before you get angry at the new owners, understand that Europe…

END OF THE WORLD: Why coronavirus is only tip of the iceberg – Claim of 10 deadly plagues

The novel coronavirus has so far infected more than 97,000 people worldwide, prompting fears of a global disaster brewing. Scores of conspiracy theorists and Christian hardliners have flooded social media in recent days with warnings of the world’s fiery demise. Related articles Coronavirus: Medic warns you’re more at risk of virus if you do THIS Coronavirus in Italy: How Nostradamus warned of ‘plagues’ near Rome William R. Giersdof said on Twitter: “Don’t know how serious the Coronavirus is going to be, in truth, but…

END OF THE WORLD: Why coronavirus is only tip of the iceberg – Claim of 10 deadly plagues

The novel coronavirus has so far infected more than 97,000 people worldwide, prompting fears of a global disaster brewing. Scores of conspiracy theorists and Christian hardliners have flooded social media in recent days with warnings of the world’s fiery demise. Related articles Coronavirus: Medic warns you’re more at risk of virus if you do THIS Coronavirus in Italy: How Nostradamus warned of ‘plagues’ near Rome William R. Giersdof said on Twitter: “Don’t know how serious the Coronavirus is going to be, in truth, but…

It’s the End of the World as We Know It

PARIS — The empty auditorium of the drowned world was black with foreboding. A gaseous, lemony scent filled the air. Every once a while a drip would ripple out through the pool of water that had swallowed the seats three rows deep. Then furious gray storm clouds rolled across an LED screen on the ceiling. Thunder crashed. And out splashed a woman in an austere black velvet cassock, hemline dragging in the flood. It was raining outside on Sunday in Paris, and at Balenciaga,…

Lebanon’s economic collapse spells doom for Mideast Christians

Last month, the US Senate confirmed America’s new ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea. She will need all the help she can get. Although the ambassador is well-respected for her regional expertise, she is dealing with a country on the verge of economic “implosion,” according to the World Bank, and one mired in formidable humanitarian and security challenges. Lebanon’s Christian community, the largest in the Middle East (excluding Egypt), is at risk. She should have the help of a special envoy who can bolster and…

Book of Revelation: Did the Bible warn of coronavirus? Prophecy of ‘seven plagues’ to come

The scripture reads: “Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. “They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. “Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of…

Coronavirus and Other Modern Plagues in Prophecy

A new strain of coronavirus is killing hundreds of people and infecting tens of thousands. The pneumonia-like illness is called the covid-19, or the Wuhan coronavirus. Infections are spreading mostly in China, but are starting to reach into nations around the world. Authorities say the numbers of dead and infected could keep multiplying for weeks or months. This is partly because before Wuhan, the Chinese city where the illness broke out, was placed on lockdown, some 5 million potentially infected people left it for…

The Future of Christianity in Europe

Christianity is declining in Europe. According to the most recent Pew poll, only 71 percent of Europeans still identify as Christian, though 81 percent were raised in the faith. Most are non-practicing. Among the young, the situation is worse. About 55 percent of young Europeans aged 16–29 identify with no religion, according to a St. Mary University study. As Christianity has declined, European politics has secularized. Christian democratic parties have lost their distinctive religious identities and become generic liberal or conservative parties. At the…

In Jenny Offill’s ‘Weather,’ the end of the world is only part of the problem

If Offill had fashioned the entire book out of nothing but this correspondence, “Weather” would still be terrific. She didn’t, of course, and “Weather” instead follows the structure of Offill’s breakout 2014 novel, “Dept. of Speculation,” which involves a woman’s attempt to make sense of her unraveling marriage through philosophy, art and riddles. That book also told its story via a series of short, bracing paragraphs — many of them a single sentence or two — that easily could stand alone as tiny, Lydia…

Do Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Chris Pratt make Christianity cooler?

SALT LAKE CITY — I don’t follow Justin Bieber on Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. I haven’t sought out his music in at least two years. But it still feels like everywhere I turn I see tweets highlighting his religious journey or pictures of him with pastors. Why do so many people care about Bieber’s faith? The answer, according to religion scholars, is that Bieber, like Kanye West or Chris Pratt, is a Christian celebrity, someone who attends church in between photo shoots and red…

Megachurch pastor challenges Americans’ ‘easy’ Christianity, urges ‘dangerous’ prayers

By Michael Gryboski, Christian Post Reporter | Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Life.Church Pastor Craig Groeschel preaching a sermon on “dangerous prayers” on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. | Screengrab: YouTube/Life.Church A megachurch pastor and bestselling author has challenged American Christians to abandoned an “easy” version of their beliefs and pray “dangerous” prayers instead. In the final part of a sermon series titled “Dangerous Prayers” that was preached on Sunday, Life.Church pastor Craig Groeschel implored people to pray for God to “break my heart.” Groeschel labeled…

End of the world: Book of Revelation ‘prophesied coronavirus stopping Christian Sabbath’

More than 80,000 people have been affected by the deadly virus now, with more than 2,600 fatalities recorded worldwide. The Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, announced a policy of eased restrictions yesterday, allowing residents to leave in small groups. But, just three hours later, the decision was reversed, placing its nine million residents back under strict quarantine. Related articles End of the world: Locust plague sparks Bible apocalypse fears Coronavirus cure: Scientist confirms ‘rapid’ vaccine arrival Churches in the city, including those honouring the…

End times prophecy study: Most pastors don’t link world events to speeding up Christ’s return

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter | Sunday, February 02, 2020 Though some religious teachers believe global events in the Middle East could fulfill prophecies about the end of the world, pastors are three times more likely to believe evangelism efforts will quicken the return of Jesus Christ, a recent study has found. A study of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted between Aug. 20, 2019, and Sept. 24, 2019, by LifeWay Research found that church leaders believe Christians can speed up the return of Christ…

Spirit-Empowered Christianity is one of the fastest growing global movements, new study shows

February 25, 2020 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Oral Roberts University and the Empowered21 Network release research on the pentecostal and charismatic movements TULSA, Okla.  — “Introducing Spirit-Empowered Christianity: The Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Movement in the 21st Century,” a new study conducted by Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Dr. Todd Johnson, reveals surprising statistics on not only the unprecedented numerical growth of the Spirit-Empowered Church but in which countries the movement is expanding most rapidly. The…

Unity for unity’s sake? Going against the grain of Christianity

When Mark Galli of Christianity Today published an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, it was seen as a rift in Christendom, or at least, a rift among Evangelicals, a group that overwhelmingly supports the president. This break from the pack was received with some amount of shock because of the pervasive assumption that Christians are united. The truth is, we are not, and we have never been. The 2016 election revealed the political divide among Christians. Despite the ever-present…

Heightened U.S.-Iran tensions a threat to Middle Eastern Christianity, aid group says

This April 1, 2018 file photo, shows a cross that lies in the rubble of a destroyed church that was blown up by Islamic State militants in 2015, in the deserted village of Tal Jazeera, northern Syria. (Credit: Hussein Malla/AP.) ROME – Many Christians in Iraq and Syria cite fundamentalist terrorism and heightened tensions between the United States and Iran as the main reasons for the region’s dwindling numbers of Christians. According to Father Andrzej Halemba, head of Middle East projects for Catholic charity…

First Baptist Church hosts Christianity and transgender inclusion seminar

A transgender theologian brought a different perspective to Bible study Saturday morning, holding a seminar on how the Bible can impact and explain gender identity and the transgender community. Austen Hartke, who has written a book and produced videos on the dynamic between Christianity and transgender individuals, spoke to a crowd of over 100 at First Baptist Church for “The Bible and Transgender Christians Seminar.” Hartke focused on what he called “clobber passages,” which refers to Biblical texts often used to discriminate against the…

Rick Perry thought soothsayer’s ‘Oval Office’ prophecy meant he would be president

To understand President Donald Trump’s tight grip on the Republican Party, consider the conversion of Rick Perry. For the former Texas governor, embracing Trump is a religious experience. He has described the controversial president as the chosen one” sent by God. And last Friday, at the Dallas County Republican Party’s Reagan Day Dinner, he gave a similar testimonial. “I thank God every day that Donald Trump is the president of the United States,” Perry said. Perry hasn’t always been a fan of Trump. “Let…

Shannon column: Science discovers benefits of Christianity

CNN issued a study a while back that found regularly attending church may increase a Christian’s lifespan, while at the same time help “them stay grounded and [provide] spiritual guidance.” I’m guessing this positive benefit results from the additional sleep gained by snoozing during boring sermons. Regular readers know this column normally takes a dim view of social “science” studies, but an exception will be made in this instance for two reasons. First, no taxpayer dollars appear to have been wasted. Second, there is…

Kelsey Grant: Christianity and climate change

By Kelsey Grant There is a perceived theological impasse leading some to believe that climate change isn’t a Christian concern because God is the one who decides when the world ends, not humans. By reframing the climate issue, we can see that this theological impasse does not exist. Climate change is a Christian problem, and ignoring it is a matter of testing God’s grace: “My Christian faith leads me to believe God will be the one to decide when and how the world will…

These Chinese Christians Were Branded A Criminal ‘Cult.’ Now They Have to Flee.

SEOUL—Caught in political limbo as rejected asylum-seekers, about 1,000 Chinese exist furtively in South Korea dreading torture and imprisonment if they are forced to return to China. They’re all members of the Church of Almighty God, a uniquely Chinese off-shoot of Christianity denounced as an “illegal cult” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which sees its success winning adherents as a dangerous challenge to a regime that represses all forms of worship, whether Christian, Muslim or Buddhist. “Many people accept the Word of Almighty…

‘Will There Still Be a Christian Community in 2050’ – Church Leaders Concerned for Christianity’s Future in Iraq

‘Will There Still Be a Christian Community in 2050’ – Church Leaders Concerned for Christianity’s Future in Iraq Christians in Iraq are continuing to flee the country even though the violence has slowed. According to The Christian Post, families are choosing to leave the country that they say is becoming a “land of militias.” “They feel there is no peace, law or justice here in Baghdad, and that our country has become a land of militias,” the parish priest, Father Nadheer Dako, told The…

Lord of the Rings Star Says the World Owes Christianity ‘the Greatest Debt of Thanks’

Lord of the Rings Star Says the World Owes Christianity ‘the Greatest Debt of Thanks’ The Lord of the Rings star John Rhys-Davies, a self-described “rationalist” and “skeptic,” says the world owes Christianity “the greatest debt of thanks” for making the world a better place. Rhys-Davies made the declaration on the red carpet at the 28th annual Movieguide Awards, held late last month at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood. The awards show celebrates faith and family content in movies and television. The actor’s…

Why the Christian Right believes Trump could play an important role in the End Times

The Christian Right loves President Donald Trump for a variety of reasons, from his racist rhetoric and anti-immigrant views to all the far-right judges he has added to the federal courts. But journalist Stephanie Mencimer, this week in an article for Mother Jones, focuses on one of their most disturbing reasons for being so pro-Trump: an obsession with the End Times. In Protestant Christianity, one finds both fundamentalists and non-fundamentalists. Mainline Protestants (Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, the African Methodist Episcopal or AME Church) study the Bible…

Colorado’s Fortitude Ranch Is A Doomsday Timeshare For The Middle Class

Enlarge this image Fortitude Ranch is a development for doomsday preppers in a remote quarter of the Colorado Rockies. Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio hide caption toggle caption Hart Van Denburg/Colorado Public Radio At first glance, this modest home nestled against a hillside in the mountains somewhere west of Colorado Springs appears to have all the amenities you’d expect in a quiet retreat. There’s even a two-story tower built right in. An otherwise peaceful place to catch the 360-degree view of winter’s splendor. “[It’s…

Messianic End Times From Christian and Jewish Perspectives

Jews and Christians both believe that we are living in the Messianic End Times. Jews were already predicting the End Times some 800 years ago, right around the time Christian End Times eschatology really got going. One of the most important rabbis in connection with this theme of the End Times is Judah Ben Samuel, also known as Judah he-Hasid (Judah the Pious).  He lived and worked from the end of the 12th century until the beginning of the 13th century in Regensburg, Germany…

California pastor who prophesied Kanye West’s transformation 4 years ago predicts this about Trump

Shawn Bolz, a prominent pastor in Los Angeles who has prophesied about many things from Kanye West to President Trump, told Fox News his number one mission is to make hearing from God normal for everyone. The 45-year-old Christian author and speaker acknowledged that when most people think of prophecy, or “hearing from God,” they picture a subgroup of people like the bad guys in a zombie film, but “we’re trying to rebrand and dignify what it is to walk with God.” ‘HISTORIC’ CHRISTIAN EVENT BRINGS TOGETHER 140,000…

World News, Economics and Analysis Based on Bible Prophecy

Do you have time to read history? The situation in America, Britain and across the globe is now a slow-motion world crisis ready to explode. And for that reason, I submit to you that you no longer have time not to read history. When Winston Churchill faced his world crisis, he had to muster every ounce of knowledge, wisdom and courage he had accumulated over his lifetime to try to save his people, their nation and its virtues. Imagine if that lifetime had been…

Watch World Events in Relation to Bible Prophecy

Sinn Fein, the political wing of the terrorist Irish Republican Army, made stunning gains over the weekend in Ireland’s general election. Sinn Fein is now just one seat behind the leading party. This is part of a trend that’s occurring across Europe: Radical groups that used to be fringe parties are making massive gains in elections. 07:30 New Hampshire Primary (10 minutes) While it’s still not clear who is leading in the Democratic Party primaries, one thing is for sure: President Donald Trump’s popularity…

End times prophecy study: Most pastors don’t link world events to speeding up Christ’s return

By Leah MarieAnn Klett, Christian Post Reporter | Sunday, February 02, 2020 Though some religious teachers believe global events in the Middle East could fulfill prophecies about the end of the world, pastors are three times more likely to believe evangelism efforts will quicken the return of Jesus Christ, a recent study has found. A study of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted between Aug. 20, 2019, and Sept. 24, 2019, by LifeWay Research found that church leaders believe Christians can speed up the return of Christ…

These Chinese Christians Were Branded A Criminal ‘Cult.’ Now They Have to Flee

SEOUL—Caught in political limbo as rejected asylum-seekers, about 1,000 Chinese exist furtively in South Korea dreading torture and imprisonment if they are forced to return to China. They’re all members of the Church of Almighty God, a uniquely Chinese off-shoot of Christianity denounced as an “illegal cult” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which sees its success winning adherents as a dangerous challenge to a regime that represses all forms of worship, whether Christian, Muslim or Buddhist. “Many people accept the Word of Almighty…

The basics of true Christianity

The word “basics” indicates a beginning point, the very foundation upon which something is built. Often it is the elementals upon which that which is more complex is to be built. When talking about the basics of Christianity, one will be talking about the very fundamentals upon which Christianity is built and upon which it rests. A term used in the Bible for such basics or foundational teachings is “first principles”. The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote in somewhat condemnation, “For when…

Pelosi Omits Christians as She Lists Religious Persecutions Around World

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi failed to mention Christians as she listed religious persecutions around the world Thursday. The House speaker spoke Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., at the National Prayer Breakfast where she prayed for those who are persecuted because of their religion. She listed people of Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish faiths before generalizing about other persecuted religions. “Oh, Lord, we thank all gathered at this prayer breakfast for lifting our voices for the poor and the persecuted, the millions who are missing or murdered because of…

Stupid Arguments Christians Should Avoid #49: Science is Built on Christianity

It’s time for another episode of our favorite soap opera! For the first installment of this thrilling series of stupid Christian arguments, go here. Today let’s explore the claim that modern science has Christianity as its foundation. And that “The New Atheists are sawing off the branch on which science is sitting.” And that “the only hope for science now is a rebirth of faith.” Those quotes are from “Abandon God, and Science Will Die,” published at the conservative Christian ministry The Stream. Let’s…

Pro-LGBT, Pro-Choice Taylor Swift Says Her Brand of Christianity Is the Real Christianity

ANALYSIS The new Netflix documentary “Miss Americana” features pop star Taylor Swift touting her shift to politics, and it takes a left turn when she tries to define what Christians believe to match her own progressive ideas. In the aftermath of President Trump’s election, Swift has not only been speaking out about political candidates, she’s even been using her music to promote a pro-LGBT agenda. For example, Swift’s rainbow-clad music video last year for her single, “You Need to Calm Down,” is an ode…

Christianity’s Influence on World History

Tom Holland’s Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World is a substantial work that makes a straightforward case. In Holland’s view, the teachings of Jesus constituted an ethical revolution that would gradually transform human consciousness, to the extent that we today find it hard to imagine credible alternative systems. When we see Christians, past or present, behaving in ways we may find abominable, in matters such as war, slavery, colonialism, or patriarchy, our disgusted attitudes must themselves be understood as products of that…

Nigerian Christians Marched Sunday to Protest Persecution

Having finished his Sunday sermon from Psalm 18 on God as a stronghold who delivers his people from their enemies, Enoch Adeboye then led them to a cemetery. It was an ironic yet appropriate choice. Wearing a bright green tuxedo, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos, Nigeria, marched three miles yesterday holding a placard that declared: “All Souls are Precious to God.” Adeboye and his congregation, one of the largest in the world, answered the call issued…

End times prophecy study: Most pastors don’t link world events to speeding up Christ’s return

Though some religious teachers believe global events in the Middle East could fulfill prophecies about the end of the world, pastors are three times more likely to believe evangelism efforts will quicken the return of Jesus Christ, a recent study has found. A study of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted between Aug. 20, 2019, and Sept. 24, 2019, by LifeWay Research found that church leaders believe Christians can speed up the return of Christ by sharing the Gospel rather than by backing certain geopolitical changes mentioned…