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End of the world: Third Temple of Jerusalem prophecy sparks claim ‘time is very short’

According to the blog Bible Prophecy – Signposts of the Times, evidence of this is found on the pages of the New Testament. For instance, 2 Thessalonians warns: “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming…

End of the world: Armageddon prophecy ‘unfolds’ as Bible preacher claims Israel connection

Pastor Begley is a prominent purveyor of doomsday predictions and unfounded conspiracy theories, who hosts the weekly TV show The Coming Apocalypse. During his broadcasts, he links modern-day events to their supposed biblical counterparts. He also hosts a popular YouTube channel where he tells his more than 338,000 subscribers on a near-daily basis to prepare for the coming of Christ. In a recently published video, he said: “If you don’t believe that the current nation of Israel, founded in 1948, is God’s chosen people…

This 19th-century argument over federal support for Christianity still resonates

Washington Gladden. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Among them was Washington Gladden. He was a minister who had grown up in a very devout family. Though he would become a leading religious liberal, Gladden was well within the mainstream of American Protestantism at the height of debates about the constitutional amendment. In the 1870s, Gladden had great influence as religious editor of the New York Independent, one of the most read U.S. periodicals of the day. The paper…

White Christians Grapple With Their Faith’s Racist Past And Present : 1A

In “Guidelines for a Constructive Church,” Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote: “Some churches aren’t concerned about freeing anybody. Some white churches face the fact Sunday after Sunday that their members are slaves to prejudice, slaves to fear. You got a third of them, or a half of them or more, slaves to their prejudices. And the preacher does nothing to free them from their prejudice so often. Then you have another group sitting up there who would really like to do something…

End of the world: Bible preacher says watch for the ‘prophetic signs of HIS coming’

The Christian Bible makes a strong statement against prophesying the date of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming. And yet, according to Pastor Paul Begley of West Lafayette in Indiana, US, prominent preachers and ministers have made more than 240 such predictions throughout history. These predictions included very specific dates of Jesus’ return, such as claims the Messiah would appear on March 21, 1843. Pastor Begley, who hosts the weekly show The Coming Apocalypse, has warned against setting such dates. Jesus himself is quoted in the…

Bible prophecy fulfilled: Discovery of ‘Jerusalem’s Third Temple’ sparks apocalypse fears

This week a large hole was uncovered in Temple Mount, a site which has been venerated as a holy site in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and is widely considered one of the most holy areas in the world. The pit was uncovered after a floor tile collapsed on it, leading many experts to say it could reveal bombshell finds from “thousands of years of Jewish history”. But the discovery could show that the end of the world is near, as it could be evidence…

The end times is revealed in the book of Revelation

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham Dear Dr. Graham: Because of the recent troubles of the world people have been taking a closer look at the last book of the Bible — Revelation. Is this mystery yet to be fulfilled? Dear R.S.: The mystery of the end times is revealed in the book of Revelation. The Bible tells us that the study of this book will bring great blessing to those who read its message about this present world and a new…

AI Jesus: Bible-inspired machine makes eerie doomsday ‘prophecies’ of the ‘end of days’

The artificial messiah has penned about 60,000 words of prophecy that are eerily reminiscent of the real deal. AI Jesus is the creation of engineer George Davila Durendal, who has dubbed the algorithm a “clone of Jesus”. The artificial intelligence was instructed to read the King James Version of the Bible, learning in the process how to construct convincing scripture-like prophecies. Mr Durendal likened it to “locking a baby in a room with nothing but a Bible for 15 years.” He said: “You then…

Why Prophecies Are So Common in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Prophecies are nearly as old as human communication. Whether they take the form of a sage’s wisdom, a dark omen or the search for a “chosen one,” prophecies have long shaped the way we tell legends of our own making. Classics, from Macbeth to Star Wars, just wouldn’t be the same without them. But, while they can be an effective literary device, they can also turn into a lazy trope. They’re common because they serve several purposes, but they aren’t powerful enough to save a…

American Christianity’s White-Supremacy Problem

Early on in “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” the first of three autobiographies Douglass wrote over his lifetime, he recounts what happened—or, perhaps more accurately, what didn’t happen—after his master, Thomas Auld, became a Christian believer at a Methodist camp meeting. Douglass had harbored the hope that Auld’s conversion, in August, 1832, might lead him to emancipate his slaves, or at least “make him more kind and humane.” Instead, Douglass writes, “If it had any effect on his character, it made him…

Half of U.S. Christians say casual sex between consenting adults is sometimes or always acceptable

(franckreporter via Getty Images) Many Christian traditions disapprove of premarital sex. And even though Christians in the United States hold less permissive views than religiously unaffiliated Americans about dating and sex, most say it’s acceptable in at least some circumstances for consenting adults to have sex outside of marriage, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Half of Christians say casual sex – defined in the survey as sex between consenting adults who are not in a committed romantic relationship – is sometimes…

Christianity Confronted with New Ideas of Identity

Reformation historian Carl Trueman says traditional Christianity and the very idea of being made in the image of God is besieged today in the West. In his new book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway, November), he writes, “The framework for identity in wider society is deep rooted, powerful, and fundamentally antithetical to the kind of identity promoted as basic in the Bible… Any return to a society built on a…

We are evangelical Christians not voting for Donald Trump this time

It is no secret that most white evangelical Christians in the country voted for Donald Trump in 2016. But one recent survey finds that, if the election were tomorrow, his margin of victory with white evangelical voters would be just 38 points, dramatically down from his advantage of 61 points over Hillary Clinton. Evangelical voters are having second thoughts. We are a white evangelical married couple living in Georgia. We have both worked on evangelical missions across various cultural contexts, and are absolutely committed…

Christians, others warn Turkey is ‘weaponizing water’ in northeast Syria

Fawza Umri helps her son put on clothes after being bathed inside their tent at Atmeh camp, near the Turkish border in Syria, June 13, 2020. Humanitarian groups have accused Turkey of “weaponing water” in the northeast region of Syria. (Credit: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters via CNS.) AMMAN, Jordan — Parts of Syria’s north where Kurds, Christians and Yazidis have practiced religious freedom in recent years are reportedly again under attack by mainly Turkish military and their allied Syrian Islamist fighters. The Syrian Democratic Council, which…

Engineer creates ‘AI Jesus’ that makes doomsday ‘prophecies’

An artificially intelligent algorithm that has been trained in biblical scripture has been coming up with its own “prophecies.” The creation is called AI Jesus and it’s already spoken about a “plague” and “the end of days.” The algorithm was created by engineer and quantum researcher George Davila Durendal. He explained in a blogpost: “I present to you A.I. Jesus. An artificial intelligence of my invention created from the King James Bible and nothing else. “This A.I. learned human language from reading the bible…

Peace and Prophecy: Israel’s Mainstream Media Considers UAE Deal

The announced normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was a major breakthrough in the Middle East conflict, and as such sparked wide debate regarding the prophetic ramifications of this diplomatic development. Right there one might well assume that I’m speaking of debate among Bible-believing Christians, especially those of the Evangelical persuasion. But make no mistake, Bible-believing Jews are every bit as much attuned to the potential prophetic significance of what happens in this land. In fact, some might be surprised to…

AI Trained on the Bible Spits Out Bleak Religious Prophecies

Jesus of SuburbAI An artificial intelligence algorithm that churns out scripture is putting an interesting new twist on the Bible. The project, aptly dubbed AI Jesus by engineer and quantum researcher George Davila Durendal, is a language-processing algorithm that was trained exclusively on the King James Bible, according to Durendal’s blog post. Needless to say, the 30,000-word algorithmic text includes some real Old Testament-style brutality. Code Unto Caesar Durendal’s algorithm wrote scripture about three topics: “the plague,” “Caesar,” and “the end of days.” So…

End of the world: Antichrist prophecy unfolds with Israel peace deal, evangelist claims

According to pastor Begley, who hosts the weekly show The Coming Apocalypse, prophecy is unfolding and that can only mean one thing – the end times are coming. He said: “The covenant of many will ultimately breakdown, ok? “And it will all, because of the Temple Mount. “Even after they’re getting along fine for three-and-a-half years, even after the temple gets built, and millions of people are coming to see it, and everything looks like it’s going to work out, the Antichrist, the Antisemitic,…

History Is a Path to Understand Bible Prophecy

For decades, history has been under attack. Our schools stopped emphasizing it; many colleges stopped teaching it. Now people are actively tearing it down and radically revising it. This is deeply disturbing. We are ruining one of mankind’s most effective teachers! Hal Brands and Francis J. Gavin wrote an article for WarontheRocks.com titled “The Historical Profession Is Committing Slow-Motion Suicide” (Dec. 10, 2018). It described how today’s historians write in a scholarly way for each other rather than for the benefit of their nation…

End of the world: Red heifer prophecy unfolds in big Third Temple update, claims preacher

The red heifers form part of an elaborate plan to reclaim Jerusalem’s former glory through the construction of a third Holy Temple. The efforts are being led by the Temple Institue, a religious organisation dedicated to the restoration of Judaism’s holiest seat of worship. The return of the Temple plays a critical role in doomsday prophecies in Jewish and Christian prophecies alike. Many believe the Third Temple’s construction will precede the arrival of the Messiah. And the sacrifice of a red heifer in the…

Belief that demons have sex with humans runs deep in Christianity, Judaism

THE CONVERSATION via AP — Houston physician and pastor Stella Immanuel – described as “spectacular” by Donald Trump for her promotion of unsubstantiated claims about anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a “cure” for COVID-19 – has some other, very unconventional views. As well as believing that scientists are working on a vaccine to make people less religious and that the US government is run by reptilian creatures, Immanuel, the leader of a Christian ministry called Fire Power Ministries, also believes sex with demons causes miscarriages,…

‘The End Times’ part 10: The Judgment Day

Posted: Jul. 25, 2020 5:40 am Editor’s note: This column is part 10 in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. Much is said about the judgment day, but not all is understood. The Bible tells us, “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, death will not be experienced by those who are alive at Jesus’ second coming. Who will be the judge? There will be two judges —…

‘We curse Christianity three times a day’: Can Jews and Christians truly reconcile?

After many years during which Esau hated Jacob, the brothers meet. Esau rushes to Jacob, embraces him, falls on his neck, kisses him, the two burst into tears. What a thrilling reconciliation. But the Jewish Sages, according to Midrash Bereshit Rabbah 78, were not enamored of this reconciliation. They placed dots above the Hebrew word vayeshakehu (“he kissed him,” Genesis 33:4), signifying deletion. But deletion was not a real option – it was, after all, a word in the Torah – so they did a “pretend”…

End of the world: ‘We are living on borrowed time’ latest apocalypse prediction claims

Several signs are merging to show that the end of the world is near, according to certain conspiracy theorists. The signs have been there since Israel was established in 1948 following the Second World War. Israel is considered to be the Holy Land, and once it was re-established following WW2 to act as a safe space for Jewish people, it was only a matter of time before the apocalypse began, according to a crackpot conspiracy theory. Website End Times Prophecy Watch said: “The first…

The Beirut Blast and Bible Prophecy

Demonstrators clash with Lebanese riot police as riot police intervene them with tear gas canisters during a protest against government at the Martyrs’ Square after the deadly explosion at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on August 08, 2020. Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images For over a decade Watch Jerusalem editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said that Europe will replace Iran as the dominant force inside Lebanon. He made this forecast a time when…

Letter | Christianity must change or die

Things aren’t always black and white. Sin is not a word that has only one specific meaning. Sin can mean simply to miss the mark, where one may have a good heart but not
 understanding. Or, as in the Christian community, it most often means one does not just sin, but
 one is born to sin — a miserable sinner. To have a good heart and simply miss the mark is not possible to those who think only in 
black and white; there is…

BreakPoint: The Bible, Christianity and liberty

Is there a place for God’s Word in our unstable day? For a lot of folks, as they see troublesome times in our streets and unsettled ideologies in our hearts, they don’t view the Scriptures as a place of hope. They look at the Bible as an antiquated alternative to our compelling narratives, if not an overtly oppressive document and the source of our troubles. What they miss is that the peace and freedom they so long for can only be found in its…

‘The End Times’ part 12: A look into heaven

Editor’s note: This column is part 12 in a series about the biblical end of days and the book of Revelation. Saving the best until last, this week in our end times study we look at heaven. We know it will be a good place, but why? What will it be like? It will be a new, physical universe, made of material matter. Jesus’ glorified resurrection body, the one he has now in the angelic heaven is an example of what our new bodies…

End of the world: Third Temple prophecy is ‘unintentionally’ unfolding, Bible expert warns

Tom Meyer, a professor in Bible and theology at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, told Express.co.uk groups like the Temple Institute are unwittingly paving the way for the Second Coming of Christ. According to some interpretations of the Bible, the Third Temple will rise in the final days to welcome the arrival of the Messiah, who according to the Jewish faith is yet to make an appearance. Biblical prophecy also states the Antichrist will attempt to proclaim himself the true…

End of the world: ‘Heavens will be on fire’ as preacher bizarrely warns of the ‘end times’

However, despite the prophetic doomsday claims, there is absolutely no evidence our home planet is about to be bombarded by a flurry of space rocks. According to the world’s leading space agencies, no known asteroid or comet poses any threat to Earth’s safety, now or in the next few hundred years. NASA said: “If astronomers find such an object, there would be plenty of time to track it, measure its orbit precisely, and plan a system for deflecting it from its current orbital path.…

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…