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Real Answers™
Copyright: © 2006 Donald E. Lindman
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By: Don Lindman

Are we heading for the “battle of Armageddon?”  Many evangelical Protestant Christians are wondering.

Biblical prophecy guru Hal Lindsay, whose The Late, Great Planet Earth created a frenzy of interest around 1970, has been wrong several times since then, but those failures haven’t prevented him from continuing to predict.  Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins wrote their fabulously successful series of novels on the “end time,” with many readers feeling very comfortable about treating them as fact rather than fiction

Television evangelists like Jack Van Impe find it very profitable to speculate on the significance of events in the Middle East, comparing them with what the Bible supposedly says will take place in the “end time.”  The fact that none of them have been right up until today does little to extinguish the hope that this time will be the right one.

There is enough energy being generated for the secular news media to take notice.

What’s behind all of this?

Well, there is the standard human desire to know what’s coming down the road.  Ongoing interest in checkout stand tabloids with articles on Nostradamus is evidence of that. 

So is the recent rash of books on the puzzling French 16th-century seer.  Among the most intriguing are The Code of Nostradamus amd World War 3, by Dr. Michael Rathford, and Nostradamus 2003-2025: A History of the Future, by Peter Lorie.

Also fueling the fires is an intense desire on the part of evangelical Protestant prophecy aficionados to be right.  They are tired of being wrong and being laughed at.       


Perhaps even more they are tired of being strangers in a foreign land.  “This world is not my home,” says one popular gospel hymn, “I’m just a-passing through.”  And it gets tiresome living by different standards and with your bags always packed in a land that doesn’t understand you and that makes it hard to live the kind of life you believe your God would have you live.


So, biblical prophecy buffs look for hidden messages and secret codes that, when understood correctly, make all things clear and point to a light at the end of the tunnel.


The Bible itself isn’t very clear on this.  It does point to the future with some indications of what might be coming, but whether these are intended to give hope to first-century believers or 21st-century believers isn’t clear.


The Bible focuses end time events around the Middle East, which shouldn’t be a surprise since that is the land that produced the biblical writings.  Human history, instead of focusing on Indonesia or Madagascar, stubbornly seems to want to turn our attention there, too.


And then there are the words of Jesus, who said that no one knows when the end will come—not even Jesus.  In fact, he said, when things seem to be going the best (not the worst) and when peace and prosperity (not conflict and disaster) characterize human history, it is at that time that he will return and human history as we know it will end.


Biblical prophecy “experts” tend to ignore those words.  Jesus, apparently, isn’t nearly as fun to study as is the quirky Ezekiel or the seers of bad dreams Daniel and the writer of the Revelation.

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