GENERAL PROPHECY

  • “The 6th Trumpet is Just About to Sound”

    This astounding statement caught my attention and was something I was simply not aware of.  I heard that the 6th Trumpet of Revelation 9:13-21 was likely to be blown at any moment, certainly within the year. This statement also suggested the troubling thought that I must have missed the sounding of the first 5 trumpets… Continue reading “The 6th Trumpet is Just About to Sound”

  • A Prophetic Point for the Church Age

    When we think about Bible prophecy, our thoughts usually immediately go to the subjects of the Rapture, Tribulation, Millennial Kingdom or perhaps some future judgments.  And this is good since truths about these coming events indeed are to powerfully impact our present thinking and our present living. The Apostles, however, also included in their pronouncements…

  • All Will Hear and Multitudes Will be Saved

    Though it seems unlikely at this moment, the above is a true statement. The greatest time of fruitful evangelism is ahead for this world. And, for the many who will be saved, that time is inseparably linked to that period commonly referred to as the Tribulation. In various ways, people have wondered: “will there be…

  • And Then God Laughed

    The world we live in seems to be turning upside down. One year ago we would not have imagined what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing today. It seems so surreal and many sit dazed by what now exists. Present is a unique global pandemic which has motivated millions to dramatically change the way they…

  • Begin with the End in Mind

    The above title comes from a chapter title in Stephen Covey’s #1 national bestseller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  The book came out in the late 1980s and I can remember reading it for a leadership course. I was impacted by a number of points made by the author, but perhaps his second…

  • Biblical Prophecy: An Essential Element in Living a Genuine and Useful Christian Life

    Some years ago, a woman approached me at the beginning of a prophecy conference where I was ministering and informed me that she was not a fan of messages on Bible prophecy. I was, of course, intrigued as to why this was the case. Her reason was that she was tired of the speculation and…

  • Coming into the Sanctuary of God

    Asaph looked at the world around him and saw how evil flourished and how the people that could care less about God and His righteous ways, had wealth, power and seemed to avoid so many of life’s troubles. They were godless but had it so good. Apparently, he thought, devoting oneself to serving the Lord…

  • Current Events and Prophetic Events

    First, I apologize. As you sit under “house arrest”, it is quite likely that the last thing that you want to hear about is Covid-19. Like a dense fog, Covid-19 fatigue has settled on us all. The fog engulfs us all day, every day. And so, it is possible that some of us just might…

  • Current Events and the Coming of Jesus

    The believer who holds to the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ constantly lives in a tension of truths. One set of those truths involves the statements of the Lord Himself.  He said we cannot know the exact time of end time events, yet He also stated that we should be observant to the…

  • Disfiguring Jesus’ First and Second Comings

    We once again have come to that wonderful time of year, called Christmas.  It is a season that can be fun and enrich our lives in many ways as we enjoy great Christmas music and share life with family and friends. At our house, my working theory is that one can never have too many…

  • Distorting Jesus’ Comings

    We once again have come to that wonderful time of year, called Christmas.  It is a season that can be fun and enrich our lives in many ways as we enjoy great Christmas music and share life with family and friends. At our house, my working theory is that one can never have too many…

  • Donald Trump and Abraham

    I just returned from Israel where I went to the future site of the United States embassy in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem.  In a nice, but unspectacular setting, just south of center Jerusalem, the USA will establish its official diplomatic presence in May, 2018. (Though a permanent embassy will be built in the months…

  • Ezekiel and the United Nations (Ezekiel 35-36)

    The intense hatred for Israel among the nations of the world almost defies explanation. But Ezekiel does explain the situation including the truth that God will not be abandoning His chosen people; and that there will be intense judgment of those who “curse” His people. Now that the current war between Israel and Hamas has…

  • God, Covid-19 and the End Times

    It does seem that every politician, company, government official and email contact wants to give us information, assure us of their concern for our well-being and exhort us concerning Covid-19 (the current coronavirus). Some of it is helpful while others aren’t. Perhaps we are all getting a little weary of the subject. But when the…

  • God’s Sovereignty, Our Efforts and the November Election

    The attack ads are coming at us. They are nasty, verbal tsunamis. They are everywhere and in great numbers. One political office-seeker throws as much mud as is possible in 30 seconds, or maybe on a single billboard. Their opponent returns the favor. This, of course, informs us that an election must not be too…

  • Greater than the Exodus

    God’s mighty hand was clearly evident in the days of Moses when the Lord broke the grip of Pharaoh and forcibly removed His people Israel out of Egypt in “the exodus”. God’s ten powerful plagues rocked Pharaoh and the people of Egypt, as the Nile River was turned into blood; as three days of thick…

  • Heresy, False Teaching and Mal Couch

    Mal Couch is with Christ, but when on earth he had a deep concern (as did the apostles) for the growth of false doctrine. The fact is that false doctrine will flourish in the future; and will explode during the days of the tribulation. This article marks four full years of writing a monthly piece…

  • How the World Will End

    Recently there was a mini-TV series that dealt with the subject of how the world will end. This show proposed a number of creative scenarios, from a gigantic meteor striking the earth to a pandemic which will wipe us all out. These scenarios left us with no hope, as we are just the victims of…

  • Is Psalm 83 A Prophecy Of A Future Middle-East War?

    There is today an ongoing discussion revolving around Psalm 83 and whether it is prophetic of some future battle. Many are saying that it is prophetic of a yet future battle, while others say it is not a prophecy. Book and articles have been written and many Christian talk shows have focused on this psalm.…

  • It’s Not Here But It’s Coming

    Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica not to be anxious or afraid because of some false teaching that had come their way. He gives reasons why these believers have not entered the “day of the Lord.” What a person believes determines how they behave.  There is the homicide bomber who believes that he is…

  • Keeping an Eye on Europe

    In biblical prophecy, Europe plays an important role in end time events. It is the area where much of the old Roman Empire existed. And today it is one strategic place where the political pot of globalism/nationalism is boiling. The Biblical Setting. The prophet Daniel revealed that after the Antichrist (Daniel refers to him as…

  • Life After Death for the Believer in Christ

    The Scriptures have very clear, definitive declarations about what happens to the believer in Jesus at the death of that believer. It is a comforting truth that God has given us about our immediate arrival in the presence of Jesus at death. I do readily admit that death is not the most pleasant of subjects,…

  • Life After Death for the Unbeliever in Christ

    The Bible is clear about the fate of the unbeliever at death. It is not, however, a comforting doctrine. But the truth is given so that the unbeliever might become a believer in Jesus and not experience the really terrible fate of those who do not believe. Many too many within the Church today do…

  • Maintaining and Maturing a “Two-World View”

    As our culture rapidly departs from God’s truth, it descends into its own truth, which is constructed of deceptions, half-truths, slanted propaganda and outright lies. As the prophets of the Old Testament observed, they now call evil good, and conversely good is now evil. In such an environment, it is absolutely essential for the follower…

  • Me, You and 2022

    With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and the crushing pace of Christmas behind us, the annual question now arises. As the calendar arrives at the start of a new year, that question believers ask is: “will this be the year that Jesus will return?” Now, since even the angels of heaven apparently are unable…

  • MTD and the Church in 2018

    The church in North America is badly infected with MTD and it likely going to get worse in 2018.  This spiritual disease is now so rampant and pervasive, that the spiritual health of the church will most likely continue to decline noticeably.  Unless things change dramatically in the church, 2018 will not go well for…

  • On That Day

    A person’s last words, when they know they are their last words, are often quite powerful and significant to the hearers. The Apostle Paul’s last words, in 2nd Timothy, are indeed powerful and significant to Timothy, but also to all believers. In this last letter that we have of Paul’s, he mentions “that day” three…

  • Our Doubts and God’s Fulfilling of Prophecy

    Impatience seems to be a regular companion of believers. This is partly because God seems to be rather slow in getting things done, and we often think that He needs to speed things up a bit. Even the Tribulation martyrs are seen crying out; “how long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from…

  • Paul and the Progressive’s Perspective on Prophecy

    One of the disturbing realities that we, as believers in the church face, is the invasion of “progressive Christianity.”  And it is not just into liberal churches where this theological poison is found, but increasingly into so-called evangelical churches. “Progressive (I prefer “regressive”) Christianity” not only is bringing in several New Age ideas and practices,…

  • Perspectives on Coming Elections: Short Term and Long Term

    Believers often become frustrated, depressed and angry over events in their country, and that is only increased when elections don’t go well from their perspective. But four important reminders are given from the viewpoint of Daniel that should prove a helpful reminder. Recently, as I was paying my bill at a local auto repair shop,…

  • Positive Proof for a Post-Tribulation Rapture

    Not long ago, this statement was said forcefully and without hesitation by two television preachers.  Too many assume that if someone is on television then most likely what they are saying is true. This perception of validity is heightened if the teachers are both sincere and authoritative in their presentation.  But when we get passed…

  • Preparing Israel for the End Times

    It does seem that the Middle East is in constant turmoil and that the threats against Israel are ever present and growing. Yet, in spite of these realities, Israel seems supremely confident outwardly that they can handle anything that comes their way. But with the growing presence and power of Iran on Israel’s northern border,…

  • Present Evil and Future Judgment

    What are we to think and what are we to do in light of the overwhelming pain and evil in our world, especially when God is blamed for it all. Four important facts are given to help get perspective on evil in our world and God’s relationship to it. The prosperity of evil people has…

  • Present Living and Future Evaluation

    They say it again and again. It is everywhere. The regularity and consistency of the New Testament writers is amazing. Following the lead of Jesus Himself, they repeatedly say it. All of them tell us that what we do, or don’t do, in the here and now has a direct relationship on the outcome of…

  • Prophecy and the Problem of Pain

    Pain, suffering and trials are very much a part of life in this world. And while no one escapes these things, God’s prophetic word has a unique place in assisting the believer in Christ to see things with greater clarity. One of the thorny issues that believers are confronted with when facing an aggressive unbeliever…

  • Prophecy is Still Important

    In the past two months I have had the opportunity of opening the Word of God at a couple of prophecy conferences. Both pastors and people at these conferences were delighted to spend some concentrated time looking at what the Scriptures reveal about future events. I was told by numerous individuals that it had been…

  • Prophecy’s Present Impact

    Biblical prophecy has not been given to satisfy our various curiosities, such as, who is the Antichrist; or even to answer many of our questions, such as, is this the end of the end times? As we have noted on numerous occasions in these Scofield Prophecy articles, biblical prophecy is to assist us in shaping…

  • Real Authority – Not in Moscow, or D.C.

    As we watch leaders and nations vying for position and power, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed and powerless, forgetting that the real authority in this world resides at the Throne. It is valuable for us to periodically remind ourselves that all power in the world and universe is found with the Lord God. I believe…

  • Reviewing AC and FP

    There seems to be an elevating of interest in things prophetic these days. It is likely that the concerns about what 2022 may bring has been a major factor in this growing interest. One of the subjects within the prophetic arena that generates interest is the man we commonly refer to as the Antichrist (AC). …

  • Revival or Apostasy?

    The cultural quicksand appears to rapidly be pulling us down into a place that is dark and foreboding, with the result that calls for revival are increasingly heard. Now, we know from the Apostle Paul that the end of the end times will bring a great departure from the truth of God. He says that…

  • Salvation in the Coming Time of Tribulation

    This past couple of weeks I had the opportunity of teaching the books of Daniel and Revelation to a fine group of students at the Jackson Hole Bible College. Like many believers, they really didn’t understand at first that the purpose of the coming period of tribulation is to save people; first Israel, but also…

  • Satan: His Knowledge, Activities and Preparation for the End

    Satan has always been deeply involved in the world’s politics, economics, hostilities and deceptions. He is, after all, the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4; John 12:31; Eph. 2:2). When we view the tensions and issues in this world, we generally focus on Russia, Washington D.C., Hezbollah, China and several others. And, if you…

  • So Where Is He?

    This is a revised version of the question found in 2 Peter 3, where the “mockers” statement is recorded: “where is the promise of His coming?” And while Peter recorded this question over 1900 years ago, the question, in varying forms, still is being asked today. But we should also note that sometimes it is…

  • Standing Strong for Christ in a Hostile Culture

    How are we, as followers of Jesus, to live in a cultural setting that is swiftly becoming quite hostile to Jesus. When times become ominous, people often respond by hiding and thinking only about self-preservation. This is part of the great attractiveness of the “prepper” mentality, as they stockpile food, weapons, water and whatever they…

  • The Apostasy and the Harlot

    It seems that the Apostles were acutely afraid of false teaching getting a foothold in the church; and so, they often wrote about it, warning believers to be on the alert.  Satan’s tried and true method of attempting to thwart God’s work in this world is through the introduction of distorted doctrines. He has been…

  • The Bible’s View of the Coming Globalism

    We live in a very divided country, with some promoting globalism, while others are focused on American nationalism. Globalists, often led by people with political power and/or incredible wealth, do not like people who promote the greatness of America. Nationalists resist the idea of a new world order. Globalists push for a new world order.…

  • The Coming “Big Bang”

    The Apostle Peter adds much detail to how this earth will come to an end. He points out that in spite of the general “agnosticism” that will exist about prophetic events, in His timing God will bring to an end the heavens and the earth in preparation for the creation of a “new” earth and…

  • The Inglorious Future of the “God of This World”

    While to the casual observer, Satan (the “god of this world”) seems to be thriving. However, his future has been sealed from ages past and this article deals with four basic facts about his future. It does seem that Satan is on a roll these days and that his string of victories is making him…

  • The Sign of the Times: The Two-Fold Restoring of Israel

    Are we in the end times? The nation of Israel is the one indicator which helps us answer that question. This article deals with this important issue. One of the most asked questions by serious (and some not so serious) believers is; “are we in the end times?”  And the answer usually given is “maybe”. …

  • The Sovereignty of God and the Elections of Men

    The outcome of an election is very often unclear to us, including this one, until the very last moment. And as I write this article, the final outcome of the current election is still not clear. And this lack of clarity is causing great anxiety and despondency among many. But what is clear is the…

  • The Star and the Sign

    The Christmas “star” is a staple of our Christmas story and celebrations. But just what was it? Was it really a star? Was it an alignment of planets? This article suggests that it was none of these things and that it will appear again at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to the earth. The…

  • The Temporary Winner: Globalism

    The current political battle, between those who want a global world order versus those with a commitment to nationalism, is also a biblical battle. Whether it is European nations attempting to get out of the European Union, as Britain did, or whether it is the current American nationalism in “making America great again”; the fact…

  • Trending Towards the “Days of Noah”

    In His prophetic discourse, Jesus stated that when He comes back at His Second Coming, the condition of the earth would be like those in the days of Noah. (In speaking of His coming, Jesus was not talking about the Rapture of the Church, as that was a truth not yet revealed.) He was referring…

  • Troubled Times: Fertile Ground for False Prophets

    It does seem that when people and nations are facing difficult and stressful times that there arises an abundance of those who claim to have a special word from God. And these are often given a hearing. Perhaps this is because people, in troubling times, are generally anxious to know what is going to take…

  • Two Things Jesus will be Looking for

    In my days in the college classroom, it was pretty clear that students liked to know what would be used to evaluate them. Simply put they wanted to know, “how do I get an “A” in here?”  They would not buy into the idea that I would arbitrarily give them a grade at the end…

  • Ukraine, Russia, Gog and Magog

    Much of the world’s attention is presently focused on the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. And at this moment, it is unclear how this new war in Europe will turn out. Wars are messy things, and the reporting of them is often murky at best. But many believers, knowledgeable of Ezekiel’s prophecies (Ezek. 38 and…

  • What Good is Bible Prophecy? (Part 1)

    Prophetic instruction was interwoven into the teachings of Christ and the Apostles because it was critical to living well in the present. Three very significant truths related to prophecy and the believer are part of a biblical mindset. In the middle of a conversation about his church and his ministry, a pastor shared with me…

  • What Good is Bible Prophecy? (Part 2)

    This article continues the previous discussion by adding three more absolutely critical elements to prophecy and the believer. These six points ought to cause any pastor to teach prophetic truth to his flock. In our last study, we addressed the very common question of the value of Bible prophecy.  Unfortunately, many Christians whether they are…

  • What is “Dispensational Theology” (and should we care)?

    For many believers, interpreting the Scriptures according to Covenant Theology or according to Dispensational Theology is of very little concern.  After all, Jesus will love me whatever system I adhere to. But it actually does matter which system of theology we get on board with.  It will determine where we end up on many important…

  • What is “Covenant Theology” (and should we care)?

    For many the above subject is in the category of “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.”  In other words, it is of no real value or concern and should be filed away in the “Who Cares” folder.  But for those who want to know what the Bible teaches, the theological…

  • What Is Done Today Does Count Forever

    Whenever an athletic team, or even an individual, wins a major victory, there is a unique level of exhilaration and enthusiasm that erupts. The explosion of happiness cannot be contained. After spending hours in training and practicing, the victory that is being experienced leaves them with a limited vocabulary. The moment itself was overpowering and…

  • What Will Jesus be Looking for at the “Judgement Seat”?

    Most of us can recall a time when an authority figure required us to come see them. It may have been the school principal or the company boss or the coach of our team or someone else. But as we anticipated the meeting, most likely we became somewhat stressed about it, not knowing what was…

  • What’s Next for the Church?

    It used to be that January 1st marked the time when people would make New Year’s resolutions and, perhaps, construct personal three-year plans. This year there seems to be less of all that, as people’s main goal seems to be survival. There is an unprecedented level of uncertainty in life today. But, for the believer…

  • Will Some Believers Miss the Rapture?

    “YouTube” has become a modern day pulpit. There seems, however, to be a special preference, among these folks, on prophetic subjects, which brings me to our present discussion. The technology of today is amazing.  It can be amazingly good or amazingly bad.  This would definitely apply to “YouTube.”  On “YouTube” you can find just about…

  • Will Unbelievers be Annihilated?

    In the past, the doctrine of annihilation has been taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists as well as some other groups which are usually viewed as cults.  Today, unfortunately, the doctrine has begun to invade evangelicalism. This trend does fit in well with the current heavy emphasis in so many pulpits on a…

  • Will We Be Married in Heaven?

    This question has often been asked by married people. Some are hopeful that such will be the case, while others are fearful that they might be eternally saddled with their spouse. My wife has asked me that question on a number of occasions (though I am not sure if she likes the idea of us…