Did Jesus Wrongly Predict He Would Return within a Generation?

One of the most important texts in biblical eschatology is Jesus' so-called Olivet Discourse that he delivered to his apostles during Passion Week. It is recorded by all three synoptists (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) with some slight differences in accounts. This teaching about the future includes Jesus' return at the end of the age, which the church has often called "the second coming of Christ."The most difficult interpretative problem in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse concerns his remark about a fig … [Read more...]

Muslims Believe in Second Coming of Christ More than Christians Do

 The Pew Research Center, located in Washington D.C., is a leading “fact tank” that analyzes social trends mostly in the U.S. and largely by means of polling. A poll that Pew conducted in 2006 revealed that 79% of Christians in the U.S. believed Jesus would return to earth someday and that 20% believed it would happen in their lifetime.[1] Among Christian groups, Evangelicals believe most strongly in this second coming of Christ. In a poll that Pew conducted in 2010 in the U.S., 58% of w … [Read more...]

Will the Antichrist Be Homosexual?

Some Bible prophecy teachers used to insist that the book of Daniel says the final Antichrist will be homosexual. It was mostly because Daniel 11.37 in the King James Version of the Bible reads concerning "the king" of v. 36, "Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all." These teachers were right in thinking this king refers to the Antichrist. But they thought the phrase, "nor the desire of women," meant he … [Read more...]

Did the Doomsday Clock Just Move Closer to Midnight?

No. But after what happened Thursday, it appears it could happen soon.The Doomsday Clock was created two years after the catastrophe in which the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan during WWII. The wikipedia article on The Doomsday Clock begins, "The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that represents a countdown to possible global catastrophe (e.g., nuclear war or climate change). It has been maintained since 1947 by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists . . . … [Read more...]

North Korea’s Growing Nuclear Capability Is Worrisome

North Korea is led by young Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He and other North Korean leaders rule the nation unmercifully as a militant state. Its ally, China, and the UN supplies North Korea with foodstuffs because of periods of starvation in that country. Kim John-un makes very hostile threats directed to South Korea and its ally, the U.S., but sometimes also toward Japan.Even though North Korea is a very poor country, with a population of only 25 million, against United Nations resolutions … [Read more...]

No Future One-World Government Until Jesus Returns

Some Christian "prophecy teachers," such as Hal Lindsey in The Late Great Planet Earth (pp. 103-23), assert the Bible predicts there will be a one-world government and a one-world church during the latter days. To support this assertion, they usually cite as their foremost biblical text Revelation 17. But that is not what that text means; moreover, nowhere does the Bible teach any such thing.Bible readers should know that humankind long ago tried to create something like a one-world … [Read more...]

The Panama Canal Just Got a Lot Bigger

The American Society of Civil Engineers designates the Panama Canal as "one of the seven wonders of the modern world." Located in the western hemisphere in Central America, it greatly reduces the shipping route between East and West so that ships do not have to navigate the dangerous southern tip of South American--Cape Horn. More tonnage of goods is transported through the Panama Canal than any other canal in the world.So, as the world's most important waterway, the nearly fifty-mile Panama … [Read more...]

How Orthodox Judaism Has Viewed the State of Israel and a Future Temple

Jews lived in their "land of Israel" for nearly 1,500 years until the Romans ousted them following The Second Jewish Revolt of 132-135 CE. The Romans then forbade Jews to live in Jerusalem on pain of death, changed its name to the pagan name Aleia Capitolina, and made it very difficult for Jews to live in the land of Israel anymore. So, Jews dispersed into the Gentile nations, mostly in the Middle East and Europe, just as Moses had predicted (e.g., Deut 4.27; 28.63-64; 30.17-18). Thus began the … [Read more...]