In today’s podcast Brian and I continue to discuss the Lord’s Feasts originally given in Leviticus 23 and how they relate to Jesus’ work on the cross as well as his future return. In this episode we discuss the feast of Pentecost and what it means to us practically.
…People have been saying Jesus is coming for the longest time…er, well…at least since the Jesus movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s, especially when Hal Lindsey’s book The Late Great Planet Earth took the world by storm.
But is there really an objective and concrete way to know if we are close to His return? A few years ago I would have said, eh—maybe, but we’ll know for sure when it happens. Today, I would answer with a resounding, YES! We absolutely can know the season and when we are getting close—like probably in-our-lifetime close! Jesus himself told us to watch for the signs (Luke 21:36, Matthew 24:42, Matthew 25:13).
Jesus said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” Luke 21:28
He also said—speaking about the generation that sees Israel become a nation again, “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.” Matthew 24:33-34
And Paul said that Jesus’ return would catch the world by surprise like a thief…but for believers he said, “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4
I’ll admit, if you haven’t studied this subject in depth for yourself, that notion sounds a little crazy. If you are not a Christian and/or haven’t been convinced that the Bible is God’s word, that notion sounds a lot crazy. So, how can we know if the Lord’s return is near?
I have written about the signs and the convergence of signs previously on this blog and I have a chapter in my book covering one particular sign in depth—a sign that proves we are nearing the end of this era known as the church age, or the age of grace.
Today I came across this EXCELLENT article that effectively captures all the the key details of this one sign. So what is this one undeniable sign of Christ’s soon return? The Nation of Israel. PLEASE read the whole article. It’s long, but 100% accurate and worth the read. Israel’s regathering, becoming a nation again, and many other details scream at us that we are deep into the end times.
Are you watching? What do you see? I’d love to hear what you think! If you don’t know the Lord, will you call on him today? Here’s how!
I was talking to my youngest son the other day about evolution and creation and how both must be believed by faith. We talked about how none of us were here to see creation or evolution happen, and we can’t repeat either one in a strict scientific sense. Therefore, they are both systems of faith. It was a great discussion and I was amazed at his questions and logic.
Christianity is taken by faith—but it is a reasonable faith. In other words there is a ton of evidence that supports it’s claims. We are never asked to check our brains at the door and take a blind leap of faith. That’s stupidity. We are asked to accept the claims of Scripture by faith—but it is faith based on reason; a factual faith. This is the study of Christian Apologetics.
If you have been wondering if there are reasons to believe the Bible, there are. Here are a few links related to 3 categories of apologetics to help you get started. Take a look and let me know what you find. I’d love to hear about your journey!
INTELLIGENT DESIGN/CREATION SCIENCE
Between producing animation and writing this book, I haven’t had much time to begin promoting it. So, this is the first real official promotion and update. My goal is to start sending out updates every few weeks so please signup for my newsletter if you would like to track the project. Once I finish the manuscript I’ll shift my focus to promoting the book and I’m going to have some nice “street team” perks so keep an eye out for that later this year!
I’m currently working on chapter 9 (of 23) and I’m really, really excited about how it’s coming together. Juggling the research, study, creative writing, and art production has been challenging at times, but the resulting product is even better than I had envisioned.
Harvest House Publishers has been an absolutely amazing partner and I swear I have the best editor and literary agent on the planet. I have never felt more called to a project and I am blown away at the doors that have opened and the team of collaborators the Lord has connected me with to make this project a reality.
Here’s a little about the book (below). Feel free to share with friends, post this link on social media, and let me know if you think a book like this is needed today.
About the Book
Christians and non-Christians alike are speculating if the end of the world is near. Who can blame them for wondering when you look around and see what is happening? Daily the media bombards us with horrific and heart breaking news: natural disasters, violence, sexual immorality, famine, war, and so on. There is confusion and fear everywhere! For answers we must turn not to the evening news or the news feed on our computers, but to the Bible. Animation producer and illustrator, Todd Hampson brings you The Non Prophet’s Guide to End Times, a simple, easy to understand, Bible prophecy book, using a fictitious, comedic prophet alongside scripture, history, and world events to inform readers about the end times.
While informational, The Non-Prophet’s Guide to the End Times main goals are to; (a.) provide a clear overview of end-times events, and to (b.) guide readers to a deeper personal commitment to the Lord as they are reminded that He is perfectly in control of world history and the details of our lives. The primary audience for this book would be everyday Christians who are viewing current events and asking questions like: Is the end near? Should I be afraid? How do I know where I stand with God and how will that impact me in relation to end-times events? How can I live with peace in times of chaos? The secondary audience for this book would be the seeker, or skeptic, who has a surface level or pop-culture knowledge of end-times terms and events and sees them as irrelevant or sensationalistic, but would read the book to see what it’s all about.
BOOK REVIEW: When the Lion Roars: Understanding the Implications of Ancient Prophecies for Our Time, by Carl Gallups
I recently finished reading this book and it is a great read. No matter your eschatological point of view, this book is worth taking a look at. I’m not sure what the author’s view is (pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, etc.) but the purpose of his book is to show that no matter what view you hold, there is an absolutely unprecedented convergence of signs and conditions that line up with all aspects of the Biblical end-time framework.
The author asks the question, “What if we truly were living in the most profoundly prophetic times since the first coming of Jesus Christ? What if you were shown the undeniable and shocking proof?” Then he spends the entire book doing just that. That question and claim may sound sensationalistic, but it is not. Chapter after chapter, the author details concrete facts from secular sources that you can go and verify for yourself.
Even if you are not a Christian—especially if you are not a Christian—I would encourage you to give this book a read. I promise it is not a bunch of churchy talk or christianese. It is a riveting read from cover to cover. If you read the first page or two you will not put this thing down.
If you pick up the book, let me know what you thought! I’d love to hear if it struck you the same way it struck me.
In this final installment of our series on the rapture, Brian and I discuss support for a pre-tribulation rapture, the results of the sudden removal of the church from the world, the two parts of the first coming and how it serves as a shadow of the two parts of the second coming, the practical implications of our belief in the future rapture, and much more.