Castro's Fastball and Other What-Ifs of History

My interests are many and varied. I enjoy Track and Field, Olympic Weight Lifting, the Golden and Silver Age comic book eras. For years I have been trying to complete my set of The Fantastic Four series. The first issue appeared in November 1961 and sold for ten cents. In 2010 I achieved my goal by acquiring the first five issues, the only ones I had not been able to locate at a decent price and i [...]

Egypt in Biblical Prophecy

This article continues comments I made in a previous article on current prophetic interest in Egypt. Wilbur M. Smith notes in his 1957 book Egypt in Biblical Prophecy “that there are approximately 250 verses in the Old Testament which, at the time they were uttered, were prophecies of events yet to take place. . . . Many of these prophecies have been fulfilled, of course, since the time of their u [...]

Newspaper Exegesis and Egypt

“I have been amused by observing the manner in which speculators have been taken in when they have left the old ship of the gospel to become prophets. The beast of the Revelation was reported to be Napoleon I, and then the creature suddenly reappeared in his nephew, Napoleon III. By-and-by, the deadly wound was healed, and the Prince Imperial wore the dreadful honours of the prophetic book; but th [...]

Defining Deviancy Down

Have you wondered why there is growing support for homosexuality, euphemistically identified as “being gay” to hide what homosexuality is really all about (same-sex sex)? Modern-day Hollywood has been leading the charge, but it has made its way into the general culture. And why not, since casual and pre-marital sexual encounters, revolving marriages, multiple partners, short-term hookups, live-in [...]

Do You Know What the Bible Really Says About Rebuilding the Temple?

Many popular prophecy writers and teachers claim that the temple will be rebuilt as a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Though there are many references to a rebuilt temple in the Old Testament, and that rebuilding did happen, there is no reference to to another rebuilt temple in the New Testament. Come to American Vision’s National Prophecy Conference for an accurate and comprehensive look at [...]

Don't Be Afraid to Put Your Prophetic Views to the Test

Every time American Vision posts an article on eschatology or sends out an email promoting a prophecy product, we get quite a few emails from people who get upset with us, actually with me. The email advertisement promoting John Bray’s Matthew 24 Fulfilled was no exception. I got the usual rants: “You’re ignorant when it comes to the topic of Bible prophecy . . . God’s timing is not our timing . [...]

Signs of the End Times in the Middle East

Rioting in Egypt, dead birds falling from the sky, dead fish and cattle, many modern Bible prophecy experts would have you believe that these are all signs that the end is near. American Vision has a very different understanding of Bible prophecy, one of hope, victory and purpose. We would like to share this vision with you at our first National Prophecy Conference. Visit NationalProphecyConferenc [...]

The Scourge of Unbridled Democracy

Islam is a worldview masquerading as a religion intent on world domination through fear, terror, and the ballot box. The talk from both ends of the political spectrum is that “democracy” will cure the ills of Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and the surrounding Muslim nations. What if the protesting people of Egypt decide they want a Taliban-style social and political system whose goal is to defeat the infidel [...]

The Rapture: May 21, 2011

Predictions of the rapture are no new thing as the image to the left shows. In spite of the failure of his 1994 rapture prediction, Harold Camping is predicting May 21, 2011 as the date the rapture will take place. American Vision is so confident that Camping is wrong, we are holding our National Prophecy Conference just a few weeks after his predicted rapture date. Join us at the beautiful Ridgec [...]

Political Protests and Liberal Hypocrisy

The people of Egypt are protesting in the streets of Cairo, and liberals are ecstatic. They are hoping the Mubarak regime will collapse and the people of Egypt will find their political voice. “The whole world is watching” their anti-government protests. There is no place to hide from the watching eye of the new technology. Obama and company are critical of the way Mubarak has turned off the inter [...]

Taking on the Know-Nothing Atheists

The Christian faith is being attacked from all sides—from classrooms to billboards. As any student of the Bible and later history knows, there’s nothing new in this. It’s not a sign that the world is coming to an end. A majority of Christians never learn how to defend what they believe. Some claim that Christians should not be involved in arguments about the Christian faith because it’s not “spiri [...]

Prophetic Speculation Out of Kilter and Hurting the Bible's Authority

Dead birds . . . Dead Cows . . . Dead Fish. Some Christians see these events as signs that the end is near. So-called “on-line theologian” Paul Begley is one of them. TIME magazine quotes Begley: “There’s something biblically going on with the signs of the second coming of Christ.” He is using Hosea 4:3 for support: Therefore the land mourns, and everyone who lives in it languishes Along with the [...]

The Bible You've Never Read!

Have you been frustrated in your study of the Bible? Does it seem like you’re getting bits and pieces, but the big picture is just out of focus? Gary talks to filmmaker Darren Doane about an exciting new project designed to help people see the big picture, the over arching story of the Bible. Watch this episode of Vantage Point for a sneak peek of “The Bible You’ve Never Read!&rd [...]

The Original Constitution and the Three-Fifths Myth

Lanny Davis is a lawyer, a graduate of Yale Law School and from 1996 to 1998 he served as a special counsel to President Bill Clinton. He and Jay Sekulow appeared together on “The Sean Hannity Show” to discuss the reading of the Constitution by the new Congress. Davis wanted to know if the “three-fifths” clause would be read, implying that it was a racist part of the Constitution. Mr. Sekulow did [...]

Washington’s Dentures, Syphilis, and Deism

I received the following email from a Christian-school family: My daughters attend a Christian School in Tucson, AZ. The 11th grade US History teacher told the class that the “founders” were deist, didn’t have a relationship with Christ – so, were not Christians, that George Washington had a sexually transmitted disease – her explanation due to the fact that he wore a [...]

Does Gold Have 'Intrinsic Value'?

Almost every conservative talk show is pushing gold and silver as a hedge against inflation, the devaluation of the dollar, and protection against uncertain economic times. Glenn Beck has been the most vocal proponent of owning gold, so much so that some liberals have called for an investigation. These are the same guys who create money out of thin air. Typical. In one particular Beck advertisemen [...]

Phony as a Counterfeit $100 Bill

The average American and most Christians have grown up with a “smorgasbord theology.” As a result, they can no longer tell the real from the counterfeit. The writer to the Hebrew Christians describes this mind-set. He stops in mid-thought, wanting to explain the priesthood of Jesus and how it is similar to the priesthood of Melchizedek. He recognizes that their spiritual discernment makes what he [...]

What are Your Expectations?

An NBC poll reported that 54% of people claimed that the last ten years were the worst decade in American history. The fault here lies with those who know little about history, American or otherwise. Our tendency is to view life through our life experiences. We measure life in terms of what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Yesterday I watched the extraordinary film Endurance (1999), the [...]

Jimmy Carter Should Stop Teaching Sunday School

The Huffington Post reports that Former President Jimmy Carter said in a recent interview with “Big Think” “that the nation’s tolerance of gays [sic] had grown to a level that could facilitate the election of a gay [sic] president.” Carter believes this would be a good thing for America. James Carville, an advisor to Bill Clinton when he was president, asked, “How do we know we haven’t had one?” I [...]

Is Christmas Really Just a Pagan Holiday in Disguise?

Every year as winter rolls around, the debate over Christmas is rejoined. People get fired up over whether others say “Merry Christmas” or not. Some say that Christmas is just a pagan celebration and Christians should have no part of it. Watch this episode of Vantage Point for a worldview discussion of this very topic. [...]