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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 […]

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American Vision to Host National Prophecy Conference to Evaluate Growing Prophecy Threat

American Vision, a Georgia-based Christian worldview ministry, will hold a National Prophecy Conference at the Lifeway Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina, from June 1–4, 2011, to evaluate the soundness of the current evangelical obsession with speculative prophecy, and assesses its impact on the resurgence of the New Christian Right. For the past 40 […]

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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 […]

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Testing the Prophets (Again)

As this millennial decade comes to an end and North Korea is rattling its military sword, popular Christian writers will reach into their prophecy bags, appeal to the Bible, and tell us that the end is near. The more judicious ones don’t come right out and say Jesus’ coming will take place in “our generation”; […]

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Why I Began to Write on Prophetic Subjects

I’ve debated with myself over whether I should respond to Tommy Ice’s awful article about me and my book End Times Fiction that Brannon Howse published on his Worldview Weekend site. In his first response to my original argument, Brannon argued that he does not teach on the rapture, and his site and conferences do […]

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Is the Chilean Earthquake a Sign of the End?

For decades now, modern-day prophecy writers have been claiming that the increase and severity of earthquakes are sure indicators that the rapture is near. Carl G. Johnson wrote in 1972 that "the greatest earthquakes that have ever shaken this world have all come since the close of World War I. Several of them shook the whole earth." How does he know this since the development of modern-day earthquake measuring equipment didn't get their start until 1880? The Richter Magnitude Scale wasn't developed until 1935. Were there more severe earthquakes before 1880? The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 is estimated to have been 9.0 on the Richter scale. John Wesley (1703-1791) mentions a great earthquake that hit Sicily in 1692, describing it as

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The Early Church and Bible Prophecy

"The Early Church and the End of the World" by Gary DeMar and Francis Gumerlock asks this fundamental question: "What did the earliest of the early Christian writers actually believe about prophetic events?" We can only answer this question by studying what they wrote. Unfortunately, we do not have a complete record of the period. Many of their surviving works are only fragments of larger works no longer available to us. To make an historical investigation even more difficult, there are translation issues. Many of the works of those who wrote just before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and beyond have not been translated into English.

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Harold Camping Will go Mad on May 11, 2011

Harold Camping is at it again. He is predicting that an eschatological "end" will take place in 2011. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'd found: The world will end May 21, 2011."

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Christians Have Their Own Mayan Calendar Problems

I'm working on a new prophecy book. The tentative title is "The Christian Prophetic Calendar under the Microscope." I know; it's not a very good title. That's why I'm sponsoring a contest. Submit your title suggestion, and if I use it, I'll give you credit in the book when it's published plus a $250 gift certificate to purchase anything from American Vision's store. Email your suggestions to [email protected] Let me tell you what I have in mind so you can get an idea of what I'm after in a title.

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Dealing with Straw Man Eschatology

In the Preterist view, God has canceled every covenant with Israel. There is no future or significance for the Jewish people or Israel as a nation. There is no fulfillment of the Davidic covenant. There is no reign of Messiah from a throne in Jerusalem. All of God's promises to Israel have been nullified. Israel has been replaced by the church.

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Did Jesus Identify Obama as the Antichrist?

An article on WorldNetDaily’s website reports on an anonymous “Christian with a theological education and many years in the ministry . . . who claims Jesus might have revealed who the antichrist is.” Mr. Anonymous makes it clear in his five-minute YouTube video that he is not claiming that Barack Obama is the antichrist. He […]

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Can't We All Just Get Along?

American Vision gets its fair share of feedback from readers like you. A concern that is often raised by letter and email writers goes something like this: "Why is your ministry so negative? Shouldn't we be trying to unite Christians and work together instead of bickering over theological differences that don't really matter? Let's just preach the gospel and worry about the other stuff in heaven…" Although each one words it a bit differently, this is the essence of it. In other words, "Can't we all just get along?"

The short answer is no, we can't. Not yet anyway. The main problem with a question like this is that underneath the question is a statement. A statement that basically says that the Bible is only about saving people from hell. Christianity then, becomes nothing more than a one-way ticket through the narrow gate (Matt. 7:13-14). Few there be that find it, but it won't be for a lack of witnessing and leaving tracts with the tip for the waiter. While we appreciate the zeal attached to such a view, it is completely short-sighted and bears no resemblance to the gospel of the New Testament.

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