Joel McDurmonʼs work is original. He goes where few commentators have gone before. As he shows in page after page of tightly argued points, there is a unity to the prophetic message of the gospels and the rest of the New Testament. Itʼs about new wine in new wine skins. Everything about the old covenant […]
“A Commentary on Luke 9:51-20:26, Jesus’ Lawsuit Against Israel” McDurmon covers the last days according to Jesus in a powerful way, letting Scripture interpret Scripture. While there are many commentaries on Luke and on the Gospels, this new book is the first of its kind. Not only is it a verse-by-verse commentary on Jesus’ teachings […]
Many Christian teachers, authors and preachers have been saying that the Rapture could occur at any moment. Most recently, Harold Camping has said that the Rapture will be on May 21, 2011 and many of his followers are traveling around warning others, some have even quit their jobs. The group American Atheists is planning Rapture […]
Gary DeMar addresses the Paralysis of Pessimism (2011). This free audio MP3 download is available from American Vision.com. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD >>
From the Fourth Beast to the Kingdom of One Like a Son of Man [This article is an excerpt from Dr. Jordan’s excellent commentary on the book of Daniel, Handwriting on the Wall. For more of what follows you can find the book and ebook in our store, or join us with Dr. Jordan at […]
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 […]
“In many cases sheer fanaticism has been the result of exclusively dwelling on prophecy, and probably more men have gone mad on that subject than on any other religious question.”1 —Charles H. Spurgeon A few years ago I received an email from a man claiming that the end would take place before the end of […]
Any time American Vision posts an article dealing with Bible prophecy, we get emails from Bible prophecy “experts” chastising us for our “ignorance.” One fellow wrote that since Revelation talks about earthquakes and we see earthquakes today that earthquakes must be a modern-day sign that the end is near. Here’s what he wrote: “I don’t […]
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.”
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.
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.
You know some people will fall for this. The following is from Post Rapture Pet Care: “Do you wonder what is going to happen to your pets when Jesus descends from Heaven to re-unite the Church with the Father taking all Christians – dead and alive – up to Heaven? Will your pets be left […]
Until the time of the Reformation, there were only a few agreed upon prophetic certainties, most notably the belief that Jesus would return a second time, as the Apostle’s Creed states, “to judge the quick and the dead.” There were certainly no developed prophetic systems as we know them today.
Ehrich Weiss (1874-1926), best known as the master magician Harry Houdini, lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, as a young boy where his father served as rabbi of the Zion Reform Jewish Congregation. Over the years, Houdini astounded audiences with his artful showmanship and his ability to escape from any contrivance. One of Houdini’s most famous non-escape stage illusions was performed at New York’s Hippodrome Theater when he made a full-grown elephant (with its trainer) disappear from the stage. The act was called “The Vanishing Elephant.”
I’m beginning to see that prophetic speculation is taking place on the fringes of the Christian publishing industry. Of course, you will still find the occasional prophetic pot-boiler. Mark Hitchcock writes a couple of prophecy books a year. They are mostly exercises in “newspaper exegesis,” driven more by current events than the Bible. Consider these three, all to be published in 2009: The Late Great United States (Multnomah), 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World (Harvest House), and Cashless: Bible Prophecy, Economic Chaos, and the Future Financial Order (Harvest House). How do you go from The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey’s mega-best seller from the 1970s, to the end of America? It seems to me that The Late Great Planet Earth would have included the United States. Anyone familiar with Lindsey’s timetable will remember that it was all to happen before 1988. Of course, these publishers are counting on people not remembering or not even knowing of past failed predictions. As P.T. Barnum is reportedly to have said (it was actually David Hannum), “There’s a sucker born every minute,” and these suckers make money for companies that continue to publish out-of-date prophecy books that end up being an embarrassment to the Christian faith.
American Vision receives a number of books for review purposes from numerous publishers each week. Some of the books are unsolicited with no note or letter telling us who the author is or why we might be interested in the topic. Some books are so poorly written and designed that we wonder what the author was thinking. Self-publishing and print-on-demand companies make it easy for anyone to get a book published today. If you have written something, there’s someone out there who will take your money and publish your book. The risk is all yours. I tell people that it’s relatively easy to write and publish a book. The hard Part 1s marketing and selling it. Some self-published books defy conventional selling methods and make it big. The Shack is a good example. American Vision has been in the self-publishing business since 1982 when the first volume of my God and Government series was published. Books are never a sure thing, no matter how important we think the topic is.
Some books need to be written and published because they challenge the status quo of ideas that often dominate and paralyze innovation and cultural movement forward. Old battles are often fought with outdated weapons to hold onto a world that needs to pass away because so much of it is built on pretense. There is a scene in the film The Late George Apley (1947) that caught my attention and perfectly describes how belief systems take root without any clear thought of the origin of the plant (worldview) or the effect it might have on the environment (society and culture) (Kudzu, “the vine that ate the South,” is a current example.) A Boston blueblood, played wonderfully by Ronald Colman, is an unbending traditionalist who tries to force his self-conceived conventions on his two children in the year 1912. For Mr. Apley, Boston is “the Hub of the universe” and Emerson is the prism through which life must be viewed. It takes Julian Dole, the father of the young lady from Worcester, with whom Apley’s son John has fallen in love and wishes to marry, to make him think about his unyielding ways. Dole states that there are two kinds of people in the world, “stand patters” and “go getters.” Apley is a “stand patter.” He lives in the past with his old ideas and inherited money. Dole reminds Apley that his grandfather had traded rum for slaves, who were then traded for molasses, which made its way back to Boston to make more rum so cycle of ill-gotten gain would begin again. Apley’s current social station was built on a sordid history that he would rather keep hidden.
What is so troubling about Christian involvement in politics? Christians like John MacArthur, Cal Thomas, and Ed Dobson have written on the subject. MacArthur’s Why Government Can’t Save You includes the following subtitle: An Alternative to Political Activism. While MacArthur does not "believe we should remove ourselves from the political process," he does object to "the prevailing mindset that makes political and social activism the primary business of Christianity and reduces faith in Christ to just another political force."
In 2009, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website tells us that it “will focus on the return of Jesus Christ – and how you can live a faithful life in the meantime.” This focus isn’t anything new. Graham has been preaching an end-time message since the 1950s. The articles on the BGEA website are recycled material: