Prophetic Witness - February 2020

Prophetic Witness - February 2020

Climate Change In Prophecy

by John Williams

2019 was a year in which climate change became prominent like never before. In particular, a young girl named Greta Thunberg, became an instant celebrity because she boycotted a school lesson to protest climate change. Since then, she has inspired young people in various countries to strike. In March last year, globally, over 1 million people joined a climate protest. In May that same year, there were 1600 events across 150 countries. On September 20th last year, there were an estimated 4500 strikes, including over 4 million people, most of them being school children. Greta gave a very passionate speech to the United Nations, during which she stated the following words:

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

In other words, Greta sat there stating that unless human governments drastically intervene, she, and those she speaks for, have no hope. Recently, there has been a rise in what is being called, ‘eco-anxiety’ or ‘climate change despair’ - so called mental health issues. There is a generation at the moment, who because of the media narrative surrounding climate change, have no hope and are given over to fear and despair. Greta also ended her speech by saying, “change is coming whether you like it or not.”

Yet as Christians, we should not look to the media, politicians, or little girls for our source of hope and truth. We look to the Word of God.

JFK's Question - And Yours?


FIVE DAYS before he became the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy asked evangelist Billy Graham to have lunch and play golf with him. After the game they were driving back to the Kennedy home when the president—elect stopped the car, turned to Billy and said, ‘I want to ask you something. Do you believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?‘ The evangelist replied, 'I most certainly do.‘ Kennedy then asked, ‘Well, does my church believe it?‘ (he was a Roman Catholic). ‘They have it in their creeds,‘ answered Billy. 'They don't preach it,‘ said Kennedy. 'They don't tell us much about it. I'd like to know what you think.‘ And so Billy Graham explained what the Bible said about this great prophetic event. (Sources include: Billy Graham, "Just As I Am" p.395).

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There Will Be A Millennium - Rev. E. Buckhurst Pinch

There Will Be A Millennium

by Rev. E. Buckhurst Pinch
 

    THERE is a certain group of teachers today - and some of them in respected evangelical circles - who are making bold assertions, which are ill-founded, and without Scriptural authority.

    The writings of these A-Millennialist teachers show very considerable disagreement among themselves. Most of them, however, apparently subscribe to three propositions: (1) that there is to be no millennium; (2) that there is no future for Israel; and (3) that all the prophecies of the Old Testament are to be spiritually realised in the Church.

    These three assumptions are, of course, bound up together. To say that there is no millennium means that there is no future for Israel, and if there be no fulfilment of these predictions for Israel then we may assume that they are to be fulfilled as all prophecy must be, and fulfilled in this case in the Church. These three suggestions, therefore, stand or fall together.

The Coming Crisis

The Coming Crisis

by Rev. RONALD J. PARK

    CRISIS, climax zero hour, the crash! Is that how it is to be? Is there something catastrophic round the corner? Are we sitting on a volcano grumbling to erupt? But isn’t it all very stupid to talk like that?

    Scaremongering is a mean business and we want none of it. Yet - and this is a remarkable thing - if you were to confide your fears to the man in the street, he wouldn’t think you mad! He is very worried himself when he thinks about it. The press, TV and radio pour the whole wretched story of a chaotic world into our laps. We cannot escape it. The violent insanity of our age threatens to undo civilisation and throw us back to an early barbarism where high principle, moral standards, common civility and God himself have no meaning. History, of course, is a series of crises. That’s how we fix dates in our mind. Crises tumble one on another thick and fast, or history books would be as stuffy as the multiplication table.

    Is something quite extraordinary likely to happen in our time - a crisis of crises? If we try to interpret history, one guess is as good as another: and if we try to piece the confusing bits of current events together to make a pattern, we get nowhere. Are we entirely at the mercy of human wisdom to discern the future - man’s wisdom has proved pretty threadbare - or is there some authoritative source to enlighten our poor, bewildered minds about what it is all coming too? Yes, GOD! From Adam onwards God has divulged His secrets to men He could trust. God told His prophets in the Old Testament, who in turn told the people, of sure and certain eventualities. The people for the most part could not have cared less. They ridiculed the communications as the fantasy of disordered minds, and did some of God’s prophets to death for their pains. But it all came about just as God had said and passed into history. The fact is, God is not uncommunicative. "Surely the Lord does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). But we are born cynics, our inherent belief in a communicating God blinds us to His truth. We stumble on in our darkness, which becomes the more dense by reason of the stupid prejudices we pick up by the way. It is not difficult to believe the words of St. Paul, "The god of this world (the devil) has blinded the minds of unbelievers" (2 Cor. 4:4). But the light of God is the answer to the darkness of man. We become intelligent and understanding when we abase ourselves before the God only wise and let Him teach us from His Word, the Holy Scriptures.