As Bible Prophecy Unfolds. . .
Vol: 26 Issue: 19 Monday, September 19, 2016
I first began working on the internet in 1992. I can remember the excitement when the first graphical internet interface (now known as an internet browser) came out.
Until then, one browsed the ‘net’ using text commands on a black screen.
Computers were maddeningly slow, everything was black and white and they crashed early and often — but the information was generally pretty solid in those days.
(It was one of the reasons that it took a full week to gather enough research material to put together the 22-minute broadcast script for ‘This Week in Bible Prophecy’)
Once the graphical interfaces were introduced, the first, crude web pages started to appear. Soon after, the information superhighway started filling up with detours from information to infotainment.
The early web was top-heavy with conspiracist websites eager to prove their various conspiracies, Satanist websites, porn, and, interestingly, fundamentalist Christian websites.
I say ‘interestingly’ from the secular perspective; spiritually speaking, it was the perfect place to find them. Jesus Christ went to seek and to save lost sinners.
The best way to seek sinners is to go where the sin is. And in this generation, the internet is where it is at.
(I can’t remember exactly when I launched my first website, but it was somewhere in the mid-nineties. Seems like yesterday — and a million years ago.)
In any case, the internet was soon so filled with disinformation that I developed a personal confirmation policy that demanded at least three separate and independent sources confirming the information was true.
I admit I came in late on a lot of breaking stories, but I am not a reporter so much as an observer. Neither is it my goal to be an advocate. Let me explain:
I see the moral collapse of our society as clearly as do any of you. I am as abhorred by abortion on demand as the most militant among you. I am as disgusted with the current administration’s pandering to special interests over the immigration issue as any of you are.
I am as alarmed over the administration’s handling of the Iran crisis as the most paranoid member of our fellowship. I am as opposed to the United Nations as the most ardent nationalist reader, and I am as worried about the Marxist indoctrination of our children in the public school system as you are.
But it isn’t the mission of the Omega Letter to advocate for change, but rather to observe that change as it is underway and comment on how it relates to the overall outline of future history from the perspective of Bible prophecy.
That isn’t to say that the Omega Letter is wholly neutral — that wouldn’t be honest. I express my opinions freely enough, but I am not an advocate for any agenda other than leading as many of the lost to Christ as possible while there is still time.
Every day, there is some event in the news that serves to confirm the truth of Bible prophecy, which confirms the existence of its Author. If Jesus is truly real, and if He is truly coming back, then the skeptic has no refuge from the choices placed before him.
And no excuses, either.
While it is the Omega Letter’s mission to observe current events, it is not our role to serve as advocate for any particular outcome. It is a conundrum for me. Allow me to share it with you.
I believe that, while each of us has free will choices before us, the outcomes are already known to the Author of history. This is where it gets conundrumy. (I made that word up. I like it, though)
The hyper-Calvinist takes predestination to the level where, since all is pre-ordained, there is no need to do anything except ‘go with the flow’. No need to give the Gospel, God already predestinated who would be saved. Let God sort it out.
But I am not a hyper-Calvinist. I believe that it is incumbent upon each of us as individual members of the Body of Christ to do our job for the Kingdom, and that each of us has the free will choice to either accept or reject the task set before him. And that our choices have eternal consequences.
But Bible prophecy lays out the details of events as they will befall one generation, somewhere in time, to the exclusion of all other generations.
All Bible prophecy for the last days includes some relationship to the physical existence of a nation/state called “Israel.”
Until 1948, no such nation/state had existed historically since its destruction by Sargon II in 702 BC. Jesus said that the generation that would see the restoration of Israel would witness the conclusion of human history.
The Bible lays out, in detail, the national and international trends, geological disturbances, ethnic unrest, wars, plagues, signs in outer space, etc., that will conspire together to bring about the events of the Tribulation Period.
The Bible says,
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2nd Peter 1:21)
So, we have two levels of predestination to look at here.
Individual predestination, in which a believer is chosen for salvation ‘from the foundation of the world’ — which would seem to preclude evangelism.
Now, view it from the next level, that of the constant fulfillment of Bible prophecy before our very eyes.
It is being fulfilled by men making free-will decisions. But they are still fulfilling their predestined roles (or Bible prophecy would fail).
I applaud conservative advocacy groups who rally against abortion or work to clean up the public airwaves, or to reform the public school system, or to get conservative justices to the Supreme Court.
But the mission of the Omega Letter is to point out how trends dovetail with Bible prophecy, not to work to reverse them.
God will use the efforts of the various advocacy groups according to His foreknowledge of the role they will play. (It’s confusing, isn’t it? I TOLD you it was ‘conundrumy’)
But the mission of the Omega Letter is to serve as the watchman on the wall, and to train up other watchmen to help give the warning.
Not to abandon the post to help with pre-emptive defensive fortifications elsewhere. There are already people in God’s plan that He has called to do that.
It is the mission of the Omega Letter to watch and to give the warning, being mindful of the consequences should we fail to do the job.
“Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:”
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33:6-7)
Jesus is alive. And He is coming back soon.
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