Dr. David Jeremiah: I’m no prophet, but the End Times are here
According to Bible scholar Dr. David Jeremiah, Christians should be prepared for the next stages of the End Times, which he argues were ushered in by Israel fulfilling Bible prophesy by reestablishing itself as a nation back in 1948 — after having no homeland for two millennia.
A Closer Look“[In] the whole scope of world history … yes, we are in the End Times,” Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church declared.
Jeremiah looks to no place other than the Bible to derive his conclusion, acknowledging that Israel was predicted in Scripture to launch the world into its last days by doing what no other nation on earth has ever done — return to re-establish its homeland after being cast out for 2,000 years.
"I personally believe that the End Times, in the sense of Bible prophecy, probably started for us in 1948 when Israel became a nation, because many of the prophecies, in the New Testament especially, could not be fulfilled until Israel was at home in her nation," Jeremiah told The Christian Post.
Jeremiah, like his predecessor at Shadow Mountain — Tim LaHaye, co-author of the world-famous Left Behind novels based on the Bible’s tribulation period of the End Times — recently endeavored to break down the enigmas of the Book of Revelation in his recently penned Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times.
In the book, Jeremiah breaks down the highly misunderstood last book of the Bible into 10 sections, plus an epilogue, so that readers can distinctly piece the events together in a relatable way. To achieve this, Jeremiah, dubbed by Tyndale House Publishers as a “prophesy expert,” begins chapters with a fictional account, resembling the way Jesus used parables to help people understand key concepts. He notes that J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis, who penned The Chronicles of Narnia, embraced the power of uncovering truth through myths.
Giving the readers key visuals to go by, he titled the chapters: The Exile, The Martyrs, The 144,000, The Two Witnesses, The Dragon, The Beast from the Sea, The Beast from the Earth, The Victor, The King, The Judge and The Overcomers (for the epilogue).
The world doesn’t need another prophet
But even though Jeremiah has valuable insight to share about the Bible, he stops short of considering himself a prophet and just encourages believers to be at peace as they anticipate the continued unraveling of the End Times.
Jeremiah, Dr. David“A prophet in the truest sense of the word, according to the Old Testament, is somebody who can tell the future with accuracy,” Jeremiah communicated to Christian Post in an interview. “There aren't any modern-day prophets — the modern-day prophet would only be reporting what the scriptural prophet had already said.”
He points out that the Bible is not short of predictions, which are so specific that skeptics cannot contend that they came to fruition by chance.
“The incredible thing about prophecy in the Bible is that in the Old Testament, there are over 300 prophecies about the coming of Christ to the Earth, which we celebrate at Christmas,” Jeremiah shared. “These are very specific, detailed prophecies, and every single one of them was fulfilled accurately.”
He emphasizes that Jesus Christ’s return to the earth in the last days is by no means a far-fetched or misguided hope.
“In the Bible, there are eight times as many prophecies about the Second Coming, and we believe those will all be fulfilled in detail and in accuracy as well,” says Jeremiah, whose megachurch is based near San Diego, California. “So prophecy is not just, ‘Oh, I think this might happen in the future.’ No — the Bible says a true prophet has to get it 100-percent right.”
Jeremiah puts the rest the assertions of many self-proclaimed End Times prophets over the years who have predicted the day and time of Christ’s return, only to see the day pass.
“If he misses on one prophecy, he's not a true prophet,” Jeremiah states plainly. “So in the Old Testament the prophets told the future, and the Bible and history tells us that they were absolutely accurate.”
Pre- or post-trib?
With all of the pre-tribulation and post-tribulation debates going on in churches across the world, Jeremiah addresses the issue head-on.
“I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is going to come back and that He could come back at any moment, after which will be a seven-year period of tribulation on this earth, which will conclude with the return of Christ again with the people from heaven and his angels,” Jeremiah proclaimed. “Then the Millennium, which is the 1,000-year reign of Christ, will take place.”
He then tried to clear up a lot of the confusion believers often find themselves in regarding premillennialists and amillennialists.
“When I say I'm premillennial, I just mean that I believe Jesus Christ is going to come back first, and the Millennial will happen later,” Jeremiah explains. “If I say I'm pre-tribulational, that means I just say I believe that Christ is going to come back in the Rapture and that there will be tribulation following that. So in that respect … I'm premillennial.”
And when asked forthrightly whether he believes we are living in the End Times, Jeremiah was quite candid about his biblical take.
“What we do know is, we're much closer to that time than we've ever been,” Jeremiah asserted. “I personally believe that the End Times, in the sense of Bible prophecy, probably started for us in 1948 when Israel became a nation, because many of the prophecies in the New Testament especially, could not be fulfilled until Israel was at home in her nation.”
He contends that Israel’s return to its homeland — given to it by God — is just the beginning of a foretold chain of events unfolded in the Bible.
“Now that she (Israel) is there, you begin to see some of these other things starting to happen,” Jeremiah informed. “The coalition governments of Europe (the European Union), many of the things the Bible talks about and Israel in her land, so I think I would say yes, we are in the End Times, as you look at the whole scope of world history.”
Any moment now
Jeremiah insists that any way a believer looks at it, he or she is getting nearer to the time that he or she will see Jesus face-to-face.
“There's a passage in the New Testament that I always like to tell people,” Jeremiah added. “It's this: ‘You are nearer to this than when you (first) believed’ (Romans 13:11). In other words, we don't know when it's going to happen, but we know it's a whole lot closer than it was when we first came to know Christ.”
When asked how Christians should live their lives as foretold biblical events continue to pass — while taking into consideration that every generation believes Christ will return in their time — Jeremiah had this to say:
“That's where most people are: ‘I'm okay to know about this, but I don't have to think about it, and I don't want it to affect how I look at life,’” Jeremiah answered. “The reason for that, if they have that kind of attitude, is because they really don't understand … the Bible doesn't say, ‘when you see that the Lord is going to come back, put your head down and your shoulders bent over and walk around in defeat.’ No, the Bible says, ‘If these things are happening, lift up your head, because your redemption is drawing nigh.’"
Game, set and match — Jesus
To put it in a nutshell, Jeremiah sums it all up by telling believers that they already know the score before the final match begins.
“One of the things that people have told me as they've read this book that I just released is, you know, people want to know when they look at all these world events is where is all this going,” Jeremiah recounted. “And the wonderful thing about the Book of Revelation — it tells you where it's going and it tells you how it ends up and it tells you that we win, that Jesus Christ is victorious.”
Bible study group praying together 620x300In so many words, he portrays the Book of Revelation as a blessed assurance given to believers, giving them a peek into the future victory that they will share with Christ.
“When you know that in your heart, it settles you down and you can live your life everyday with the confidence that, you know, ‘I don't understand what's going on right now, but, man, I'm on the right team and God's in control and He sees all of this and He's going to bring me through with my hands up high,’" Jeremiah concludes. “So I don't think prophecy should ever be a discouragement to people … I think it should be motivational and exciting.”
But Jeremiah wants to make sure that believers don’t get overcome with grief as conditions in this world continue to get worse.
“I encounter Christians every day who are anxious about the future, not only because of this increase in anti-Christian sentiment, but also because of the decline of economic and social stability,” Jeremiah discloses in his book. “In times like these, people tend to look even more closely at the Book of Revelation, because perhaps, above all others, it encourages Christians to keep hope alive. It recognizes the hard facts of worldwide disintegration and persecution, yet it assures God’s people of certain victory.”http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2014/12/03/dr-david-jeremiah-i%E2%80%99m-no-prophet-but-the-end-times-are-here#.VIRtSsmOzf0