When we hit a wall in life, where do we turn first? Do we look to the Church? To scholars? To our own intellect? Where are we placing our faith?
More and more in these troubled times, I see believers turning inward or seeking religious leaders of earthly authority for answers. This is sadly misguided, and there's a better way.
Where is the United States in Bible prophecy? It's a question that I've heard or read countless times, and it's a very valid one. After all, the U.S.A. is one of the most powerful and influential nations to ever exist. If we're as close to the end of the age as many prophecy experts claim (myself included), then shouldn't the ol' Red, White, and Blue show up in prophetic passages? Similarly, shouldn't we expect to find descriptions of other superpowers, like Russia? Yes, we certainly should. So where are they?
Amazingly, the nations of Great Britain, Russia, and America were all revealed to the prophets of YHVH thousands of years ago. They also saw powerful coalitions that haven't yet formed. By the time you finish reading this post, you'll have a very good idea of what's going to transpire on the international scale between now and the return of Messiah.
"The children of priests form an invisible legion of secrecy and neglect, a Spotlight Team review has found," wrote Michael Rezendes in his August 2017 article titled Father, my Father: Children of Catholic priests live with secrets and sorrow. In any country where the Roman Catholic Church has a notable presence, many thousands of illegitimate children have been sired by priests sworn to celibacy. These legions of kids tell sad tales about the heavy cost of growing up without the emotional and financial support of a father. We have no way of knowing how many others were lost to miscarriage and abortion, or were placed for adoption. It's one of a triad of problems centered around sexual misconduct within the Catholic priesthood—pedophilia and homosexual hookups comprise the other components of this ugly situation.
If the priests of the RCC are supposed to be holier than "normal" Catholics and lead local flocks by example, how can sexual deviance be so prevalent among this group? Why are so many of them not walking the walk? The answer lies primarily in the fact that the RCC has done exactly what the Scripture says not to do, and overwritten God's laws with their own. This is a serious problem that isn't confined to Catholicism, but exists to varying degrees in many monotheistic sects.
I try not to be closed off to civilized debate about my interpretation of Scripture. It's foolish not to consider other people's opinions, and it's arrogant to imagine that one has perfect biblical insight. Thus I like to remain teachable and willing to entertain challenges.
I've had many people, including a close family member, disagree with me about the timing of the Rapture (a.k.a the Resurrection). Some have taken a soft approach when trying to convince me that the Rapture will happen before a supposed seven-year tribulation, and some have treated me like I must be some kind of moron. But none of them have ever rendered up a cogent argument from Scripture. I've stayed open-minded, and I've listened carefully, but I have not been swayed. For every one verse that might hint at a pre-Trib Rapture, there are three or four verses that unambiguously contradict it.
If you've been pulled aboard the "Rapture Ready" bandwagon, you might want to consider these ten points of contention before you install that Rapture hatch in your crib.
Alexander Lawrence is a husband, father, artist, and lay scholar walking after Y'shua ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). His mission is to equip the Elect for the climax of history.
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