Joel Rosenberg Answers This Question: Could Iran Tensions Fulfill Prophecies About the End of the World?

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New post on Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

“Iran tensions could fulfill prophecies about the end of the world,” reports the Washington Post. Is that true? Does the Bible even speak of the future of Iran? Here’s what I told the Post.

by joelcrosenberg

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — A Washington Post reporter called me last week and asked if I thought the current tensions with Iran suggested Biblical “end times” prophecies were coming to pass. I confess, it’s not every day I get a call like that.

Here’s the short version of what I told her:

  • no, as fascinating and dramatic as they have been, it’s unlikely that the events last few weeks in and around Iran have immediate prophetic significance.
  • sadly, far too many so-called “prophecy experts” leap at chance to sensationalize every headline and shoe-horn events into their view of the “last days.”
  • that said, yes, there are actually two important biblical prophecies about the future judgment of Iran. One is found in Jeremiah chapter 49. The other is found in Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39 (a prophecy known as the War of Gog & Magog”).
  • and yes, when even the Washington Post starts asking, it’s certainly worth making the people aware of those passages of Scripture and helping both believers and unbelievers understand what these passages say and what they mean.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of prophecy nuts,” I told the Post. “These are people who have websites [where every sentence is] in capital letters, [followed by] 90 exclamation marks, and it’s like: ‘Have some decaf, it’s going to be okay.’”

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While I very much hope you’ll avoid the teaching of the nuts, I do hope you’ll take some time to study these two critical Bible passages.

I also hope you’ll join me in praying daily for the enslaved people of Iran to be set free once and for all, and for the Church in Iran to grow bolder and stronger every day.

[In the meantime, if you’re interested, here’s a link to the full Washington Post article.]

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joelcrosenberg | January 12, 2020 at 4:45 pm | Categories: Epicenter | URL: https://wp.me/piWZ7-8Yp

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Will we ever achieve peace on earth?

Jan 11, 2020

From the writings of the Rev. Billy GrahamQ: Will we ever achieve peace on earth? — P.S.

A: The human race continues its futile search for peace in all the wrong places, placing its hope in governments, successes, or religions. This is what the Bible says concerning mankind’s futility: “The way of peace they have not known” (Romans 3:17). Today there is little personal, domestic, social, economic, or political peace anywhere. Why? Mankind has within it the seeds of suspicion, violence, hatred, and destruction.

Millions search for what can only be found in Christ. There have been men and women who had the ability to write a check for a million dollars, and would offer it, if it would bring them peace. But peace cannot be bought.

Peace will not come to the world until Christ returns. “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Luke 12:51). Jesus was not saying that He prevented peace; He was giving fair warning that His message would divide people. After all, who likes to be told they are sinners who must repent? When Christ began His earthly ministry, He showed love, gave comfort, and brought healing. The people’s response was to oppose Him, reject Him, arrest Him, and kill Him.

And Satan does everything in his power to steer peace seekers away from the Peacemaker, Jesus Christ. The same people that talk of peace, lobby for it and convene peace conferences, are often the same people who are blinded by Satan who does not want the world to recognize the Source of peace.

But personal peace can be realized in the here and now. Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace” (John 16:33). The future does not hinge on the world situation, however grim it might become. It depends on what each person does about Jesus Christ.

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(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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