Dr. David Jeremiah, megachurch pastor, bestselling author and popular Bible teacher, believes the End Times began in 1948, when a nation that features prominently in the Bible was re-established as a state for the first time in 2,000 years. In fact, considering “the whole scope of world history,” Jeremiah would have to conclude that “yes, we are in the End Times,” or Earth’s last days.
“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 in November.
The Shadow Mountain Community Church senior pastor, who took over that position from another prophecy buff, Dr. Tim LaHaye, examines perhaps one of the most intriguing books of the Bible in his latest work, Agents of the Apocalypse.
In Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times, Jeremiah examines the Book of Revelation through 10 distinct characters or groups, including “The Exile,” “The Martyrs,” “The Two Witnesses,” and “The Dragon.” Each chapter opens with a “a fictional element,” intended to help readers fully grasp the meaning of the apocalyptic work, explained Jeremiah.
In the following transcript of Jeremiah’s phone interview with CP, the minister described by Tyndale House Publishers as a “prophecy expert,” describes the role of a prophet, reveals his position on the Millennium, and explains why Christians should be at peace about the coming end of the world.
CP: You have been described as a “prophecy expert.” What is a prophet?
Jeremiah: A prophet in the truest sense of the word, according to the Old Testament, is somebody who can tell the future with accuracy. There aren’t any modern-day prophets. The modern-day prophet would only be reporting what the scriptural prophet had already said.
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. These are very specific, detailed prophecies, and every single one of them was fulfilled accurately. 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.
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. If he misses on one prophecy, he’s not a true prophet. So in the Old Testament the prophets told the future, and the Bible and history tells us that they were absolutely accurate.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post