Experts on end times prophecies in the Bible have noticed an increased interest in the topic during the coronavirus pandemic.
Chosen People Ministries held a webcast Wednesday morning titled “Pandemics, Prophecy, and the Middle East,” which examined how pastors view the end times and modern events.
The focus was on a LifeWay Research study which found that a large number of pastors from evangelical and historically African American churches viewed current events as signs of the end times.
Joel Rosenberg, bestselling author and chairman and founder of The Joshua Fund, said during the webcast that he believed there was “growing interest” in the topic among pastors.
Rosenberg noted that the survey for the LifeWay report came before the coronavirus pandemic had gone far beyond the Chinese province of Wuhan.
“I actually think that if we took this survey, you know, a week from now, a month from now, I think we would see these numbers actually grow,” Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg explained that he had expected the number of pastors who viewed end times prophecy as applying to modern events as being “lower” and was “encouraged” by the fact that it was higher.
“I do think there has been a tendency in the last 30 or 40 years for some in American evangelicalism to not talk about Bible prophecy,” he said.
Rosenberg attributed this to the topic being “controversial” as well as some believing its “crazy,” as “there have been so many people sensationalizing Bible prophecy and jumping on every headline” as evidence that the end is near.
“There are multiple geopolitical, economic, and other social implications of the crisis we’re going through right now with the COVID-19,” continued Rosenberg. “And I think, what you’re seeing is an increase in interest and we have to be careful how we teach this.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski