Left Behind, Tribulation Force, Nicolae...

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    As some of you know, I've been reading the "Left Behind" series by Jenkins and LaHay about the rapture and tribulation period before the "Great Appearing." I'm on the 3rd book now, "Nicolae: The Rise of the AntiChrist."

    As I said before, some crazy, scary stuff!

    Before this, I had never read Revalation, and I don't remember EVER hearing about any of this in church, except for the perfunctory phrase in the Apostle's Creed, "Christ will come again the judge the living and the dead."

    Do your churches discuss it? I kind of thought only fringe, holy-roller, Bible-thumping churches (and I don't mean that to be offensive--seriously) ever brought up stuff like the 4 horses of the Apocolypse.

    What have been your experiences?
     
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    I have read the entire series and I have read and studied Revelations. Some might think it is all fringe, but that is only because they are in denial.

    The four horsemen, the Whore of Babylon, etc. are all metaphors for actual events, people, etc. that are to occur.

    Now many will say it is all bunk, but other prophecies have been correct, so why would only some be right and others not?

    I have read up on this stuff a lot, so if you have any questions, you can PM me. If I can't help, there are some sites I can refer you to that might be able to.
     
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    I believe that Revelations does in fact foretell the end of the world.

    Where I have a problem is with those who seek to interpret current events and pronounce that the end of the world is at hand. THOSE are the folks I ignore. By and large, they're idiots. I have noticed that frequently those who preach that the end of the world is at hand are old codgers with not too many days left to walk the planet. I think it's a misery loves company kind of thing. They figure that they don't have long to live and that everyone else should check out when they do either that or perhaps people start getting a little morbid when confronted with their own mortality.

    I do not believe that there is any way we can know which events herald the end of the world. Certainly there were lots of predictions of that nature during WWII. Just as there is a new crop of "phrophets" who pronounce that the Asian tsunami is a precursor.
     
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    Ah, but before WWII, there was no nation of Israel.

    The Bible clearly says (I paraphrase) that those that are looking will see....

    There are clear indicators in the Bible of things that will occur that will let us know the 7 year trib is coming.
     
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    So are we in the endtimes now, according to the Bible? Who is the major candidate for the antichrist? Many of the religious left put forward Bush, I think as the wolf in sheeps clothing type of character.

    http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0449/041208_news_antichrist.php

    Does the right have a candidate, and if so, how did they arrive at it?

    Religious studies are something of a hobby of mine, so I am always interested in these kinds of things.
     
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    Now way. If there is an antichrist out there right now, it's GOT to be Hillary Clinton.

    Check her hairline for that number if you get the chance.
     
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    I'm not much for the religion threads, but all that's coming to mind for me is, 'You shall not know the hour or the day. . ." or something like that. Don't blame me, I'm Catholic.
     
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    In the Greek, the word "anti" doesn't just mean "against." It also contains the meanings "equivalent to" or "a substitute for." Nero was anti-Christ because he falsely claimed to be God. The idea of deception is crucial. The Antichrist isn't the devil, the opposite of God. He's an evil human masquerading as a golden god. The Antichrist appears to humanity not as the hideous Beast but as handsome Nicolae Carpathia, who resembles Robert Redford without the facial erosion. "That could be our next Republican president," quips Lang.

    this sure sounds like bill clinton to me
     
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    Nobody is saying we will know the hour or the day, but we will be able to see the signs that point to the coming AC, tribulations and the eventual return of Christ on earth.
     
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    From my readings, he will have to be of Assyrian blood (it could be from 1000 years or so ago though - he doesn't have to be from their now).

    I don't think the AC will be anybody that is well known to us today. He will likely come from within the EU (the revived Roman Empire). The False Prophet that assists him will likely be a religious leader that pushes for a One World Religion.

    There is a lot of interesting reading on-line about it all and I find it very intriguing. Are we in the end times today? Who knows but G-d. However, I do know there are certain signs we can look for that will trumpet the coming of the AC and many of them have been fulfilled.
     

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