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Future Events - Five Future Facts (11 of 13)
Series: Real Evangelistic Preaching
This is a time in Christian history when there is a great emphasis placed on prophecy and its connection with future things. This is so because there are so many things that seem to be pointing toward the imminent return of our Lord.
I recently preached a message that indicated how much the energy crisis has caused the current dilemma. There is little doubt that the U.S. would intervene if the Persian Gulf nations should be threatened by the Soviets. If any OPEC country were to be taken by the Communists, America would become excited. Nations have gone to war for much less.
Forty percent of American oil comes from outside sources. Every time we fill our automobiles with gas, we are probably helping to finance the battle of Armageddon. It is entirely possible the end times will highly involve petroleum. We simply cannot do without fuel. We must understand that everything which seems to be taking place now points to the soon return of our Lord. I constantly caution people not to question the fact that Jesus is going to come back to this earth.
We have in our home a small and inexpensive movie projector. As I rewind the films after use, the frames start slowly. But, when I get near the end of the roll, it goes faster and faster until the last frame rips off the reel and the process is complete.
That's the way Bible prophecy seems to be taking place since the time of Christ. It has moved slowly until the 50s, 60s and 70s, and now into the 80s. The wheel of prophecy is turning so rapidly that very soon the last frame will fly off, and the end of time will have come.
The future is upon us. Much of what has been prophesied in the Scripture has come to pass, and we are now coming to the final stages. So, let's look closely at five future facts.
1. The Rapture of the Church
The first fact in biblical prophecy is the event called the r ...
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