What does the Bible say about the future?
Common problems with understanding end times prophecies are:
Expecting things to begin right now
and forgetting the past 100 generations thought the same
A European Beast
The Roman Empire was a Mediterranean one
A gradual, subtle degradation into the Tribulation
The Bible describes sudden global catastrophes
(The Battle of Gog of Magog, the Restrainer being taken away, the Rapture)
- Distinguishing between the Beast, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and the great Prostitute
- Focusing on sources that don’t embrace biblical truth
It’s really important to look at all the relevant scriptures, and put aside commentaries we’ve previously received, which may bias our interpretation.
It’s really important to be humble and understand we all have a partial understanding. We certainly mustn’t attack those who have a different point of view.
Through this book, I hope to redirect some of these assumptions and share my understanding of as much scripture as I can.
The greatest fallacy in understanding end times is missing the spiritual dimension. Many interpret scriptures purely from a natural dimension, others acknowledge the spiritual dimension, but miss its significance. The Bible is all about the spiritual dimension, which casts vague shadows in the natural dimension. People try to fit Moses’ plagues over Egypt into a chain of natural cause and effect. They downplay God’s small miracles such as the staff becoming a snake, which set precedent for God’s supernatural intervention in the ten great plagues against those who oppressed his people. In a similar way, the plagues of the Tribulation are an explicit, supernatural outpouring of God’s anger.