Rome and the surrounding territories became increasing hostile to Jesus’ followers after His death. According to tradition, every disciple, except one, was martyred for his faith, and that disciple’s fate wasn’t much better—John was exiled to a rocky, inhospitable island called Patmos. During this exile, Jesus Christ spoke to John in a vision. He revealed far-off future events, … [Read more...] about Seven Churches of Revelation Bible Study
Dr. David Jeremiah mines the Bible for wisdom regarding End Times, Armageddon, the Millennium, 666, the Apocalypse, Revelation, and more.
Our culture has embraced the idea of suffering for a cause, but it has cheapened the concept of martyrdom in the process. Terms like social change martyr, digital martyr, work martyr, and political martyr have expanded the meaning of martyr to include any inconvenience resulting from expressing an opinion. But to understand just how bad the Tribulation will be, we need to know … [Read more...] about How Bad Will the Tribulation Be?
Do you remember the days when everyone paid with cash or paper checks? Credit receipts were made in triplicate—one page for the customer, one for the seller, and one for the bank. And there were knuckle–grinding machines that imprinted name and account numbers through two lightweight paper sheets and one tagboard sheet, each separated by carbon paper. Personal checks were … [Read more...] about Becoming a Cashless Society—A Financial Sign of the End Times
P. T. Barnum was an American showman of the nineteenth century who captivated American audiences with elaborate hoaxes that earned him a reputation as the "Prince of Humbugs." He didn't consider his shows to be underhanded because his audiences were willing participants in his ruses. In Barnum's words, "The people like to be humbugged." During the Tribulation, there will be a … [Read more...] about What Does 666 Mean?
A principle of reading and interpreting the prophetic portions of the Bible is that every prophetic event casts its shadow. That means, while the event itself happens in a moment of time, there are shadows of that event which touch those who live prior to the event. For example, the seven-year period known as the Tribulation will officially begin in a single moment with the … [Read more...] about The False Prophet in the Book of Revelation
There are many events described in the book of Revelation. One of them is the Great White Throne Judgment, described in Revelation 20. The Great White Throne Judgment is an event where those who did not know Jesus as their Savior during their life will come before the Lord and be judged by Christ. Christians will not be judged at this time—they will be judged before that, … [Read more...] about What is the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation?
Sitting like giant golf balls on the bleak Yorkshire moors of northern England are dozens of strange globes protected by sophisticated security fences. Known as Project Echelon, this is one of the world’s most secret intelligence operations. It’s located at Menwith Hill, a Royal Air Force station eight miles from the English town of Harrogate, and it is the largest … [Read more...] about 5 Signs You May See Christ
In recent years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has aggressively pursued reunification of the Soviet bloc. He has annexed Crimea, infiltrated Eastern Ukraine, and crept into the Republic of Georgia. Not only is he provoking the people of Eurasia, but his strong-armed policies are also causing concern around the world. According to a Gallup poll, the public has consistently … [Read more...] about What Does the Bible Say About Modern Russia?
About 2,500 years ago, the Jewish prophet Daniel received a panoramic revelation from God that revealed the sweep of world history from his own day up until a future time when Jesus Christ returns to establish His eternal kingdom. This revelation about the future came in the form of two dreams. One dream is recorded in the second chapter of Daniel, and it is a dream of the … [Read more...] about Europe’s Role in Bible Prophecy
Of all God’s covenant promises to Abraham, I believe the most amazing is His promise concerning the land. God told Abraham to leave his country, his family, and his father’s house and go “to a land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). God then led Abraham to the land that would belong to his descendants forever. The land promised to Abraham and his descendants was described … [Read more...] about The Promised Land of Israel
Meet God's Prophet of Fire A Simple, Strange Man The Bible often provides extensive genealogies and background information on its key players. However, little is known about one particular man’s background—the prophet Elijah. His name can be translated “Yahweh is my God” or “Jehovah is my strength.” This may explain why Elijah typically worked alone; he derived strength … [Read more...] about Who Was Elijah?
Prophecy fascinates us because it points to something beyond our physical world and reminds us of God’s hand at work in creation. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has “set eternity in the human heart” (NIV). We yearn to discover eternity because we were created for it (John 3:16). Everything that can be known about the future is revealed through Old and New Testament … [Read more...] about Understanding Old and New Testament Prophecy
Twelve Answers to Twelve Questions A Time of Unrestrained Evil During the Tribulation, evil will flourish. God’s wrath toward the wicked will be revealed. Signs of His coming judgment will loom. It will be a terrible time. But in His goodness, God has not left us unaware. The Bible describes various signs, disasters, and circumstances of this future event and how we can … [Read more...] about What Is the Tribulation?
In the United States, there were approximately 1.7 million new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2018.1 Globally, there were at least 25 ongoing, armed conflicts with vast humanitarian, political, and economic consequences.2 In 2016, 815 million people were undernourished.3 Many people look at these statistics of human suffering and wonder where God is in all of this. Does He see … [Read more...] about What Is Prophecy?
Relying on past success is a recipe for destruction—just ask the city of Sardis. Strategically located on the banks of the gold-laden Pactolus River, Sardis was once the prosperous capital of Lydia’s empire. At its peak, history suggests Sardis’s king Croesus financed construction of the Temple of Artemis—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Croesus’s father, King … [Read more...] about 4 Steps to Reviving Your Faith From John’s Letter to the Church of Sardis
Modern church life is quite different than life in the early Church, but believers today should emulate the faithfulness of the church at Philadelphia. Christ commended the believers for four principles that are often lost among the practices and programs of modern church culture. Although Christ addressed Revelation 3:7-13 to the church in Philadelphia as a body, His words … [Read more...] about 4 Signs of Faithfulness From John’s Letter to the Church of Philadelphia
There are at least five critical issues facing our world today. What does the modern nation of Israel have to do with the End Times? How should Christians respond to a world overrun by rampant violence and militant Islam? Does the Bible give us insight into Russia’s resurgence on the world stage? What can be known about how the Rapture and End Times will occur? Could divine … [Read more...] about 5 Critical Issues Facing Our World
Every time I visit the Holy Land, I marvel at the miracle of the reestablishment of the nation of Israel. I can walk where Abraham walked, stroll through fields where the shepherds watched their flocks by night, and sail across the Sea of Galilee where our Lord stilled the storm. The birth of the modern state of Israel, which I believe paves the way for the end times, is a … [Read more...] about Profile of Two Revelation Informants – Daniel and John
The Rapture is the next event on the prophetic calendar. Casting their shadows before them, the following signs indicate that the End Times are near. 1. The Sign of Deception Many people are going to claim to be the Messiah and claim to have the answers for a troubled world. Jesus says to “take heed”—literally, to keep our eyes open so we are not fooled. In the End Times, … [Read more...] about 4 Signs of the End Times
Like many of the topics in Revelation, there is much mystery surrounding the 144,000 mentioned in chapters 7 and 14. Who are they? What is their significance? What will be their objective? Will they be protected? Will they have any effect on the lost people of the Last Days? Although we do not know everything about the events that will take place and those involved, the Bible … [Read more...] about The 144,000 in the Book of Revelation
Mentioned throughout Scripture, especially in the New Testament, the Second Coming is a future event that will take place as Christ returns to earth in all His glory at the final judgment. At that time, He will make right all the wrongs in our world. This event will occur after the Tribulation, when Christ defeats the Great Dragon, and before His one-thousand-year reign on … [Read more...] about The Second Coming of Christ
Can you imagine a world with no fear? No disease? No pain? No worry? That is what the Millennial Kingdom will be like. For a thousand years, there will be peace—we will live in a perfect world with Christ as our ruler. It is something we can look forward to when our lives are difficult and when our world is filled with chaos, immorality, and despair. As we go through hard … [Read more...] about What Is the Millennium? 7 Answers to 7 Questions
Doom and gloom? That’s how many think of the book of Revelation. Oftentimes, Christians shy away from the study of prophecy because they believe it is too complex or irrelevant to spend time examining. But this is not true. Revelation gives us insight into things that will come to pass and helps us understand the things that are happening in our world. It gives us heavenly … [Read more...] about Benefits of Biblical Prophecy in the World Today
Have you ever found the idea of studying the book of Revelation quite daunting? Have you ever thought, “Why should I study prophecy?” Because of its complexity, oftentimes people avoid examining it—with the assumption it was written only for Bible scholars and theologians—which leads for many to be uninformed, unbelieving, and uninterested in it. A while back, I met one of our … [Read more...] about What Is the Book of Revelation About?
Warning! Watching the news could trouble your heart. We’ve never had so many sources of breaking news beamed nonstop into our homes and phones, and most of the stories leave us perplexed and disheartened. Who could imagine times like these? Political upheaval. Global terrorism. Mass killings. Rogue states. Economic peril. Rampant secularism. Worldwide pandemics. Racism. … [Read more...] about Why Study Revelation? – Intro from Escape the Coming Night
When a stranger asks me, “When is your birthday?” I become a little suspicious. I don’t believe they plan to send me a present. They probably want to figure out my horoscope. Nowadays, it’s not unusual to meet people who use astrological predictions to plan the future. Others actually spend money on psychics or New Age books. It seems that people will do almost anything in … [Read more...] about Is Bible Prophecy Important?
When Christ Returns Like Jesus’ disciples (Matthew 24:3), we wonder what is in store for this world. What will happen? The Bible lays out an enthralling picture. At least one-fifth of His Word is prophecy. The Second Coming is mentioned 318 times in the New Testament’s 210 chapters. Obviously, this is not a doctrine to ignore; God desires us to know about Christ’s return. The … [Read more...] about The Revelation Prophecy Timeline
It comes as a surprise to some young people today to learn that James Bond (“007”) was not the world’s first secret agent. In fact, countries and cultures for thousands of years have benefited from the work of super-sleuths. Even God has had spies and secret agents! In Numbers 13 we have the story of God’s first team of secret agents—an even dozen of them. Each of the 12 … [Read more...] about Do You Know What’s Coming? How to Accept the Mission of Being God’s Agent
1. Are we living in the apocalypse? We are closer to the end than ever before. That’s kind of an obvious statement, but even many who don’t believe in the Bible will tell you the world will one day end and that we are getting closer to that time. We don’t know exactly when the time will come, but the Rapture will be the triggering event. I believe the Church, those who have … [Read more...] about Eleven Questions You’ve Always Wondered About the End Times
We are closer to the end than ever before. That’s kind of an obvious statement, but even many who don’t believe in the Bible will tell you the world will one day end and that we are getting closer to that time. We don’t know exactly when the time will come, but the Rapture will be the triggering event. I believe the Church, those who have placed their faith in Jesus as … [Read more...] about Are We Living in the Apocalypse?