As a Bible prophecy guy, I look at the world through a Biblical, prophetic lens. That means I read what the Word says and apply it to what’s going on in the world. That’s called exegesis. The opposite of that is eisegesis, where one takes preconceived notions and reads them into the text. This leads to false interpretation and understanding. Only by drawing out of the text through exegesis can we truly know God’s Word and its application to our lives.
Prophetic dreams are common in the Bible. Because the gifts of the Holy Spirit did not end at the conclusion of the 1st century, as some would argue, people today exhibit those gifts at certain times under the hand of God. However, there are many today who claim these gifts as well as the mantle of prophet and apostle. Frankly, in my book, that’s not Biblical.
When someone has a dream, vision, or prophecy, we have to apply the Word of God to it. Does it line up with what God had His prophets of old declare? How does it resonate in our spirit? Using our God-given wisdom and discernment, where do we stand upon hearing what someone tells us that may have come from God?
Because of my concerns about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), which I’ve written about at length in these blogs, anyone who has read my essays know that I’m very leery of these guys. As a lay pastor in a Pentecostal church I’m also leery of charismatic excesses, so you won’t find me sharing something like this video below very often.
The Bible is very clear that tribulation will arise as we grow closer to the return of Jesus – and I’m not talking about THE Tribulation. As a longtime volunteer with Voice of the Martyrs, I’ve said over the years that the American church has it way too easy compared with our brothers and sisters in Christ in places like the 10-40 Window. I’ve often speculated that something would happen to cause the churches in America to face difficulties in order to bring us more in line with our persecuted brethren overseas.
Well, we’ve seen a lot in this year of 2020 already. With the upcoming election, I believe we’re going to see and experience a lot more. As the church, are we ready for these things? Generally, I have to say no. The great falling away – the great apostasy – is underway. Many people in the coming months (years? if the Lord tarries) will deny Christ. Things will get tough.
Our job as true, Bible-believing, Christ-followers is to dig in, to follow hard after our Lord, and to do that which He has placed us on this earth to do.
This video may shake you. I hope it does. We’ll see by December or so how this plays out. Is Pastor Dana’s vision true or false? Either way, difficult times are here, and things will get worse before they get better. But for those of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior, the best is yet to come! He will snatch us away soon – very soon. The Rapture is imminent. I don’t know what that means timing-wise, but I urge everyone reading this: make sure you’re right with God, and get ready for what’s to come – bad and good – because it’s surely coming!