WND: The End is Near!


The Worldnetdaily has another one of its advertisements disguised as an opinion column, this one from James Fitzgerald. WND is publishing his new book, which claims that 9/11 was the beginning of the one true last days (never mind all those other false last days you’ve been told about).

In strikingly similar fashion, when Jesus answered the disciples’ question on Mt. Olivet about the end times, He taught that the generation living when the end time events first began would not pass away until all that was to happen did happen in the span of one generation (Matthew 24:34). Typically, a biblical generation is considered to be 40 years. This was the length of time the Israelites wandered in the wilderness after fleeing Egypt. During that time, the old generation died out and a new generation rose to conquer the Promised Land. Likewise, from the time that Jesus taught on Olivet until the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem occurred, it was also just less than forty years, the time of a single generation.

In my book, “The 9/11 Prophecy,” I give evidence that the attack on 9/11 was the literal beginning of the final generation that Jesus foretold would come before His return. This is not mere idle speculation. Jesus specifically taught that his followers would be able to recognize this period once it began. I also believe that is why the Lord has drawn such extraordinary attention at this time to the Isaiah 9:10 passage through the teaching of Jonathan Cahn. In its broad context (Chapters 6-39), Isaiah 9:10 has an undoubted connection to the end times. God would have us heed this fact and deeply consider its implications.

Wow, talk about a distortion. Matthew 24 does not say that “the generation living when the end times events first began” would not pass away until the end times came about. He said that the generation then alive, his own disciples, would not pass away until the end times came.

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’[a] spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time.

26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

29 “Immediately after the distress of those days

“‘the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’[b]
30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d] 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.

32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[e] is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

He was telling them that the end times would happen in their lifetimes, and they believed him. The early Christians all expected all of those things to happen any day while they were alive. And every generation of Christians since then have believed that they were the last generation, that Jesus would be returning very soon, because the list of signs he gave were so vague that they are always happening. At every point in human history there were “wars and rumors of wars” and “nation rising against nation.” That every single generation has always been wrong about this makes it all the more amusing that the present one thinks they’ve finally got it right.

Comments

  1. says

    And Hal Lindsey claimed that it referred to the generation that witnessed the restoration of Israel, in 1948. Which meant that Jesus should be showing up in person, oh, about 25 years ago now…..

  2. says

    I remember an old flash cartoon called “Culture” (Two different colors). It was in a silent film kind of style. Romanov joins a star cult and engages in some visual puns of cult behavior, like ‘mutual brain washing’ involving soap and sponges. The big night arrives, everyone lines up under the stars, raising their hands. Text card: “Armageddon’s eternal procrastination.” Cut to everyone randomly spread out, lying on the ground as the sun rises.

  3. Trebuchet says

    And Hal Lindsey claimed that it referred to the generation that witnessed the restoration of Israel, in 1948. Which meant that Jesus should be showing up in person, oh, about 25 years ago now…..

    I actually saw him say it in person, when I was in college in the late ’60’s. He also predicted that Russian cavalry (with horses!) would be invading Israel pretty much any day.

    Good thing JC put in all those warnings about false prophets. Or is it profits?

  4. John Pieret says

    And Hal Lindsey claimed that it referred to the generation that witnessed the restoration of Israel, in 1948. Which meant that Jesus should be showing up in person, oh, about 25 years ago now…..

    He could take a page out of Harold Camping’s book and say it was a spiritual rather than physical rapture and a quiet end of the world (so quiet nobody noticed).

    Now, the Russian cavalry (on horses, no less!) might take a little more imagination.

  5. whheydt says

    The difficulty is not in seeing the described portents around you. The difficulty is finding a time in history when they *weren’t* taking place.

  6. dingojack says

    Sure they weren’t Australian Light Horse, Hal?
    Dingo
    ——–
    FoAW:
    “Beersheba played an important role in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in World War I. On October 31, 1917, three months after taking Rafah, General Allenby’s troops breached the line of Turkish defense between Gaza and Beersheba.[12] Eight-hundred soldiers of the Australian 4th and 12th Regiments of the 4th Light Horse Brigade under Brigadier General William Grant, with only horses and bayonets, charged the Turkish trenches, overran them and captured the wells of Beersheba in what has become known as the “last successful cavalry charge in British military history.”[citation needed] On the edge of Beersheba’s Old City is a Commonwealth cemetery containing the graves of Australian and British soldiers. The town also contains a memorial park dedicated to them.”

    [12] An Empire in the Holy Land: Historical Geography of the British Administration in Palestine, 1917–1929, Gideon Biger, St. Martin’s Press, New York, Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 1994, pp. 23–24

  7. jbhodges7 says

    In Matthew 10:23
    he says:
    When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly, I say
    to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel, before
    the Son of man comes.

    In Matthew 16
    27 For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of
    his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done. 28
    Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste
    death before they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.”

  8. says

    Well, he WOULD be coming…It’s those dagnabbed, motherfuckin’ iron chariots. He’d have a hard enough time gettin’ into someplace like Wheeling, W Virginia, ne’mind the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah that is Los Angeles. Plus, if he was to go into South Central, he’d prolly get jacked by the homies.

    “Good thing JC put in all those warnings about false prophets. Or is it profits?”

    The prophets are false; the profits are real and real DAMNED good!

  9. says

    Ed:

    I know that you have a comic bent (or you’re a bent comic, hard to tell) but these “teaser” headlines must stop!

    I saw that header and, for a moment, was ecstatic, thinking that Pornstache Joe had finally done something so mindnumbinglyiggerant that he had chased off even his posse. No such luck.

  10. david says

    “That every single generation has always been wrong about this makes it all the more amusing that the present one thinks they’ve finally got it right.”

    The scientific method consists, in essence, of learning from mistakes. Fundamentalists, almost by definition, refuse to learn from mistakes.

  11. francesc says

    “I also believe that is why the Lord has drawn such extraordinary attention at this time to the Isaiah 9:10 passage through the teaching of Jonathan Cahn”
    ‘Cause it would be too obvious has the attack been in 9/10.
    Wait, Isaiah 9:11 and Isaiah 9:12
    “11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;

    12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”

    See? It says Syrians in there. We are doomed!
    Note: Philistines are the people form Philipinnes or Philadelphia?

  12. dingojack says

    francesc – i think they’re believed to be Mycenean Greeks. (Good luck with finding, let alone invading Israel, with them Try around Patras or thereabouts).
    ;) Dingo

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