• Jim Fletcher

The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of. Matthew 24:50

One of the most-asked questions about Bible prophecy—both from Christians and even non-Christians—centers on this: “When will Jesus return to Earth?” This refers to various verses in the Bible, such as Matthew 24; Luke 21:5–26; Revelation 22:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–10.

For decades, Bible prophecy teachers and students have interpreted what is happening in the world at a given moment as having relevance for this question. This would include increases in earthquakes, increased wars, famines, etc.

One (me!) could even argue that this is referred to in what Christians call the Old Testament (another name is Hebrew Scriptures). This occurs in Zechariah 12:10, in which God is saying that “they” will look on Him. “Him” in the Christian tradition being Jesus, who will have returned to the same place he ascended 2,000 years ago: the Mount of Olives.

In any case, this is a question on many minds.

I am not a person that gets hung up on timelines, trying to determine with total accuracy what event follows another. For example, many prophecy students spend a lot of time trying to determine if the Gog-Magog event of Ezekiel 38-39 is before or after the Rapture (or some other end-times event).

I don’t ask questions like that. For one thing, I think the Bible is not clear on purpose. In other words, there are things God has determined we don’t need to know yet. Since I believe He is sovereign, He makes the rules, I don’t need to concern myself with things God doesn’t definitely answer for us.

What He has told us is that Jesus is coming back.

Notice how specific Matthew 24:50 is. We are told very clearly that Jesus will return to Earth when no one is looking for Him!

When might that time be? I have no idea. In fact, it seems almost impossible. You would think that someone, somewhere in the world, would be thinking about it at any given time! But if we boil this down, Jesus will return at precisely the moment no one is looking for him. We don’t know exactly how this could be, but Scripture is our guide. Nothing else.

If we look at it that way, we are then not bogged-down in various theories or arguments.

If you are worried about life, worried about what might or might not happen after this life, consider believing (as a child would, with simplicity) that Jesus will return and make everything right, one day.

That is what He’s promised us.

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  • Jim Fletcher

A commentary in The Daily Signal tracks the disturbing data that shows America’s youth are becoming less interested in the Christian faith. We’ve known for some time that church youth leave the faith when exposed to college professors mocking the Bible. But now we are staring at the abyss of younger youth following that path early!

“There are several potential reasons for this. Today’s teenagers are growing up in a society that is increasingly hostile to faith, especially regarding faith-based values, and the social cost of being identified as religious amongst one’s peers is getting higher with each passing day.

“Christian pollster George Barna documented this in a recent survey that found religious teenagers hesitant to use the words ‘evangelism’ and ‘convert’ because they are fearful of being branded as ‘intolerant’ of other beliefs.

“Secondly, many churches tend to focus on the older end of their membership spectrum and leave those who are younger to fend for themselves. When there is not a support system or sense of community amongst one’s peers, teenagers and young adults tend to drift elsewhere and away from the church, with many never coming back.”

We see here, too, that both young and old are not being served well in Bible instruction.

The article makes many great points, but I’d like to add an idea that can help youth enjoy a vibrant faith. My idea is not common these days, and many would roll their eyes, but hear me out.

One area that is almost completely lacking in today’s American churches is solid instruction about Bible prophecy. For various reasons, it has fallen out of favor, either dismissed or mocked even by pastors and well-known teachers.


The Bible’s predictive prophecy is astonishing. It is an amazing proof that the Bible is true and that the God described in the Bible is the One True Creator.

Our book, It’s the End of the World As We Know It [get it in the “Our Books” section] , is a great resource for this. But let’s consider first a prophecy that is, I believe, impossible to refute.

•Hundreds of times throughout Scripture, God promises to restore the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland. Sure enough, in 1948, after 2,000 years of exile, the modern state of Israel was established.

Deuteronomy 30:1-5 speaks to this, written 3,700 years before it happened:

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the Lord your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the Lord your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back. He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors.

If you read this passage, then look at the history of the Jewish people, you will see that this prophecy has been fulfilled in remarkable detail. After the Romans expelled the Jews from Palestine (historically, before the 2ndcentury, Judea), they lived in virtually all the nations of the world. Today, Israelis have come from 185 countries around the world.

If you wish to dismiss this, check your bias. Check your heart and ask yourself why you reject this as a Divine fulfillment of prophecy.

There is much more to learn about Bible prophecy, and in that journey, you can boost your own faith or that of your children, grandchildren, spouses, etc.

Only the God of the Bible can call history before it happens.

“Remember this, keep it in mind,     take it to heart, you rebels. Remember the former things, those of long ago;     I am God, and there is no other;     I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning,     from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand,     and I will do all that I please.’

(Isaiah 46:8-10)

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  • Jim Fletcher

The famed naturalist Charles Darwin once wrote that, as a child, “I was much given to inventing deliberate falsehoods.”

This is a curious thing to admit, although children go through the stages of learning to lie and learning what the consequences of that are; it’s the human condition.

What makes Darwin’s admission very interesting, though, is the fact that he of course mainstreamed his great philosophy of naturalism, better known today as Evolution.

In fact, Darwin’s name is synonymous evolution, the belief that everything has descended from a common ancestor.

What a man did as a child can be overcome, but in Darwin’s case, there is evidence that this early bent toward making up stories propelled the publication and subsequent marketing (to use a modern word) of his famous book, On the Origin of Species.

(It was only later, in The Descent of Man, that he argued for man’s evolution from more primitive “hominids.” Thus was born the Apeman theory.)

Darwin knew that the complexity of the human eye was a problem for his theory. The precision of the eye, and the inability of modern science to duplicate it, is a strong case for Design.

Too, he knew that unless transitional creatures were found in the fossil record, his theory was in serious doubt. How could evolution be true if we didn’t find limitless numbers of jellyfish-becoming-seals, etc.?

The point is, Darwin and his friends like Thomas Huxley and Herbert Spencer did not like the God of the Bible. For various reasons, they found Him unappealing or even reprehensible. Darwin himself could not make sense of the reality of hell. He also famously said that any such view was a damnable doctrine, for it meant that his father, brother, and many friends ended up in a place of eternal misery.

But just because people don’t believe the Bible doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Do you see?

If you read the biographies and works of Huxley, Spencer, and other Darwin friends of 19th century England—as I have—you’ll see a curious common trait.

They simply decided they didn’t believe in God.

And it is equally fascinating to note how they influenced clergymen of their day, and our day. America preacher Henry Ward Beecher (perhaps the “Billy Graham” of his day) was quite the orator. He was also a devoted disciple of Darwin and in particular, Spencer. It was Herbert Spencer after all that coined the famous phrase, “Survival of the fittest.” This view of nature, that the strong had a legitimate, even logical, right to crush opponents, inarguably gave rise to 20th century madmen like Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.

What you believe is a big deal.

On this site, we will discuss this topic many times. We will point out that evolution—which at its core attempts to remove God from reality—is really just a belief system. It is not about hard, observable science, and never has been. Instead, a relatively small group of men in 18th and 19th century Europe so hated God, they decided to rid themselves of Him.

For now, I’d like you to simply begin considering that evolution is philosophy, not established science.

More to come.

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