November 28th, 2014
This week on ‘The Hal Lindsey Report’
Sir Isaac Newton was no dummy.
His famous monograph, “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,” was published in 1687. It is credited with laying the groundwork for classical mechanics. In the three volume set he also developed Newton’s laws of motion and stated Newton’s laws of gravitation. Besides inventing the first practical reflecting telescope, he advanced other theories that became foundational to modern physics, calculus, and science in general — most of which I can’t even begin to understand, much less communicate.
Briefly referred to as “Principia,” Newton’s signature treatise is rightly considered one of the most important works in the history of science.
He is acknowledged as one of the most brilliant men of all time. Yet most people don’t know that Sir Isaac Newton was highly religious and a bit of a theologian. He actually wrote more on Bible hermeneutics than on science and mathematics. That’s why something he wrote more than 300 years ago is especially important today.
Sir Isaac observed: “About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”
Sure enough, in the last century or so, there has arisen a group of scholars, theologians, and teachers who have done exactly what Newton predicted — insist upon the literal interpretation of the Bible’s prophecies amid “much clamor and opposition.”
We owe a debt of gratitude to men such as Anderson, Chafer, Pentecost, Walvoord, and others who withstood the criticism and, sometimes, condemnation of their peers to bring the Bible’s predictions of these last days to the attention of the Church.
Even so, in 1969, when I wrote “The Late Great Planet Earth,” there wasn’t much general interest in Bible prophecy. With that book, I hoped to attract non-Christians to the claims of Christ and help believers understand the wonder of Bible prophecy.
This week, I’m going to take a look at how some of the predictions I made in that book are shaping up 45 years later. And “shaping up” they are. From the decline of the US dollar to the global war on drugs to the efforts to convert to a global electronic currency to the beginnings of world food shortages. Things are falling into place in the end-times scenario faster than schoolchildren into a lunch line.
All of which means — as I say week after week — that it’s time to get ready for Christ’s soon, sudden return for the believers. Though things are looking bleak on the financial and political horizons, just lift your eyes a little higher and soon we’ll see Jesus coming back for us in the clouds of glory. So don’t despair — prepare!
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