Bible Prophecy in crisis? Boy if that isn’t the truth. Every day I receive at least one new “wild” dooms day/last day prophetic word or revelation from someone who falls into the “prophetic” category spoken of in Ezekiel 13:
Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! (verse 3)
In the context of the Jasher account, that story makes a whole lot more now sense doesn’t it? I mean think about it. Without Jasher, the story in Genesis 25 makes no sense at all…. After reading Jasher, you now completely understand what is going on and why. Esau had just killed the king of the world!
By the way, the “valuable garments” that Nimrod had, “with which he prevailed over the whole land” were the original garments God made for Adam and Eve back in the garden… so here Esau has chopped off Nimrod’s head and stolen his “magic garments.” The rest of Nimrod’s “mighty men” were after him now. Esau came home famished from a very busy day! So, when Jacob says he wants his birthright, Esau basically said, “Look. What do I care about my birthright? I just killed King Nimrod! I’m a dead man. His warriors are probably coming for me as we speak. Just give me something to eat!” Esau was extremely vulnerable here and Jacob totally took advantage of the situation for his own selfish gain….
The Fifth Trumpet blows, and the spirit of Apollyon (Apollo) ascends back into its former host body – Nimrod. Thus, empowered by the dragon himself, the Anti-Christ will rise. And his first order of business will be to kill the Two Witnesses! (p. 135, 258)[bold added]
(Rob Skiba, Babylon Rising, http://babylonrisingblog.com/PDF/Babylonrising.pdf)
This eschatological teachings of the postmodern evangelical church are in a state of revision and flux. It is no longer possible to categorize endtime teachings according to the old standard recognizable Postmillennialism, Amillennialism and Premillennialism. There are emerging permutations in these teachings, hybrid eschatologies that blend in New Age evolutionary progression, quantum physics (including quantum spirituality), “incarnating” Christ, “Forerunner Eschatology,” science fiction, UFO lore, secret codes, and ancient pagan mythology, astrology and apocryphal writings. The result is a prophecy mish-mash. These strange new configurations of eschatology are apocalyptic in nature and go far beyond the descriptions of an apocalypse that are found in Scripture alone.
Postmodern endtime prophecy no longer reflects the humble Gospel message of salvation, nor does it find hope in the soon return of Jesus Christ.
The most noticeable aberration in eschatological prophecy can be found in the classic Premilliennnial or Pre-Tribulation Rapture positions. There are such substantial revisions as to render these barely recognizable. While many prominent evangelical prophecy teachers still profess a basic Premillennial view, in actuality many of them have mixed in extrabiblical teachings to such an extent that it substantially revises their position. Specifically, the Premillennial position has been added to with large amounts of extrabiblical material, especially including ancient apocryphal literature. This ancient apocalyptic literature serves as the foundation to all of their endtime scenarios. Building upon this unstable foundation the postmodern prophecy teachers add all sorts of other “spiritual” teachings.
The quotation at the top of this article is a perfect case in point.
What started thirty years ago as intriguing speculations about difficult passages in the Bible has now turned into full-blown heresy. When prophecy leaders first began to examine apocryphal literature with curiosity, they cracked open the door to considering sources outside of Scripture. Little did they realize that within several decades a flood of occult teachings from the ancient pagan world would come pouring into the church. It is no wonder that the History Channel’s miniseries version of The Bible can go so far afield into fiction. After years of a steady diet of seeker-sensitive pap, people are desensitized, de-moralized, dumbed-down and don’t know their Holy Bible. And thus they are rendered receptive to these evocative enhancements to Scripture.
In the recently devised endtime scenarios there is a new focus. Attention is placed on cataclysmic events that include space aliens, Nephilim creatures, and other entities and deities – all of which are said to be coming to invade earth. Prophecy teachers are making extravagant claims about events they say will take place imminently. Some predicted dire cataclysms on 12-12-12. It didn’t happen, but that hasn’t deterred them from developing alternative future apocalyptic scenarios. The hype surrounding these proposed end-time scenarios is often accompanied by bizarre teachings borrowed directly from occult sources. Prophecy has now been turned into apocalypse. These apocalyptic teachers portray dramatic portents of doom and disaster that are far removed from plain Scripture. There seems to be an insatiable market for this kind of fear-mongering.
A noteworthy feature is the inclusion of apocalyptic America scenarios that drum up hysteria about how our nation will be ruined. This is actually a potent form of operant conditioning – the trigger creates a panic reaction; people want to “do” something to “fix” things before America is doomed. Create the crisis, propose the solution. Thus, drummed-up fear renders people more susceptible to potent solutions such as Dominionism or spiritual warfare.
The focus is no longer on teaching the Gospel to those who are lost – a message of conviction and truth that would have a real and lasting impact on the terrible morals of our land’s inhabitants. Evangelicals are no longer “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:13).
Please continue here: The Rise of Apocalyptic Paganism in the Church: Bible Prophecy in Crisis