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-Nearing the end of the Church Age as noted in Matthew 24
-Prophecies fulfilled and misinterpretations of scripture
-Mark of the Beast: purposes, forms, and emerging technologies
The end of the world, 2012, ancient Mayan calendars, conspiracy theories, apocalyptic descriptions from Nostradamus - for years journalists have hyped predictions while Hollywood made fortunes on action movies. Yet, answers won't be found in mysterious inscriptions inthe jungle or special news report - all we need to know has been sitting in plain sight for thousands of years in the prophetic word of God, the sacred scriptures known as the Holy Bible.
Christ himself tells us of impending wars, rumors of wars, ethnic conflicts, spiritual deception, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places; all signs to us that we are in the last days and yet most are ignoring the warnings that have been given. It Could Happen Tomorrow is about future events that will shake the world. Events prophesied long ago by God's ancient prophets and Jesus himself which may be happening around us even today, as well as those that will happen after God's children are gone.
But unlike Hollywood's themes of death and doom, there is a more powerful prophetic message for the world today, one of hope - the ending is simple, powerful, and inevitable - God and His love will prevail.
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Vendor: New Leaf Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Gary Frazier is the founder and President of Discovery Missions. He is a respected speaker and writer on the subject of Bible prophecy and current events, has appeared on numerous documentaries, the History Channel, and national radio programs. Authoring numerous books, he is a contributor to the Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible, The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, and travels nationally speaking in many of Americas largest churches. He has degrees from Criswell College, Southwestern Seminary and Louisiana Baptist University, his Doctor of Humanities degree from Liberty University and Doctor of Divinity from International Seminary in Plymouth, FL.
He attended Criswell College, Southwestern Seminary and Louisiana Baptist University, holding several graduate degrees, and honored with a Doctor of Humanities degree from Liberty University as well as a Doctor of Divinity degree from International Seminary in Plymouth, FL. Gary and his wife Sandra reside in Arlington, TX along with their four children and eight grandchildren.
SalinaSinton, TxAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome book!September 13, 2012SalinaSinton, TxAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed reading this book a lot! This book was sent to me from the New Leaf Publishing group through a site called CreationConversations. The author of this book is Gary Frazier he is a writer on the subject of Bible prophecy and current events so if you like to learn/read about prophecy this book is for you! It has 9 chapters,185 pages and a shiny paper back cover.
When I started reading the book it reminded me of that show on the weather channel called "It could happen tomorrow" so that is what got me into the book. What I like about Gary Frazier's book is that he uses scripture to back up what he is writing so it makes sense to the reader and doesn't make you wonder if what he's saying is true or not.
I have heard about different things concerning the Rapture that it could happen before the Tribulation, in the middle, or after and have always been told that we should be ready no matter what believe. Personally, I believed the Rapture would happen after the tribulation meaning that Christians would have to go through it but now I have a change of mind after reading his book and the scripture he uses in it, I am starting to think it will happen before the Tribulation. In the Bible it says:
"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Mark 13:32
That is so true! I believe it could be any moment. He also talks about how America is going to be involved in the end times. I know I didn't blog about the "whole" book but I don't to spoil it for you! It's a really good book.
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"--1 Corinthians 2:9
I will defiantly recommend this book to my family, friends and anyone who has an interest in knowing about the bible and end times.
Note: I received this book free from the publisher for my honest review
HeatherAKAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Makes You ThinkJuly 24, 2012HeatherAKAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Mark 13:32
End times, world destruction, future events... These are the things movies are made of, right? It's only natural that we are curious about what will happen in the future. 10 years, 100 years, tomorrow; we wonder about it all. Differing worldviews give us altogether different perspectives on the end of the world. Some would question the fact that you can know anything about the future beyond how each moment of each day unravels.
God has given us the history book of the universe in His Word, the Bible. No history is all past history to God; He knows the beginning from the end. We can trust that what He says will happen will indeed happen; it always has and always will. Jesus promised to return; God's promises are never broken.
Looking around should remind you of the days of Noah. Everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes. The only righteous man to be found was Noah and while God's invitation was for any/all to trust Him and board the vessel He had Noah build, it was only Noah's family who entered the ark. Once God shut the door, that was it; there was no other opportunity for people to enter in. Everyone left behind drowned.
Gary Frazier delves into Biblical prophecy of what is still to come in his book, It Could Happen Tomorrow. God has already decided so we know there is a coming end to this world. Based on Bible passages, I found it helpful to understand the context of what is happening in the world today compared with what was prophesied thousands of years before I was born.
This book comes from the perspective that the Rapture (Jesus Himself taking up His followers to heaven; those living and the bodies of those who have previously died) will happen shortly before the 7 years of tribulation occur, or right at the start of the 7 years. The difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ is discussed in detail; something I found insightful. Going with the thought that at the beginning of the 7 years, all true believers will be removed from this world, the immediate absence of millions of Biblical Christians would be the catastrophic event that could throw events into motion that are difficult for us to imagine (ie. giving up freedoms we enjoy, Israel rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem where there is currently a Muslim mosque built on the temple mound, a one world leader, etc.).
Topics include: The Great Disappearing, America in Prophecy, Birth Order of the New World Order, Islamic Invasion of Israel, The Great Deceiver, Global Religion, Temple Rebuilt, The Mark, The Glorious Appearing
An easy and interesting read, I would recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn more about what to expect in the future and how Old Testament and New Testament prophesies mesh in the Bible. I can't say with authority that every idea Mr. Frazier is spot-on but this book really makes you think and you can see how what is changing in the world today makes some of his ideas quite plausible. I received a free copy from New Leaf Press to review but will gladly be passing it on to others to read.
Ever hear of Paul Harvey's, "...and now you know the rest of the story.."? As a child, I remember his familiar voice on the radio. My Dad is always one wanting to know the story behind the story. He took a different view of the way prophecy is laid out and questioned that there would be a rapture of God's people before the 7 years of tribulation. He has talked about differing points of view but what he told me a couple months ago was that what it comes down to is that Jesus IS coming back and all the signs in the Bible are coming into fruition for that grand event. These days he says he isn't persuaded by either side of the discussion between A-millenialists, Pre-millenialists, etc. He just trusts in the fact that God always keeps His promises and He knows where His future ultimately is. My Mom likes to say she is a Pan-millenialist as it "all pans out in the end." I love her attitude!
Is learning and reading more about Biblical prophecy and end times events something we should shy away from? God hasn't given us a spirit of fear (timidity); but of power, of love, and a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7 Read the God's Word (Bible) -- study what He says and hold His promises dear.
Are you ready to meet your Creator? He knows the day each person is conceived and He knows the day your soul will leave this earth. Will you be forever with the God who loved you enough to send His Son as an atonement for your sins? God the Father is judge. He doesn't want to punish us for our sin but as a fair judge, He must. In His perfect plan and loving mercy, He sent His perfect son as the sacrifice who would cover the punishment due us for our sins. We need to transfer the trust we have in ourselves to Jesus, the only One who can save us from an eternity apart from God. No amount of "good deeds" you do on earth will get you into Heaven. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom for all..." (1 Timothy 2:5,6) I pray you will give your life to the Lord before the ark door closes and it is too late.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Will Challenge YouMay 14, 2012FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A book that will make you think!
Bible prophecy might not be as complicated as you may think.
"What's that?" You say. It's true. Alot of the things that make Bible prophecy hard to understand occur when people try to squeeze their own preconceived ideas into the Bible rather than take it as written. Along with debunking end time myths, Mr. Fraizier defends the traditional end time scale, with well thought out arguments as well as offers theories of his own.
I really liked how well thought out this book is, and how Mr. Fraizier makes a clear distinction between what his personal theories are and what the Bible says. I loved how this book really challenged me think and to ask myself, am I living like It Could Happen Tomorrow? I really liked how this book encourages a sense of urgency, and push to spread the Gospel. It was also awesome to learn about some under-the-table deals going on all over the world that aren't reported on in the US media. I closed this book feeling informed and passionate to spread the Gospel.
One thing I will mention is that parts of this book are just the author saying what he thinks could happen, not necessarily what will happen. And though I don't fully believe in all of his theories, I do think that they are pretty accurate, as to the possibilities of what could happen. And it will totally give you lots to chew on, and think about. I think one of the things that really hit me is how people are trying to erode and change what we believe about the end times, by saying that things are in the Bible that aren't really there. And that is so dangerous!
Overall I would highly recommend this book because it was both challenging and easy to read, written in a conversational tone, which when added with the topic makes it impossible to put down. It's a book that I would peg as Biblically sound. I normally wouldn't pick up an end time book book because of how it might end up being against my beliefs, but since this one is from the same publisher that puts out all the Answers in Genesis stuff, I gave it a shot and I'm glad I did :)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
BlossomBOHAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Worth A Read to At Least Get You ThinkingMay 1, 2012BlossomBOHAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book covers the Great Disappearing (or Rapture), America in prophecy, the birth of the New World Order, the Islamic invasion of Israel, the Great Deceiver, global religion, the Temple rebuilt, the â€˜Mark', and the Glorious Appearing.
Very interesting book. I've not read anything like it before (I don't read many books like this). There are a lot of numbers and names (locations, countries, etc) in this book and I got lost in some of it (rather, I couldn't make myself focus on the details). That said, I did find it to be quite interesting. I won't say that I felt Frazier has it all together and I buy it all but he definitely made some good points.
I don't believe that babies will be â€˜raptured' (and Frazier himself says that only â€˜born again' individuals will be), although I have no problem with the term â€˜rapture'- it's an appropriate word for being caught up into the clouds (1 Thess. 4:16-18) and was used in the Latin Bible that translations were taken from.
I'm not as convinced that America will not have any part in the prophecies but Frazier's points are all good ones. I don't follow his line of thinking that America is not to be considered because the Bible canon was closed long before the institution of America. Regardless of when the canon was closed, God has a plan in place- just because it was written by individuals in a certain area does not mean that it pertains to those areas only. If that were the case, the Bible wouldn't refer really to many other than those in the areas where Jesus and the disciples were. Frazier definitely puts in some good points about how America could be taken out of the equation- but if it were, it's all part of the plan.
His ideas about the EU are interesting as well and as I really am not too into current events, I learned a lot of tidbits from that section of the book. Moving onto how he feels the Catholic Church will be a facilitator of the Great Deceiver is not something that I haven't heard before. Also the possibility of the Pope leading people to follow the Antichrist is plausible to me. I'm sure many people will not be happy to consider that. Something that I thought about while reading about the â€˜idolatry' in Catholicism made me think of Christians who use a cross- it is the same thing that all should consider. Truly it is. Think about it.
Using technology as the â€˜mark' is not a shocking possibility, because of the vastness of today's technology. There is so much and so all encompassing, many would be 'lost' without it. And it makes a lot of sense to think along the lines of Frazier on this point.
Overall, I found this book to have a lot of good points. He also says that prophecy is often neglected to be taught in churches but I suppose I've been in the few that have not neglected this topic. I have always been interested to learn more about what will happen. Of course, no one will know when. We cannot. I appreciated that Frazier refers to Scripture when putting out his thoughts and ideas on these matters. He doesn't just say, "I think it is this way because this is going on." No, he says, "The Bible says this which refers to such and such or directly relates to this idea." You might like this book if you are intrigued about prophecy being fulfilled.
I received this book from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own. No compensation was given.
Sirius KnottCharleston, WVAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5An Exploration of Modern-day End-Time ScenariosApril 13, 2012Sirius KnottCharleston, WVAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4As someone who regularly speaks and writes on issues dealing with our Biblical origins, I don't often get a chance to read anything dealing with eschatology, or the study of things to come.
Oh, we creationists do point out that this fallen and flood-scarred creation groans and travails for rebirth [Romans 8:22]; that Paul linked the Creation [in the First Adam] to the Resurrection of Christ [the last Adam] and onward to our Blessed Hope in 1 Corinthians 15; and (to those who say we can add millions of years and/or microbes-to-man evolution to the Bible) that if this world will be restored to its pre-Fall as promised in Acts 3:21, yet death, mutation, disease, suffering, thorns, natural disasters and mass extinction abound in the fossil record, we really haven't got a good future to look forward to (i.e., Acts 3:21 only makes sense if there was no pre-Fall death and suffering in God's "very good" Creation[Genesis 1:31]). Admittedly, we usually don't have as much time as we would prefer to reflect upon end times Bible prophecy.
Gary Frazier, president of Discovery Missions, has written an entirely readable and thought-provoking book on this subject. The first half of the book especially is quite the page-turner. Over the space of 185 pages, Frazier paints a compelling picture of how the end might come. I say might because, well, there's a lot of uncertainty where it comes to end times Bible prophecy. For example, Jesus explicitly warned that no man nor angel could know the day nor the hour of His appearing, save God Himself [Mark 13:32]. This all-important caveat places a veil of obscurity over end time events, presumably to prevent one from discerning when Christ will return. We see through a glass darkly, as it were. In any case, this makes a lot of eschatological speculation read a bit like science fiction, which, in part, accounts for the popularity of the Left Behind series.
Nevertheless, Gary Frazier does a great job of piecing together a scenario to show how things might develop if the Rapture came tomorrow morning and the rest of Bible prophecy came tumbling into place onto the stage of world history! He explores possible reasons for why the United States of America is not mentioned in Bible prophecy, examines the probable role of the European Union, Islam, the Roman Catholic and new technology in fulfillment of specific prophecies. I found most of his scenarios compelling.
Frazier is at his strongest while discussing current events and their possible fulfillment of Bible prophecy, but the last chapter - dealing with the Glorious Appearing, future judgments of believers and unbelievers and the Millennial reign - suffers a bit, if only because the preceding chapters are so well-written. He also makes a compelling case for the dichotomy between the Rapture and the Glorious Appearing, summarized in an excellent chart on 15 differences between the two Biblically foretold events on pages 22-23.
There were a few things I did not like about the book, but they were all minor. In regards to creation, I also note that he states that no rain fell before the Flood and seems to makes allusions to the old Vapor Canopy theory [p.12]. Neither of these positions can be held dogmatically from a Biblical standpoint, but neither does the text forbid them from being true. Likewise, Frazier believes that the Bible indicates a 7000-year plan based on the 7 days of the Creation Week (in which 2000 years passed from Creation to Abraham's call, another 2000 years passed between Abraham and the birth of the Church at post-Resurrection Pentecost, and another 2000 years has nearly passed since, which will culminate in Christ's Millenial reign), which is totally speculative (the Bble nowhere specifically teaches this) and smacks of date-setting to me [p.16-17]. On page 17, he opines that evolution is only a theory, which is a common misunderstanding of the issue, but makes the further erro of stating that "a theory is something that hasn't been proven in an observable, verifiable way," a definition which would rule out a good number of valid theories within science. On the other hand, Frazier is utterly correct to state that "it takes a greater step of faith to accept evolutionthan to simply accept the biblical record" [p.17]. In discussing the possible role of the Catholic Church in the predicted One World Religion, Frazier makes the common mistake of taking the leaven of Matthew 13:33-35 out of context [p.122], stating that leavened bread is a symbol of evil. While it is used thus in other passages, the context of the passage here (and of the parable of the mustard seed which precedes it) is how the kingdom of heaven grows exponentially from something small. Context determines meaning. In any case, this does not diminish his other arguments (and I was quite shocked to discover that Pope Benedict answered "yes" to the title of his 1964 sermon, "Are Non-Christians Saved?", expressing the sentiment that non-Christians can be saved and not even know about it [p.115], a dreadful contradiction of Peter's affirmation that there is no other name under heaven whereby men must be saved; if papal succession is a true doctrine [and I don't think it is], how can this pope contradict the teaching of the first pope [by their way of thinking]?)
Again, none of my objections diminish the overall effectiveness of his book. Overall, I found Gary Frazier's book a fascinating, thought-provoking read. It Could Happen Today is written as an approachable summary for the popular audience, which makes it a bit easier to understand and digest than some of the other eschatological works I've read. So if you're looking for an easy-to-understand synopsis of how things could come to pass from a pre-Tribulational Rapture view of things, buy this book today.
-Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm's Lair
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the New Leaf Publishing Group Book review program on CreationConversations.com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."