In July and August I had the privilege of co-hosting To Every Man an Answer on Tuesday afternoons. As soon as the program begins calls flood in. A majority of the callers ask about prophecy.
Now, I'm not the expert when it comes to prophecy. But I do know this. Prophecy to most people is a scary subject.
What we've done for almost 40 years is to help alleviate fear in the hearts of people through the clear teaching of the good news of Jesus Christ.
As I listened to the callers ask their questions, I listened for that underlying fear. And it was there.
Specifically, people are fearful about the terrible things that current events might trigger, like the rise of the anti-Christ or the mark of the beast or the great tribulation.
All of these are horrifying beyond our wildest imaginations. If we think too long on them, they can shake us at the core and open the door to fear and anxiety… two enemies that rob us of our peace and assurance.
Far too many believers have let fear take a firm grip in their lives when it comes to end times.
And that shouldn't be. Thank you for standing with us to alleviate the fear in people's hearts and to replace it with hope and assurance.
You are doing so by helping people understand that the Gospel guarantees their future. You are anchoring them to hope, a hope that assures their hearts and minds.
The reason is simple and straightforward...the answer to all prophecy is Jesus! He is our hope.
And he promised that we are his children eternally, and that we will be changed at the last trumpet (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-53). God has marked us out for this by sealing us with his Spirit. We have absolutely nothing to fear.
That was the message I was able to share to the listeners of To Every Man and Answer. That's the message we share together daily through Basic Gospel.
Does this make a difference to people? Absolutely! Read JD's testimony.
[This] has been a life changer for me. Even though I have been a Christian most of my life, I have struggled with a legalistic view of Christ and the church. This has helped me let go of years of guilt and shame of not being the perfect Christian. It has been a huge blessing in my life and I am so thankful for it!
Somewhere on JD's journey, he bought into the idea he had to be the perfect Christian. Couple this "legalistic view of Christ and the church" to Bible prophecy and you have a recipe for disaster. It is no wonder so many believers fear "end times."
But now JD has let go of the guilt and shame. The hope of the Gospel has given him peace and joy...the same peace and joy you have as a child of God.
With all the horrifying events happening in the world today, fear of the future is intensifying in the hearts of people. Let's continue reaching out together with the good news, offering hope and connecting people to the love of Jesus Christ.
Let's continue to show people that in Christ their future is bright and that it is fully guaranteed by his finished work.
As my thanks for your dedicated partnership I want to send you a copy of Trail of Assurance, a 2-CD audio series that explains the hope and assurance we have in Jesus. Taken from the book of Revelation, this series cuts through the noise of fear and legalism that characterizes most teaching on prophecy. When you're finished listening, this would be an ideal way to share the power of the gospel with your friends. Let them borrow your copy or, better yet, invite them over to listen and dialogue together.
Request your copy today when you send your generous gift this month to Basic Gospel. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Don't forget to ask for your copy of Trail of Assurance when you send in your gift this month. And thank you again for the unique role you play in getting the Word about Jesus out to so many people around the world.