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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Has anyone noticed how disaster and post-apocalyptic movies have been increasing in frequency in filmmaking these days? Whereas before we were treated to films about natural disasters going amuck on a global scale like Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Day After Tomorrow and/or threats of invasion and hostile domination from non-humans like Mars Attacks, Independence Day, Planet of the Apes, Terminator trilogy, and the upcoming Tom Cruise starrer, War of the Worlds to cite a few. There's also an upsurge of horror films bordering on the supernatural but you get the idea. Have any of you thought about the significance of Hollywood playing on our primal fears about all these? Where do these fears come from? If you're thinking that this is all distasteful then I would suggest that you move on but if your curiosity has been pricked and you want to know more about where this post is headed then please continue reading till the very end. As I was saying, there are times when we think if the possibility of these disasters happening and the very thought of which scare the heck out of us. But what would you think if I tell you that what we see on screen doesn't compare to what's going to happen in the future? I, for one, believe that the purpose of these flicks is to prepare people all over the world of what's going to happen sometime in the future. A dreadful time. A dread so terrible that all the catastrophes brought about by man and by nature combined will seem like a walk in the park. And no, I'm not a conspiracist although I do sound like one. If you've been reading Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' Left Behind series or at least you're familiar with the storyline and if you've heard about the Great Tribulation and is curuious as to what it's all about then The Campaign of Armageddon is for you. There are a lot of websites discussing the last days in light of what's been written in the Bible so the what's going to happen during the first half of the seven-year tribulation, where 2/3 of the earth's population will be killed, more or less around 4 billion people, most probably because of the two reasons I cited earlier. I kid you not and this is a matter of great importance.

The Campaign of Armageddon author, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, discusses at length the events that would most likely happen during the last half of the Tribulation. Focusing on the two major events that would cap that terrible period, the Campaign of Armageddon (not "battle" as will explained below) and the Second Coming of Jesus the Messiah. It's a long read but it's very much worth your while. In it Dr. Fruchtenbaum puts forth the fact that the only basis of the Second Coming of Messiah is Israel's national regeneration. That is, until the whole of Israel repents, recognizes the Messiahship of Jesus and cries out for Him to return, there will be no Second Coming. This is the fascinating part that serves as a background to the understanding the theological foundations of anti-Semitism. "Satan knows that once Jesus returns, his career is over. But he also knows there will be no Second Coming until the Jewish people ask the Messiah to return. Therefore, if Satan could ever succeed in destroying the Jews once and for all before they have a chance to plead for Jesus to return, there would be no Second Coming and his career would then be eternally safe." If you believe that then the history of wars waged by dictators and nations against the Jews will all fall into place. Of course this persecution will not cease and will continue on near the end of the Tribulation where around two thirds of the Jewish population will be killed. The final campaign in Armageddon will be organized by Satan for the purpose of annihilating once and for the remaining Remnant of the Jewish people. If you're curious about the events during the first 3 1/2 years of this terrible period the last four paragraphs before the ennumerated points gives an overview of various social, political, and religious events converging to this finale. The article continues to expound that the Campaign of Armageddon can be divided into eight distinct stages which will in turn to help us understand the sequence of events. Are these works of fiction? The ravings words of a lunatic? Personally, I'd rather not dare you to wait it out and see? Again, I warn you that it is a bit lengthy and you might want to print it out and read it at your own leisure. If these spark an interest in the study of the end times (Eschatology) or if ever the Book of Revelation piqued your interest (like it did when I was a kid because of the images of Dragons and horned beasts) then I definitely recommend that you get these books to start you on your way, Maranatha Our Lord, Come!: A Definitive Study of the Rapture of the Church by Renald E. Showers and The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events, Revised Edition by Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum (where this article came from) or any of those books discussing the End Times by author Tim LaHaye. I tell you there's not a single moment to lose.

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