After a trip to Israel sponsored by Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, former Congresswoman Bachmann tied her trip to the subject of Bible prophecy. It’s not a new thing. It’s been done for centuries. Hal Lindsey predicted in 1970 that it would all come to an end before 1988, forty years after Israel became a nation again in 1948 based on a misreading of Matthew 24:32-34.
Here’s some of what Bachmann said on Tony Perkins’ Washington Watch radio show last week:
This week really was about biblical prophecy in many ways, and we’re seeing as events are speeding up — it seems like events are speeding up so quickly right now,” she continued. “And we see how relevant the Bible is, and we’re reading our newspaper, at the same time we’re learning about these biblical events … we’re seeing the fulfillment of scripture right in front of our eyes, even while we’re on the ground.
As I’ve mentioned, there is nothing new about Christians making such predictions. They go back centuries as Francis G. Gumerlock shows in his book The Day and the Hour.
Preaching the gospel is essential no matter when Jesus is coming back. Too many Christians, however, when they hear that “Jesus is coming soon,” remove themselves from the battles that are raging all around is. They see the present distress as inevitable signs that it’s all about to hit the fan so why bother rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as some have put it?
Erik Erickson at RedState.com also commented on Bachmann’s “Jesus is coming soon” claims. Erickson is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta). I’m a 1979 graduate of RTS (Jackson). We share a similar theological tradition. I was surprised that Erickson did not deal with the obvious problems with Bachmann’s comments.
In her defense Erickson cites Revelation 22:7, 12-13, and 20 where they confirm that Jesus would come “quickly.” He does not quote Revelation 22:10: “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.” Why not seal up the book? Because, in fact, the time was near. The events envisioned in Revelation were on the horizon for that generation.
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