Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.
The Prophecies Align
The primary sections of the Christian Scriptures ("New Testament") that deal with end times prophecy are Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, and of course, the Book of Revelation. It is important to remember that prophecies in the Book of Revelation function in the same manner as those in the Hebrew Scriptures ("Old Testament") in the sense that they are 'polyvalant' -- meaning that they have a specific meaning/message for the time in which they are spoken, and a fuller, more perfect meaning/message for some future time.
A 'specific' relationship with 2012 claims is dubious at best -- though at the same time, it cannot be dismissed outright -- "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands" (Psalm 19:1) God clearly spoke to the Magi through celestial/astronomical placement and phenomena, and being that "He determines the number of stars and calls them each by name" (Psalm 147:4) it is within the Creator's power to speak of His works and plans in anyway he chooses. This is not in anyway the promotion of astrology, which suggests the celestial movements affect and/or determine our individual behaviors; the possibility considered here these celestial bodies and events may "declare" or "reflect" God's work. A fascininating DVD on this matter is The Star of Bethlehem ; the associated website also contains additional information www.bethlehemstar.net
For further resources analyzing information on prophecy from multiple sources, please visit The Prophecy Page.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian eschatology is concerned with death, an intermediate state, Heaven, hell, the return of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, a rapture, a great tribulation, the Millennium, end of the world, the last judgment, a new heaven and a new earth, and the ultimate consummation of all of God's purposes. Eschatological passages are found in many places, esp. Isaiah, Daniel, Matthew 24, and the Book of Revelation, but Revelation often occupies a central place in Christian eschatology.
The second coming of Christ is the central event in Christian eschatology. Most Christians believe that death and suffering will continue to exist until Christ's return. Others believe that suffering will gradually be eliminated prior to his coming, and that the elimination of injustice is our part in preparing for that event. Needless to say, there are various views concerning the order and significance of other eschatological events.
The book of Revelation is at the core of Christian eschatology. The study of Revelation is usually divided into four approaches. In the Futurist approach, Revelation is chiefly seen as referring to events which as yet have not come to pass, but which will come to pass at the end of the age, and the end of the world. This is the approach which most applies to eschatological studies. In the Preterist approach, Revelation chiefly refers to the events of the first century, such as the struggle of Christianity to survive the persecutions of the Roman Empire, the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and the desecration of the temple in the same year. In the Historicist approach, Revelation provides us with a broad view of history, and passages in Revelation are identified with major historical people and events. In the Idealist (or Spiritualist or Symbolic) approach, the events of Revelation are neither past nor future, but are purely symbolic, dealing with the ongoing struggle and ultimate triumph of good over evil.
Some traditions regard popular discussion of eschatological issues as irrelevant or even dangerous.
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2012 Christian Eschatology Resources
The resources listed here are among the most popularly viewed and reviewed. Inclusion in this list does not in any way suggest an endorsement or even belief in the hypotheses proposed.
Hal Lindsey Report (Perhaps the best known Bible Prophecy figure. reviews current geopolitical activities and trends in light of Bible Prophecy)
Catholic Planet (Speculation on future events through an interpretation/analysis of Bible prophecy and Private Revelation with current events.)
2012 End of Days (An interesting perspective reflecting on the 'intersection' ob Biblical and non-biblical prophecies)
The Parousia: Christ's Second Coming (A Catholic Christian scriptural analysis)
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Dominion is a fictional apocalyptic series which envisions an impending world scenario through the synthesis of prophecies of various sources with currently unfolding geopolitical trends and movements
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