7 Sep 2020

A New Venture

Many of you know I had a gun accident a few years ago. Someday I’ll tell you the whole story, but my survival and recovery were miraculous. I rarely mention my personal life, but this week feels like the right time to do it.

The injuries altered many things for me, including writing and speaking. I continued to do a little bit—continuing this column was, for me, “therapetick,” as Barney Fife would say.

Honestly? I was going to head into early retirement and relax out here at the farm. I was good with it and so as I slid into semi-retirement, I figured my active days with Bible prophecy and Israel advocacy were behind me.

As is often the case, I began to get a hankering to get back in the game. Like most people, I did not anticipate the year we are having. I had a short list of places I wanted to visit and planned to do that in 2020.


Then dark forces decided to unleash a “pandemic” on the world, particularly the United States. For whatever reason, it was much easier for me to see things unfold: my kids are grown and doing well, and I rarely have occasion to leave home.

Yet I also obviously saw how evil was impacting people, individuals and families. In particular, I have noticed a spike in fear, even among believers. Now, as I just said, it’s been quite a bit easier for me to “fear not,” since no one depends on me for an income (save Stu, my dog!). It’s a pretty quiet life out here.

But as I sat in front of a fire in the evenings, I decided I might be useful after all.

So it is that I’ve decided to re-enter the Bible prophecy community and do something with the time I have left.

Next week I’ll just mention the launch of my new website (then it’s back to regularly scheduled programming about Israel).

Today though I want to give you the foundation of what I’ll be focusing on.

Think about this: if we believe the Bible, and we believe and love Bible prophecy, we do not fear the future. Granted, the present can be challenging, but even in that, we already know that God always keeps His promises. Every single time. You are aware of His provision for you throughout your life. Combine that with the scriptures that tell us what He will do in the future and you have a recipe for peace and contentment.

When you think about it, Jesus in Matthew 11:28—one of my favorite verses—prophesied in a way that if we call on Him, He will answer us. In my view, that is a fulfilled predictive prophecy because Jesus will not abandon you and He will not leave you in your time of need. He called it, and then followed-through. We all have numerous moments in our lives when we know this is true.

In fact, right now, if you are weary and burdened, call on Jesus and watch Him then give you rest for your soul. More than likely, you have a common problem (“common” doesn’t mean trivial, by the way): financial, health, a relationship problem.

I would genuinely like to hear from you when you have a victory report.

So it is that I have decided to teach Bible prophecy in what I call a positive way. Of course, it’s inherently positive, but sometimes we forget to spread the word that way. If I may…those of us that have studied Bible prophecy for a long time know that too often we tend to focus on the gloomier aspects. Apocalypse. An evil world leader. Forced conformity.

Those things are coming, no doubt. It isn’t up for debate.

However, I think that a literally desperate world could use the message that Someone that loves them is in complete control all the time.

All the time.

With that in mind, my “target audience” will be skeptics and other unbelievers, Millennials, even churchgoers that have heard nothing about Bible prophecy—which I consider to be the real pandemic, the real existential threat.

So, I’ll announce my new website in a blurb at the beginning of “Israel Watch” next week.

A “new” way of teaching Bible prophecy is a wide-open highway through our culture. It is a bullet-proof reality that critics cannot poke real holes through. I’ve seen things in Israel that so completely prove the existence of God that I can’t be silent about it. I can’t retire to my front porch.

It has been said that the regathering of the exiles to Israel is the greatest prophetic happening in many generations. I agree. Israel is a marvelous entry into a person’s heart. A person perhaps privately struggling, looking for authentic faith. Looking for God.

That is the person I will look for on that wide highway.

See you next week.