Will Jesus come back at any moment? This is one of the most important issues a person can answer. If Jesus could return for His people at any time, then wouldn’t there be numerous implications for how we are to live now? And wouldn’t this include how we respond to God, as well as to how we share our faith with others?
To address this vital topic, I’ve invited two of the world’s top experts on biblical prophecy. My first guest in this month’s series is Dr. Renald Showers. He is known as one of the most distinguished theologians in America and is the author of numerous prophecy books, including What On Earth Is God Doing? and The Most High God.
Second, I’ve invited Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, international journalist and prophecy scholar who has lived and worked in the Middle East for more than 23 years. He has interviewed every one of Israel’s prime ministers and political leaders since 1991.
In my series with these two guests, we present the biblical case for what is known as the Rapture, the future event when Jesus “snatches off” the Earth both dead and living believers to be with Him forever. Paul describes the Rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up [raptured] together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
When will this event take place? In our series “Step by Step through the Rapture” you will learn what the Bible teaches about the timing and events that will take place when Jesus returns at the Rapture. Dr. DeYoung will also give us an up to the moment report on what is happening in the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 today.
One Coming or Two?
Many Christians find themselves confused when reading what the Bible teaches about Christ’s return. Some teach that the Rapture and Second Coming are the same event. Others speak of the Rapture and Second Coming as two unique events foretold in biblical prophecy. Which is it? Will there be one coming or two? How do they differ?
We also taped a second series with Dr. Showers and Dr. DeYoung entitled, “One Coming or Two: 8 Differences Between the Rapture and Second Coming.” In the five programs in this series our guests will explain why the Bible teaches the Rapture and the Second Coming are not the same event, but two different events, separated by a seven-year Tribulation period.
For example, the Rapture is an imminent event, in which Jesus could come back at any moment. The Second Coming is not imminent but must be preceded by the seven-year Tribulation period. In these programs, you will learn 8 different things that will happen at the Rapture that will not happen at the Second Coming.
In 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, Paul wrote, “You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivers us from the wrath to come.”
The word “wait” is in the present tense. The Thessalonians were continuously expecting Christ to return at any moment. Yet the Second Coming is described as an event that will occur only after the end of a seven-year Tribulation period.
Further, what does the Bible say will occur after the time of the Rapture and before the Second Coming. What does the prophet Ezekiel predict will happen when a coalition of nations comes against Israel in the last days? Will the Jewish Temple be rebuilt on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount? What does the Bible teach about a global political leader, a one-world government and financial system, and the Battle of Armageddon? Do the events we are seeing today foreshadow these future prophecies?
Our Offer This Month
Our two television series, “Step By Step through the Rapture,” and “One Coming or Two,” plus two study guides are available together for a gift of $99.
Also, over the years I have interviewed a lot of well-known prophecy scholars. We have put these series together in an amazing collection we call the “Ultimate Prophecy Package.” It features 17 prophecy scholars, over 40 television programs, six study guides, and 24 hours of viewing.
My guests include Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, retired three-star General William G. Boykin, Dr. David Jeremiah, Zola Levitt, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Dr. Mark Hitchcock, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, Dr. David Breese, Dr. John Walvoord, and many others. The “Ultimate Prophecy Package” is available for a gift of $100.
Coming Soon at the John Ankerberg Show
In 2015, we are preparing new programs to encourage and strengthen you in your faith. Soon we will begin airing new programs with New Testament scholar Dr. Darrell Bock called “So You Don’t Fall Away from the Faith.” In it, we’ll look at six key questions you must be able to answer in order not to fall away from your faith.
We also completed a second series with Dr. Bock called “Questions the World Will Ask about Your Faith.” In this series we will teach you how to respond to the controversies and apparent contradictions often presented about the Bible, church history, and the evidence for the resurrection. This is information you need to stand strong in your faith and share it with others.
Updates on World Outreach
In the last six months, we have added numerous broadcast outlets to our ministry. In addition to our twice-weekly television broadcasts on Daystar, we air each week in Hindi across India and into 120 nations where Hindi is spoken. Further, we are now broadcasting weekly across India in Telugu and Tamil, with a total outreach of more than 80% of all India’s television homes!
December 23rd we broadcast our first program on a new network called God TV. It reaches a potential audience of more than 900 million people worldwide, including over 90 million people in India. It happens to be the largest Christian network in the United Kingdom and the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia). Our broadcast airs on Tuesdays at 8:30pm in all of the major cities from London to Sydney. It comes into the United States on DirecTV 8:30 PM Eastern on channel 365. Please pray for this important new outreach.
God Works Through You
I want to thank every one of you who gave a gift last month to help us meet our matching fund. It really matters. One viewer called recently to share that within minutes of watching one of our programs, she was brought to tears at how the information ministered directly to her situation.
Viewers from India continue to increase, with many learning the truth of God’s Word on key issues for the first time.
A Chinese viewer online recently shared how amazed he was at how much free content we shared—and he was reading in English!
We also increasingly hear from people overseas who live in countries closed to Christianity. Our ministry is their main sources of spiritual growth. From underground churches in the Middle East to homes here in America, God is using your gifts to change lives for eternity through our partnership in this ministry.
A Final Word
This year begins the 35th year of The John Ankerberg Show. When God called me to this television ministry, I asked Christians if they would be willing to give just a dollar a day, $30 a month, so we could present and defend the faith on television. If you haven’t already, could I ask you to prayerfully consider becoming a monthly partner by giving $1 a day—$30 a month—so we can continue to broadcast around the world?
Those of you who are already supporting are such an encouragement. Thank you for giving me the privilege to minister to you and others in many countries on TV.
If you would become a monthly supporter and join The John Ankerberg Show Inner Circle of Friends, I would like to send you a beautiful commemorative plaque to display in your home or office. Thank you for your friendship.
For the sake of the Gospel,
Dr. John Ankerberg