Twenty years ago Hal Lindsey hit it big with the publication of his book The Late Great Planet Earth. Lindsey is still giving his audiences a "taste of Armageddon" and the "approaching" second coming of Christ to this earth. Ah, yes, Armageddon, that future, final earthly battle that many religious people believe is prophesied in the Bible. Lindsey even claims that its just around the coiner no more than 10 or 15 years away and maybe a lot sooner than that. Of course, he was predicting the same thing twenty years ago, when he wrote The Late Great Planet Earth. His prophecy has totally failed, as has all the other like prophesies of the thousands of false teachers who have fizzled and failed in their prophesying since Jesus went back to heaven! But the gullible are still with us.
Lindsey got rich with his book. It appears that so-called "believers" are more concerned with the second coming of Christ and the so-called "end-time events" than nearly any other religious subject. They buy all the latest books dealing with the subject, if the books teach some form of the assumed premillennial end-time events.
Lindsey has been predicting and prophesying for 20 years about the second coming of Christ. In the last few years he has been proclaiming that it will all begin with an assault on Israel from the Russians and various Arab states, but this appears to be another "fizzled" erroneous prediction, considering what has happened to Russia. He has proclaimed that once the invasion comes, nuclear destruction won't be far behind!
Like every other false prophet and deceiver who has written on the subject, he has completely missed the target in his interpretation of the "signs" of this great event. But such egregious and erroneous predictions do not deter these soon-to-come-Armageddon proclaimers. They keep on predicting it and, sadly, the gullible followers keep on following and accepting these false claims.
P. T Barnum, of circus fame, made a true observation years ago when he said: "There is a sucker born every minute," and this seems to be as true in religious matters as any other area. There have been the "victims" of the premillennial heresy about the second coming of Christ all down through the ages. There have been thousands of the date-setters, prognosticators, schedule-makers, signs-readers, and dooms-day prophets. All of them have been false prophets, of the same caliber as Hal Lindsey. They were all in error as should be obvious to any sensible person since Armageddon nor the end of the world has come. Jesus said: "but of that day and hour NO ONE KNOWS, not even the angels of heaven, NOR THE SON, but the Father alone" (Matt. 24:36). And there are to be NO SIGNS of His second coming. See Matt. 24:37-39 which makes this clear. Will you accept the word of Jesus Himself on this subject?
There are 35 million copies of Lindsey's books in print, and he is writing his 13th book, so the press states. This is the way to become a multi-millionaire! The premillennialists will hasten to buy the latest book out on this subject, even though the books all contain substantially the same material! Because of this fascinating speculation relative to Armageddon, Lindsey can pull in a big crowd wherever he speaks on the subject. Recently 1,100 turned out to hear him speak on this well-worn, non-biblical subject!
Recent events such as the collapse of Russia and the rush to nuclear disarmament have not changed his predictions even if they do prove he did not know what he was talking and writing about. He claims that his predictions have the same force as they did twenty years ago. And multitudes still fall victims to this appealing, worldly heresy, even some Christians. They want in on "the rapture" and the millennial reign of Christ on this earth. It is a sensational subject.
In a recent interview, Lindsey said that recent events have not altered his view on this subject. In fact, he claims that the events confirm what he has been saying. Note this quote from him: "Twenty years ago, I said there was going to be something that would stop the Soviet Union from taking over the world. And now we see that the Soviet Union has been stopped, through its own disintegration."
Lindsay also claims: "But the Soviet collapse has not removed the possibility of nuclear war. In fact, I think the danger of nuclear conflict is worse now because, we have a Russia that is decentralized and destablized. Then you add to that the world s 1.2 billion Islamic people who are all agreed on just one thing their need to liberate Jerusalem from the Jews and who are working very hard to get nuclear capability."
Lindsey believes strongly in God's "unbreakable covenant", as he calls it, with the Jews; and he supports Israel to the hilt. For example, Lindsey categorically dismisses any Palestinian claims to land in Israel or any of the occupied lands, saying that the Palestinians did not even exist as a people until early in this century. He believes the Israelis have every right to settle in the West Bank and Golan Heights, since they "won" the land after being attacked by the Arabs. Lindsey claims that the Middle East peace talks will lead to greater trouble because the United States has given the Palestinians expectations that will not be met.
Another grievous error that Lindsey holds is that the Jews are today the special "chosen people" of God. Like Lindsey, many today think that the Jews have an "inside track" with God; are closer to Him than others. Surely you know that there is not one Jew on earth today who can PROVE his ancestry or linage as a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Nor can they prove they come from any of the twelve tribes of Jacob. All of their ancestral records were destroyed in the destruction of Jerusalem in A. D. 70. The Jews rejected Jesus and they still do.
Even in their unbelief, ultimately demonstrated in their rejection of and the demand for the crucifixion of Jesus (Acts 2:22-23), Lindsey still claims that God favors them above all other people in the world today. Well, it is a deception, an outright lie! The apostle Paul wrote: "For there is no partially with God" (Rom. 2:11). Peter said: "I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him (Acts 10:34-35). Paul also wrote: "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from, God" (Romans 2:28-29). God's Jew (person) today is the Christian! ONLY Christians are God's people today!
Lindsey believes the Jews are the chosen people of God "because God does not break a promise." True enough, God does not ever break a promise He makes or a covenant He enters. Man is the one who breaks covenants! And the Jews, through the ages, were guilty of this over and over again!
Lindsey was asked if he believes that the Jews are saved. His answer was, "That is a ticklish question." Why so? Surely he does not believe that because they are Jews they can reject Jesus as the Messiah and still be saved. The Roman Catholic Pope is on record as declaring that Arabs, Jews, and Christians will all be saved! I don't believe Lindsey will go to that absurd position.
The reader should be aware of the fact that there are several versions of the "premillennial teaching." Often they contradict one another at vital points, but this does not seem to concern these "dreamers" of the battle of Armageddon as an actual, literal battle, and that Jesus Christ is coming back to this earth to establish an earthly kingdom and rule on a throne in earthly Jerusalem. This whole scheme of things is a vicious perversion of the Scriptures.
Jesus is coming a second time to be sure, but there is not a passage in the New Covenant Scriptures that teaches that He will ever set foot upon this old earth again. Paul wrote the troubled Thessalonians about the second coming of Jesus. He did not want them to be uninformed, especially about the condition of their departed loved ones "that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope." Paul wrote: "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, and remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words" (1 Thess. 4:13-18). CAH