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Bible Prophecy and End Times


- Authors testimony -
John Jones
It may seem strange that a person could go from consciously following Satan to being a spiritually
reborn Christian in just one instant of time, through the preaching of only one bible verse and via
someone not even walking with God themselves; yet that is exactly how I was saved.
After a year’s downhill slide into alcohol, drugs, crime and eventually madness (perhaps even
demonic possession), God simply reached down and plucked me out of the pit. All the rushing, the
shifting sands of personality, outrageous pride and crazy thinking were swept aside in a moment and
replaced with complete stillness, peace and soundness of mind. And I knew right then that the God
of the bible, the very one I had never believed even existed, was indeed God. Afterwards I wasn’t
able to recall the words my friend had spoken, though I knew he had said something simultaneous
to God’s spirit coming upon on me. However I did ask him later the same evening what he’d said and
he replied that he’d just responded to my words (which I think were highly blasphemous) by saying,
“John, we never know the day nor the hour”, by which he meant ‘the day or hour of the Lord’s
return’. (While he may have been very much separated from God in his lifestyle, he’d been raised in
a Christian family and did believe.)
After that, eighteen years passed during which I married a Christian girl with a tremendously kind
heart and genuine faith, received the very great blessing of four wonderful children, absorbed God’s
word through much bible reading, got involved in a range of informal ministries, was convicted NOT
to go to bible college, experienced up’s and downs in my walk yet slowly matured in consistency,
and also came to really appreciate what you might call “the ordinary Christian life”. Throughout
most of that time I read and studied a lot, first just to understand the basics of the faith, then to
delve deeper into God’s word. About a year into being a Christian I decided to read up on the subject
of prophecy, my simple thought being that if prophecy taught us what God planned to do in the
future then I wanted to know about that. I never really intended this study to span more than a few
months and certainly had no idea that it would become a particular interest from that time on. All I
wanted to achieve was to understand for myself, out of the word of God, the teaching of the Church
I was in (which taught a classic evangelical pre-millennial & pre-tribulation rapture based view of
prophecy). Now most of it really did make good sense, but one or two parts not only seemed a bit
speculative, but also some of the supporting verses for them appeared to be getting used out of
context. I guess it was trying to dig out the truth on these matters that drew me much deeper into
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