Just doing some reading on false prophets. Guess who said the following.
Regarding the Jupiter Effect (1980)
what we can expect in 1982 is the largest outbreak of killer quakes ever seen in the history of planet earth along with radical changes in climate.
No large outbreak of killer quakes. No sudden radical change in climate either.
Obviously, in context (Matthew 24:34), the generation that would see the signs-chief among them the rebirth of Israel. A generation in the Bible is something like forty years. If this is a correct deduction, then within forty years or so of 1948, all these things [raptures etc] could take place. Many scholars who have studied Bible prophecy all their lives believe that this is so.
But the 1980s came and went so...
My recent study of Daniel 9:24-27 has convinced me that the capture of Jerusalem in 1967 may be a more prophetically significant event than the rebirth of the nation.... <snip> ...the prophetic time-clock stalled in 1948, and did not resume again until the pivotal events on June 6, 1967, when for the first time in 2500 years, Jews once again had sovereign control of Jerusalem and have maintained it.
That brings us to about 2007 or thereabouts if a generation is 40 years. However, if a generation is not 40 years, then this generation will still see these things so life expectancy in the US is about 76 years so that brings us to 2024. Later, he says a generation could be a 100 years so now we're up to 2067 (we'll all be long dead which seems to conflict with the idea that this generation (the one in the 1960s) won't pass away till these things come to pass).
Internal political chaos caused by student rebellion and Communist subversion will begin to erode the economy of our nation...
In a 2000 update, he dropped out the part about student rebellion and Communist subversion.
Today, the Soviets are without question the strongest power on the face of the earth. Lets look at recent history to see how the Russians rose to the might predicted for them thousands of years ago.
Compare that to...
We see Russia as no longer a world threat, but a regional power with a world-class military - exactly what Ezekiel 38 and 39 predicted it would be.
So if Ezekiel exactly
predicted this, why didn't this author say this 30 years earlier? And how did he miss predicting the fall of the Soviet Union?
The foreign policies of the western nations, especially the U.S., have done more to aid the tremendous buildup of Soviet power than has any other single factor... The Soviet Union and its satellites have now reached the position of military superiority and strategic world power to fulfill their predicted dreadful role in history. The pages of Ezekiel's and Daniel's prophecies are beginning to look like today's headlines
Those prophecies, according to this author, show the Soviet Union ruling the world. However....
Fortunately, a confident and bold leader, Ronald Reagan, was elected president of the United States and set in place policies which resulted in a series of reversals - militarily and economic - for the Soviet Union. I believe God's providential hand was working behind the scenes because it was never on the cards for the Kremlin to rule the world.
He praises Reagan's foreign policies but a year earlier had said Reagan's foreign policies were possibly hinted at in the Bible as leading to destruction of the US.
The Russian force will establish command headquarters on Mount Moriah or the Temple area in Jerusalem. ...he seeks to utterly destroy the Jewish people.
But the Soviet Union collapsed and a new foe came into prominence so in 1997 he says....
In response to these two deadly threats, the Russian-Muslim force retreats back to Israel and sets up command HQs on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. These forces try to annihilate the Jews as they do this.
Now the Muslims are involved in the previous Russian operation...wonder why he didn't see that in 1970? The Arabs were originally supposed to be part of a second wave, not the first (and yes, he didn't say Muslim, he said Arabs).
He also claimed in the late 1960s the European nations are forming a revived Roman Empire out of which the Anti-Christ will emerge. The number of nations in this new empire is predicted by the Bible to be 10.
We believe that the Common Market and the trend toward unification of Europe may well be the beginning of the ten-nation confederacy predicted by Daniel and the Book of Revelation...
You'll notice that nine** countries are already members of the Community... The European union has therefore been temporarily halted at nine members instead of ten. My personal belief is that God Himself stopped the rapid unification because the Revised (sic) Roman Empire was coming together too fast. Once the confederacy includes the ten nations of God's choosing, the group will begin to look for a leader powerful enough to make this new nation the nucleus of a one-world government.
**according to Wiki, there were 6 in 1957 and another 6 joined before 1967 for a total of 12. Not sure where 9 came from. Maybe Wiki is the one that is wrong here...although this author has a habit of just making up numbers (see earthquakes below).
Still, he is sticking with 10 nations.
...the only possible successor to the Roman Empire (in my opinion [in late 1960s]) was the European Common Market. But a decade ago, that organization had just six member nations, not the 10 the Bible forecast. In 1979, Greece became the 10th member of the Common Market. Recently, the Common Market went beyond its original economic and trade functions and elected a parliament. This move will eventually fulfill the Common Market's long range goal - to unify its members into a single political body.
So the new Roman Empire now has 10 nations and is all set to produce the Anti-Christ.
But first a bit of wiggle room
It is possible that more than 10 nations could at one point be admitted. But in the final stages, it will number 10.
1994, there are now 12 members so we need to get rid of two.
In phase 2 of the fourth kingdom, Rome will be in the form of a 10-nation confederacy. Therefore we can expect two nations to withdraw from the CE or we can expect to see mergers of nations.
I believe, for instance, that a split is very likely that will cause either Britain and/or Germany to leave the EC. Germany could forge a closer relationship with Russia, while Britain may turn toward the United States of America. The Bible is very clear, as we shall see, that this union will be a confederation of ten nations.
2009: Currently I believe the 'Roman Empire' has 27 members (twenty republics, six kingdoms, and one grand duchy). Gonna need to knock out 17 members now, or look for another Roman Empire.
Now it all begins with the Russian invasion which will destroy Israel.
When the Russians invade the Middle East with amphibious and mechanized land forces, they will make a 'blitzkrieg' type of offensive through the area... The current build-up of Russian ships in the Mediterranean serves as another significant sign of the possible nearness of Armageddon.
I predicted [in 1970] that the Soviets would begin their Middle East campaign with a sweep through the Persian Gulf area into Iran. The recent Russian invasion of Afghanistan was a first step in that direction. Russia's attack on Afghanistan was its first step into the pages of Ezekiel, chapter 38. It's clear that the Russian strategy is to cut off the supply of Persian Gulf oil to the west and then close all sea lanes leading to that vital area. The Russian invasion of Afghanistan has telegraphed the Soviet intention to take over the entire Middle East... This area has now fit precisely into the pattern predicted for it. All that remains is for the Russians to make their predicted move. When we apply this prophecy to modern times, it becomes obvious that the Soviets will use their recent conquest of Afghanistan as a springboard to overthrow Iran and gain control of the Persian Gulf area
1989: Soviets retreat from Afghanistan. Missed it again, did you, despite things being so precise and exact.
This author is responsible for other types of idiocies such as saying that great earthquakes are 20x more common now than what they were 2000 years ago (Bible predicts earthquakes will increase). Pretty hard to determine level of earthquake activity from 2000 years ago, but not necessarily impossible. All studies have shown that there doesn't appear to have been any increase in number of earthquakes or their magnitude over the past 2000 years. In fact, in the last 100 years there are fewer. Where he got 20x more from, nobody seems to know--it seems he just made the number up. This author is a vile deceiver who tickles the ears of his listeners with falsehoods in order to fatten his bank account; he depends on the short memory of his followers, and counts on them not being computer literate enough to google things.
To sum up, I give the last word to Hank Hanegraaff, who is an extremely right-wing fundamentalist literalist and known as the Bible Answer Man, and associated with the Christian Research Institute, and full of 'interesting' ideas himself. However, he nailed it when he said...
People who are obsessed with end times have never learned from history. They've been 100 percent wrong, 100 percent of the time.--Hank Hanegraaff