Harvest Ministries Pastor Greg Laurie said Sunday his study of Bible prophecy and current events shows America will fade as the world’s foremost superpower in the last days, either because it will join with the antichrist or it will be diminished by the rapture.
In a November 30 sermon entitled “Israel, Iran, ISIS and Bible Prophecy,” Laurie preached that Christians are now living in the “last days” before the fulfillment of various End Times prophecies laid out in the Bible book of Revelations. Current events such as Israel establishing itself as a nation, Russia alignment with Iran and the rise of Islamic extremism, he said, are setting the stage for a predicted conflict in which the world’s forces turns against Israel.
One force that will be missing during that conflict, Laurie says, is the United States of America. “[As] the forces of antichrist emerge, I believe that America will fade from the scene.” Putting the United States in the context of Scripture, he explained, “We are not found in the End Times scenario.”
Laurie believes that America’s absence in the global map described in the Revelations can be explained by one of two scenarios. “No one can say with certainty, but it would appear that we’re going to fade as a world power [because] maybe we fall in line as one of the confederated nations under the antichrist but the version I prefer the most is we would have the rapture and so many Americans would be taken to heaven that that would be the explanation for our demise as a nation.”
The rapture is an event during which premillennialist Christians believe that Jesus’ followers, dead and alive, will be “caught up” from the earth to be united with Christ according to 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Premillennialists also believe that Jesus will return to the earth to establish a time of peace called the Millennial. Laurie said Christ’s second coming is “very, very close.”
“The last day’s events can be likened as I’ve said before to a lot of dominos stacked together … so it’s like a lot of dominos closely stacked together. There’s a chain of events that are going to unfold in rapid succession beginning with the emergence of the antichrist and ending with the battle of Armageddon and the return of Jesus Christ and once that first domino falls these things are going to happen like this,” Laurie said snapping his fingers.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post