Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith interviews Brian Powers, televangelist and supposed faith healer. Chris is as blunt as ever, and holds Brian to the scriptures, resulting in Brian self-destructing about midway through and going into a meltdown.

Here is the link.

Among the things I noticed from Brian Powers, that I have noticed others who partake in or support those in the Hyper-Charismatic/Neo-Pentecostal circles:
  • A complete and utter inability to answer any direct question (here especially regarding the Trinity, his personal sin, etc.), usually going off on another tangent instead.
  • A double standard in regards to accusing someone of harping on doctrine (eg., Trinity), while at the same time accusing others of violating Christian doctrine (eg., Charismatic Gifts of the Spirit).
  • Almost zero knowledge of church history.
  • Claiming that God warned him there would be skeptics (ie., people discerning his teachings).
  • Making bold claims that are never backed up.
  • A continued argument from accomplishment (eg., "How many signs and wonders you done, we done a lot," etc.).
  • Responding to Biblical discernment with great hostility.
  • Responding to any exegesis with, "Well, that's your opinion!"
  • An understanding of the Bible that contradicts sola scriptura and emphasizes personal experience.
  • Divine authority placed upon statements and positions.
  • Tries to change the subject into a matter of cessationism versus continuationism.
  • Ad hominem attacks (including an accusation that the other person is "religious," "arrogant," having an "argumentative spirit," or a Pharisee), and generally showing great disrespect towards those with contrary opinion.
Much of what Chris Rosebrough encountered with Brian Powers is similar to what I encountered with Allen Hood at OneThing VA Beach.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

This episode begins the first of three parts in our examination of the audiobook for Lou Engle's Nazirite DNA. Is it scriptural? Does Lou Engle use the Bible as his primary authority? Or does he rely on another authority?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

Just in case anyone thought John Hagee's blood moon statements were to be taken seriously...

Part 2 can be found here. The part specifically dealing with John Hagee can be found around the 48:20 mark.

My only contention with Chris Rosebrough's presentation is his belief that Joel 2/Acts 2 is speaking on the events around the crucifixion - I would put forward it was about the early apostolic period, and was finally fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem. I did an examination on Joel 2/Acts 2 and whether or not it's an end time event in this post here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

Some sources on the issue of the so-called Gospel of Jesus' Wife, recently discovered.

A Critical View of "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife"

The "Jesus' Wife" Papyrus by Dr. Craig Evans

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:31 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

In this episode, we have a brief (16 minutes) discussion on how megachurches developed in America.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:01 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

Here is the final part in our review of Eastern Orthodox author and speaker Matthew Gallatin's series on whether or not Ephesians 1 teaches predestination.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

In this episode, we continue our examination of Eastern Orthodox author and speaker Matthew Gallatin's explanation of whether or not the Bible teaches predestination.

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

The following is a satire of "Hellfire" from Disney's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
O human sophia
You know I am a learned man
Knowledgeable greatly of God's word
O human sophia
I do know what the scriptures say
Unlike what's thought by those sad Bible nerds

But tell me, sophia,
Why he makes me take a zig
Why this witchcraft makes my sins unfurled
I see him, I want him
That smug look and that powdered wig
Emboldens me to make friends with the world

This dollar, green dollar
Like fine delicacy
I forsake the scholar
And embrace relevancy

It's not my fault
Don't give me blame
It is society
They love to get inflamed
It's all God's fault!
He made the youth
To find a falsehood so much hipper
Than the truth!

O guide me, sophia,
I promise you I won't preach hell
I'll give lost men what they want to hear
Bring in all the cool peeps
And let my numbers start to swell
I'll even serve communion with draft beer

Associate Pastor: "Pastor, we finished the outdoor skating rink."

Pastor: "...what?"

Associate Pastor: "The one we were building right next to the basketball court. It's finished."

Pastor: "But I wanted an indoor...whatever. Get out, you idiot! I'll just build another one! And then, I'll buy an indoor wave machine!"

Green dollar, sweet dollar
Do not, world, my church spurn
Love me or I'll holler
Help me a profit turn
Men are saved by the Spirit
It doesn't depend on me
But for gain I'll teach what lost men yearn!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:28 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

This episode begins our examination of Eastern Orthodox author Matthew Gallatin's review of whether or not Ephesians 1 really teaches predestination.

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

At the time of this writing, Fred Phelps is in a hospital due to what his Westboro Baptist Church calls "health problems," though rumors are that he may be near death.

Some people are rejoicing in this. For my own part, let me clarify I don't glory in anyone's death, be it Osama bin Laden or Jim Henson. Fred Phelps' family need our prayers - not only for the grief they will no doubt go through, but so that they will eventually repent of their warped teachings, and follow Christ and His true teachings.

I think there are two obvious things that need to be said:

First, Fred Phelps group was what amounted to a cult. They were centered around his teachings and beliefs, and centered their understanding of reality and the Bible around the thinking of Fred Phelps. It was not Christ speaking out of the mouths of those people at those protests, but Fred Phelps and the top leaders of the Westboro cult.

Second, there can be no doubt that Fred Phelps caused irrevocable damage for other Christians hoping to witness to homosexuals, and he set back the ability to witness to homosexuals and speak to even non-homosexuals on the matter by perhaps about ten years. Especially in the realm of social media, anyone who has some form of contention against same sex marriage or homosexuality is often compared to a Westboro crazy. Sometimes, even when the subject wasn't homosexuality, anyone expressing strong religious beliefs was put on the same level as Fred Phelps and his ilk. They became the icon of any group - homophobic or not - that opposed same sex marriage and the sin of homosexuality. Some will contend here that those who appeal to the Westboro cult in the face of any opposition to homosexuality or same sex marriage are committing a straw man or genetic fallacy would, of course, be absolutely right - but there is no denying that Fred Phelps did much damage to those who would witness to their homosexual friends and acquaintances out of love rather than hatred.

If he is to pass away (and I do not write this post hoping he does so), Christians will need to ask themselves how they will gradually recover in the days following. We should pray that Westboro, as an organization, eventually dies off in the wake of less charismatic or firm leadership, and that it becomes simply an embarrassing memory in the issue's history. We should likewise pray that God will open up possibilities for us to witness to those homosexuals struggling under their sin, and offer them hope in the light of the Gospel of Christ, and not the Gospel of Irrational Hatred.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:22 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

In this episode we discuss the topic of same sex marriage and the moral standards surrounding it.

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

I've written in the past that I'm not a huge fan of "Christian" movies. This doesn't mean I don't like movies about stories from the Bible (I adore films like The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Passion, and The Robe), but rather I mean films targeted towards a Christian audience. Oftentimes, they have too many cliches (you almost always have the "born again" scene with Christian pop music in the background), and oftentimes all they end up being like are mediocre secular films with Christian references or "themes" thrown in.

However, through my wife, I was introduced to the films of the Kendrick brothers, Alex and Stephen, most of which were produced out of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, GA. Together, my wife and I watched Fireproof, followed by Courageous, Facing the Giants, and finally Flywheel. What I found amazed me: the stories were consistently good, the characters well developed, and the theological messages strong and uncompromising. Unlike most Christian films, where you have people living normal lives with an occasional "God has a plan for you" thrown in, I actually felt edified watching these films. That's not to say these movies are perfect (no movie is), nor am I saying I find them more edifying than scripture, but they provided a film experience so rare in a film about Christians.

Flywheel is centered around Jay Austin (Alex Kendrick), a used car salesman who is corrupt both in business practices and in his personal life. Over time, he begins to see that his lifestyle is not being profitable, starting with a scene where he hears his son say to a friend that he doesn't want to be like his dad. Later on, when he gives his own pastor a bad deal on a car, and he hears his pastor pray to God, "Lord, I ask that you treat Jay just the way he treated me in this deal," it begins to hit him even harder. Realizing that he is not living with integrity, and in a lifestyle opposed to God, Jay repents and submits to the Lord, vowing to do business in a way honoring to Him.

Going on at the same time, Max, the car lot's mechanic, is working on an antique car Jay had bought recently. He tells Jay that it is missing a flywheel, without which the car will not be able to run. As the car is fixed, it begins to mirror the problems and resolutions in Jay's own life.

Flywheel was the first film made by the Kendrick brothers, and was initially meant to simply edify church members and those in their local area. It was made on a budget of $20,000...and there are times when it shows. The camera and sound quality show this, especially when it becomes clear what footage is digital and what isn't. The acting is hit-and-miss, with some performances done well and some performances going terribly. The most surprising performance is by Richie Hunnewell, the young boy who plays Jay's son Todd, and does a good job for someone of his age: he only has a few lines, and most of the time he is showing expressions, but he gives a convincing performance.

However, when I speak on a film being low budget, it should be understood I've never hated a film simply because it was low budget - rather, I'm more interested in what a film did with it's low budget. I've seen films that looked like they were done with a home camcorder, but had a good story and capable directing, so that I could overlook all that. The same can be said about Flywheel. Though not quite as polished as their later films, the Kendrick brothers present a film that still carries a strong message in a way more capable than many bigger budget films. If you've seen the Sherwood movies that came out after Flywheel, you'll probably notice all the morals from those films peppered throughout this one: you have the issues of marriage and the relationship between husband and wife (Fireproof), how to be the best father your children need (Courageous), and dealing with faith in God during difficult times (Facing the Giants). The subject matter is treated with dignity and in a way that can make the viewer stop and ponder, "Is that me?" Even now, having rewatched the movie to write this review, I felt convicted to ponder if I am truly a good husband to my wife, or if I take the easy way out and only "act" Christian.

Some have criticized the film by saying that it presents a scenario where a guy becomes Christian and things get all better. I wouldn't say that's necessarily the case. For one, the Kendrick have said in other commentaries that their goal is not to say, "You start praying, things get better," only that God is faithful to His own. Their films are meant to represent ideas, not necessary realities. For certain, life for Jay Austin is not immediately easy when his relationship with God is restored: his two salesman walk out on him, he gets closer and closer to the bank taking the lot from him...things aren't always happy. Even when things turn around for him near the end, he still has an obstacle or two.

The focus on the film is not so much "Can God make your life hunky dory?", but rather it's "What does living a life devoted to God look like?" Jay has to spend much of the movie restoring the relationship with the rest of his family. Half of the film has him and his wife being snarky and yelling at one another, including an infamous scene where Jay slams his hand on the table and says, "Why don't you shut your mouth and don't open it again except to eat?" (which actually struck me as way harsher than anything said in Fireproof) Jay also ignores his son, and isn't there for him when he would like to be (one of the early scenes shows Jay's son giving his dad a drawing he made, only for Jay to casually throw it away while busy on a phone call). As Jay realizes he has not lived a life devoted to God, he begins to review his business practices, and is further convicted when he sees his salesmen repeating the exact same tactics he himself taught them. All these things need to be overcome, and eventually are in one way or another. Again, the point of the movie is not "Can I live a better life now?", but "I've been living in sin - how can I restore my life to glorify God?"

As far as I know, they haven't released the film on Blu-Ray yet, but it is widely available on DVD. I would suggest getting a copy and watching it with your family. If you can remember the film was made on a low budget, and was the first film made at Sherwood, you will definitely be able to enjoy it and find it not just empty entertainment. It is definitely worth at least a one time viewing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

In this episode, we examine Joyce Meyer's theology, demonstrating she still adheres to the teachings of the Word of Faith heresy.

Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12:36 PM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

Some time ago, a murder occurred involving those had had been attending the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, and it involved what was ultimately a mini-cult. Initially, I hadn't written or said much on the Deaton murder case, partially because the initial reports seemed to suggest IHOP-KC was completely separated from it, and I was awaiting until the "dust had settled" (so to speak) and had a clearer picture of what had happened. Recently, some interesting articles had come out that shed a big light on the Deaton murder: not only on what happened, but what implications it reveals regarding how IHOP-KC operates.

Love and Death In the House of Prayer - The Rolling Stone article on Tyler Deaton's cult and the murder of Bethany Deaton.

What Rolling Stone Didn't Tell You About Tyler Deaton - This article presents some insider information regarding IHOP-KC's dealing with the Tyler Deaton affair. Most importantly, it discusses how the environment at IHOP-KC bred such a group as Deaton's cult.

Herrington tells a story of being rebuked for questioning Deaton. “Tyler is the apostle of Southwestern,” he was told, “you need to do whatever he tells you!” Yet I could tell countless stories of how students who voiced disagreements with teachers at IHOP’s Bible school, my alma mater IHOPU, were treated in similar fashion. Many were reduced to tears; I was compared to heretics; a friend was told, “I’m fighting on the Lord’s side, whose side are you fighting on?” and most pointedly one teacher said, “The angel came to Mike, not you; who do you think we are going to listen to?”

“Mike would never say this,” Greaves said to a room full of students, “but I’m telling you, Mike Bickle is an Apostle.” At an August 2013 staff meeting, Bickle warned staff and students that God would judge them for how they responded to the prophetic encounters he and others leaders had about IHOP and the prayer movement [...]
 See also this blog post I made with some transcripts from IHOP-KC (by a member of the "underground church" there) that showcases more of what was discussed in that last paragraph.

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

The following is from Alexander MacLaren's commentary on the book of Joshua.

For the Christian soldier, then, God’s law is his marching orders. The written word, and especially the Incarnate Word, are our law of conduct. The whole science of our warfare and plan of campaign are there. We have not to take our orders from men’s lips, but we must often disregard them, that we may listen to the ‘Captain of our salvation.’ The soldier stands where his officer has posted him, and does what he was bid, no matter what may happen. Only one voice can relieve him. Though a thousand should bid him flee, and his heart should echo their advices, he is recreant if he deserts his post at the command of any but him who set him there. Obedience to others is mutiny. Nor does the Christian need another law to supplement that which Christ has given him in His pattern and teaching. Men have appended huge comments to it, and have softened some of its plain precepts which bear hard on popular sins. But the Lawgiver’s law is one thing, and the lawyers’ explanations which explain it away or darken what was clear enough, however unwelcome, are quite another. Christ has given us Himself, and therein has given a sufficient directory for conduct and conflict which fits close to all our needs, and will prove definite and practical enough if we honestly try to apply it.

The application of Christ’s law to daily life takes some courage, and is the proper field for the exercise of Christian strength. ‘Be very courageous that thou mayest observe.’ If you are not a bold Christian you will very soon get frightened out of obedience to your Master’s commandments. Courage, springing from the realisation of God’s helping strength, is indispensable to make any man, in any age, live out thoroughly and consistently the principles of the law of Jesus Christ. No man in this generation will work out a punctual obedience to what he knows to be the will of God, without finding out that all the ‘Canaanites’ are not dead yet; but that there are enough of them left to make a very thorny life for the persistent follower of Jesus Christ.

And not only is there courage needed for the application of the principles of conduct which God has given us, but you will never have them handy for swift application unless, in many a quiet hour of silent, solitary, patient meditation you have become familiar with them. The recruit that has to learn on the battle-field how to use his rifle has a good chance of being dead before he has mastered the mysteries of firing. And Christian people that have their Christian principles to dig out of the Bible when the necessity comes, will likely find that the necessity is past before they have completed the excavation. The actual battle-field is no place to learn drill. If a soldier does not know how his sword hangs, and cannot get at it in a moment, he will probably draw it too late.

I am afraid that the practice of such meditation as is meant here has come to be, like the art of making ecclesiastical stained glass, almost extinct in modern times. You have all so many newspapers and magazines to read that the Bible has a chance of being shoved out of sight, except on Sundays and in chapels. The ‘meditating’ that is enjoined in my text is no mere intellectual study of Scripture, either from an antiquarian or a literary or a theological point of view, but it is the mastering of the principles of conduct as laid down there, and the appropriating of all the power for guidance and for sustaining which that word of the Lord gives. Meditation, the familiarising ourselves with the ethics of Scripture, and with the hopes and powers that are treasured in Jesus Christ, so that our minds are made up upon a great many thorny questions as to what we ought to do, and that when crises or dangers come, as they have a knack of coming, very suddenly, and are sprung upon us unexpectedly, we shall be able, without much difficulty, or much time spent in perplexed searching, to fall back upon the principles that decide our conduct-that is essential to all successful and victorious Christian life.

And it is the secret of all blessed Christian life. For there is a lovely echo of these vigorous words of command to Joshua in a very much more peaceful form in the 1st Psalm: ‘Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, . . . but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night’-the very words that are employed in the text to describe the duty of the soldier-therefore ‘all that he doeth shall prosper.’

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:57 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

In this episode, we review a message by Steve Kelly at Wave Church, where he talks about how you can change the life of a $100 bill. How do you ultimately do that? The answer may not surprise you...

This link takes you to the page discussing the various monikers and levels of recognition granted to people at Wave Church, depending on how much they give above and beyond their tithes and offerings.

This link takes you to the podcast episode where we review Steve Kelly's teachings on leadership, which are dangerously cult-like.

Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

A former member of Steve Kelly's Wave Church informed me of an interesting classification they do among their members. Basically, you receive special status for how much you give to the church. I did a bit of digging online, and found some information about these monikers that people at Wave Church are granted.

To the left here, you'll find an image showcasing the actual classification done at Wave Church (it's taken from the 2014 issue of Wave Foundation Magazine). Basically, it depends how much you give to the church ("over and above" the tithes and offerings, according to the magazine), and the titles can be separated as follows:

If you give $120 to $2,499 annually to Wave Church (why these specific numbers, I don't know), you become a member of the Army of Faithful Believers. They are considered the "lifeblood of Wave Church" (I don't know what those who give under $120 are called - knowing Steve Kelly, probably Parasites).

If you give $2,500 to $7,499 annually to Wave Church, you are called a Centurion. This title is inspired by the "high-yield, low maintenance" centurion from Luke 7...which is interesting, given that the story of the faithful centurion in Luke 7 has absolutely nothing to do with money or giving money. These people are "a key part of the financial leadership" of Wave Church, who "see it as a part of their mission to resource the Kingdom" (I suppose the Army of Faithful Believers don't).

Finally, if you give $7,500 to over $1,000,000 annually to Wave Church (remember, this is "over and above" the tithes and offerings), you are called one of the Kingdom People. Like a Centurion, these Kingdom People see "part of the reason they exist is to resource the Kingdom of God," but are those who "consistently place the cause of the King as their first priority" (I guess the Centurions aren't as consistent, or don't have their priorities straight). These people are likewise considered "the financial leaders" of Wave Church.

In application, Centurions and Kingdom People get marginally more benefits than those in the Army: Kingdom People/Centurions Appreciation weekends are held, and both groups have their own "Amazing Race" events. This is on top of the Centurions being "a key part of the financial leadership" and Kingdom People being actual "financial leaders." It's quite clear that the more you give to Wave Church over and above your regular tithes and offerings, the more and more respect and privilege you earn. While they use the phrase "kingdom of God" and claim this is about those who are assisting the kingdom, it's quite clear that this is in a strictly Wave Church context - I doubt I would gain a Kingdom People title giving $1,000,000 to a small church in rural Alabama.

More importantly, is this kind of classification any where in scripture? Were Army of Faithful Believers, Centurions, or Kingdom People mentioned in the gifts of titles listed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:28 or Ephesians 4:11? No, they were not. When Paul wrote on donations for the church in Jerusalem in 2 Corinthians 9, did he divide up the believers by how much money they could possibly give? No, not at all. Nowhere in scripture are these titles mentioned, taught, or even hinted at.

What this essentially does is take the church and turn it into any other club or organization. For example: one can be a Regular Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and enjoy some benefits; or, one could donate thousands of dollars per year and become an Endowment, Patron, or Benefactor Member, all of whom are able to vote and assist in major decisions made by the organization. Again, the same concept is seen right here in Wave Church: donate more and more money, and receive more and more benefits. Want to become a top financial leader at the church and carry a little bit more weight? Donate enough money to become Kingdom People.

This is especially unbiblical in the sense that it emphasizes benefits for how much one gives, rather than the motivations for it. I am reminded of the story of the widow's offering (Mk 12:41-44; Lk 21:1-4), where a poor widow places two copper coins into the offering box. This woman was commended by Christ because, although her amount was terribly small, she had given all she had. Most churches would recognize the importance of motivation over amount, hence why most of the time givings are anonymous or done out of private conviction. According to the ranks at Wave Church, however, the widow was not placing "the cause of the King" as her "first priority," since she had not donated the demanded (and ridiculously high) amounts.

As I wrote before, there is nothing scriptural about this. This is simply a way for Wave Church to inspire more people to give more money, and to fleece the flock more than they already are.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

I've met a lot of people who bore what I call "willful ignorance." That is, they've received correction, and don't want to reform. They've been told what is light and what is darkness, and they still refuse to come to the light. They have the truth right in front of them, and they still refuse to believe it. I know full well that no argument alone can win a soul. I know that. I realize that a person's regeneration comes only by the will of God (Jn 1:12-13) - again, I know all that.

All the same, it gets hard when that realization hits a bit close to home. When family or friends are the ones displaying it. It gets even harder when you have immense respect and love for the individual, and you just want to shake them and say to them "Wake up!" You want to ask why they can be so intelligent and well rounded in certain areas, and yet such a dunderhead with this topic.

I recall once a story by Christian apologist James White, who, after a debate, got into a discussion with a passionate Roman Catholic over sola scriptura and related subjects. After blowing every argument he made out of the water, the guy threw his hands up and said, "Well look, you're the apologist, not me." Then sometime later, James White was headed out, and saw the man talking with someone else on the same subject. As he was passing by, James White overheard him making the exact same arguments he had made before. It's easy for us to hear a story like that and say, "Wow, that's really sad for that individual." It's hard, however, when we know that such a person is someone we consider a friend, or know as a family member. It's not easy to dismiss or disregard. It gets painful, and hurtful really.

It's a reminder, one might suppose, that we should treat all men like friends and family when it comes to the Gospel. It's a reminder that we should remember even those who are stubborn against the truth with whom we have no relation should be treated with respect, and should be given the truth of God no less than those we know personally. Whether its a random individual online, an in person encounter, a friend, or a family member, all who are without the truth need He who is Truth. God bless.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:16 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

In this episode we examine two clips about the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, which were played on the Christian Broadcast Network's 700 Club. Most importantly, we review how IHOP-KC will hide key points to their theology in a more public setting, and ask if CBN is really fully aware of what they believe.

This link sends you to the blog post giving the meeting notes where Bickle tells IHOP staff they are committed to this, and God will judge them for how they act.

This link sends you to the podcast episode covering Misty Edwards and forerunners.

This link sends you to the blog post discussing the Song of Solomon and whether it's literal or allegorical.

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM Posted by Tony-Allen Cucolo Comments

The following is a simple list of people  and groups who presumed or assumed that Jesus was about to return, or that the time was close. While this isn't a complete listing (it will probably change over time, as I discover more and more), it definitely demonstrates not only that people have been consistently thinking about the end times throughout history, but that history truly repeats itself over and over again.

~150 AD - A group calling themselves the Montanists arise, whose founder, Montanus, claims to be the "Helper" mentioned in John's gospel. They engage heavily in prophecy, claimed to be guided by the Holy Spirit, and practiced what would be called today "Charismatic gifts of the Spirit." More importantly, they begin proclaiming that the church is in the rough stages leading to the return of Christ, which will happen soon (the founders believed it would happen after their generation). When they pray "thy kingdom come," they in essence pray for the quick end of the world.

~180 AD - Many during this time period apply the concept of Christ's return to their contemporary settings. The Church Fathers Irenaeus and Hippolytus, for example, believe that the return of Christ will happen after the destruction and division of the Roman Empire followed by the reign of the Antichrist.

847 AD - A so-called prophetess named Thiota prophecies that the world will end in this year. Many in the area of her ministry believe her, with some even sending her gifts and asking for prayers from her. When the predicted end does not come to pass, she is invited by the local bishops to a synod, where she is made to admit she prophesied falsely, flogged, and stripped of any ministerial power, after which she no longer prophesies.

~1000 AD - It became popular in Europe to believe that this thousand years was the literal millennium spoken of in Revelation, and that soon the Antichrist would come to bring about judgment on the world (some moved the date to 1033 AD, the supposed anniversary of the Lord's Passion). Many took the growing famines, heresies, and wars of the time period to signify the coming of the end. Some believed that Pope Sylvester II (known for having a deep interest in scientific arts that were taboo at the time) might have been the Antichrist foretold in Revelation.

1200 AD - A well known Roman Catholic mystic named Joachim of Fiore predicts that in 1260 AD humanity will come in direct contact with God and a great era of peace will begin. Obviously, this does not come to pass. His followers change the date to 1290, and then 1335. Neither dates see an era of peace descend upon the earth.

~1240 AD - When the Mongols invade Russia, it is believed by many in Roman Catholic western Europe that the Mongol hordes are the Gog and Magog spoken of in scripture, and that God was sending them to pass judgment on the "schismatic" Eastern Orthodox.

1666 AD - An English group known as the Fifth Monarchists (1649-1660) predicts the coming Antichrist will be replaced in this year by Christ as the "fifth monarchy" (the other four being in Daniel 2).

1688 AD - Noted mathematician John Napier (1550-1617), attempting to calculate the apocalypse, predicts that the world may end at this time. He likewise argues that 1700 might be a valid date.

1843 AD - The return of Christ, which had been predicted by Seventh Day Adventists in 1840, does not occur. It soon begins to be proposed in Adventist circles that Christ will return on October 22 of that year. This likewise comes and goes without any sign of a return.

1874 AD - Charles T. Russell, founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses, predicts that Christ will return in this year. When nothing unfolds, Russell assures his followers that Christ had returned, but invisibly.

1914 AD - Charles T. Russell predicts that the Battle for Armageddon would commence in this year, and that Christ's earthly reign would begin. This doesn't occur.

1925 AD - Jehovah's Witnesses predict that the resurrection will occur, with the return of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the return of earth to a paradise. Membership into the Witnesses grows immensely in the years leading up to this date. The predicted resurrection, however, doesn't occur.

1939 AD - Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of the Worldwide Church of God, reports on the radio that World War II will center around Jerusalem and will end with the second coming of Christ. Neither of these prophecies are realized. Armstrong even went so far as to compare Hitler and Mussolini to the Beast and False Prophet in Revelation.

1956 AD - Herbert W. Armstrong releases a publication on what the year 1975 will be like. He predicts that World War III and Christ's return are coming soon.

1970 AD - Hal Lindsey publishes his famous book The Late Great Planet Earth, which speaks on end time events. In it, he states the possibility of the end times unfolding in 1988, based on a 40-years time period and the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. As time shows, this did not occur.

1975 AD - Jehovah's Witnesses predict that Armageddon will occur. Membership into the Witnesses increases dramatically in the years leading up to this date. However, the predicted Armageddon once again does not occur.

1985 AD - Herbert W. Armstrong publishes a book reaffirming that Christ will return soon, and that many mysteries of the Bible regarding the end times had not been revealed until recently.

1988 AD - Inspired by Hal Lindsey, Edgar Whisenant publishes a book entitled 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988, adding, "Only if the Bible is in error am I wrong..." When the rapture does not happen, Whisenant publishes another book in 1989, claiming it will happen that year. He tries again in 1993, and yet again in 1994.

1994 AD - Harold Camping predicts two years before that Christ will return on September 6, 1994, although he leaves room for 2011 to be the year. When the rapture does not occur, he settles on his 2011 dating.

1999 AD - Mike Bickle founds the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP-KC) on supposed orders from God, believing he is going to prepare the church for the return of Christ, which he believes will happen in this generation.

2011 AD - Harold Camping declares more publicly that the rapture will happen on May 21, 2011, followed by months of judgment upon the earth. When this does not occur, he predicts that the judgment as a whole will happen on October 21 of that year. This also does not occur. Camping will go on to repent of his dating, and ask others to avoid making similar mistakes.

2012 AD - Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and incarcerated for sexual crimes against minors, tells his followers in December that the world will end before 2013, and that they should prepare for the end. Obviously, the prediction does not come to pass.

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