But my father-in-law
gave me a book he had read called, The End of the Days.
Yes, it was a book on Bible prophecy which I considered to be a crack pot
concept. But it intrigued me because I liked the post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi
The End of the Days book was essentially a commentary on the biblical writings
of Daniel. I was impressed with the straight-forward systematic approach
it took to interpreting Scripture basically it took Scripture literally
while recognizing obvious symbolic language that is common to any colorful
I read the book soon after the Berlin wall came down at the end of 1989.
The demise of the Soviet Union perplexed me because I had grown up in a world
where the superpower standoff between the U.S. and Soviet Union was the natural
order of things. Indeed, I had spent nine years of my life training
for war with the Soviet Union as a US Army officer.
The claims that it was time to cash in our peace dividends didnt make
sense because all those nukes still existed and at least half of them were
in the hands of people who had to be reeling from their loss of power.
I was raised
in the church and spent a big part of my life appearing to be and even
considering myself to be a Christian. But I never really gave a lot
of thought to what happens after a person dies. My reasoning was that
if this material world is all there is then spending time on spiritual matters
is a waste of time.
The book of Daniel
has prophecies of the nations that would rule the world from the Babylonian
Empire until the Messiah returns. These prophecies are in such detail
that I became convinced the Bible had to be from God because only He can
declare the end from the beginning.
What happened to the Soviet Union could be explained by Bible prophecy; the
superpower stand-off had to be resolved to make way for the world-wide government
that will be in place when the Messiah returns.
I was discussing these things with my wife Teresa one evening when it occurred
to me, if the Bible could help me understand the reason current events happened
the way they did, it had to also be right about the need to have Jesus in
It was like a light going on in my head If I didnt start following
Jesus at that moment; I knew I was going to spend eternity separated from
Him in hell. It was a classic no brainer; I immediately
committed to studying the Bible to learn more about Jesus so that I could
Since then, the Lord has helped me change my world view from a materialistic
perspective to His eternal perspective and this has helped me deal
with difficulties in my life as well as all the craziness that is so pervasive
in the world today.
There are a lot of similarities between the event God used to wake me up
to Him and what is going on now. Today, we have the global problems
of the economy, terrorism and climate change. These issues are too
big for any one nation to fix; it requires the cooperation of the whole
world. As the U.S. - Soviet superpower stand off had to be resolved,
so too does the last remaining superpower have to become history. It
pains me to consider this but I dont see how the U.S. can come out
of our current economic problems with the superpower clout we once had.
The prophecies of the Bible reveal we are on the cusp of some dramatic
changes. The greatest sign we are living in the time prior to the Messiah
coming is seen in the prophecies about Israel coming back together as a nation
after 1900 years of being dispersed among the nations of the world.
Bible prophecy proves that the Bible is Gods revelation of Himself
to mankind. Only God can tell us with 100% accuracy what will happen
in the future because He is outside the confines of time. Time is simply
a fourth dimension of our world that God created along with the physical
characteristics of the universe.
As an electrical engineer with a love for math and science, I have always
been analytical in my faith.
To me, faith in Jesus Christ is logical. God gave us the ability to
reason and He wants us to use our cognitive abilities to know Him.
As He said in Isaiah 1:18, Come now, and let us reason
Indeed, a logical approach to things is what led the French mathematician
Blaise Pascal to Christ. Pascal was the father of statistical science
which he applied to the truth about God
Pascals Wager is quite profound; it essentially asks us
to weigh the upside against the downside of believing the Bible assuming
it really does turn out to be from God. Betting against the Bible being
true has the severest of consequences while wagering that the Bible is true
leads to eternal blessings.
It is simply illogical not to taste and see that the Lord is good
as Psalm 34:8 invites us to do.
Since I began following Jesus, the biggest struggle Ive had with my
faith resulted in my greatest growth spurt. The conventional wisdom
of evolutionary science bothered me because it conflicted with the literal
biblical account of creation. I sincerely sought the truth about this
and God revealed physical evidence to me that reinforces a literal interpretation
Through this, I learned that God so desired a personal relationship with
me that I could trust the plain sense meaning of His Word. I was not
dependant on some scholarly intermediary to interpret the Bible for me.
The Bible is the most important resource we have in this world; life would
be just plain scary without it.