Prophetic Craziness: Why All the Huksterism?

Chris

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Prophetic Craziness: Why All the Huksterism?

Prophetic Craziness: Why All the Huksterism?
By Dr. David R. Reagan

There are times when I am embarrassed to be a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher, and those times are becoming more frequent.

It's all because Bible prophecy is a playground for fanatics and sensationalists. One person has put it this way: "Bible prophecy is the National Enquirer branch of theology."

The Y2K Hysteria

I am reminded of something that happened to me back in the late 1990s. As we approached the beginning of the new century, the Bible prophecy sensationalists began to crank up their propaganda mill. Accordingly, they began to predict a "Y2K Disaster" (Y2K being an abbreviation for "Year Two Thousand").

One very well known Bible prophecy expert warned of the impending collapse of all the electrical grids due to the fact that computers had not been programmed for dates in the new year of 2000. He argued this would result in national chaos, with riots everywhere. He advised that Christians should buy land in remote areas, build concrete bunkers, and stow away food, water, money and guns.

Another equally well known prophecy author wrote a book about the impact of Y2K in which he listed 42 electrical gadgets that would likely cease operating at the turn of the century. Almost every electrical device in the average home was on the list, from alarm clocks to washing machines.

When I read that ridiculous book, I decided the time had come to write a counter-article. I was not a technical expert, but I had enough common sense to know that my toaster could care less what year it was!

I did a lot of research on the subject, and in the December 1998 issue of this magazine I published an in-depth article about Y2K in which I concluded that it was most likely that it would have no discernable impact whatsoever.

At about the same time, I got a phone call from a person who was putting together a major Bible prophecy conference concerning Y2K. He had already lined up some big name speakers. He asked if I would agree to be one of the speakers. I responded by asking him if he knew where I stood on the issue.

"What do you mean?" he asked.

"Well," I replied, "I don't think Y2K is going to have any impact at all, nor do I believe it has any prophetic significance."

There was a long awkward pause.

"In that case," he responded, "I don't think we want you to be one of the speakers."

The organizers of that conference were not looking for truth. They were seeking sensationalism.

Lineup of Planets

Adding to the Y2K hysteria was the fact that a lineup of the planets was scheduled to occur on May 5, 2000.

Some prophecy spokesmen went bonkers over this cosmological event, warning that it would alter the gravity of our planet, producing "killer earthquakes" and "massive tidal waves that would sweep across entire continents." Well, the lineup came and went, and hardly a whimper was heard nor a tremor felt.

Why All the Huksterism?

Why is it that rumor-mongering is so prevalent in the field of Bible prophecy? Well, for one thing, it sells books and tapes. Sensationalism appeals to the carnal nature of Man. People love to speculate about the future, and millions of others love to read the speculations.

Some of it is Satan inspired. Satan hates Bible prophecy. After all, it predicts his ultimate destruction and Jesus' ultimate triumph. So, Satan tries to undermine respect for Bible prophecy by motivating silly and hysterical speculations by Bible prophecy teachers.

These speculations then create the impression that Bible prophecy is nothing but a playground for fanatics. This motivates many Christians to wash their hands of the whole field and to turn their backs on God's Prophetic Word.

In the second part of this series on prophetic craziness, I'll debunk some of the latest sensationalist crazes.
 

Hol

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I've been reading more from Lion & Lamb, good work - even to the untrained reader! (Can't wait for part 2!)
 

Pebbles

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I was in grade school during the Y2K nonsense and thought it was much ado about nothing...I figured computers could probably figure out what comes after 1999. I *still* don't get why people went so nuts about that. :idunno:

Why is it that rumor-mongering is so prevalent in the field of Bible prophecy? Well, for one thing, it sells books and tapes. Sensationalism appeals to the carnal nature of Man. People love to speculate about the future, and millions of others love to read the speculations.

Some of it is Satan inspired. Satan hates Bible prophecy. After all, it predicts his ultimate destruction and Jesus' ultimate triumph. So, Satan tries to undermine respect for Bible prophecy by motivating silly and hysterical speculations by Bible prophecy teachers.
Agree 100%.
 

Barbasol

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I was in grade school during the Y2K nonsense and thought it was much ado about nothing...I figured computers could probably figure out what comes after 1999. I *still* don't get why people went so nuts about that. :idunno:



Agree 100%.
Actually our computers at work could not compute dates correctly after 1999 without a software update that we got in late 1999. :((
 

Carl

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The US Navy installed a new computer system prior to 2000, but kept the old system running. As soon as 2000 rolled around the old system failed.

If nothing to it why did so many companies spend billion to keep their data safe?
 

Aneriz

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Hulkerism?

I confess I did a double take with that term :lol:

Huksterism:
1. One who sells wares or provisions in the street; a peddler or hawker.
2. One who uses aggressive, showy, and sometimes devious methods to promote or sell a product.
3. Informal One who writes advertising copy, especially for radio or television.
 

Chris

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Why is it that rumor-mongering is so prevalent in the field of Bible prophecy? Well, for one thing, it sells books and tapes. Sensationalism appeals to the carnal nature of Man. People love to speculate about the future, and millions of others love to read the speculations.

Some of it is Satan inspired. Satan hates Bible prophecy. After all, it predicts his ultimate destruction and Jesus' ultimate triumph. So, Satan tries to undermine respect for Bible prophecy by motivating silly and hysterical speculations by Bible prophecy teachers.
Dr. Reagan hit it out of the ballpark here with these comments. I've also been speaking out against this stuff as well, especially the Islamic Antichrist nonsense. We need to follow Dr. Reagan's lead and follow only the Bible, not the idle speculations and sensationalism of men. :nod
 

Pebbles

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The US Navy installed a new computer system prior to 2000, but kept the old system running. As soon as 2000 rolled around the old system failed.

If nothing to it why did so many companies spend billion to keep their data safe?
That's just funny. Our home one didn't have any issues. :idunno:
 

iSong6:3

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Quote from the OP article : "Bible prophecy is the National Enquirer branch of theology.". Wowee, that's so true in so many quarters and so many websites. I appreciate so much all the effort Chris and the members here make to see that we're not like that. :thumbup
 

iSong6:3

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The US Navy installed a new computer system prior to 2000, but kept the old system running. As soon as 2000 rolled around the old system failed.

If nothing to it why did so many companies spend billion to keep their data safe?
Bro, I may be reading your post wrong, but if you're asking wasn't there something to it in that companies spent billions for there not to be a problem: the hucksters (that's the correct spelling :hide) were saying there *would be* devastation caused that would basically send us back to the Stone Age. (Okay, a little hyperbole on my part, but not much.).

They were wrong, but they made a lot of money off of those FUD books. :((
 

gooddocmike

Follower and Believer of Christ
Quote from the OP article : "Bible prophecy is the National Enquirer branch of theology.". Wowee, that's so true in so many quarters and so many websites. I appreciate so much all the effort Chris and the members here make to see that we're not like that. :thumbup
A BIG AMEN!!!!

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.", 2 Timothy 2:15.

If we are not certain, we are better off to keep our mouth closed! Sensationalism, panicked speculation, and a hyperdramatic approach may cause many to impulsively rush out buying books and videos. But days and months later, when those tapes have been watched, those books have been read, and the panic and anxiety has been shown as false, we must ask ourselves who's work has been done? If we cause even one to not believe when the actual truth is presented, then we have failed as workmen. Those who do, become workman for Satan, not working servants for the Lord. Those who are not wolves in sheep's clothing, but allow Satan to attempt to make them sheep in wolves clothing.

I am glad that this site is filled with watchmen! Those with a watchful eye over this site. Who keep what I would call "spiritual huckster" away from the gates. Not allowing into this site those who would sell their souls tomorrow, in order to make a dollar today.
 

billiefan2000

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I would be curious what Reagan thinks of Jonathan Cahn though and his Shemitah stuff


since his good friend Jan Markell is a Cahn apologist
 
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