During the U.S. elections of 2008, a number of Evangelicals began raising the cry that the rapture is near. Midnight Rising-Warning Signs for This Generation presents in stark terms, the reasons why a growing number of Evangelicals believe that the times and the seasons are upon us. In this volume, the nation from which the Antichrist will arise is made perfectly clear. Wm. Anderson Simpson shows signs that are not commonly discussed in relation to this topic, and makes a strong argument for the correctness of the Evangelicals’ urgent call for teaching and preaching concerning the things about to burst forth onto the world stage. With a timeliness theme and since there are no signs preceding the rapture, Simpson deduced that the world must see, in the geo-political stage, some indications that the things that are to occur following the rapture must be "in place." This book presents the Evangelical case for their declaration. Simpson says, "I have been a student of the Scriptures for more than thirty years, writing on virtually every major tenet of our faith, but prophecy has always held a particular attraction for me. Avoiding the usual "signs," earthquakes in various places, wars and rumors of wars, etc., which are signs of the Second Advent, and not of the rapture, I focused instead on several less bandied indicators: The specific geo-political alliances that are to be in place during the tribulation, the worldwide acclaim for the antichrist, the increase in knowledge, the traveling to and fro of many; and, what struck the chord in the hearts of the Evangelicals, the financial crisis that we entered during the winter of 2009 and the meteoric rise to world acclaim of our current president (though I began the book prior to his election). Those are the main points around which I built the case for the Evangelicals’ claim that the end of this age is at hand." If a person truly believes that the rapture is near, ought he or she not be studying to glean some understanding of the times and the seasons? Shouldn''t that momentous event be at the forefront of our teaching of Christians? Shouldn''t our ministry of the word of reconciliation be focused sharply on the lost? As questions arise, Simpson points out that The "Dark Star" is not named as President Obama-but whichever president is in power when the light of his reason proves to be darkness (cp. Mt 6:22-23), he will be known for certain by the brokering of a comprehensive Middle East peace treaty between Israel and "many." It could be this president, but it could just as easily be the next, or the next, or the tenth or twentieth in line. The salient point of Midnight Rising is that we are the nation that has consistently been the broker for Middle East peace. This book makes the case for an American Antichrist in a scholarly and thorough way. The entire geo-political stage is perfectly aligned for the events that must follow the rapture, and the push is definitely on to resolve the singular issue that holds back the dark days of the tribulation, the signing of a Middle East peace agreement. The book is addressed to a lay Christian audience, though many theological professionals have read it carefully, acknowledging that it is easy enough for laypersons to read and understand, yet thorough enough for ministers and seminary students and professors to read with interest.
Foreword by Dr. Earl D. Radmacher
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