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I first got interested in prophecy during the 1970s after reading Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth.”

Within a few years, I got a chance to interview Lindsey for a story I wrote in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner detailing the remarkable success of that book and some of his sequels. It turned out that Lindsey’s books on Bible prophecy made him, far and away, the best-selling author of the decade.

I struck up a relationship with Lindsey and later had a chance to collaborate with him on several books.

Ever since, I’ve been a student of prophecy as well as a newsman – often observing events taking place in the world and using the measuring stick of the Bible to judge their relevance to what the Bible predicts will happen before the “Day of the Lord.”

For Christians, the “Day of the Lord” is literally the return of the Jesus to rule and reign over the planet for 1,000 years. For Bible-believing Jews, the Day of the Lord is the coming of the Messiah. I firmly believe they are one in the same.

For 2,000 years, Christians have been wondering when the return of Jesus – or Yeshua – might come. For even longer, Jews have been wondering when their Messiah might come. For hundreds of thousands of Jews, that question was answered 2,000 years ago by Yeshua. His disciples were all Jewish, and, following His death and Resurrection, many Jews – including priests and Pharisees and members of the Sanhedrin – became His followers. In fact, for the first 15 years after Yeshua’s death, all of his followers were messianic Jews.

So here we are in 2012, and the question on many people’s minds is, “When is the Day of the Lord coming?”

My unequivocal answer to that question is, “Very, very soon.”

The No. 1 reason for that conclusion is the rebirth of the nation-state of modern Israel – an absolute prerequisite to His return.

Every prophecy about the Day of the Lord shows Yeshua returning to the state of Israel, as it is being battered and nearly destroyed by its surrounding enemies.

Yeshua comes to stop that – and set up His kingly throne from which He reigns over the whole earth.

As I look around at what is happening in the world today, it sounds distinctly like the world described in the Bible before the Day of the Lord – most particularly with regard to the Middle East.

I don’t know if we have 50 years or 20 years or 10 years or even five.

But we are very, very close.

You may agree or you may disagree.

But it’s something every person – believer or non-believer – should think about carefully.

If you are confused by the chaos and violence, the wars and rumors of wars, the growing inability of people to discern right from wrong and other signs of the times, I urge you to turn to your Bibles for understanding.

It’s all there.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob told us the story of the world from the beginning to the end – all in one collection of books we call the Bible.

And, if you are currently preoccupied and concerned about the the direction of your country, know that there is more to saving it from destruction than participating in the election in November.

For believers, we are instructed what we can and must do to save our country. That prescription is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 – and it applies to Israel or the United States or any other land: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Note that prescription is written for believers.

It’s not written for non-believers.

That’s why believers have a special duty to purify themselves, practice holiness, humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways and pray.

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