Since "The Late Great Planet Earth" was published in 1970 by Hal Lindsey, a whole generation of tens of millions of believers and unbelievers worldwide have been blinded to critical BIBLE topics by his numerous huge errors.
Lindsey's book (and subsequent books) then sparked a 40 year downline (1970 - 2010) of 'copy-and-paste' authors, Bible scholars and prophecy 'experts' who have, to this day, also perpetuated Lindsey's grand errors. [itemized below]
Plus, since the body of Christ's pattern is to NOT study the scriptures, but to form their beliefs based primarily by 'listening' to their favorite 'TV Preacher' or Church Pastor's opinions, then God's people are immediately open to being misled and to believing deceptions and false doctrines.
Mr. Lindsey's original root mistake is having studied these deeper crucial topics of God's Word by his 'natural mind' instead of by being taught by the anointing of the Spirit as God requires. [1 John 2:27]
Virtually ALL of this generation's popular but blind Prophecy speakers and authors in Lindsey's downline also used their 'natural minds' [1Corinthians 2:14] resulting in gross errors, gross negligence to Gods people and misleading millions.
According to the Lord Jesus, this is one aspect of what makes a Bible teacher false. Namely, when he 'misleads' others away from God's Word. [Matthew 24:4,11, 24]
Other popularized prophecy 'experts' in America who are also on public record, to this day, of holding Hal Lindsey's failed views and/or offshoots of these views are: Pastor John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Perry Stone, Grant Jeffrey, Tim La Haye, Hilton Sutton, Chuck Missler, David Reagan, Joel Rosenberg , Dr. Irvin Baxter, Jerry Jenkins and numerous others.
Scripturally, these must be labeled as 'false teachers'
At this point until they repent, today's TV Prophecy celeb- rities and applauded Prophecy authors must be viewed as false teachers since they grossly 'mislead' God's people.
In fact, many of the very KEY crucial topics which the Lord Jesus foretold for His followers in today's End Times to "see" accurately in order to "know He is near", are the very topics completely distorted out of shape by Lindsey and his unanimous prophecy knock-offs. [Matthew 24:33]
Contrary to the naive notions of many believers today, God's true, bonafide, anointed and called Ministers are NOT those who have a mixed bag of truth COUPLED WITH false teachings like the men mentioned here. Nor do God's true bond-servants teach 'mostly' accurate teachings but coupled with some 'huge errors' at the same time.
Nor will God's true prophetical ministers and End Time teachers be those who will IN ANY WAY mislead and blind other souls to the truth as these men already have. The body of Christ's EYES are beginning to open up to this sobering fact.
Try to imagine if Moses would've come down from the mountain top with 'partially' right commandments from God. Or, try to picture the Apostle Paul having written two-thirds of the New Testament, yet still teaching some 'huge errors' at the same time which 'mislead' God 's people.
But, God's true 5-Fold ministers (apostles, prophets, evang- elists, pastors, teachers) are those who are totally accurate in their teachings of God's Word and on the topics they expound on or write about. His true Prophecy Teachers 'handle accurately the word of truth' [2Timothy 2:15] and in no way will 'mislead' God's children on ANY account.
For today's popular TV Preachers like Hal Lindsey, John Hagee, Jack Van Impe and Tim La Haye who have spent much if not all of their concentrations for 20, 30, 50 years writing and speaking about "prophecy", then it will take great humility for them to recognize and receive correction on their many grave errors which have blinded so many millions, even reaping financial rewards from God's unsuspecting flock.
What is God's Wisdom through all of this MAN-MADE confusion and blindness?
Dear friends: God is not mocked. (Galatians 6:7). Although Lindsey's 1970 errors still blind the masses today, God has used this last 40 year time period of blindness to ready His people for the most EYE-OPENING explosion of global awareness of Christ's Nearness in 20 centuries, exactly as scriptures foretell for today's End Times.
During this generation's 100% indoctrination to Hal Lindsey's false teachings since 1970, God has also allowed the global scenario to PRECISELY shape up into an INEVITABLE APEX right now for fulfillment. As stated, this includes the imminent foretold explosion of global awareness of the Nearness of Christ's Return and the approaching 'start' of the final Tribulation. [Link below: The coming Final Move of God]
Literally, NOW is that very time for God's people's EYES to SNAP OPEN to the 'elephant standing right in the middle of the front room' of this generation. Namely, Antichrist and ALL foretold End Time events on the world's stage today.
Interestingly, today's exalted Prophecy 'experts' named here may very well be some of the last to have their EYES OPENED since they may prove to have more desire to hang onto their own reputations rather than, in humility, embracing the truths of God's Word.
THE MAJOR ERRORS THEMSELVES:
BELOW are the PRIME Crucial Errors of "The Late Great Planet Earth". As emphasized, these giant errors have literally caused a whole generation for 40 years to be 100% BLINDED, including to Antichrist's identity and his physical presence on the world stage right now and as precisely shown at Heisnear.com with jolting clarity:
"2 men coming":
Without question, this concept is the biggest blinding error originated by Hal Lindsey. This false notion by itself has caused untold millions of God's people and unbelievers to continually ponder over Lindsey's mysterious "2 men". Not to mention Lindsey's own obvious public bewilderment about "who these 2 men could possibly be?". But, scriptures specific- ally show 'only 1 man' is coming, not "2". [Links below]
Amazing, how millions submit to Lindsey's 'expertise' about 'Antichrist', yet he leaves them empty-handed every time.
His books erroneously state an 'unknown first man: Anti- christ' will come out of the woodwork in the End Times, and at sometime in the future. Everyone knows that this is Hal Lindsey's devout teaching all along since 1970.
The topic of Lindsey's '2nd person: the false prophet' is passed by completely in his discussions, calling him Anti- christ's 'sidekick'. Amazingly, for 40 years now, any mention of the topic of the 'false prophet' by today's Prophecy 'experts' is left 100% untouched. Not even a mention of it within the body of Christ as well.
However, as scriptures precisely show and as is elaborated on thoroughly in "Here is Wisdom" ('84) and "Two Beasts Rising" (2007), the false prophet is the SOLE evil man of sin himself, and one-and-the-same-man as Antichrist.
The Apostle John, the Revelator, clearly understood this even during the Patmos Isle vision itself. Again, this is made simple and clear in these 2 books and in numerous topical sections of Heisnear.com. [Books/Links below]
"No one can know who Antichrist is !"
This incredible blunder totally contradicts the Bible's vast amounts of information provided to us about Antichrist. God isn't in the business of keeping His people in the dark about Antichrist
as Hal Lindsey has ingeniously pawned off to this generation.
To the contrary. The Bible even names its critical infor- mation about Antichrist's identity to be God's 'wisdom'. [Rev 13:18 / 17:9]. Today's 'experts' do not have this wisdom.
In effect, Hal Lindsey's own total blindness as to 'who antichrist is?' has been successfully sold for 40 years to this generation which has taken the bait 'hook-line-and-sinker'.
The anti-Biblical idea saying that "No one can know who Antichrist is!" has completely misdirected God's people and unbelievers globally, causing millions of readers and hearers to UNANIMOUSLY jump into the 'Antichrist guessing-game' for over 4 decades now.
This false statement coupled with Lindsey's first mistake ["2 men coming" theory] have so completely blinded God's people and unbelievers worldwide that many people today don't bother giving the topic a serious second thought.
They simply have accepted the false concept that "Nobody knows.......".
Even secular TV Networks, like CNN, have thrown their own 'hats into the ring' about Antichrist's identity. They've also reaped the financial rewards from a global audience who thirsts for the truth, but still receives the frenzied copy-and-pasted speculations all originating from Hal Lindsey's 1970's major blunders. Hundreds of End Time websites add to today's blindness and confusion about Antichrist's identity.
Again, to reiterate, scriptures show that to remain blind to Antichrist's identity is a critical mistake, even potentially eternally accursed when considering the 'mark of the beast'.
So far, this generation continues to leave it up to today's Prophecy 'experts' while continuing to buy up their Prophecy books filled with errors and speculations at record-setting paces. At the same time, today's blind prophecy preachers/authors reap the financial gains from continuing to perpetuate their own confusion of having NO CLUE about Antichrist's identity. Literally, it is the 'blind-leading-the- blind' scenario when it comes to the topic of "Antichrist".
When Revelation 13:18 named this number, it was precisely understood by the Apostle John the Revelator, even during the vision itself. It also was understood by the first century believers themselves, and for centuries later.
In fact, as made simple and clear at Heisnear.com [Links below], scriptures themselves and a simple quick look into first century history confirm the fact that '666' was the numerical equivalent of Caesar Nero's name.
This is part of the scriptural 'wisdom' of God [Rev 13:18] regarding the False Prophet's (Antichrist) exact origin being from ROME, as was Caesar Nero's Leadership origin.
John the Revelator immediately understood this when seeing '666' [Nero's own number] being applied to the forthcoming False Prophet of the End Times.
However, Hal Lindsey and all other prophecy Preachers today UNANIMOUSLY make no substantive reference to this MAJOR Bible 'wisdom' whatsoever, except in rare passing speculations.
Again, Lindsey using his 'natural mind' in his Bible studies for 40 years, comes up with another huge mistake of believing and teaching that "666 is the mark of the beast".
But as scriptures show, 666 has absolutely nothing to do with the "mark of the beast". [Link below]
Again, Lindsey, John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Grant Jeffrey, Hilton Sutton and Tim La Haye are the most recognizable Prophecy Preachers and authors of dozens of ill-informed teachers who STILL believe and teach this major error.
"Antichrist will die, and satan will miraculously raise him from the dead!" -- Hal Lindsey / 1970
This is definitely the most ridiculous false statement made today regarding Antichrist. This incredible belief is devoutly held and taught by Lindsey and the other false teachers just mentioned.
This belief actually epitomizes the total blindness and pure folly of Hal Lindsey and today's Prophecy preachers and authors who hold to this kind of tomfoolery.
Their attributing of resurrection power to satan is in line with blasphemy and insults the integrity and glory of the finished eternal work SOLELY conquered by Christ at the Cross.
In fact, satan can't and won't raise anybody from the dead. God alone has this power! Not to mention the fact that there is not 1 Bible passage which even remotely suggests that the devil could ever 'raise a person from the dead' as promulgated by Lindsey, Van Impe, Hagee, La Haye and countless other blind Prophecy enthusiasts.
Their major blunder is in their misinterpreting of Revelation Chapter 13's 1st Beast. Revelation itself specifically defines it to represent exclusively world history's successive beastly '7 kingdoms', including the final End Time Euro-kingdom itself, headquartered in Rome. [Link: 1st Beast - Revelation]
However, in 1970's 'Late Great Planet Earth' Lindsey wrongly concocted this 1st Beast to "also represent a man, or Antichrist himself". As a result of this monstrous error, Lindsey's '2 men theory' was born and sprang forth for the next 40 years as the single-most blinding false teaching of this generation in terms of critical End Time topics. Like Mr. Lindsey himself, untold millions worldwide today are still looking for his "unknown 2 men".
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