Chuck Smith: End Times Means Bright Outlook for Christian Church
Smith, 84, who is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, is undergoing treatment for lung cancer. However, he had no problem delivering a strong message of hope in a fallen world.
"We're on the verge of, it looks like, a war in the Middle East that could expand into a global conflict of nuclear proportions. The economy is tanking. Many nations are on the verge of bankruptcy and our own nation is so many trillions of dollars in debt. It's just amazing," he said.
He began his talk on prophesy by quoting Bible verse Titus 2:13, which states, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
"Surely there is a blessed hope that we have as believers," Smith told those in attendance. "As far as the world is concerned there's not much hope. When you look at the world that we live in today, the future doesn't look very bright."'
Smith said he feels that the U.S. government is handling the nation's money incorrectly.
"The politicians seem to think the best way to get out of debt is to borrow money, but you know there's a basic law of economics that when your output is greater than your input, your upkeep is your downfall," Smith said.
"Right now at the present time there are several men (presidential candidates) who are making wonderful promises to us here in the United States. They tell us that they have the answers to the problems our nation is facing and they are trying to encourage people to have confidence in them and vote for them because they have the solutions to the problems.
"Well, maybe you are hoping in these men, but I've lived long enough that I've sort of lost hope in the programs of man and I am looking for a better hope – the hope of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ," he said.
That one is kind of weird considering this...why warn of the politicians and say their promises are empty when your own pastors are working hand in hand with them?
"Calvary Chapel and Rediscovering God in America"
Notice JACK HIBBS [CALVARY CHAPEL PASTOR] and NEWT GINGRICH right on the same speakers roster from REDISCOVERING AMERICA:
Now comes the clincher, more deception telling the Christian church their future is bright. [it is bright yes, in that we will one day be with Jesus Christ for the real Christian church] but Smith here of course misleads pointing to the rapture which is a false teaching. If anything any true preacher would be warning of the persecution to come.
2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Smith, who regularly gives updates on the events of the Middle East at his church in Costa Mesa, often begins with news that shows the potential outbreak of war, but ends by referring to the current events as "exciting times."
"How can you make, you say, all these dire predictions with a smile on your face? Well, because the outlook for the Church is very bright," he explained. "We're almost there and I know how this story ends and that it's always comforting when you know that it ends and 'they all lived happily ever after.'"
Talking about the future, the influential pastor said, "What do we know for sure? We know there are two major events awaiting the Church. One is the rapture of the Church. It's the hope that we have right now of the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ who is coming for His Church."
He explained that although the word "rapture" is not found in English translations of the Bible, "the teaching of the rapture is definitely in the Bible," he said.
"The second coming of Jesus is the next major event when He comes to establish His kingdom here on the earth. That is what we pray for when we repeat the Lord's prayer, 'Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'
Those who smile over the tribulation are scary. While we are to have hope and peace in God, the destruction that will be coming to millions is nothing to celebrate.
For that last part, Chuck Smith definitely shows his deception too with the millenial kingdom lies, 'kingdom theology". I do not believe Jesus Christ will set up a kingdom here on this earth. Think about how many will be deceived by the antichrist who will be doing so. For God's kingdom, there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
Jhn 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
Now look who the speakers were at this event....
Speakers on the other days of the conference included Miles McPherson, Jack Hibbs (lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills), Mark Hitchcock, Charlie Campbell, Ed Hindson, and General Jerry Boykin, U.S. Army (retired).
SoCal Prophecy Invite 2012 | Jack Hibbs from Calvary Chino Hills on Vimeo.
They have used their version of the "end times" to deceive many.