Welcome bloggers! My name is Stephen Nielsen, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. This blog is dedicated to the study of Bible prophecy, with an emphasis on our Lord’s return. My writing will be mainly from two sources: as excerpts from the book I am now writing (I think it will be titled The Rapture of the Church), and from my own personal study. I will also do my best to bring you up-to-date news (with my comments) that I think is relevant to the study of prophecy and that indicates that His coming is near.
Many well-meaning Christians these days think that spending time on anything related to prophecy is a waste of time—that it is more of a distraction from doing the Lord’s work. Well, that may be true of some. But I think there is great value in a well-intended study of prophecy: 1) it will show us that His Word is true and reliable, as we see prophecy fulfilled; 2) it serves to stir us up to holiness, love and good works, as we see indicators that His coming is near (Heb. 10:24-25); 3) a knowledge of prophecy will serve to make us better witnesses, as we will be able to relate better to others the urgency of the hour—that now is the time for salvation; and 4) as we are reminded of the resurrection and the rapture, it will serve to comfort and encourage us (1 Thess. 4:18).
Yes, knowing that His coming is near should not make us lazy, or unfocused; rather, it should encourage us and energize us for greater service until He comes. This is what I pray this blog will do for you. I welcome your comments.
If you have a question, comment or prayer request that you would prefer to keep private you can e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org