Born to Win Podcast - with Ronald L. DartAuthor: Born to Win
17 Aug 2018

Born to Win Podcast - with Ronald L. Dart

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    The Jews in the Last Days

    The world hates the Jews. The world has always and will continue to do so. So says David Mamet in his book, The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred, and the Jews. I have had my reasons why I think this is true, and I have advanced them on this program before. At its roots, the hatred of the Jews is really the hatred of God. Various reviewers of the book focused on the perceived self-hatred of the Jews, but I wonder. Why on earth would self-hatred lead an American Jew to attack the very existence of Israel? After all, Israel is over there; an American Jew is over here. Why would Jewish self-hatred here have anything to do with that.

    I think I understand what is going on there. But it is not self-hatred. It is simply because the very existence of the State of Israel is hard evidence of the existence of God of Israel—a God who has made Israel a chosen people and who promised he would take them back there again. They don’t want to go there. And they don’t want to answer to that God. Frankly, the world’s obsession with the Jews and with Israel is fascinating and demands an explanation. What about the Jews in these latter days? What does God think about them? There is a very old prophecy that might help us understand. Here is how it begins:

    Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

    Jeremiah 30:2–3 KJV

  • Posted on 16 Aug 2018

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    Jesus and the Last Days

    Predicting what is going to happen next in the Middle East is a fool’s game…or maybe perhaps a prophet’s task. Not being a prophet, and trying not to be a fool, it still seems necessary to look at what is going on there in the light of the Bible. Christian people pay close attention to what happens in the Middle East, for good reason. The reason grows out of a prophecy Jesus handed down in response to a question by his disciples. Country boys that they were, they were exclaiming over the beauty of the temple, when Jesus shocked them into silence by saying:

    And Jesus said to them, Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

    Matthew 24:2 NKJV

    This happened a few decades later when the Romans sacked Jerusalem, burned the temple and killed Jews in their thousands. But there is this curious thing about that. This happened in AD 70, to be sure. But it also happened some 650 years before that, when the Babylonians came and sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. And that reflection is disturbing. I know you have heard the old saying that history repeats itself. Well, it does. It does because human nature does not change, so men keep doing the same foolish things over and over again. And if that were not enough, the divine nature of God doesn’t change either. To some degree, this accounts for the repetitive nature of prophecy. If it happened because of a given condition, if the condition reoccurs, it will happen again. While I was pondering this one day, I came upon a scripture that almost spells it out.

  • Posted on 15 Aug 2018

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    About the Last Days #2

    What did the first Christians believe about the last days? Forget about the expression the End of the World—the end of the planet is a long way off. It is plain, though, that the first Christians believed there was to be an end of the age (however one might take that) because that is what they asked Jesus about one day on the Mount of Olives.

    They were familiar with the Old Testament prophets and their view of the last days and end of this system. Peter cited Joel with clarity on the day of Pentecost. He would be less than human if he had not seen what looked like the initial phases of the end times. And yet, Christ would not come in his lifetime, for some 2,000 years to come, or (for all we know) many more years yet.

    The prophets told of a day of the Lord, a day of God’s wrath. And while they also saw it as a near-term thing, there is good reason to think that they also saw it as a distant event. It would be so cataclysmic that the destruction would boggle the mind. And they also saw it ushering in a new age. And not only did the first Christians have the prophets, they had Jesus’ Olivet Message to make them a little hypersensitive to prophetic events. Peter and the others thought they saw it coming, but they were also quite careful to avoid crying wolf. And they had good reason for that as well.

  • Posted on 14 Aug 2018

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    About the Last Days #1

    What did the first Christians believe about the last days—the end time of man on the earth? It may not have been a lot different from what some of us believe today, as I suspect more than a few of us have been disquieted by events in the Middle East. Even if we don’t fully understand all the implications of biblical prophecy, we know that the Middle East looms large at the end time, along with serious loss of life. With the Iranian regime certain to develop nuclear weapons, and with the stated intent to destroy Israel, you have to take this seriously and wonder how much longer are we going to be able to go on this way.

    But we aren’t seeing a lot more than the first Christians did, and they can be excused for thinking the return of Christ would be in their lifetime. There were prophets among those first Christians but strangely, as far as the record is concerned, they express little interest in the far horizon. Perhaps, because they thought it wasn’t all that far away.

    The activities of the prophets in the church seem to be very timely—that is, concerned with the events of the immediate future. But that doesn’t mean at all that there was not a broader view of prophecy in general and of the last days in particular. In fact, you are probably already thinking about the Book of Revelation. But it is plain that they had a belief system about the last days which was, at first, somewhat off-base. To some extent, this is accounted for by something Jesus said. We’ll find it in Matthew, chapter 24.

  • Posted on 13 Aug 2018

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    Babylon, The Woman

  • Posted on 11 Aug 2018


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