As we pointed out yesterday, and have for some time, Glenn Beck habitually promotes books and hosts guests who view the world through the prism of good versus evil. Certain events, catastrophes, natural disasters -- all are "signs" of what they feel are the coming end times, the Biblical Apocalypse Beck has said he doesn't believe is imminent. But on his Fox News show Monday night, Beck again opened the door to that end-of-the-world theory, telling the story of a Bahamian preacher's supposed warning about the "awful things" that "would come, and here they are."
From Beck's show:
BECK: I was at church yesterday and I was -- I heard a preacher. I went to a gospel church in Harbor Island, in the Bahamas, and it was an amazing experience. I want to bring this guy in. He's the preacher there and he was amazing. He's a former Rastafarian and he was a drug smuggler. He changed his life.
But he prayed for the people of Japan and the people of America. He prayed for a revival all around the world. And he said, "Lord, you told us these things would come, and here they are. And your people are preparing and your people are standing together."
It's amazing to me -- in a way it's tragic -- that it takes awful things to happen for us to find the best in ourselves.*
Last month, Beck hosted author Joel Richardson, a self-proclaimed prophet who thinks Islam will be the "primary vehicle" "used by Satan to fulfill the prophecies of the Bible." In a March 14 column, Richardson claimed that recent earthquake activity points to "the soon coming of the return of Jesus."
The Lord Jesus said that in the last days....
"there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven....There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." (Luke 21:11,25,26)
"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." (Romans 8:22, KJV)
Today's apocalyptic earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan reminded us yet again that the earth is groaning and we are, in fact, living in the last days before the return of Christ.
Please pray for the followers of Jesus Christ in Japan and throughout Asia to help their brothers and sisters and help those who need practical assistance as well as Christ's promise of unconditional love and forgiveness. Pray, too, that people all over the world will realize that the Lord is trying to get our attention to turn back to Him and prayer for the Day of the Lord, which is coming soon.
Pastor John Hagee, whose 2010 book, Can America Survive? 10 Prophetic Signs That We Are The Terminal Generation, Beck endorsed as "excellent," has also been a Beck guest. In his book, Hagee outlines the "ten prophetic signs that we are the terminal generation now being fulfilled in Bible prophecy for the first time in world history." He further claims that there is "the very real fact that in the near future planet Earth is going to experience, on a specific day, global ecological disaster in which one-third of humanity will die," and goes on to ask: "Could this specific day be 12/12/12?"
Left Behind author Tim LaHaye was also reportedly scheduled to appear on Beck's Fox News program last month. Left Behind is a series of more than a dozen novels about end-of-the-world prophecies. LaHaye, who reportedly was in Hawaii for "two prophecy conferences" when events there prompted evacuation of certain residents, told WorldNetDaily on March 11:
The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 that one of the signs of the last days -- one of the birth pangs to occur -- is an increase in earthquake activity and intensity. ... We're seeing that happen here. It's not just earthquakes, but hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters.
Following his recounting of what he said the Bahamian preacher told him, Beck concluded by invoking "the better angels among us" and the "darkness that surrounds us":
BECK: I would ask you tonight to pray for the people of Japan, as you probably already are, but also pray for the guardians around their freedom. God is not neutral in these things. I think there are far too many people looking for a new world order that will never let a good crisis go to waste. May the better angels among us grow and vanquish the darkness that surrounds us.
While Beck professes not to believe in an imminent Armageddon and insists he is not apocalyptic, he has repeatedly mimicked the talk of these end times prophesiers. "We are entering good versus evil," he has said, and "you are on one side or the other." "There is coming soon -- very soon -- a time where there will be no middle ground.," he said on another occasion, adding, "Your feet will have to be on one side of the fence or the other. ... You have to choose." And on his Monday night program, Beck ended with this warning:
BECK: We are living in times that I believe God will judge each of us for what we do and do not do. And if it's not God, it will at least be historians. I will go back to say what I said at the beginning of the year: There is great and powerful evil but there is great and powerful light as well. Get into the light and stand in it because evil is growing rapidly.
* Transcript corrected