Dr. Dan Hayden •
We make decisions every day about what we will do, and what we will not do. And therein lies the dilemma of the human experience: Our lives revolve around alternative choices–forks in the road—and consequently those choices determine our destiny. Some choices are minor and neutral but others bear more weight. Some are downright crucial.
Like dominos tilting toward other dominos, most decisions set us on courses of action that influence other decisions, which eventually tumble toward a concluding destination or result. We all want to end up in pleasant places. But not all decisions have beneficial results and sometimes the consequences take us by surprise. Most often, though, we know what the result of a bad decision will be, but we intentionally indulge ourselves anyway. Eating wrong foods or devouring too much is like that. My doctor recently lectured me on eating better to remedy my borderline diabetes. He said, “Dan, if it tastes good, spit it out.”
So in the crucial decisions of life, why as believers in Jesus Christ do we do what we do? Well, it’s because our actions result from our thoughts. If we think like the world, we’ll act like the world. If we think prayerfully on Christ and His Word, our actions will reflect those thoughts. Salvation in Christ is supposed to change our thinking and enable us to make spiritually beneficial decisions. That’s what is supposed to happen. But I have noticed that in today’s American church it rarely does.
Dr. Dan Hayden •
Con men have elaborate schemes to delude their prey. The idea behind a con is to make something look legitimate when in actuality, it is not. Care is taken to cover every potential loophole and to answer every possible objection. Good con artists are articulate and smooth in the way they present their cons to unwary prospects. They often give the impression that to question them is naïve and foolish.
It is not until the con men are long gone and the dupe is left holding the bag that the real truth begins to dawn: I’ve been had! It’s unsettling to be conned. A person is stripped of his or her dignity and oftentimes left in a despairing emotional heap.
The New Testament has a word describing this kind of experience. It is the word, “deceive,” which is sometimes translated “beguile” or “delude.” This is the word used by Paul when he warns the believers in Thessalonica:
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction (2 Thessalonians 2:3 – ESV, emphasis mine).
Dr. Dan Hayden •
Conservatives are mad. Christians are disappointed and discouraged. And most everyone is wondering—what’s next in the precipitous decline of the American way of life.
I am often asked if America is in biblical, end-times prophecy. The short answer is, no. When speaking on prophetic topics, I have an entire session titled “America in the Rearview Mirror.” It appears that America may no longer be what it once was—and that is sad. But the signs of our demise have been with us for some time.
While it is instructive to analyze the “whys” or “wherefores” of this national tragedy, the more pressing issue for us as believers in Christ is, “How shall we then live?”
Dr. Dan Hayden •
When Warren Wiersbe wrote his commentary on the Book of Philippians, he titled it, Be Joyful, It Beats Being Happy. Biblically, of course, he is correct. It is better to be joyful than to be happy. On a practical level, however, many of God’s people don’t have the slightest idea of what he is talking about.
A while ago, a man called me on the phone to talk about his failing marriage. The problem, in his mind, was that the relationship had gone flat. He liked his wife as a person, but for some reason the excitement wasn’t there anymore and he was admitting that he no longer loved her. “I’m not fulfilled,” he said. “I’m just not happy.”
Knowing that he was a professing Christian, and wanting to direct his attention away from the peripheral issues to the core of his problem, I suggested to him that what he really needed was to discover the joy of the Lord. “More than happiness,” I said, “what you need is the kind of joy that only the Lord can give to you.” His response was classic: “What’s the difference? I thought that happiness and joy were the same.”
Four Blood Moons by John Hagee
Listen to Dr. Dan Hayden’s review of the Four Blood Moons Theory using the audio player below. The following is a transcription of the main points from his verbal critique:
Sometimes you think things are going to go one way, but all of a sudden it surprises you and goes a totally different way. That is my impression of this new theory of the Blood Moons prophecy. At first I thought it was going to be something special and spectacular, but I have discovered it is not quite that.
For awhile as I traveled around the country I was asked numerous times, “Have you read Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Harbinger?” (It was the topic of prophetic conversation for several years.) Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi in New Jersey, took two verses out of Isaiah and applied them to the 9-11 attack on the twin towers in Manhattan, New York. But the verses were really about the Assyrians attacking the northern tribes of Israel. Cahn had found several coincidences that applied to America and I believe his conclusion was correct – that America is on the downturn and that God either is judging or will judge America. But his exposition of Isaiah was a huge stretch. Then he applied the Shmita year to the 9-11-2001 attack and also to the American 2008 financial collapse – and that was a bigger stretch. All of this contained strong evidence of mystical thinking related to the Jewish scriptures. Cahn had done previous studies using the mystical approach of the Cabala, so I was not surprised to find The Harbinger to be another product of that thinking. Yet it continues to be a popular book, now with a study guide and a movie.
I begin with this illustration because Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change is another book conceived by a messianic rabbi using the same methods of Cabalistic mysticism. Rabbi Mark Biltz of El Shaddai is the influence behind both the prophecy journalist Bill Koenig who has written on this subject, and Pastor John Hagee, author of Four Blood Moons. John Hagee is pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas that boasts about 20,000 active members. He has a television and radio ministry throughout America and in 249 nations around the world through Trinity Broadcasting Network. Pastor Hagee is also the national chairman of Christians United for Israel, which shows his strong interest in Israel and in messianic studies.
Dr. Dan Hayden •
All eyes are on the Vatican these days as the world awaits the appointment of the next pope. In light of this, we are brought again to the question of Christ’s church and its true foundation.