By Steven J. Hogan
A little over 40 years ago, in the early 1970s, I was born again, saved by the amazing grace of God. At that time, I was in a church that was talking a lot about Christ’s 2nd coming and the rapture. There was a fervency for the Lord and His work and a looking ahead to Christ’s return, with many thinking that He would come back before the end of the decade. But the time came and went, and there was no return of Christ and no rapture of the church.
Fast forward to the early 1990s. God was giving me a renewed interest in His Son’s 2nd coming. I read books, went to prophecy conferences, discussed this subject with other Christians, and studied and studied the Bible in this area. As a result, I gained more understanding about Christ’s 2nd coming; and then I had the opportunity to be teaching prophecy in my church. I thought that since we are in the end times, people really need to know what God says on this subject. Then it was about 7 years ago that I started a monthly prophecy Bible study at my church that has continued since that time.
My understanding of prophecy took a great leap forward about three years ago when I began to truly understand the Jews and their place in prophecy. Studying the Old Testament with regards to the Jews, and God’s promises to them, and then seeing how they are fulfilled at the end of this church age, enabled me to see the big picture of prophecy and how everything fits together. Prophecy finally made sense to me: the Kingdom of God – God’s past working with the Jews, His present working with the church, and how Christ is going to soon come back, and then it is all going to come together, Jews and Gentiles and the millennial Kingdom age when Christ will reign over this world, and then the eternal Kingdom.
For the past 17 years as a pastor, I have had the joy and privilege of caring for and teaching the church God has entrusted to me. And I thank the Lord that they know all about Christ’s coming. But I care for all the churches in this world, and am concerned that many have become worldly, unholy, lazy, and many are asleep, unaware of the fact that Christ is coming soon. This should not be. It is sad, but way too many churches lack good teaching in this area of prophecy. Now is the time for them to wake up, to learn and be encouraged about Christ’s return, to tell others the truth about Jesus Christ, both His 1st and 2nd comings, and then to be excitedly awaiting His return.
I am 100% convinced that we are in the end times, that time period right before Christ’s coming. Of course no one knows the exact date, but I do sense, as a lot of Christians do, that Christ’s return is getting closer and closer. My desire now is to pass on, to share with you what God has taught me. My desire is to wake people up, for them to see that now is the time to learn about Christ’s return. My desire is to tell you what will lead to Christ’s coming, the details of His actual coming, and the reign of Christ over the world during the millennial kingdom. My desire is to help people know how they should live in the time leading up to Christ’s return. My desire is to help people get excited about the part, the role that they have to play at this time. Like John the Baptist we are to make ready the way of the Lord. My desire is to teach the truth so as to counter the errors with regards to Biblical prophecy. My desire is to help you see the big picture, that now since the Jews are back in their land, we know that we are at the very end of this church age, and that Christ is coming soon, and then begins the next age, the millennial kingdom age – and then we will reign with Christ over the world.
My plan is to week after week, step by step, teach Biblical prophecy. I will be placing many blogs, articles and charts on the website that you can read, study and pass on to others. I strongly encourage you to invest the time to study this area out. It will be well worth it, in this age, and for all eternity. If you have any questions, suggestions, insights or other thoughts, please email me and I will respond as soon as I can.
I love Jesus Christ, and I love the subject of prophecy, that Jesus Christ, our Savior, Lord and King is coming back soon, and that we will be with Him forever, and that everything is going to dramatically and wonderfully change, and then Christ will reign over this world. O might we love Him, and learn from Him, and live for Him, and look forward to His Soon return. Luke 21:27, Hebrews 10:37, 1 Corinthians 1:8, Revelation 22:7 – “Behold, I am coming soon.”
May the Lord bless you, for your good and for His purposes and glory.
Steven J. Hogan,
Pastor of Hope Bible Church of Tampa