What is Happening in Jerusalem Impacts New Ager

by Bill Rudge

A couple of years ago, I was speaking at Erie Assembly of God to very receptive college students attending Master's Commission. Afterward, Karen and I went to a natural food store. Many who work there are involved in New Age beliefs and practices. One of the employees is opposed to any kind of organized religion. When she heard I recently returned from speaking in Jerusalem, she said to me, "I can't believe what is going on over there with Jews, Christians and Muslims (the three monotheistic and major world religions) all fighting over the city of Jerusalem." I agreed with her that it is sad indeed that there is so much fighting in the city of peace, but replied that true Christians would not be killing people because Jesus taught His followers to love their enemies.

I asked her, "Isn't it amazing that what is occurring in Jerusalem was foretold in the ancient prophesies in the Bible?" She waited for my explanation so I said, "In 70 A.D. the people of the nation of Israel were dispersed throughout the world when Rome destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple. Scripture foretold thousands of years ago that Israel would be restored as a nation and that before Christ returns world events would focus on Jerusalem and the tiny nation of Israel."

She was listening intently so I shared with her several amazing Bible prophecies that now have the potential for fulfillment such as the armies of the world will someday surround Jerusalem, the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt, the Antichrist will desecrate the Temple, and people will not be able to buy or sell without a mark on the right hand or forehead.

To hear all these things from the Scriptures enthralled her and she kept asking questions. I told her that this Bible is so accurate, amazing and awesome that we know a personal God inspired it. It could not have merely been written by men.

She accompanied me to my car where I gave her several of my books, The Last Days, Reaching Your Maximum Potential in Christ, and Who is This Jesus? Her parting words were, "You ought to talk to my husband. I think you are the only one who might be able to reach him and help him have faith."