(OPINION) Charisma – Rick Blomgren has made his living as an architect, but he also brings his mind for detail to the study of end-times prophecy. Blomgren, founder and pastor of Revere Today Ministries, pored over the Scriptures related to the last days and authored two very different books on biblical prophecy.

First, he wrote Stunned, a textbook that explains, in detail, 24 chronological events in biblical end-times prophecy and uses more than 800 Scriptures too, he says, “back up my thinking.” The author shows that half of those 24 events have already been fulfilled. They began to arrive in 1914. But because the final 12 have not yet arrived and we don’t know exactly how they will come to pass, he went the historical-fiction route for his second book, The Pastor of the Last Days, written with Leland E. Pound.

“So many prophecy books that I’ve read are highly frightening and are basically about all the punishments and terrors that could be coming for Christians,” he says. “That is not what a loving husband—Jesus—would do to His bride. For the last 45 years, I have done a deep dive into God’s Word, researching what I believe could be the most glorious version of end-times prophecy using merely the complete Bible as my guide.

I can now offer a version of end-times prophecy that is an enlightening, joyful, and magnificent representation of the majesty and grandeur of our God. He’s telling us some amazing things are about to arrive. And if we understand what they are and why they’re coming, then we don’t have to be afraid of what we’re seeing in the world today.”

Much as any loving parent would desire, God wants to protect His children in times of danger. “That’s what God is doing,” Blomgren says. “He’s letting us know that in these last days if you follow prophecy, you don’t have to be afraid, you can be joyful and basically just sit back and watch. You don’t have to try to change the world.

God tells us in the Bible He is going to deal with the world Himself, as it is evil. Christ does everything; He doesn’t need our help. All we have to do is follow Scripture so that we know what’s happening, and lead a quiet and peaceful life per 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, where He asks us all to do this in the last days.” READ MORE

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