A Renewed Interest in Antichrist and the End Times

There are 3 mainstream TV productions about the last days in the upcoming season.

The Fox version called “Lucifer” premieres on January 25. Fox decided on a comedic approach “He’s just an angel with a bad rap.”

The Cinemax 10 series version will begin in March and is about a young man whose loved ones have been victims of demonic possession since he was a child. As an adult, Kyle tries to discover what is causing those possessions with the help of hard-drinking Reverend Anderson, and why he has special abilities. But what he could uncover may have some major consequences and “mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.”

Also in March, A&E will premier “Damien,” a drama about the Antichrist. It is based on the 1977 film “The Omen.”

So, what’s going on?

Renewed interest in the last days from a Biblical and evangelical perspective began in May 1948 when, after 1868 years, the nation of Israel was re-born against all odds.

Having been dispersed after the Roman destruction of the 2nd temple in 70 AD, the Israelites were scattered to the four corners of the world – in fulfillment of Scripture.

The 35th chapter of Ezekiel as well as passages from Isaiah, Obadiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Haggai and the apostles Matthew, Mark and Luke are packed with prophecy of the rebirth of the nation of Israel.

And in fulfillment of those passages, Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948 rekindling an interest in Bible prophecy.

On the same day as Israel’s independence, the new nation was attacked by Jordan, Lebanon and Syria in what was called the War of Independence.

This first of several wars ended with an Armistice agreement, leaving Israel with more territory than was granted under the Partition Plan, including western Jerusalem.

Jordan annexed the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and eastern Jerusalem (Temple Mount), while Egypt occupied Gaza and Syria, the Golan Heights.

The turning point for Israel came in the Six Day War of 1967. Preempting an attack by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, Israel’s victory stunned the world as the nation regained the land previously granted in the 1917 Balfour Declaration: the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.

The unification of Jerusalem was in Israeli hands in fulfillment of Luke 21:24. That, more than any other victory, began the end of days’ fervor of today.