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Channel 4’s “The Doomsday Code”

Figuring out ‘The Doomsday Code’  (without freaking out too much!)

 

Channel 4 did another of the media’s hatchet jobs on the Bible (I eagerly await their first demolition of the Koran) with Tony Robinson fulminating on the evils of ‘end-timers’ in his two hour documentary ‘The Doomsday Code.’ Ghostly voices quoted from apocalyptic parts of the Bible, notably Daniel and Revelation, while weird demonic looking beings jerked too and fro.

Evangelical preachers from America (mainly) were given a platform and then made to look ridiculous (not a single Brit amongst them – why don’t they ever talk to local British Christians on these programmes?).  A few charges made against the evangelicals were that they are responsible for:

 

 

In conclusion Robinson made the remarkable discovery that the end time scenario is all a terrible mistake because the writer of Revelation (not John) was a refugee from the destruction of the Temple writing a coded attack on the Emperor Nero (odd that – Nero died in 68AD and the Temple was destroyed in 70AD).  He was boating across the Med and got holed up on Patmos where he ate local magic mushrooms and went on a trip which produced the Revelation.

 

As an evangelical Christian who believes we are living in the last days I tried not to get too worked up about it, but thought I might jot down my thoughts on some of the more outrageous errors Tony Robinson managed to make.

 

1.  ‘Israel exists because of end time Christians causing it come into being to fulfil prophecies.’

 

Actually there were Christians (not mentioned by Robinson) who did believe and pray and work for the return of the Jewish people to Israel before the event – Lord Shaftesbury, William Hechler, Lord Balfour and others.  But there were other reasons (not given in the programme).  For example:-

 

 

 

 

 

2.  ‘There is no peace between Israel and the Arab world because evangelical

Christians are preventing it from happening in order to push the world towards Armageddon.’

 

Why – according to Robinson – they are even supporting that ‘abomination’ of a Wall and trying to rebuild a third temple where the Dome of the Rock now stands.  Now there are Christians in America who believe we should support the rebuilding of the Temple, I admit.  As I see it they have missed a big point because they also believe the Temple will be defiled by Antichrist so in that case it is a bit more than pouring money down the drain.

 

What got a bit missed in the programme was anything about:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps I am a bit naïve but I would have thought some of these issues might be a teeny-weeny bit relevant to the fact that all is not sweetness and light in the Middle East.  But of course you are not allowed to criticise Muslims in the media any more so I suppose you just have to take it all out on the Jews and the Christians.  All in the cause of justice and even

handedness.

 

3.  ‘It’s the fault of the end-timers in the US that the world can’t solve the environmental problem.’

 

Americans consume 25% of the world’s energy we are constantly reminded.  It is because of end-timers in America that the world can’t get an agreement on the burning of fossil fuels which will save the planet.  Come to think of it don’t Europeans use up a few fossil fuels?  Take a trip round London’s M25 or the Paris Périphérique if you don’t believe me.   Of course you can’t

mention China’s rapid and uncontrolled industrialisation because they are Communists and therefore not end-timers.

 

Actually it is pretty obvious that the world system based on consumption of fossil fuels is going to crash whatever your viewpoint.  I have written a book called ‘The House built on the Sand’ on this subject available for £5 including postage.  If you want to save the planet there is a simple way to do it:

 

 

This way you would stop pollution of the environment and dependency on Middle East oil which would also solve the Islamic problem overnight.

 

But it won’t happen, not just because of America but because the world is not run by the most far sighted people.  So we are on the road to ruin. Sorry.  But not entirely my fault or that of those who believe we are living in the end times.

 

‘The end-timers don’t like the UN which is the only hope of solving problems of wars and human rights.’

 

Like it has done in its forthright condemnation of human rights abuses in China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia.  Or its magnificent efforts to stop the slaughter in Sudan.  Or its stern rebuke to Zimbabwe for the oppression of its citizens.

 

Do me a favour Tony Robinson.  I won’t even bother to spell out why the UN is such a den of hypocrisy, but just ask why its secretary Kofi Annan sanctioned and attended a ‘Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People’ in December 2005 at UN headquarters with a large map of ‘Palestine,’ with Israel literally wiped off the map, featuring prominently in the festivities?  Why there are endless resolutions against Israel but nothing about the suppression of human rights and freedom of religion (especially for Christians) across most of the Middle East?

 

‘The end-timers are responsible for poverty and Aids in Africa.’

 

Robinson took a trip to Uganda where he was appalled to find preachers telling people we are living in the end times which, he claimed, made them fatalistic and drop out of school and (amazingly) fornicate so much that they spread Aids by not using condoms.  Uganda seems to be uniquely a place to be liberated from this influence because it has an evangelical Christian

president and gets help from American Christians.

 

Actually Uganda is by African standards a moderate success story.  It has pulled itself out of the abyss left behind by the tyranny and slaughter of Idi Amin (not an evangelical Christian by the way – after being deposed he sought asylum in Saudi Arabia which may tell you something of his religious persuasion).  It has its problems of course, one of which is fanatical cults which have led to tragic suicides and the horrible ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’ which has nothing to do with Christian belief or practice as a brief reading of the Sermon on the Mount will soon tell you.

 

There are some other African countries Robinson could have shown on his programme, like Zimbabwe, potentially one of the most fertile and productive countries on the continent, now being wrecked by a mad Marxist.  Or Sudan where black African Christians and Muslims are slaughtered and enslaved by racist Arab Muslims.  Correction.  He could not have shown these countries on TV because he would not have been let in to make his film.  Nuff said.

 

Regarding Aids and condoms, evangelical Christians believe that sexual abstinence outside of marriage and faithfulness inside of marriage is the way to avoid all sexually transmitted diseases.  This outrageous opinion offends all right thinking people in the western media who argue that having sex with as many partners (of the opposite sex or the same sex or both) but

using a condom is the best way to avoid spreading STDs.

 

Rapture, tribulation, Antichrist and Armageddon

 

Robinson mocked evangelical beliefs on this subject with the help of a lady vicar from America who he took as the ultimate authority on this subject. What is interesting however is that even a casual look at the average newspaper reveals a strong degree of fear and foreboding that we are heading for disaster because of:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t need much imagination to see that all these things could come together in a global crisis which would bring about a surrender of freedom in order to save the planet with some kind of world government taking over. That is what the end time Bible view says will happen with power being given to the Beast (antichrist) of Revelation.

 

All these things are prophesied in the end time passages of the Bible – in both Old and New Testaments.  They are not happening because a few evangelicals in America are orchestrating them, but because human beings have failed to care for the earth as commanded by God in Genesis 1 and have disregarded His commandments and the salvation He offers us through the

Messiah Jesus.  The Bible does prophesy signs of this event, some of the main ones which are as follows:

 

1. There will be an increase in wars, famines, plagues and earthquakes leading to a time of great trouble on the earth.  Luke 21.10-11

 

2.  The earth will be full of violence ‘as in the days of Noah’ and many people will be afraid of what is going to happen.  Luke 17.26-27, Luke 21.25-6, Genesis 6.11.

 

3.  There will be great sexual immorality ‘as in the days of Lot’ (Sodom and Gomorrah) causing a breakdown of family life and disease.  Luke 17.28-8, Matthew 24.12, Romans 1.24-27,

2 Timothy 3.1-9

 

4.  There will be many false cults bringing religious confusion while organised religion will form a union known as Babylon which will persecute true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Matthew 24.5, 24.23-27, Revelation 17.1-6

 

5.  There will be an apostasy in the church with false teachers denying the truth of the Bible, especially the divinity of the Lord Jesus and the power of His shed blood to save us from our sins.  Matthew 24.10-11, 2 Timothy 4.2-5, 2 Peter 2, 1 John 2.18-23

 

6.  The Jewish people will return to Israel and Jerusalem will be a source of conflict involving all nations of the world.  Ezekiel 36-9, Zechariah 12-14, Luke 21.20-24, Revelation 16.16

 

7.  There will be widespread pollution of the earth.   Isaiah 24, Revelation 8.6-11

 

8.  There will be an increase in technology and travel helping to bring the world together into a one world economic and political system.  Daniel 12.4, Revelation 13.

 

9.  A world leader will emerge, known as the beast or Antichrist, who will take control of this system.  Daniel 7, 2 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 13, Revelation 17.

 

10.  The message of the Gospel will reach all nations despite opposition and persecution. Matthew 24.9-14, Matthew 28.18-20.

 

It is not only in Revelation that these things are spoken of but throughout the Bible.  Revelation sums them up and is anything but the product of a drug induced hallucination.  It is a well ordered and amazing book whose symbols make perfect sense in the light of the interpretation given within the book itself or in relation to other passages in the Bible, mainly in the Hebrew prophets.  Jewish Christian writer Arnold Fruchtenbaum in his book ‘Footsteps of the Messiah’ says there are over 500 references or allusions to the Old Testament in Revelation.  Early church leaders (who were much closer to the event than modern liberal theologians) Polycarp, Irenaeus and Eusebius, all testify to the Apostle John as its author during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Domitian in about 95AD.  Polycarp who passed this

information on to Irenaeus was a disciple of John.  I have written an article When was Revelation written? giving further information on this subject.

 

According to the New Testament the day will come when believers will be separated from unbelievers (the Rapture) and the Lord Jesus will return in person at a time of unique trouble (the tribulation) on the face of the earth to save the world from destruction.  He will judge the world righteously.  He will bring in the Millennium in which He will reign on earth from Jerusalem bringing peace and justice to the Middle East and to the whole earth.  However far fetched and scary it may sound to Tony Robinson it is going to happen.  Better to look in to what the Bible

actually does say than rely on sensation seeking TV promoters who always have an agenda to undermine it.

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