I am passionate about three things in life: My Savior Jesus Christ, the Bible and my family. More specifically, I love Prophecy (30% of the Bible), the Book of Revelation, Daniel and so much more. I have been studying, teaching and writing about the "End Times" for the better part of four decades.
My interest in Bible Prophecy first piqued in 1970 when I read The Late Great Planet Earth, by Hal Lindsey. Eventually, through Campus Crusade sharing the "good news" with me, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior, and my life changed forever. I had an overwhelming hunger to devour all the current literature I could find on the Bible and prophecy. Over time, I continued my informal Bible education by studying the masters of the field, notably Charles Ryrie, Clarence Larkin, Chuck Swindoll, George Eldon Ladd and J. Vernon McGee. Today, my recent favorite authors and writers include Joel Richardson, Alan Kurschner, Nelson Walters and Reggie Kelly.
In the 90's, Marvin Rosenthal and his excellent work "The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church," played a significant role in my understanding of Eschatology. I had the privilege of meeting him once and I walked away with a memorable conversation. Marvin asked what argument in his book most convinced me that the Rapture would not be "Pre-Tribulation." I quickly replied, "That's easy, Second Thessalonians Chapter Two and how the Church would witness the Antichrist proclaiming himself God in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem before the Day of the Lord (Second Coming of Jesus.)" He smiled and heartily shook his head up and down. "Exactly," he responded enthusiastically.
Two other Godly men influenced me greatly. I am forever indebted to my two favorite Pastors, Michael P. Andrus and Dr. Brad Harper who graciously gave me the opportunity to teach for over twenty years at First Free Church in St. Louis, MO. Not only are they my best friends in life and ministry, they had tremendous impact on my understanding of the End Times. Specifically, Jesus commanded the church to "watch" for signs. We are allowed liberty to hope for the best, but its spiritually wise to be prepared for the worst, the difficult days of the "Great Tribulation."
I originally created this website both as an introductory learning tool for those unfamiliar with the Book of Revelation, as well as a forum where those with extensive knowledge on the subject can exchange ideas. When teaching about prophecy, I found that it is usually intimidating to newcomers. Because of that, I developed a set of teaching notes which have helped to make the vital prophecies found in the Bible more accessible (See Donnie's Teaching Notes). I strive to put the facts of the end-times together in a concise, organized and informative manner utilizing visual charts to simplify complex prophetic topics and help people come away with clarity instead of confusion.
Bottom line, we may be the generation to witness His coming. Regardless of your view on the timing of the Great Tribulation, we can all agree that one day it will be critical for all Christians living in the last days to understand the signs of the End Times. Israel is back in the land, Jerusalem is the capital, and I am anxiously awaiting for the next signs; the ashes of a red heifer, daily sacrifices and the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. This day may be very soon or far off in the future, but this website is a small effort to fulfill one of the overarching messages of the Book of Revelation - WATCH and BE PREPARED!
Finally, don't be surprised if we are all a little confused on the exact details of the Second Coming. After all, John the Baptist, one of the most righteous men in the history of the world, was very confused with the details of the First Coming. The details of prophecy are not easy and take time and a lot of study to understand. I suggest we be very kind and patient in our teaching and discussions with lots of love for one another. Above all, this should not be a divisive issue among believers. It seems God loves mysteries and is pleased when we endeavor to understand His Word. Why? The subject of prophecy forces us to rely more upon Him and no one is going to figure out, to the exact day, when He will return. We are all going to be surprised in one way or another! Again, a boat-load of grace is needed surrounding this emotional and wonderful topic.
On a personal note, I am married to my college sweetheart for over 45 years, who not only tolerates but encourages and critiques my End Times teaching. Together we have two beautiful daughters, who claim to know way too much about the End Times.
(P.S. God saves His best blessings for last. I love, more than words can express, the most wonderful four grandchildren on earth. They are my proof we are all created in the image of God!)
The Book of Revelation