Popular Bible prophecy circuit watchmen individually do have interesting insights when they stay in their own area of expertise. However, they invariably pile on with material coming from other prophecy circuit watchmen that frequent the same Bible prophecy circuits. Thus, they often lose credibility because of piled on sensationalism.
By piling on, they may create a more sensational video program, seminar, or book for those looking for sensationalism, but I think they often lose serious Bible scholars. Bible scholars do not give much credence to Bible prophecy circuit teachers because they cannot believe some things that are being said. The more prophecy circuit teachers pile on with teaching of others on the circuit the more that becomes likely.
For example, one prophecy circuit watchman has done a lot of research on the Nephilim and he has extremely interesting views about that topic and what it could mean for the future. If he stayed on this topic I would have no problem with his teaching. However, he piles on by claiming that current storms, earthquakes and every troubling event on earth is a sign of the end. He even suggests that potential future disasters (like an eruption at Yellowstone or a massive Californian earthquake) supports his view that we are at the end of the age. If that is not enough, he piles on the blood moons and the Shemitah year nonsense as even more proof that the fallen angels and neo-Nephilim will reveal themselves to the world any second now.
This example of piling on by prophecy watchmen of the prophecy circuit seen on media and seminars is not the exception it seems to be the rule.
Maybe this happens because they want to get invited to each others programs, forums and Bible prophecy conferences. How better than to pile on their own material with the conjectures of those traveling the same prophecy circuit? I think some also do it to make their material more sensational. Sensationalism obviously sells.
Some even contradict their own teaching by their piling on the conjures of others doing the same prophecy circuit but they do not acknowledge it.
For example, some of these teachers will correctly say that modern-day Israel is not now practicing Judaism. (That is true, most in Israel believe in nothing. Even most so-called Jews practicing religion are following the Babylonian Talmud not the Hebrew scriptures. Jesus railed against these blind rabbinic shepherds.) Even so, these Bible prophecy watchmen pile on with conjectures from other prophecy circuit watchmen that claim that unbelieving Israel is the apple of God’s eye and is being restored right now. Do they even know what percent of the unbelieving mixed breeds in Israel makes one a true Jew?
If God did not have plans for Israel in these last days, He certainly would cast these unbelievers out of Abraham’s promised land again. Contrary to what some are teaching, Israel is still under the curse. There can be no Jewish religion without sacrifices. And sacrifices will not be acceptable to God without God’s chosen high priest. He was cut off from Israel around 33 AD.
Jesus made it clear that God will not bless Israel again until they accept Him as their Messiah. Daniel explains that 70 weeks of years are determined for Israel to fulfill its transgressions. A study of this prophecy shows that there are seven years still remaining for Israel to fulfill. Those in Israel are not now fulfilling end time prophecy. The final seven years starts with the Antichrist signing the seven-year covenant. We now are in the period of grace to the Gentiles. God is not restoring Israel. More likely Satan through the world system he controls is being allowed to bring all calling themselves Jews back to the Land because God knows that Satan will attempt to destroy them there. God will use the tribulation fire coming to refine true Jews. (Many calling themselves Jews are Satanic plants. They are the Tares that Jesus talked about.)
Once the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, the last seven years of chastisement takes place on those in the Land that dare to restart and practice the religion of Judaism in Jerusalem without God’s chosen High Priest being present.
The prophetic time clock for Israel stopped when Jesus was cut off and it will not be started again until the Antichrist confirms the covenant for seven years. This is the covenant of death with the wicked Shepard that will not spare the flock. Israel will not be restored until they accept the Messiah that God sent them. That does not occur until the end of the 70th week of years.
God foreknew that Jews would come back to their land but this return and their present prosperity is not happening for a blessing. They are still under the curse. Those living in Israel are just as blind as other non believers in the world. The remnant true Jews will hear the two prophets of God, believe, and be refined through the fire of Jacob’s trouble. All others in the Land will be cut off (Zec 13:9).
Those claiming to be Messianic Jews are no longer Jews and if they are Jews they are not Christians. Yet, on the Bible prophecy circuit so-called messianic Jews are almost worshiped. They are put on a higher level than other Christian teachers even though some teach some very foolish stuff that comes from proof-texting and crazy exegesis. Some of these even claim to get direct revelation from God.
Bible prophecy circuit watchmen that claim to have understanding about eschatology often pile on with conjectures from false teachers and false prophets. Why would God give Jubilees, Shemitahs, blood moon signs, etc. and start birth pains when the woman called Israel is spiritually dead and rejects the King that will bring in the Kingdom? The leaders of Israel said that they have no king but Caesar and they still display nothing else.
Non Christians in Israel do not know God. They might know something about God because of the scriptures but they do not intimately know Him through Jesus Christ. And those that think that God is dealing with Gentile nations in the same way that He does with His covenant people have ludicrous theology (even if they want to be called Messianic Christians and Rabbis). Yet, some prophecy circuit watchmen that often have good insights of their own just pile on this false paradigm.
You will never get a critical review of the theories and conjectures of those that make the Bible Prophecy circuits from those teachers that make the Bible prophecy watchmen circuit. You have to go outside of their peer group to hear any criticism of their conjectures.
When I criticized The Harbinger nonsense. I had at least two fairly well-known names in the Bible prophecy circuit take down their link to my site. I wrote a number of emails explaining why I opposed the book but it was to no avail. One hosting the prophecy circuit said we needed to part ways because that person believed what Cahn taught in The Harbinger and I did not. Do Christians always agree on everything? It seems that some will shun you if you do not believe everything said by teachers on their prophecy circuit. Was Cahn’s writings in that book or his following book ever proven correct? I think not.
The reality is more that this person wanted the exposure that Cahn and his crony’s would bring. You see, the person that wrote The Harbinger nonsense was written by a so-called Messianic Jew, and this person hosting Cahn is also a so-called Messianic Jew. I suppose, since he was a so-called Messianic Jew, suggestions of direct revelation from God also become believable to Cahn’s followers. And any of us criticizing Cahn’s terrible exegesis and silly conjectures were opposing God’s Messianic Jewish prophet to America!
Another thing, is that they will never ever admit that they were wrong. Cahn is still selling one nonsense book right after the other as do some others on the prophecy circuit. Even after they are proven wrong their new books keep piling on each others sites because scratching itching ears with sensationalism sells.
You cannot get these prophecy circuit people to police themselves either. For example, the late J.R. Church had a book that claimed that the first one hundred psalms were also prophetic about each year of the 20th century in America. It was total nonsense, but the book was still selling on some prophecy circuits less than a decade ago. The Bible Code nonsense of yesteryear was debunked by Hebrew text and statistic scholars, but some were still selling the theory on the Bible prophecy circuits decades after it was debunked. That happened because some on the prophecy circuit bought into The Bible Codes and they included this stuff in their own books. It seems that selling old books is more important than not selling them anymore or writing a revision.
Those that claimed the end would come by 1988, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, etc, will still be teaching on the Bible Prophecy circuits as long as they can talk. Unbiblical speculations are how they make a living. Few in the post modern world will hold them accountable for their past false teaching. The more popular a contemporary prophecy circuit person is, the more that peers include their material into their own teachings and conjectures.
While I am on the topic of Bible prophecy watchmen (hopefully for about the last time). I will add that all of the weekly Bible prophecy updates that you find on the media have almost nothing to do with Bible prophecy.
They should call their programs something like, “Weekly news updates and future conjectures from a Dispensational Theology Christian worldview” because that is what they are. I actually do like hearing news from this Christian perceptive. However, there is very little Bible prophecy updating going on because contrary to what these prophecy watchmen say, Bible prophecy is not being fulfilled each week in the news headlines.
There may be some stage setting but we really cannot be sure about moveable props. Things can change quickly in the world. In fact, all future Bible prophecy can be fulfilled between the opening of the first seal and the second coming without much stage setting occurring at all. Keep in mind, that we really do not know that everything between the opening of the first seal in Revelation and the coming of Jesus to rule, occurs within just a seven-year period. There really is little foundation for that belief. It is more likely that it will be a longer period than seven years, perhaps much longer.
No credible Bible prophecy teacher can claim that they know with any certainty that the Ezekiel 38 39 war, the Psalm 83 prayer, the Isaiah 17 destruction of Damascus, etc, occurs before the opening of the first seal. And until that first seal is opened Bible prophecy updates almost always lack any actual fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Anyway, that is my latest Bible prophecy update about media teachers doing the Bible prophecy circuit.