Curing the Bible Prophecy Blues

By Stan Guthrie

One of my prophecy authors of choice interpreted Jesus’ statement that “this generation shall not pass away until all these things take place” to mean that Christ would come no more than 40 years after the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1947. When 1987 came and went with no Second Coming—or even a Rapture—I could feel my theological balloon going flat. Was the Bible wrong after all . . . or was I?

I had the Bible prophecy blues.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. His latest book, God's Story in 66 Verses, was just released by Thomas Nelson. He is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly â€Prioritiesâ column for He has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More,” WGN’s Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including Moody Radio’s “New Day Florida.” An inspirational speaker, he hosts a weekly podcast with John Wilson of Books & Culture. He also is an author and editorial advisor for A former columnist for CT, Stan served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, “Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?”
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