July 03 2022
Today, Sunday July 03
Remembering Dr. Ed Hindson
“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury."
Today we start a new chapter in Revelation, but before we begin, I wanted to take time to remember a dear friend, Dr. Ed Hindson, who went to be with the Lord yesterday morning. I’ll never forget Dr. Hindson coming to Lynchburg Baptist College as a guest speaker in 1973. Immediately I was impressed with his knowledge of the Bible and his wonderful ability to make it come alive. He came back the next year as a full-time professor and I was privileged to sit in his classes for my last two years at LBC.
Dr. Hindson was a very gracious and kind man who never said no when I would ask him to come speak for me. His first conference with us was in Winchester VA at Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church. For a couple days he went to a very rustic camp setting with our young couples to talk about the family and finished by speaking on the weekend in our Sunday services.
Edith and will never forget that we took him out to dinner at a local restaurant on Sunday afternoon. Our son David, who was about two or three years old, was with us. David proceeded to totally misbehave and act as bad as a three year could, no matter what we did to calm him down. We remember being very embarrassed as we had really wanted to impress Dr. Hindson with our wonderful family. But Dr. Hindson was so gracious in taking it all in and acting like it was ok!
There is no doubt that I was greatly influenced by Dr. Hindson in my views on prophecy and Revelation. He could teach through the entire book in forty-five minutes. Dr. Hindson taught at Liberty University for 48 years. He was the Dean Emeritus of the School of Divinity and Distinguished Professor of Religion. Dr. Hindson was current host of The King Is Coming, a syndicated television broadcast shown across the United States. Dr. Hindson has written more than twenty books that deal with Bible prophecy and the imminent return of Jesus.
If you want to study Biblical prophecy and especially the Book of Revelation in more detail, I would greatly encourage you to use Dr. Hindson’s material and listen to his YouTube videos. You will indeed be blessed.
We will all miss Dr. Hindson greatly and I ask that you pray for his wife Donna and their family.
Now, Dr. Hindson would be a little miff at me if I didn’t say something about Revelation 18. So today, let’s just start by saying we need to remember that John in describing two judgements on Babylon in chapters 17 and 18. In chapter 17 John is speaking of ecclesiastical, religious Babylon that takes a place of influence and power in the city of Rome during the first three and half years of the Tribulation. In the middle of the Tribulation the Antichrist will have the ten kings of the revived Roman Empire (Europe) hate and destroy her.
In Revelation 18, John is speaking of commercial, economical and political Babylon that will take a powerful place of influence over the whole world for the last three and a half years of the Tribulation. John sees this Babylon also destroyed in “one hour” by God Himself.
In this chapter we will hear four voices that make four important announcements concerning this commercial Babylon. For sure the spirit of this Babylon is already at work in the world around us and we should be careful that we don’t get caught up in it!