The Mystery of Catastrophe with Joel Richardson (Season 5, Ep. 19)

The Mystery of Catastrophe with Joel Richardson (Season 5, Ep. 19)

Why does God allow catastrophes? This question is often asked when people's lives are destroyed by man-made or natural disasters. New York Times best-selling author Joel Richardson discusses with Dr. Steve Greene a clear, biblical reason why God allows catastrophes from Joel's book "The Mystery of Catastrophes."

Enjoy hearing this interview with and where God is leading him for opportunities to share the Gospel. Learn his thoughts on the End-Times and what is about to be revealed on the location of Mt. Sinai.

21 Minutes • 4 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Joel Richardson

Why does God allow catastrophes? This question is often asked when people's lives are destroyed by man-made or natural disasters.

New York Times best-selling author Joel Richardson discusses with Dr. Steve Greene a clear, biblical reason why God allows catastrophes from Joel's book "The Mystery of Catastrophe."

For more of Dr. Steve Greene’s podcast with Joel Richardson, click here.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm excited to introduce you to Joel Richardson. Many of you know him. He's a New York Times best-selling author, filmmaker and teacher. He's also the host of the popular online Christian program, The Underground. We're going to talk to you about that a little bit today, but we’re also going to talk with him about his book The Mystery of Catastrophe and that interests me. We all have catastrophes, and I'd love to understand the mystery behind that. Start us at the place where you started working with this Christian program, The Underground. Tell me about it.

Joel Richardson: Sure. Well, I have an online program called The Underground. It's on YouTube and it's on some different outlets. But ministry-wise, a lot of people know me. I travel and speak, I write, I talk about a lot of different things like the return of Jesus. But I do work with the underground church, primarily in the Middle East. I’m sort of behind the scenes This is what I have my fingers in ministry-wise. It's one of the fastest-growing underground networks in Iran and Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. And then another ministry we're working with is in Israel and Syria and that part of the world. That's my heart. My passion is spreading the gospel throughout the Middle East. So, that's really why I call my program The Underground.

 

Some of Joel’s Books

·         Mystery Babylon: Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery

·         When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God

·         Mount Sinai in Arabia: The True Location Revealed

·         The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast

·         Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I understand. You spend a lot of time in the Middle East. I know you can't talk about it, but at the same time that's where your heart is. That's your ministry, the core of your life is spent there. So, does it affect your writing?

Joel Richardson: Of course, and of course my theology affects my writing. So, the way I always try to explain it simply is that Paul is missiology. Paul had an understanding that part of fulfilling God's redemptive purposes was to reach the Gentiles. People will say Joel, you have a call to the Muslim world. And I say yes, but that's because I understand the Israel centricity of the mission that we all have. Paul understood that by reaching the Gentiles he was ultimately fulfilling God's purpose to reach his own people and so this is this is really our missiology as well. We know that by making Israel's enemies a friend and leading them to the Jewish Messiah, the Jewish king, that we are ultimately participating in God's plan to provoke his own people to jealousy in order that they would come to Messiah as well.

Dr. Steve Greene: As you think about 2019, what do you want to see happen in your ministry and your mission work what is driving you in 19?

Joel Richardson: My heart more than anything is to raise up a generation of pioneers, of young and old, to reclaim a passion to see the gospel proclaimed among the unreached in the hard parts of the world who have a genuine burning passion for the return of Jesus, the establishment of His kingdom. Within the charismatic world, there's actually quite a variety of eschatology. You’ve got many in our world that really lean toward a post-millennial or victorious eschatology. It's primarily about transforming the world and influencing culture. And then you have many in the Pentecostal Charismatic world that are much more pre-millennial. We believe that we are to be salt and light and share the gospel wherever we go. But Jesus is the one that's coming back to conquer. And we're really not under the illusion that if we just sort of be silly, if we just dance down the street with flags and worship music, that that's necessarily going to transform the world. The only way the world is changed is just one heart at a time from the inside out as we proclaim the gospel as we lay down our lives in imitation of Jesus. But in the end, he's the one that does the heavy lifting. I've been part of different churches and movements over the years and I see people get on the kingdom hamster wheel. When we think it's our job to essentially save the world, it's too heavy of a burden. But when we understand our mandate is one heart at a time, just sowing seeds, that's a yoke that I can share.

 

Joel Richardson on Charismamag.com

·         Joel Richardson Explains God’s Role in Ant-Semitism

·         Perry Stone, Joel Richardson Praise Mark Blitz’s ‘Amazing, Powerful, Anointed’ End-Times Expose

 

Dr. Steve Greene: On top of everything that you do, your travels and your effectual ministry, you found time to write and you've got a new book out called The Mystery of Catastrophe. You have an interesting co-author, Nathan Graves. Tell us a little bit about Nathan.

Joel Richardson: This is actually interesting because you know this podcast is going out largely to the Charisma media. Nathan is he's actually a Baptist. He’s just a rock-solid Baptist missionary, a veteran missionary. He’s been on the field for almost 25 years now working in Eastern Europe. I say he's kind of one of these Baptists that is very sensitive to the things of the Spirit and I found him to be a very discerning brother. Early on, I was at a conference with him in Eastern Europe and Macedonia, and I saw him as someone that was that I felt the Lord was leading me to partner with. So, we've sort of been partnered together and ministry as well. I saw Nathan as having the discernment to put this together. It was only a year later after this conference that the Muslim refugee issue exploded. Suddenly, the spigot was opened from Turkey and there were roughly a million Muslim refugees pouring through that part of the world. So, we got together. We did a couple underground programs. We raised close to $100,000. We took micro SD cards and we put the Bible on them in multiple languages, Farsi, Arabic and Kurdish, etc. And as these refugees were pouring through, all the churches got together and they set up these checkpoints, these waypoints and they would offer to charge their cell phones and, you know, give them coffee and pray for them. And then they would say, would you like a free micro SD card in your phone? It has the Bible in your language. And so again, we put in tens of thousands. We were able to get the Bible into the hands of tens of thousands of these refugees. We've seen actual tremendous fruit. We've seen salvations, we’ve seen new congregations rise up as a result of this project. I've been blessed to partner with him.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, tell me what you all collaborated on. What was the basis of this book? And, tell me about the mystery of catastrophes.

Joel Richardson: Essentially, this is more than just a mere let's explore the mystery of suffering. It's built upon the basic premise that the closer that we get to the return of Jesus, the more we are going to see both natural and man-made disasters explode and span across the earth. If we really believe what we say, what we believe, then the question is, what should we be doing about it? We're trying to get people to look at these catastrophes, whether it be the Muslim refugee crisis, whether it be a natural disaster, whatever it may be, to try to get our eyes off of the natural or the political or the sort of surface analysis of these things and just say, ‘Where is the Gospel opportunity? God, what are you doing in the midst of this?’ We can look at it and say, well, this is what Satan is doing. This is an invasion of Europe, and Nathan and I are both very conservative and, politically, I think we would agree that this is a catastrophe in terms of what's happening to Europe. However God, where is the gospel wedge? Where's the gospel opportunity in the midst of this? So, we're trying to get the body of Christ to open its eyes and ears to see and hear what God is doing in the midst of these things. We demonstrate that down through biblical history, God has always use crises, catastrophes and disasters to further his redemptive purposes, to further his gospel purposes. I think a lot of people, when it comes to the end times, they want some books on unlocking the mystery and revealing insights into different things. That's all important. We need to study the details of the events that precede the return of Jesus. But this is about what we should be doing, how we can be disciples of Jesus. I actually think it's the most prophetic book, a project that I've been part of.

The End Times

Dr. Steve Greene: You are an end-times teacher Do you feel like we're there?

Joel Richardson: I don't know exactly how things stand with regards to time. As the Lord said, and Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1 it is not for you to know the time that the Father has affixed by his own authority, but we are to be people that live with the urgency of the hour. Isaiah said we will mourn, for the day of the Lord is near death. Zephaniah said it, Joel said it,  and then when Jesus and John the Baptist came along, they said it. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It's the same general statement. It's an issue of urgency, living with a preparedness and a readiness to stand before Him. That's the mandate of this hour.

 

Connect with Joel Richardson

·         Joelstrumpet.com

·         On Twitter

·         On YouTube

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Joel Richardson

Why does God allow catastrophes? This question is often asked when people's lives are destroyed by man-made or natural disasters.

New York Times best-selling author Joel Richardson discusses with Dr. Steve Greene a clear, biblical reason why God allows catastrophes from Joel's book "The Mystery of Catastrophe."

For more of Dr. Steve Greene’s podcast with Joel Richardson, click here.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm excited to introduce you to Joel Richardson. Many of you know him. He's a New York Times best-selling author, filmmaker and teacher. He's also the host of the popular online Christian program, The Underground. We're going to talk to you about that a little bit today, but we’re also going to talk with him about his book The Mystery of Catastrophe and that interests me. We all have catastrophes, and I'd love to understand the mystery behind that. Start us at the place where you started working with this Christian program, The Underground. Tell me about it.

Joel Richardson: Sure. Well, I have an online program called The Underground. It's on YouTube and it's on some different outlets. But ministry-wise, a lot of people know me. I travel and speak, I write, I talk about a lot of different things like the return of Jesus. But I do work with the underground church, primarily in the Middle East. I’m sort of behind the scenes This is what I have my fingers in ministry-wise. It's one of the fastest-growing underground networks in Iran and Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. And then another ministry we're working with is in Israel and Syria and that part of the world. That's my heart. My passion is spreading the gospel throughout the Middle East. So, that's really why I call my program The Underground.

 

Some of Joel’s Books

·         Mystery Babylon: Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery

·         When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God

·         Mount Sinai in Arabia: The True Location Revealed

·         The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About the Real Nature of the Beast

·         Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I understand. You spend a lot of time in the Middle East. I know you can't talk about it, but at the same time that's where your heart is. That's your ministry, the core of your life is spent there. So, does it affect your writing?

Joel Richardson: Of course, and of course my theology affects my writing. So, the way I always try to explain it simply is that Paul is missiology. Paul had an understanding that part of fulfilling God's redemptive purposes was to reach the Gentiles. People will say Joel, you have a call to the Muslim world. And I say yes, but that's because I understand the Israel centricity of the mission that we all have. Paul understood that by reaching the Gentiles he was ultimately fulfilling God's purpose to reach his own people and so this is this is really our missiology as well. We know that by making Israel's enemies a friend and leading them to the Jewish Messiah, the Jewish king, that we are ultimately participating in God's plan to provoke his own people to jealousy in order that they would come to Messiah as well.

Dr. Steve Greene: As you think about 2019, what do you want to see happen in your ministry and your mission work what is driving you in 19?

Joel Richardson: My heart more than anything is to raise up a generation of pioneers, of young and old, to reclaim a passion to see the gospel proclaimed among the unreached in the hard parts of the world who have a genuine burning passion for the return of Jesus, the establishment of His kingdom. Within the charismatic world, there's actually quite a variety of eschatology. You’ve got many in our world that really lean toward a post-millennial or victorious eschatology. It's primarily about transforming the world and influencing culture. And then you have many in the Pentecostal Charismatic world that are much more pre-millennial. We believe that we are to be salt and light and share the gospel wherever we go. But Jesus is the one that's coming back to conquer. And we're really not under the illusion that if we just sort of be silly, if we just dance down the street with flags and worship music, that that's necessarily going to transform the world. The only way the world is changed is just one heart at a time from the inside out as we proclaim the gospel as we lay down our lives in imitation of Jesus. But in the end, he's the one that does the heavy lifting. I've been part of different churches and movements over the years and I see people get on the kingdom hamster wheel. When we think it's our job to essentially save the world, it's too heavy of a burden. But when we understand our mandate is one heart at a time, just sowing seeds, that's a yoke that I can share.

 

Joel Richardson on Charismamag.com

·         Joel Richardson Explains God’s Role in Ant-Semitism

·         Perry Stone, Joel Richardson Praise Mark Blitz’s ‘Amazing, Powerful, Anointed’ End-Times Expose

 

Dr. Steve Greene: On top of everything that you do, your travels and your effectual ministry, you found time to write and you've got a new book out called The Mystery of Catastrophe. You have an interesting co-author, Nathan Graves. Tell us a little bit about Nathan.

Joel Richardson: This is actually interesting because you know this podcast is going out largely to the Charisma media. Nathan is he's actually a Baptist. He’s just a rock-solid Baptist missionary, a veteran missionary. He’s been on the field for almost 25 years now working in Eastern Europe. I say he's kind of one of these Baptists that is very sensitive to the things of the Spirit and I found him to be a very discerning brother. Early on, I was at a conference with him in Eastern Europe and Macedonia, and I saw him as someone that was that I felt the Lord was leading me to partner with. So, we've sort of been partnered together and ministry as well. I saw Nathan as having the discernment to put this together. It was only a year later after this conference that the Muslim refugee issue exploded. Suddenly, the spigot was opened from Turkey and there were roughly a million Muslim refugees pouring through that part of the world. So, we got together. We did a couple underground programs. We raised close to $100,000. We took micro SD cards and we put the Bible on them in multiple languages, Farsi, Arabic and Kurdish, etc. And as these refugees were pouring through, all the churches got together and they set up these checkpoints, these waypoints and they would offer to charge their cell phones and, you know, give them coffee and pray for them. And then they would say, would you like a free micro SD card in your phone? It has the Bible in your language. And so again, we put in tens of thousands. We were able to get the Bible into the hands of tens of thousands of these refugees. We've seen actual tremendous fruit. We've seen salvations, we’ve seen new congregations rise up as a result of this project. I've been blessed to partner with him.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, tell me what you all collaborated on. What was the basis of this book? And, tell me about the mystery of catastrophes.

Joel Richardson: Essentially, this is more than just a mere let's explore the mystery of suffering. It's built upon the basic premise that the closer that we get to the return of Jesus, the more we are going to see both natural and man-made disasters explode and span across the earth. If we really believe what we say, what we believe, then the question is, what should we be doing about it? We're trying to get people to look at these catastrophes, whether it be the Muslim refugee crisis, whether it be a natural disaster, whatever it may be, to try to get our eyes off of the natural or the political or the sort of surface analysis of these things and just say, ‘Where is the Gospel opportunity? God, what are you doing in the midst of this?’ We can look at it and say, well, this is what Satan is doing. This is an invasion of Europe, and Nathan and I are both very conservative and, politically, I think we would agree that this is a catastrophe in terms of what's happening to Europe. However God, where is the gospel wedge? Where's the gospel opportunity in the midst of this? So, we're trying to get the body of Christ to open its eyes and ears to see and hear what God is doing in the midst of these things. We demonstrate that down through biblical history, God has always use crises, catastrophes and disasters to further his redemptive purposes, to further his gospel purposes. I think a lot of people, when it comes to the end times, they want some books on unlocking the mystery and revealing insights into different things. That's all important. We need to study the details of the events that precede the return of Jesus. But this is about what we should be doing, how we can be disciples of Jesus. I actually think it's the most prophetic book, a project that I've been part of.

The End Times

Dr. Steve Greene: You are an end-times teacher Do you feel like we're there?

Joel Richardson: I don't know exactly how things stand with regards to time. As the Lord said, and Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1 it is not for you to know the time that the Father has affixed by his own authority, but we are to be people that live with the urgency of the hour. Isaiah said we will mourn, for the day of the Lord is near death. Zephaniah said it, Joel said it,  and then when Jesus and John the Baptist came along, they said it. Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. It's the same general statement. It's an issue of urgency, living with a preparedness and a readiness to stand before Him. That's the mandate of this hour.

 

Connect with Joel Richardson

·         Joelstrumpet.com

·         On Twitter

·         On YouTube

 

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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The Mystery of Catastrophe with Joel Richardson (Season 5, Ep. 19)