When one considers the complexities of the New World Order, Rise of The Beast System, The Antichrist, 666, ‘Shadow Government’ and One World Religion it can all become a little overbearing. Perhaps that’s why you don’t hear Bible Prophecy preached that much these days.
The study of the book of Revelation can be daunting though reading it carries the promise of blessing. One would think that unwrapping the vast mysteries of eschatology would be the job of the world’s most eminent theologians yet it seems few have risen to the challenge.
However we know that God is known for using the simple things to confound the wise. That is not to call the late Barry Smith simple. He was in education after all and devoted his life to study. He just lived on the other side of the world and seemed to be an unlikely candidate to reach a global audience especially in the days before YouTube and social media!
Barry had a brilliant mind yet was one of the most down to earth people you could wish to meet. He had the most amazing God-given ability to talk about today’s headlines in a way that captivated audiences everywhere. He also had a wonderful sense of humor that connected with people and provided a lighter side to some of the dark things he had to address.
Barry’s teaching gift took him from his home in New Zealand to Australia and on to address audiences around the world, including the USA, UK and South Africa. People sat glued to their seats as he pulled a US 1$ bill out of his pocket and exposed the meaning of the latin inscription…. ‘Novus ordo seclorum’ – A new order of the ages. People were shocked as he spoke about ‘The Eye of Horus” and the secret societies at work behind the scenes.
He warned us to keep watch as we saw world government groups begin to control nations and advised us to look out for the formation of a global leader who would arise in the place of Christ. “There is no security in this world outside of a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ,” he said. “People must read the ‘signs of the times’ and find their security in God.”
Barry spoke of the rise of the European Union when it was just the common market and predicted the Euro. He spoke extensively about Privitization and how this would lead to countries losing their sovereignty as essential services were bought up by foreign powers. He exposed the Illuminati, the Council on Foreign Relations and others and of course he gave warnings about the coming cashless society and identified the first micro chip implants as taking humanity closer to the Mark of the Beast.
Almost in a school masterly tone he taught his audiences, often using a white board or flip charts and asked them to repeat back key phrases, phrases that still stick in my head to this day! Not surprising I remember his messages from the 1990s like they were yesterday. Though he spoke on many controversial things Barry always brought his meetings to a close by sharing about the imminent return of Jesus. He gave an altar call in each meeting and Amazing Grace was sung without fail as people gave their lives to the Lord.
Though I attended many of his meetings and watched countless of his videos and read Barry’s books, I never really realised how humble and completely reliant on God he was until I met him in person. I remember how grateful he and his wife May were even for a cup of tea, which they prayed over and thanked God for. That was in the days before the Internet (seems hard to imagine life without it) and after our meeting Barry was keen to get to the newsagent to pick up a few papers.
The news was his ammunition and looking back I see how much he inspired me personally in my calling as a journalist and I know I am not the only one. I recently chatted to a fellow writer who made her first public profession of faith at a Barry Smith meeting in Ireland. She had been caught up in Scientology and Barry broke off the ungodly soul ties to the cult and to false doctrine. He greatly touched her life and set her on a path of truth.
Barry wrote several books before he passed away in 2002. Titles include Warning, Second Warning, Final Warning and PS the titles almost a tongue in cheek notification borrowed from utility providers about to terminate a power supply! But there is nothing to laugh about when it comes to Bible Prophecy. Jesus said He would return for us and that is a serious promise we can hold on to.
Another book of Barry’s which immediately catches one’s interest is Better Than Nostradamus, which exposes the world’s obsession with the occult, fortune tellers etc in its desperate quest to know the future. This can only take one on a path of deception. The truth is found only in the Bible as we embrace Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life.
Over the past two decades, Barry books may have lost their sense of immediacy but the central message that we are living in the Last Days remains as relevant as ever. We are now much closer to the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Messiah than ever before.
Barry Smith was a good and faithful servant who preached the Gospel for over 40 years and God used him powerfully to save the lives of many. He is not forgotten. He continues to inspire many today and perhaps he will inspire you as you read this and watch the video below. The world needs 100 more Barry Smiths to share the truth of the Gospel in this hour, in a contemporary way that links in with current events.
For more about the ongoing ministry outreach of Barry Smith Evangelism visit www.barrysmith.org.nz where you can obtain copies of Barry’s books and videos of his messages.
Barry Smith on Revelation
Barry appeared on Revelation with Howard Conder in the Year 2000, a prophetic TV series that was aired on GOD TV. Howard now heads up Revelation TV in the UK. Though we have already forgotten some of the events Barry mentions, God’s Word is timeless and you will be fascinated by Barry’s insight into today’s world even though they were recorded nearly 20 years ago.
“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12)