BIBLE and PROPHECY

 

THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE

Why do we believe that the Bible is the Word of God?  Blind faith?  I hope not!  The Bible is verifiable, and once you are a believer, it becomes very personal and intriguing!

There are 66 books of the Bible, written 1,900-3,500 years ago, over a period of 1,600 years, by at least 40 different authors.  It has gone through the hands of many different scribes, editors and redactors.  Yet it is 100% consistent and, as history has proven, 100% accurate. It tells a fascinating story: In Genesis the curtain goes up, the main character is God, the conflict is sin, the theme is redemption, and the curtain comes down in Revelation.

The Bible, though written by many people, over thousands of years, a long time ago, has proven to be 100% accurate, 100% of the time.  No sacred writings of any other religious belief system can make such a claim.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

There are several excellent resources to verify the truth of the Bible

Applying the Science of Probability to the Scriptures - Do statistics prove the Bible’s supernatural origin?   By Dr. David R. Reagan

https://christinprophecy.org/articles/applying-the-science-of-probability-to-the-scriptures/

For years I have been quoting a book by Peter Stoner called Science Speaks. I like to use a remarkable illustration from it to show how Bible prophecy proves that Jesus was truly God in the flesh.

I decided that I would try to find a copy of the book so that I could discover all that it had to say about Bible prophecy. The book was first published in 1958 by Moody Press. After considerable searching on the Internet, I was finally able to find a revised edition published in 1976.

Peter Stoner was chairman of the mathematics and astronomy departments at Pasadena City College until 1953 when he moved to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. There he served as chairman of the science division. At the time he wrote this book, he was professor emeritus of science at Westmont.

In the edition I purchased, there was a foreword by Dr. Harold Hartzler, an officer of the American Scientific Affiliation. He wrote that the manuscript had been carefully reviewed by a committee of his organization and that “the mathematical analysis included is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound.” He further stated that in the opinion of the Affiliation, Professor Stoner “has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way.”

The book is divided into three sections. Two relate directly to Bible prophecy. The first section deals with the scientific validity of the Genesis account of creation.

Part One: The Genesis Record

Stoner begins with a very interesting observation. He points out that his copy of Young’s General Astronomy, published in 1898, is full of errors. Yet, the Bible, written over 2,000 years ago is devoid of scientific error. For example, the shape of the earth is mentioned in Isaiah 40:22. Gravity can be found in Job 26:7Ecclesiastes 1:6 mentions atmospheric circulation. A reference to ocean currents can be found in Psalm 8:8, and the hydraulic cycle is described in Ecclesiastes 1:7 and Isaiah 55:10. The second law of thermodynamics is outlined in Psalm 102:25-27 and Romans 8:21. And these are only a few examples of scientific truths written in the Scriptures long before they were “discovered” by scientists.

Stoner proceeds to present scientific evidence in behalf of special creation. For example, he points out that science had previously taught that special creation was impossible because matter could not be destroyed or created. He then points out that atomic physics had now proved that energy can be turned into matter and matter into energy.

He then considers the order of creation as presented in Genesis 1:1-13. He presents argument after argument from a scientific viewpoint to sustain the order which Genesis chronicles. He then asks, “What chance did Moses have when writing the first chapter [of Genesis] of getting thirteen items all accurate and in satisfactory order?” His calculations conclude it would be one chance in 31,135,104,000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 31 x 1021). He concludes, “Perhaps God wrote such an account in Genesis so that in these latter days, when science has greatly developed, we would be able to verify His account and know for a certainty that God created this planet and the life on it.”

The only disappointing thing about Stoner’s book is that he spiritualizes the reference to days in Genesis, concluding that they refer to periods of time of indefinite length. Accordingly, he concludes that the earth is approximately 4 billion years old. In his defense, keep in mind that he wrote this book before the foundation of the modern Creation Science Movement which was founded in the 1960’s by Dr. Henry Morris. That movement has since produced many convincing scientific arguments in behalf of a young earth with an age of only 6,000 years.

Peter Stoner’s Calculations Regarding Messianic Prophecy

Peter Stoner calculated the probability of just 8 Messianic prophecies being fulfilled in the life of Jesus. As you read through these prophecies, you will see that all estimates were calculated as conservatively as possible.

  1. The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
    The average population of Bethlehem from the time of Micah to the present (1958) divided by the average population of the earth during the same period = 7,150/2,000,000,000 or 2.8×105.

     

  2. A messenger will prepare the way for the Messiah (Malachi 3:1).
    One man in how many, the world over, has had a forerunner (in this case, John the Baptist) to prepare his way?
    Estimate: 1 in 1,000 or 1×103.

     

  3. The Messiah will enter Jerusalem as a king riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9).
    One man in how many, who has entered Jerusalem as a ruler, has entered riding on a donkey?
    Estimate: 1 in 100 or 1×102.

     

  4. The Messiah will be betrayed by a friend and suffer wounds in His hands (Zechariah 13:6).
    One man in how many, the world over, has been betrayed by a friend, resulting in wounds in his hands?
    Estimate: 1 in 1,000 or 1×103.

     

  5. The Messiah will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12).
    Of the people who have been betrayed, one in how many has been betrayed for exactly 30 pieces of silver?
    Estimate: 1 in 1,000 or 1×103.

     

  6. The betrayal money will be used to purchase a potter’s field (Zechariah 11:13).
    One man in how many, after receiving a bribe for the betrayal of a friend, has returned the money, had it refused, and then experienced it being used to buy a potter’s field?
    Estimate: 1 in 100,000 or 1×105.

     

  7. The Messiah will remain silent while He is afflicted (Isaiah 53:7).
    One man in how many, when he is oppressed and afflicted, though innocent, will make no defense of himself?
    Estimate: 1 in 1,000 or 1×103.

     

  8. The Messiah will die by having His hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16).
    One man in how many, since the time of David, has been crucified?
    Estimate: 1 in 10,000 or 1×104.

 

Multiplying all these probabilities together produces a number (rounded off) of 1×1028. Dividing this number by an estimate of the number of people who have lived since the time of these prophecies (88 billion) produces a probability of all 8 prophecies being fulfilled accidently in the life of one person. That probability is 1in 1017 or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000. That’s one in one hundred quadrillion!

Part Two: The Accuracy of Prophecy

The second section of Stoner’s book, is entitled “Prophetic Accuracy.” This is where the book becomes absolutely fascinating. One by one, he takes major Bible prophecies concerning cities and nations and calculates the odds of their being fulfilled. The first is a prophecy in Ezekiel 26 concerning the city of Tyre. Seven prophecies are contained in this chapter which was written in 590 BC:

  1. Nebuchadnezzar shall conquer the city (vs. 7-11).

  2. Other nations will assist Nebuchadnezzar (v. 3).

  3. The city will be made like a bare rock (vs. 4 & 14).

  4. It will become a place for the spreading of fishing nets (vs. 5 & 14).

  5. Its stones and timbers will be thrown into the sea (v. 12).

  6. Other cities will fear greatly at the fall of Tyre (v. 16).

  7. The old city of Tyre will never be rebuilt (v. 14).

 

Four years after this prophecy was given, Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre. The siege lasted 13 years. When the city finally fell in 573 BC, it was discovered that everything of value had been moved to a nearby island.

Two hundred and forty-one years later Alexander the Great arrived on the scene. Fearing that the fleet of Tyre might be used against his homeland, he decided to take the island where the city had been moved to. He accomplished this goal by building a causeway from the mainland to the island, and he did that by using all the building materials from the ruins of the old city. Neighboring cities were so frightened by Alexander’s conquest that they immediately opened their gates to him. Ever since that time, Tyre has remained in ruins and is a place where fishermen spread their nets.

Thus, every detail of the prophecy was fulfilled exactly as predicted. Stoner calculated the odds of such a prophecy being fulfilled by chance as being 1 in 75,000,000, or 1 in 7.5×107. (The exponent 7 indicates that the decimal is to be moved to the right seven places.)

Stoner proceeds to calculate the probabilities of the prophecies concerning Samaria, Gaza and Ashkelon, Jericho, Palestine, Moab and Ammon, Edom, and Babylon. He also calculates the odds of prophecies being fulfilled that predicted the closing of the Eastern Gate (Ezekiel 44:1-3), the plowing of Mount Zion (Micah 3:12), and the enlargement of Jerusalem according to a prescribed pattern (Jeremiah 31:38-40).

Combining all these prophecies, he concludes that “the probability of these 11 prophecies coming true, if written in human wisdom, is… 1 in 5.76×1059. Needless to say, this is a number beyond the realm of possibility.

Part Three: Messianic Prophecy

The third and most famous section of Stoner’s book concerns Messianic prophecy. His theme verse for this section is John 5:39 — “Search the Scriptures because… it is these that bear witness of Me.”

Stoner proceeds to select eight of the best known prophecies about the Messiah and calculates the odds of their accidental fulfillment in one person as being 1 in 1017.

I love the way Stoner illustrated the meaning of this number. He asked the reader to imagine filling the State of Texas knee deep in silver dollars. Include in this huge number one silver dollar with a black check mark on it. Then, turn a blindfolded person loose in this sea of silver dollars. The odds that the first coin he would pick up would be the one with the black check mark are the same as 8 prophecies being fulfilled accidentally in the life of Jesus.

The point, of course, is that when people say that the fulfillment of prophecy in the life of Jesus was accidental, they do not know what they are talking about. Keep in mind that Jesus did not just fulfill 8 prophecies, He fulfilled 108. The chances of fulfilling 16 is 1 in 1045. When you get to a total of 48, the odds increase to 1 in 10157. Accidental fulfillment of these prophecies is simply beyond the realm of possibility.

When confronted with these statistics, skeptics will often fall back on the argument that Jesus purposefully fulfilled the prophecies. There is no doubt that Jesus was aware of the prophecies and His fulfillment of them. For example, when He got ready to enter Jerusalem the last time, He told His disciples to find Him a donkey to ride so that the prophecy of Zechariah could be fulfilled which said, “Behold, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey” (Matthew 21:1-5 and Zechariah 9:9).

But many of the prophecies concerning the Messiah could not be purposefully fulfilled — such as the town of His birth (Micah 5:2) or the nature of His betrayal (Psalm 41:9), or the manner of His death (Zechariah 13:6 and Psalm 22:16).

One of the most remarkable Messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures is the one that precisely states that the Messiah will die by crucifixion. It is found in Psalm 22 where David prophesied the Messiah would die by having His hands and feet pierced (Psalm 22:16). That prophecy was written 1,000 years before Jesus was born. When it was written, the Jewish method of execution was by stoning. The prophecy was also written many years before the Romans perfected crucifixion as a method of execution.

Even when Jesus was killed, the Jews still relied on stoning as their method of execution, but they had lost the power to implement the death penalty due to Roman occupation. That is why they were forced to take Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, and that’s how Jesus ended up being crucified, in fulfillment of David’s prophecy.

The bottom line is that the fulfillment of Bible prophecy in the life of Jesus proves conclusively that He truly was God in the flesh. It also proves that the Bible is supernatural in origin.

Note: A detailed listing of all 108 prophecies fulfilled by Jesus is contained in Dr. Reagan’s book, Christ in Prophecy Study Guide. It also contains an analytical listing of all the Messianic prophecies in the Bible — both Old and New Testaments — concerning both the First and Second comings of the Messiah.

For creation science resources see the following websites:

The Challenge of the Scientific Viewpoint - Can the Bible pass the test?   By Dennis Pollock

https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-challenge-of-the-scientific-viewpoint/

 

It is called “higher criticism,” and its advocates have been scoffing and mocking the Bible and its devotees for over a century now. Higher criticism’s chief protagonists have been philosophers, skeptics, and atheists of various nationalities and temperaments, all holding the common bond of despising the sacredness of the Scriptures.

Their premise is quite simple: There are no such things as miracles, or a miracle working God; therefore any references to such things in the Bible have to be the product of wishful thinking and overactive imaginations.

Jonah and the whale, Daniel in the lions’ den, Jesus feeding the multitudes with a few fish and loaves, and of course, the resurrection of Jesus could not possibly be true. Everyone knows that these things just don’t happen! The Bible is completely unreliable, either as a historical record or a theological revelation.

Such are the claims of the “higher critics.” But does the evidence come down on their side? Many take for granted that it does. Yet when one looks closely at the amazing relics and records unearthed by the archeologists, anthropologists, linguists, and other modern day cultural scientists, an entirely different picture emerges.

Moses

For many years the critics had a field day with those who claimed that it was Moses who had written the first five books of the Bible. “Couldn’t have happened!” they retorted. Their reasoning seemed logical enough. There was no writing in those days. Everyone knew that writing had not been invented until long after Moses. Obviously these books, called the Pentateuch, had been written much later by a number of different Hebrew writers and retroactively attributed to Moses.

If only the archaeologists hadn’t been so thorough in their research! To the chagrin and embarrassment of the scoffers, archaeological evidence increasingly demonstrated that writing existed long before Moses’ day. British Assyriologist A. H. Sayers declared:

“This supposed late use of writing for literary purposes was merely an assumption, with nothing more solid to rest upon than the critic’s own theories and presuppositions. And as soon as it could be tested by solid fact it crumbled into dust. First Egyptology, then Assyriology, showed that the art of writing in the ancient East was of vast antiquity, and that the two great powers which divided the civilized world between them were each emphatically a nation of scribes and readers Centuries before Abraham was born, Egypt and Babylonia were alike full of schools and libraries, of teachers and pupils, of poets and prose-writers.”

Unquestionably Moses, who was raised as a noble in the house of Pharaoh, would have been thoroughly trained in reading and writing. It may well be that this was one of the primary purposes of God in having Moses raised as a son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

“Mythological Nineveh”

In the previous century, critics of the Bible had great fun mocking the story of Jonah and his preaching trip to Nineveh. They knew, of course, that Nineveh never existed, for none of the secular historians had ever mentioned Nineveh of Assyria or any of its kings. Since the only place one could learn about Ninevah and Assyria was in the Bible, all intelligent people knew that they could be nothing but myths and legends.

Such was the certainty of the “experts” until Sir Henry Layard came down the Tigris River to excavate at Nimrud. He and his men found a brick on which was inscribed the name of ShalmaneserR> III one of the “mythological” kings of the legendary kingdom of Assyria. The brick was sent to a museum in London where it was examined carefully and declare to be a fraud. After all, how could it be genuine when everybody knew that Ninevah had never really existed?

Not too long after that, an Englishman named Henry Crewsicke Rawlison had the audacity to dig up nearly the entire city of Ninevah. Suddenly the Biblical stories about Ninevah took on a new significance as the archeologists conclusively proved the historicity of the great and ancient city.

Sir William Ramsay

One of the most amazing books in the New Testament has got to be the book of Acts. In this incredible narrative we learn of the miraculous birth of the early church. Miracles seems to attend its every page. We find Peter, Paul, and John healing the sick raising the dead, casting out demons, and planting churches which quickly grew to enormous size.

Sir William Ramsay was a brilliant young Oxford educated intellectual of the 1800’s when he decided to travel to the Middle East and prove once for all that Acts was a production of ambitious second century monks. Ramsay decided that the easiest way to debunk the book was to carefully trace the supposed journeys of Paul, which were loaded with detailed accounts of names, places, and officials of the Roman world. Ramsay was certain that it would not be difficult to quickly show a great number of contradictions between Luke’s account in Acts and the historical evidence turned up by archeology.

Beginning in 1881, he labored for fifteen years, tirelessly tracing the routes laid out by Luke in the book of Acts. Finally he wrote a book in 1896, entitled: St. Paul, the Traveler and the Roman Citizen. To the great surprise and embarrassment of the “higher critics” Ramsay defended the biblical account and acknowledged that he had found Luke to be astonishingly accurate in his listing of places and details, declaring “Luke is a historian of the first rate; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy; he is possessed of the true historic sense… this author should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.”

For many years afterwards Ramsay continued to study, excavate, and write books which boldly demonstrated the authenticity of the Scriptures. The power of truth took its toll on his atheistic beliefs however; at long last Ramsay committed his life to the Jesus of whom the Scriptures so faithfully testify, and became one of the despised evangelicals the cynics so love to ridicule.

Right after All

The German journalist Werner Keller undertook a mammoth project of writing a book about the historicity (or lack of it) of the Scriptures. As he began he seemed to hold no particular persuasion on the veracity of the Scriptures. He was neither an enthusiastic fundamentalist nor a hostile skeptic.

He traveled to libraries all over the world to research scientific journals and archeological findings. After an incredible effort to discover just how historical the Scriptures would prove to be, he was amazed to discover the powerful evidence for the historicity of the Bible, stating:

“In view of the overwhelming mass of authentic and well-attested evidence now available, as I thought of the skeptical criticism which from the eighteenth century onward would fain have demolished the Bible altogether, there kept hammering in my brain, this one sentence: ‘The Bible is right after all.'”

Why Work So Hard?

When one considers the archaeological evidence for the authenticity of Scripture, the question arises, “Why do so many work so hard to try to discredit this wonderful book?” After all, the book contains some great news: God loves man, and has sent His Son to die in our place, that whoever believes on Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. For the Christian, the Bible is loaded with positive truths. God loves us, He wants to help us in our troubles, answer our prayers, defend us against evil, and promises us eternal life with Him in a state of happiness, health, and uninterrupted peace.

The Scriptures are reasonable and are supported by evidence within and without. War, cruelty, and violence abundantly testify to the concept of original sin (the idea that man has inherited a sinful nature which began with Adam & Eve). All nature testifies to the creativity and love of our Creator. Transformed lives all over the world attest to the power of Jesus Christ to give man a new heart, and to put a new spirit within him. The supernatural growth of the Church, and the intense devotion to Christ by the early Christians demonstrate the power of Christ’s resurrection upon the minds and hearts of the believers. So why do so many have such a problem with accepting the Bible as the inspired word of God?

The Real Reason

Many reject Christianity for what they believe to be intellectual reasons. “I just cannot believe in such a simplistic religion,” they say. “I have to have something which satisfies my mind and my soul.” Or perhaps they have a problem with the evolution vs. creation controversy, or the idea of heaven and hell. In their own minds they feel they have an intellectual problem with the gospel. However Jesus assures us that the truth is far simpler.

In one of the most profound declarations of the Bible, Jesus gives us the real reason why people refuse to believe in Him: “And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19,20).

Jesus assures us that the real reason people don’t immediately come to Him is because they are still clinging to their lives of sin and selfishness. While they may even claim to be looking for truth, they are, in fact, running away from it. The last thing in the world that they want is for the Bible to be right after all. It would mean that they would need to repent of their sin, turn to Christ in childlike faith, and surrender fully all claims to lordship over their lives. This is something most are not willing to do (indeed, if it were not for the wooing power of the Holy Spirit, none of us would have done it).

England’s Most Reluctant Convert

The brilliant literary scholar C. S. Lewis served as a professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. As a younger man he was convinced that all Christians were silly and superstitious, and that the gospel was a concoction of fantasies.

In 1926 he had a visit from an acquaintance, another extremely intelligent skeptic known as the “hardest boiled of all the atheists.” As they sat by the fire conversing, Lewis’ friend made the remark that the historicity of the gospel message was “really surprisingly good.”

 

Such a statement shook young Lewis to the core. He remarked in his journal, “If he, the cynic of cynics, the toughest of the tough, was not safe, where could I turn?” Lewis began a more serious examination of the evidence for Christianity. Slowly, almost in spite of himself, he became more and more convinced that the Bible was authentic, and that the gospel of Christ was in fact God’s plan of salvation to a sinful world. His knowledge of literature forced him to treat the gospel record as trustworthy. He later remarked, “I was by now too experienced in literary criticism to regard the Gospels as myth.”

Finally Lewis came to the only conclusion he felt was reasonable: “You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen [College], night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him who I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had come upon me I gave in and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

The Only Response

The Bible is not only historically accurate, but spiritually true as well. And its spiritual proclamations are too demanding to allow us to remain in our state of indifference. If Jesus Christ is Lord, if He indeed died for our sins and rose the third day, and if He is God’s only way of salvation to a generation headed for eternal destruction, our only rational response is to bow our knee before Christ our Redeemer and cry out, as Thomas did 2,000 years ago, “My Lord and My God.”

 
 

Did The Bible Really Come From God?

https://getalifemedia.com/video/apologetics/didthebible.shtml

Many people today are quick to spout off bold claims that there is no way in which it can be said that the Bible really did come from God. In fact, they even imply that anyone who believes this is acting like a person who is mentally inept. However, it is the skeptic whose mental capacities need to be challenged because they refuse to look at the evidence that clearly reveals how the Bible Really Did Come from God. Therefore, this study, Did the Bible Really Come from God? shares the 10 lines of solid logical evidence that proves how the Bible really did come from God and is unlike any other book on the planet. Such evidences include, The Bible says so, Jesus says so, The Apostles say so, The Early Church and Church History say so, Transmission Standards say so, Manuscript Data says so, Archaeology says so, Predictive Prophecy says so, Science says so, and The Nature and Scope of Data says so. As you will see in this study, there is overwhelming evidence showing how there really is no need to doubt that the Bible did come from God, let alone cave into the false claims of the critic. Contrary to what society would say, yes, we can know for sure Christian that what we hold in our hands is indeed the Genuine Word of God!

Part 1 - The Bible Says So

Part 2 - Jesus & the Apostles Say So

Part 3 - History & Transmission Say So

Part 4 - Manuscripts & Archeology Say so

Part 5 - Bible Prophecy Says So

Part 6 - Science & Statistics Say So

 
 

Thousands of pastors blast law that calls Bible a 'myth'

https://www.wnd.com/2022/01/thousands-pastors-blast-law-calling-bible-myth/

New requirement part of 'dark wave of hostility' against Christians.

Thousands of Christian pastors across North America on Sunday warned their congregations about a new movement that includes a law that blatantly describes biblical morality as a "myth."

The fight is over Bill C-4, adopted by Canadian lawmakers with little discussion recently. It establishes a legal ban on "conversation therapy."

That has been made a derogatory term but LGBT activists, but it actually encompasses a wide range of counseling options that people used to have to deal with unwanted same-sex feelings.

Therapists sometimes are able to uncover childhood or other trauma that has triggered a path into alternative sexual lifestyle choices.

The law, which took effect only days ago, prompted an initiative by Liberty Coalition Canada that was promoted by prominent Los Angeles Christian leader John MacArthur – and more than 4,000 Christian pastors publicly protested the law, according to Fox News.

 

The fast-tracked Canadian law openly defies biblical history and teaching, denouncing those teachings as a "myth," and imposing a potential five-year jail sentence for failing to align counseling events with the politically correct LGBT agenda.

"MacArthur told Fox News that he believes widespread sexual immorality is evidence of divine judgment on a culture and predicted increased efforts to silence those who speak out against it," the report explained.

"Ultimately, the dissenters, the ones who will not cave in, are going to be those who are faithful to the Bible," he said. "And that's what's already leading to laws made against doing what we are commanded to do in Scripture, which is to confront that sin. And that's just going to escalate."

 

He added, "The fact that they identified it as a criminal conduct that could give you as much as five years in prison takes it to a completely different level, because Canadian pastors have been put in jail for just having church services."

Similar legislation already has been adopted in several leftist U.S. states, such as California and New York.

Fox explained MacArthur was involved because of an email he got from Pastor James Coates, who was forced by Canadian authorities to spend a month in a maximum-security prison for refusing to shut down his church services last year.

Coates told Fox News C-4 is "anything but loving" because it appears to "shut the LGBT community off from the saving and transforming message of the gospel of Jesus Christ."

"I believe our government is capitalizing on a politically expedient segment of its constituency in an effort to further dismantle Western civilization as we know it. To do this, it must outlaw its very foundation, which is rooted in a Judeo-Christian worldview. Bill C-4 is another brick laid in this effort and is evidence that our government is under the judgment of God," he warned in an interview with Fox.

He said the government simply is setting itself up to impose "persecution" on Christians.

A pastor in Calgary, Tim Stephens, told Fox, "We’ve seen that the new prevailing worldview is totalitarian, seeking to define marriage, sexuality, and control health choices. It is absolutely intolerant to opposing beliefs. All socialistic and communistic movements hate the authority and law of God that Christianity promotes."

He was jailed twice last year for keeping his services open, events that prompted Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., to ask the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to put Canada on its religious freedom watch list."

"Pastor Artur Pawlowski, a Polish-Canadian pastor from Calgary who has faced repeated dramatic arrest after refusing to limit church attendance, described Bill C-4 as 'straight from Soviet Russia,'" Fox reported.

The law is just part of a "dark wave of hostility" that the Christian church is facing, according to Pastor Andrew Brunson, whose jailing in 2016 in Turkey prompted an international scandal over attacks on Christians.

He said the Bible's foundational statements, from salvation through Jesus only to its standards for marriage, justice and sexual morality, are now the targets of hostility from the world.

WND reported when MacArthur, of Grace Community Church, called on other American pastors to join in the protest against C-4.

 

MacArthur posted online a statement that Christian leaders are encouraged to sign.

He pointed out the Canadian laws direct defiance of biblical teachings, in its statement that "heterosexuality, cisgender gender identity and gender expression that conforms to the sex assigned to a person at birth are to be preferred over other sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions" is a "myth."

Pastor Andrew DeBartolo of Encounter Church in Kingston, Ontario, explained the law makes it now illegal to preach from the Bible on those topics of marriage and more.

WND also recently reported on a statement from Albert Mohler.

Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention, said, "Right now in this turning point between 2021 and 2022, we see the shape of the challenge coming to the Christian church even more clearly, or even more ominously. We are about to find out where the biblical Christians are on both sides of the Atlantic, and as you and I know, on both sides of the American/Canadian border."

He said the LGBT movement, if it is successful in its campaign to persuade governments to restrict what is said about the same-sex agenda, eventually will target even the gospel of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible.

"Let's just state the obvious. If the government can tell you it is illegal to teach biblical truth on the issue of human sexuality, the array of LGBT issues, understand two things. Number one, it won't stop with LGBT and understand, eventually it means the criminalization of whatever Christian speech is no longer politically attractive. And that eventually will mean everything that is revealed in scripture, most essentially, the gospel of Jesus Christ."

REVIVAL OR RAPTURE?

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Is this it? Are we at the end of human history as know it? Is the Rapture next on God’s prophetic calendar? Or are we about to see a worldwide revival that will halt the world’s seemingly unstoppable path to the kingdom of the antichrist?

A song written and sung by Kari Jobe, Amen (Simple Gospel), affirms the later reality. The song contains these lyrics that point to the church as our hope in this current age:

“The church will arise / With power and love / Our cities will know / The glory of God / The future is bright / There's nothing to fear / Revival is now / The Kingdom is here”

 

The words to Jobe’s song sound wonderful, but does the Bible teach that the church will triumph over the current forces of darkness actively at work everywhere we look? No, it does not. Nor does it tell us that the future will be “bright” for planet earth apart from the return of Jesus.

I believe the world has passed the point of no return; the coming day of the Lord will soon sweep over the earth and forever change life on the planet. Scripture teaches that God’s wrath is on its way to a Christ-rejecting world.

As believers, we have cause for much optimism, but such an expectation lies exclusively in Jesus’ imminent return for His church. Our hope rests in our departure from this world, which may happen very soon.

Yes, many have turned to Jesus as a result of the media-driven fear that resulted from the COVID-19 virus. We hear about pockets of revival in many places. Millions of Muslims have turned to Christ in past two decades.

However, because of the following considerations, I believe the Rapture of the church represents the only real hope in our day.

 

THE CONVERGING OF A MULTITUDE OF SIGNS

The main characteristic of today that sets it apart from any other time is the convergence of a multitude of prophetic signs found in the Bible.

Yes, the world wars of the past century were terrible and the death toll from the communist regimes exceeded one hundred million. However, back then the stage was not set for the antichrist as it is today.

Consider how the following conditions make today much different:

  1. Israel is flourishing as a nation.

  2. Israel is far along in its planning and preparation for the construction of the third temple.

  3. The technology that makes the mark of the beast possible has only emerged during the past five years.

  4. The globalists control many of the world governments.

  5. Lawlessness and widespread deception, marks of the coming Tribulation period, are already widespread across the earth and growing at an alarming rate.

  6. The world rests on the edge of all the conditions described in Revelation 6:1-8.

 

I could list several more as I did in a recent post, A Dozen Prophetic Signs that Tell Us We Live on the Edge of Eternity. Today is qualitatively different than any other period of history; the current prophetic signs of the Bible reveal the closeness of the seven-year tribulation.

THE GLOBALISTS ALREADY CONTROL MANY NATIONS

Klaus Schwab, the founder and head of the World Economic Forum, is one of many leaders who have been pushing for a one world government during the past several decades. His efforts have come to the forefront since the COVID-19 virus swept over the earth.

 

The Great Reset championed by the WEF is nothing less than a worldwide Marxist government that will enslave the people of the world. The virus and mRNA injections have become the backdrop for many nations imposing harsh restrictions on the populace. Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and many other countries have already imposed draconian restrictions on people that have all the earmarks of the coming Tribulation as described in the book of Revelation.

In America, Marxist governors and mayors are already seeking to restrict all public functions to the vaccinated.

The globalists already control much of the free world today and they will only intensify their stranglehold on all those under their control. For more on this, please see my previous post, Transhumanism and the Nearness of the Tribulation.

It’s not a denial of God’s redeeming power that leads me to believe we live in the last days of human history; no, it’s a belief in what God’s Word says about the last days that drives me to that conclusion.

THE RESISTANCE WILL FAIL

Like many of you, I have seen the tens of thousands marching in the streets across the world in protest of the “vaccine” mandates. In the United States, the resistance to the COVID-19 injections grows steadily as more and more evidence points to their ineffectiveness and severely harmful affect on those injected with them.

However, because of the time in which we live and the control that the globalists already have, I believe that the worldwide opposition to the mandates will eventually fail.

Initially, the news that the U.S. Supreme Court had blocked Biden’s vaccine mandate for large businesses encouraged me. However, the fact that they did not extend the same protection to healthcare personnel troubles me. Does that not suggest that they made their initial ruling on something other than individual freedom? Why should one group be exempt from these draconian measures while others suffer great harm from them?

Leo Hohmann, in his blog post Brace yourself for Impact: Luciferian elite launch ‘Great Collapse’ of Western civilization, wrote the following:

“It’s all designed to happen by very powerful entities that operate at a level above our elected political leaders. The decisions that are leading to the collapse are being made by those buying into Klaus Schwab’s vision as put forth by the World Economic Forum and allied entities such as the United Nations, the Gates, Rockefeller, Soros and Ford foundations, and the corporate power elites on the interlocking boards of directors at Blackrock, Vanguard, State Street and Fidelity. Those four financial investment houses own a controlling share of almost every one of the world’s largest corporations, including the largest banks.”[i]

The multitude of prophetic signs combined with the stranglehold that the globalists already have on the governments and world commerce tell me that the resistance we see will fail. To date, the protests have made no impact whatsoever in changing the policies of the nations where they have occurred.

IT’S TOO LATE FOR AMERICA

Noticeably missing from pages of biblical prophecy is any mention of the United States. Something must happen to remove America from its current position of power and influence in the world, and indeed it’s already happening.

Please know that I love my country and cherish the freedoms and protections it has afforded me during my life. However, the powers that control the U.S. are leading us down a dark path from which there will be no return. We are divided as never before from a self-inflicted wound that’s incurable.

I believe God’s judgment is already here and will only get worse in the coming months. Even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade later this year, it will be far too late to make a lasting impact. The wicked scourge of abortion will continue unabated in many places.

Unless we put an immediate, total, and abrupt end to barbaric practice of abortion and the resulting infanticide, we will remain on the path of God’s judgment. I believe the destruction of the U.S. will happen soon after the Rapture, but the signs of America’s demise will continue to worsen until then.

Kari Jobe’s song, Amen (Simple Gospel), represents a false optimism that’s not found in Scripture nor does exist anywhere in our current world.

The church will not arise victorious and make the glory of God known in our cities. How can anyone expect such a result with the church in its current divided and apostate condition? Most churches today preach a diluted or false Gospel that renders them powerless to affect lifegiving changes in their cities. Many of them advocate the very sins tearing apart the fabric of our society. How can they be a light in the darkness?

I know of many pastors and teachers that advocate the church as our hope. I have heard this over and over from those with a wide variety of beliefs, even from those who say they believe the Bible.

However, the future only holds joy and wonder because of Christ. He’s coming soon to take us up to heaven. We have a glorious future because of Jesus.

It’s not just a matter of revival versus the Rapture; it’s that of trusting the only One with power to change the world in which we live.

 

Jesus is the One that will bring about the glorious time we know as the Millennium. Those that believe the the church will bring about such a restoration either do not know, believe, or understand Scripture.

 

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BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Luke 19:37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:

“ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

Much of the world has never studied the Bible and they look at the Bible through skeptical eyes. Rumors of supposed contradictions, Bible characters who they claim never existed, suggestions that the Bible has undergone massive changes over the years … you know what they call those objections? Fake news. The Bible is a book that can be trusted. How do we know that for sure? Biblical archaeology and Bible prophecy.

 

What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and why are they important?

https://www.gotquestions.org/dead-sea-scrolls.html

The first of the Dead Sea Scroll discoveries occurred in 1947 in Qumran, a village situated about twenty miles east of Jerusalem on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. A young Bedouin shepherd, following a goat that had gone astray, tossed a rock into one of the caves along the seacliffs and heard a cracking sound: the rock had hit a ceramic pot containing leather and papyrus scrolls that were later determined to be nearly twenty centuries old. Ten years and many searches later, eleven caves around the Dead Sea were found to contain tens of thousands of scroll fragments dating from the third century B.C. to A.D. 68 and representing an estimated eight hundred separate works.

The Dead Sea Scrolls comprise a vast collection of Jewish documents written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, and encompassing many subjects and literary styles. They include manuscripts or fragments of every book in the Hebrew Bible except the Book of Esther, all of them created nearly one thousand years earlier than any previously known biblical manuscripts. The scrolls also contain the earliest existing biblical commentary, on the Book of Habakkuk, and many other writings, among them religious works pertaining to Jewish sects of the time

The legends of what was contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls are far beyond what was actually there. There were no lost books of the Bible or other literature that there was not already other copies of. The vast majority of the Dead Sea Scrolls were simply copies of books of the Old Testament from 250-150 B.C. A copy or portion of nearly every Old Testament book was found in Qumran. There were extra-biblical and apocryphal books found as well, but again, the vast majority of the scrolls were copies of the Hebrew Old Testament. The Dead Sea Scrolls were such an amazing discovery in that the scrolls were in excellent condition and had remained hidden for so long (over 2000 years). The Dead Sea Scrolls can also give us confidence in the reliability of the Old Testament manuscripts since there were minimal differences between the manuscripts that had previously been discovered and those that were found in Qumran. Clearly this is a testament to the way God has preserved His Word down through the centuries, protecting it from extinction and guarding it against significant error.

The Dead Sea Scrolls (Patterns of Evidence)

 
 
 

Patterns Of Evidence

https://patternsofevidence.com/films/

Patterns of Evidence is a documentary film series that travels through the Bible, investigating evidence of its historical credibility, the accuracy of its transmission through the centuries, and how it impacts the modern world.

Timothy Mahoney is an award-winning investigative filmmaker, raised as a Christian, who now has the same question that many today are asking: Did the stories recorded in the Bible really happen?

In this film series, he sets off to seek answers by traveling to the locations where biblical events are said to have happened. Along the way, he interviews leading archaeologists and scholars from all over the world who argue all sides of the debate about the credibility of the Bible. The biblical stories are retold, accompanied by dramatic reenactments and special effects.

Patterns of Evidence lets the viewer draw their own conclusions as it takes them on a journey to the ancient world of the Bible. This refreshingly balanced approach is inspiring and intellectually challenging for both skeptics and believers alike, providing profound new evidence that affirms the Bible.

Thinking Man Films is the production company for the Patterns of Evidence film series and television programs. Thinking Man Media is the book publishing, curriculum development, and distribution company for Patterns of Evidence media.

Films in the Patterns of Evidence Series

Patterns Of Evidence: The Exodus

The credibility of the Bible is under attack. Many experts say there is no archaeological evidence for events like the Exodus. They claim these stories are just myths.

But that is about to change. Twelve years in the making, the critically acclaimed film “Patterns of Evidence: The Exodus” presents convincing new evidence that clearly matches the Biblical account!

Investigative filmmaker Timothy Mahoney journeyed to Egypt, Israel and throughout the world in search of answers to one very important question: Did the Exodus, as written in the Bible, really happen? What he finds is astounding! A pattern of evidence matching the six major events recorded in the Bible.

Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy

Is the Bible the inspired word of God? Or is it a book of fables and myths?

Award-winning investigative filmmaker Timothy Mahoney and his Patterns of Evidence team return with a brand-new examination into The Moses Controversy.

Mahoney was raised to believe the stories of the Bible were true. But mainstream scholars reject the Bible’s claim that Moses wrote the Exodus journey as an eyewitness account, they believe it is just an exaggerated tale. These scholars emphatically declare Moses didn’t even have a writing system like Hebrew to record it; instead, the writing of Exodus came more than one thousand years after the fact.

 

Since the Bible claims that Moses was the author of one of the greatest stories in the entire Bible—the Israelites’ Exodus out of Egypt and their journey to Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God—Mahoney realizes that the question of Moses’ ability to write its first books impacts the credibility of the entire Bible.

Traveling throughout the Middle East to see where the patterns lead, Mahoney uncovers profound new scientific evidence you have to see to believe! 

Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle Part 1 & 2

Tim Mahoney investigates one of the greatest miracles of the Bible. Did a mighty sea split? What secrets will be revealed? 

 

After leaving Egypt, the Bible describes the Israelites crossing a deep sea that was miraculously split with walls of water on their right and left. When the Egyptians and their chariot force pursued, the water came crashing back down to destroy the entire army. Are miracles of this kind even possible?

Skeptics contend that no evidence has ever been found for huge numbers of people crossing the wilderness or a mighty sea. Does the lack of evidence at the traditional sites mean the events didn’t happen, or might we have been looking in wrong places all along?

Join Timothy Mahoney in the next chapter of the series as he retraces the steps of Moses and the Israelites, looking for answers in Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle Part 1 & 2.

Hear ideas from all sides of the debate as you journey back to the lands of the Bible in search of answers to one of the Bible’s biggest mysteries; where is the lost sea of the Exodus, and what really happened there? Can a patterns approach help to solve the problem?

Most of us are familiar with the biblical account of the fallen angels in Genesis 6. These angels “left their first estate” and produced gigantic, hybrid offspring with human women, men of renown as Scripture calls them. But where are their bones today? Where is the evidence of these giants who made the Israelites feel like “grasshoppers” when they entered the Promised Land? What became of the “10-footers” that used to be housed in museums across the world? These megalithic men left behind advanced technology and gigantic architectural wonders . . . if you know where to look. Enter Nephilim explorer, Timothy Alberino, part of Steve Quayle’s new investigative team of film makers. His recent trips to Peru uncovered more fabulous evidence of a worldwide coverup. Why is this subject so important? It’s a heated battle for the seed of mankind. It’s a war between God and Satan and mankind is caught in the middle! Just as in the days of Noah! In part one of a two-part interview, Gary and Tim explore the physical evidence on Tim’s DVD, True Legends.

Cyclopean masonry? Ancient structures built with intricate precision that survived the flood of Noah? 15 foot giants airlifted out of Afghanistan by the US military under the cover of darkness? Massive telescopes searching the skies for the return of “the old ones?” Secret languages carved into the Earth’s surface? Say what? Join Gary and the increasingly popular Timothy Alberino as they discuss the subjects no one in the church dares talk about! There are dark and shocking days coming to Planet Earth. The biblical giants of Genesis 6 may be returning soon—or are they already here? Is full disclosure of Earth’s ancient past just around the corner?

Fallen Angel Technology Uncovered! 

(Prophecy Watchers w/ Tim Alberino)

Most of us are familiar with the biblical account of the fallen angels found in Genesis 6. These angels who “left their first estate” produced gigantic, hybrid offspring with human women, men of renown as Scripture calls them. But where are their bones today? Where is the evidence of these giants who made the Israelites feel like “grasshoppers” when they entered the Promised Land? What became of the “10-footers” that used to be housed in museums across the world? These megalithic men left behind advanced technology and gigantic architectural wonders . . . but only if you know where to look.

Attacking False Deceptions with True Legends

(The Sharpening Report w/ Tim Alberino)

Tonight we are joined by returning guest Timothy Alberino to talk about True Legends, possible psyops, conspiracies around the world, and the recent attack (premeditated or purely spiritual still undetermined) and attempt on his life and those of his family. Tim brings a unique perspective on preflood history as well and prophetic events unfolding currently. Without exaggerating, this is easily one of the most important interviews in TSR history and, once you watch it, you'll see why.

TOPICS:

0:00 - Introduction

1:33 - Why Steve Quayle and True Legends?

3:00 - Nephilim Fatigue

7:47 - A Look into Episodes Two and Three, Specifically Rome

14:24 - David Flynn’s Research

16:33 - David Flynn vs. The Flat Earth Controversy

18:12 - Mars, NASA Deception, Psyops, and Alien Disclosure

23:55 - Floating Theories vs. The Gospel of Jesus Christ

28:15 - Discrediting Christians for Plans of the Elite

 (Stargates, Jump rooms, Secret Space Programs, Moon Bases, etc.)

35:23 - Explanation of Equipment Malfunction and Difficulties

37:10 - To Kill or Discredit?

41:15 - Recent Information about the Possible Murder Attempts on Timothy and the Alberino Family

47:33 - The Power of Christians in Unity Under Jesus Christ

55:19 - All Christians’ Involvements are Equally Important

1:06:57 - Importance of Children Understanding True Scripture

1:19:50 - Viewer Questions

1:20:58 - True Legends Episode 2 Information

1:26:56 - Future Episodes of True Legends

1:30:41 - Cain, Hybrids, Pre-Adamic Races, and Serpent Seed Theory

1:51:10 - The Different Judgments of the Serpent and Satan

1:58:19 - The Genetics of Cain Surviving the Flood

2:13:22 - Unexplained Fascinations in Timothy’s Travels

2:17:09 - Atlantis in the Bible and the Antichrist

2:31:36 - Timothy’s Future in Writing Books

2:36:01 - Dragons and Dinosaurs

2:40:20 - End of Viewer Questions

2:40:59 - Contact and Ordering Information

2:42:38 - Final Thoughts (Tim Alberino is Confused by Dinosaurs)

2:46:27 - Conclusion

 

The Supernatural Seed War 

(Prophecy Watchers w/ L.A. Marzulli)

It’s always exciting when L.A. Marzulli joins us. His worldwide travels in search of the biblical Nephilim is a fascinating journey into the ancient past. Have you ever wondered why God would destroy His entire creation in the flood of Noah? Could it have something to do with the infiltration of the Nephilim we read about in Genesis chapter 6? L.A. believes the Nephilim fled the Promised Land leaving behind physical proof all over the world, gigantic, megalithic architecture with no human explanation. Even our greatest engineers can’t explain how these massive monuments and abandoned cities were constructed.

 

Join Mondo Gonzales as he gives an archaeology update on the importance of a recent synagogue discovery, the archaeology of the tribulation period and more evidence supporting Roman crucifixion.

 

BIBLE PROPHECY

Every Christian wants to be blessed by God, but it seems that so few today want to do what God says to do to experience that blessing. That is, get busy studying Bible Prophecy. Believe it or not, God has actually promised a three-fold blessing for those who would read it, hear it and take it to heart, over and over again, day after day. However, many Christians today not only refuse to study Bible Prophecy, but they even says things like, “Don’t make me read this! Don’t make me hear this week after week! Don’t make me take this to heart! This is freaking me out! Stop!” And they miss out on God’s wonderful blessing. Therefore, this study, Why Should I Study Bible Prophecy, reminds us of three wonderful reasons why studying Bible Prophecy is in fact a blessing to us. It reminds us that we’re going to heaven. It reminds us we’re going to the Millennium and it reminds us that we’re going to see our KING. Are you sick and tired of focusing on nothing but your problems, your pain and this wicked world system? Then get back to studying Bible Prophecy and be blessed beyond measure! That’s why you should study Bible Prophecy. --Billy Crone

Prophecy is history written in advance. Fulfilled prophecy attests to the supernatural origin of the Bible. Scholars and skeptics from all walks of life, in all nations, and in all generations have debated the truth of the Bible. Yet in all those generations, among all those scholars and skeptics, and given all the accumulated knowledge of medicine, history and archeology, science has yet to disprove a single word of the Bible's 31,102 versus!

2Pe 1:16 For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. …19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

No book in human history has ever endured more challenges to its accuracy. The Bible contains nearly 800,000 words, and each has stood the test of millennia. No prophecy of scripture has ever failed, there is only those yet to be fulfilled. God offers this to us as proof that He is who He says he is. The Old Testament tells us that God gave us prophecy so that the people of the Earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ 11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.

Bible prophecy is given to mankind to validate and authenticate the word of God – and it is a promise as well as a prediction.  Unbelievers and Christian liberals argue that the Bible is man’s search for God. But fulfilled prophecies prove the Bible is God’s revelation to man! There are 6,641 prophetic verses in the Old Testament and 1,711 prophetic verses in the New Testament – that’s almost 1/3 of God’s Word!

Prophecy has validated the Bible as the Word of God, but why should we care about Bible prophecy now?

Literal fulfilment of prophecy told us of the First Coming of Jesus. Mathematicians state these odds this way:

  • 1 person fulfilling 8 (of the 109) prophecies:

    • 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 (that is 1e17)

  • 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1e157

  • 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!

 

Literal fulfilment of prophecy is also telling us that Jesus is about to return the 2nd time!  We are living in Biblical times NOW!  Hundreds of Biblical prophecies have been fulfilled within the past century – many within our lifetimes.

  • Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
    8 A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

 

  • Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

 

  • John 13:19 Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He. 

 

  • Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
    Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’

 

This is the first time in history that all of the prophetic scenarios that were predicted are in view. We are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than about any other period in history, including the time when Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea. Everything is now coming together in the perfect prophetic storm. We are, quite literally, being plunged into the climax of human history!

 

There is prophecy and each and every book of The Bible. The Second Coming is mentioned in 23 of the 27 books of the New Testament. Of the 46 Old Testament prophets, less than 10 speak of Christ's First Coming, but 36 speak of his Second Coming. And Jesus himself said that he was coming back again 21 times in the New Testament.

 

The Bible clearly teaches that the understanding of end time prophecy will be progressive in nature – we will understand more of the prophecies as we get closer to the time of their fulfillment.

  • Daniel 12:8 Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” 9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.

 

  • Jeremiah 23:20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.

 

  • Jeremiah 30:24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not return until He has done it, And until He has performed the intents of His heart. In the latter days you will consider it.

We are now in the last days of the end times. Today there are approximately 100 million American church members who have very little to no understanding of Bible prophecy. These church members are from replacement theology churches that don't teach Bible prophecy and who look at prophetic scriptures as allegorical, and not literal. Consequently, they do not understand the importance of Israel to God, or of God's redemptive plan for Israel and the nations. These church members have no understanding of the Biblical significance of what is transpiring today in Israel, Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, North Korea and in other Middle Eastern nations. They are also unaware of the significance of the formation of the European Union, new ID technologies, and much more.

  • Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
    Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
    Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

 

The good news is that those who understand Bible prophecy are fully aware of the significance of Israel (God's time clock) and are watching the times with great interest and expectancy.

Clips from several videos used to create these for a Bible Study

The Importance of Bible ProphecyDr. Charles Ryrie
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The Importance of Bible Prophecy (Lamb & Lion Ministries)

Is Bible prophecy vital to our Christian faith?

 
 

How much of the Bible is prophecy?

https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-prophecy.html

Prophecy accounts for a major portion of the entire canon of Scripture. Numerous books in the Old Testament contain prophecy—some include short statements about the future, and others feature entire prophetic visions. In the New Testament, almost every book contains some prophecy, with Revelation being wholly devoted to a prophetic vision.

By one count, about 27 percent of the Bible is predictive (Payne, J. B., The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, Baker Pub. Group, 1980, p. 675). This means that, when written, over one fourth of the Bible—more than one in four verses—was prophetic. Professor and theologian J. Barton Payne lists 1,817 prophecies in the Bible (ibid., p. 674). The consistent relation of prophecy in the Bible is staggering; on top of that is the amazing accuracy of those detailed prophecies.

At least one half of all biblical predictions have already been fulfilled precisely as God had declared. Because of God’s faithfulness in fulfilling these prophecies, we can be assured that He will fulfill the rest of the prophecies in Scripture without fault (see Numbers 23:19).

Prophecy in the Bible can be divided into two broad groups: fulfilled and not yet fulfilled. Some examples from these generalized groups include the following:

Fulfilled Prophecies: • The first coming of Christ (e.g., Deuteronomy 18:15–19Numbers 24:17Daniel 9:25–26Micah 5:2). • Jesus as the Savior of mankind (e.g., Genesis 3:15Isaiah 53:4–5). • Prophecies regarding individual people, such as the doom of Jezebel (2 Kings 9:10). • Prophecies regarding Israel, such as in the case of Israel’s exile to Babylon (2 Kings 20:18Jeremiah 34:3). • The destruction of the temple, which occurred in AD 70 (Matthew 24:1–2). • Daniel’s prophecies about the rise and fall of many kingdoms (Daniel 7:2–616).

Prophecies Still to Be Fulfilled: • The second coming of Christ (Zechariah 14:3–4Matthew 24:44Acts 1:10–11Revelation 1:7). • The rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). • The tribulation (Daniel 9:27Matthew 24:15–22). • The resurrections of the saved and the unsaved (Daniel 12:1–31 Corinthians 15:20–23Revelation 20:11–15). • The millennial reign of Christ (Psalm 72:7–11Zechariah 2:10–11Revelation 20:4). • The restoration of Israel (Jeremiah 31:31–37Romans 11:26–27). • The new heavens and new earth (Isaiah 65:172 Peter 3:13Revelation 21:1).

Some prophecies have a double fulfillment, one nearer to the time of the prophet and one further in the future. We see this in Isaiah 7:14, for example. The birth of a child served as a sign for King Ahaz, but the prophecy also pointed forward to the virgin birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:22–23). Some interpret Jesus’ explanation of the signs of the end times as having been fulfilled in some sense in AD 70 yet also signaling a future, more complete fulfillment during the end times tribulation.

Other prophecies have been fulfilled partially and are awaiting complete fulfillment. An example of this is found in Jesus’ quotation of Isaiah 61:1–2, in which He declares the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. In the synagogue, Jesus read from the scroll: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19). He then proclaimed Himself as the fulfillment of that prophecy. But He had stopped reading in the middle of Isaiah 61:2. The reason is simple: the first part of that verse was fulfilled by Christ in His first advent, but the second half, concerning “the day of vengeance of our God,” was not. The Day of the Lord is still to be fulfilled in the future.

The amount of prophecy in the Bible is one of the things that make it unique among religious books. There is absolutely no emphasis on predictive prophecy in the Qu’ran or the Hindu Vedas, for example. In contrast, the Bible repeatedly points to fulfilled prophecy as direct proof that it is God who speaks (see Deuteronomy 18:221 Kings 22:28Jeremiah 28:9). Given God’s omniscience, it should come as no surprise that the Bible contains so many clear predictions or that those predictions are literally fulfilled: “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9–10, ESV).

 

10 REASONS WHY BIBLE PROPHECY (ESCHATOLOGY) IS IMPORTANT

  1. Bible Prophecy shows that God speaks the truth

    • 30% ​of the Bible is God letting us know how future events will unfold before they actually happen

    • It shows that He is the one in charge and that He exists outside of time

    • He knows everything and whatever God says, you can take it as truth

  2. Bible Prophecy proves that the Bible is God's Word

    • The Bible is the only holy book ever created that contains genuine fulfilled prophecies - fulfilled prophecy

    • This proves that the Bible is truly God's word, and so we can place our faith and trust in its author

  3. Bible Prophecy shows that God is in control - He is sovereign

    • Sovereign means that God is ultimately in control of every single detail

    • Bible prophecy puts that fact on display like nothing else can

  4. Bible prophecy demonstrates God's love

    • He has a plan for our lives - No other faith outlines this in detail

    • We are not just floating around on a big spinning orb out in some outer space location with no purpose and no meeting

    • Many believe that God has crafted a purpose for every person He has made - because He loves His children, God has planned a destination for the faithful. 

  5. Bible prophecy describes God's plan

    • God provides many specific details about His plan for the ages

    • This plan shows how God is working to bring humanity back into a right relationship with Him and how we shall dwell in a blessed time of peace, righteousness and fellowship with our creator

    • Bible prophecy tells us - and it is very specific and very purposeful - how His plan will unfold through future Bible prophecy

  6. Bible prophecy demonstrates God's might 

    • Jesus Christ is going to return one day (as promised) in might and power to victoriously defeat Satan and his minions and to set up his kingdom

  7. Bible prophecy proves God is worthy

    • He alone is worthy of us living our lives trying to please Him through obedience and acts of love

    • Even though God is far greater than we are, He still has a use for us and that is to serve in fellowship with Him

    • Why should we serve in fellowship with Him? Because He alone is worthy of our obedience and praise!

  8. Bible prophecy promises evil will be punished

    • You know bad people commit bad things, often without ever facing punishment for their crimes. And yet bible prophecy promises that swift justice is coming.  The evil in this world does have an end to it!

  9. Bible prophecy prepares us to get right with Him

    • By God's grace and through His love our Heavenly Father lets us know ahead of time exactly what he is going to do

    • We know exactly what judgments are coming as well exactly what blessings and restoration are coming

    • He grants us the time to prepare and get right with Him

  10. Bible prophecy does give us hope

    • The Lord wants us to understand how the future will play out

    • Sure there are valleys in life we must traverse and there are terrifying times (like the tribulation) which are hard to even comprehend (in which the church escapes), but prophecy is meant to give us hope that this evil age will end.

    • Jesus will return as promised to rapture His church before the tribulation begins

      • He will defeat evil

      • He will institute His thousand-year kingdom of peace and righteousness and justice

      • We gain hope knowing that the Christian's final destination is to dwell in peace with our creator forever in the eternal state

 

God is perfect - His promises are true.

  • Bible prophecy assures us that God knows what he is doing with our lives. 

  • In this soon passing world, we can have a sure hope in that fact.

  • Won't you look ahead and trust him? Won't you look around and serve Him? Won't you look back and thank him?

  • But always look up and expect Him - He is coming soon sooner rather than later!

Evangelical Leaders Urge Pastors Not To Forsake Teaching Bible Prophecy, Talk End Times

https://harbingersdaily.com/evangelical-leaders-urge-pastors-not-to-forsake-teaching-bible-prophecy-talk-end-times/

Pastors who refuse to preach about Bible prophecy are failing to “teach 20 to 40 percent of the Bible,” said Jack Hibbs, pastor of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Southern California. 

Hibbs’ remarks came as part of the Prophecy Q&A event held at Calvery Chapel where the pastor was joined by Jan Markell, the director of Olive Tree Ministries, Pastor Barry Stagner of Calvary Chapel Tustin in Costa Mesa, California, and Amir Tsarfati, the founder of the nonprofit organization Behold Israel.

Hibbs urged pastors not to forsake teaching prophecy, adding that “The book of Revelation, Chapter 19 tells us that ‘Jesus Himself is the Spirit of prophecy.’ Jesus said, ‘I give you these things in advance, so when they happen you will know that I Am … the self-existing eternal God.’” 

He added that at some seminaries, Bible prophecy is no longer being taught, which he said is problematic because courses in eschatology teach about the prophetic Word given by God, about the Messiah and about salvation.

“People are going to go pay $100,000 to go get their doctorate in theology and come out expected to become a pastor of a church and the world around them is being prophetic, whether they like it or not,” Hibbs said at the event. “It’s happening and they don’t know what to do. They don’t know what to say, so they avoid it because they have never been taught in the seminaries.” 

“That’s not a good start. Watch out where you’re going to seminary if you’re going. It’s sad,” Hibbs lamented. 

Even Jesus rebuked His disciples when they didn’t believe in prophets and prophecy, Tsarfati said, because they “missed” out on the plan of the God of salvation who is the Messiah.

“As far as I’m concerned, when they leave prophecy out … it’s the number one sign of the woke and progressive and that’s the progression of the world,” Tsarfati added. “The progression of the believer is when they realize it was Jesus. The progression of the church that is not into Jesus is [going] down to the road of shame, embarrassment and sadness.”

While he stressed that pastors should be teaching prophecy, Tsarfati said people shouldn’t stop attending a particular church simply because it doesn’t teach about prophecy. Because, he added, “being around other Christians is important.”

Christians in these scenarios, he said, should seek out knowledge about biblical prophecy and prophets from other avenues if their churches do not offer that information. 

“How many times have you encountered people who say, ‘we don’t have any church around 10, 20 miles [of us]?’ I’m saying this: if that’s the only church around, go there and take food supplements. And the supplements are online — watching others teaching Bible prophecy because you don’t get that in your church,” Tsarfati advised. “If they’re the only church around, you don’t want to not go to church. You need that fellowship.”

When asked about his thoughts on progressive preachers, Stagner said he avoids listening to preachers that deny the existence of prophecy and prophets.  

“I don’t listen to this nonsense. … It takes me too quickly to the phrase ‘shut up,’ Stagner responded. “If you hear [in church] more about improving your this-life-situation and solving society’s woes, than you are hearing about being equipped to get people into the Kingdom of God, leave.”

Stagner said that, unfortunately, all throughout the world, many people are “forced” into the only available churches in their communities that have pastors who are intimidated by the idea of teaching about prophecy. He said there should be no excuse for pastors avoiding parts of the Bible, and every pastor should put in the effort to study the Scriptures to fully understand all parts of the Bible. 

“Prophecy and prophets are part of the Book. It needs to be taught as you come upon it in Scripture. You can’t just skip over those things because they’re hard,” Stagner advised. “If we skipped over everything that was hard or difficult, we would be teaching John 3:16 every week because everybody knows that. But there are things in Scripture that are hard to deal with.”

“These things require a lot of study and homework to understand them fully and completely — especially in light of times that we live in today. And it takes that effort to get in there and mine those things out. And not everyone is willing to do that. But they should be,” Stagner continued. 

As the event came to a close, the panelists discussed how they view the End Times and how in the last days, “the anti-Christ will come on Earth.” 

Hibbs predicted that the U.S. dollar will “collapse.”

“Scripture says [the anti-Christ] is going to deceive the world. Something economically has to collapse: the U.S. dollar soon, with what’s happening, and there’s going to be a need for a new economy,” Hibbs estimated. “The anti-Christ is going to have the answer and he’s going to bring peace because there’s going to be mayhem.”

If a believer is not eagerly awaiting the expectation of Jesus’ return, Tsarfati said, “there is something terribly wrong with their understanding of the Scriptures.”

“The believer has to have that expectation for the return of Jesus to take him out of here. And if he doesn’t have it, he never probably studied [Scriptures] to understand how important it is and [there’s] a big problem with your Christian understanding if you don’t have that,” he said. 

The speakers all agreed that the world won’t stay the same during the tribulation.

“The whole geopolitical landscape is going to change during the tribulation. … Everything’s going to change during the tribulation,” Stagner said.

“Everything’s going to change in a moment,” he added. “If you’re heavenly-minded, you will want to do more good because you’ll want to take people with you. We have a mandate from God: the Great Commission. Rescue those who are drawn toward death. We are here to save souls. That’s exciting. To act on behalf of God. Christians will be able to handle whatever comes their way during the End Times.”

While echoing predictions of End Times events, Tsarfati added that the world will welcome the anti-Christ to bring peace amid chaos. Christians, he said, should recognize that Jesus said He is coming back and “He wants to find his followers doing His business.” 

 

“People will celebrate the death of the people of God. The moral standard is going to change so dramatically. It’s going to be horrific. In the future, beheading will be the practice of the governments of the world,” he predicted in reference to the tribulation period. “He who will not take that Mark of the beast when the beast will be here ruling the world, his head will be chopped off. It’s not going to be a crime.”

Hibbs stressed that Christians, however, won’t have to face the tribulations associated with biblical End Times: “Can we be clear that if you’re a born again Christian and believer you won’t see that.” 

 

Five reasons pastors don’t teach Bible prophecy

https://hopeforourtimes.com/five-reasons/

Talking Prophecy with Tom Hughes 

(Lamb & Lion Ministries w/ Tom Hughes)

Why pastors refuse to teach Bible prophecy

  1. They don’t understand it

  2. They fear offending members of the congregation

  3. People will be scared

  4. People might not tithe if they think we’re close to the end

  5. Fear of looking like the loony-tune fringe

 

Why they should teach Bible prophecy

  1. Prophecy is an amazing apologetic

  2. Prophecy is the best evangelistic tool today

  3. Rightly taught, it is a motivator to do good and have a ready heart

  4. Other reasons to teach end times prophecy

Prophecy fills the Bible. End times prophecy touches every person alive today. Jesus taught on it. So did John, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude. Yet only a small percentage of churches teach this crucial part of God’s message to our generation.

Some pastors don’t teach it for theological reasons. They don’t believe it, don’t think it applies to us, consider it symbolic, or whatever. Others believe we’re probably living near the end of the age, but still refuse to touch the topic. They see it as an elective part of God’s curriculum. Take it or leave it.

That’s not how Jesus saw it. He reprimanded the Pharisees and Sadducees for not discerning the times. “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:2-3 NKJV)

 

More than a quarter of the Bible is prophecy — much of it yet to be fulfilled. How can we give congregations a well-rounded understanding of scripture if we leave out such a vital part of it?

Here are five reasons many pastors refuse to teach Bible prophecy

1 — They don’t understand it.

Maybe you serve as a pastor and you believe we live near the time of Christ’s return, but you don’t feel qualified to teach on such a large subject. Ask yourself this. Who qualified you to teach the Bible at all? The Lord did. His calling is His equipping. If He called you to be a pastor, He will equip you to teach all of the Bible.

I remember the first time I felt the Lord leading me to teach on the Book of Revelation. The thought of such an undertaking overwhelmed me. But God reminded me that I can teach Revelation just like any other Bible topic — through prayer and study.

 

Find a variety of commentaries. You will not agree with them all, so you will have to judge among them. Deuteronomy 19:18 describes the work of a judge in three words. “Make careful inquiry.” (NKJV) Deuteronomy 13:14 says that in judging, “You shall inquire, search out, and ask diligently.” (NKJV)

As a Pastor, you do those things regularly. Before you teach any part of the Bible, you “inquire, search out, and ask diligently.” This is the same thing. Do your homework and pray. Remember that He is your Teacher and your Qualifier.

2 — They fear offending members of the congregation.

In today’s Church, pastors often feel more like referees than teachers. People find offense in so many things, the pastor becomes gun-shy. Maybe without realizing it, he begins to preach in ways he thinks will be least likely to offend.

Other pastors see preaching as a means of getting people to feel good. People who feel good will want to have that feeling again, so they come back. Caffeine makes people feel good, too, but church is not Starbucks.

We forget that God’s word is a sword, and sometimes it divides. Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34 NKJV)

Adrian Rogers put it like this. “I would rather be divided by truth than united by error.”

 

The Bible offends. Jesus offended the elite and the religious. King Ahab paraded 400 false prophets before his throne. They told him the news he enjoyed hearing. But one prophet always told the truth, and King Ahab hated him for it. His name was Micaiah. He prophesied that Ahab would die if he went into battle. The king did die that day, and the 400 feel-good prophets fled in fear. (1 Kings 22)

Every pastor should remember that he is called to a stricter standard and is twice as accountable on judgment day. We must not seek to please men, but God. Whether it’s the Golden Rule or the Rapture, the truth always offends someone. But the fact remains — Jesus is coming again! Pastors have a responsibility to speak this truth, both to warn and encourage their parishioners.

However, offense for its own sake is never good. Much of the contentiousness over prophetic interpretation can be mitigated by simply preaching with humility. These are not matters to get high and mighty over. None of us knows it all. Don’t treat those who disagree like fools. Respect them. Present your beliefs with authority, but also in meekness, bathed in prayer.

3 — People will be scared.

Bible prophecy can be unnerving. Hollywood makes money scaring people, so it loves to use apocalyptic themes. The truth can be scary. But isn’t it better to be scared and prepared, than happy and condemned?

For those who know the Lord, understanding the end times helps us to be faithful instead of fearful. Paul wrote to Timothy, “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8 NKJV)

Teach your congregation to “love His appearing,” and they will stop being afraid.

We humans fear the unknown, and yet, without divine revelation, we never know anything beyond the moment in which we’re living. We don’t exist in a state of perpetual fear because we are able to look at the past, and extrapolate some notion of the future. But we don’t know. We make educated guesses. You could be sitting in your home reading this, and a piece of “space junk” fall out of the sky, through your roof, and hit you on the head. None of us knows what the next second, or the next nanosecond, will bring.

Thankfully, God has not left us in the dark about the really important things. He has given us revelation. We associate the terrible things prophesied for the end times with the word “apocalypse.” That word means to “uncover, or reveal.” Literally, it means “revelation.”

 

Uncovering something allows us to see and understand. It gives us direction and a point of reference. We stop stumbling in the dark, and begin to walk in the light. Dorothy and her friends went through many trials in Oz, but they always had “the yellow brick road.” Because of that, they always knew where they were and where they were going. It gave them orientation.

To be lost in a dangerous land is infinitely more frightening than to be in the same place with a road map. You look at the map (Bible prophecy), and say, “Okay. That’s scary, but it’s happening as it was supposed to happen. Everything’s good. God is still in control!”

 

4 — People might not tithe if they think we’re close to the end.

The study of end times Bible prophecy does not cause people to place selfish concerns ahead of Christ. It does the opposite. If your congregation believes the Lord is coming soon, they will be less self-centered and more God-centered. They will be better church-members, better husbands and wives, better parents, better people, and, yes, better givers. They will be less likely to build up treasure selfishly, and more likely to live generously. They will become more eternity-minded, and less temporally-minded.

Seeing prophecy fulfilled in our time, reminds us that the end will come, and may be coming soon. A reminder of His soon coming is a reminder to invest in eternity, and stop trying to build on that which will pass away. (Matthew 6:19-21)

While talking about His coming Kingdom, Jesus said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray.” (Luke 21:34-36 NKJV)

Christ’s answer to being “weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of this life” is to “pray” and to “watch” for His coming. But you can only watch if you know what to look for.

Finally, if you’re a pastor preaching for tithe dollars, you need to rethink and repent. The Bible calls you some really bad things, the mildest of which is “hireling.” You need to study prophecy so that you and your parishioners will have an eternal perspective, and begin to store treasure of all kinds in heaven.

Remember that Jesus is the head of the Church. Be faithful to proclaim the whole truth and He will be faithful to take care of His Church.

 

5 — Fear of looking like the loony-tune fringe.

False and unbiblical teachers of prophecy abound. They’re on the radio, on television, and boy, are they on the internet! But these are not reasons to avoid teaching prophecy. Errors, exaggerations, and charlatans are among the best reasons for teaching the real thing. Your congregation is going to hear a lot of goofy stuff. You need to teach them the truth so they won’t be vulnerable to lies.

Now let’s look at it from the other side

1 — Prophecy is an amazing apologetic.

The prophecies of the first coming of Christ were fulfilled. They stand as evidence that the Bible can be trusted. Prophecies of His second coming work the same way, except we get to witness these events in our time, often with our own eyes.

The nations of the world seem moved as though by a hidden hand into exactly the right positions on a global chess board. What an amazing thing to see it happening before our eyes! It builds faith and draws our attention God-ward.

2 — Prophecy is the best evangelistic tool today.

The future fascinates us all, because we’re all headed that direction. The Bible says a great deal about the future, so people are likely to listen when you talk about prophecy. Evidence that Jesus is coming soon forces listeners to recognize the veracity of the Bible and gives them a glimpse of the enormity of Christ’s claims.

If Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in our day, it means that the rest of the Bible is also true. Jesus really is God the Son and really did die in our place so that our sins can be forgiven. The truth of Bible prophecy leaves no room for the wannabe messiahs of this world. It quickly becomes obvious that there is salvation in no other name.

3 — Rightly taught, it is a motivator to do good and have a ready heart.

Understanding prophecy gives us an eternal perspective on life. It shows us the proper context in which to view the things that happen in our lives. Prophecy makes us less attached to the temporal and more willing to invest in the eternal.

Peter wrote, “The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (2 Peter 3:10-12 NKJV)

Teaching prophecy emphasizes what manner of persons we ought to be — holy in conduct and godliness.

4 — Other reasons to teach end times prophecy.

Again and again, Jesus told his disciples to use Him as their example. In John 13:15, He washed His disciples feet. Then He said to them, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (NKJV)

Let Jesus also be the example in what we teach and preach. He taught a great deal about His Second Coming and the signs surrounding it. We should, too.

Jesus often said to “Watch!”

Paul wrote, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.… But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4-6 NKJV)

My prayer is that more and more Christian congregations the world over begin to “watch and be sober” so that the Day does not overtake them as a thief.

 
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