PROPHECY—a very brief summary
(pROOF THE BIBLE IS TRUE AND WE ARE NOW IN THE LATTER DAYS)
SOON COMING CLIMAX
This message may be called a road sign of warning. Some may look at a sign that reads—THE BRIDGE IS OUT, and say, “Oh, someone is just trying to scare us into taking another road; let’s go on the same way.” They go on and plunge to their death. The sign was not meant to scare people, but to warn them of impending danger. The sign was put there, because someone cared and didn’t want others to die.
God wants you to know, WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS COME TO PASS (the prophecies from the Bible in this message), KNOW YE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NIGH AT HAND-Luke 21:31.
People have said the end was near many times in the past—true. But did you know the Bible shows us no prophecy of the latter days meant anything until Israel was reborn into a nation? Did you know God’s Word indicates to us a generation would not pass from Israel’s rebirth, till all be fulfilled (which includes the Rapture, the Tribulation, and Jesus Christ’s return)? A Jewish generation can be figured from the age of 20. We are in that time period now. We are not setting any dates, but are giving you a warning sign to watch and be ready.
Many people have been preaching about the latter days of the end times in churches, on radio, TV, and through books. Some include Billy Graham, Hal Lindsey, Rex Humbard, Ray Brubaker, John Hagee, David Breese, Zola Levitt, Jack Van Impe, and Peter Lalonde, just to mention a few. Even people who do not know the Bible can sense something is about to happen. To them that understand the Bible, no explanation is needed. To them that are prideful, self-centered, that love this world, that despise God’s correction, that are contentious and seeking the praise of men rather than of God, no explanation is possible-ref: Daniel 12:4,10; Matthew 24:37, 39.
A dying declaration is considered proof in a court of law. Why is this? When you are dying, it is the one time you don’t lie. Christ’s words as He was dying on the cross for your sins are evidence. Jesus said, FATHER FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO-Luke 23:34. Just before being hung on the cross, He said He was the Son of God-ref Matthew 27:43; Mark 14:62.
It has been said that it is virtually impossible for anyone to make 11 straight predictions, 2000 years into the future. There is only one chance in 8 x 10 to the 63rd power, or 80 with 63 zeros after it that such a thing could be done. If such a set of predictions existed, it would have to be the Word of God.
Consider, could you write eleven straight predictions that would take place 2000 years in the future, the year 4000 A.D.? Include the rebirth of a specific nation and exactly how it would be reborn. Include specific nations that would exist and certain nations that would be allied together, and the exact size of a nation’s army. Include what the people would be like in the year 4000. Include what the church would be like in those days. Include the names of actual cities that would exist and name certain crops and fruit trees that would exist. Do eleven straight prophecies, and be exactly correct on every single one. The Bible not only does this eleven times, but hundreds of times with absolute, perfect accuracy. If this is so, even the most skeptical person would have to agree that there is indeed a God, and the Bible has to be the Word of God. 2 Peter 1:20,21 KNOWING THIS FIRST, THAT NO PROPHECY OF THE SCRIPTURE IS OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION. FOR THE PROPHECY CAME NOT IN OLD TIME BY THE WILL OF MAN: BUT HOLY MEN OF GOD SPAKE AS THEY WERE MOVED BY THE HOLY GHOST. O FOOLS, AND SLOW OF HEART TO BELIEVE ALL THAT THE PROPHETS HAVE SPOKEN-Luke 24:25. However, believing there is a God and acknowledging the Bible is the Word of God does not save a person. A person needs to repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as their only hope of being saved. This is done by faith.
Let’s prove the Bible is true and that we are nearing the end of the last generation before Christ returns.
1. The Jewish people would be scattered worldwide; yet Israel would become a
nation again-ref Isaiah 66:8; Micah 5:3. Prophecy fulfilled. This
happened exactly as predicted on May 14, 1948. That’s 1 out of 1.
2. Israel shall be brought forth in one day, at once-ref Isaiah 66:8. Prophecy
fulfilled-May 14, 1948. That’s 2 out of 2.
3. The rebirth of Israel would happen after many days. It would occur a
long time in the future after the prophecy was made and at the time the bible
calls the latter days-Ezekiel 38:8. Prophecy fulfilled-May 14, 1948.
That’s 3 out of 3.
4. Israel would be brought forth (or reborn) “out of the nations.”-Ezekiel
38:8. Prophecy fulfilled-May 14, 1948. That’s 4 out of 4.
5. Israel must regain the city of Jerusalem-Joel 2:32; Isaiah 28:14; Ezekiel
22:19. This happened just as predicted in 1967. That’s 5 out of 5.
6. The Christian church at the time of the end would be lukewarm, neither cold
nor hot for Jesus. Prophecy fulfilled. That’s 6 out of 6.
8. There would be weapons that could destroy the world-Mark 13:20; Revelation 6:8;
Revelation 9:18; Zechariah 14:8,12. This prophecy is true. That’s 8 out of 8.
9. There would be an increase in earthquakes-Matthew 24:2,3,7; Mark 13:8; Luke
21:11. This prophecy is correct. That’s 9 out of 9.
10. At the time of the end, there would be famines in various places.
Food shortages would still exist in some places-Matthew 24:3,4,7; Mark 13:8; Luke
21:11. This prophecy is accurate. That’s 10 out of 10.
11. The Gospel must be published in all the world-Mark 13:10. This
prophecy is exact. That’s 11 out of 11.
12. In the latter days when Israel was once again a nation, there would be a
great military power to the extreme north of Israel in the land of Magog (which
is modern-day Russia)-Ezekiel 38:2-4,8,15,16. Incredible. That’s
14 out of 14.
Here are just a few more prophecies briefly given, out of the 365 that exist, regarding this latter day generation.
13. In the last days, people would be hoarding gold and silver. True. It began in the late 1970’s.
14. There would be a nation to the far east of Israel, to the end of the earth. This nation would have an army of 200 million. This is absolutely astounding. It is estimated by some that the population of the entire world at the time of Christ was only about 200,000,000. How then could the Bible have ever told the location of a nation and given such a figure as the size of its army nearly 2000 years ago? China has boasted that they could field an army of this exact figure.
15. The currency in Israel at the time of the end would be the shekel. The currency had been the Israeli pound until June 1980, when it was changed to the shekel. The Bible is flawless.
16. There would be an economic alliance of the nations of the Old Roman Empire. It would have a military capability. This is a perfect description of the European Economic Community (the EEC), which is in the process right now of adopting the one-currency system for many of their member nations. It is written, IN THE DAYS OF THESE KINGS (these nations, which is now) SHALL THE GOD OF HEAVEN SET UP A KINGDOM-Dan 2:44.
About 29 prophecies in 16 sets have been given, all perfect and all written centuries ago. The chance of any person writing 29 perfect prophecies 2000 years into the future is not possible. The Bible is the Word of God, and we have just proved it. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Repent and get baptized by full immersion. Read and obey the Gospel. God loves you. He is not willing that any should perish. The Rapture is close. Most people are not ready and will not be taken. However, “YOU” cannot say you did not know. Know and understand, Mt 16:26-WHAT IS A MAN PROFITED, IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD, AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL? OR WHAT SHALL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?
RAPTURE is a term used to describe the removal from the earth of all living people that have been born-again as evidenced by their fruits. Just prior to the Tribulation coming about, the Rapture will take place. The number that will be raptured will be far fewer than most people might think. The Bible unmistakably portrays the raptured saints in heaven before the throne of God, prior to the Antichrist coming forth and the Tribulation beginning. The Scripture tells us, in the twinkling of an eye, we shall be changed and be with Jesus in the air. 1 Corinthians 15:51,52-WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED, IN A MOMENT IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, AT THE LAST TRUMP: FOR THE TRUMPET SHALL SOUND; 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17-AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST SHALL RISE FIRST, THEN WE WHICH ARE ALIVE AND REMAIN SHALL BE CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS. We may be asleep, immediately we will be with Jesus. All the unbelievers, the lukewarm Christians, and those that did not obey the Gospel will be left to face the Tribulation.
TRIBULATION is the worst time in history since man has been on the earth.
Immediately following the Rapture, the man of sin (called the Antichrist)
comes forth and assumes control of the EEC. He can be expected to be very
charismatic and brilliant. He confirms a treaty with Israel and others,
which begins the Tribulation.
About 3½ years from the end of the Tribulation, the Antichrist (also called the beast) is killed with a wound in the head by a weapon, but his deadly wound will be healed. He will come back to life. He then declares himself to be God and moves into the temple in Jerusalem. A false prophet appears that will do great wonders. The sacrifices at the temple will be stopped. The abomination of desolation occurs. An image of the Antichrist will be set on a wing of the temple. Those that refuse to worship it will be beheaded. The elect born-again Jews now flee for their lives to a place where God will hide them and take care of them during the last three and a half years. Power is given to the Antichrist over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. All that dwell on the earth shall worship the Antichrist, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb. During these last three and a half years (called the Great Tribulation), world conditions will continue to worsen. A one-world system will be set up. The Antichrist shall make war against the saints and will overcome them. People will be required to take the mark of the Antichrist or the number of his name (666) in or on their forehead or right hand. If they refuse, they cannot buy or sell. Two prophets of God will appear. One of them is Elijah. Their ministry lasts 1260 days. They warn people not to take the mark or worship the image. There is no forgiveness from God afterward for those that take the mark and worship the image. They will go to the eternal lake of fire. These two witnesses have the power to shut up heaven that it rain not during their days on the earth. They have the power to bring all kinds of plagues on the earth. Multitudes will be slain for the Word of God. Locusts will sting men with a sting like a scorpion. It will be so bad that men will seek death and shall not find it. There will be terrible sores upon men. The rivers and fountains will become blood. Men will be scorched with great heat. Earthquakes continue to get worse and worse. Diseases will continue to get worse and worse. Two hundred million troops will march to Israel from the east and cross the dried up Euphrates River. One-third more of the earth’s population will be killed. After the 1260 days, the two prophets of God will be killed. People will rejoice, but then after three and a half days, they will arise and ascend up to heaven as people watch. Great fear falls on those that see this. Men will be so terrified that their hearts will fail, as they consider what is about to happen. Multitudes will hide in the rocks and say, “FALL ON US AND HIDE US FROM...HIM (Jesus)…FOR THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH IS COME; AND WHO SHALL BE ABLE TO STAND?”-Revelation 6:16,17.
after the tribulation of those days, the Battle of Armageddon explodes. It
lasts one day. The kings and armies of the earth are gathered to make war
against Jesus. Jesus Christ returns as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
with all His saints. If He had not returned exactly when He did, there should be
no life left on earth. The Antichrist and false prophet are cast alive
into the lake of fire. Satan is chained for one thousand years, so he can
deceive the nations no longer till the thousand years be fulfilled. Every
force of nature is likely to be unleashed at once, including killer tornadoes,
hurricanes, tidal waves, lightning encircling the earth, and the biggest
earthquake in mankind’s history. The cities and the mountains of the
world will crumble. The Bible tells that every island fled away. The
mountains were not found. There is great hail out of heaven, every stone
about the weight of 70 to l00 pounds. The earth will move out of its
place. At the end of that one day, there are so few people left alive that
a child could write the number.
If you had a sudden heart attack or the Rapture came in the next five minutes, are you sure you are ready to meet God? You may say, I believe I’m a good person. The Bible says all of your righteous deeds ARE AS FILTHY RAGS. You may be religious and go to church, but if you died right now—you would perish to hell. Why? Because you have not been born-again. You may say, “Well my church never preaches like this.” Will you trust your religion or what the Bible says? If you choose not to accept God’s way to enter heaven, then you are choosing eternal separation from God. God loves you.
must admit that you are a sinner. The Bible tells us, ALL HAVE SINNED AND
COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD. THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH.
I am going to ask you to make that decision for Jesus right now. You need to repent and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Please kneel right where you are. Can you feel God calling you right now? Is your heart pounding? You may have been baptized or confirmed, but something inside you is saying, “Be sure.” Perhaps you have strayed from God and need to rededicate your life to Jesus now. Would you rather go to be with God or the lake of fire? You have that choice right now. God wants you to receive the gift of eternal life. Are you sure there is not a sin, there is nothing that stands between you and God? But you may know there is. The Bible tells us THERE IS A WAY WHICH SEEMETH RIGHT UNTO A MAN, BUT THE END THEREOF ARE THE WAYS OF DEATH. Jesus wants you to KNOW HIM, to have a personal relationship with Him. It’s not a matter of whether you think you know Jesus, but does Jesus know you?
Right now, kneel and pray this prayer out loud, and mean it with all your heart.
We recommend you
now read your Bible every day faithfully—5 chapters a day. Begin with
the Gospel of John, and read it through three times. Next go to Matthew
and read the New Testament through three times. Then begin reading the
entire Bible in order, beginning with Genesis. As God opens up His Word to
you, obey it. Be a doer of the Word and not a hearer only, deceiving
yourself-ref James 1:22. As you are faithful, God will open your
understanding of His Word more and more.
Many people are
positive that they are saved. They base this on emotions. They may
make certain comments, such as, “I am a good person. I do what is right.
I’m not as bad as that person. I had an experience with God. I
feel that I am saved. I can feel God is with me. I know the Holy
Spirit is inside of me. I am a preacher, an elder, a prophet, or a
preacher’s wife. I have prayed, and God answered my prayer. I
believe in God. God did this or that for me. I sing in the choir.
I go to church. I praise and worship God. I give my money to the
church. I was baptized.” While all of this sounds very nice, it is
not based upon biblical knowledge. Many that are now in hell have said
such things. The Pharisees in the New Testament also could have said many
of these things, but Jesus showed them clearly they were not saved.
CALL HEAVEN AND EARTH TO RECORD THIS DAY AGAINST YOU, THAT I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU