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Subject: Bible Prophecy

Millions scoff at Bible prophecy, considering it silly, a waste of time. Even some Christians view Bible prophecy with little interest, considering it nothing more than a distraction. Rick Warren in his book, “The Purpose Driven Life” states the following, “If you want Jesus to come back sooner, focus on fulfilling your mission, not figuring out prophecy.” God’s Written Word strongly contradicts this thinking! “Despise (suppress) not prophesyings.” (I Thessalonians 5:20) Furthermore, we have no control over the time of the Lord’s return! (Mark 13:32,33)

Since over one-fourth of God’s Holy Word consists of prophecy, it’s abundantly clear that prophecy plays an essential role in God’s teachings! “All Scripture (including prophecy) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (II Timothy 3:16) Because Bible prophecy originated from God and testifies to Jesus, Satan, a deceiver of mankind (I Peter 5:8), wants nothing more than to silence the voice of Bible prophecy since it is the revelation of God. It affirms both the sovereignty of God and the divine inspiration of His Written Word! It allows believers to peer into the future without fear, and provides a petrifying glimpse of what awaits the unbelieving: the Tribulation Period, White Throne Judgment and the Lake of Fire! (Revelation 20:11-15) Satan labors to cloak these truths with distortions and various perversions of God’s Word!

Many prophecies were given in the ‘former times’ (Old Testament) and fulfilled in the ‘latter times’ (New Testament). The ‘latter times’ being the extended period between Jesus’s birth and His Second Coming. We live, not only in the ‘latter times’, but in the last days of the ‘latter times’, a fact supported by fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled prophecies.

Isaiah 7:14 says, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Not only was Jesus’s birth fulfilled with pinpoint precision (Matthew 1:18, 23, Luke 2:6-11), but His ministry, His suffering and death were also prophesied and perfectly fulfilled, as was His glorious resurrection (Psalm 16:10/Matthew 28:5-7)! Jesus given vinegar to drink (Psalm 69:21/ Matthew 27:34) and having no bones broken (Psalm 34:20/John 19:33-36) are but two of the 33 Bible prophecies fulfilled on the very day Jesus died on the cross! Yet Satan would have us believe that Bible prophecies are foolish manmade fables and myths. Scripture declares otherwise. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men (prophets) of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21) But Bible prophecy doesn’t just belong to the past. It speaks to today and to the future and Satan wants to mute its voice, knowing that as past Bible prophecies were fulfilled without error, so, too, will be all the end-time prophecies, including his own defeat! (Revelations 20:10)

A key in Bible prophecy, Israel provides proof that Jesus’s Second Coming is advancing with rapidity. With the Jews return to Israel (1948) as predicted in Isaiah (70-681 BC), with her deserts blossoming like Eden (Isaiah 51:3), and Jerusalem becoming a ‘burden to all people’ (Zechariah 12:2-3), the Lord’s Coming draws nigh!

Jesus’s prophetic words detailing the conditions of the latter days further add proof to this fact. “…many shall come in my name saying, I am Christ: and shall deceive many…ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. …nation shall rise against nation…: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diver places.” (Matthew 24:5-12) By themselves these happenings are not proof of the last days, but when paired with numerous other foretold last day events and conditions, conditions such as growing intolerance toward Christians, increasing apostasy, gross moral depravity, political strife, and increasing government control, we are witnessing the merging and intensifying of end-time signs! (II Timothy 3:1-5) As conditions worsen, the Rapture (catching away of believers) will occur, at which time the world will be thrust into a horrifying period (Tribulation) during which many will succumb to death, die in sin, awake in Hell! (Revelation 4-19; Matthew 24:22).

But Bible prophecy need not frighten! II Peter 1:19-21 informs us that prophecy sheds a light into our dark world; a light of hope, the light of God’s Word, which clearly lights the way to Jesus! Satan desperately wants prophecy’s light extinguished, therefore, Christians, as never before, we need to be the light bearer to others, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ!

“……I am God, there is none else;… Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel (will) shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:9-11)

Satan’s time is running out. No wonder he detests Bible prophecy!

Nancy Hamilton

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