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Seven Prophecies That Must Be Fulfilled Before Jesus Christ's Return
Good News Magazine ^ | Feb 2008 | Melvin Rhodes

Posted on 02/22/2008 5:31:45 PM PST by DouglasKC

Seven Prophecies That Must Be Fulfilled Before Jesus Christ's Return

Previous generations have thought that Jesus Christ would return in their lifetimes, but they were proven wrong. Many people alive today think that Christ's return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.

by Melvin Rhodes

Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ delivered a major prophecy of end-time events, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. He was asked by His disciples: "When will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3).

Jesus responded with a description of conditions and events that would lead up to His second coming. Moreover, He said that when these signs became evident, His return would occur within one generation (Matthew 24:34). Could this be that generation?

Throughout the nearly 2,000 years since Christ gave His prophecy, many have thought that theirs was the time of His return—and turned out to be wrong, of course. But interestingly, there are a number of prophecies in the Bible that could not be fulfilled until our modern era, the post–World War II period.

1. The human race would have the ability to exterminate itself

In Matthew 24:22, describing world conditions prior to His second coming, Jesus said that "if that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive; but for the sake of God's chosen it will be cut short" (Revised English Bible).

The main message that Jesus Christ brought was of the coming Kingdom of God. This is described as "the gospel" (Mark 1:14). Gospel means "good news." While some of the prophecies concerning events prior to the establishment of the Kingdom can seem negative, we should always keep in mind that the central focus of Bible prophecy is the good news (gospel) of the coming Kingdom of God.

Matthew 24:22 shows us that if Jesus Christ does not intervene in world affairs, the human race will be faced with extinction. It's crucial to note that humanity has had the capability for self-annihilation for only a little more than 50 years, since both the United States and the Soviet Union developed and stockpiled hydrogen bombs and the world had to learn to live with "mutually assured destruction."

At that time there were only three nuclear powers ( Britain being the other). By the middle of the 1960s France and China had joined the nuclear club. Today at least eight nations have nuclear warheads and the number looks set to increase with a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Of course, the more nuclear powers we have in the world, the more likely it is that someone will use this deadly force for evil.

Although international attention has been focused on the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran during the last few years, little attention has been given to the possibility of some or all of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of radical Islamists.

During the ongoing crisis in Pakistan, the Taliban and al-Qaeda and their sympathizers have steadily gained more power, territory and influence, making nuclear terrorism more likely. Consider the consequences for the rest of the world if Osama bin Laden (or others like him) had access to nuclear weapons!

Meanwhile, Russia and China are determinedly flexing their military muscles, raising fears of a return to Cold War–era tensions.

The good news in all this is that Christians have an assurance that Jesus Christ will intervene to save mankind from annihilation. This prophecy could not be fulfilled until man had the potential for self-extinction through weapons of mass destruction. Again, only in the last 50 years has this become possible.

2. A Jewish homeland had to be reestablished in the Middle East

Geopolitically, the central focus of end-time events is Jerusalem and its environs, what many people refer to as the Holy Land.

Luke 21 is a parallel chapter to Matthew 24. Notice Luke's account of Christ's long prophecy that answered the disciples' questions: "Teacher, . . . when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?" (Luke 21:7).

In response, Jesus showed that Jerusalem would be the central focus of the political and military upheavals that would immediately precede His return: "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near . . . For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled" (verses 20-22).

Anyone living a century ago would have found these words nearly impossible to comprehend. Jerusalem in ancient times had been fought over countless times, but for four centuries from 1517 the city had been at peace within the boundaries of the Ottoman Empire. Jews lived there as a minority under Turkish rule. But this was going to change dramatically during the course of the 20th century.

It had to change for the fulfillment of Bible prophecy to take place.

The Old Testament prophet Zechariah was used by God to reveal a great deal about end-time events and the second coming of the Messiah. Zechariah lived and prophesied more than 500 years before Christ's first coming, yet his prophetic book tells us a great deal about our world of today.

In Zechariah 12:2-3 God says: "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah [the Jews inhabiting the land of Israel] and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."

In verse 9 He adds, "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."

Reading these verses, it is possible to think that they apply to ancient events, as Jerusalem has been fought over repeatedly down through the ages. However, chapter 14 makes clear that this is talking about future, not past, events. The time setting is immediately before Jesus Christ's return.

"Behold, the day of the Lord is coming . . . For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity . . . Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.

"And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south" (Zechariah 14:1-4).

Clearly the last few lines of this prophecy remain to be fulfilled.

Further in this same chapter we read of how those nations that came against Jerusalem will have to go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Jesus Christ (verse 16).

These chapters of Zechariah are a prophecy about the events that precede and include the second coming of Jesus. A Jewish-controlled Jerusalem is notice-ably the central focus.

Shortly before Zechariah, another Jewish prophet named Daniel lived during the time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. His book speaks of the Jews' daily sacrifices being cut off in the end time (Daniel 12:11; see verses 1-13)—an event that had a forerunner in the temple defilement under Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes in the second century B.C.

However, Jesus Christ confirmed this as a future event to precede His return (compare Daniel 11:31; Matthew 24:15). This means that these sacrifices must first be reinstituted in Jerusalem—requiring Jewish rule over the city.

One hundred years ago such developments were hard to imagine for the simple reason that no independent Jewish political entity existed in the Middle East.

After rebelling against the Romans in A.D. 66 and again in 132, Judea was crushed and most of the remaining Jews were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. No Jewish homeland existed again until 1948 when the modern nation of Israel was established.

An independent Jewish homeland was merely a dream for a small group of zealots a century ago. It moved a step nearer during World War I, when forces of the British Commonwealth took control of Jerusalem from the Turks in December 1916. A few months later, the British government pledged itself to the establishment of an independent Jewish homeland in the ancient lands the Jews had inhabited for centuries.

It was to be another 30 years before the dream was realized in 1948. Yet since then tiny Israel has had to fight wars for survival in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and has suffered countless terrorist attacks and threats of annihilation from hostile neighbors determined to eliminate the Jewish state.

Once again, here is a prophecy that can now be fulfilled in our time.

3. The end-time king of the North and king of the South

In Daniel 11 we find an amazing prophecy about two leaders, the kings of the North and South, the heads of regions that were geographically north and south of the Holy Land. To understand this prophecy we have to go to the time of Alexander the Great, who lived near the end of the fourth century B.C., 200 years after Daniel.

Alexander figures prominently throughout the book of Daniel, even though Daniel did not know his name and never knew him personally. He couldn't have, since he died almost two centuries before Alexander appeared on the world stage.

But God revealed to Daniel that after Babylon, Persia would arise as the greatest power of the region, to be followed in turn by Greece. Not surprisingly, the prophecies regarding the rise of Greece are centered on Alexander the Great, one of the greatest conquerors in history.

Daniel 8 gives a vivid account of the coming clash between Persia and Greece. As you read it, remember that a horn symbolizes royal power and authority. Persia had "two horns and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last." This refers to the Medo-Persian Empire, the coming together of two nations or peoples. As foretold here in verse 3, the Persians rose to greatness after the Medes.

In verse 5 we read of Persia's later defeat by Alexander the Great: "And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the west, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes" (verse 5).

The "notable horn" or royal leader was Alexander the Great. The prophecy about his army not even touching the ground is a reference to the incredible speed with which he conquered the known world. All this was achieved in a very short time. Alexander died in 323 B.C. when he was only about 33 years old.

Even his sudden, unexpected death was prophesied: "The male goat grew very great; but when he became strong, the large horn was broken, and in place of it four notable ones came up toward the four winds of heaven" (verse 8).

When Alexander died, his empire was eventually divided between four of his generals—the four "notable horns" mentioned here. Two of these established dynasties would have a profound effect on the Jewish people, caught in the middle between them. These two dynasties were the descendants of Seleucus, who ruled a vast empire from Antioch in Syria, north of Jerusalem, and Ptolemy, who ruled Egypt from Alexandria.

Daniel 11 is a long and detailed prophecy about the dynastic conflicts between these two powers, their respective leaders being referred to as "the king of the North" and "the king of the South." Of great significance is that whenever they went to battle against each other, the Jews got trampled on. This was to continue from the time of Alexander until the middle of the second century B.C., a period of almost two centuries.

Then, suddenly, the prophecy jumps down to the end time.

In verse 40 we read: "At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them and pass through. He shall also enter the Glorious Land [the Holy Land], and many countries shall be overthrown" (Daniel 11:40-41).

While we don't have space here to cover all the details, the latter part of Daniel's prophecy of the North-South conflict describes a clash of civilizations between the leader of a soon-coming European superpower—a revived Roman Empire (successor to Seleucid Syrian rule)—and a leader who is the successor to the Ptolemaic rule of Egypt, which is now part of the Islamic world. (To learn more, request or download our free booklet The Middle East in Bible Prophecy.)

We now see geopolitical conditions lining up for this inevitable clash. Here is yet another prophesied circumstance for which the stage has now been set within our lifetime!

4. An end-time union of European nations

In Daniel 2 and 7 we see prophecies about four great gentile empires that would arise in the period between the time of Daniel and the coming establishment of the Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44). Daniel was himself living in the first of these great empires (Daniel 7:4) as a Jewish exile in ancient Babylon.

Following the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C., Persia would become the greatest power, to be followed by Greece (verses 5-6). After Greece came the Roman Empire, "dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong." This empire was to have "ten horns" and would continue in some form until the establishment of God's Kingdom at Christ's return (verses 7-9).

As we saw in the previous section, horns represent leaders or governments. Here these 10 horns symbolize 10 attempts to restore the Roman Empire to the power it had in ancient times. Various attempts at a restoration have taken place since the fall of the Western Roman Empire in A.D. 476. A final attempt is to be made shortly before Christ's return.

We find more details in Revelation 17. Here we read of a final attempt to revive the Roman Empire by "ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast" (verses 12-13).

They will also "make war with the Lamb [Jesus Christ], and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings" (verse 14). Again, it is clear that this prophecy is still future.

Previous attempts to forge a united European empire, from Justinian in the sixth century through Charlemagne, Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler, all involved force. The final resurrection of the Roman Empire will not be attempted in the same way.

Revelation 17 suggests this will be a voluntary union. When these 10 leaders receive power, they will then give their authority to a single leader. Scripture refers to both this individual and the new superpower he leads as "the beast"—acknowledging it as the continuation of the four gentile empires prophesied in Daniel, each one depicted as a beast or wild animal.

Only now is it possible for this to be fulfilled.

In 1957, the Treaty of Rome was signed by six European nations that formed the European Economic Community. Today the EEC has grown into the European Union (EU) with 27 member nations. Out of these will likely come the 10 nations or 10 leaders that form the final resurrection of the Roman Empire. (For more details, read "The Coming European Superpower" beginning on page 13.)

Some have speculated that the 10 kings referred to in this prophecy will be leaders of 10 regions of the EU that will redraw the boundaries of Europe, ending the present nation-states. The Bible is not clear on exactly which 10 regions or nations will configure the final revival of the militaristic Roman superpower—only that this new superpower will indeed emerge just before Christ's return.

However, it wasn't until the 10th nation, Greece, was admitted in 1981 that any conceivable fulfillment of this prophecy was even possible.

5. End-time rise and fall of Israel and Judah

" Israel" was the new name God gave the biblical patriarch Jacob in Genesis 32. The 12 tribes of Israel were descended from his 12 sons. These tribes later formed a united kingdom.

It's been almost 3,000 years since the kingdom of Israel was split in two. Ten of the 12 tribes of Israel rebelled against King Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon and grandson of King David. The Bible continued to refer to these 10 tribes as Israel while the other two tribes (Judah and Benjamin) that remained loyal to David's descendants were known as the kingdom of Judah or simply Judah.

Sometimes Israel is referred to as the northern kingdom and Judah as the southern kingdom. Dominant among the northern tribes were to be the descendants of Jacob's son Joseph through his sons Ephraim and Manasseh—prophesied by Jacob to be the chief nations of the world in the last days (Genesis 49:1, 22-26; compare Deuteronomy 33:13-17).

About 200 years after the kingdom split, the northern tribes of Israel fell to Assyria and were deported by the Assyrians to the northern parts of their empire. Often referred to now as the lost tribes, they later migrated northwest across Europe, eventually settling in new homelands far from the Middle East.

The kingdom of Judah fell to Babylon more than a century after Israel's deportation, but its people were not lost to history. We know them today as the Jews.

The name Ephraim is sometimes used representatively in Scripture for the entire northern kingdom, though it can also refer solely to the descendants of Joseph's son of that name—prophesied to become a "multitude of nations" (Genesis 48:19). Remarkably, this promise to Ephraim was fulfilled in the British Empire and Commonwealth.

Ephraim's older brother Manasseh was also prophesied to become a great nation (same verse), separating himself from the multitude of nations. This prophecy would be fulfilled in the formation, growth and dominance of the United States of America.

In a revealing prophecy regarding the United States and Britain, Jacob (Israel) said, "Let my name be named upon them" (verse 16). References to " Israel" in end-time prophecy often refer to the United States or the English-speaking countries of the British Empire or both. Sometimes " Israel" can mean all 12 tribes. We have to look at specific verses in their context to see which is meant.

"Judah," however, always refers to the Jews, the descendants of the house or kingdom of Judah. We must also understand that the modern nation called Israel is really Judah, made up of Jews. (For much more detail, download or request our free booklet The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy.)

Understanding this critical part of biblical history will help us more fully comprehend a passage of Scripture in the book of Hosea, which is a prophecy about Ephraim (the multitude of nations—Great Britain and some of those nations that came out of her). It warns of destruction to follow the end-time ascendancy of the Israelite nations.

In Hosea 5 we read a prophecy that mentions Israel, Ephraim and Judah: "The pride of Israel testifies to his face; therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them" (verse 5). The prophecy continues: "With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the Lord, but they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them. They have dealt treacherously with the Lord, for they have begotten pagan children. Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage" (verses 6-7).

New moons occur a month apart. A new moon "devouring" them would seem to mean that Israel, Ephraim and Judah will all fall within one month.

This prophecy was not fulfilled in ancient times. As already mentioned, ancient Judah fell to Babylon more than a century after Israel fell to Assyria. Yet in the end it appears they will fall together—within one month of each other. This prophecy remains to be fulfilled.

Remember that Israel gave his name to Ephraim and Manasseh, the ancestors in turn of the British and American peoples. As Ephraim is mentioned separately in this prophecy, the reference to " Israel" must apply to the United States, which is now the more dominant of the two nations.

For two centuries prior to World War II, the roles were reversed with the multitude of nations—the British Empire—a greater power than the single nation, the United States. But today America is the greater.

"Judah" refers to the Jewish people, particularly those who now constitute the modern nation in the Middle East that calls itself Israel.

Here then is a prophecy regarding all three nations—the United States, Britain and Israel (Judah). According to this prophecy, it appears that all three will fall within the span of a month. Verse 6 shows these nations turning back to God, but finding it's too late. Because of their sins, He will let them suffer defeat and collapse.

This prophecy could not have been fulfilled until after the rise of Britain and the United States as world powers in the 19th century and the formation of the Jewish state of Israel in the 20th.

Lest the idea seem outlandish, consider that Israel and the United States are perhaps the most maligned and criticized nations on earth. Among Muslim hard-liners, America is commonly called "the great Satan" and Israel and Britain "the little Satans."

6. The gospel will be preached in all the world

In His major end-time prophecy, Jesus answers the question posed by the disciples: "When will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3).

After listing a number of signs of the nearness of His coming, He reveals that "this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come" (verse 14).

The gospel is the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. This message could not be preached around the world without the Bible and freedom of religion. Both came gradually with the ascendancy of the English-speaking peoples from the 16th century until the present day.

However, it was only with the technological advances of television and radio and other means of mass communication after World War II and their widespread acceptance that it became possible to reach hundreds of millions of human beings with the message of the Bible. The gospel of the Kingdom of God will continue to be preached to all nations as long as we have the freedom to continue The Good News magazine and our other media efforts.

Even so, during the last 50 years it has not been possible to reach all countries. The former communist nations did not allow freedom of religion. China, with one quarter of the world's people, still does not. Other nations also try to suppress the publication of biblical truth and even the Bible itself. Many Islamic nations do not allow religious freedom. In some countries people risk the death penalty for changing religion.

But the Internet is changing everything. It is much harder for governments to control. The gospel message of the coming Kingdom of God is still going out to the world. It will finish when God has decided that His work is completed and the time is right for the final end-time events to take place.

This is yet another prophecy that could not be fulfilled until recent times.

7. Instant worldwide communications and God's final witnesses

Another end-time Bible prophecy could not be fulfilled until this era of instant worldwide communications.

In His major end-time prophecy of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, Jesus gave an outline of disasters that would occur on the world scene with increasing frequency and magnitude—to the point where people would be shaken with fear (Luke 21:26). Discerning an increase in the scale of these events and reacting to them requires knowing about them.

At the time this prophecy was given, it could be many months or years before people heard about various disasters—and many they would never hear about at all, much less be able to put together the fact that catastrophes were on some kind of global increase.

Only with the proliferation of newspapers and other forms of mass communications did this become remotely possible. Yet the level of awareness and consequent fear in many that Christ speaks of implies an even greater availability of information—possible only since the development of rapid electronic communications.

In any case, only with the technological advances of the last few years has it become possible for the events in Revelation 11 to occur—for people around the world to see the fate of God's final two witnesses.

These two witnesses, reminiscent of other biblical prophets like Elijah and Elisha, will carry God's final warning to the world in the last 3 1/2 years leading up to Christ's return.

"And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days . . . When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

"Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth" (verses 3, 7-10).

Note that people the world over will be able to see their dead bodies during the 3 1 ⁄ 2 days that they lie on display in Jerusalem. This was not possible before satellite television, portable communications devices and the Internet. Again, only in the last few years has it become possible for this prophecy to be fulfilled. It still lies in the future, of course, but only now it is clearly possible for this to take place.

Will this generation see God's Kingdom established on earth?

We have seen how seven biblically prophesied circumstances could not have come to pass until recent times. In fact, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 was clearly a major turning point in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as was the acquisition of the hydrogen bomb by the two superpowers of the 1950s that led to the period of mutually assured destruction.

All has now become possible. This, in turn, makes it much more likely that our generation will live to see Jesus Christ return and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. After all, Jesus Himself said that once these things begin, the generation alive at that time "will by no means pass away till all these things take place" (Matthew 24:34).

It's both sobering and encouraging to think that we appear to be living in the generation that will ultimately witness the most important event in the history of mankind. As Jesus Christ tells His followers in Luke 21:28, "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." GN



TOPICS: General Discusssion; History; Religion & Culture; Theology
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1 posted on 02/22/2008 5:31:51 PM PST by DouglasKC
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Interesting.


2 posted on 02/22/2008 5:33:25 PM PST by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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After listening to Chris Matthews, I thought he did return already. Wasn’t he the guy debating Hillary last night?


3 posted on 02/22/2008 5:37:18 PM PST by tips up
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To: DouglasKC
Good News Magazine? I guess it doesn't get any better than this?
4 posted on 02/22/2008 5:42:59 PM PST by vetvetdoug (Just when one thinks life is strange, it gets stranger.)
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To: tips up
After listening to Chris Matthews, I thought he did return already. Wasn’t he the guy debating Hillary last night?

That may be the "other" guy he was talking about...

5 posted on 02/22/2008 5:44:29 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: swmobuffalo
Interesting.

Indeed and a good study...

6 posted on 02/22/2008 5:45:31 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: vetvetdoug
Good News Magazine? I guess it doesn't get any better than this?

The return of Christ and the establishment of his kingdom IS good news indeed and it doesn't get much better than that. :-)

7 posted on 02/22/2008 5:54:11 PM PST by DouglasKC
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#4 is incorrect.

A revived Roman Empire would NOT be a group of European nations.

The heart of the Roman Empire was Mediterranean nations.


8 posted on 02/22/2008 5:57:07 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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#4 is incorrect. A revived Roman Empire would NOT be a group of European nations. The heart of the Roman Empire was Mediterranean nations.

This interpretation is based upon the fact that the current European Union has it's roots in the Treaty of Rome.

Can you elaborate on the interpretation you're presenting?

9 posted on 02/22/2008 6:03:20 PM PST by DouglasKC
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It’s a shame you posted such a great article on a Friday night! I’d love to discuss but after a long week, I’m just tired. There are so many indications of the Lord’s return.

There is Daniel sealing up the book until the end of times, significant.

There is God made the earth in 7 days, a day is like a thousand years. The old testament lasted 4000 years when in Hosea, 6:2, God said in 2 days I will revive you (speaking of Isreal), in 3 days I will restore you. Israel was restored in either 1947 or so or after the 8 days war in 1968 but in either case, restored in this century.

So 4 days (or 4 thousand years) and add 3 days (the time Jesus was in the earth before being brought to be with the Father) and now 3000 years since that happened, so a total of 7 days or 7 thousand years (remember a day is like a thousand years). For some reason, God likes 7.

And then of course, there’s the Mayan calendar that went for a thousand or better years after their demise, it ends 2012.

This probably all sounds kooky because I’m not up to discussing tonight. Utlimately, yes, I think it’s close.

Look for a 7 year peace agreement between Israel and Palestine and then for 2 witnesses to be killed and seen the world over. At the time this was written, no one could imagine how they could be seen the world over but with television, it will happen. Also there was the verse where when Jesus came back, the entire world would see. Only with our technology of today, can that happen.

Have at it, but I do think the time is near.


10 posted on 02/22/2008 6:10:25 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: DouglasKC

I am glad you are ready. I am forever worried that I am not ready and acceptable for the coming. Its one test I don’t think I will ever have studied and acted enough for.


11 posted on 02/22/2008 6:12:49 PM PST by vetvetdoug (Just when one thinks life is strange, it gets stranger.)
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But isn’t Turkey (Byzantium, or Rum) part of EU? That would be much of the Roman Empire, except Egypt and Libya, (and Palestine)
12 posted on 02/22/2008 6:23:18 PM PST by NathanR ( Duncan Hunter for SecDef)
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To: vetvetdoug
I am glad you are ready. I am forever worried that I am not ready and acceptable for the coming. Its one test I don’t think I will ever have studied and acted enough for.

I think everyone has doubts and fears and the ones who are the most confident that they've "made it" probably haven't yet.

Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Mat 7:22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
Mat 7:23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'

I don't think worry is the attitude Christians should have, but assurance tempered with humility and obedience should be the proper attitude.

13 posted on 02/22/2008 6:25:12 PM PST by DouglasKC
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If, as the Bible is best interpreted, the 4th kingdom of Daniel is the Roman Empire, which I think it is, then we must look at the actual Roman Empire and not at some European federation.

There is nothing in the bible that says, "European Federation." But, we do know who is the Prince of the people to come....Rome. We do know the 7-hilled city...Rome.

The Roman Empire was primarily the nations of the Mediterranean basin. On the northern shore, now European; on the southern and eastern shores, now Arabic.

Here is a paragraph from an article on the "Barcelona Process" link Interestingly in involves a fledgling union of nations, "The Five Plus Five." (Note: 5+5=10)

It always pays to keep our eyes open and not get hung up on interpretations that are opinions.

The “Five plus Five”The creation of the “Five plus Five” in July 1990—originally estab-lished as the “Four plus Five” and later enlarged to include Maltalater in 1990—was aimed at developing cooperation between Spain,France, Italy, Portugal, and Malta, on the one hand, and Algeria,Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritania on the other. Discussiontopics included natural resource management, economic links andfinancial assistance, immigration, and culture. The “Five plus Five”very soon encountered serious obstacles, the most important ofwhich was the international embargo on Libya. The absence ofEgypt, friction between Algeria and Morocco over the Western Sa-hara and Algeria’s internal instability also undermined the initiative.The “Five plus Five” excluded military security discussions from theagenda; in that regard it presented a unique approach and may have --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

14 posted on 02/22/2008 6:26:08 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: vetvetdoug

None of us are ever really ready, however, with a simple prayer asking Jesus into our hearts and asking Him for His eternal forgiveness … we will be more than acceptable in God’s eyes. From that point we are forever washed in the Glorified Blood of Jesus and crucified with Him on the Cross. The crucified blood of Jesus will cover all sins, if only we ask.

That is the promise of the Gospels.


15 posted on 02/22/2008 6:30:28 PM PST by doc1019 (Remember always, God is still in control.)
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To: vetvetdoug

Don’t give up.


16 posted on 02/22/2008 6:33:03 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: ozarkgirl
There is God made the earth in 7 days, a day is like a thousand years. The old testament lasted 4000 years when in Hosea, 6:2, God said in 2 days I will revive you (speaking of Isreal), in 3 days I will restore you. Israel was restored in either 1947 or so or after the 8 days war in 1968 but in either case, restored in this century. So 4 days (or 4 thousand years) and add 3 days (the time Jesus was in the earth before being brought to be with the Father) and now 3000 years since that happened, so a total of 7 days or 7 thousand years (remember a day is like a thousand years). For some reason, God likes 7. And then of course, there’s the Mayan calendar that went for a thousand or better years after their demise, it ends 2012.

Thank you for your response. God does indeed love 7!

As far as timing I agree with the thousand years as a day scenario. The "7th" day will be the milleniel rest, foreshadowed by the 7th day sabbath created at the beginning of creation.

However, I think it depends on where God marks the end of the 6th "year". Is it 2000 years AFTER the birth ofr Christ, or could it be 2000 years AFTER the death of Christ? If death, then it could be around 2030 or so. I tend to lean toward that time frame because man can get a whole lot worse than we are now. But then again God only knows.

17 posted on 02/22/2008 6:33:16 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: vetvetdoug

The wonderful thing about salvation is that it doesn’t depend on us, Jesus did it all. We simply accept the free gift He has given us. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

We need to repent and ask for forgiveness. Because of what He has done on our behalf, we will do things for others but it is not a condition of salvation.

I am amazed that when God looks at sinful me, He sees Christ’s righteousness. Wow how incredible.


18 posted on 02/22/2008 6:38:15 PM PST by GOPPachyderm
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To: xzins
The Roman Empire was primarily the nations of the Mediterranean basin. On the northern shore, now European; on the southern and eastern shores, now Arabic. Here is a paragraph from an article on the "Barcelona Process" link Interestingly in involves a fledgling union of nations, "The Five Plus Five." (Note: 5+5=10) It always pays to keep our eyes open and not get hung up on interpretations that are opinions.

That's certainly a possibility. The article does have this caveat for those who think they have it all figured out:

Some have speculated that the 10 kings referred to in this prophecy will be leaders of 10 regions of the EU that will redraw the boundaries of Europe, ending the present nation-states. The Bible is not clear on exactly which 10 regions or nations will configure the final revival of the militaristic Roman superpower—only that this new superpower will indeed emerge just before Christ's return.

19 posted on 02/22/2008 6:39:07 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
So why did the United Church of God take Herbert W. Armstrong's name off of the books in the links (I could find his name nowhere, but I certainly recognize his speil). And who did the editing (Joseph Tkach, Sr. perhaps?) It's easy to spot the revisions in the .pdf versions at the website, and they didn't even bother changing the American flag/British flag cover of the 60s edition of "The United States and Britan In Bible Prophecy" (which dates to at least 1948). The Armstrong original Worldwide Church of God materials are available today from the Philadelphia Church of God with Armstrong's name still on it and I presume his copyrights still intact.

I'm not trying to start a row, I have no dog in the fight and Armstrong died in '86 (not to be confused with his renegade son Garner Ted, but that's another story). I've followed the schisms in Armstrong's WWCOG for over forty years - call it an amusing hobby, but I've never come arcoss this outpost of Armstrongism. Is the United Church of God comprised of followers of Tkachism and haters of Flurry's Philadelphia group who carry on the HWA banner or is this a Garner Ted offshoot?

I did look on the "About" page at the UCOG site and saw that the church "began as a formal assembly in 1995" but there's not much to that breif "History". I'm just interested in who's behind recycling H.W. Armstrong's teachings without mentioning him. Who are you folks? I hope you can answer, but I won't get my hopes up.
20 posted on 02/22/2008 6:40:27 PM PST by Drumbo ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats." - Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein))
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To: Drumbo
I'm not trying to start a row, I have no dog in the fight and Armstrong died in '86 (not to be confused with his renegade son Garner Ted, but that's another story). I've followed the schisms in Armstrong's WWCOG for over forty years - call it an amusing hobby, but I've never come arcoss this outpost of Armstrongism. Is the United Church of God comprised of followers of Tkachism and haters of Flurry's Philadelphia group who carry on the HWA banner or is this a Garner Ted offshoot? I did look on the "About" page at the UCOG site and saw that the church "began as a formal assembly in 1995" but there's not much to that breif "History". I'm just interested in who's behind recycling H.W. Armstrong's teachings without mentioning him. Who are you folks? I hope you can answer, but I won't get my hopes up.

United was begun by many who left the Worldwide Church of God after they abandoned biblical doctrine. It's the largest of the so called "splinter" groups that broke off Worldwide.

From UCG's website A Brief History Of United Church of God.

Many of the current ministers and members of the United Church of God were once members of the Worldwide Church of God, a nonprofit corporation under the leadership of Herbert W. Armstrong until his death in 1986. A subsequent unwarranted shift toward nonbiblical practices and beliefs led numerous ministers and members to leave the fellowship of that organization.
Concerned with uneven administrative practices of the former assembly, more than 100 ordained ministers developed a new administrative structure that was more directly accountable to members and the ministry.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

21 posted on 02/22/2008 6:48:26 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

“E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, and night shall be no more. They need no light nor lamp nor sun, for Christ shall be their ALL.”

From a choir anthem we sang in college 45 years ago. It is more beautiful now than when I was young.


22 posted on 02/22/2008 6:51:23 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: kittymyrib
“E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, and night shall be no more. They need no light nor lamp nor sun, for Christ shall be their ALL.” From a choir anthem we sang in college 45 years ago. It is more beautiful now than when I was young

It is beautiful. I always interpret that passage to mean that we'll be in a different spiritual realm with Christ so we won't need a lamp or the sun...those being physical objects needed for physical things.

23 posted on 02/22/2008 7:03:29 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC

Thank you for responding. Definately not followers of Tkachism then and I presume put off by Flurry’s axe-grinding perhaps? I’ve bookmarked it all for further study FRiend. Thanks again and God bless.


24 posted on 02/22/2008 7:16:35 PM PST by Drumbo ("Democracy can withstand anything but democrats." - Jubal Harshaw (Robert A. Heinlein))
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To: Drumbo
Thank you for responding. Definately not followers of Tkachism then and I presume put off by Flurry’s axe-grinding perhaps?

I can only offer my personal opinions as United doesn't officially take one. And since I'm not really familiar with either one, my personal opinions probably don't mean much. :-)

I’ve bookmarked it all for further study FRiend. Thanks again and God bless.

Thank you. I hope your study is profitable and God bless to you too.

25 posted on 02/22/2008 7:26:42 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Diego1618

fyi....


26 posted on 02/22/2008 7:49:02 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
Thank you for the ping Douglas!

It's been almost 3,000 years since the kingdom of Israel was split in two. Ten of the 12 tribes of Israel rebelled against King Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon and grandson of King David. The Bible continued to refer to these 10 tribes as Israel while the other two tribes (Judah and Benjamin) that remained loyal to David's descendants were known as the kingdom of Judah or simply Judah.

In my opinion....this is a big stumbling block for many. If you cannot separate the Children of Israel in scripture....you cannot understand prophecy. Many prophecies for the end times are made to both houses....some to only one house. If you do not know this....you are quite possibly putting the wrong events on the wrong people at the wrong time!

Scripture never mentions the return of Israel from Assyria [II Kings 17:22-23]. Scripture speaks volumes of the return of Judah from Babylon....200 years later [Ezra and Nehemiah]. During the first century Josephus tells us where Israel still is [Antiquities XI, Chapter 5, Paragraph 2]. He even tells us that Judah (Benjamin and Judah) are the only tribes under the control of the Romans. This was very common knowledge in the first century....but since then history has lost track of the Nation of Israel. Prophecy tells us that they will be spread throughout the world by the end times [Amos 9:9] and [Hosea 1:10] tells us they will be like the sands of the seashore.....uncountable as well.

But....yet, most people....reading in scripture of end time Israel....think only of a little country in the Middle East surrounded by hostile Muslims. They should be placing the prophecies of Judah on this little country instead.

27 posted on 02/22/2008 8:41:18 PM PST by Diego1618
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To: DouglasKC
For now, because it is so late, all I can say is WOW!!! I have a special love for Joseph and have read the Bible through and through but somehow I missed noting some of the verses referenced. I have always been fascinated with Joseph's blessings and how they play out. Joseph was highlighted mightily during my salvation experience by The LORD (when I knew next to nothing Biblically speaking). Thank you.
28 posted on 02/22/2008 10:35:15 PM PST by Bellflower (A Brand New Day Is Coming!)
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To: doc1019
None of us are ever really ready, however, with a simple prayer asking Jesus into our hearts and asking Him for His eternal forgiveness … we will be more than acceptable in God’s eyes. From that point we are forever washed in the Glorified Blood of Jesus and crucified with Him on the Cross. The crucified blood of Jesus will cover all sins, if only we ask.

Thank-you for your eloquent presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

29 posted on 02/23/2008 4:10:08 AM PST by Quester
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To: Diego1618
But....yet, most people....reading in scripture of end time Israel....think only of a little country in the Middle East surrounded by hostile Muslims. They should be placing the prophecies of Judah on this little country instead.

Definitely my friend. Thanks for pointing it out. It makes a huge difference and makes the prophecies come alive.

30 posted on 02/23/2008 7:50:24 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Bellflower
For now, because it is so late, all I can say is WOW!!! I have a special love for Joseph and have read the Bible through and through but somehow I missed noting some of the verses referenced. I have always been fascinated with Joseph's blessings and how they play out. Joseph was highlighted mightily during my salvation experience by The LORD (when I knew next to nothing Biblically speaking). Thank you.

You're welcome. It does make for a fascinating and uplifting study. Knowing that the Lord always keeps his promises is encouraging indeed.

31 posted on 02/23/2008 8:29:14 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC; Alamo-Girl; airborne; American in Israel; AnimalLover; auggy; backhoe; backslacker; ...
END TIMES PING LIST PING. . . . . and all the ships at sea . . . Please let me know if you want on or off the ping list.

Am looking for someone who'd feel led to manage a backup copy of the ping list in case I'm unavailable for whatever reason. Duties would consist of managing to update the Word file as FREEPERS sign-on/off and to ping the list when you felt fitting. MarySecretary has been doing a good job but I don't want the hassle bothering her with her health concerns and stresses.

I essentially agree quite a lot. I have had torn feelings about "British Israel" over the years . . . feeling there was some validity for such contentions yet being somewhat skeptical. I'd love to see what the Nat Geo's DNA studies show on that score--not disclosed last I checked. They must have some data on it by now. It seems highly likely to me that at least the tribe of Dan did end up in Denmark--which would make my Step-Dad a full blood child of Jacob.

I don't think we have crystal clear Biblical specifics about the timing of Christ setting foot on the Mt of Olives vis a vis the Gospel being preached to the whole world--but I expect that the Gospel has to be preached to the Whole world before THAT and quite possibly before His coming in the air to CATCH AWAY His Church.

I found the King of the North and King of the South part interesting and likely true.

I have had an increasing sense of . . . calm urgency . . . is the best way I can describe it . . . that Believers really need to be walking close to God, learning to hear and obey His Voice.

I believe that the UFO/ NEPHILIUM/ FALLEN ANGEL/ WATCHER phenomena is in the midst of being rachetted up wholesale. ALL the folks I know who've watched it most closely are convinced that's the case.

The end result is, of course, the coercion of the world's citizens into a global government.

It appears that my long held conviction that some 'ET' races will play the role of 'bad cop' and some the role of 'good cop' is to be the case. I believe that this was partly what President Reagan was referring to when he mentioned 5 TIMES publically that the world would unite if we were threatened by aliens from space.

I think most believers are near totally to totally unprepared.

Guy Malone's websites:

And

are the best websites I know from a Biblical perspective that explains what the whole mess is about and the spiritual warfare that can be necessary to deal with it in Jesus' Name and Blood. Guy has helped many individuals as well as families who've been plagued by such entities for generations to break totally free. He had his own experiences during his teen years IIRC.

I realize that the above is ragingly fierce scoff material for many even Believers. My 45+ years long collection of puzzle pieces as well my reading of Scripture and my sense of Holy Spirit within me have left me with absolutely no doubt at this point. Scoff away, if you are so compelled. And then be prepared to reap the fruit of such scoffing.

For those with eyes to see and ears to hear . . . fear is not to be our brief--unless it's the reverential awe/fear of The Lord God Almighty. And, I do believe that the Peace that Passes understanding can and will be ours IF WE WALK CLOSE TO GOD, obedient to His word and voice.

Believers need to understand that a world figure will appear . . . hopefully, after we are CAUGHT AWAY for the Marriage Supper of The Lamb. Regardless, a world leader will appear convincing even Israel and likely some luke-warm' pseudo-Christians that he is the true Messiah. The global government; the UFO related technologies and forces; all the political leaders and RELIGIOUS leaders around the world will give more or less unified assent within a realtively short time.

Counterfeit miracles are already scheduled. Fatima was just an early volley. The BIBLICAL GREAT DECEPTION has been underway for some time and will become exceedingly more impressive and convincing for masses of folks--many those you love.

Accept only that which comes through The Cross of Jesus; through His Blood, so to speak and only from those confessing that He came in the flesh etc.

Prayerfully yours,

32 posted on 02/23/2008 9:09:47 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Quix

For some reason, my html coding of the websites was flawed and I didn’t catch it on PREVIEW:

HTTP://WWW.ANCIENTofDAYS.NET

HTTP://WWW.ALIENRESISTANCE.ORG


33 posted on 02/23/2008 9:12:37 AM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: DouglasKC
This is what gives us “hope”. Hope in the belief that Christ will return soon and we can have real peace for ever and ever and ever. In this world there will NEVER be peace. Only through Christ will peace be real and lasting.
34 posted on 02/23/2008 9:26:09 AM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: Quix
I essentially agree quite a lot. I have had torn feelings about "British Israel" over the years . . . feeling there was some validity for such contentions yet being somewhat skeptical. I'd love to see what the Nat Geo's DNA studies show on that score--not disclosed last I checked. They must have some data on it by now. It seems highly likely to me that at least the tribe of Dan did end up in Denmark--which would make my Step-Dad a full blood child of Jacob.

Thank you for your response Quix. Out of all the doctrine I believe this requires the most extra-biblical study. Two proofs I find convincing are:

1. The United States has always considered itself a Godly, Christian nation. Not quite a theocracy, but with a strong sense that God is guiding and blessing our nation. Manifest destiny comes to mind. A very large percentage profess belief in God.

2. Circumcision - Although it's not a salvational issue under the new covenant, the circumcision rate in the United States is still somewhere in 70% range...down from a high or 90 something percent. I think it's very interesting that the circumcision rate began to rise as the United States came into prominence in the world. Circumcision is of course what marked a physical Israelite as an Israelite. This of course isn't proof, but is interesting speculation.

UFO etc....I think it's a very real possibility that when Christ returns "in the clouds" that it will be portrayed as an alien invasion and this is why so many will fight against him. But again, this is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt. :-)

35 posted on 02/23/2008 9:35:29 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: doc1019

Indeed. Otherwise, we are all lost.
susie


36 posted on 02/23/2008 9:39:33 AM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: DouglasKC
Several more things come to mind as well One is what GOD has done before He will do again. Mankind has passed through two major steps related to knowledge and a concern GOD had that we reach a capability of self generated eternal life. Once at the Garden of Eden then again at the Tower of Babel. The third time is upon us this hour. Our technology is far beyond our wisdom and yet man seeks to create life and gain knowledge without wisdom in all things in our cursed bodies and sinful minds which is not GOD's plan.

Next is Elijah. Indeed he came again {John The Baptist} and I believe the third one lives amongst us today although he will go home before the Second Coming. The one telling all Made way for the LORD. This man is telling us make way in our hearts which is how salvation is received. I won't say the name but he has help lead more to Christ and preached to more persons in his lifetime than any other person in mans history.

The next will likely raise some eye brows but I see it also as true. GOD called out Noah before judging the world. GOD called His People out of Egypt before passing judgment on it's people. Third round? I believe He will call His Chosen out as well before judgment {The Tribulations} take place on this earth. As earth is in kaos below the Wedding Feast is underway on high. Thus the prophecy of the ten virgins.

The dream Daniel had was sealed and not to be understood till later when reveal, communication, and knowledge increase. Indeed much of the prophecies can be seen as having happened or conditions prevalent for them to happen. His dream was not to be understood till the final age. By those who seek to understand it. The world as a whole who rejects Christ will not.

37 posted on 02/23/2008 10:04:14 AM PST by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: cva66snipe
Several more things come to mind as well One is what GOD has done before He will do again. Mankind has passed through two major steps related to knowledge and a concern GOD had that we reach a capability of self generated eternal life. Once at the Garden of Eden then again at the Tower of Babel. The third time is upon us this hour. Our technology is far beyond our wisdom and yet man seeks to create life and gain knowledge without wisdom in all things in our cursed bodies and sinful minds which is not GOD's plan.

Excellent point. Whenever man believes he no longer has to rely on God, or where he believes his own wisdom makes God obselete, then God lets us know where we stand.

Next is Elijah. Indeed he came again {John The Baptist} and I believe the third one lives amongst us today although he will go home before the Second Coming. The one telling all Made way for the LORD. This man is telling us make way in our hearts which is how salvation is received. I won't say the name but he has help lead more to Christ and preached to more persons in his lifetime than any other person in mans history.

Maybe, but be wary.

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

The next will likely raise some eye brows but I see it also as true. GOD called out Noah before judging the world. GOD called His People out of Egypt before passing judgment on it's people. Third round? I believe He will call His Chosen out as well before judgment {The Tribulations} take place on this earth. As earth is in kaos below the Wedding Feast is underway on high. Thus the prophecy of the ten virgins.

I believe God promises to protect his people, but that can be done without leaving the world. The plagues were upon Egypt while Israel was still there. They survived the death angel because they obeyed the Lord when he told them they would be spared by putting the blood of the passover lamb on their lintels.

The dream Daniel had was sealed and not to be understood till later when reveal, communication, and knowledge increase. Indeed much of the prophecies can be seen as having happened or conditions prevalent for them to happen. His dream was not to be understood till the final age. By those who seek to understand it. The world as a whole who rejects Christ will not.

Agreed and good summary.

38 posted on 02/23/2008 10:21:41 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: nmh
This is what gives us “hope”. Hope in the belief that Christ will return soon and we can have real peace for ever and ever and ever. In this world there will NEVER be peace. Only through Christ will peace be real and lasting.

Very true...thanks for posting it.

39 posted on 02/23/2008 10:22:50 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: DouglasKC
I've got my opinions on things ... but I could be very wrong too .... but on the broader subject of His return - I get ecstatic with joy! I truly can't imagine being with Him and around true Christians for ever and ever and ever. I am sad that some refuse to accept Him and reject Him - for them I am sad ... but I know that is the bitter sweet part of it - and leave that all up to Him.

I could easily walk out of our house and leave everything behind, right now, and we're comfortable to be with Him and true believers for eternity. Things aren't so important to me. I have faith that any and all wrongs will be corrected and not allowed to continue under His reign. It's truly something to rejoice about.

40 posted on 02/23/2008 10:26:50 AM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: DouglasKC
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Oh I am. Only GOD himself knows that one for certain. The man is not without sin nor wrong but neither were Elijah nor John The Baptist or it was never mentioned they were. Elijah however like Enoch was called up though.

It's just the man who is a messenger and makes no claims to be anything but just that. I don't think he even realizes what impact he has had on the modern age and actually accomplished. If he does is very humble about it. His mission in life has been to preach the Gospel to the world and he literally just about accomplished doing just that in his lifetime. Obviously modern technology has made it a lot more possible.

41 posted on 02/23/2008 10:32:29 AM PST by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: DouglasKC

thanks for the piing.


42 posted on 02/23/2008 11:37:57 AM PST by navygal (Numbers 6:24-26)
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To: DouglasKC

Bump


43 posted on 02/23/2008 11:53:11 AM PST by sport
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To: Quix
I have had an increasing sense of . . . calm urgency . . .

Well stated my friend. Do you wonder if Israel will become our enemy after the next election?

Seven
44 posted on 02/23/2008 12:31:37 PM PST by Seven_0 (You cannot fool all of the people, ever!)
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To: Seven_0

Wellllllllll,

Dilldo and Her Hideousness

treated Israel as our enemy much during their reign of terror the first time. It would be much worse if she gets in again.

And Obumma will not be much better.

Nor McChurian THAT much better than him.

Israel must pass through the valley of the shadow of death . . . a painful object lesson to all Creation that even as God’s chosen—in many respects, especially as God’s Chosen—one, a family, a group, a nation MUST be strictly and wholeheartedly obedient to God . . . not only to receive the best of His blessings, but to survive at all.


45 posted on 02/23/2008 12:41:54 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: nmh

I could easily walk out of our house and leave everything behind, right now, and we’re comfortable to be with Him and true believers for eternity. Things aren’t so important to me. I have faith that any and all wrongs will be corrected and not allowed to continue under His reign. It’s truly something to rejoice about.

= = =

INDEED! Even if I’m caught in the shower when the angel comes . . .

I just want to be VERY CLEAR from the Lord whether I’m supposed to take my bugout bag or not! LOL.


46 posted on 02/23/2008 12:43:40 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: DouglasKC

Good points.

Thanks.

LUB,

BTTT

Dear Charismatic etc Believers . . . it might be fruitful for The Kingdom to help keep this bumped for a while.


47 posted on 02/23/2008 12:44:56 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: Quix
I just want to be VERY CLEAR from the Lord whether I’m supposed to take my bugout bag or not! LOL.

Very good debates or cases can be made both sides of it. I'm Pre-Trib myself but realize even if I am wrong on that one GOD is right. It's just the way I read, understand, and a conviction given me that it is to be believed for me.

48 posted on 02/23/2008 12:50:51 PM PST by cva66snipe (Proud Partisan Constitution Supporting Conservative to which I make no apologies for nor back down)
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To: Quix
INDEED! Even if I’m caught in the shower when the angel comes . . .

I just want to be VERY CLEAR from the Lord whether I’m supposed to take my bugout bag or not! LOL.


My daughter’s biggest fear is being caught taking a bath or a shower ... ;) NAKED!! I tell her that God will see to it that she is modest in dress when that time comes. He won’t embarrass her.

49 posted on 02/23/2008 12:54:07 PM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: cva66snipe

Agreed.

Thanks.


50 posted on 02/23/2008 1:03:11 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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