We are to watch and pray for the Lord’s return. We will help you do so by keeping our eyes on the signs of the times and reporting them to you. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So He wants to us know the signs today, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.
The Greatest End Times Sign
Nate Herbst: Let's talk a little bit about some of the prophecies concerning the greatest end times sign. We are living in a chaotic time on the planet, where so many things are happening. People are looking around and asking, "What's going on?" I can't tell you the number of non-Christians whom I've shared the Gospel with, and they too ask me, "Doesn't the Bible talk about what's going on right now?" and "Somebody told me that the book of Revelation talks about this."
Much effort has gone into understanding the sequence of events of the Great Tribulation, but very little has gone into examining the reasons for it. This study is an attempt to examine the reasons for such a terrible judgment.
A Summary of Man's Rebellion
As a whole, Man has rejected every opportunity that God has given him to demonstrate his trust in Him by obedience to Him. The rejection of God and His guidance is the "mother" of every other form of evil, key aspects of which are dealt with in this study.
What a gift this nation has been to the world, both spiritually and naturally! Through the Jews, many inventions and life changing discoveries have blessed the world in all kinds of different fields. But among the greatest gifts from God’s people was God’s Word, the Bible, which among other books contains the Torah, the Gospels and the Epistles.
The Jews also gave us the apostles, the prophets and the most important gift to the world, and that is none other than Yeshua the Messiah, the Savior of the world, the Lamb of God. God’s one and only Son whom He sent to atone for the sins of mankind by dying on the cross and overcoming death by being raised from the grave. That alone is the greatest story ever written, but this message is about how God is going to use modern Israel to usher in His Kingdom, to which there will be no end! We are living in these times. What an honor to be living in these times.
The sixth and last question looks pointedly at the book of Daniel as one of the most important prophetic books in the Bible. It contains so many great prophecies, such as the succession of world empires portrayed in chapter two and the incredible prophecy of the 70 Weeks of Years in chapter nine. With all these major prophetic messages, one message in Daniel should stand out from the rest.
So the question for our experts is this:
#6. What is the most important prophetic message of the book of Daniel?
Could Israel be the first to implement the Antichrist system?
The government authorized establishment of a committee to examine ways to eliminate cash from the Israeli economy
The government on Tuesday authorized establishment of a committee that will examine ways to eliminate cash from the Israeli economy – the better to prevent citizens from cheating on their taxes. The committee will be chaired by Harel Locker, director of the Prime Minister's Office.
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed (2 Thes 2:5-8).
It seems like every time I post anything having to do with the restrainer, I get a bunch of questions about who or what the restrainer is, or as the NIV translates it “the one who now holds it (the secret power of lawlessness) back”. The word “restrainer” is a translation of the Greek word katecho (ka-te’-kho) which can also mean “to hold back” or “hinder”.
There are two forms of preterism: moderate (partial) preterism, and extreme (full) preterism. Moderate preterism is represented by modern writers such as R.C. Sproul, Hank Hanegraaff, and Gary DeMar. While they believe the literal resurrection and second coming are yet future, the other prophecies in Revelation and Matthew 24—25 have already been fulfilled when Jerusalem fell to Rome in A.D. 70. Extreme or full preterism goes so far as to say that all New Testament predictions were fulfilled in the past, including those of the resurrection and second coming. This latter view is heretical, denying two of the fundamentals of the Faith: the physical resurrection and a literal second coming.