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.
Not only will he rise to power before the world can catch its breath, but once in power he will be the most furious and destructive ruler in the history of mankind. Driven by his knowledge, he has only a very short time to rule, he will wreak havoc on our world, the kind of havoc that will make Hitler seem like a cream puff. (Da 11:44)
The Bible says he will have an introduction to the world; a sudden exposing of the man is called a revelation in the scripture, which indicates that his identity is kept largely secret until the day he is "revealed."
In this study, I'd like to take another look at Revelation 20-22 specifically for the purpose of clarifying the sequence of events that are contained therein. This won't be a verse by verse study, but will focus on what I believe to be the way John wanted us to understand what he was telling us.
Let me begin by stating once again my belief that the book of Revelation is laid out chronologically for the most part. But there are places where John followed a particular scene to its conclusion and then back tracked to pick up the story where he left off. A good example of this concerns the account of the two witnesses. Their entire 1260 day ministry was compressed into 11 verses between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments (Rev. 11:3-13) and yet it will actually span most of the Great Tribulation.
"Jesus did say there would be certain signs that would precede His coming, and that those signs would be like labor pains a woman experiences," Jeffress says on The Janet Mefferd Show.
Persecution against Christians and threats against Israel have been around for millennia, but now they're increasing in frequency.
We are now in the last days of the end times. In order to understand what is happening we have to look at them from two perspectives. One of these perspectives is the prophecies that have been fulfilled with respect to Israel. The other perspective is all of the other fulfilled prophecies that deal with the last days.
Isaiah prophesied that war will break out between Syria and Israel at the end of the age. He said that Damascus, Syria will be destroyed forever in one night (Isa. 17:1-14). Damascus has been destroyed and rebuilt many times, but it has never ceased to exist as a city in one night because no army has ever had the ability to destroy it in one night. It will cease to exist as a city in one night in the future and it will take a very big bomb to do that.
Concerning this war, Isaiah used the phrase, "In that day" three times in chapter 17 (verses 4, 9 and 10). "In that day" is a Bible phrase that refers to the end of the age. This war will take place at the end of the age.
There is a perfect economic storm rising in Russia.
Seventy percent of the Russian economy is dependent upon oil. In order for the Russian economy to break even they need to be able to sell oil at $109 per barrel. Right now the price is $59 per barrel. Despite Putin recently winning: Russian Man of the Year for the 15th straight year, he is in big trouble.
The one major failing of Putin since he came to power is that he promised the Russian people he would diversify the Russian economy and wean them off their over reliance on oil. He has failed to do so and this failure is now coming back to haunt him.
But I do want to discuss the concept upon which the novels and the film are based, and several related questions. Among them:
* What exactly is "The Rapture"?
* Is "The Rapture" a Biblical concept, or merely a fictional plot device?
* What does the term mean?
* What are the implications of "The Rapture"?
If there is a subject in the Bible that is arguably the most debated, divisive, and distorted....it is the subject of Bible prophecy. Under the umbrella of end times teaching, there are primary issues like: the Rapture, Great Tribulation, Israel, Church, and Second Coming that shape our outlook on the future and even how we live now. We will get to work on some of those issues in future articles. What we will look at now is the elephant in the room. It's a growing trend to negate Bible prophecy in our day. Believers need to answer this question with clarity and boldness:
Is Bible prophecy relevant?
Are we living in the last moments of earth's history? Are we living in the very last days?
When I came to faith in Jesus in 1971 at the age of 16, everyone was talking about Bible prophecy, and Hal Lindsey's book, "The Late Great Planet Earth," had our attention.
It seemed like everything was falling into place.
Not only was Israel reborn as a nation in 1948, but Jerusalem came back under Jewish control in 1967, which to many was a clearly momentous fulfillment of many biblical prophecies.
Yet, despite the fact that the God of the Bible clearly establishes His credentials as the one and only true God by pointing to and emphasizing His prophetic powers, the Church has a sad heritage of both ignoring and abusing prophecy.
In fact, there is probably no other portion of the Bible that has been more ignored and abused in the Christian heritage than the prophetic scriptures.
Prophecy has been abused by apostates, spiritualizers, and fanatics.