FULFILLED PROPHECY IS PROOF THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD

Did you know that a whopping 31% of the Bible is God revealing how events will unfold before they happen? Our Heavenly Father wants His children to know what the future holds! Moreover, surely it is sufficient proof the Bible is the inspired word of God.

God’s prophetic Word has excited me and many other Christ centred ministries to alert the church to the events surrounding Jesus second coming. Lamb & Lion Ministries is one that has been faithful for over 40 years now. And they say, that excitement will never abate in the years ahead, for the Good News and hope-filled message about our Saviour’s return is what energizes their passion for evangelizing.

We want you to be invigorated by that same passion as well! And so, Todd Hampson of the Prophecy Prod podcast, and Lamb and Lion Ministries put a list together to share some of the reasons why we believe Bible prophecy exists. Many more reasons exist so I would appreciate your feedback in Comments,

10 Reasons Bible Prophecy Exists
God provides us with the true history of His world and our role in it from Creation to its prophesied end.
  1. Bible prophecy has been given to us to show that God exists. God is God. He is the Creator! He is Sovereign. He exists outside of time. He knows everything. And so, whatever God says, you can take it as the truth. So the first reason that Bible prophecy has been given to us, is so we can live by that truth.
  2. The second reason why God has given us Bible prophecy is to prove that the Bible is God’s word. The fact is that the Bible is the only book ever written that contains genuine, fulfilled prophecies. These prophecies were fulfilled to… the…”T”! Fulfilled Bible prophecy proves the Bible is truly God’s Word and so we can place our faith and trust in it and its Author.
  3. A third reason is to show us that God is in complete control. He is sovereign. Sovereign means that God is ultimately in control of every single detail. Bible prophecy puts that fact on display like nothing else.
  4. The fourth reason for God giving us Bible prophecy is to demonstrate that God loves us and that He has a plan for our lives. We are not just floating around on a big spinning orb out in outer space with no purpose and no meaning, as Atheists claim. God has crafted a purpose for every person He has ever made because He loves His children. God has also planned a destination for the faithful. He wants us to live with Him in Heaven and on the New Earth forever. And so, He gives us prophecy to show how world history will end with the faithful living forever with our loving Heavenly Father in the Eternal State.
  5. The fifth reason , God provides us with many specific details about His plan for the ages. This plan shows how God is working to bring humanity back into a right relationship with Him so that one day we shall dwell in a blessed time of peace, righteousness, and fellowship with our Creator. Bible prophecy is very specific and very purposeful so we can be confident even through the prophesied times of persecution and tribulation that He is refining His church prior to its rapture and the wrath of God being poured out on an unrepentant world.

In the next post we will add another five reasons and any that I receive in Comments that add to the story.

DO NOT LOSE HEART

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Where is your focus fixed? On the things that are transient or things that are eternal. Up to the age of 47 my focus was totally on things of this world. I was managing director of The Ramsay Group, at the time, the largest surgical, dental, scientific and medical educational company in Australia. I had a waterfront home and all the trappings of success. You can read my story in the book Build a Kingdom Business – Empowered by the Holy Spirit. What is my current focus? It is on living eternal now.

available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback from me ron@bakb.com.au

As Jesus return to this earth is not too far distant we need to start preparing to rule and reign with Jesus during the Millennium. Jesus has unfinished business with Israel. Every O.T. prophet was given a vision of their Messiah ruling and reigning the nations from a new Jerusalem. This will happen, but not prior to Christians being tested through a time of tribulation unlike anything experienced previously. Jesus told us to watch and be prepared (1 Peter 4:12-14).

God has also revealed that the resurrected saints will rule and reign with Jesus. The thousand years is a transition period from this current world which is largely ruled by Satan. He will be defeated at the end of this period, chained and cast into the Abyss for 1000 years. Even though Satan is not around to tempt people during the Millennium we are told that Jesus and the saints still need to rule with a rod of iron. At the end of the thousand years Satan and His minions are released and He is still able to raise an enormous army to come against Jesus and the Saints. Jesus of course destroys the army and Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire. God then destroys this earth with fire. The White Throne Judgement takes place after all the dead have been raised to life. Then what? John was shown the following vision.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4

And he (Angel) carried me (John) away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia (2000 km/1250 m). Its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21: 10-27

THE RAPTURE TIMING DECIDED

The following end times scholars: Chris White, Charles Cooper, Alan Hultberg, David Rosenthal, Ryan Habbena, and Alan Kurschner unite to produce this excellent video – Seven Pretribulation Problems and the Prewrath Rapture. You can watch this film as a whole or in parts. The individual parts pages below also have written transcripts available on https://7pretribproblems.com/7-problems/

The Basics: 1:45

The Precursor Problem: 6:06

The Olivet Discourse Problem: 19:28

The 2 Thessalonians Problem: 40:23

The Revelation Problem: 58:59

The Imminence Problem: 1:18:29

The Same Time Problem: 1:44:04

The Early Church Problem 1:55:39

You need to settle this issue so that you are prepared for the coming tribulation which will occur before Jesus returns to rule and reign on this earth with a “rod of iron”. God set up the nation of Israel to be His nation on earth to accomplish His purposes. During the Millennial reign of Jesus from a completely restored/restructured Jerusalem, God’s purposes for Israel will be finally realised. Satan is bound in the Abyss during Jesus 1000 year reign so it is reasonable to assume that there will be a great harvest of souls during this period. Sadly, at the end of the thousand years Satan is released from the Abyss and Scripture reveals that he is still able to get an enormous army to come against Jesus and the resurrected saints who are ruling and reigning with Him. The fact that we are told Jesus needs to rule and reign with a “rod of iron” tells us that people will still rebel against Jesus ruling according God’s commandments.

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.Revelation 20:7-10

END TIMES PROPHECY

I don’t often recommend books but this one is a must read for those interested in knowing what the Bible says about the end times. It will be a particularly valuable read for those that have been disappointed by end times authors that have proven to be misleading, if not totally wrong. Travis Snow covers a lot of ground in his book which will give you a solid eschatological foundation and encourage you to personally delve further yourself into the Scriptures, which is always profitable.

  • Why the concept of an End-Times Exodus is such a prominent theme in the Bible.
  • The truth about the Antichrist (the End-Times Pharaoh) and where he will come from.
  • Key events that will take place in Israel and the Middle East in the days ahead.
  • How the theology of the book of Revelation is linked to the End-Times Passover.
  • A straightforward chronology that explains Revelation and the timing of the Rapture.
  • How Passover is related to the famous Battle of Gog of Magog in Ezekiel 38-39.
  • The forgotten story of what Jesus is really going to do when He returns, including how He will act as a Miracle-Working New Moses on behalf of His people.
  • The prophecies that prove Jesus will go down into Egypt before He establishes His kingdom.
  • The steps the Lord’s people can take today to prepare for the end times and the Tribulation.

THE LORD IS ALWAYS AT WORK PARTICULARLY IN CRISIS SITUATIONS

Lord is always at work. In fact, it is specifically in the midst of catastrophe, crisis, and the times when it seems as though the Lord is most absent that He is actually most active. Learning to see gospel opportunities when many others only see crisis is not a skill that comes naturally. Yet it is a skill that the body of Christ must learn. The closer we get to Jesus return the more we are going to see crisis situations and catastrophes. The Bible is clear, the last seven years of history prior to Jesus return will entail Christians going through tribulation and great tribulation in the second half of the 70th Week of Daniel. We are fortunate that God has given us many prophecies concerning His Second Coming so that the church can prepare and even use the prophesied events as part of our evangelism efforts.

Is the church preparing for this period?

We are told that there is a great falling away in the church in the last days. Sadly, we see that happening in our day with much of the church compromising with the world on issues such as gay marriage, homosexuality and other LGBTQ issues.

The catastrophes of history have not been meaningless. God’s plan was that in the fullness of time, He would reveal the hero of the story who would make sense of all the suffering mankind has endured throughout the ages. From the chaos is revealed a mystery of unimaginable grace from God to His creation. More than has ever been given out, by way of indescribable human suffering, God has taken upon Himself in the person of His Son. The promised Deliverer finally came, and His tragedy was greater than any catastrophe to ever befall mankind, for God made “him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Before the first human disaster ever struck, God determined that He Himself would bear all of the suffering of man’s failures on Himself when He would come and die on a wooden cross. If we are tempted to think it has been unfair that God would orchestrate catastrophe in human affairs, can we still remain uncertain in light of this truth?

Quotes taken from the book, The Mystery of Catastrophe: Understanding God’s Redemptive Purposes for the Global Disasters of the Last Days by Joel Richardson and Nathan Graves  (Kindle Locations 119-121). WinePress Media. Kindle Edition.

 

DANIEL WAS TOLD KNOWLEDGE WOULD INCREASE

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” Daniel 12:4

The biggest global communication network roll out in history is about to begin. This prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel takes on new meaning when we consider what is unfolding in our time, in terms of increase in knowledge. There is an urgency now, to look at the 70 Weeks prophecy given to Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27) in the light of the Revelation given to John who was told contrary to Daniel, do not seal the words of this prophecy for the time is at hand.

“And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” Revelation 22:10

I’m sure you’ve heard about the coming fifth generation mobile network — or 5G — roll-out. You might have heard about the incredibly fast download speeds 5G allows, the low latency, and the awesome streaming power.

Everything in your entire house…wirelessly connected and communicating

Just this month, Amazon announced a new hardware product. It’s a microwave that can listen to your voice commands. The microwave wirelessly connects to Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa.

Alexa can already interact through voice, play music, set your alarm and update you on the news, sport and weather. Now, you can tell her to cook your potatoes the way you like them.

Wired just quoted Amazon’s senior vice president of devices as saying, ‘Just think, one day there will be thousands of these things in the home.’ We can add your office, gym and anywhere else you care to look.

LG is rolling out Google Assistant, which will have your TV talking to you. You’ll be able to change channels, check the weather and even organise your weekly shopping – without moving off the couch. And goodbye to hunting around the room looking for your remote control!

There could be 300 million smart speakers like Alexa sold by 2022.

Also coming are smart thermostats, baby monitors, security systems…and the list goes on. Billions of small, connected sensors are going to get rolled out everywhere.

Parking spots will know when cars enter and leave.

Farmers will know exactly how much fertiliser their plants need. Insurers might even know how close your car is to breaking down. The applications are endless.

The impending rollout of 5G networks worldwide happening now is going to finally usher in the long-awaited and talked about Internet of Things (IoT) reality.

This is where all devices and things are connected to the internet, communicating and sharing data.

This is what can make self-driving cars a reality…amongst many other things.

Bloomberg expects it to usher in automated manufacturing, remote surgery, driver-less cars and traffic control.

Vodafone in the UK just demonstrated a holographic phone call. A young football fan chatted with a player in front of a live audience — despite the two having the conversation being physically 190 miles apart!

Already mobile data traffic is exploding worldwide as shown by this graph. Well, 5G is going to allow the world to send massive amounts of data at incredibly fast speeds. The download speeds are going to be 10 to 100 times faster than 4G.

In September, The Australian quoted Telstra’s head of mobiles Kevin Teoh. He said, ‘We expect the implementation of 5G technology will facilitate applications and usage for mobile handsets that have not yet been imagined.’

ZDNet says it’s going to ‘…replace the future’.

The Financial Times calls it ‘…a game changer for humanity’.

And MIT Technology Review calls it ‘…the next technological revolution’ and a ‘…paradigm shift, akin to the shift from the typewriter to the computer’.

Jesus told us what it would be like before His second coming. “As in the days of Noah and Sodom and Gomorrah.”

Are you ready for Jesus return, are you prepared for the tribulation, even great tribulation in the last 2 1/2 years before the elect are raptured to heaven and the wrath of God is poured out on the ungodly.  Both books of the Bible, Daniel and Revelation, give us a detailed account of events in the last seven years prior to Jesus return to this earth, and they are unfolding just as God said they would.