Daniel 12: MSG
4 “‘This is a confidential report, Daniel, for your eyes and ears only. Keep it secret. Put the book under lock and key until the end. In the interim there is going to be a lot of frantic running around, trying to figure out what’s going on.’
Matthew 24: MSG
36 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.
37 “The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s.
38 Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark.
39 They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away. “The Son of Man’s Arrival will be like that:
40 Two men will be working in the field—one will be taken, one left behind;
41 two women will be grinding at the mill—one will be taken, one left behind.
42 So stay awake, alert. You have no idea what day your Master will show up.
1 Corinthians 13: MSG
12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
Revelation 2: MSG
7 “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God’s orchard.”
I Do Not Know Or Understand Everything!
I can say that my understanding of end-time prophecy has evolved over several decades. Certain ideologies that I once taught I no longer can declare with certainty that I hold the same view as I did in my younger years.
I believe that Bible prophecy is fluid. Time and events bring to light things that maybe a couple of generations ago could not grasp the understanding. For instance I am quite sure at the turn of the twentieth century Bible scholars did not understand the word of Isaiah in chapter 66:8
Isaiah 66: MSG
8 Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Has anyone seen anything like this? A country born in a day? A nation born in a flash? But Zion was barely in labor when she had her babies!
Yet, this made perfect sense after this prophecy was fulfilled in 1948, it was the independence of the Jewish people, the day Israel became a recognized nation.
Those disciples and followers who were witness to the ascension of Christ Jesus on the mount of Olives believed that Christ would return in their very own lifetime.
Growing up I cannot count how many sermons I heard about Christ could come back at any time. This was preached with such fervor and conviction.
It is not meant for us to know the full picture of what God has on His own time table. Yet, if we are tuned to the Spirit of God and listening and watching, God will reveal His time table a little at a time.
Isaiah 28: KJV
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
Understanding Bible prophecy takes discipline, a steady hand, and a willingness to learn. Always ready to stop and hear the Spirit of God even when it is nothing but a still small voice in all of the world’s clammer and loud noise.
1 Kings 19: MSG
11 Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before GOD. GOD will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before GOD, but GOD wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but GOD wasn’t in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake fire, but GOD wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.
Let me state strongly that there is a problem within the borders of North America that is causing many well meaning Christians down a prim rose path. Preachers travelling through the country, city by city claiming they have a personal word of prophecy for those who attend their meetings. I use to be of that crowd, but, I can no longer stay quiet. These meetings are for one thing, one thing only, raising money for the preachers own greedy lusts.
Most of my understanding of God’s Word came from me being awake in the late hours to the early hours of the day, sitting with my Bible open, notebook and pen at the ready with no other distractions around me. No radio, stereo, telephone, or other people.
Understanding is something like a treasure hunt, you have some clues of where to look, but you dig from location to location to find the small gems of truth in the Word of God.
I never try to study the Bible or even write an article in the daytime hours. Just too many interuptions.
I am so thankful for digital technology that allows me to sit at a computer and use many different translations of the Bible just to glean nuggets of wisdom. Now, if I do not take the time to put in the Word of God, it will not be there to give out. The adage that we were taught in computer classes was this, “Garbage in, garbage out”.
Now let me try to give you my perspective about the events that are happening in the daily news headlines.
I have stated previously that I do not see America in end-time prophecy. Things that are happening are given me pause. I have begun to wonder what is it that happens that America and the west are not in the picture in the last days.
We know that there is coming a man, antichrist who rises up and gains the trust of the world. He sets up a new rule of government. He gives power to a beast that ushers in a new economy based on whether or not those who wish to buy or sell have the number of man either on his right hand or the forehead.
Revelation 13: MSG
15 It was able to animate the image of the Beast so that it talked, and then arrange that anyone not worshiping the Beast would be killed.
16 It forced all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to have a mark on the right hand or forehead.
17 Without the mark of the name of the Beast or the number of its name, it was impossible to buy or sell anything.
18 Solve a riddle: Put your heads together and figure out the meaning of the number of the Beast. It’s a human number: six hundred sixty-six.
In the verses before we see a new religion formed. He will talk and act like some of the so called “faith preachers” roaming the world. He will work signs, wonders and miracles. If you chase after signs, then, you will probably fall under his charm and slick talk. He will seem like he is of God, wrong, he is a work of satan.
Revelation 13: MSG
11 I saw another Beast rising out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb but sounded like a dragon when it spoke.
12 It was a puppet of the first Beast, made earth and everyone in it worship the first Beast, which had been healed of its deathblow.
13 This second Beast worked magical signs, dazzling people by making fire come down from Heaven.
14 It used the magic it got from the Beast to dupe earth dwellers, getting them to make an image of the Beast that received the deathblow and lived.
It will take a person that truly knows the true spirit of God to have the ability to discern the true and false prophets.
I feel that “the church” in North America has become ineffectual as a witness for Christ. They are playing all sides to come out in the middle. It is in a dangerous place, their witness is weak and they are just going through the motions.
I am watching with great intense interest the events that are unfolding throughout the Asian countries.
The globalization of trade is a given. It will soon give way to a one world economy as I have already stated. The currency you have in your wallets and purses will soon be worthless. This economic crash will be far greater and a profound impact then that of the great depression the the late 20’s and early thirties of the twentieth century.
Another situation that I believe Christians who want to know where we are in the time table of God’s end-times, is the events that are taking place in the Arab countries and the nation of Israel.
Of course any student of Bible prophecy should be watching what Russia is doing. Never take your eyes off of this country. I believe that this “bear” has more planned for the region around it and also the world.
Soon everything that can be shaken will be shaken in the earth and in heaven.
Hebrews 12: MSG
27 The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.
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