Although in the past I’ve written about Bible prophecies concerning Israel and the Last Days, I suppose I’ve avoided specifically addressing those pertaining to the world and its politics, because so many ‘prophetic’ ministries just end up tickling the ears as they almost fall over each other in order to tell us what the Lord has revealed or told them. eg the most recent Jewish Feast days and Blood moons fiasco. [I’m resisting the temptation to say ‘I told you so!’] I’m sure they will have more future dates ready in their spiritual pipe-lines … while all the time denying they are date-setting of course.
On the other hand, I am delighted to say that I am finding more and more genuine, Bible – based prophetic ministries, who, far from promoting their own speculations, special revelations and theories to us, truly concentrate on what the Bible has to say. As they watch what is happening to our world and to the Church, it is becoming clearer to all Lovers of the truth, that God’s prophetic word is unfolding before our eyes.
It struck me the other day, on reading the first few chapters of the book of Acts, that the fulfillment of prophecy – as it was happening, then and there for the Disciples – was a major part of their preaching the Gospel. They confronted the Jews, and later the Gentiles, with the scripture prophecies concerning Jesus. They told them that what they saw happening was indeed the fulfillment of what God had long ago revealed through His Prophets and now through His Beloved Son.
And so, I believe it is in our day – we can use what is currently happening as a major tool in our witness to unbelievers, as faith in the Bible, God’s infallible word, has all but disappeared in our post modern world and church! At the least it should make them THINK! Some fifty years ago , in my own atheist days, atheism was still a minority view and non- militant and those who were agnostic in the matter hedged their bets and wouldn’t have mocked Jesus and the Gospel story ‘just in case’ ! People in general accepted the Bible and it was referred to as the ‘Holy’ Bible – or The Good Book. Most parents, believers or otherwise, would send their kids to Sunday School because they knew it would be a good influence.
But now, it’s a whole different ball game and those countries that were once custodians of the Gospel and considered ‘christian’ [in as far as ethics and morals were concerned] are becoming the enemies of the cross and the Christian way of life. Of course we know that all this is paving the way for the Man of Sin’s appearance on the world stage. Which I believe the Apostle Paul said is the second sign we are to watch for.
This is speculation on my part I admit – but could this eventual total apostasy of the [mainly Gentile] church be the reason God transfers His attention to the nation of Israel and entrusts the Gospel back into their hands, just as it was at the Church’s beginning? Romans 11:22-27 seems to indicate this and would explain why the Book of Revelation deals with Jewish believers and their testimony and martyrdom and [so I’ve been told] not the ‘Gentile’ Church. Not because the Church has already been Raptured but because the last Gentile has come in, and we will eventually [ on the Day of the Lord] all be raptured together, at the same time, with the dead in Christ resurrected first. Otherwise – as I’ve said before – the Rapture theory splits the one true Gospel into two – one for the Jews and the other for the Gentiles.
So – back to what is happening now, prophetically: everyone seems to agree that all the signs are pointing to the fact that we are in the ‘beginning of sorrows’ and the birth pangs of catastrophe for this world are coming closer together and are fairly taking our breath away. I’ve often said that I am no expert in any of these matters – I just read and believe my Bible and praise and thank the Lord for my salvation. But He has promised blessings to those who love the Truth [of His word] and I have really been blessed by what I read and the ministries that I’ve found I’m in harmony with.
To that end I would like to recommend the following ministries which, as well as warning about what is happening, also encourage us to take heart, comfort one another and look up to our Redeemer …. But of course, at this present time, most of these support a Pre-Tribulation viewpoint which I do not share; but I have high hopes that as events unfold, they will soon be changing their minds!
These can all be found with a Google search of their names or a search on YouTube :
John Haller – Prophecy Updates – You Tube
JD Farag – Prophecy Updates – You Tube
Jan Markell – http://www.oneplace.com – Understanding the Times – Radio broadcasts
Amir Tsarfati – Behold Israel – web site and videos
Jack Hibbs – wwwreallifewithjackhibbs.org
These all cite the following Bible passages as being significant to what is currently taking place and what we’re heading for sooner or later Psalm 83,[see note below] Isaiah 17, Zech 12,13,14 Ezek 37,38
Psalm 83: Amir Tsarfati thinks this was fulfilled in Israel’s 1967 six day war, but I’m not convinced. It doesn’t mention WAR specifically but indicates much conspiring and plotting by Israel’s enemies – which is certainly going on at the moment I think.
Please – as always – if you want to comment or put me right on anything do feel free – may the Lord bless and keep you, Maranatha! Eileen