“Bible Prophecy - KEY to knowing the Future!”
Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
History recalls that there is something unique about the human race. We have a great hunger to know what the future holds! Only the Word of God can satisfy our longing to see into the future! God has placed this desire to know what the future holds …yet we may think that believers who consider the Bible - God’s inspired revelation of His will, would search its pages eagerly to understand the times we are living in, and about the period immediately preceding the Lord’s return – the time referred to as "The Last days" spoken of in about half the books of the Bible! God’s Word provides … "light for our feet and a light for our path," Psalm 119:105. In order to move forward with confidence – Prophecy shows us the next step, even though we may not be able to see a long way ahead – we are NOT left in darkness! What a tremendous blessing it is as Prophecy helps us to understand and see God’s sovereignty and control of history!
If we have any doubts about God’s ability of plans to reveal the future to us the Bible (in fact from Genesis to Revelation) we only need to look at His record. We have two prominent examples; (1) Prophecies made concerning the "First and Second Coming" of Yeshua (Jesus) and (2) The Nation of Israel. These are just a handful of many predictions made thousands of years ago – that have been fulfilled. And are still accurately being fulfilled …and are yet to be fulfilled!
Let’s look at some Scriptures regarding the life of Yeshua (Jesus):
His birth of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:24-25).
His birth at Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:4-7).
His flight into Egypt (Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15).
His being anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 61:1; Matthew 3:16).
His ministry in Galilee (Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:15-16).
His healing the sick (Isaiah 61:1; John 5:1-9).
His use of parables (Psalm 78:2; Mathew 13:34-35).
His being betrayed by a friend (Psalm 41:9; John 13:18).
His being forsaken by His Disciples (Psalm 88:8; Mark 14:50).
His being hated without a cause (Psalm 35:19; John 15:25).
His being rejected by the Jews (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:11).
His being condemned with criminals (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 22:37).
His garments being parted and divided by lot (Psalm 22:18; Matthew 27:35).
His being offered vinegar for His thirst (Psalm 69:21; Matthew 27:48).
His body being pieced on the cross - without His bones being broken (Psalm 34:20; Zechariah 12:10; John 19:36-37)
His being buried in a rich man’s tomb (Isaiah 53:9; Matthew 27:57-60).
His rising from the dead on the 3rd day (Hosea 6:2; Luke 24:46).
Scripture is unerring in ALL these points concerning the life and death of our Lord!
The second example of Biblical prophecy involves the history of the Nation of Israel…. Again the examples are far too numerous to list …but the Bible has accurately predicted the course of Israel’s history for the past 3,000 years. Here are a few specific aspects of Israel’s history long before they even occurred:
Enslavement in Egypt and deliverance with wealth from Egypt (Genesis 15:13-14).
Possession of the Land of Canaan (Genesis 15:18-20).
Turning to idolatry there (Deuteronomy 32:15-21).
Centre of worship in Jerusalem (Deuteronomy 125-6; Psalm 132:13-14).
Assyrian Captivity (Amos 5:27; 6:14; 7:17).
Babyonian Captivity (Jeremiah 16:13; 21:10).
Destruction of the 1st Temple (2 Chronicles 7:19-22).
Return from Babylon (Isaiah 6:11-13; 48:20).
Destruction of the 2nd Temple (Matthew 24:2; Luke 19:43-44).
Scattered amongst the nations of the world (Leviticus 26:33-34; Ezekiel 12:15). Persecution and oppression (Leviticus 26:36-39).
Regathering from ALL the nations (Isaiah 11:11-12; Zechariah 10:9-10).
Here are a few yet UNFULFILLED: ALL nations will come against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-3; 14:1-2).
Supernatural revelation of Messiah – Yeshua (Zechariah 12:10-14).
Messiah Comes in Glory (Zechariah 14:3-5). In light of the Bible’s proven record we can be assured that these unfulfilled Prophecies WILL soon be fulfilled too!
The Nation of Israel is the foundation of the Bible and the Christian faith… God’s intimate relationship with mankind was re-established through the Jews after the fall of Adam. They are the true chosen people of God. The Lord called them to be a "holy people" while leading them to the Promised Land following Egyptian bondage. God also repeatedly warned them of consequences that would follow disobedience and later dispersed them into the nations of the world due to their rebellion against His Word. It is the same Eternal Covenant-keeping God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who is restoring Israel to the land of their fathers at the End of this Age just as He promised. Sadly, much of the Christian Church does not properly honour and recognize the Nation of Israel nor teach on God’s Prophetic plans for His Land and people.
The nation of Israel literally lies in the centre of events that point to the return of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua - Jesus Christ. As God is always true to His Word, the Jews have returned to physical Israel and the Jewish nation was officially reborn on 14th May, 1948. One would think this event and 70 years (1948-2018) of God’s faithfulness and protection of Israel would have erased all thoughts of "Replacement Theology?" The "physical restoration" is occurring today but the "spiritual restoration" is prophetically still to come. The spiritual restoration will come about as a result of the worst persecution that Israel will ever face during the time of - "Jacob’s Trouble!" Replacement Theology has led to the much of the Church abandoning Israel even though the entire world is coming against it, led by forces of evil! The question we need to ask those who say so… "If God abandoned Israel for being "disobedient" …would He not then abandon us too in these "luke warm" days of apostasy and disobedience?" Significance in the Jewish Nation of Israel is found in the fact that our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua - Jesus Christ was brought into the world through the Jews and lived in Israel while on earth as a Jew. The scripture refers to Yeshua (Jesus) as King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-2; Matthew 27:11).
We find further evidence of the Nation of Israel as God's Prophetic “time clock” when studying the Seven Feasts of the Lord! Of the 7 Feasts, there are 3 in the spring, 1 in the summer …and 3 in the fall (autumn). Yeshua (Jesus), at His first coming, literally fulfilled the spring feasts on the actual feast day. They can be summarized as follows:
(1) Passover/ Pessach (Leviticus 23:5) pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (I Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Yeshua (Jesus) was Crucified on the “Day of Preparation” for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.
(2) Unleavened Bread - (Leviticus 23:6) – Pointed to the Messiah's sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Yeshua’ (Jesus) body was in the grave during the first days of this Feast.
(3) First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10) – Messiah's Resurrection as the “First Fruits” of the righteous. Yeshua (Jesus) was “Resurrected” on this very day; Paul refers to Him in I Corinthians 15:20 - as the “First Fruits from the dead!”
(4) Weeks or Pentecost/ Shavuot (Leviticus 23:16) – Occurred 50 days after the beginning of the “Feast of Unleavened Bread” in the beginning of summer and pointed to the “great harvest of souls” and the “gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2). The Church was established on this day as God’s Holy Spirit was poured out and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's sermon and his proclamation of the Gospel.
Since the first 4 Feasts were literally fulfilled on the actual Feast day …it is likely that the Fall Feasts will be literally fulfilled in the Lord’s Second Coming:
(5) Trumpets/ Rosh Hashanah (Leviticus 23:24) is the first of the “Fall Feasts. Many believe this day points to the “Rapture of the Church” when the Messiah will appear in the heavens as Yeshua (Jesus) comes for His bride, the Church. The Rapture is always associated in Scripture with the blowing of a loud trump, the last trump (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:52).
(6) Day of Atonement/ Yom Kippur (Leviticus 23:27) – Many believe this Prophetically points to the day of the Second Coming of the Lord, when He will return to earth at the end of the 7-year Tribulation. That will be the “Day of Atonement” for the Jewish remnant when they “…look upon Him whom they have pierced,” repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:1-6, 25-36).
(7) Tabernacles or Booths/ Sukkot (Leviticus 23:34) – Many scholars believe that this Feast day will be fulfilled as the Lord's promise to once again - “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world during the Millennium (Micah 4:1-7).
“I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up, so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things,” - Acts 15:16-17. The nation of Israel lies in the centre of events related to Bible Prophecy! Numerous prophecies of the Bible reveal that when certain events happen concerning Israel, respective Prophecies will be fulfilled. One of these Prophecies is the 70-Weeks Prophecy found in the book of Daniel (Daniel 9:24-27). The Prophecy gives specific timeframes concerning; the First Coming of Christ, His Crucifixion, the Antichrist …and finally the Second Coming of Messiah – Jesus Christ. The Lord gave “the Parable of the fig tree,” to His apostles as an indicator concerning His return to earth. He was conveying the message that when “the fig tree” (Israel) blossoms, His return would soon follow. He also spoke of Jerusalem and its trampling by the Gentiles (Matthew 24:32-33) as it relates to His Second Coming. “And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24 The Prophecy of “the fig tree was fulfilled on May 14, 1948 when Israel once again became a nation. The “Times of the Gentiles” in Jerusalem were fulfilled in June 1967. The fulfilment of the Gentiles marks the soon closing of the Church dispensation. Scripture states the generation that sees these events will also see the return of Christ! May our generation be this privileged generation – Maranatha Lord!
How will we know where we are going …unless the Lord revealed it to us in His Word - the Bible and through His Prophets, thousands of years ago? Our hope as Christians is in yet-to-be-fulfilled Bible Prophecy! True Christians right now are preparing to be transformed, to enter into that Kingdom at Christ's return! As the Apostle Paul wrote… "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory," - 1 Corinthians 15:51-54. The “resurrection of faithful Christians” will take place at the “last trumpet” - the 7th trumpet blast, announced in Revelation 11:15. Those who "endure to the end" will be saved, as Yeshua (Jesus said). For some, the “end” will be the end of a faithful Christian life. Others will still be alive at Christ's return. All these faithful Christians will be resurrected and changed at Christ's return, and will enter the prophesied “Kingdom of God.” Sadly, some do NOT recognize that there is a future - “Kingdom of God!” They miss the significance of Paul's reminder that; “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption," - 1 Corinthians 15:50. Flesh-and-blood Christians are preparing to inherit the Kingdom, but have not yet inherited the Kingdom and will receive full inheritance at the time of the Resurrection (John 3:5-6). Yeshua (Jesus) Himself emphasized that this inheritance will take place at the end of this age; "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world'" – Matthew 25:34.
Did you know that Bible Prophecy reveals our future and the future of the world….? Many are curious about Bible prophecy, but don’t know its real significance and purpose. Even some professing Christians dismiss Bible Prophecy as insignificant and unimportant. They may concede that prophecy can be interesting, but then they say it doesn’t have anything to do with salvation. What is missing in that approach? As Yeshua (Jesus) said, in His own words; "But he who endures to the end shall be saved," As believers we should look forward to the prophesied future when… "And, this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come," - Matthew 24:13-14.
Why would God give us a “book” that tells us what is going to happen in the future? What is God’s ultimate purpose of revealing the “End-Time’s” in the Bible? All the Prophecies throughout Scripture that have yet to occur have one central mission and that is to make us aware of the Second Coming of the Lord as imminent reality! When Yeshua (Jesus) and three of His Apostles; Peter, James, John, go to the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13) to pray ...and on the mountain, Yeshua begins to shine with bright rays of light. The Apostles saw the honour and glory that God the Father had bestowed upon Yeshua. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. The Apostle Peter wrote something even more important; “We (also) have the prophetic word confirmed (made more sure) which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day downs and the morning star rises in your hearts,” – 2 Peter 1:19. Here Peter was saying that the “revelation” on the Mount of Transfiguration was wonderful, valid …and recorded in Scripture …BUT there is something more certain written in Prophecies yet to be fulfilled in the Rapture and the Second Coming of the Lord! We have this blessed hope!
Every Word of God is pure, like silver purified in a furnace seven times (Psalm 12:6) and the written, Prophetic Word of God is totally and absolutely authority …and we would do well to take note! We need to give heed to God’s Prophetic Word – “until the day dawns and the morning start rises in our hearts.” Peter is talking about what is happening in our hearts! Even though the “darkness” that the world has to offer here on earth we MUST walk in the “light of God!” Let us turn to God’s Prophetic guidance about His plan for End-Times. There is a great deal that He wants to tell us about these LAST days in which we are beginning to see the “glow of the Morning Star!”
Ignoring Bible Prophecy is NOT going to stop it from coming to pass! Ignoring Bible Prophecy gives the enemy a chance to DECEIVE the Church! Prophecy is NOT to scare – Prophecy is given to us to PREPARE! Studying Bible Prophecy convinces us that there really is a GOD and that He alone is in control of the universe, history and even our lives. YES, we have been given a free will to choose BUT ultimately God’s will come to pass whether we choose to do it His way or not! What God has put into motion NO man can stop! God sets up kings and even when we don’t agree with the leaders of our nation we have to pray for them and for change! We truly believe that US President Trump and Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu are both ordained by God “for a time such as this” and for Israel. President Trump is a modern day “Cyrus” (Isaiah 45) made history when he moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – the eternal Capital of Israel! NEVER before had this happened! WHY? Jerusalem is prophetically the anvil on which ALL nations WILL be judged! Jerusalem is where “End-Time” events WILL happen. It’s God’s plan and He will use those He can trust to bring prophecy to pass. GOD chooses differently to man! For a quick example, just look at the lives of Moses, King David in the Old Testament and Saul who became Apostle Paul in the New Testament. They were NOT perfect but our amazing God knew that He could work through them. Isn’t that so encouraging knowing as we too aren’t perfect? The ONE sinless person was Yeshua (Jesus) our Saviour!
According to Biblical Prophecies, the Orthodox Jews of Israel will strongly revive …and the 3rd Temple will also be rebuilt. This initiative will coincide with the continued rejection of the once for all sacrifice of Yeshua (Jesus) as the true Messiah of Israel (Hebrews 10:5-11). The rebuilt Temple will be desecrated by the false messiah (Antichrist). When Israel revokes their covenant with him, they will be driven out of the city. It will only be at the coming of the true Messiah to the Mount of Olives, that Jerusalem and the remnant of Israel will be spiritually restored. The spiritual cleansing must occur after Israel has been restored to their land. It will coincide with great distress and tribulation. A remnant of Israel will be refined in the fire of God’s wrath (Zechariah 13:9; Ezekiel 22:19-22).
Bible Prophecy has been given for many purposes and warns people and nations to repent… Why? So that they can avoid punishment! The Apostle John records this message Christ delivered to the Church at Philadelphia: “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth,” – Revelation 3:10. An hour of trial is coming upon our rebellious and wicked world. Yeshua (Jesus) warned us that a Great Tribulation is coming (Matthew 24:21). But, God WILL protect those who are His and listen to His prophetic warnings, and change their lives. The Book of Jonah shows a rare example of a people actually heeded a warning from God, and changing its ways (unlike in the Days of Noah when rebellion against God and wickedness of man refused to repent – Genesis 6). God determined to destroy Nineveh unless its people repented. And they did repent! How did God view their repentance? “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it,” – Jonah 3:10. The Prophetic warning resulted in God's blessing on the people! Will we respond to today's Prophetic warnings as Ancient Nineveh did? If we do not, we will experience the severe punishment of the Great Tribulation (after the Rapture). Prophecy reveals that many who don’t repent before the Great Tribulation will be able to remember God's Prophetic warnings, and repent during the pain and suffering of the Great Tribulation. God gave this warning and promise to those who will in the future suffer national slavery and captivity (Deuteronomy 4:27-31). As true Judeo-Christians we are waiting for the “Son of God” – Yeshua (Jesus) to return from heaven and have the guarantee that He rescues us from the coming wrath on the earth in the “The Great Tribulation” Yes, we are waiting for Christ not for the Antichrist. Christ already reigns and will continue to reign and exercises His authority through us always and everywhere. When we grasp these facts we are going to face the future with strong confidence because our hearts are ready – waiting for His soon return!
You see - Bible Prophecy is not ALL “doom and gloom” – it is GOOD news!
Bible prophecy is to announce the coming Kingdom of God on the earth... For nearly 6,000 years, mankind has practiced the way of sin, selfishness, war and greed. Humanity has not learned the way of peace. Only under the rule of the Prince of Peace - our Saviour Yeshua (Jesus Christ) will people ever enjoy lasting world peace! Prophecy gives us the encouraging news that Christ will establish His Kingdom here on earth, and faithful believers WILL rule with Him for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4-6). Then will the -"Great White Throne Judgment," come when all those who lived and died without hearing "God's Truth" will be resurrected and given their first actual opportunity to accept His message and live His way. Here are some of the prophecies of the Millennium; Isaiah 2, 11, and 35, and in Micah 4. These are inspiring prophecies that give us real hope! Bible prophecy is that it demonstrates God's total sovereignty and power. Nothing can deter God's plan of Salvation! That plan is revealed in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. God has an awesome purpose for every human being who will respond to Him. That purpose is to become God's glorious, immortalized children, for all Eternity… "This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality," 1 Corinthians 15:53.
Throughout history Nations and Governments without God has brought terrible suffering… "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land," 2 Chronicles 7:14. Here we have a clause… "IF" so it is conditional! Without God's prophesied intervention, mankind's godless forms of government would bring planet Earth to total destruction. Yeshua (Jesus) said; "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved - but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened,"- Matthew 24:22. The Bible prophesies that there will be a "time of restoration for the earth." Remember Peter's promise that God will SEND Yeshua (Jesus) "...who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began!" – Acts 3:20-21.
God will restore the earth to natural, unpolluted beauty and prosperity - under the Divine Government and Kingdom of God. We can all rejoice at that good news that our Lord will soon return to and reign from Jerusalem (Zechariah 1:16; 8:3; 14:4, 16). To ensure God’s blessing upon us, we must bless Israel. We look forward to the day that our Lord Yeshua (Jesus Christ) will rule and reign from Jerusalem. Until then, we pray “Blessings to the great nation of Israel,” “Peace to Jerusalem,” …and to the only wise God of Israel - “be glory through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) forever.
We most sincerely believe that God WILL bless you for your faithfulness and love for His land and His chosen people. God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the nations are treating His people. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them. This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised nation continually turning away from God BUT nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that despised nation; like Israel… He Himself was “despised and rejected by men,” …and there is that despised element; “…things that are despised God has chosen,” 1 Corinthians 1:28. Now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren! We are witnessing the nations and people turning their backs on Israel. Thank you once again for your prayers and generous support!
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
01st November, 2018
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