Friday, March 27, 2015

Love For The Truth Radio Interviews David Reagan About America's Spiritual Crisis

America is a Nation gone wrong! Her Founding Fathers established the Constitution based on biblical principals, but through the years her people decided that God's commandments and statutes were no longer needed in the educational or judiciary systems. The Organized Church in like ways has decided that the traditions of men, the philosophies of men, and the rudiments of this world were more important than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, America's light has grown dim and now we have a spiritual crisis in America.

Cindy Hartline, hostess of the radio program Love For the Truth Radio, interviews Dr. David Reagan — author, teacher, conference speaker, founder and Senior Evangelist of Lamb & Lion Ministries and host of the television program "Christ in Prophecy." He shares his wisdom and knowledge about why America is on a downward spiral toward destruction and what we as Christians should do about it.

A warning and exhortation… for such a time as this!


Love For The Truth Radio is program devoted to encouraging you the listener, to be a contender of the faith in an ever-changing church culture. On Love For The Truth Radio, they discuss current issues and challenging views along with biblical truth that can affect our Christian worldview and how we live out our faith. On the program, they interview pastors, ministry leaders and founders, conference speakers, radio hosts, authors, global experts, Christian journalists and more.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Experts Discuss if Bible Prophecy is a Distraction (Part 4 of 4)

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Is the study of Bible prophecy a time-wasting distraction?

One of America's best known and most popular pastors has declared that the study of Bible prophecy is a distraction. What about it? Is it a waste of time to study Bible prophecy? Is the subject appropriate only for fanatics? Or, can it be green pastures for believers? Does it have any relevance for the here and now, or is it just pie-in-the-sky?

A panel of 18 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



David Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

I believe it is important to study Bible prophecy. The first reason is the quantity of it. One-third to one-fourth of the Bible is prophetic in nature. This one point alone justifies our paying attention to what Bible prophecy says.

A second reason for studying Bible prophecy is its uniqueness. The Bible contains hundreds of fulfilled prophecies about peoples, cities, nations and empires. In contrast, there are no fulfilled prophecies in the Koran, the Hindu Vedas, or the Book of Mormon.

A third reason for studying Bible prophecy is that it validates the Bible as the inspired Word of God. What other explanation is there for the fact that the Bible contains so many specific prophecies about the future that have been fulfilled in detail?

A fourth reason for studying Bible prophecy is that it validates Jesus as who He said He was, namely God in the flesh. The evidence here is just simply overwhelming. Consider, for example, these facts. First, there are approximately 330 prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures concerning the First Coming of the Messiah, though many are repetitive, 109 are separate and distinct. The odds of just eight being fulfilled accidentally in someone's life are 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That's the number 1 with 17 zeros after it. That's a lot of zeros! That's one in one hundred quadrillion!

These are not random numbers that I have just pulled out of the sky. These are computations by a man named Peter Stoner who was a professor of physics at universities in California. He presented them in a book titled Science Speaks. Professor Stoner illustrated his probability computations by using the State of Texas. He said that 1 in 10 to the 17th power can be illustrated by filling the state of Texas knee-deep in silver dollars. Then he said, fly over the state and flip out of the airplane window one silver dollar with a black check mark on it. Next, turn loose about 10,000 bulldozers into the sea of silver dollars and let them get the coins mixed up very well. And finally, lead a blind-folded man to the border of the state and let him start walking across. The odds that when he picks up the first silver dollar it will have a black check mark on it is 1 in 10 to the 17th power!


Let me give you just one example of those 109 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. You'll find it in Psalm 22:16 where it says the Messiah will die by having His hands and feet pierced. That psalm was written by David 1,000 years before Jesus was born! At the time he wrote it, the Jewish method of execution was by stoning. One thousand years later, the Jewish method of execution was still by stoning, but the Jews could not execute anyone because they were under Roman rule. And, guess what? The Roman method of execution was by crucifixion. Thus Jesus was executed by having His hands and feet pierced, just as was prophesied.

A fifth reason for studying Bible prophecy is because it is a great tool of evangelism. I can't begin to tell you how many people have told me that they were converted to Jesus through their study of Bible prophecy. Hal Lindsey says that he has received thousands of letters from people telling him of their Christian conversions through the reading of his Bible prophecy book, The Late Great Planet Earth.

The effectiveness of using Bible prophecy as a tool of evangelism was demonstrated by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost when he preached the very first Gospel sermon. That sermon was nothing from beginning to end but a recitation of prophecies followed by a declaration that Jesus had fulfilled them.

A sixth reason for studying Bible prophecy is that it can serve as a great tool of moral teaching. Just start reading the prophets and you'll find them talking constantly about the sins of hypocrisy, immorality and injustice. They talked more about the here-and-now than they ever did about the future.

A seventh reason for studying Bible prophecy is that it can serve as a stimulus for spiritual growth. It provides hope. It inspires evangelism. It motivates holiness. These very practical, down-to-earth consequences prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Bible prophecy is relevant to the here-and-now. It is not just some sort of pie-in-the-sky academic study.

An eighth reason for studying Bible prophecy is that it provides understanding of current national and international events. There is just no way you can understand the conflicts in the Middle East, or the apostasy that is raging in the Church, or the collapse of our society into immorality and violence without some knowledge of end time Bible prophecy where all these terrible events are prophesied in detail.

All of God's Word is profitable, and that includes God's Prophetic Word. So, read it, study it, and be blessed by it! And then share it with others.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Experts Discuss if Bible Prophecy is a Distraction (Part 3 of 4)

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Is the study of Bible prophecy a time-wasting distraction?

One of America's best known and most popular pastors has declared that the study of Bible prophecy is a distraction. What about it? Is it a waste of time to study Bible prophecy? Is the subject appropriate only for fanatics? Or, can it be green pastures for believers? Does it have any relevance for the here and now, or is it just pie-in-the-sky?

A panel of 18 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries

How could nearly 31% of the Bible, which is prophetic because God wants us to know the future, be a distraction? Bible prophecy tells us, one, that Jesus wins. The Bible has given us Jesus' victory. We know how history's going to end. Through Jesus, two, we win. We win through Christ. And, three, we know evil loses. Those are the three main topics of the Bible.

So, how in the world could Bible prophecy be a distraction when it's all about Jesus' victory, our victory through Jesus, and Satan losing? I'm excited about our victory and Bible prophecy should get every Christian excited about it as well.


Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries

God must of wanted us to have a lot of distractions because He placed lots of prophecy in the Bible. Nearly a third of the Bible is Bible prophecy. Pastors are just doing a great disservice to their congregations when they choose to ignore Bible prophecy, because what true hope can one have if you take away Bible prophecy?

For example, think of a person who has lost a loved one who is a Christian. That person has died. Well, you can have great hope and the grieving is not so devastating when you know that at the return of Christ prophecy says that person will be resurrected. They will rise again and you will be reunited.

I've heard pastors say many things, such as they must focus on issues of today like immorality with children, rebellious children, problems in marriages, unemployment, and so on. But, what better hope can you give a person than to say when Christ returns instantly all these problems will come to an end. So, I say to those pastors, Bible prophecy is not a distraction. Bible prophecy is where we get hope. It's where we get the incentive that we can keep pressing forward even through the struggles of today.


Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry

Bible prophecy taken out of its proper context can become a distraction in the sense that if all your focus is on the Second Coming and you forget your responsibility to preach the Gospel, build the Church, evangelize the world, and make a difference in the world in which we live then in that sense for some people it is a distraction. They become such prophetic fanatics that all they want to talk about, think about, read about, and study about is Bible prophecy.

But, on the other hand, when more than one-fourth of the Bible is prophetic in nature, and if we are going to preach the whole counsel of God, then we need to be preaching the message of Bible prophecy. The book of Revelation ends with Jesus saying, "I, Jesus, sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches." Jesus meant for prophecy to be preached in the Church, so in that sense, it's not a distraction at all.

Bible prophecy is meant to focus our attention on the hope of the coming of Jesus Christ so that the believer keeps an eye on the sky. You're always living in anticipation of the fact that Jesus could come today. Therefore, I make my decisions, my values and my choices on the basis that I don't have years and years and years necessarily to get ready to serve God. I need to be doing it right now today because I don't know how much time is left.

At the same time we're warned to don't set any dates for the Second Coming. We just don't know how much time is left. I like to remind people to don't waste your time trying to guess the time, be ready all the time, because Jesus could come at any time, and that will keep you properly balanced. An eye on the sky, but your feet on the earth.

I have a job to do in the meantime. I've got to keep my heart right with God. Jesus made that clear in Matthew 24 — keep watching for Me to come, verse 42, keep an eye on the sky. Verse 44 says to be ready for Me to come. Have your heart right with God and with one another. Then in verse 46 we're to keep serving Me until I come. So, we want to fulfill the great predication to build My church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. We want to fulfill the Great Commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all nations and make disciples of all nations. But, we also want to fulfill it with a great sense of urgency.

Be ready for Me to come. Live in anticipation of that fact that I could come soon, because whether Jesus comes in your lifetime or not, the day will come that either the trumpet will sound, the archangel will shout, and "whoosh" we are out of here to the glory of God. You and I will step into eternity and be face-to-face with the Savior. I'd rather meet Him one day face-to-face saying I was living in anticipation of the fact that you were coming soon, because one of these days He would come. The Scriptures says quickly, suddenly, unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. Jesus will race in at the last moment to snatch the Church away a and take the Bride home to the marriage in heaven to the glory of God and to the fulfillment of the message of Bible prophecy. In that sense, Bible prophecy is never a distraction.


Jobe Martin, Biblical Discipleship Ministries

Bible prophecy is a distraction? Yes, could well be if you really believe it. It distracts you from the things of the world. If Jesus could come for me like right now, then what am I doing with my life? And so, yes, I want to have every minute count for Him.

Bible prophecy is a good motivation for godly living. It's a good thing to help us fear the Lord. It helps us to walk in a manner worthy of God so that we can please Him in all respects and bear fruit in every good work, and then keep on increasing in the knowledge of God.


Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries

The pastor must have gone to one of these modern cemeteries they call seminaries where many churches get their brainwashed teachings. He may be a good speaker. You see there is a difference between a good communicator who is popular and interesting to listen to and someone who takes the Bible literally. If he doesn't take the Bible literally, how can he make any kind of sense out of prophecy or the teachings of prophecy?

The Bible is full of prophecies. In fact, Dr. John Walvoord has cited in his book on Bible prophecy knowledge on the end times over 1,100 prophecies in the Bible, half of which have already been fulfilled literally. That means the other half that have to do with end time prophecies will also be fulfilled literally.


In the fourth and last segment concerning the question "Is Bible prophecy a distraction?," Dr. David Reagan will share what he believes the Bible has to say about the topic.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Experts Discuss if Bible Prophecy is a Distraction (Part 2 of 4)

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Is the study of Bible prophecy a time-wasting distraction?

One of America's best known and most popular pastors has declared that the study of Bible prophecy is a distraction. What about it? Is it a waste of time to study Bible prophecy? Is the subject appropriate only for fanatics? Or, can it be green pastures for believers? Does it have any relevance for the here and now, or is it just pie-in-the-sky?

A panel of 18 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries

I find the pastor's statement one of the astounding things that's happening to the Church. To have someone take a whole section of the Bible and say that it's a distraction indicates to me a sign of immaturity at best, and a sign of conceit. I'm going to use that word. That is a strong word at worst.

To say that you can take 25-30% of the Bible and say that is distracting and we don't really need it is a terrible, terrible thing. It reminds me of a young wife who is waiting for her long deployed husband. She receives a phone call and learns he's going to arrive at any minute. She would look at that phone call as a distraction from her Pokeno game?


Bill Salus, Prophecy Depot Ministries

That kind of comment in the end times context is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. We were told in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 that there would come a time when people will no longer listen to sound doctrine. They will have itching ears. They will heap up speakers who they want and teachers who they want. So, basically, that comment doesn't surprise me, for we are living in an apostate period of time.

The problem with that statement though is that by denying prophecy, which is nearly a third of the content of the Bible, you will be taking away a great witnessing tool for the Church. I came to know the Lord through Bible prophecy. I was attending a Chuck Missler Bible study on the book of Revelation. I was so astounded that God knew the end from the beginning that He caught my attention. Bible prophecy grants us an ability to witness. There are so many things going on right now with so many prophecies converging that it's an excellent witnessing tool.

Revelation 19:10 states, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Worship God, it says, before that verse, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. God is telling us the end from the beginning because He loves us. That should prompt us to want to love Him, receive Him, worship Him, and serve Him.


Gary Fisher, Lion of Judah Ministries

God obviously didn't get the memo that 25-30% of the Bible is Bible prophecy. Jesus said that when you see these things beginning to take place, straighten up, lift up your heads. If God's prophetic word is not important, the Bible prophecy elements that is, then why did He write them?

The theme verse of Lion of Judah Ministries is Hebrews 10:25, "Encourage each other and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." We have no better tool available to us except Bible prophecy. We're to use the prophetic portion of God's Word to know where we are on God's calendar. How would we see the day approaching if we didn't know how to recognize it through the prophetic part of God's Word?

There are also the prophetic elements of our redemption drawing near. We are without hope without the prophetic nature of the Word.

Bible prophecy is far from irrelevant. It is a necessary part of the Word to keep us trudging on toward this thing called the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ. I'm ready for it!


Michael Norten, Author of "Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts"

The pastor could have said Jesus Christ is a distraction, because in Revelation 19:10 it says that the testimony of Christ is the spirit of prophecy. Some 25% of the Bible is prophecy when it was written. That's an incredible statement!

Instead of saying Bible prophecy is a distraction, he should have said it's an attraction. Bible prophecy attracts us to the Savior and gives us hope, it gives us motivation, and it gives us comfort.


Terry James, Rapture Ready

If that is the case, then God must have been totally distracted when He wrote probably 27% of the Bible being prophecy. He was totally distracted. Jesus must have been very distracted when He was on the Mount of Olives and He answered the questions of the disciples concerning what will be the sign of the coming of the end of the age. He was very distracted when He gave very precise, very delineated future events.

Jesus must have had us totally distracted as Christians because He says, "What I say to one I say to all, watch." We are told to watch. Well, watch what? Watch the prophecies that He had just laid out which we see in chapter 24 of Matthew and other passages. Therefore, God Himself is distracted. He must want us to be distracted about all that prophecy as well.

It's a ludicrous statement! The pastor's being just nonsensical and is playing into part of the apostasy that was prophesied by Jesus Christ that would define the last days.


Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries

Of course Bible prophecy is a distraction if people think that Bible prophecy takes away from evangelism, or takes away from godly living or the family, or all the issues that we consider are so important. But, of course, in fact in the Scriptures this was the incentive for evangelism. It is quite clear that blessed hope was before the Church.

Bible prophecy is tied into Titus 2:11-13, and then verse 14 which says, "Be zealous for good deeds." It is the people who are looking, and I say living in the light of Christ's coming, who are zealously serving Christ. We are to live looking. This whole idea is realizing that life is short and therefore our opportunity to bring the Gospel is also short. There is a world that is perishing, and Christ could come at any moment. That is the incentive to reach out.

The same concept applies to godly living. The fact is that if Christ is coming. I used to tell my children when I would go on trips, I'd say, "I want you to keep you room clean when I come back. If you've done a good job, we will give you some sort of prize or present." But, they never knew when I was coming, so they would look out the window sometimes. When the car drove into the driveway, it was too late to shove everything under the bed. They had to be ready. And, our lives should be lived that way.

Someone once said it is as though Christ died yesterday, was buried today, and is coming tomorrow. Time is that short by God's viewpoint. We are to adopt that kind of mentality, for we as 1 John 3 says know we are going to be changed. Those who have that pure hope in him who is pure purifies themselves. We live in accordance to the One whom we hope and love.

If pastors had a correct understanding of the purpose of prophecy, the very practical purpose of prophecy, they would never think that it was a distraction, but a great aid for all the things they want to accomplish.


In the third segment concerning the question "Is Bible prophecy a distraction?," some more members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will share what the Bible has to say.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Experts Discuss if Bible Prophecy is a Distraction (Part 1 of 4)

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Is the study of Bible prophecy a time-wasting distraction?

One of America's best known and most popular pastors has declared that the study of Bible prophecy is a distraction. What about it? Is it a waste of time to study Bible prophecy? Is the subject appropriate only for fanatics? Or, can it be green pastures for believers? Does it have any relevance for the here and now, or is it just pie-in-the-sky?

A panel of 18 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



David Hocking, Hope for Today Ministries

I appreciate the question because I happen to live close by that pastor. I've confronted him about his statement, so I know him. He uses a passage in Acts 1 to prove his point. But, once again as we often see, we forget that Peter said no prophecy of the Scriptures have any private interpretation. He takes the liberty to privately interpret a passage that does not refer to what Paul said, and that's sad to me.

The fact is that prophecy is honored, especially by the Apostle Peter. He tells us how important it is for believers today to understand what God is doing and that the holy men of God spoke as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I think we need to stick with the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.


Andy Woods, Sugar Land Bible Church

Well, if Bible prophecy is a distraction, God made a big mistake because some 27% of His own Word — that's over a quarter — was prophetic at the time it was written. If we are to be ministers of the full council of the Word of God, then at some point we have to be talking about Bible prophecy since it's revealed in huge sections of Scripture.

I think the exact opposite is the problem. I think it's the world that's distracting us, such as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Paul talked about how we need our minds transformed away from the pattern of this world. The way that happens is through prophecy, because it reminds us about what's important.

Bible prophecy tells us only two things are going to make it from this life into the next. That's the Word of God because, "The grass withers, the flower fades, the Word of God abides forever." And, the souls of men and women. So, obviously why rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic? Let's focus on the two things that are going to last. The world is distracting us, but prophecy gets us centered.


Allan Walker, Allan Walker Ministries

Bible prophecy when it is taught in a balanced way is not a distraction. It is an integral part of the whole council of God's Word. We must hold to the fundamentals of the faith and to Bible prophecy, which by the way, makes up about a third of Scripture. If we have a Bible-based agenda for ministry, then we will have lasting answers for the problems that people have and not man-made answers.


August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries

If Bible prophecy is a distraction, then God wants us distracted. Some one-fourth of the Bible deals with prophecy, from Genesis all the way to the book of Revelation. God says there's a blessing for those who study prophecy. All one has to do is read Revelation 1:3, "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand."

On the flip side of that coin, there's a warning to those who neglect the study of Bible prophecy. Read 2 Peter 1:19. "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts."

To say that prophecy is a distraction, it is a good distraction. God wants us distracted. He wants us to study Bible prophecy.


Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries

The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:19-21 that we have a more sure Word of prophecy. The Bible says that the Word of God, including Bible prophecy, it is a light in dark places. Therefore, Bible prophecy is not a distraction, for it gives light in the areas that we don't know.

Who would read a book by starting with the beginning of the book, reading the middle of the book, and then throw the book away without finishing it? No! By the end of the book, you want to know the end of the story. Bible prophecy gives us the end of God's story. It's not a distraction then, for it gives us answers in regards to what God is going to do.

For that pastor to make that statement, to me, really shows his lack of understanding concerning Bible prophecy.


Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries

Bible prophecy is anything but a distraction. Bible prophecy is one of the greatest tools of evangelism that we have. It tells unbelievers that they don't have much time left. They'd better get their life right with the Lord because He is coming soon.

For the Church, Bible prophecy teaches holiness. It teaches us a standard of living that's commenced with what the Bible says God's people should be.

One of my favorite Scriptures about prophecy is found in 2 Peter 1 where it says in verse 19 that we have also a more sure word of prophecy where unto you would do well that you take heed. Therefore, that pastor needs to pay close to that because God Word says we need to pay close attention to Bible prophecy, for it's a more sure Word.


In the second segment concerning the question "Is Bible prophecy a distraction?," some more members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will share what the Bible has to say.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Experts Panel on the Future of Israel (Part 3 of 3)

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What does the Bible say about the future of Israel?

It appears today that Israel has no hope. It is a tiny nation the size of New Jersey with only six million Jews, and it is trying to exist in an area where it is surrounded by 22 Arab nations with over 300 million people who are determined to destroy it. Does Israel really have any hope? Or, is it doomed to annihilation as a nation and extinction as a people?

A panel of 17 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



Jobe Martin, Biblical Discipleship Ministries

The nation of Israel will continue to exist forever. It doesn't matter how many people want to try to destroy it. It doesn't matter if some nations have a commitment to remove even the remembrance of Israel, like the nations say in Psalm 83. Israel is going to be here forever.

That doesn't mean that part of Israel will not, for a short period of time during the last part of the Tribulation, be removed by God to a special place of protection. I don't know where that is, but the partial exiles will be brought right back to Israel.

A believing remnant of Israel and believing Gentiles will live on into the thousand year reign of Jesus. The Jewish people will be there, too. They are going to be in the land forever. The history of the Jewish people is one that will not be terminated in any way.


August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries

According to prophecy, Israel is going to go through a seven-year period of tribulation. We find this in Jeremiah 30:7 where he says, "Alas, for that day is great so that there is none like it. It is even a time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of out." Israel is back in the land, but they are back in the land in unbelief in preparation for a seven-year period of tribulation to come.

People ask, "August, what is the purpose of this seven-year period of tribulation?" I answer that it's to bring an unbelieving Israel to faith in Yeshua as their Savior and their Messiah. They have to go through a seven-year period of tribulation in order to get them to that point. Zechariah 13:8-9 tells us that two-thirds of the Jewish people will lose their lives at the hands of the Antichrist, but a third will be brought through the fire to come to faith in Jesus Christ at His Second Coming back to this earth.

Passages like Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:1; and Jesus in Matthew 24:21 read, "There shall be great tribulations such as was not since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be." Revelation 7:14 says the period of tribulation will be seven years that Israel is going to be in for a real bad time. But, there is good news, for Jesus Christ will come back and all Israel shall be saved.


Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries

I believe that Israel is faced with plenty of good times which makes them more attractive for the Arab terrorists who want to come down and snuff them out. But, they're also very perilous times. Even before the Rapture, or before the Tribulation period, because much is said about what's going to happen during that seven years, but before that Israel is going to become the target of the Arab world and Russia. And isn't that interesting? Those nations are colleagues today. They're going to come down against Israel according to Ezekiel 38-39. God is going to do what He did in the Old Testament when He brought Israel out of Egypt. He's going to show His strong arm. Eight times in those two passages in Ezekiel 38 & 39 we're told God is going to show His strong arm so that all the world will know that He is the Lord. How? By saving Israel when they can't save themselves. Their allies will not save them, for they will have none. That's where God comes in. But, be sure of this, this is not the end of Israel.


Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry

Prophetically the Bible is always filled with a combination of good news and bad news. It's only bad news for the unbeliever. It's always good news for the believer who has the Blessed Hope that gives us hope to anticipate the coming of Christ.

For the nation and people of Israel, I would foresee several things prophetically. First of all, Israel will eventually, on the bad news column, suffer an invasion of several nations against her in the end times. The book of Ezekiel and other passages make that very, very clear.

On the good news side, God will dramatically intervene on Israel's behalf and she will win that Gog-Magog War. There will then be a wave of Jewish nationalism and excitement, even leading to the rebuilding of the Third Temple.

But, on the bad news side, Israel doesn't through all of that come to a real experience with Christ Himself. Eventually the Antichrist will deceive them after the time of the Rapture into signing a peace treaty with him. He will break the treaty, turn against them, invade Israel, and literally everything will go wrong. Israel will end up having to flee into the wilderness.

God will use those experiences of the Tribulation period to bring many of the Jewish people to faith in Yeshua as Messiah. They will come to understand that Jesus really is the Son of God. He really is the Savior. They'll remember the Rapture had occurred and they have been left behind, and in the follow-up of that, everything has gone wrong.

God will raise up two witnesses to proclaim the truth of the Gospel from among the Jewish people themselves. Then at least 144,000 will be converted, and I believe many, many more then even that number. God will do an amazing work in the hearts of His people and they begin to finally cry out, "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord." By the end of the time of Tribulation, the world will see a wave of conversions in Israel like we have never seen before in all of history. Then there's the dramatic return of Christ. The good news is the literal reign of Christ on earth for a thousand years from the Throne of David in Jerusalem.

When things seem to be going wrong, we always want to remind ourselves God is always going right. He's on the throne. He knows what He's doing. God will fulfill His prophetic plan for the nation and people of Israel.


David Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

Bible prophecy clearly states that the nation of Israel will continue to exist, despite the fact that there appears to be no hope for the Jewish people. Of course, the key to all of this is that the Scriptures say that "He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps." That Scripture reminds me of a cartoon showing a tug of war between Israel and the rest of the world's nations, and Israel is winning because God has His finger on the rope on Israel's side.

Tug of War

Let me try to provide you with a summary of Israel's future, presenting the events in chronological order.

Israel will soon experience a major war with her immediate neighbors, those with whom she has a common boundary, and she will win that war overwhelmingly. The whole Arab world will then turn to their natural ally, Russia, and appeal for help. The Russians will respond with a major invasion, together with many Muslim allies, and this great invasion army will be supernaturally destroyed by God on the mountains of Israel.

At that point, the Antichrist will emerge and guarantee the peace of Israel, enabling them to rebuild their Temple in Jerusalem. This treaty will also mark the beginning of the Tribulation, a seven-year period of unparalleled horror upon the earth during which one-half of the world's population will die and two-thirds of the Jews will be killed. But, God will supernaturally preserve a Jewish remnant through this holocaust, and at the conclusion of it, the Jewish people will be brought to the end of themselves and will accept Yeshua — Jesus — as their Messiah, resulting in the salvation of a great remnant. They will cry out, "Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai," meaning, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."

That remnant will then enter the Millennium in the flesh and will serve as the initial population of the state of Israel. Jesus will reign in Jerusalem as the King of kings and Lord of lords. David, in his glorified body, will reign as the king of Israel. And to this Jewish remnant and their descendants, God will fulfill all the kingdom promises that He has made to Israel. The nation will serve as the prime nation of the world, and through it all God's blessings will flow to the other nations. This is why the Bible says in Zechariah 8:23 that in those days when ten Gentiles see a Jew walking by, they will grab his robe and say, "Let us go with you, for we know that God is with you!"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Experts Panel on the Future of Israel (Part 2 of 3)

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What does the Bible say about the future of Israel?

It appears today that Israel has no hope. It is a tiny nation the size of New Jersey with only six million Jews, and it is trying to exist in an area where it is surrounded by 22 Arab nations with over 300 million people who are determined to destroy it. Does Israel really have any hope? Or, is it doomed to annihilation as a nation and extinction as a people?

A panel of 17 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries

Israel, since they were exiled out of the land, has been living in kind of a crucible as the Lord continues to refine the people to bring a believing remnant of Jews to Him. And so, to achieve this, Israel is going to get hit by the worst time in all of their history, Jeremiah 30:7 calls it the "time of Jacob's trouble."

Israel is going to have to deal with a number of wars, like possibly a Psalm 83 War where they will have to deal with the nations bordering them. They are going to have to deal with Iran and Russia and Turkey and other Islamic nations coming up against them. The Lord Himself personally steps in on that one according to Ezekiel 38-39.

Israel will then have to endure seven years of Tribulation, where God is going to make life so difficult for the people on this world that they will have no choice but turn to the Lord in repentance. The decision will be so easy: either choose the Lord, or choose the Antichrist. When Jesus comes back, prophecy tells us that a third or remnant of the Jews will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

The blessings come for Israel as the believing remnant lives on into Jesus' thousand year Millennial Kingdom. The believing remnant will be a priestly people serving under Jesus and receiving all the promises that the Lord has promised them.

So, Israel has a terrible time ahead, but they also have a great and wonderful future ahead as well.


Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries

Several things are going to happen to the nation of Israel. They are going to continue to nationally reject Jesus as their Messiah. One day they are going to accept Him, but that's going to be awhile down the road.

I also look for a growing estrangement between the nations of the world and Israel. It's most unfortunate that our own country is going to grow in its estrangement from Israel. We have policies going back several administrations that have forced Israel to do things that they don't want to do, things such as the giving up of land that God has directly said that no one is to force them to relinquish. So, there's an estrangement that's going to continue to grow.

Also, after the taking out of the Church at the Rapture, Israel is going to undergo persecutions during the Tribulation period. That is going to happen. When that is over towards the end of that time, Israel nationally is going to recognize that Jesus (the one that they call "that man" in the derogatory way today), they are going to accept Him. They are going to recognize Jesus and they are going to say that, yes, He was and He is the Messiah.


Michael Norten, Author of "Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts"

The way I understand the scripture of Zechariah 12:2 is that the nations that share a border with Israel will attack her. Indications say that it will be very soon. These border nations will attack Israel in unison, but Israel and the IDF will have a great victory.

According to Isaiah, Israel will expand their borders. That's why the Jews like to call that prophecy the Battle of Restoration. In fact, it even says that the people will be speaking Hebrew in the streets of Egypt. Also Syria will be out of the picture as a threat.

Not long after that Psalm 83 War, it looks to be that Ezekiel 38 & 39's Gog-Magog War will take place. Israel will not be prepared as well for this one, and so God will take on the victory Himself.

Then, after some time, according to Zechariah 12:3 all the nations will attack Israel. In fact, the United States has been found in Bible prophecy to be between the "A" and the "LL" of "all nations." Can you imagine the United States attacking Israel? Jesus will come Himself in person to administer His victory over the nations. We who are saved will be coming back with Jesus. That will be our Second Advent as well, and we will witness this victory of Christ. Jesus will administer this victory and the Jews will recognize Him as the one they have pierced, and all of Israel will be saved. It will be an incredible time!


Terry James, Rapture Ready

Bible prophecy does tell us exactly what is going to happen in the future to Israel. We don't have to wonder about it for those of us who study Bible prophecy.

From a pre-Rapture view in particular, Israel is going to become more and more hated, and we see that happening in the news today. The nation will become more and more hated, and more and more isolated. Zechariah 12:1-3 says Jerusalem will become a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone to the whole world, and certainly we see that developing as well.

From a post-Rapture perspective, Israel is not going to have any friends left at all. Israel is going to be finally at peace when a covenant is made with the Antichrist to ensure their security, but it's going to be a covenant made with death and hell by the Antichrist system. The Antichrist himself will sign that covenant.

From that point on, Israel becomes even more and more hated by the people of the world. Israel will become the most hated nation in world history. The persecution they'll have to endure will be worse than anything Hitler ever devised against the Jews.

Israel will escape into the wilderness 3.5 years into the treaty, where a remnant who likely are believers I believe will be protected. Some people think the location is Petra in Jordan, though I'm not sure, but that is what the thought is. From there they will be protected for basically the last 3.5 years of the Tribulation.

The remnant of Israel will see their Messiah returning, as we see in Revelation 19:11, when Christ comes through the black clouds of the apocalypse of Armageddon. All Israel, that is all believing Israel, will be saved. A remnant will be saved to live into the Millennium.

That's basically Israel's future as I see it from a biblical viewpoint.


Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries

The nation of Israel because it's living in the "times of the Gentiles" is going to be climaxed by the "time of Jacob's trouble," which is the time of Israel's trouble. We are going to see increasing problems. Israel as I understand is under divine discipline. That's what the "time of the Gentiles" is. It's an imposition of judicial judgment and a hardening of the Jewish nation as a whole. The same time Daniel 8 calls it the "time of Israel's indignation." It's a time in which God has Israel under discipline for the purpose of provoking faith ultimately in the Messiah.

At the same time, I'm going to say the trials Israel is facing will bring them to the place where they are going to fulfill their divine role and destiny. In the past that's been done by surrounding Israel with enemies which causes them to come to a place where in repentance and desperation they cry out for their Messiah. As we come to Zechariah, we see again Jerusalem surrounded by armies. The focal point of that attack is to provoke Israel to mourn and to cry out for the Messiah to come and save them and to rescue them. Isaiah 25:6-9 is a passage that reads in part, "This is the Lord for whom we have waited that He might save us."

Part of the discipline that was imposed on Israel because of their violation of God's covenant was that He would bring these foreign armies and He would put Israel under foreign domination. They would be cast out into other lands and serve other gods, as it were, because those are the gods of those lands. But, in those distant places the Jews would seek Him, and they would find Him, and they would be regathered and restored as a people and nation.

That's what's going on even today. Everything is done with a purpose, even though it seems to be moving towards a terrible climax. The trials are all for the purpose of ultimately bringing in the wonderful day of Christ's restoration and redemption.


Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries

Zechariah 13:8 tells us that during the seven-year Tribulation two-thirds of the Jewish nation will be killed. It's going to look as though the Jewish nation is going to be annihilated. But, Zechariah goes on to say that a third, a remnant, will look toward Jesus Christ and they will call upon Him as Lord. That is the day when we go into the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ in which ten men from every nation will grab the sleeve of a Jewish man and say, "Let us go with you because we have heard that God is with you," as recorded in Zechariah 8.

For Israel, the worst time is ahead. That time is going to even surpass the Nazi Holocaust during the Tribulation. But, the best days are also ahead for Israel, in which we will see the nation of Israel as the supreme nation during the thousand year reign of Christ.


In the third and last segment concerning the future of Israel, the remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will share what the Bible has foretold.