Friday, October 24, 2014

The End Times Sign of False Teachers: The 3 Questions

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What three questions did the Apostles ask Jesus about knowing when the end times will come?

I was recently interviewed by Vic Batista, senior pastor of the Miami-based Calvary Chapel Aventura on his radio program "The Truth Will Set You Free" via TWave Radio. "Pastor Vic" (as he likes to be called) was born in the Dominican Republic and is as active in planting churches and helping orphans there as he is in southern Florida, reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to both the English and Spanish speaking audiences.

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In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" episode, we'll look at the very first sign Jesus gave in Matthew 24 which tells us that we are living in the end times — the sign of false teachers.

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Not Living in the Tribulation Right Now

Vic: Today, Nathan and I will be talking about deception and false Christ's spoken of in Matthew 24. Nathan, but first, I wanted to thank you for that very informative e-newsletter article you sent out regarding the Great Tribulation.

Nathan: Sure, Vic. I wanted to send it out to give people more information regarding our previous discussion of the Great Tribulation. A lot of people have been asking me if we are living in the Tribulation today because of all the evil going on in the world right now. I'd wanted to make it clear that we are not living in the Tribulation right now, just as you and I had discussed, and that's what I say in the newsletter.

Those interested can go to our our website and sign up for this e-newsletter free of charge.

Vic: Thank you, Nathan, for clarifying that for us, because it's important to understand as we continue on in our study that we are not at this time living during the Tribulation.

Jesus Answers 3 Questions

Vic: Nathan, would you read Matthew 24:1-3 and give a short recap?

Nathan: Certainly. The setting of Matthew 24 starts out with Jesus and His apostles at the Temple. Matthew 24:1-3 reads:

"Then Jesus went out and departed from the Temple and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the Temple. And Jesus said to them, 'Do you not see all these things? Assuredly I say to you not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.' Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, which is across from the Temple Mount, the disciples came to Him privately saying, 'Tell us, when will we see these things? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?'"

Vic: Nathan, what an amazing passage! This Temple was one of the wonders of the world to the Jews at the time, and so it must have been so surprising when Jesus declared it would be destroyed.

The Apostles were asking three separate questions here. Would you explain what they are about?

Nathan: The Temple in Jesus' time was an amazing building. It was beyond belief to those poor fishermen. It could be compared to the Taj Mahal or Congress or a pro football stadium today. The Temple was the center of worship for Israel. It was where God dwelled.

So, here are the Apostles standing there just gapping in awe at the place, and Jesus just out of the blue says basically, "Do you know what? None of this will be here much longer. It will all be torn down. Every stone will be taken down and thrown away." You can just imagine the shock on the Apostles' faces. They couldn't believe it! This place was supposed to be God's home. Why would God abandon His home?

It wasn't until later that day that the Apostles finally built up enough courage to ask Jesus why He said this. When they arrived at the Mount of Olives which overlooks the Temple Mount, the Apostles asked Jesus three questions about this.

  1. When will the Temple fall?
  2. What will be the sign of the end of the age?
  3. What will be the sign of Jesus' coming?

Those three questions actually refer to three different time periods. Their first question was, "When will the Temple fall? This was near history for them because we know the Temple fell in 70 AD when the Romans completely destroyed it.

Second, they asked, "What will be the sign of the end of the age?" That's the end of the Church Age which we are living in today which will end with the Rapture of the Church.

Third, they asked, "What will be the sign of Jesus' coming?" In other words, what are the events that come just shortly before Jesus' Second Coming?

Jesus then answered their questions by giving the Apostle ten different sets of signs that they could watch for that would indicate when each of these events would come to pass.

As we go through time, starting with the Temple falling in 70 AD, the end of the Church Age which is now, and then the end of the Tribulation which is Jesus' Second Coming — all those signs that Jesus gave would happen more frequently and more intensely the closer time gets to each of these events. The signs started out gradually with the fulfillments of the signs in 70 AD, but they will become a lot stronger and there will be a lot more of them at the end of the Church Age. Then they will be all over the place tearing the world apart at the end of the Tribulation just before Jesus' arrives.

That is the setting and the background that brought the Apostles asking those three questions.

In the second part of this discussion with Pastor Vic on the end times sign of false teachers, we'll learn how to use the Bible's litmus test to discern real from fake.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sermons From the Holy Land: The Gate to Prophecy (Part 2 of 2)

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Let's finish up my message which was presented at the Eastern Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. I'll tell you a second story of another event in my life that also got me excited about Bible prophecy.

Gate #2

When I was 12 years old, I discovered something in Bible prophecy that relates to the Eastern Gate that I'll never forget. The only sermon our church ever preached on Bible prophecy was this. The preachers said there's not one verse in the Bible that even implies that Jesus Christ will ever put His foot on this earth again. I heard that over and over again. They taught that not one verse in the Bible even implies Jesus will ever put His foot on this earth again.

We called ourselves a "New Testament Church," and we meant it. If the preacher ever said, "Bring your Bible tonight," we all knew to bring our New Testament, but not the Old Testament, because it had been nailed to the cross. The Old Testament was irrelevant. It was only something to be used for children's stories like Noah and the Ark to children. It's no wonder we didn't understand the New Testament, because we didn't even know the Old Testament.

So, there I was, about 12 years old, and I was flipping through the Bible one day. I happened to turn to Zechariah 14. I started reading Zechariah 14 and I couldn't believe my eyes. It says that in the end times Jerusalem will be surrounded by enemies. We now know that's the enemies of the Antichrist. It says that just as Jerusalem is about to fall the Messiah will come to the Mount of Olives. His foot will touch the ground and cause the mountain to split open. Then the remaining people in Jerusalem will come out and hide in the cleavage of the mountain. It says the Messiah will speak a supernatural word, and when He does, the Antichrist and his forces will be destroyed in an instant. Verse 9 says that on that day He will become King over all the earth.

Not only does it say Jesus is going to put His foot on this earth, but He's also going to reign. He's coming back to reign. He'll be King over all the earth. What a day that will be! I can hardly wait.

I was so amazed by that discovery because I grew up in a church that said, "We believe the Bible, every word of it, just exactly what it says from beginning to end, except for all prophecies concerning the Second Coming because they don't mean what they say."

With the discovery of Zechariah 14, I went to my preacher in fear and trembling, because like I said, I was only 12 years old at the time. I asked, "Sir, you say there's not one verse in the Bible that even implies Jesus will ever put His foot back on the earth again." "Yes, sir, Brother that's right." my pastor replied. I said, "Okay, well what about this?" I gave him Zechariah 14. He read the first nine verses. He just sat there and read them. It felt like an eternity. Finally he turned to me and he stuck his finger in my face and he said, "Son, I'm going to tell you something. I don't know what this means, but I will guarantee you one thing — it does not mean what it says."

You know me. I'm stubborn and persistent, after all my name is Reagan and I'm Irish. Every time a preacher would come to town and proclaim, "There's not one verse in the Bible that even…" I'd counter, "What about Zechariah 14?" They'd always say that it didn't mean what it said.

Finally, when I was about 19, we had a seminary graduate come to our church. In our denomination, seminary graduates were very rare, because our church believed seminaries were repositories of the Devil. I agree, some of them are. This guy came and he got up and said the same thing all the other pastors had said. And so, I went up to him and I asked, "What about Zechariah 14?" He didn't even hesitate. Immediately he said, "Apocalyptic!" Boy, that scared me to death. I turned around and ran off. I didn't know what that meant, but it scared me. Later, when I started preaching and people would come up and ask, "What about Zechariah 14?" I would say, "Apocalyptic!" They'd run. I didn't know whether apocalyptic was some kind of disease or what, but it worked. They'd run off and I'd just stand there grinning.

All this went on until one day a man confronted me and said, "Let me tell you something, David. Are you familiar with the First Coming prophecies of Jesus?" I answered, "Yes." He asked, "Were they literally fulfilled?" I replied, "Yes, every one of them." Then he countered, "Why wouldn't the Second Coming prophecies be the same?"

Suddenly, just like that, something clicked. I thought, "Do you know what? That's right. If the First Coming prophecies meant what they said and were literally fulfilled, then the Second Coming prophecies mean what they say and they're going to be literally fulfilled as well."

As the result of his eye-opening question, I began to study prophecy like never before. I discovered the Golden Rule of Prophetic Interpretation which is, "If the plain sense makes sense, don't look for any other sense, or you will end up with nonsense." Take biblical interpretation for its plain sense meaning.

I"ll never forget when I first started studying the book of Revelation the first commentary I ever read was by Henry Morris, the Founder of the Institute for Creation Research. He said at the very beginning basically, "I'm writing this book because people tell me the book of Revelation is hard to understand. It is not hard to understand, it is hard to believe. If you will believe it, you will understand it.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sermons From the Holy Land: The Gate to Prophecy (Part 1 of 2)

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I have been to Israel 45 times, and every time my spiritual life has been enriched. I recently took a video cameraman with me and had him shoot on the fly as I led a pilgrimage group through the land. We began in Tel Aviv, and went from there to Tiberias in the north, and then back to Jerusalem.

I'll continue to share some of the sermons I presented from that trip with you. As I do so, I think you'll come to understand why a person once wrote, "A pilgrimage to the Holy Land converts the Bible from black and white into Technicolor."

My next message was presented at the Eastern Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. There we will discover why I call the Eastern Gate the "Gate to Prophecy."

Gate #1

The Eastern Gate I call the "Gate to Prophecy." The reason for that is back in 1967, when the Six Day War broke out, I was a Professor of International Law and Politics at a university. At the time I was following very closely what was going on over in the Middle East. It fascinated me.

I was born into a Christian family and grew up in church. Every time the door opened I was there. I was at the church Sunday morning, Sunday night, Wednesday night, Vacation Bible School, gospel meetings, you name it, but I never heard of Bible prophecy. Never!

We were an Amillennial Church, and so we were taught that Jesus is never returning to this earth again. They said He'll never put His foot on this earth again, and also that the Millennium and the Tribulation are going on right now simultaneously. They said that everything is just going to come to a screaming halt when Jesus returns, but He'll never return to this earth. Instead, He'll just appear in the sky and we'll go up to Heaven, and that's it. That's why I didn't know anything about Bible prophecy growing up.

So, I'm reading the newspaper everyday about the Six Day War, and about a week after the war was over, I happened to read this news article that didn't make any sense to me. The article said that when the Israeli Defense Forces were trying to figure out how to take the Old City, it occurred to them that the Jordanians would assume they would attack from the west on the other side at the Jaffa Gate. By the way, there's only one gate on the west side of the city. The Jews decided as they always do, to go around and hit the Jordanians from the other side and catch them by surprise, and that's just what they did. In the middle of the night they moved their forces around to the other side.

The article actually stated that in the process of all of these discussions that somebody suggested the possibility of putting satchel charges on the Eastern Gate and blowing it open to really catch the enemy by surprise. But, the article stated there was a rabbi at the meeting who said something like, "You'll do that over my dead body. Nobody is going to blow open that Eastern Gate, because the Word says that the Eastern Gate will be sealed and it will remain sealed until the Messiah comes."

I thought, "What in the world is that all about?" I got out a concordance as we didn't all have computers back then. I got out a concordance and I looked up the word gate. I looked up every scripture in the Bible that had to do with the word gate. Then I happened to read Ezekiel 44 which says that the Eastern Gate will be closed and will not be reopened until the Messiah comes. Let me tell you, I couldn't believe my eyes!

So then I went to the Encyclopedia Britannica and I wondered, "Why is that gate closed? Has it always been closed? What's the deal?" I started studying on that topic and I discovered according to the Encyclopedia Britannica that nobody knows absolutely for sure why the gate was closed.

The story that has been passed down through history is that while the Jews were in the process of rebuilding the city walls, a rumor swept across Jerusalem that the Messiah was coming. The Turkish officials called the rabbis in and asked, "Who is this Messiah?" They replied, "He's going to come and deliver us from you, and the Messiah is going to reign here in Jerusalem over all the world." The Turkish officials said, "Thank you very much" and dismissed them. Then they brought in their engineers and proclaimed, "We're going to take care of that Messiah. Brick up the Eastern Gate so he can't go through it, and put a Muslim cemetery in front of it so that no Jewish holy man will ever step foot there." And so, they bricked it up and put a Muslim cemetery in front of it to block the Messiah. Whether that is true or not, I don't know, but that is the story I ran across in every source I found.

The point of all of this is that this story got me hooked on Bible prophecy. I never knew anything about Bible prophecy before. I thought, "I'm seeing this fulfilled before my very eyes." I immediately started studying Bible prophecy back then in 1967, and the more I studied it the more amazed I became. As I saw prophecies about the regathering of the Jewish people, the reestablishment of the Jewish State, the reclamation of the land of Israel, the revival of the Hebrew language, the reoccupation of the City of Jerusalem by the Jews, and the growth of Israeli military power — all of that was prophesied. The Bible prophesied that all the nations of the world would come together against Israel over the issue of Jerusalem, which is where we are right now in history.

So, why I call the Eastern Gate my Gate to Prophecy? It's because it's what got me interested in studying God's prophetic word, and finally brought me to the point where I gave up my academic career to spend the rest of my life talking about Bible prophecy.

In the second part of this sermon from the Holy Land presented at the Eastern Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, I'll tell the story of another event in my life that got me excited about Bible prophecy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Freedom Friday on Signs of the End Times

Nathan JonesBy Nathan Jones

On Friday, October 10th, I was interviewed by Pastor Carl Gallups on his hard-hitting radio program called Freedom Friday. The program addresses current social and political hot topics from a biblical perspective. There's nothing PC about Freedom Friday!

The pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, Carl is a 12 year veteran of conservative and Christian talk radio. His shows are heard in four states along the Gulf Coast on a 25,000 watt AM station (WEBY) and streams live over the Internet and smart-phone app. Freedom Friday has a huge regional audience and a large national and international audience. He is the author of the best-selling books, The Magic Man in the Sky, and The Rabbi Who Found Messiah. He is also the founder of the PPSIMMONS YouTube ministry channel and an aggressive and staunch defender of the faith.

Carl has been a frequent special guest on Christ in Prophecy and speaker at our Lamb & Lion Ministries annual conferences.

In this interview below, Carl and I discuss Bible prophecies proclaimed 2,500-2,000 years ago are finally being fulfilled in our day, indicating that Jesus Christ will be returning very soon.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Book Review of The Mystery of the Shemitah

Dr. David R. ReaganBy

In the May-June 2013 issue of our Lamplighter magazine we featured Jonathan Cahn on the cover. We did so not because of his book, The Harbinger, but because of the phenomenal sermon that he delivered in January of that year at the Presidential Inaugural Breakfast. In that sermon he presented one of the most powerful indictments of the sins of America I have ever heard. And he clearly warned that our nation is begging for the wrath of God. He concluded his remarks by calling the nation to repentance before God delivers us from judgment to destruction (listen to that sermon).

This warning to America had also been the theme of Cahn's book, The Harbinger. But this crucial theme seemed to get lost in all the controversy that the book stirred up among Bible prophecy experts. Incredibly, instead of focusing on his theme and praising God for it, most of them attacked the book for "applying to the United States a prophecy that was intended for Israel" — namely Isaiah 9:10. This criticism ignored the fact that Isaiah 9:10 is not a prophecy. It is a descriptive verse that tells how the nation of Israel responded to a remedial judgment of God in defiance rather than repentance, just as we did after the 9/11 attacks. It was a perfectly justifiable use of the verse.

The Harbinger

They also attacked the book because they claimed that Cahn had stated that America had a special covenant relationship with God, like biblical Israel. But Cahn had never said that. What he did say is that the founders of this nation felt that God had called the nation into being for a special purpose — namely, to spread the Gospel around the world. And yes, they believed they had a special covenant relationship with God. That is an historical fact.

There were many other trivial attacks on the book that amounted to nothing. It became clear to me that Satan did not want anyone to pay attention to the book's powerful call for national repentance. So he motivated malicious attacks on the author and the book in order to divert attention from the message.

Now comes a new book from Jonathan Cahn called The Mystery of the Shemitah. The sensational sub-title of the book declares: The 3,000-Year-Old Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, the World's Future, and Your Future! I assume that line was written by an overzealous advertising executive.

The Mystery of the Shemitah

The Shemitah (pronounced Shmi-tah in Hebrew) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and it is still observed in contemporary Judaism. In Leviticus 25:1-7 the Jewish people were commanded by God to allow their land to rest every seventh year. The land was to be given a Sabbath rest, and there was to be no sowing or reaping during that year. Further, God promised them that if they would be obedient to this law, He would bless them in the sixth year with an abundant crop sufficient for three years (Leviticus 25:20-21). It was their violation of this law that led to the Babylonian captivity of the Jews. They were assigned one year of captivity for each of the 70 Shemitahs they had neglected to observe (2 Chronicles 36:21).

In his new book, Cahn tries valiantly to apply this law to the United States, arguing that because of our rebellion against God, He has been placing remedial judgments on our nation at the beginning and ending of each seven year cycle of the Shemitah, mainly in the form of fluctuations of the stock market.

I am sorry to say that I think Cahn is way off base with this thesis, and I recently told him so when he visited our headquarters and we recorded two television programs with him.

Jonathan Cahn on Christ in Prophecy

It is one thing to apply an Old Testament spiritual principle to our nation, such as the one in 2 Chronicles 7:14, or to apply a descriptive passage, such as the one in Isaiah 9:10 — but it is something else entirely to apply an Old Testament command given exclusively to the Jewish people and exclusively for their land. The law of the Shemitah simply has no application to a Gentile nation in the 21st Century.

Further, this is a command that was part of the Law of Moses, which was a covenant between God and Israel exclusively, and which was invalidated by the institution of the New Covenant at the death of Jesus. As the Apostle Paul put it, the New Covenant "has made the first obsolete" (Hebrews 8:13).

Another major problem with Cahn's thesis is that, as I told him personally, it is based on the Hebrew calendar "which is a total mess." In the July-August 2000 issue of our magazine we published an in-depth article about the Jewish calendar. The calculation of the years of the Jewish calendar, according to the Talmud, was done in the 2nd Century A.D. by Rabbi R. Yose. As you will see in my article about the Jewish calendar, his calculations are off by more than 250 years! So, for example, instead of this being the year 5775, it should be about 6025 to 6030.

How does this affect Cahn's thesis about the Shemitah? The calendar is such a mess that no one can say for sure when it is a Jubilee Year, much less what is the year of a Shemitah. Cahn claimed to me that the Shemitah years have been recorded since the time of Christ. Maybe so, but the Bible makes it clear that the Shemitah applies only when Israel is in the land (Deuteronomy 31:10–13), and Israel was out of the land for over 1,800 years until the re-establishment of the state in May of 1948. Since the re-establishment of the state occurred in the Jewish year of 1947-1948, the first Shemitah would be 1954-1955, which makes a shambles of Cahn's calculations.

But there is even a problem with this calculation. That's because the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Ovadiah Yosef (1920 - 2013), took the position that the biblical obligation of the Shemitah holds only when a majority of the Jewish people is living in the biblical Land of Israel. That requirement is yet to be fulfilled in two ways. First, the Jewish population of Israel is slightly more than 6 million, which is not half the Jewish population of the world (13.3 million). And the Jews have not yet regained the land of biblical times.

I think this new book by Cahn is most unfortunate. There is no need to resort to the theatrics of "mysteries" to prove that America is in rebellion against God and is courting the judgment of God. All we need to do is read 2 Chronicles 36:15-16:

15) The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them [the Jewish people] again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;
16) but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sermons From the Holy Land: The Nine Wars of the End Times (Part 4 of 4)

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Let's finish up my fifth message which was presented at the ancient fortress of Megiddo that overlooks the Valley of Armageddon. We will survey the seventh through the ninth of the nine prophetic wars of the end times.

The Middle East Campaign of the Antichrist — Daniel 11

To summarize, we've got the first end times war — the War of Psalm 83. Second follows is the War of Gog and Magog. Both of those probably happening before the Tribulation. The initial wars of the Tribulation the first 3.5 years sees a Conventional War followed closely by a Nuclear War. Fifthly, there is a war in the heavens occurring during the middle of the Tribulation. Sixthly, the War of the Antichrist against the Jews happens during the second half of the Tribulation. Satan begins to persecute the Jews and tries to kill every last Jew and Tribulation Saint on planet earth.

While the Antichrist remains obsessed with killing Jews and Tribulation Saints, it's during that time his attention will get so distracted from his kingdom that he just completely loses it. He's become so focused on killing all the Jews.

At that point all the nations of Asia will say, "This is our opportunity. Let's revolt against this madman." They begin to march across Asia with an army of 200 million. In Daniel 11, we read that the Antichrist hears of these armies coming and he becomes very distressed. He decides he must make an invasion into the Middle East immediately, engaging in the seventh war of the end times.

The Antichrist brings his armies from Rome and he invades the Middle East. He goes down to Egypt and then back up into Israel. He camps his army in the Valley of Armageddon and waits there for all of these hundreds of millions of other Eastern soldiers to come. They are converging from all over the world as he waits.

What I find interesting is it says in Daniel 11 that the Antichrist is not allowed to go into Jordan. The reason for that is that when the Jews flee Jerusalem in the middle of the Tribulation, they are going to flee into Jordan. That's going to be their safe haven, possibly at Petra, and they will be protected there by God.

Another reason I believe that is so is because it says in the book of Isaiah that when the Messiah returns, He goes first to Bozrah in Jordan and apparently picks up the Jewish remnant there. He brings them with Him as He comes to Jerusalem where He lands on the Mount of Olives.

The Battle of Armageddon — Joel 3, Zechariah 14, and Revelation 19

Let's go from the war of the Antichrist against the Saints and the Jews to the end of the Tribulation. By the end of the Tribulation, all of the Antichrist's armies are encamped in the Valley of Armageddon. Two-hundred million more troops are still coming from the East to converge on that valley.

Suddenly, at the end of the Tribulation, the Lord breaks from the heavens on a white war horse. He returns to the Mount of Olives. When He touches the mount it splits in half. Zechariah 14 says Jesus speaks a supernatural word. This is the One who spoke and the whole universe came into existence. Jesus speaks a supernatural word, and when He does, it's like a neutron bomb goes off. It says all of the people gathered in the Valley of Armageddon that suddenly their tongues melt in their mouth, their eyeballs melt in their sockets, and their skin falls off their bodies. It's no wonder that the valley will be full of blood as high as a horses bridle. It's just going to be incredible!

There is no Battle of Armageddon really. The Lord just speaks. He doesn't send out an army because He just speaks, and the Antichrist and his forces cease to exist.

I wish that were the last battle in history, but it's not.

The Second Battle of Gog & Magog — Revelation 20

At that point, the Lord Jesus Christ judges everyone who is left alive at the end of the Tribulation, both Jew and Gentile. Notice here there's a Jewish judgment and a Gentile judgment. He allows all those at the end of the Tribulation who believe in Him and have put their faith in Him to go into the Millennium in the flesh. The Millennium begins with a very small group of people. They are Jews and Gentiles who have lived to the end of the Tribulation and who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Raptured believers will live during Christ's Millennial Kingdom as well, but in glorified bodies. We will reign over those in the flesh. That's one of the rewards we receive. We are going to have degrees of rewards. One will reign over one city, one will reign over two cities, one will reign over five cities, and another over ten cities. That's part of our rewards. We will be scattered all over the earth to reign over those who are in physical bodies.

Those who come in the Millennium in the flesh will begin to repopulate the earth very, very rapidly. In the book of Micah it says that those who live during that time will live as long as a tree. It says if a person were to die at the age of 100, they would be wept over as if they were a baby. What's going to happen is God is going to return the lifespan of man to what it was at the beginning when people lived 800-900 years. They will live throughout the whole Millennium and they will be repopulating the earth. The population of the earth will grow exponentially. We will be in charge of governing all these people under the Lord Jesus Christ.

At the end of the Millennial reign of Jesus, a time when the earth has been flooded with peace, righteousness and justice for 1,000 years, Satan will be released. This whole time Satan has been held captive in a pit, but by the end of the Millennial kingdom he is going to be released.

People ask, "Why would Satan be released? Why would the Lord do that?" I think one of the reasons is because God is going to use the Millennium to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the evil in the world is due to the evil in our hearts and not to the evil in society. History goes in a cycle. It begins with two people in a perfect environment who rebel against God, and it ends up with all of mankind in a rebellion against God.

The ninth and last war in history is the Second War of Gog and Magog. It occurs at the end of the millennial reign of Jesus when God destroys supernaturally all of the forces that come against Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.

No More War

After that is when we enter into the Eternal State. Never again will there be any war whatsoever. It will be a time of eternal peace. I can hardly wait for that day to come, but there's going to be a lot of conflict beforehand.

What is the message of all this? The message is very simple. God is in control. God has the wisdom and power to orchestrate all the evil of mankind to the triumph of Jesus Christ. He's in control. The message is that all of us who've put their faith in Jesus Christ will win in the end. Hallelujah!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sermons From the Holy Land: The Nine Wars of the End Times (Part 3 of 4)

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Let us continue on with my fifth message which was presented at the ancient fortress of Megiddo that overlooks the Valley of Armageddon. We will survey the fifth and sixth of the nine prophetic wars of the end times.

The War in the Heavens — Revelation 12

To summarize, first we have the Psalm 83 War in which Israel defeats its inner ring of enemies. Second is the Ezekiel 38 and 39 War of Gog and Magog where God defeats the outer ring of Israel's enemies. In addition to that, thirdly we have the Conventional War of the Tribulation followed fourthly by the Nuclear War of the Tribulation.

Now for the fifth war. In the middle of the Tribulation, there's going to be yet another war, and it will be a supernatural war. Revelation 12 reveals that suddenly Satan decides one last time to try to take the throne of God, right there during the middle of the Tribulation. He and his angels make an attack upon the throne of God and upon Heaven itself. He tries one last time to remove God from power.

The Bible says that when that happens, Michael who is the commander and chief of the armies of God and his angels confront Satan and his angels in the atmosphere of this planet. There's a great battle. As a result of that battle, it says Satan is defeated. He's cast down to earth, and it says he has no more access to the throne of God.

Did you know that Satan still has access to the throne of God? He can condemn us. He can charge us before the throne of God. I'd love to see that because I can just see him up there before the throne of God attacking me and Jesus saying, "Oh, by the way, David is covered by my blood. You might as well forget about him."

Satan is cast down to the earth. Now, take a look at this amazing statement in Revelation 12. It says when Satan is cast down to earth, he knows his time is short. That means Satan knows Bible prophecy!

That's why when people ask me, "Do you think the Antichrist is alive today?" I reply, "Yeah. He's always been alive. Always." Satan knows Bible prophecy, but he doesn't know timing. All throughout history he's always had a candidate that he is ready to anoint. When God plays His card, Satan is going to play his card. It might have been Mussolini at one time, or Hitler, or whomever, but he's always ready to play his card. The Antichrist has always been alive. Satan's always had a candidate ready to go.

The War Against the Jews and the Saints — Revelation 12

Once banished from God's throne room, Satan knows his time is short. He knows he's only got 3.5 years remaining before Jesus returns in victory, and so he becomes obsessed with one thing — the destruction of every Jew on planet earth. Satan hates the Jews with a passion. He hates them because God gave the Bible through them. He hates them because God gave the Messiah through them. He hates them because they are the chosen people of God. He hates them because God has said in the end times, "I'm going to save a great remnant of the Jews," and he doesn't want to see even one Jew saved.

In the book of Zechariah we're told that in the last 3.5 years of the Tribulation that two-thirds of the Jews on planet earth will be destroyed by Satan. It will be a greater holocaust than the Nazi Holocaust. But, the glorious thing is that by the end of the Tribulation a remnant that's left is going to look upon Jesus whom they've pierced and they're going to weep and wail and mourn and cry out, "Baruch haba beshem, Adonai!" That means, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Jesus said He would not come back until the Jewish people are willing to say that, and by the end of the Tribulation that's when they are going to say it.

The Tribulation brings people to an end of themselves. In the Old Testament, Israel ran to Egypt all the time. Today they run to the United States all the time. But, they are going to get to the point at the end of the Tribulation where there's no one to turn to because all the nations of the world are opposed to them. The only thing they can turn to is God, and they will indeed turn to God. The veil will be lifted and a great remnant will be saved.

In the fourth and last part of this sermon from the Holy Land presented at the ancient fortress of Megiddo that overlooks the Valley of Armageddon, we'll survey the seventh through the ninth of the nine prophetic wars of the end times.