Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Regathering of the Jewish People: Relevant Prophecies

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy

One of the greatest examples of God's continuing love for the Jewish people can be found in the most important prophetic development of the 20th Century.

When I think back on the 20th Century and all its amazing events, I am reminded of some words found in Habakkuk 1:5. They constitute a statement made by God to the prophet:

Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days — You would not believe if you were told.

The 20th Century was full of momentous events that no one could have foreseen in 1900. Looking back on that century, what would you consider to be the most important event from a biblical perspective — particularly from the viewpoint of Bible prophecy?

World Wars I and II?

The Great Depression?

The advent of space travel?

The collapse of Communism?

The reunification of Europe?

The resurgence of Islam?

The answer from a biblical perspective is none of these events. The most important development of the 20th Century — more important than all of these events put together — was the worldwide regathering of the Jewish people to their homeland.

And lest you think I am exaggerating, let me prove it to you.

The Relevant Prophecies

There are many Bible prophecies concerning the regathering of the Jewish people in unbelief. In fact, their regathering in unbelief is the most prolific prophecy in the Old Testament Scriptures.

Jeremiah 16:14-15 — Let's take a look at three of the most important of those prophecies. The first is found in Jeremiah 16. It is mind-boggling. Read it carefully:

14) "Therefore behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be said, 'As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,'

15) but, 'As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.' For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers."

This same prophecy is repeated verbatim in Jeremiah 23:7-8.

You cannot fully appreciate what is said in these verses unless you know something about Judaism. The one event that all Jews consider to be the greatest miracle in their history is the deliverance of their ancestors from Egyptian captivity under the leadership of Moses.

But this scripture passage asserts that a time will come when the Jews will look back on their history and proclaim that their regathering from the four corners of the earth — the event that began in the 1890s and continues to this day — was a greater miracle than their deliverance from Egyptian slavery. In other words the regathering in the 20th Century will eclipse the Exodus!

This means that you and I are privileged to witness one of the greatest miracles of history. And yet, the average Christian has no appreciation for what is happening because he is ignorant of Bible prophecy and he has been taught that God is finished with the Jews. Therefore, the current regathering is simply viewed as an accident of history.

Isaiah 11:10-12 — The second prophecy I want to bring to your attention is found in Isaiah 11:

10) Then in that day the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, who will stand as a signal for the peoples...

11) Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12) And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Some have tried to debunk any modern application of this prophecy by claiming that it was fulfilled about 500 years before the time of Jesus by the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity. But that cannot be. The passage refers to a "second" regathering (the return from Babylon being the first). Further, it states this will be a regathering "from the islands of the sea," which is a Hebrew colloquialism for the whole world, as is made clear in verse 12 where it states that the regathering will be "from the four corners of the earth." Also, verse 12 says that "the banished ones" of both Israel and Judah will be regathered. The return from Babylon was a regathering of Jews from Judah.

Ezekiel 37 — The third prophecy is found in Ezekiel 37. This is the famous prophecy of the Valley of the Dry Bones. The prophet was placed in a valley full of bones and told to preach to them. As he did so, the bones began to come together, flesh grew back upon them and they came to life, becoming "an exceedingly great army" (Ezekiel 37:1-10). At that point, the Lord explained to Ezekiel what he was witnessing:

11) Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.'

12 "Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.'"

This is a symbolic prophecy. The dry bones represent the Jewish people in their end time dispersion, with no hope of ever existing again as a nation. The resurrection from their graves represents their regathering from the nations where they had been dispersed.

We can be assured of this interpretation because it is the one that God Himself provides later in the chapter:

21) "Say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;

22) and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms.'"

Again, those who are determined to argue that God has no purpose left for the Jewish people, attempt to invalidate these verses as an end time prophecy by arguing that they were fulfilled when the Jews returned from Babylonian captivity. But that simply cannot be.

The entire chapter has an end time context. It speaks of a regathering from "the nations," and not just from Babylon (verse 21). It says this regathering will result in a union of Jews from both Israel and Judah (verse 19). And it says that following this regathering, the Jewish people will turn their hearts to God and will become "My people" (verse 23).

At verse 24, the chapter moves into the Millennial Reign of Jesus as it speaks of David (in his glorified body) once again becoming the king of the Jewish people. Further, it states that at that time, "the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel..." (verse 28).


In the second segment of our series on the prophetic fulfillment of the regathering of the Jewish people, we'll look at the historical event that began the modern movement of Jews back to Israel.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Converging End Times Signs: Interpreting Daniel 12

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How are we to interpret Daniel 12:4?

On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.


Bill Salus


Interpreting Daniel 12:4

Bill Salus: As we look at the course of Israel's history and its miraculous present existence, we see prophecy being fulfilled.

In your book Living on Borrowed Time, you asked 22 Bible prophecy experts a series of questions. Let's look at question number four.

But first, I want to segue into it by talking about Tim LaHaye changing his disposition on the interpretation of Matthew 24. We as honest students of Bible prophecy cannot be dogmatic. We look at Bible prophecy through a glass dimly, which is how I like to say it. The closer we get to a prophetic event, the clearer it becomes to us, just as if we where looking through that glass. So, we are still trying to share notes among each other. That's why I appreciate the fact that you sought out the thoughts of multiple Bible prophecy teachers.

One of your questions involved how does one interpret Daniel 4 where he says, "Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase." In other words, Daniel could interpret dreams and was such a good prophet and understood prophecy so well, but he was beside himself trying to interpret the end times prophecies relative to his people. The angel sent to give him the message told Daniel to seal up the vision in the book until the time of the end, because that's when it would be able to be discerned.

To reiterate, your question was, "How do you interpret Daniel 12:4?" What were the responses on that question?

Dr. Reagan: We had a variety of responses to it. That's what makes their responses so interesting to read. I would say the majority viewpoint definitely was the view that this refers to the fact that in the end times travel and education would be vastly increased. Knowledge and education would both vastly increase.

Other Bible prophecy experts said they thought Daniel 12's reference simply referred to the fact that the book of Daniel would be better understood. People would be searching to and fro for understanding of the book of Daniel. They believe the verses didn't have anything to do with travel or education.

I think the majority viewpoint was that it did have to do with travel and education. I tend to take that view, because I think that the Bible indicates there and also in the statements of Jesus that in the end times we are going to see everything on what I call the "exponential curve." In other words, there's going to be more hurricanes happening more intensely, more earthquakes happening more intensely, more knowledge, a greater population, and everything else is going to rise as if on an exponential curve. I have a whole presentation about that, as well as is contained in my book.

Every aspect of life in the 20th century on was rising along the exponential curve. I call it the Accelerator Principle. This also includes world evangelism. We are just seeing an explosion of growth in every area of life. And so, I think Daniel 12:4 is pointing to that rise.

Bill Salus: Yes, I would agree with all three of those points. I think the Daniel passage is dealing with travel, education and information, and also finally a better discernment of Daniel's prophecies. These are the very things Daniel was told to seal up, because it wasn't going to make sense to him at his place and time, but it would make sense to the generation that would need that information.

Dr. Reagan: Basically, what the Lord told Daniel there was to quit wringing your hands over it and being worried about it. Just write what He said down! When the time comes for it to be understood, it will be understood. That's one of the reasons I believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return. We are understanding prophecies we have never understood before!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Converging End Times Signs: The Fig Tree Prophecy

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How does one interpret the Fig Tree Prophecy?

On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.


Bill Salus


The Fig Tree Prophecy

Bill Salus: This other question from your book Living on Borrowed Time is very important. How do you interpret Matthew 24:32-35?

"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

Dr. Reagan: We had a very interesting scattering of responses there. Twenty people responded to this question and there were two who did not. Of the 20 who responded, ten took the position that, yes, it does refer to Israel. They believe that the fig tree is the symbol of Israel. The passage speaks of putting forth leaves. Jesus was prophesying that the state of Israel would be re-established in the end times. That was our majority view.

There were others who said they didn't think that this passage had anything to do with Israel. They had good biblical arguments about why they believe what they believe. I think that it was interesting that Tim LaHaye took the position that he did not believe that passage referred to Israel. He felt that it simply referred to all of the signs coming together in the end times.

Bill, what was your position on Matthew 24:32-35?

Bill Salus: I do believe that Israel is the "super sign" of the end times, and so that was what Christ was saying in Matthew 24. He actually gave a whole specific list of end times signs in response to the questions of the apostles, and then He said, "Now learn this..." So, in other words, Jesus singled the fig tee out as the super sign. I was among the 10 who would say that, yes, the fig tree rebudding refers to Israel.

Dr. Reagan: I find it very interesting that Tim LaHaye has changed his position in just in the last few months. He suddenly decided that he was wrong about the meaning of the fig tree. He decided that he really did believe that indeed the fig tree does apply to Israel. That's a major change for him. He often will speak up and say to the effect, "On the basis of studying this, I've decided it doesn't mean that. It means something else." He's always in a very fertile state of mind which isn't stuck in certain interpretations.

Bill Salus: I did read in your magazine about Tim LaHaye's change on the interpretation of the fig tree. He gave Old Testament quotes from Hosea and Jeremiah where you do see Israel pictured as a fig tree as the symbol of the nation of Israel.

Dr. Reagan: That symbol is very important, because the nation of Israel is pictured that way. To me, the whole context of Matthew 24:32-35 also emphasizes Israel is the fig tree. A day or two before Jesus gave that passage, He was walking over the Mount of Olives and He suddenly put a curse on a fig tree. It actually dwindled before His very eyes. That's what I call "symbolic prophecy." The fig tree represents Israel. What Jesus was showing there is because Israel had rejected Him as Messiah, God was going to pour out His wrath upon the nation. The nation would be set aside for awhile. Then, a couple of days later, Jesus says, "You remember that fig tree? Watch it. One day it will bloom again, and when that happens, all these things are going to occur."


In the fifth and last segment of my interview with Bill Salus concerning the converging end times signs, we'll discuss how to interpret Daniel 12:4.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Converging End Times Signs: The Second Most Important Sign

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What is the second most important end times sign?

On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.


Bill Salus


The Second Most Important Sign

Bill Salus: What do you think is the second most important sign of the end times?

Dr. Reagan: My Living on Borrowed Time panel of 22 Bible prophecy experts gave some very interesting answers to that question, "What do you consider to be the second most important sign of the end times?" I knew there would be a lot of scattering of answers to that, and that's exactly what happened.

Apostasy — Six of the experts said that they thought that the second most important sign was spiritual corruption in the Church today. That certainly is a major sign, because the Bible speaks over and over of the fact that in the end times there is going to be tremendous apostasy in the Church. Not only the development of cults, but in the Church itself there is going to bring in all kinds of spiritual darkness and apostasy. Oh, Brother, are we are seeing that all around us today! We're right up to our ears in apostasy.

You know, 20 years ago, if I had told you that I believe churches would be ordaining homosexuals and performing homosexual marriages, you would have thought I was as crazy as a loon. And yet, that's happened. It's happened in a very short period of time.

We've got major "evangelical" leaders today who are denying that Jesus is the only way to God. They are claiming that there are many different roads to God.

There's gross apostasy in the Church today, and the term "evangelical" has ceased to have any meaning.

Revival of the Roman Empire — Four of our people decided that they thought the second most important development was the revival of the Old Roman Empire through its resurrection in the form of the European Union today. That certainly is a very important development that people have talked about for several hundred years. Long have we known that was going to happen, and so it has happened right before our very eyes.

God and Magog — Third place was the Ezekiel 38-39 alignment of nations that are going to align up with Russia. The nations that are going to align with Russia are all Muslim today. That alignment is happening right now. We are seeing Iran for example forming an alliance with Russia that has never existed before.

Technology — Tied with one other sign was modern technology. Things such as the Internet and satellites are helping us to understand prophecies we never understood before.

For example, the Bible says in Revelation 11 that there will be two great witnesses of God who in Jerusalem will prophesy for the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation. Their mission is to call the world to repentance. They will be killed 3.5 years in and the whole world will look upon their bodies for 3.5 days. Nobody understood that prophecy until the mid-1960's. How could the whole world look upon two bodies lying in the streets of Jerusalem? Well, today there is satellite television. All you have to do is point a TV camera at them, zap it up to a satellite, and the whole world can watch.

Jerusalem — Two of our respondents, one who has gone on to be with the Lord being Jack Kinsella, picked out the Jewish reoccupation of the city of Jerusalem on June 7, 1967 as the second most important sign.

There were others who picked other signs. It was very interesting to read all of the different second most important signs that people selected.

Bill Salus: Among the second most important signs you mentioned was the revival of the Roman Empire. That's an important sign to be watching. Another book David's written is called The Man of Lawlessness: The Antichrist in the Tribulation. It's a very good book where you dispel the trend towards some of these people thinking that the Antichrist will be a Muslim. One of the detractors to the sign of the revival of the Old Roman Empire is this new paradigm shift, not embraced by a lot of traditional teachers such as yourself and me, is those who believe the Antichrist will come from an Islamic state. That idea detracts from the importance of the miracle that is the revival of the Roman Empire.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, here is a major prophecy being fulfilled right before our very eyes, and they are yawning over it. The Muslim Antichrist people are saying, "Oh, the European Union doesn't have anything to do with end times. The end times are all going to occur over there in the Muslim world."


In the fourth segment of my interview with Bill Salus concerning the converging end times signs, we'll discuss the meaning of the fig tree prophecy.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Converging End Times Signs: The Most Important Sign

Dr. David R. ReaganMP3 PDFBy

What is the single most important end times sign?

On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.


Bill Salus


The Most Important Sign

Bill Salus: Among those signs of the end times, the second question you asked the Living on Borrowed Time panel was, "What do you consider to be the single most important sign of the times, and why?"

Dr. Reagan: Yes, I decided to zero in on finding out what the single most important sign of the times would be to those Bible prophecy experts, thinking that probably they would give the same answer they gave to question one — the return of Israel as a nation. But, that wasn't the answer at all.

Question one was answered, "Yes, we believe we are in the season, but it is all because of the convergence of all of these signs." And, when I got to question number two, I asked, "What do you consider to be the single most important sign of the times?" Well, overwhelmingly people historically point to the re-establishment of Israel in 1948, but now they mention other things, such as the decay of society and the upheaval in the Middle East, and things of that nature. The majority continues to focus on the re-establishment of Israel. Bill, you also know how true that is, because end time Bible prophecy focuses on Israel and the Middle East.

Nearly 500 years ago, the Puritans began to study Bible prophecy in detail. From that study, they began to believe that Scripture means what it says. You should take Scripture for its plain sense meaning.

The Puritans also began to say the Bible says that in the end times the Jewish people would be regathered from the four corners of the earth and the nation of Israel re-established. Those of us who take Bible prophecy to mean what it says have always believed that.

It's wonderful to go back into the 19th Century books that were written then by people who believed Bible prophecy, and also in the early 20th Century, and they said over and over that the Jews are going to be regathered and the land of Israel is going to be re-established. People just laughed at that claim, and mocked and jeered at them. Some people continued to mock even up to the very day of May 14, 1948, when the nation of Israel was re-established. So, they claimed, "Israel won't last a week because it's surrounded by 250 million Muslims who are going to come in and destroy the new nation." The nations have tried over and over and over to eradicate Israel, but Israel is still existing to this day.

Bill Salus: As a matter of fact, David, in your magazine, The Lamplighter, you deal with this very subject. Proof of God's existence comes in part through Israel's ongoing role in Bible prophecy. Israel and Bible prophecy is a fantastic proof for God's existence. I really enjoyed the article.

There are evidences of the existence of God due to the rebirth of the nation of Israel, which fulfilled many prophecies, along with Israel's reclamation of the barren land. Take just a moment to talk about some of the highlights on how we can prove God's existence.

Dr. Reagan: All my life I've been told that there is no way you can prove the existence of God. You just simply have to come to a point where you take a leap of faith and you believe that God exists. People then "leap" for various reasons. It may be because of the complexity of life, or the nature of Creation, or whatever.

Just about a year ago, I read a remarkable book by Carl Gallups, a pastor in Florida. His best-selling book is called The Magic Man in the Sky. He has been debating Atheist for some time now, and that's what they call God — the magic man in the sky. He points out in this book that God is neither a magician, nor is He a man, nor does He reside in the sky.

The thing that gripped me about Gallup's book was about mid-way through he claimed he could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that God exists. The way he did it was by using Bible prophecy concerning the Jews. It suddenly occurred to me, he's absolutely correct!

You can take the Bible and read what it says, prophecies written 2,500 years ago and even longer than that, about the end times. They are very specific prophecies. They're not vague. They're not general. They're not babble like the prophecies of Nostradamus.

Instead, these prophecies concerning the Jews are very specifically detailed prophecies. They say that in the end times the Jewish people will be scattered all over the world, but that then they will then be regathered and their nation will be reestablished. They will re-occupy the city of Jerusalem, which occurred on June 7, 1967.

Also, the land of Israel will be reclaimed. For the 2,000 years the Jews were banished out of the land, the land became a desolation that nobody wanted. All the trees were cut down. It became a barren wasteland of malaria infested swamps. And yet, the Bible says very specifically in Ezekiel that when the Jews come back into the land, the land will become like the Garden of Eden once again. That's exactly what has happened.

The Bible talks about the revival of the Hebrew language, which has occurred in the last 100 years.

Prophecy talks about Israel becoming a super power in terms of military power. They will devour all the nations roundabout who try to attack them. The Bible tells us that all the Arab nations will try to attack Israel and try to take Israel's land from them.

The Bible contains specific prophecy after prophecy after prophecy, all of which are being specifically fulfilled in great detail in our day and time. The only way that you can explain that is that the Bible must have supernatural knowledge, and that supernatural knowledge must of come from the Creator of the Universe.

Bill Salus: David, you take a lot of tours to Israel. I went for my first time recently and I was just fascinated, for I got to see these prophecies alive and in the flesh.


In the third segment of my interview with Bill Salus concerning the converging end times signs, we'll discuss what many Bible prophecy experts believe is the second most important end times sign.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Converging End Times Signs: Living on Borrowed Time

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Why is the message of the soon return of Jesus Christ such a passion of yours?

On the March 8th edition of the radio program Prophecy Update, I was interviewed by Bill Salus, author of the popular Psalm 83-themed book Isralestine and evangelist on the end times website Prophecy Depot. Bill and I spent much of the interview discussing how mankind is living on borrowed time. The fact that all the end times Bible prophecies are presently stage setting evidences that the return of Christ in the Rapture could happen at any moment.


Bill Salus


Living on Borrowed Time

Bill Salus: The theme of what we are going to talk about today is a book Dr. David Reagan has written. Dave, you have written many books, but the one in particular I'd like to discuss is called, Living on Borrowed Time.

I really think this is an important book, because what Dr. Reagan has done in his book is demonstrate how all the end time signs seem to be converging. He put together a panel of about 22 Bible prophecy experts and asked them questions that are very significant. We here on "Prophecy Update" are going to go through some of the questions Dr. Reagan posed and see what the experts are saying about how we are truly living in the end times.

Yesterday I was at a church's courtyard signing some books and I had a young man of about 25 years old come up to me. He was sitting at my table with his mom. She had her Bible open and was trying to impress upon him that he is possibly that final generation because we are living in the last days. But, he was really struggling with that concept. So, they called me over to sit by him and talk with him a little bit. Of course, I gave him my reasons, and some of those same reasons I had given you when you interviewed me for your book. I also referred him to Living on Borrowed Time, because in your book you've got all these important answers, particularly about all these different signs that are converging.

Tell me a little bit about your book. Then, I want to go through some of the questions that you asked these Bible prophecy experts.

Dr. Reagan: Sure. I begin the book by talking about scriptural principles that apply to the return of Jesus. These are just the fundamental principles, like the fact that Jesus has promised to return. There are some people who deny that Jesus will ever come back, and so I talk about that viewpoint, which is called Amillennialism, and explain why it is unbiblical.

I also talk about the fact that we cannot know the date of Jesus' return, but that we can know the season of His return because we have been given signs to watch for. Those signs are happening right now.

In the second part of the book, I go into the prophetic forum where I interview 22 different Bible prophecy experts, including you, Bill. I ask them about eleven different questions.

In the third section of the book, I have a number of chapters in detail of what I consider to be the key signs of the end times. These signs are the re-establishment of Israel, the revival of the Roman Empire, the proliferation of cults, the convulsion of nature, the growth of apostasy, the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit, and topics of that nature.

Finally, in the last section, I talk about the challenges to the Church, because the Church is asleep today. The Church is not preaching the soon coming of Jesus, and therefore Christian are apathetic about His return.

The section I think people will find most fascinating is the section where I ask eleven questions of 22 different Bible prophecy experts.

Bill Salus: I want to go through some of those questions in a moment. You've written other books similar to this where you have had other forums, and even had Christ in Prophecy TV shows discussing these questions.


Passion For Prophecy

Bill Salus: Firstly, I do want to say that I think it is very important that your message and your ministry is so glued onto the fact that Jesus is coming very soon. You preach the Rapture it is an imminent event and that should put Christians on the edge of their seat to be called to holiness and evangelism. Let's talk about that for just a moment, and then we will get into some of those questions.

Dr. Reagan: Yes, the message of Jesus' soon return is the passion of my heart. I was a professor of International Law and Politics for 20 years before I'd began studying Bible prophecy in detail. Since then, that message has really gripped me. Very clearly we are living in the season of the Lord's return, identifiable because of the signs of the times. I gave up that career and stepped out in faith in 1980 to start preaching this message, and that's become the fundamental message of this ministry — that we are living on borrowed time.

That we are living in the season of the Lord's return is a two-edge sword that cuts two ways. For the believer in Christ, the message is — commit your life to holiness and commit your life to evangelism. For the unbeliever, it means flee into the loving arms of Jesus before it is too late, because He is coming back to pour out the wrath of God upon this world. People need to get right with Jesus right away.

I have this sense of urgency. I believe we are living in the most exciting period of world history, second only to the First Coming of Jesus Christ.


Season of the Lord's Return

Bill Salus: One of the first questions that you asked the Living on Borrowed Time panel was, "Do you believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return?"

Dr. Reagan: That was indeed the first question. Every person on the panel, all 22 said to the effect, "Absolutely! We are living in the season of the Lord's return."

I was surprised by something in their responses, though, because I expected nearly all of them to say something else, because the question was two parts: "Do you believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return?" "And, if so, why?" I expected them to say that we were, and they did. But, what surprised me was when they got to the why part. I expected probably 98% of them to answer, "Because of the re-establishment of Israel in 1948." And, certainly, all of them consider that important, but that is not the majority reason that was given for believing that we are living in the season of the Lord's return.

The overwhelming majority of Bible prophecy experts focused on one word — convergence. In other words, they said the main reason why they believe we are living in the season of the Lord's return is not because of any one particular sign, but because we have so many signs converging that are coming together for the first time. All the signs of the end times are coming together at once.

There have been times when people would say, "Well, we have this sign and that sign, and so Jesus must be coming soon." But, there were many other signs that weren't around. Today, though, we can look around us and can see all of the signs that Jesus taught converging together at the same time. They're coming together all at once. Now we can finally say, "Wow! There isn't anything missing today from the world scene in terms of the signs we were told to look for."


In the second segment of my interview with Bill Salus concerning the converging end times signs, we'll discuss what many Bible prophecy experts believe is the most important end times sign.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: Heaven

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Promise of Victory #3: The Millennium (Continued)

3) To the Nations — God has also made some promises to the nations. He has promised that the day is coming when the nations will enjoy what they've always dreamed of, what every summit conference has always hoped for, and that is peace, righteousness and justice. It doesn't matter how many times the leaders of this world meet in summit conferences. There will never be peace on this earth until the Prince of Peace returns, and that is Jesus Christ.

Here is one of those promises, though there are many, many of them. Micah 4:3 says, "He (the Messiah) will judge between many peoples and render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war."

Oh, how I have yearned for those days! They are coming. We will win in the end.

4) To the Jews — There is a fourth reason that God is going to have a Millennium. He has made many, many promises to the Jews that have never been fulfilled.

One of the worst apostasies taught by the Church for the last 2,000 years is that the Church replaced Israel. God has washed His hands of the Jews and has no purpose left for the Jews. You have to avoid three chapters of the Bible to believe that, and that is Romans 9, 10 and 11 which says God still loves the Jewish people.

God still has a purpose for the Jewish people. God is going to fulfill every promise He has ever made to the believing remnant of Jews who will turn to Him and accept Yeshua as their Ha'mashiah. And, that's going to happen.

The Jews are going to be honored during the Millennium as the prime nation of the world. Again, there are many, many Scriptures about this in the Old Testament. I just want to show you one of the most glorious, and that's in Isaiah 60. Look at what it says God is going to do for the Jews during that time.

"The glory of the Lord will appear upon you Israel. And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. The wealth of nations will come to you and the sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you and all who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet. Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation. The days of your mourning will be finished. Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever."

This is going to be fulfilled during this Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.

God is going to take the world and just turn it upside down with regard to the Jews. Today the Jews are hated. Today the Jews are mocked. Jokes are made of the Jews. The Jews are persecuted now, but soon Jesus will make the Jewish believers at that time the prime nation of the world. The whole world will recognize the glory of God flowing through the Jewish people and coming out to the world, and the whole world will honor the Jews.

Here's a good example of this promise to the Jews in Zechariah. What an image this is! In Zechariah 8 beginning with verse 22 reads, "Many peoples and many nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of Hosts, in those days ten men of all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'" When a Jew walks by in the Millennial Kingdom, ten Gentiles will grab his robe and say, "Please let us walk with you because we know that God is with you."

What a day that's going to be when God fulfills the promises He has made to the Jewish people!

5) To the Church Age Saints (you and me) — There is another reason for the Millennium. During that time God is going to fulfill the promises He has made to you and me — the Saints.

God has promised that we are going to rule over all the nations of the world. That's a promise that has not been fulfilled, but it's going to be fulfilled during that time. Take for example Daniel 7:27, "Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms and the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions will serve and obey Him.'"

We are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ. There's many, many passages that talk about that. For example, in Revelation 2:26, "And he who overcomes, and he who keeps my deeds until the end," this is Jesus speaking, "to him I will give authority over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces as I also have received authority from my Father."

We are going to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ over all the earth.


Promise of Victory #4: Heaven

The final stage of God's plan for the ages will come at the end of the Millennium when we will be presented with our heavenly home, the home that Jesus Christ is preparing for us right now. The Redeemed will be removed from this planet at the end of the Millennial Kingdom and we will be put into that heavenly home that is waiting for us.

I suspect that from that vantage point, though I can't prove this but I suspect it, from that vantage point we will be able to watch the greatest fireworks display in all of history as God superheats this earth to burn away all the pollution of Satan's last revolt. Out of that fiery inferno, we are told, God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth which will be our eternal abode.

That's right! Heaven will come to Earth in eternity. Heaven will come to Earth. We always think about going up and living in Heaven eternally, but the Bible says, no, Heaven will come to Earth and we will live on the New Earth in our new bodies in the New Jerusalem eternally. The New Earth will be Heaven. The New Earth will be our home and we will live in the city called New Jerusalem.

One of the most comforting Scriptures to me in all the Bible is Psalm 2. It says that while all the political leaders of the world plot and connive against each other and against God's Word, God sits in the heavens and laughs. His laughter is prompted not by a lack of concern, rather it is motivated by the fact that He has everything under control. You see, the message of Bible prophecy is that God has the wisdom and the power to orchestrate all the evil of mankind to the triumph of His Son. Jesus is returning and He will be totally victorious over all the evil in this world.

Look up, be watchful, for our redemption is drawing near!