Thursday, October 31, 2013

The God Solution: The End Ten

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What are the signs that reveal we are very near the end of this age?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Luke 21 and the Ten Signs of Our Age

Nate Herbst: What are some of the end time signs that we should be looking forward to related to all the incredible interest in what's going on in Israel and the Middle East? Sure, we all know about what's going on in Syria. We all know what's going on in Iran. We all know what is going on in all the different Palestinian areas with their struggle with the nation of Israel. What kind of end times signs then should we be looking out for to occur in the near future?

Nathan Jones: I believe the best place in the Bible to answer that is in Luke 21. There are also parallel passages to this chapter in Matthew 24 and Mark 13. These chapters contain where Jesus gives us basically a nutshell version of all the things that will happen up until His Second Coming.

Jesus in Luke 21 actually answers three questions His disciples ask of Him. First, they wanted to know when the Temple was going to fall, and we know that occurred in 70 AD. Second, they wanted to know what the signs that indicated the end of the age were, so Jesus gave the signs of the end times. Third, they also wanted to know what would be the signs that would precede Jesus' Second Coming.

We can read in Luke 21 that there are all sorts of different end times signs that are broken down into ten different categories, with the tenth being Jesus' actual return.

False Teachers — The first category of end times signs would be that the times would be filled with false christs, false messiahs, and false teachers. We can read for instance about Mormonism which was founded by Joseph Smith. It's one of the biggest cults in the world, and clearly he was a false teacher. Smith was a con-man who conned everybody into believing that he had the inside track on a second gospel of Jesus, which he just made up.

Other false teachers include Charles Taze Russell who founded the Jehovah's Witnesses. Jim Jones notoriously is known for killing his followers by making them drink poison in Kool-Aid. Today we've got Jose Luis de Jesus who claims that he is Jesus and has all his people tattoo 666 on their hands.

Jesus revealed that there would be an epidemic of false prophets teaching heresy just before Jesus returns to take His Church to Heaven. This event is what is called the Rapture of the Church.

War — The second sign of the end times would be an increase of wars. The earth would be covered in wars and rumors of wars. Did you know there are 38 wars going on right now? In the Twentieth Century alone, 160-187 million people were killed in wars. We have more wars now than we know what to do with. The United States just seemingly escaped getting involved in the civil war in Syria. Constantly the news reports on wars and rumors of wars.

The Bible says there will be more and more wars until we get to the time that Jesus returns. This is not even referring to future wars, but just the wars that are going on today that lead up to the Tribulation. There are future-related prophecies that predict even more wars during the Tribulation that reveal most of the earth being destroyed. Truly horrific times lie ahead.

Earthquakes — The third sign would involve earthquakes. Jesus said there would be many earthquakes that would shatter the earth. They would point to the last days as they grew more frequent and intense. True to prophecy, the world has since 1985 seen a 70% increase in earthquakes. The earth is shaking up. The worst earthquake in recent history of course has been the one that hit Japan in 2011.

Famine — The fourth end times sign would be famine. The world would see famines spread across the planet. People all over are starving. We've lived to witness great famines across the world, such as in Ethiopia and North Korea and other nations.

Plagues — Jesus gave the fifth sign which would be plagues. Disease and subsequent death would result from a growing amount of plagues. It seems that just as our doctors figure out a cure for one, another disease pops up its ugly head causing more and more people to die. The world has been covered with plagues for the last few hundred years, especially since the Black Death.

Fearful Events — Sign number six would involve fearful social disasters, for example, involving economic collapse. People will have all sorts of fear about what's inevitably coming due to our out-of-control spending. We see a great fear today among the people over social disasters that are coming to the world.

Events in the Sky — Sign seven involves fearful signs coming from the skies, such as different solar and lunar events. It's interesting that events that happen in the skies are kind of an untouched area of prophecy. But, those events include weather-related storms such as tornados and hurricanes. We have lived to bear witness to a great increase in weird weather and storms across the planet.

Persecution of Christians — The eighth sign covers the horror of the persecution of Christians. Ironically, said news doesn't make the mainstream news much right now. Shockingly, Christians are being persecuted more now than in any time in human history. For example, they are being slaughtered by the Boko Haram in Nigeria. They are being slaughtered by both sides of the civil war in Syria. They are being slaughtered by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. They are being slaughtered in North Korea by the government.

Pakistan endured recently a chilling mall bombing where the terrorists targeted Christians for killing. They were going around asking their hostages if they were Christian. The thugs who had taken over the mall were shooting the Christians point blank.

Today there's tremendous persecution of Christians, both physically and through the systems of law like we are finally seeing begin in the United States. As Satan knows his defeat is near, he will ramp up the persecution of the Body of Christ. That would be a sign that Jesus will be coming very soon.

Focus on Jerusalem — There is also a ninth sign, and that would be that the whole world would be focused on Jerusalem. Every political body wants control of Jerusalem. We are living to see that today as well.

I would advise everyone to look up Luke 21. This chapter has a tremendous amount of insight into the end times. It provides a nutshell-style view of the end time signs which prove that we are living in the season of the Lord's return.

Nate Herbst: Absolutely! There are a couple of other parallel passages to Luke 21, such as Matthew 24. These signs that Jesus gave us I think are outstandingly accurate and relevant. We are seeing these signs happen even today. Like you said, the accuracy of Jesus predicting these end time events is just incredible.

If I'm not mistaken, there is a martyr for Christ made about once every five minutes. That's about 100-plus thousand a year! That Jesus foretold is just incredible. It's exactly what you stated.

When you look at these signs that Jesus gave, I think it would take more faith to believe that somehow this is all a coincidence than it would be to just accept the fact that Jesus hit the nail on the head. These signs are happening in our day. They are something that we should be observing with a lot of respect, realizing that God has the big picture view. Jesus is giving some knowledge of the end times to us so that we can trust Him in the middle of it all.


In the tenth part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I will look at prophecies concerning wars yet to be fulfilled.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The God Solution: The Greatest End Times Sign

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What is the greatest of all the end times signs?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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The Greatest End Times Sign

Nate Herbst: Let's talk a little bit about some of the prophecies concerning the greatest end times sign. We are living in a chaotic time on the planet, where so many things are happening. People are looking around and asking, "What's going on?" I can't tell you the number of non-Christians whom I've shared the Gospel with, and they too ask me, "Doesn't the Bible talk about what's going on right now?" and "Somebody told me that the book of Revelation talks about this."

Because so many people have an interest in end times prophecy, and I know that you are an expert on this subject, please answer then what you see is the greatest end times sign that has happened in our day.

Nathan Jones: I believe the greatest end time sign is the fulfillment of prophecy concerning how Israel would become a nation once more.

After 582 BC, there wasn't much of anything left of Israel. The Babylonians and the Assyrians had taken all of the Northern Kingdom which is Northern Israel, and then Judah. For 70 years the Jewish people were forced into exile. And yet, there were prophecies that foretold that the Jews would return to their land a first time, and they did.

Hundreds of years later, the Romans in 70 AD destroyed Jerusalem and they destroyed the Temple. About 130 AD at the Bar Kokba Rebellion, the Romans finally and totally dispersed the Jews throughout their lands. The remaining Jewish people have existed with no country whatsoever of their own for 1,897 years.

And yet, during that homeless time, the Jews have kept their identity, they've kept their culture, and they've kept their traditions. What culture is separated from their land and forced to live in other countries around the world for so long and have kept their identity? And yet, the Jews have remained who they are for almost 2,000 years. That truly is unheard of!

We can read in the Bible about the ancient Hittites. There is no one who identifies themselves as a Hittite today. I have ancient Scottish heritage way back there, but there are no true clans existing today that could say, "My clan ended 1,000 years ago, but now we're back." And yet, the Jews for almost 2,000 years have existed as a separate society within a society. Now they've returned to Israel again, just as Bible prophecy prophesied.

Isaiah 11:11-12 prophesied that there would be a worldwide regathering of the Jews. Isaiah reads, "It will happen on the day the Lord will again recover for a second time with His hand the remnant of His people." Notice the "second time" so as not to be confused with their first return to Israel around 500 BC.

The passage then goes on to list all these different nations and then it says, "from the island of the seas." In other words, these are countries that at the time of writing hadn't even been found yet. This is in part talking about the New World. The Jews would be regathered from these distant nations back to their promised land, and we are seeing that happen today. As a matter of fact, the Bible says that the Jews being regathered back into the land would be something that they would remember even more than being delivered out of slavery in Egypt. It'll become the biggest event in their history.

We today are blessed to bear witness to the Jews being regathered into a nation once more. Isaiah 66:7-8 tells us that Israel would become a nation again and that she would be brought forth in one day and after that face labor pains. Ever since Israel became a nation in 1948, it has gone from war after war after war trying to remain in existence as hostile Arab neighbors attempt to incessantly attack and destroy it. So, we see that Israel has these labor pains after they'd become a nation once again.

Zechariah 8:4-8 talks about Jerusalem being the capital of Israel again. The Jews would live again in Jerusalem and possess it as their own capital. On June 7, 1967 during the Six Day War, the Jews recaptured Jerusalem and made it their capital once more.

Because of that victory, Zechariah 12:2-3 says that the entire world will focus on Israel. When I check out the news, it seems every day there is something about the Jews and the Palestinians. Always every day the Media reports on tensions between the Jews and the Palestinians. The whole world is focused on trying to make peace in the Middle East through Israel, usually by telling Israel it needs to give up its God-given land.

Because the whole world is focused on Israel and Jerusalem, that's become a sign of the end times. Jesus in Luke 21 said that when the fig tree — Israel — becomes a nation once more, we would know that the end times are upon us.

Nate Herbst: That's incredible! I think some of this end time prophecy concerning Israel is just astonishing, and like you said, it has happened within the lifetimes of the people today. And, that's not the only prophecy that has been fulfilled in our lifetime. There are so many more.

So many different aspects of prophecies have been fulfilled concerning Israel. Everything from their culture, to their heritage, to their language — all these things are different aspects of prophecy concerning the end times, but it all hinges on when Israel would become a nation again. Incredible!


In the ninth part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I will discuss the ten categories of end times signs that Jesus provided in Luke 21.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The God Solution: Vitally Important

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Why is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is so vitally important?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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A Magnitude of Evidence

Nate Herbst: Bible prophecy is one of those things that absolutely blows my mind! There is no other religious system. There is no other religious text. There is no other worldview that has prophecies that have come to pass like in the Bible. We have in the Bible hundreds of prophecies which have come to pass, and there is historical collaboration for those. And, there are even more prophecies about what we can look forward to in the future.

God has given us what Nathan called in a previous segment the "bird's eye view of His plan for human beings." And, it's exciting to look at some of those prophecies which have come to pass already, and so therefore understand that we can fully trust the Bible.

As Nathan said previously, if 100% of those First Coming prophesied in the past have come to pass, then we can trust that the rest concerning Jesus' Second Coming will come to pass as well. We then can absolutely trust what the Bible foretells about the future.

Let's start by discussing a few more Messianic prophecies before later we get into those that are still to come in the future.

Nathan Jones: Sure, let's go on. I believe I've covered in previous segments 24 Messianic prophecies fulfilled in the life of Jesus, so let's start with number 25.

In Psalm 22:1, 8, and 5-18, this amazing first-person account of Jesus' crucifixion — written 1,000 years before Jesus' First Coming — tells us that Jesus would cry out from the cross. And, at the end of His suffering there, Jesus did indeed cry out to God, "Why have you forsaken me?"

In other words, the sin that Jesus took on upon Himself, which is all of our sins — your sins, Nate, and my sins, and everybody's sins — came upon Jesus. The Father who could not look upon sin had to look away from His own son because Jesus became our sin. For the first time ever being separated from the Father, Jesus cried out, "My God, my God why have your forsaken me?" That was prophesied to happen from the cross.

Jesus also yelled out, "It is finished!" In other words, the painful work of sacrifice for our sins on the cross, that death sentence that we all deserve, Jesus paid on the cross. He cried out about how that work was over.

A twenty-sixth fulfilled prophecy, after Jesus died, Isaiah 53:9 foretold that He would be buried in a tomb not His own. It would be a rich man's tomb, and that is exactly what it was. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus brought Jesus and put Him in Joseph's own tomb. We read about that in Matthew 27.

A twenty-seventh fulfilled prophecy, and here this is probably one of the best and the most important, is Psalm 16:10. This prophecy tells us that the Messiah would rise from the dead. Now Buddha, where is he? He's in the grave. Mohammed, where is he? He's in the grave. Joseph Smith, where is he? He's in the grave. Every religion out there — their holy man is dead and gone. But, we have the God of the universe, Jesus Christ, and He raised Himself from the dead. We can read about that in Mark 16 and Acts 2.

Over 500 people corroborated that Jesus rose from the dead. The Christian religion spread instantly across Israel and throughout the lands because people knew that there were firsthand accounts that Jesus rose from the dead.

A twenty-eight fulfilled prophecy foretold that Jesus would ascend into heaven after a certain amount of time after He rose from the dead. Psalm 68:18 says that, and we read in Acts 1:9 that Jesus indeed went up to Heaven to be with the Father. Likewise, when Jesus returns, He will return in the clouds to take the Church, which is all those who believe in Him as Savior in this age, and bring them up to Heaven.

So, we have now covered 28 of the 109 fulfilled prophecies that dealt alone just with Jesus, and that doesn't even begin to cover all the other subjects that have fulfilled prophecies.

Nate Herbst: Incredible! When we hear about prophecy concerning Jesus' resurrection, and then we hear about the basis of the Christian faith as Paul describes it in 1 Corinthians 15 being based on Christ's resurrection, we learn that this miracle is what sets Christ apart from every other religious figure in history. With this fact firmly in place, we can realize that even today we can confidently believe in the Resurrection because of the magnitude of the historical evidence. We sit astonished!

Faith in Jesus Christ is no joke. This is no blind leap of faith. We are setting our faith on the firm foundation of truth. Jesus really did come according to prophecy. He really did die and rise again according to prophecy. And, we can believe that because history corroborates it with a magnitude of evidence that is unparalleled.

Nathan, thank you so much for sharing some of those prophecies about Jesus. I know that you could go on and share four times that many if we had more time.


In the eighth part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I will look at some of the end times prophecies related to Israel.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The God Solution: A Proven Sacrifice

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Did Jesus Christ prove Himself to be the ultimate sacrifice for your sins?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Cross Prophecies

Nate Herbst: Nathan, please keep sharing prophesies from the 109 prophesies Jesus fulfilled concerning the First Coming of the Messiah. They are exciting!

Nathan Jones: One of the many acts that shows how much Jesus loved us even though we've sinned against Him, and not just the Jews or the Roman's sins but everybody's sin throughout history, is that Jesus put Himself on the unmerciful cross. He died because He loves us and He wants our sins to be forgiven. We can be forgiven when we repent and believe in Jesus as the Son of God and Savior.

While Jesus was dying on the cross, Isaiah 53:12 prophesied that He would pray for His persecutors. We read in Luke 23:34 that Jesus asked the Father to forgive them for they "do not know what they are doing." Jesus actually prayed for His persecutors.

Zechariah 12:10 foretold that the Messiah would be pierced in His side. Someone would stab Jesus in the side after His death. We know that's exactly what the Roman's did. They stabbed Him in the side after He died to make sure He was truly dead.

While Jesus was on the cross, He became thirsty. Psalm 69:21 a thousand years earlier made note of this. The people who were there at the foot of the cross along with the Romans were mocking Jesus. The Pharisees were there too mocking Jesus. So, when Jesus said He was thirsty, they gave Him vinegar to drink, but it was a bad type of vinegar with gall in it. Psalm 69:21 tells us exactly that Jesus would be given gall vinegar to drink.

Psalms 34:20, which was fulfilled in John 19:32-36, foretold that Jesus would not have any of His bones broken. When people were crucified on a cross, they didn't die really from the blood loss or the whippings or being nailed to the cross so much, for what really killed them was suffocation. The condemned would have to hold themselves up. They'd be stuck in a bad position and it was hard to breath, so they'd pull themselves up, and of course it hurt with the nails in the hands and the feet, so they'd drop down again, and so eventually people on crosses would suffocate.

What the Romans did to force final suffocation would be to come and break the legs of the prisoners. That's what they did to the prisoners on either side of Jesus. That way they couldn't pull themselves up anymore and so they would suffocate.

But, the Messiah would have none of His bones broken. Jesus died before the Romans could break any bones, so they didn't bother to break any of His bones because there was no need to speed up the death process, for Jesus was already dead.

The fact of none of Jesus' bones being broken is amazing, because it ties into the whole Passover lamb symbolism. We read in Exodus about the sacrifice of the lambs that the Jews made on Passover. Their whole sacrificial system involved a perfect lamb without blemish or spot that could have no broken bones. Every sheep and lamb that was sacrificed was to be a symbol of Jesus Christ one day being sacrificed. Jesus is the perfect lamb without blemish and without spot, and without any broken bones considered holy. Not having His bones broken helps prove that Jesus was the Messiah and the true Passover lamb.

Fascinating still is that Jesus' death on the cross happened at the very same time during the Passover Feast when the sacrificial lambs were slain. Jesus again was the Lamb of God dying for the sins of humanity. The whole sacrificial system is one giant symbol. It's one giant prophecy that points to Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.


Time to Respond

Nate Herbst: I would pray that everyone puts their faith and trust in God. From your heart pray, "Jesus, I know I need you. I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness. Please forgive me. Please come into my life. Please make me the kind of person you want me to be. Please be my Savior and Lord. I put my faith and trust in you."

The Bible says if you come to Jesus asking Him to come into your life, putting your faith and trust in Him, He will become your Savior and Lord. God will adopt you into His family and you will be able to look forward to an eternity with Him in Heaven. You will be able to look forward to a life of purpose and meaning on this planet. And, in addition to all of this wonder, you will be able to look at the chaotic world around you and even these biblical prophecies unfolding with hope rather than fear, because you see the big picture.

I pray that if you have never taken that step of repentance and faith that you'll take it this very day, even right now.


In the seventh part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I will add a few more Messianic prophecies fulfilled in Jesus Christ on the cross and explain why fulfilled prophecy is so vitally important.

Friday, October 25, 2013

The God Solution: More Fulfilled Prophecies Concerning Jesus as the Messiah

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Can you name some of the 109 specific First Coming prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Jesus Fulfills Prophecy

Nate Herbst: Nathan, why don't you go ahead and keep going with some more of the 109 prophecies Jesus fulfilled concerning His First Coming. I'd love to hear some more. Do you have any others you could share with us?

Nathan Jones: Oh, like I said, I have 109 of them that's just related to Jesus as the Messiah. The Bible is filled with prophecies that involve the nation of Israel and that involve the Church Age, which are those who have been saved who live during this age. The Bible is also just filled with future prophecies called apocalyptic prophecy.

Besides all those other subjects that have fulfilled prophesy, let's just keep going about Jesus' First Coming, because this is important. This is huge, because all of history centers on Jesus Christ. Jesus dying for our sins to provide the way, as Jesus said in John 14, the only way for man to come back to Christ. That's through Jesus' death on the cross. And, Jesus promised in Revelation 22:20 that He will return as King again.

Okay, let's talk about when Jesus came into Jerusalem the last week before His crucifixion. Zechariah 9:9 foretold that the Christ would be riding in on a donkey. Now, that seems like a minor thing that the Messiah would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, and in Matthew 21:4-9 that was fulfilled. Jesus did ride in on a donkey, and not just any donkey, but a donkey that had never been ridden before. No king rides a donkey, so this prophesy about the coming king was very specific.

Another fulfilled prophesy is that Jesus would be rejected by His own people, the Jews. Psalm 53:3 and 118:22 said that Jesus would be rejected by His own people. That's why we have a First Coming and a Second Coming. Certainly it grieved the Lord to be rejected by His own people, but i the people of Jesus' time had accepted Him as Messiah, He would be King of the Earth right now. But, to fulfill the need for Jesus to live out His passion to save people so as to bring people to God, He first had to die in our place. Jesus is the perfect man dying for the imperfect man. That's what Jesus did.

Concerning the Messiah's death, it was prophesied that Jesus would endure a humiliating death. You can read all of Psalm 22, and really Psalm 22 is probably the best prophesy concerning this. If anyone has to read Bible prophecy, please read Psalm 22, because Psalm 22 is the passion of the Christ. David may have been writing it, but it is Jesus 1,000 years earlier giving a first person account of His agony on the cross. As you read through that chapter, everything that Jesus said on the cross can be read in Psalm 22. That's amazing! In Psalm 22 you get a step-by-step personal experience through the crucifixion. Jesus fulfilled that word for word.

Another fulfilled prophesy concerned how the Messiah would be betrayed by a friend. Psalm 41:9 tells us that. We know from Luke 22 that Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus. Amazing that one of His own apostles betrayed Him.

Not only did Judas betray Jesus, but we are told that he would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:12 foretold that the Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. That's exactly the amount of money that Judas was given by the Pharisees and the High Priest to betray Jesus Christ.

Another prophesy from Isaiah 53:7 said that when the Messiah would be put on trial that He would be silent before His accusers. He wouldn't speak. We then read in Matthew 27 that Jesus was silent while He was on trial. He didn't speak.

Psalm 22:7-8 tells us that the Messiah would be mocked and beaten, and Jesus was mocked and beaten. He would be spit upon by His own people according to Isaiah 56, and we are told that Jesus was.

Here's another fulfilled prophesy, Nate, that really impresses me. Psalm 22:16 says that Jesus would be pierced through His hands and His feet. That's a Roman crucifixion that's being talked about there. In the time that this was written in the Psalms, a thousand years before Jesus came to the world, the Romans hadn't even invented crucifixion yet until 300 years before Jesus came. So, here the Bible is talking about crucifixion 700 years before crucifixion was even invented.

Nate Herbst: That's incredible! I'm reminded of a similar prophecy about Cyrus that we find in Isaiah, which was written before Cyrus was even born, and it names him by name. We see these prophecies that go beyond prophetic. So, it's incredible to read a prophecy about Jesus dying by crucifixion well before Jesus was even born and before crucifixion was even invented. Incredible, incredible!


In the sixth part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I keep sharing prophesies from the 109 prophecies Jesus fulfilled concerning the First Coming of the Messiah.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The God Solution: 10 Fulfilled Prophecies Concerning Jesus as the Messiah

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Can you name just 10 of the 109 specific First Coming prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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10 Messianic Prophecies

Nathan Jones: Here are some the events concerning the Messiah that God through the Bible told us would happen to Jesus at His First Coming.

For one, Jesus would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 7:14 prophesied that 700 years before Jesus was born. We know that it's impossible for a virgin to conceive and give birth, but not for God. Jesus' virgin birth was fulfilled in Matthew 1. Jesus was unlike any person in all of history, for He was born of a woman who was never with a man.

The Bible in Micah 5:2 prophesied what town the Messiah would be born in. Micah said that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, and not just any Bethlehem, but Bethlehem Ephrathah. In Israel at time there were two Bethlehem's, kind of like we have a Woodstock or a Springfield in every state. Israel had two Bethlehems. And so, the Bible went out of its way in Micah 5:2 to say that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah. We know from Matthew 2 and Luke 2 that Jesus was born in that Bethlehem just south of Jerusalem.

Hosea 11:1 foretold that Jesus would be called out of Egypt. We know that Jesus and family fled to Egypt to get away from the murderous King Herod, and we know from Matthew 2 that Jesus came back from out of Egypt after Herod died. The Messiah, the Christ, would be hunted by a killer we are told in Jeremiah 31:15. Herod killed all the infants in Bethlehem, so Jesus' family had to flee down to Egypt for safety.

The Christ would be heralded by a messenger of the Lord, which ended up being John the Baptist. Isaiah 40:3-5 some 700 years before Jesus was born prophesied that. The Messiah would have a herald who would come before Him, and that was fulfilled by John the Baptist.

To show that Jesus was no ordinary man but divine, the Messiah the King would perform miracles. Isaiah 35:5-6 said that the Messiah would be able to do things that no other human could do. He healed the blind, fed the poor, and raised the dead. In Matthew 9:35 and other verses throughout the New Testament, that's exactly what Jesus did. His miracles prove that He is the Messiah.

As Jesus went along doing His ministry, He would preach the God News, just as Isaiah 61:1 prophesied. That Good News is the message of our salvation. We can be forgiven from our rebellion against God and restored to God through Jesus' sacrifice. He makes the way for us when we accept Him as Savior. Once saved from our sins and Hell, we can have fellowship with God and spend eternity in Heaven with the One who died for us. That's the God News — that message of the Kingdom — that Jesus preached.

That's just seven of the prophesies concerning the Messiah that Jesus fulfilled. I could go on.

The eighth prophesy is that the Messiah would minister and come from Galilee. In Jesus' older years, He lived in Galilee. Isaiah 9:1 foretold where He'd come from. Jesus came down from Galilee.

Nine, Malachi 3:1 said that the Messiah would come and cleanse the Temple. In Matthew 21, we read that Jesus came during the week before He died on the cross and went and cleansed the Temple out. Jesus threw the money changers out of the Temple.

Ten, we even know exactly when Jesus would be cut off, meaning crucified. This is a humongously important prophecy given in Daniel 9:25. Daniel gives exactly 173,880 days from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem to when the Messiah is cut off. Do you know what? Jesus is the one who exactly fulfilled that prophesy. From the Decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem after it was destroyed all the way to Matthew 21 where Jesus comes riding in on a donkey, that is exactly 173,880 days. We have the exact date that the Messiah would come!

I could go on and on if you want me to. There are just so many prophecies that prove that Jesus Christ fulfilled all the prophecies about the First Coming of the Messiah.


100% Assurance

Nathan Jones: If Jesus fulfilled 100% of the First Coming prophecies, what is the percentage that He is going to fulfill all of the Second Coming prophesies?

Nate Herbst: I'd say 100%.

Nathan Jones: I'd say 100% as well. Jesus is returning! There are 300 general prophesies concerning the First Coming, but there are a whopping 500 Bible prophecies concerning the Second Coming. If Jesus fulfilled them all 100% for the First Coming, then we know that Jesus will come definitely soon, just as He promised in Revelation 22:20.

Nate Herbst: I love that prophecy in Daniel! I often share how Daniel in those couple of chapters prophesied nearly 500 years of Israel's history culminating with Jesus coming to pay for the sins of His people. The prophesy is incredibly accurate, down to the very day. I look at something like that and think, "How could we doubt anything else in Scripture after seeing the credibility of those prophecies?"

I was talking to an Atheist recently and he said, "We can't trust prophecy and the Bible because it's just post-written history." Of course, that's what they always try to claim.

Nathan Jones: Of course.

Nate Herbst: But here we see copies of Daniel that long predate Jesus and predict to the very day when He would come into Jerusalem to be crucified. How incredible!


In the fifth part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I cover even more of the amazing 109 specific First Coming prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The God Solution: The Ironclad Validation of Prophecy

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How does fulfilled prophecy prove that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Bible Prophecy's Ironclad Validation

Nathan Jones: First of all, there's no religious book — not the Koran, not the Hindu Vedas, nor any of the holy books of different religions out there — that has real prophecy. Like for instance, a Muslim will say, "There's a surah and verse which talks about how the animals will gather together, so therefore, oh, we have zoos today, therefore that's fulfilled prophecy." That's not fulfilled prophecy! That's just a generally vague statement that has a very loose-ended "fulfillment" tacked onto it.

The world has the genuine fulfilled Word of God in the Bible.

Now get this, not counting prophecies in the Bible that have to do with Israel or the Church or countries or nations, let's just talk about Jesus Christ. Did you know there are 300 general and 109 specific prophecies made about Jesus Christ's coming at His First Coming? And, there are 500 verses and one in every 25 verses in the New Testament which prophesy about Jesus' Second Coming.

Mathematician Peter Stoner has figured out that mathematically just 8 of the 109 prophecies being fulfilled in the life of Christ is 1 in 10 to the 17th power. That means 1 in 10 followed by 17 zeros! He used an example to show what that extraordinary number is like. He said that number would be like filling the entire state of Texas two feet deep in quarters, mark just one, and throw it into the pile. Next, drop a blind-folded man in the middle of Texas and let him roam around for awhile. The odds would be as if the very first coin he picked up would be the one with the mark on it. That's the probability of just 8 of the 109 prophecies being fulfilled in the life of one man. That would be impossible right? It's not impossible with God.

When you see all of these Bible prophecies being fulfilled in the life of one person — Jesus Christ — prophecy proves that the Bible is the Word of God. We can therefore trust the Bible. We can put our faith in God's Word that proclaims that Jesus will save us from our sins if we put our faith in Him in repentance, and that He will work a good work in us when His Kingdom comes, and we will live in Heaven forever with Him. We can trust those promises, and that's what Bible prophecy gives us.

Nate Herbst: I agree. I've talked about some of those statistics before on "The God Solution," and I'm always amazed by the statistics.

When we look at Evolution for example, going off on a tangent here, modern academia hates statistics because the statistics show that Evolution is impossible. But then, when we look at the statistics involved in prophecy, even just a few of those that Jesus fulfilled, prophecy shows overwhelmingly that we can trust the Bible. Sure, modern academia is quick to toss out the statistics.

I'm absolutely amazed by the reliability of Scripture that you are discussing. I think that prophetic fulfillment is incredible!


Prophecy's Proven Pre-Dated

Nate Herbst: Considering prophecy, what are some of the examples of fulfilled prophecy related to Jesus? You discussed the statistics of just eight, and of course there are over 100 specific prophecies and even more general prophecies concerning Jesus alone. There are of course many, many hundreds of prophecies that cover other issues than just the Messiah. But, could you tell me some of those specific prophecies just about Jesus that were fulfilled in His life?

Nathan Jones: Sure, Nate, do you want me to go through all 109?

Nate Herbst: How about you just start going and share some of the ones that you think are most dramatic and most exciting.

Nathan Jones: Okay, well first of all, let's get rid of any doubts here that the Old Testament prophecies weren't written after the fact. In other words, you can read the prophecies from the Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, the Minor Prophets and other books and be assured that they have been historically and archaeologically proven without a doubt to predate any prophetic fulfillment. Those books were written hundreds of years before Jesus came on this earth. There's no credible debate to this fact.

For the New Testament, the time when Jesus came to this earth, we have the Gospels which give four different first-hand accounts from those Apostles. We have extra biblical support like from contemporary historians such as Josephus and Tacitus and other people of the time who have testified that Jesus was a man who was on this earth at that time.

So, we can know for a fact that these prophecies were not written after the fact. With that in mind, we can know that these prophecies are really miraculous, because the God of the Universe who knows everything from beginning to end shared what would happen to Him and His life hundreds if not thousands of years before Jesus came to this earth.


In the fourth part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I begin to cover these whopping 109 specific First Coming prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, starting with just ten.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The God Solution: The Detractors of Prophecy

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How can some people believe Bible prophecy isn't valid?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Only a Literary Style?

Nate Herbst: I want to tell you a little story to get us started here. It happened a few weeks ago. I was talking to a student who had a pastor from the area speak to their class. The pastor said something along the lines of, "Prophecy in the Bible is not really prophetic; it's nothing more than a literary style." The student asked me, "What do you think about that statement?" I replied, "I think this is modern naturalism in academia, and this is the historical-critical method run amuck. When we see prophecy in Scripture and the historical cooperation of those prophecies, well it just blows my mind that anyone would shrug that knowledge off as no big deal."

So, what's going on here when we hear even Christians saying prophecy is not really prophetic, but a literary style?

Nathan Jones: The thinking behind making such a statement usually is because they don't believe the Bible at all anyway. They'll claim the Bible is Man's search for God, rather than God's gift to us about what is going on with His plan. And so, what they'll do is they'll kind of dissect the Bible apart in different ways.

One of those ways is just to discount it. They will say, "Well, the Bible has got to be all historical, or it's all got to be literary, or it's got to be all poetic." They forget that the Bible is made up of 66 different books which the Lord inspired, and each author wrote based on their own way of how they are wired. Some of the authors were poets like King David. Some were historians like Samuel. Some were prophetic like the prophets Isaiah and Daniel. Each of these people wrote based on their own ability and their own literary style.

God being the author of everything is the master of all literary styles. When you read the Bible, you will see all the literary styles utilized throughout the 66 books that comprise what we today call the Bible. So, to say that where there's apocalyptic literature that it's all got to be just symbolic, or that prophecy is just a literary device (and true it is that as well, though it's one of the many devices used in Bible prophecy), you cannot just discount prophesy and say, "Apocalyptic writing is all symbolism." Bible prophecy utilizes many genres of literary devices, and not just symbolism.

Usually the people who discount the prophetic word in the Bible are already liberal theologically, and so they discount the Bible as being God's Word anyway. They'll say, "It's a good book and it makes us feel good and gives us kind of an understanding of truths." But, they don't believe it as the literal Word of God.

We have an axiom here at Lamb & Lion Ministries: "If the plan sense makes sense, look for no other sense, otherwise you'll end up with nonsense." That's got to be the axiom that guides us all as we interpret the Bible.

Nate Herbst: Absolutely! Over and over and over I've said that taking your presuppositions and importing them into your conclusions is begging for questions. It's the logically fallacy. And yet, it's the method we see in modern academia over and over and over again. I think it derives from what you just described with some of the liberal perspectives: "I don't believe the Bible is true from the start, so I'm going to read whatever I want into these prophecies." Such thinking just blows my mind!

It's shocking that somebody could shrug fulfilled Bible prophecies off. You'll see that these prophecies cannot be ignored. These are incredible! You just couldn't come to any other conclusion other than that this is God Himself speaking to us through His word the Bible.


The Growing Interest in Prophecy

Nate Herbst: We've talked a little bit about the "shrug it off" mentality, but that's not where everybody is at. Some people have an incredible interest in Bible prophecy, so why the interest in prophecy today?

Nathan Jones: I think the interest in prophecy today stems from the fact that, especially outside of the Church with what we call a secular audience, they are looking at the world around us and they are realizing that something is wrong. Something is not making sense. What's with all these natural disasters? Why does it look like World War 3 is always looming? What's with the impending economic collapses? We live in these scary, scary times, and people want answers to what this is all about.

Lamb & Lion Ministries is constantly having people come to our website at lamblion.com to read our articles and watch our TV show because they want the answers to what's going on in the world. They can sense something big is on the horizon. They can feel it in the air that something big is about to happen.

We Christians know what's coming up, because God gives us that information. That's the wonderful thing about God, in that whatever He does, He always lets us know ahead of time what He plans on doing. Now, He might not give us all the intricate details that we want, but He gives again that big picture view of what's coming up in the future. I believe that people can sense that.

Like you said, Nate, there are some in the Church who deny Bible prophecy altogether. They are called Preterists. They believe that all prophecy was fulfilled back when Jerusalem and the Temple in Israel was destroyed in 70 AD, and that's because they believe so strongly in the Church Era, which is the time that we live in now, that they can't picture the times changing. Sometimes these Preterists don't even want to picture the times changing, for like the ancient Pharisees, they are so happy getting all the attention they get from the people. Pastors don't want to give up that attention, because when Jesus returns, I tell you, Brother, all of us pastors are going to be out of work! The Lord will be here and people will go directly to Him and learn from Him. Sure, we'll help administrate Jesus' kingdom and all, but it won't be the same as today.

The Church Age that we live in now is coming to an end soon and the Lord is coming back, and that also is scary for some people. In response, they just discount the fact. But, the rest of the world is realizing that something big is on the horizon, and they have questions.

Nate Herbst: Absolutely. Every time people look at the news, they are forced to come face-to-face with some of those thoughts and ideas about the future. Talking to students on college campuses, I've seen that there is a wondering and curiosity about what's coming up.


In the third part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I demonstrate how fulfilled prophecy proves that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God.

Monday, October 21, 2013

The God Solution: A Passion for Prophecy

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Where does your passion for prophecy come from?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Lamb & Lion's Passion for Prophecy

Nate Herbst: Today we're going to be talking about a topic that I think is one of the greatest evidences for God, and one of the greatest evidences for the reliability and the trustworthiness of the Bible. That topic is prophecy in the Bible. I know you're going to be excited to hear what Nathan has to say and that you'll get a lot out of our discussion.

Nathan, why don't you go ahead and tell us a little bit about Lion & Lamb Ministries.

Nathan Jones: Sure thing! Actually, it's Lamb & Lion Ministries. It's easy to mistake the name. We've had people calling us Lemon & Lime and Lion & Leap. But, the ministry is named after Jesus Christ who came first as a a suffering lamb at His First Coming. At Christ's Second Coming, Jesus is coming as a conquering lion to establish His kingdom here on this earth. So, that's where we get our ministry's name — Lamb & Lion Ministries.

Lamb & Lion Ministries was established in 1980 by Dr. David Reagan. He is our Founder and Director.

Every one of us at Lamb & Lion have a great passion to proclaim the soon return of Jesus Christ. We believe as the Bible prophesied and the signs of the times show that Jesus Christ could come at any moment. And so, we are proclaiming that message to as many people as we can, as quickly as we can, that the Lord Jesus is coming soon. That's what we do.

My position at Lamb & Lion is Web Minister. That means I communicate to the almost now three billion plus people using the Internet with the Gospel and message of the soon return of Jesus Christ.

We have a television show called Christ in Prophecy which is broadcast on six major networks like DayStar, TCT, and TBN. We produce a magazine called The Lamplighter. We offer many books and articles. In essence, we do whatever we can to get the Gospel out to people.

Lamb & Lion Ministries is a non-denominational, para-church organization. In other words, we come along beside churches and we help teach them in areas where maybe they don't feel comfortable teaching, such as Bible prophecy. We go there to help them teach at their own prophecy conferences, classes, and on radio programs.


Nathan Jones' Passion for Prophecy

Nate Herbst: Wonderful! Tell us a little bit about yourself, Nathan. You told us a little bit what you do in the ministry, but how did this become a passion for you? How did you get a passion for prophecy in the Bible?

Nathan Jones: I've known the Lord all my life. I grown up with Lord. He's been my savior, my king, and my friend all of my life. I've always had a passion for the big picture, and that's what Bible prophecy is — the Big Picture. Bible prophecy is the 30,000 foot view where you get to see God's plan from the beginning of history all the way to the end.

In life, we tend to get really stuck on what's going on now. This results in that we don't understand where our place is in life and in God's plan. But, because of God's prophetic Word, we can understand what God's plan is from why He created the universe all the way up to the end of human history and into the eternal state. That's always excited me, because such knowledge gives you an idea of where your place is in the scheme of life. As a Christian, we can answer those questions that non-Christians can't, such as "Why do I exist?" "Why am I here?" "What's my purpose in life?" By understanding the big picture from God's Word, we can answer those questions.

Nate Herbst: Absolutely! Those are the incredibly existential questions that people are always discussing and that I believe are only answered in Jesus Christ. You hit the nail on the head when you say that prophecy in Scripture cooperates with everything else that Scripture tells us about. Prophesy answers those fundamental questions.


In the second part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I tackle the arguments detractors have with the genuine validity of fulfilled Bible prophecy.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Topics in the Prophecy Zone

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On Wednesday, October 2nd I was interviewed by Phillip Armstrong of the Prophecy Zone Radio News talk show, broadcast on BlogTalkRadio. I came on as the first hour guest on this two part program, followed by Terry James of Rapture Ready.

Prophecy Zone Radio

Phillip and I discussed a plethora of end time topics, such as:

  • Daniel's 70th Week
  • Day of the Lord
  • God's Perspective on Time
  • The Rapture of the Church
  • Life in the Tribulation
  • Spread of the Gospel
  • Syria in Prophecy
  • United States in Bible Prophecy
  • Pre-Tribulational Rapture

Listen to the first hour of the program with Nathan Jones! The interview begins in earnest at time mark 15:30.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Teaching Bible Prophecy on the Island of Cuba

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In late July I traveled to Cuba to teach at a seminary located in Havana. It was not my first visit to a Communist country. I have been to Russia and many of the countries of Eastern Europe when they were controlled by Communists. I have seen firsthand how Communism can literally destroy an economy, enslave the people, and rob them of all hope.

But Cuba still shocked me. The place is frozen in time. To go there is like getting into a time machine and traveling back to the 1950s. Fidel Castro's revolution succeeded in 1959, 54 years ago, and all progress was stopped dead in its tracks at that time. Castro confiscated everything — homes, cars, businesses, plantations and bank accounts. Then everything was "re-distributed" to the masses. The result was the destruction of the middle class. Today, a small Communist elite rules with an iron hand over a population that is wallowing in abject poverty.

In classic Communist fashion, every city and town has neighborhood watch committees that are called "Committees to Defend the Revolution." These committees keep watch on everything that is going on in their assigned area, and they make reports to the government concerning anything they consider to be suspicious, for which they are given rewards.

The average income is $30 per person per month. No one owns anything. Houses and cars are just passed down from generation to generation, and they can be taken away at a moment's notice if someone in the family steps out of line.

Very few new vehicles have been imported into the country since 1959. The curious result is that everywhere you look you see Chevrolet Bel Airs and Ford Fairlanes from the 1950s. I concluded that Cuba must be the "heaven" where 1950 Chevrolets and Fords go when they die! It's amazing to think that these cars are still chugging along after 50 years. Every one that I got into was stripped inside of its door and roof panels. They were just metal shells with a motor that sounded like a McCormick Reaper.

Vintage Car

The staple food is rice with black beans, which may be served at every meal. They do have access to a variety of tropical fruits, many of which they grow in their yards. For special occasions, they may have chicken.

The people have no access to the Internet. I suppose the idea behind this is to keep them ignorant about how the rest of the world lives.

My only surprising discovery was the degree of religious freedom the people of Cuba are granted. House churches are allowed and seminaries are tolerated, unlike in China where Christians are persecuted, churches are severely limited in number and seminaries are closely guarded, allowing only a handful of graduates each year. Still, no religious group in Cuba can broadcast on radio or television or run an advertisement in a newspaper. Speaking of the media, I was told that there are only four TV networks in Cuba, and when I asked what they were, I was told, "Castro, Castro, Castro, and more Castro!" One of the Cuban Christian leaders told me that the government leaves the churches alone unless there is a report that the pastor has spoken out against some government policy.

I had a group of 42 students in my seminary class on the fundamentals of Bible prophecy. Nearly all were pastors. There were a few elders and a few women. They were very cordial, and I enjoyed sharing God's Word with them and answering their many questions. I taught for four full days in a room that could comfortably hold only about 30 people. So, we were crammed into a small space with no air conditioning during days when the temperature reached 100 degrees and the humidity felt like it was 95 percent. It was the hardest mission work I have ever done.

Reagan and Ott

My wonderful host was a great man of God named Don Ott. Don is a clinical psychologist who lives in Arkansas. In his "spare time" he pastors a church, teaches at a Bible college, and makes mission trips all over the world. He was a perfect host.

I arrived back home totally exhausted and ill. I have since been praying that I was able to accomplish what God had in mind for this outreach.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Miracle of the Transforming Power of Jesus

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I grew up in a church that believed God retired in the First Century. To us, the Great I Am had become the Great I Was. We were Cessationists but not Deists.

Cessationists believe that all aspects of the supernatural (gifts of the Spirit and miracles) ceased with the death of the last apostle. Deists go much further, arguing that God has always been an impersonal God and that the miracles recorded in the Bible are simply myths.

Both views are totally unbiblical. In the book of Malachi, God assures us that "I, the LORD, do not change" (Malachi 3:6). In 1 Corinthians we are told that the supernatural gifts of the Spirit will continue until Jesus returns (I Corinthians 1:7). And Hebrews 13:8 proclaims that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever."

One of the most encouraging scriptures in the Bible for me personally is the one in 1 Peter 5:6-7 which states that the Creator God of this universe is a personal God who cares earnestly about every detail of our lives. Here's how it reads:

"...humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you."

Isn't that wonderful? Unlike the aloof, distant and arbitrary false god of Islam, the one and only true God is a personal God who hears prayers and answers them and who still performs miracles.

Miracles Today

Most of the miracles God performs today are miracles of timing. A man in desperate need of cash to pay his rent prays earnestly for God's help. On the day the rent is due, he opens a desk drawer and discovers some mail he had placed there a month earlier and had forgotten about. In the mail is a birthday card from his parents, and in the card is a check that more than covers his rent. The world calls this a "coincidence." I call it a "God-incidence."

Of course, God can still perform miracles that violate laws of nature, and He does so from time to time. People come back from the dead, others are healed instantly and dramatically, some may pray for protection from a serious storm and then witness it veer away at the last moment. Again, the world cries out, "Coincidence!" And in the process, God is not given credit for a miracle.

One of the greatest examples of this tendency can be seen in the response to the regathering of the Jewish people and the reestablishment of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948. The Bible prophesied this would happen in many places (see, for example: Isaiah 11:10-12, Isaiah 66:7-8, Ezekiel 37:21-22, and Zechariah 12:1-9). Based on these prophecies, and others, Bible prophecy experts predicted 500 years ago that the day would come when God would regather the Jews and re-establish their state. The world laughed, including Christian leaders who did not believe in the Bible prophecies. And when these prophecies were miraculously fulfilled in detail in the 20th Century, the unbelievers, together with many Christian leaders, shouted, "Coincidence!"

A Daily, Recurring Miracle

One recurring miracle of God that has occurred every day since the Cross is the miraculous transformation of people through their faith in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. When a person puts their faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit takes up residence inside of them and starts shaping them into the image of Jesus. This transformation process — as in the case of the Apostle Paul — can sometimes be sudden and dramatic.

We here at Lamb & Lion Ministries recently experienced such a transformation. In the summer of 2012 we were notified by a law firm in Illinois that we had been named as a beneficiary in a man's will. He was one of our Prophecy Partners.

The Testimony of a Will

With the letter of notification came a copy of the will. It was dated August 14, 2006. The will stated that the man had no legal heirs. He specified monetary gifts for three friends. The rest of his estate was to be divided up among Catholic charities and a list of liberal organizations in America, like The Harvard Stem Cell Institute. And to top it off, he specified that $2,000 dollars was to be spent for a party in his memory at a local bar, with drinks on the house.

At this point in reading the will, I was in a state of shock and was wondering how in the world it applied to us. The next page made that clear.

Three years later, on November 20, 2009, he had revised the will. The gifts to the three friends were still there. The party had been canceled. And the estate was to be divided among three evangelical organizations — Lamb & Lion and two Messianic ministries!

This will is a clear testimony of the transforming power of Jesus. It is obvious that sometime between 2006 and 2009 this man had encountered Jesus, had been born again, and had experienced a complete change in his values.

Now, that's what I call a genuine, certified, bonafide miracle! Praise God!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daniel Panel: Prophetic Message - Part 3

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We are continuing to share with you the opinions of 17 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Daniel. You should find these interviews fascinating and very informative. The interviews were conducted at a national Bible prophecy conference that was held in the Dallas, Texas area.

The sixth and last question looks pointedly at the book of Daniel as one of the most important prophetic books in the Bible. It contains so many great prophecies, such as the succession of world empires portrayed in chapter two and the incredible prophecy of the 70 Weeks of Years in chapter nine. With all these major prophetic messages, one message in Daniel should stand out from the rest.

So the question for our experts is this:

#6. What is the most important prophetic message of the book of Daniel?

Thus far, of the nine of the 17 interviewed, four have stated that they believe the most important prophetic message of the book of Daniel is the sovereignty of God. Two said they thought the most important message is an overview of what the Bible calls "the times of the Gentiles." Two others felt the most important prophetic message is that God is faithful to His Word and can be trusted.

Let's now go to seven final members of our forum and see how they answered.

Gary Fisher, Lion of Judah Ministries
The fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is that only God knows the future.

As I was looking through the first and second chapters of Daniel, we read of all these false prophets who were trying to help Nebuchadnezzar with his disturbing dream. He was upset. He wanted an answer to his dream, but none of the prophets of Babylon could satisfy his command. Daniel then goes into his prayer closet, and when he comes out, not only does he tell Nebuchadnezzar what the dream was about, but tells him the interpretation of it as well. So, only God knows the future.

Only God can offer a book called the Bible that declares the beginning from the ending. We are a privileged people to be able just to study it and be students of it. We don't have a problem understanding where the world is headed, because we have the same God that Daniel had who knows the beginning and the ending. The book of Daniel to me demonstrates that very fact.

Gary Frazier, Discovery Worldwide Ministries
I would just simply say that the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is that it reveals to us that there is a God in heaven who has a plan. I love that passage in Isaiah 46 which reads, "For I am God, there is none other, I am God there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning."

God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Daniel, "Daniel, here is God's plan. I'm going to give you a panoramic view of what's going to happen to your people and your city. And, in the end, just know this — that the wicked will never understand, but the wise will understand." Daniel is going to go to his fathers in death, and he's going to await the time when all these prophetic events would come to pass.

There is no question that this book reminds us that there is no confusion in Heaven. God's not running around wondering what's going to happen next. The final chapter in the history of the world and in our lives has already been penned by God. And so, to me, it's a great reminder that God is firmly in control, from the moment He spoke the world into Creation until the final reforming of this earth in which we live, and as we are entering into eternity with Him.

There are no accidents. There are no sudden decisions being made. God is not reacting to what happens here. He is proactive. He has already written the final word.

Michael Norten, Author of Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts
Not only is there the fact that the prophecies in Daniel are so explicit, but I believe the fundamental prophetic message is that God is in total control, even when everything looks like it is just out of control. When we are watching the news and it appears the whole world is in a panic and depressed, we can be singing for joy for knowing that our Savior is near.

Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries
Without a doubt, the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is — Jesus wins! Just look and see all those human empires Daniel prophesied that were striving and trying to thrive, but then Jesus as the Great Rock smashes them. Jesus sets up His Kingdom of righteousness. He defeats the Antichrist like he is nothing. No matter how bad it gets, and no matter how worried we are about how civilization is getting, Jesus wins. And, because Jesus wins, we who are His children will win as well.

Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries
The fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is that God is in control of all the details of history. He has revealed those details in a very unique way to Daniel so that we can trust in God. As we see those details unfold, we see these prophesies are not haphazard. They don't come to fruition accidentally. There is certainly a plan or purpose behind everything, and that is why the book was sealed up until the last days. And yet, we know that the book of Daniel was only sealed up for our own good, for when these things happen the same God who started history is the God who's going to finish it.

Tom McCall, Tom McCall Ministries
You have Daniel in Babylon. He's a prince of Judah. He's from the royal family somehow. He's been dragged from Jerusalem and the Temple and thrown into this terrible nation of idolatry where everything is against God. And yet, the Lord gives Daniel in his prophetic role the foresight that the same God who has allowed Jerusalem to be destroyed and forced Israel into 70 years of exile, is still the God in control. God is still sovereign. He's sovereign enough to be able to predict from the ends of time to the succession of empires to the coming of the Messiah in both His First Coming and His Second Coming.

God is sovereign and still in control. I would suggest that's the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel.

Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries
The fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is that God is not yet finished with His planet Earth. God has plans to fulfill what He dreamt of in the Garden of Eden. Remember that God put two people into an idealic situation. During the coming Millennial Kingdom, it will be rather like the Garden of Eden again, but with that one exception being Satan who will be unable to tempt people. Sure, there will still be human nature, and all the people born during the Millennium will have to call on the name of the Lord to be saved, because He is the only way of salvation.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Daniel Panel: Prophetic Message - Part 2

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We are continuing to share with you the opinions of 17 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Daniel. You should find these interviews fascinating and very informative. The interviews were conducted at a national Bible prophecy conference that was held in the Dallas, Texas area.

The sixth and last question looks pointedly at the book of Daniel as one of the most important prophetic books in the Bible. It contains so many great prophecies, such as the succession of world empires portrayed in chapter two and the incredible prophecy of the 70 Weeks of Years in chapter nine. With all these major prophetic messages, one message in Daniel should stand out from the rest.

So the question for our experts is this:

#6. What is the most important prophetic message of the book of Daniel?

Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries
The most important prophetic message of Daniel is that our God is sovereign. God is in control of all things.

Just look around, especially at the leaders of the world who they think they are in control and that they they make things happen. But, really God is the one orchestrating all these world events. He's orchestrating them to point to the triumph of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we look at the book of Daniel, we see those things taking place.

For example, in the second chapter of Daniel concerning the vision of the great image which Daniel was called upon to interpret, Daniel turned to God and God gave him the revelation of this dream. Daniel then wrote a beautiful psalm in Daniel 2:20-22 in which he stated, "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His and He changes the times and the seasons. He removes kings and raises up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things. He knows what is in darkness, and light dwells in Him."

When we look here at this psalm, it shows the sovereignty of God. It shows that God has a plan and that all things are pointing towards our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He's going to return literally and physically, and that's going to be the ultimate plan of our God. That's the ultimate and I believe prophetic fundamental truth of the book of Daniel.

Daymond Duck, Prophecy Plus Ministries
I would suggest that the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is the sovereignty of God. God loves and takes care of His people. God is offering encouragement and hope to His people through the First and Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He wants His people to know that they have a wonderful future regardless of what we go through here on this earth. God has a wonderful future planned for us. He has a plan, and He's working that plan out.

God also wants us to know that evil exists, and He wants us to make the right moral choices, because ultimately there's going to be an end of the age and Jesus is going to intervene and He is going to deal with that evil. He's going to establish His Kingdom here on this earth. And so, to me, that would tie into the fundamental prophetic message that the book of Daniel is talking about.

Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries
The book of Daniel is very clear on a number of prophetic messages regarding the future. But, as a Bible teacher and preacher regarding Bible prophecy, what jumps out at me is that everything that Daniel said regarding the future will be fulfilled, number one. Number two, these events will be fulfilled literally. There is no spiritualization nor allegorizing of all of those things that Daniel talked about. That gives us a foundation upon which we can interpret New Testament scriptures. Prophecies that Paul mentions and John and Peter and all these messengers from God gave, I believe without question that Daniel gives us the basis for why we can say what's going to happen, just like He said it would happen.

Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries
I think the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel is that we can trust God at His word. God is faithful. God will do exactly what He said, and we can have confidence in His Word. I'm excited about what the Scripture says in the book of Daniel in regards to my future. We can therefore trust in God.

Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry
I think the ultimate prophetic message is that we can trust God with the future. If we can trust God to set up and take down kings, overrule Gentiles, and protect the Jewish people in spite of everything that goes wrong, then we can trust Him with our personal future as well, such as the challenges that we face in life, every bend in the road, and every uncertainty that comes along.

The reminder is the God who knows the future is the future. He controls the future and He controls your future, and you can trust in Him.


In the twentieth and last part of this series on the book of Daniel, the remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will conclude with answering, "What is the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel?"

Friday, October 11, 2013

Daniel Panel: Prophetic Message - Part 1

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We are continuing to share with you the opinions of 17 Bible prophecy experts concerning various questions related to the book of Daniel. You should find these interviews fascinating and very informative. The interviews were conducted at a national Bible prophecy conference that was held in the Dallas, Texas area.

The sixth and last question looks pointedly at the book of Daniel as one of the most important prophetic books in the Bible. It contains so many great prophecies, such as the succession of world empires portrayed in chapter two and the incredible prophecy of the 70 Weeks of Years in chapter nine. With all these major prophetic messages, one message in Daniel should stand out from the rest.

So the question for our experts is this:

#6. What is the most important prophetic message of the book of Daniel?

Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries
I think the fundamental prophetic message concerns the great master plan of God. God has an ordained schedule of events that He's carrying out.

Many times in our own national life here in the United States, we get very concerned about where our future lies. What's about to happen with the economy? What's going on with the world scene? What's happening in the Middle East?

I take great comfort that from the book of Daniel we can be assured that God has a plan that He's working out step-by-step. To me, that's the fundamental prophetic message. God is still on His throne and He is taking care of things, just like He always said He would.

Andy Woods, Sugar Land Bible Church
The most important prophetic message to me concerns the times of the Gentiles. Israel had entered into a really unique time where she had no king reigning on David's throne. It's a period of time that began with Nebuchadnezzar in 586 when he deposed the last king of Judah who was Zedekiah. And so, that started this terrible time period for Israel when the Gentiles would be on top trampling down Israel. That time period begins in 586 BC and goes all the way through time to the Second Coming of Jesus. So, the times of the Gentiles are still going on right now. Israel is being trampled down by various pagan powers right now.

The book of Daniel contains prophecies regarding how Israel is to live and what she's prophetically going to experience during this Gentile-dominated time period. The specific empires that would trample down Israel over that time are given. Specific prophecies are given about the coming Antichrist, and even about the coming of their own Messiah.

Daniel prophetically covers that gap of time called the Times of the Gentiles. To me, this is a tremendous prophetic message for Israel.

Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Ariel Ministries
I think the most important prophetic message from the book of Daniel is to outline the crossover from the times of the Gentiles between the end of the theocratic kingdom for Israel and the re-establishment of the theocratic kingdom through the Messianic Kingdom. That provides a basic outline of four Gentile empires. If you keep that in mind, you won't be persuaded by suggestions that there will be a fifth kingdom with an Arab Antichrist and an Arab Empire, and so on. But, whatever happens, the Antichrist has to come out of one of these four empires. Accordingly, the Antichrist will come from the Fourth Empire.

August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries
I've got to say Daniel 7:13-14 is the most important prophetic message, where Daniel says, "The Son of Man is coming to the Ancient of Days." The book of Daniel doesn't paint a pretty picture in some areas, and neither does the book of Revelation. But, when we get to the end of history, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because one day Jesus Christ is going to physically and bodily establish a kingdom right here on this earth in the city of Jerusalem in the land of Israel.

How long will Jesus' kingdom here on earth last? That's going to be for 1,000 years. How do we know 1,000 years? Well, Revelation 20:2-7 six times tells us a thousand years, a thousand years, a thousand years. That's not allegorical. That's not spiritual. That's not Jesus coming back in our hearts, as some are teaching, or that we're living in the Kingdom right now. Listen, if we're living in the Kingdom right now, I'm sorry I signed up for this deal. No, we know better than that.

Daniel 7:14 says that the Lord Jesus Christ will establish a kingdom that will not be destroyed and is not going to pass away. Daniel has a lot to say about that kingdom. Those of us who know Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Savior are going to reign with Jesus in that Kingdom. For 1,000 years we are all going to be Israeli's. Praise the Lord!


In the nineteenth part of this series on the book of Daniel, the remaining members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will continue to answer, "What is the fundamental prophetic message of the book of Daniel?"