Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Regathering of the Jewish People: Opposition

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One of the greatest examples of God's continuing love for the Jewish people can be found in the most important prophetic development of this age — the regathering of the Jewish people back into the land of Israel per Jeremiah 16:14-15; Isaiah 11:11-12 and Ezekiel 37. Their return, though, didn't come without opposition.


The Saga of Exodus 1947

After World War II, The British, who controlled Palestine, decided to stop Jewish immigration by sending ships loaded with Jewish refugees back to their ports of embarkation in Europe. The first ship to which this policy was applied was the Exodus 1947.

The ship sailed from a port in France on July 11, 1947, with 4,515 immigrants, including 655 children, on board. On July 18, near the coast of Palestine a British destroyer rammed the ship and boarded it, while the immigrants put up a desperate defense. Two immigrants and a crewman were killed in the battle, and 30 were wounded. The ship was towed to Haifa, where the immigrants were loaded onto deportation ships bound for France. The French government refused to force them off the boat. Eventually, the British decided to return the would-be immigrants to Germany!

World public opinion was outraged, and the British changed their policy. Instead of sending immigrants back to Europe, they started re-settling them in detention camps in Cyprus.

The majority of the passengers on the Exodus 1947 ultimately settled in Israel, though some had to wait until after the establishment of the State of Israel.

This incident was the basis of the 1958 novel by Leon Uris and the 1968 movie directed by Otto Preminger, both titled, Exodus.


The Purpose

Why is God regathering the Jewish people after a dispersion lasting almost 2,000 years?

Nefesh B'Nefesh

It's because He has promised that He will bring a remnant of the Jews to salvation before the consummation of history (Zech 12:10, Isaiah 10:20-23 and Romans 9:27).

The prophetic scriptures reveal that God has a specific plan for achieving that goal. He will regather them, and then He will bring all the nations of the world against them, allowing them to be hammered until they come to the end of themselves and turn to Him in repentance, accepting His Son as their Messiah. What a glorious day that will be!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Regathering of the Jewish People: Operation Solomon

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One of the greatest examples of God's continuing love for the Jewish people can be found in the most important prophetic development of this age — the regathering of the Jewish people back into the land of Israel per Jeremiah 16:14-15; Isaiah 11:11-12 and Ezekiel 37.

The largest Jewish population to the south of Jerusalem in the mid-20th Century consisted of the Black Jews of Ethiopia. No one knows for sure the origin of these Jews. The most common speculation is that they resulted from a union between King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (2 Chronicles 9), but there is no biblical evidence of this. All we know for certain is that they existed in New Testament times because Acts chapter 8 contains the story of an Ethiopian Jew who came to Jerusalem to observe the feasts and who was converted to Christianity on his way back home to Africa by an evangelist named Philip.

In the late 1980s the Jews of Ethiopia began to feel a tug on their hearts to return to the Jewish homeland. In response, they started migrating to Addis Ababa by the thousands where they camped out around the international airport, demanding transportation to Israel. The government adamantly refused to let them leave, in fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 43:6 which states that the Jews in the south will be held back.

But in 1991, as the government began to crumble in the midst of a civil war, the United States and Israel intervened, providing bribes to military leaders. The government then relented and provided a 48 hour window of time for the refugees to depart.

Operation Solomon

The resulting airlift in May was amazing. In just under 36 hours, 14,500 Ethiopian Jews — nearly the entire Jewish population — was flown to Tel Aviv in 40 flights involving 35 aircraft. At one point there were 28 planes in the air at one time. And a world record was set when one El Al Boeing 747, designed to carry about 350 people, was loaded up with 1,086 passengers. This was possible because all the seats had been stripped out of the plane, the Ethiopians weighed very little, and they had no luggage. When that particular plane reached Tel Aviv, there was a total of 1,088 on board because two babies had been born en route!12

Immigrant Camp in 1991

When I read about that development in the newspapers at the time, I immediately thought of a prophecy in Jeremiah 31:8 which reads as follows: "Behold, I am bringing them from the north country, and I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together; a great company, they will return here."

Today, over 6 million Jews — as many as were killed in the Holocaust — have been gathered back to their homeland, and they are still coming.


In the fifth and last segment of our series on the prophetic fulfillment of the regathering of the Jewish people, we'll be look at the resistance to the Jewish return to their homeland.


Notes

12) Joel Brinkley, "Ethiopian Jews and Israelis Exult as Airlift Is Completed," The New York Times, May 26, 1991, www.nytimes.com/1991/05/26/world/ethiopian-jews-and-israelis-exult-as-airlift-is-completed.html.

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Regathering of the Jewish People: Motivation to Return

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One of the greatest examples of God's continuing love for the Jewish people can be found in the most important prophetic development of this age — the regathering of the Jewish people back into the land of Israel per Jeremiah 16:14-15; Isaiah 11:11-12 and Ezekiel 37.


The Motivation to Return

During Theodore Herzl's time, there was no great surge of Jews who returned to their homeland. The prospect of being a pioneer in the midst of a wilderness was not appealing enough to draw the Jews back home, despite the rising anti-Semitism they were experiencing.

World War I provided the land for the Jewish nation, but it would take World War II and the Holocaust to provide the motivation to return to the land.

Survivors of the Buchenwald Death Camp

The Jewish people came out of the Holocaust proclaiming, "Never again! Never again! We are going to have our own land and our own state, and we are going to govern ourselves!"

Death Camp Escapees in 1944

In 1900 there were only 40,000 Jews in all of Palestine. By the end of World War II that number had ballooned to over 600,000.9


Major Surges of Immigration

The next great surges of immigration resulted from the 1956 Suez War and the 1967 Six Day War. After the Suez War, Egypt expelled almost all of its Jewish population. Following the Six Day War, the rest of the Arab world followed suit. As a result of these expulsions, almost 800,000 Jews were forcibly expelled from the Arab nations in the Middle East. In 1948 there were 851,000 Jews in the Arab nations of the Middle East. Thirty years later, in 1978, there were only 31,000 left.10

But the world's largest Jewish population was unable to return to their homeland because they were held captive in the Soviet Union. The Russians hated the Jews, but they used them as whipping boys — blaming them for all their nation's problems.

Immigrant Camp in 1949

Nonetheless, there was a biblical prophecy that one day the Jews of Russia would be allowed to return to their homeland. It is found in Isaiah 43. The prophet quotes God as saying:

4) "Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you...

5) Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west.

6) "I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' And to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth...

Notice that this prophecy says the Jews will come freely from the east and the west, but the world will have to demand that those in the north be released. All directions in the Bible are given from Jerusalem. The uttermost part of the north would be the nation of Russia today. Note also that the prophecy says that the world will have to say to the south, "Do not hold them back." We will see in a moment what that refers to.

But first, let's take a look at the north. In fulfillment of this prophecy, as the Soviet Russian empire began to crumble in the early 1990s, the world began to demand that the Russian Jews be allowed to return to Israel. And in 1990, the Russian premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, suddenly opened the door of the Soviet Union.

The result was a flood of refugees into Israel. During the next two years, almost 400,000 Russian Jews arrived in Israel, averaging over 16,600 a month.11 It was equivalent to the United States today absorbing the entire 27 million population of Saudi Arabia during the same time period.

Amazingly, the refugees came knowing:

  • They would have to abandon all valuables.
  • They would face the necessity of learning Hebrew.
  • They would have to live in minimal housing.
  • They would face military service.
  • They would find a non-existent job market.
  • They would have to pay some of the highest taxes in the world.
  • They would face the constant threat of terrorism and war.

They were fully aware of these stark realities because all of them had relatives living in Israel.

Yet, despite all these hardships, they came. Why? I believe they came, and are still coming, because God has placed in the hearts of the Jewish people the highway to Zion, and He has triggered the impulse for them to return home. Consider Psalm 84:5 — "How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion!"


In the fourth segment of our series on the prophetic fulfillment of the regathering of the Jewish people, we'll be amazed by the logistics of Operation Solomon.


Notes

9) Jewish Virtual Library, "Demographics of Israel: Population of Israel/ Palestine (1553 - Present), www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/demograhics.html

10) Jewish Virtual Library, "Fact Sheet: Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries, www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/talking/jewrefugees.htm.

11) Jewish Virtual Library, "Immigration to Israel: Total Immigration, from Former Soviet Union (1948 - Present), www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Immigration/FSU.html.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Regathering of the Jewish People: Dreyfus Affair

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One of the greatest examples of God's continuing love for the Jewish people can be found in the most important prophetic development of this age — the regathering of the Jewish people back into the land of Israel per Jeremiah 16:14-15; Isaiah 11:11-12 and Ezekiel 37.

Herzl's Vision

The fulfillment of these prophecies began in the late 19th Century through the efforts of a Hungarian Jew named Theodor Herzl (1860-1904). He was an intellectual who was serving as a Viennese journalist when the infamous Dreyfus Affair occurred in France.

Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935) was a young French artillery officer who was Jewish. He was falsely accused of treason in 1894. This accusation occurred in the midst of a wave of anti-Semitism that had been generated by the publication of a book in 1886 titled, Jewish France.1 The author, Edouard Drumont (1844-1917), was a virulent anti-Semite who attacked the role of Jews in France and argued for their exclusion from society.2 The book became wildly popular and went through more than 150 printings before the end of the century.3

When the accusation of treason was levied against Dreyfus, the popular press jumped on the band wagon and decided to spotlight the case as proof of Drumont's case against the Jews. They proceeded to whip the general public into a frenzy.

Herzl was sent to Paris to cover the trial for his newspaper. When he arrived, he was shocked by Parisians shouting, "Death to the Jews!"4 He suddenly experienced an epiphany in which he realized that the Jews had not been assimilated into European society, as he had assumed. Further, he realized they never would be. He sensed an even greater persecution to come.

This realization prompted Herzl to write a brief political booklet called The Jewish State, which was published in 1896.5 In it he called for the return of the Jews to their homeland and the creation of their own state. He argued this would be the best cure to anti-Semitism. His most famous sentence in the book was, "If you will it, it is no dream."

The booklet captured the imagination of Jews all over the world, and it produced the First Zionist Congress, which was held in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. During that conference, Herzl wrote in his diary that he expected the Jewish state to come into existence within 50 years.6 That statement proved to be prophetic when the United Nations voted 50 years later in 1947 to create a state for the Jewish people.

Another result of Herzl's call for a Jewish homeland was a series of what the Jews called aliyahs.7 These were groups of Jews who decided to pull up stakes in Europe and move back to the land of Palestine, as it was called then, in order to pioneer the land and re-establish a strong Jewish presence.

Aliyah Stamp

Another response — a highly significant one — came at the end of World War I when the British government issued the Balfour Declaration in which the promise was made to make Palestine a homeland for the Jews.8


In the third segment of our series on the prophetic fulfillment of the regathering of the Jewish people, we'll explore the main motivation behind the Jews return to Israel.


Notes

1) William I. Brustein, Roots of Hate: Anti-Semitism in Europe Before the Holocaust, (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2003) page 119.

2) The Jewish Encyclopedia, "Drumont, Edouard Adolphe," www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/5336-drumont-edouard-adolphe.

3) Wikipedia, "La France Juive," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_France.

4) Richard L. Rubenstein and John K. Roth, Approaches to Auschwitz: The Holocaust and Its Legacy (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003) page 94.

5) The original title was Der Judenstaat (German for "The Jewish State"). It was published in 1896 in Leipzig and Vienna. Its subtitle was "A Proposal of a modern solution for the Jewish question."

6) Unsigned article published by the Zionism and Israel Information Center, "The Jewish State - 1896: Theodor Herzl's Program for Zionism," http://zionism-israel.com/Joshua/Jewish_State.html.

7) Jewish Virtual Library, "Immigration to Israel: The First Aliyah (1882-1903)," www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Immigration/First_Aliyah. html.

8) Jewish Virtual Library, "The Balfour Declaration: Commentary on the Declaration," www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/balfour_commentary.html.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Regathering of the Jewish People: Relevant Prophecies

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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

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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!

Monday, April 14, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: The Millennium

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Promise of Victory #3: The Millennium

This brings us to the third great triumphal event that Christians should be looking forward to, and that is the Millennial Reign of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that those of us who are in our glorified bodies — the saved — will reign with Jesus Christ over the flesh for a 1,000 years, during which time the earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice. Jesus will be serving in Jerusalem as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. David in his glorified body will be serving as the King of Israel. We in our glorified bodies will be scattered all over this earth to reign over different peoples from around the world.

Jesus said that there is going to be degrees of reward depending upon your faithfulness to Him in this life. He said I will put one person over one city, another over two, another over five, one over 10, and so forth. Some of you will be mayors. Some of you may be governors. Some of you may be presidents of nations. We are promised to reign with the Lord Jesus Christ over this earth. Everybody in a position of reigning authority will be a person in a glorified body. That could include not only the people in administrative positions, but judges and also teachers.

I can hardly wait for the Millennium to come because every teacher on planet earth will be a person in a glorified body. Everything will be taught out of the Bible. Everything! We will teach mathematics. We will teach geology. We will teach history. We will teach it all out of the Bible.

There will be no one there to say "Separation of Church of State," because there will be no separation of Church and State. Praise God! Do you know what there will not be? There will be no Texas Legislature or United States Congress, because Jesus will give the law, and not some legislature. There won't be any lobbyist or any people of that nature, because Jesus will give the law and He will see to it that the law is enforced.

Boy, what a time that's going to be! No wonder the earth is going to be flooded with peace, righteousness and justice.

During the Millennial Kingdom, God is going to fulfill some promises that He has made. When I first began to believe the Bible for what it literally said, I could grab hold of those promises.

You see, I grew up in an Amillennial Church, which is a church that said that Jesus is never going to come back to this earth and there's never going to be a Millennial reign. To them it was all just nonsense. But, when I started believing the Bible for what it said, the first struggle I had was why in the world would Jesus want to come back and reign on this earth? Why not just do away with it and let's all go to Heaven and it will be over with? I had a real struggle with that.

The more I studied Bible prophecy the more it became clear that we have to have a Millennium for a number of reasons. One of them is that God has made promises that He must fulfill because God is a God of His Word. The only way He can fulfill those is through the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

1) To Jesus — Firstly, for example, God has made some promises to Jesus Christ. He has promised to Jesus that a day is coming when He is going to receive the honor and glory and power that He should have received the first time He came. Instead, the first time Jesus came He was spat upon, He was crucified, He was mocked, and He was scourged. But, at Christ's return, He is going to receive honor, glory and power. That's going to happen during the millennial reign of Jesus.

Boy, what a time the Millennial Reign is going to be! Isaiah describes it best, though there are many descriptions of it in the Bible, both Old Testament and New. Here is one of Isaiah descriptions, "Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed for the Lord of host will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and His glory will go forth before His elders." Jesus is going to be glorified and honored as He should have been at the First Coming.

Here's an underwriting of Christ's glory in the New Testament from 2 Thessalonians 1. Paul writes, "Jesus is returning to be glorified in His Saints on that day and to be marveled at among all who have believed." Jesus is coming to be glorified. He is coming to receive majesty and glory. God's going to keep that glorious promise during the Millennium.

2) To the Creation — Secondly, God has made some promises to the Creation. God has promised that He will restore the Creation to its original perfection. Repeatedly in the Hebrew Scriptures, the promise is made over and over again that one day God will redeem His Creation.

Again, I grew up in a Church that taught me that one day Jesus is going to come back and then the whole universe is going to blow up. We will then live in an ethereal world forever as disembodied spirits floating around on clouds playing harps. I sure couldn't get excited about that.

That's not what the Bible teaches at all! The Bible teaches that God loves His creation. He created it perfect. He wants to return it to that perfection. It teaches that Jesus died on the cross not only for you and me and for our sins, but that Jesus died on the cross to make it possible that the whole of Creation can be redeemed.

Do you remember that once a year when the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies he would walk in there and he would put the blood on the Mercy Seat? This was a symbol that one day the Messiah would die and His blood would make it possible for the grace of God to cover the law of God which was under that Mercy Seat.

But, did you ever notice it says the High Priest stepped back and sprinkled the blood on the ground? Most people never notice that. He sprinkled the blood of the ground. What was that? A symbol it was, a prophecy, that the Messiah was going to die not only for the sins of mankind, but die to make it possible for all of Creation to be redeemed. God is going to do that during this particular time.

There are many Scriptures that talk about the redemption of Creation. For example, Isaiah 11 talks about how the wolf will dwell with the lamb and how the lion will eat straw with the ox. There will no longer be any poisonous animals. There will no longer be any meat eating animals. A man will live in perfect peace and harmony with nature and the animal kingdom will live in peace and harmony with itself.

Here's an affirmation of this fact in the New Testament. Peter stands before the Sanhedrin Council in Acts 3, and Peter says to these men who crucified Jesus and who could crucify him, "Repent in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that He may send Jesus Christ the appointed for you whom heaven must receive (where He is now) until the period of the restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient times."

There's going to be a time for the restoration of all things, and that's going to occur during the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.


In the fifth and last segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll continue to look at the Millennial promises and finally cover the fourth promise of victory — Heaven.

Friday, April 11, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: The Second Coming

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Promise of Victory #2: The Second Coming

This brings us to the second great prophetic event of triumph that we can look forward to. Boy, what a day this will be! That is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The Bible says Jesus will return to this earth at the end of seven years of great Tribulation. He will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem from which He ascended into heaven. This will occur when the Jewish people have come to the end of themselves as a result of the persecution they experienced in the Tribulation, motivating them to turn their hearts to God. That is one of the fundamental purposes of the Tribulation. There are several purposes, but one is to bring the Jewish people to the end of themselves so that they will no longer look to the United States or anybody else, but they will turn their hearts to God because that's the only person they will have to turn to.

When Jesus comes, we are told, the remnant of the Jews will look upon Him whom they have pierced and they will weep and they will mourn as over the loss of an only son. They will look upon Yeshua and they will cry out, "Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai," which means, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." A great remnant of the Jewish people will be saved on that day. In fact, Jesus said He would not return until the Jewish people are willing to say, "Baruch haba b'Shem Adonia."

At that point Jesus will speak a supernatural word and the Antichrist and his forces will be destroyed in the Valley of Armageddon. There is no such thing as the Battle of Armageddon. It doesn't exist. Jesus doesn't send some army out against the Antichrist and his armies. He just speaks a supernatural word. After all, this is the One who spoke and the whole universe came into existence. Jesus will speak and the Antichrist and his forces will drop dead. Their tongues will melt in their mouths, their eyeballs in their sockets, and their skin will drop off. It's no wonder that the Valley of Armageddon will be filled with blood as deep as a horses bridle for a distance of 200 miles. There's going to be hundreds of millions of people in that valley when Jesus Christ speaks.

Jesus will then resurrect the Old Testament saints. You see, the Old Testament saints are not a part of the Bride of Christ. When the Rapture occurs, that's for the Church. The Church is the Bride of Christ. The Old Testament Saints according to Daniel 12 will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation at the Second Coming of Jesus. They will be resurrected as will the Tribulation martyrs, and they will receive their glorified bodies at that point.

Jesus will then judge all of those who are still left alive at the end of the Tribulation — both the Gentiles and the Jews —All left alive will be judged at the Sheep-Goat Judgment. The saved will be allowed to enter the Millennium in the flesh, but those who are not saved will be consigned to death and to Hades.


In the fourth segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll look at the third — the Millennium.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

God's Promises of Victory: The Rapture

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Promise of Victory #1: The Rapture

Our first promise of victory is the Rapture of the Church. This is an event that is often confused with the Second Coming, but they are not the same. A careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the return of Jesus is going to be in two stages: first the Rapture, and then the Second Coming.

The fact that these two are separate events can easily be demonstrated. For example, there are only two detailed descriptions in the New Testament of the return of Jesus. Only two! One is in 1 Thessalonians 4 and the other is in Revelation 19. If you will look at those in detail, you will find something very interesting. The two passages are as different as night and day, which raises a major theological question. The two passages describing the return of Jesus have absolutely nothing in common except that they both focus upon Jesus Christ. And, they could not be any more different.

For an example, let me show you how different they are. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears in the heavens. He does not come to earth. In Revelation 19, Jesus returns to the earth.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears in the heavens for His Church. In Revelation 19, He returns to the earth with His Church.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears as a deliverer to deliver His children from this wicked world, but in Revelation 19 He returns as a warrior to pour out the wrath of God.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, Jesus appears in grace. In Revelation 19, He returns in wrath.

In 1 Thessalonians 4, He appears as a Bridegroom for His Bride the Church, but in Revelation 19 He returns to earth as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

How then can these two passages be reconciled? Well, I believe that the only way that they can really be reconciled is to conclude that they are talking about two different events. Therefore, the Second Coming of Jesus is going to be in two stages: first the Rapture, and then later the Second Coming.

Incidentally, this reconciliation solves another problem, for the Bible says repeatedly that the return of Jesus is imminent, in that is it can happen at any moment. But, how can it be imminent if there is only one future coming? If you only believe in one future coming, what's called the Second Coming, then the return of Jesus is not imminent. Imminent means it can happen at any moment. But, if you only believe in the Second Coming and don't believe in the Rapture, the return of Jesus is not imminent. There's no way in the world He could come back today. And why's that? Because there are prophecies that have to be fulfilled.

Here's the point, if there is only one future coming, then the Lord's Return in not imminent because there are many prophecies that must be fulfilled before He can return to earth. There's a whole passel of them, as we say in Texas. I'll just list you a few:

  1. There must be seven years of Tribulation.
  2. There must be the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem.
  3. There must be the revelation of the Antichrist.
  4. There must be the killing of the Two Witnesses.
  5. The desecration of the Temple by the Antichrist.
  6. The institution of the Mark of the Beast.
  7. The salvation of the Jewish remnant.

All of those are things that must happen before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The point again is this the only way the Lord's return can be imminent is for there to be a Rapture that is separate and apart from the Second Coming, and which can occur any moment without the fulfillment of any prophecies.

This reconciliation solves another problem, in that the Bible says that no one can know the date of the Lord's return (Mat. 24:36,42). No ands, ifs, or buts about it. There are a lot of sincere people who think they do know when the Rapture will occur, but they don't truly know.

The Bible does say that we can know the day of the Lord's return at His Second Coming, though. I don't know if you've ever thought about this or not, but here is the problem — the date of the Second Coming can be calculated precisely. It will be exactly 2,520 days or seven prophetic years, that is 360 days to a year, from the day the Tribulation begins. From the moment when the Antichrist signs that treaty guaranteeing the peace of Israel, you can count down 2,520 days until Jesus will return. We can know the exact date of the Second Coming.

Therefore, the statement about not knowing the date must apply to the Lord's appearing in the Rapture and not in the Second Coming. So, when we hear talking about how you cannot know the date, we are talking here about the Rapture. We are not talking about the Second Coming.

Again, the solution is two future comings — first the appearing of the Lord for His Church at the Rapture, and then the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.


In the third segment of our study on God's promises of victory, we'll look at the second — the Second Coming.