Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Experts Reveal the Message of Bible Prophecy (Part 2 of 3)

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What is the message of Bible prophecy to believers and unbelievers?

If you were asked to describe the fundamental message of end time Bible prophecy, what would you say? What is the message to the believer? What is its message to the unbeliever? A panel of 15 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries

I love that question, because the big question of our time is, "Are you ready? Because Jesus could come at any time."

The great news about Bible prophecy is there is nothing that has to be fulfilled before Jesus returns. He could come delayed or a little sooner then we expect, but He is going to come. The issue of mankind is, "Are you ready?" Are you ready to meet Jesus Christ? Because, after He comes, it will be the Tribulation for you!


Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries

The message of Bible prophecy to us as believers is that we are certainly living at the end of the Church Age, and whatever we are going to do for the Kingdom of God, we need to get on with it. It is one thing to have long range planning, but many times people use that excuse for not doing anything today. We need to be busy today winning as many people as we can to the Lord.

The message of Bible prophecy to the unbeliever is telling us first of all that the Bible is real. It's God's Holy Word. Everything it says is absolutely true. The Bible says you need to get your life right with God, because soon and at any moment actually, the Rapture could take place and you could be left behind to face the worst period in all of human history. A time called the Tribulation is coming. That's when life is going to be literally hell on earth.

Whether you are left behind to go through the Tribulation or when you suddenly pass through the veil of death to the other side, one thing is for sure — tomorrow is not certain. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. The Bible says your life is but a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. So, get your life right with Christ today, right now. That's what the message of Bible prophecy says to the unbeliever.


Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries

The great thing about being a Bible prophecy teacher is that you're not just out there talking to the amen crowd. You are talking to people who are believers and who recognize that there is this thing about the coming of the Lord and it is something that is going to happen. As a Bible prophecy teacher, part of my responsibility is to cause believers to understand the lateness of the hour. Knowing that should enhance our efforts at evangelism and doing those thing that will bring people to understand that they need Jesus as their Savior. Look for Jesus to return for the Church.

The message of Bible prophecy to unbelievers is it should be a wakeup call. If people's hearts are so softened to the degree that they will listen to what the Bible says prophetically, then they have an opportunity to respond.

Unbelievers need to understand that God is something real. We are not here as some kind of result of Evolution. We possess immortally eternal souls that will spend eternity somewhere after we die. If unbelievers can spend some time and really, seriously, even academically consider Bible prophecy and what God has said is going to happen, it is going to cause a change in their hearts. It should prompt them to understand that the time to make a decision for Jesus Christ is short.


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

Bible prophecy would tell all us believers that the time for Christ's coming is very, very soon. Jesus is not only at the door, He's turning the dad-gum knob! And so, we'd better be witnessing like crazy like we've never done before.

The message of Bible prophecy to non-believers should be your need to respond to the message of the Gospel. If they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, they can experience that salvation and that fellowship and that adventure that we all get to enjoy forever.


Gary Fisher, Lion of Judah Ministries

The message of Bible prophecy I would say would have to include the verse Luke 21:28, "When you see these things beginning to take place, straighten up, lift up your head redemption is drawing near." Prophecy indicates there is a time in the world when Jesus will intervene. He's sitting at the right hand of God the Father, but the day is nearing when He will come back to this earth. He is coming back! That is a promise in Christianity. That is a message to both apathetic Christians and to Mr. Lostman that we are running out of time.

The time to consider where we are going to spend eternity is right now. It's a good time considering all the end times signs that are going on in the world. Becoming saved is the most major accomplishment that any individual will ever accomplish in his life — where he is going to spend eternity. And who does he approach to address that question? The answer is the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua Hamashia, Jesus the Messiah. The goal in life is to make peace with Him. Today is the day to ask Jesus to be your Savior. Based on all the end time events that we see that is going on, today is a good day.


Andy Woods, Sugar Land Bible Church

The message of Bible prophecy to the believer is that we live within the moment that any second Christ could come back. Knowing that completely changes our priorities and the way we live.

When I was a younger teenager living at my parents' house, they used to put me in charge of their home. They would say, "Okay, we are leaving Friday and coming back Sunday." What do you think I let happen to the house Saturday and so on? You know there was a tendency to not be a good steward of their home, but not to give you all the details. Anyway, one day they said this instead, "We are leaving Friday and we can come back anytime between Friday evening and Sunday." Well, I kept their home in a tidy state constantly because I knew their return was imminent.

If we are really looking towards the any-moment return of Jesus Christ, it changes our thought patterns and the conversations we have. We become more aggressive with our evangelistic opportunities. So, this is a huge message for the believer.

The message of Bible prophecy to the unbeliever today is the needed proof that there is a God. Prophecy I believe is the greatest proof to the unbeliever, because there are a lot of alleged holy books out there, but the Bible is the only one that actually reveals things before they happen. The fulfillment of Bible prophecy shows that there's an omniscient God behind it all. Bible prophecy is a great message to prove Christianity to the unbeliever.

The unbeliever also needs to look very carefully at Revelation 20:11-15 concerning the Great White Throne Judgment. If God reveals the future, and we believe He does, that judgment is the future of the unbeliever if they don't trust in Christ alone before they die.


In the third and last segment concerning what the message of Bible prophecy says to both believers and unbelievers, the final members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will share what the Bible has to say.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Experts Reveal the Message of Bible Prophecy (Part 1 of 3)

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What is the message of Bible prophecy to believers and unbelievers?

If you were asked to describe the fundamental message of end time Bible prophecy, what would you say? What is the message to the believer? What is its message to the unbeliever? A panel of 15 Bible prophecy experts answers those very questions! To find out, read or watch below.



Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries

The message of Bible prophecy to the believer is that we can trust the Word of God. We've already seen so many prophecies in the Scriptures that have been proven to be true with 100% accuracy. Therefore, we can have trust in knowing that the prophecies that are still to come will be fulfilled as well according to the Word of God.

We can have faith. Maybe today as a Christian you are being persecuted for your faith. You may not be looked upon favorably by the world, but if you keep the faith and keep the trust and confidence in our Lord, He says that He is going to reward us openly and eternally.

The message of Bible prophecy for the unbeliever is that a day of judgment is coming. Maybe you are getting away with rebellious living and you think you are getting away with it because you are not seeing immediate consequences, but Revelation 20 speaks of the Great White Throne Judgment. In that day every unbeliever will stand before Christ to be judged. Even the dead will be resurrected and stand before God and be judged according to their evil deeds. That is called the Second Death. Each one, one by one, will be cast into the Lake of Fire. And so, the message to the unbeliever is repent and accept Christ, because a day of judgment is coming.


August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries

That's simple — get ready for Jesus Christ is coming soon! I'm reminded of Titus 2:11-13, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared unto all men. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, that we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." Then Paul says, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ." So, the message to the believer is to get ready for Jesus is coming soon. Live faithfully and live holy lives.

The message of Bible prophecy for the unbeliever is that you are either one heartbeat away from going to Hell or one trumpet sound away from being left behind. And so, repent and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior. When you do, you'll be ready for that next event we call the Rapture of the Church.


Terry James, Rapture Ready

The prophetic message is for our day as we are seeing an unfolding for the believer and unbeliever Bible prophecies that have been foretold in the Scriptures. I believe for the believer the message of Bible prophecy is meant to be a wake-up call. We are to be discerners of the time and the season. We are to watch for Jesus. We are not to have our heads in the sand or join the world system or become part of the Laodicean church. We are to be watchmen on the wall for Christ, whom many of the churches have turned in the opposite direction and away from Bible prophecy. It is a distraction they believe.

The message of Bible prophecy for the unbeliever is a warning. Whether you believe it or not, Christ is coming again. He is coming in great power and glory. He is going to judge sin. He is not willing that any should perish. That's why He's patient in regard to His coming. He's not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to redemption. For the lost the time is now to choose Jesus, for tomorrow may be too late.


Jobe Martin, Biblical Discipleship Ministries

The message of Bible prophecy to the believer is that Jesus is coming. He is coming for His Church, His Bride, today possibly it seems the way things are shaping up. And so, let's get busy evangelizing the world. Let's not put on a white sheet and go sit on a mountain like some guru. Let's use these last days as best we can in His power and for His glory within the framework of His Word. Let's share the Gospel and make disciples.

The message of Bible prophecy for the unbeliever is that you better get things straightened out. It's time to get things straightened out with the Lord Jesus Christ. Look to the prophecies of His First Coming. They were all fulfilled just like they were foretold.

For example, take what Jesus cried out from the cross, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" written in Psalm 22 nearly a thousand years before it happened. Another fulfilled prophecy is that none of the Messiah's bones would be broken, foretold in Isaiah 53. All these and many, many more verses were telling us about Jesus' First Coming, and they were all fulfilled. Now we are seeing with the Jewish people back in their land. We are seeing the Second Coming prophecies, or the prophecies leading up to the Second Coming, they are all just right in place.

Again, to the unbeliever, I would say it's time to sit down and consider the Lord Jesus as your Savior. Read the Gospel of John. Get this thing about sin and salvation figured out. Get it nailed down, because our time is short. After the Rapture happens, if you've been convicted of the Holy Spirit and haven't received Jesus, maybe 2 Thessalonians 2 will apply to you, and there we learn there is no second chance. Today is the day of salvation!


Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries

I was asked that question at my ordination interview. I had all these elders sitting around me, and the one in front of me asked that question. He asked, "Can you sum up all of Revelation in just one sentence?" Well, I went on and on about sheep and goats and judgments. He interrupted me by saying, "No, no, stop, stop, stop." Then, "Jesus wins, get ready." I was like, "Can I use that?"

Get ready. That is so true. The message of Bible prophecy is to get ready. If you're a believer then you need to be out there sharing the Gospel and bringing people to Christ.

If you're an unbeliever, you need to get ready as well because Jesus is coming back in wrath, so you need to get right with Him by accepting Jesus as your Savior and in asking forgiveness for your sins. Then you'll be a Christian and can anticipate having that blessed hope of the Rapture.

So, get ready!


In the second segment concerning what the message of Bible prophecy says to both believers and unbelievers, more members of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will share what the Bible has to say.

Friday, March 27, 2015

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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

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

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

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



David Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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

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

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

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



Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries

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

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


Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries

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

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

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


Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jobe Martin, Biblical Discipleship Ministries

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

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


Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries

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

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


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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

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

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

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



Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries

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

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


Bill Salus, Prophecy Depot Ministries

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

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

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


Gary Fisher, Lion of Judah Ministries

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Terry James, Rapture Ready

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

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

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


Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries

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

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

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

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

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


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

Monday, March 23, 2015

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

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

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

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



David Hocking, Hope for Today Ministries

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

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


Andy Woods, Sugar Land Bible Church

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

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

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


Allan Walker, Allan Walker Ministries

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


August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries

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

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

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


Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries

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

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

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


Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries

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

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

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


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

Friday, March 20, 2015

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

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What does the Bible say about the future of Israel?

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

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



Jobe Martin, Biblical Discipleship Ministries

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

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

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


August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries

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

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

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


Tim LaHaye, Tim LaHaye Ministries

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


Ed Hindson, World Prophetic Ministry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


David Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

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

Tug of War

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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

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What does the Bible say about the future of Israel?

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

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



Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries

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

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

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

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

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


Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Terry James, Rapture Ready

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries

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

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

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

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


Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries

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

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


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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Experts Panel on the Future of Israel (Part 1 of 3)

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What does the Bible say about the future of Israel?

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

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



Andy Woods, Sugar Land Bible Church

There are some difficult things and then there are some good things. The difficulty that's predicted in Zechariah 14:2 and other passages predict that all the nations of the world will come against Israel in the last days. She won't have a single friend. That would even include the late great United States of America, sadly, as we've been a faithful ally to Israel in the past, but we are even now seeing the political climate shift on that stance.

Israel at that point reaches out to the only friend that extends the olive branch to her, which is the Antichrist. He gives Israel a temporary peace. But, 3.5 years later, the Antichrist replicates what the Jews well remember in their history from the days of Antiochus concerning the desecration of the Temple. At that point the Antichrist betrays them.

The Jewish eyes, I believe at that point, are largely opened for they realize this guy is not their Messiah. They'll realize that their Messiah came 2,000 years ago. That's when the blessing starts, because Jesus will save them out of that time of distress, and through that nation He will fulfill every single promise He ever made to them.

So, there are some difficult days ahead for Israel, but there's a happy ending to the story.


Gary Fisher, Lion of Judah Ministries

Israel is going to face some dark days according to Bible prophecy from here forward. They are regathering back into the land. There's a thing called the Tribulation coming up. There's going to be a signing of a treaty that allows them to go back and use the Temple Mount. There will be a terribly dark time for them mid-way through the Tribulation and war is going to dominate. Two-thirds of the Jews will perish according to Zechariah, but one-third of them will make it through the Tribulation.

The remnant of the Jews who remain alive will look at Him whom they have pierced, they will mourn for Him as one who mourns for an only son, when Jesus returns. Romans 11:25 declares that in that day all Israel will be saved when they look on Him whom they have pierced. They will proclaim, "Baruch Haba B'Shem Adonai."

All of the cursing of the Jews in the universe will turn to blessing. It's all wrapped up in the history of the nation of Israel and the future involvement of the nation of Israel concerning blessing the Lord. Their blessing will continue on into the Millennium. They will become exactly what God invented them to do, which is to be kings, priests and so forth as representatives of the Lord. Christians today will be there in glorified bodies alongside them, executing the plan of God. A Jewish Messiah named Yeshua — the King of kings and the Lord of lords will rule over the whole earth. I cannot wait!


Bill Salus, Prophecy Depot Ministries

I'm looking at three or maybe four major events. I believe there will be a concluding Arab-Israeli War prophesied in Psalm 83. I believe that will be followed by the Gog and Magog Invasion of Ezekiel 38 & 39. Both of those would be predominately major Muslim wars coming against Israel sequentially.

Israel then is going to build a new Temple. That is a big event that's going to happen over there in Jerusalem. Ultimately there's going to be a confirmation of a false covenant with the Antichrist, which we are told about in Daniel 9. That will ultimately lead to the Tribulation period where the Antichrist will attempt a final genocide of the Jews. We are told in Zechariah 13:8 that this genocide will be horrible, as two-thirds of the Jews will be cut off. But, a faithful remnant of a third of the Jews will come through that and they will go into the Messianic Kingdom and there will be an Israel in the Messianic Kingdom.


David Hocking, Hope for Today Ministries

Our friend Bill Salus wrote his book Isralestine and it's based on Psalm 83. A lot of us have looked at Psalm 83 wondering about its possible fulfillment. If Bill is right on this, then Israel is going to be attacked by those nations and groups that are adjacent to its borders. People like Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah will be big time trouble. They are financed of course by Iran which leads the list of nations against Israel in Ezekiel 38. So, many prophecy teachers wonder, "Is there going to be a preliminary conflict from Psalm 83 by nations that want to cut off Israel from being a nation?" I suppose it is possible, or it may be another description of Armageddon.

Many Bible prophecy teachers, including myself, we seem to have known everything when we started over 50 years ago. Now we wonder what we do know! Personally, I know explicitly from the Bible that half of Jerusalem is going to be taken captive. The women will be raped and plenty of children will be killed, but they won't be completely destroyed. Even the time of Jacob's trouble, God says, even in spite of that persecution, God will never cut Israel totally off. He will never forget His everlasting covenant.

Personally, I think Israel is probably going to be attacked soon. But, I believe God is going to supernaturally intervene, and it appears it will be the Messiah Himself, who according to Isaiah 63 will trample the winepress of God's wrath against Israel's enemies all by Himself.


Don Perkins, According to Prophecy Ministries

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 11:26 that all Israel shall be saved. What I like about that is even though Israel will go through a season of testing in the future, God has a plan by which the nation of Israel will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What I love about that so much is that as Israel goes through her season, the Bible calls it the "time of Jacob's trouble," the end result of her going through the Tribulation is that she is going to cry out for her Messiah. What I like about that prophecy is the end result — the house of Israel will be saved!


Al Gist, Maranatha Evangelistic Ministries

There is no doubt that there's war on the horizon for Israel. Whether you are one of those who believe the coming Psalm 83 War or the Gog-Magog War, there's definitely going to be war. And, here's what we know for sure — Israel is going to win. Israel will win whatever war is coming because the Bible is absolutely clear that they are going to be there until the Lord returns. The very last verse of scripture in the book of Amos says so. I like the fact that God put this right at the end of the book like it's the final word. God says, "'I will plant them upon their land, and they will no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them,' sayeth the Lord thy God."


In the second segment concerning the future of Israel, more of our panel of Bible prophecy experts will continue to share what the Bible has foretold.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Most Amazing Prophetic Developments (Part 2 of 2)

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What is the most amazing prophetic development in the world today?

Some 18 Bible prophecy experts answer that very question! The interviews were held at the annual conference called the PreTrib Study Group. This is a group of Bible prophecy experts who are united in their belief that the Rapture of the Church will occur before the Tribulation begins, thus the term "Pre-Trib." Read or watch below.



David Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries

I would agree with the emphasis of the rebirth of Israel as the most amazing prophetic development in the world today. I have written extensively about the fulfillment of end time prophecies in modern day Israel, including my latest book, The Jewish People: Rejected or Beloved?

In fact, I would point to a total of seven end time Bible prophecies that are being fulfilled in Israel today. First would be the regathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth, which began in the late 19th century and continues to this day. The second is the re-establishment of the State of Israel, which occurred on May 14, 1948. The third would be the reclamation of the land of Israel, which had become a desolation during the Jews’ nearly 2,000 year absence from the land. The fourth is the revival of the Hebrew language which had ceased to be spoken among the Jewish people during their exile from the land. Fifth is the reoccupation of the city of Jerusalem which occurred on June 7, 1967 during the Six Day War. Sixth is the resurgence of the Israeli military which continues to this day. Seventh is the refocusing of world politics on Israel, which is being fulfilled before our very eyes this moment.

All these prophecies are being fulfilled among the Jewish people today, but they are not the only amazing fulfillments of end time Bible prophecies that are occurring in the world.


Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries

A short time ago my answer would have been the nation of Israel and the events in and around the nation of Israel. Although I am still fascinated with the rebirth of Israel, I must say today that I'm most amazed at the apostasy in the Church. We are seeing what was prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 about the great falling away. I think its ultimate fulfillment will be during the seven-year Tribulation.

We are witnessing today in which many Christians and especially pastors are choosing to condone immorality and other things that go against the Word of God. We are seeing the Deity of Christ being questioned. The Virgin Birth is being questioned. We see the acceptance of sin like homosexuality in the name of tolerance and love. The decline of the Church is just a really heartbreaking thing to witness.

The apostasy in the Church was something that was prophesied in Scriptures, so we therefore can know that the Word of God is true. We live in an age in which many today are looking to turn to fables. It was also prophesied in the book of Timothy that the day would come when we would not endure sound doctrine, and we are definitely seeing that fulfillment today.


Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries

Probably we could say that there are a lot of things going on that just amaze us, especially to those of us who study prophecy and look for those signs that the ancient prophets talked about that are relative to end times. But, I would have to say that one of the most amazing things to me that is not surprising, but is amazing, is the growing attitude of hatred toward God and His Word and His people. There was a time in the history of the world and in Western Europe and even in our own country when such things that are being said today would have been unthinkable. Because of the estrangement between the human race and God, it's no longer bad to talk about God and to say things that are said in movies and television and even in the political realm. That thing amazes me because such a time is so accurate regarding Bible prophecy.


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

It is incredible to me how the apostasy, the anti-Israel hatred, and the immorality going on in our country and how it's increasing exponentially is tying in sync with all the other prophecies and signs at the same time. It is amazing! The speed shows me how quickly or how soon the Lord is coming. In fact, Dr. John Walvoord used to say, "I always knew Thanksgiving was close because they were bringing out the Christmas decorations." So, we know because of the signs of the His Second Coming we can know the Rapture is really close.


August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries

Apart from the modern-day miracle of Israel, I would have to say the most amazing prophetic development in the world today would be the rebuilding of a Third Jewish Temple. Just recently the Temple Institute website said that they were opening a school for the kohanim — these Jewish men who are the descendants from Aaron — to train them for service in a Third Jewish Temple. We know according to Bible prophecy there will be a Third Jewish Temple. All one has to do is go to Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 11:1-2. They say there will be a Third Jewish Temple standing on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem during Daniel's Seventieth Week of prophecy. So, that is really, really exciting to see that happening!


Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries

I think from my perspective, because God's role and goal is to see the Jewish people ultimately come to faith, that a revival of belief among the Jewish community is really astounding. You don't see it so much in the United States. You do see it some in Messianic communities that are reaching out. But, in other parts of the world like in the former Soviet Union and some of their satellite countries and Israel itself, there is a great deal of this happening. By our standards it's small in proportion, but in terms of history is large.

The result is that God is preparing this Jewish remnant for the role that they are going to serve as we come into the Tribulation period and when finally all of Israel is saved for the Millennial Kingdom. I think that's an astounding thing to see!

Many miss it because less than 1% of missions in our churches is devoted to Israel. We don't know about the Jewish people. We don't know what is going on. A select handful of Jewish organizations are reaching out to their own people have some awareness of this, but it really is quiet astounding.


Allan Walker, Allan Walker Ministries

Israel has been restored as a nation since 1948 in an internal conflict over land and the city of Jerusalem has arisen and continued to move that direction for several decades. In addition we now have the capacity to destroy all life on planet earth with nuclear weapons, create 100 pound hailstones, burn 1/3 of the earth by fire, and then we see that all of this has come about in one generation. Knowledge and travel have increased, knowledge is now doubling every two years. We have the capacity to broadcast any event to a global audience, and track the buying and selling of all men everywhere. All of this has come about in the generation following World War II and is strong evidence for the inspiration of the Bible.


Terry James, Rapture Ready

I think it would come down to the word I've heard batted around — Convergence. Convergence means so many things happening all at once.

I think particularly the number one signs is Israel and the dealings of the entire international community with Israel concerning the peace process. Israel being at the center of all this attention gets right to the heart of Daniel 9:26-27. At some point there is going to be a covenant made. So, the most amazing prophetic development is the developments that are taking place with Israel.

Secondly, I think the coalition developing as outlined in Ezekiel 38 & 39 which is very in the news, with Iran or ancient Persia aligning with Russia and becoming closer and closer an ally with Russia, is important.

Even our own administration is seeming to want to placate Iran rather than turn to Israel. The whole world turning away from Israel, even America, is very concerning to me.

Then I think the economic situation would be the third most amazing prophetic development in that the whole world is obviously on the precipice of a complete economic change. This has been brought about in so many strange ways and so quickly that it's almost mind-boggling. What all this pertains to me is getting set up for what I believe is a Post-Rapture time with the economic collapse. The Antichrist's financial system of Revelation 13:16-18 will come into view with an all-electronic funds transfer system of some sort, or people buy and sell by marks. Of course, from that comes the Mark of the Beast which I believe will forever condemn man's soul to Hell, whoever takes it, both man or woman.

Those are the three major prophetic developments that I see that are amazing.


Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries

Historically, I would have answered Israel becoming a nation again. How amazing that in 1948 a nation after 1,900 years rose again out of the dustbin of history. But, the more I study Bible prophecy, and the more I see the signs of the times, I realize all these end time signs are kind of building up.

For instance, Daniel 12:4 foretold that knowledge would grow, and we've seen a tremendous growth of knowledge in our day. We have travel as the Bible says that travel will be growing. We have Jews being regathered into a nation again. We have horrific apostasy in the Church. We are seeing political alliances coming together like Russia, Iran and Turkey who will one day attack Israel according to Ezekiel 38-39. All these things are happening at the same time. So, how do we pick one amazing prophetic development out of such an amazing array?

I once heard Dr. Ron Rhodes use this word — Convergence. After that it was like a light came on in my mind. Convergence means all these signs coming together at once is in and of itself a sign pointing to the Lord's soon return. That is the true phenomenon to me in Bible prophecy and which has the most impact.

When I think of Convergence I kind of think of this. Imagine seeing say a truck caught on the railroad tracks, and we hear a train whistle blowing. We know a disaster is coming. A big disaster is going to happen. But, imagine that you also looked into the sky and saw contrails of a plane heading to crash right in that same spot. And then, at that same corner, a farmer is in his farmhouse and there's a gas leak and he's about to light a match. All those terrible things are happening all in the same place. That is Convergence.

Likewise, many of the signs of the end times are disasters as well. For instance, we've got the end time sign of famine. There are signs of wars and rumors of wars. We also have plagues. And, of course, Israel is the super sign, as all the prophetic events happen related to Israel. Politics, natural disasters, you name it, all these different signs as Jesus said are happening more frequently and more intensely, but they are all happening at the same time. Hence, they are in Convergence, or as some call it, the Convergence Factor.

What's interesting is that signs all happening at the same time is also a sign in and of itself. Convergence is not a sign that the Lord said would happen per se, but He did foretell all these sign at once. For example, in Matthew 24 Jesus gave us ten different signs of the end times. Jesus inferred that all ten of them would be happening at the same time because He lists them in conjunction with His return.

Over the last few decades we've seen different signs occurring, but now it's like the whole earth is shuddering as all these different signs shake up the earth. That can only mean that Jesus Christ is coming soon.