Home Page

Document Page

Revealing Prophecy And The End Times

The Bible is Filled with prophetic statements about future events.  The Old Testament predicts the rise and fall of nations and rulers by name.

The biblical prophecies tell of future events that will impact Israel, Egypt, Babylon, and Rome.  The New Testament  predicts the fall of Jerusalem, the coming tribulation, the rise of the Antichrist, and the battle of Armageddon.

In the Old Testament, the central feature of' prophecy is the coming of Messiah (Christ).  In the New Testament, the central feature of prophecy is the second coming of Christ.

In the Old Testament, we are told that He will be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) in the city of Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), He will rule on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:7), and He will die for our sins (Isaiah 53:7-8) and be pierced through (Zechariah 12:10).

In the New Testament, Jesus predicted He would rise again on the third day (Matthew 16:21).  He also predicted He would come again (John 14:3).  Jesus said, "I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe" (John 14:29).

The prophecies of Christ's first coming were literally fulfilled with such exact accuracy that we can assume the prophecies of His second coming will be fulfilled in like manner.  The major prophecies pointing to our Lord's return emphasize the literal nature of His second coming, the time of apostasy before His return, the rapture of The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church, and the coming world empire of the Antichrist.

Wars And Rumors Of Wars

 On the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, there is inscribed the words of (Micah 4:3) (KJV): "...and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

This will only be realized when the Prince of Peace comes to reign on this earth.

Both Daniel and Jesus warned of continual war until the return of Christ (Daniel 9:26: Matthew 24:6).  It has been pointed out by the Society of International Law at London that there have been only 268 years of peace during the last 4,000 years of human history -- despite the signing of more that 8,000 separate peace treaties!

It has been calculated by a former president of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, aided by historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India, that since 3600 B.C. over 14,531 wars have been waged in which more than 3.6 billion people have been killed.  That figure is more than 17 times the entire population of the United States!  The value of this destruction would pay for a golden highway around the world some 90 miles in width and 33 feet thick.

Rebirth Of Modern Israel

 The tiny nation of Israel is the geographical focal point of Bible prophecy. On April 6, 1917, America entered World War 1. In July of that British General Sir Edmund was appointed commander of allied armies in Palestine.  On December 8, 1917, British troops entered into Jerusalem.  This was the day Jewish feast of' Hanukkah, commemorated the deliverance of Jerusalem by the Maccabees in the 5 B.C. Early Sunday morning, December 9, the Turks began fleeing the city without firing a shot.

During the 30 years of British control of Palestine, hostilities continued between the Arab and Israeli population. But after World War 11, the  British determined to relinquish control of Palestine, giving part of the land to Israel and part to Jordan.  Early in 1948, Britain announced it would evacuate Palestine in May.

At sunrise on May 14, 1948, Great Britain's flag, the Union Jack. was hauled down from its staff over the Government House in Jerusalem.  The presiding British High Commissioner, Sir Allen Gorden Cunningham, then left the Holy Land for the last time amid a 17-gun salute.  The 30 year British rule was over.

Shortly before 4:00 p.m. that same day, David Ben-Gurion drove down Rothschild Blvd. in Tel Aviv and entered a white, modern two-story building, to attend a meeting with some 400 individuals.  At exactly 4:00 p.m., Ben-Gurion called the meeting to order.  The assembly arose and sang the Jewish national anthem.  The music had hardly ceased when Ben-Gurion rose and, in a firm, strong emphatic voice read, in Hebrew, the Declaration of Independence of the new State of Israel.

The Bible not only predicts the restoration of Israel (see Ezekiel 37), but also the revival of the old Roman Empire. (The EU.) (Daniel 2:41; 7:7-8; Revelation 13:1; 17: 12).

During the Olivet Discourse, Jesus said: "Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24).

This time began when Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and has continued until the present time.

Rapture Of The Church

The rapture involves Christ's return for The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church.  The Bible clearly states, "The Lord himself will come down from heaven ... and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air " (I Thessalonians 4:16-17, emphasis added).

There are those that say, "I don't believe in the Rapture, because the word rapture cannot be found in the Bible." Matter of fact the word "Bible" cannot be found in the  Bible either, but this does not disprove of the book's existence.

Terms are coined regularly to portray the experiences they picture, and to review, the word "Rapture" comes from the Latin word "rapturo" or "rapio", which means "a snatching away." only the willfully ignorant reject such a clear cut term to describe the first phase of the second coming of Christ.

Here is an interesting sideline. Jerome, when creating the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, was the first to use the term "Rapturo" (Latin) for the snatching away of (1 Corinthians 15:52). Hence, Jerome and the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible is literally responsible for this glorious term.

In the rapture, both those who have died in Christ over the centuries and those who are alive when He returns will be taken up.

This is the church's hope.  She awaits the Savior who is coming for His bride.

The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church may endure persecution, trouble, and difficulty, but she is not the object of divine wrath.  The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church awaits the coming of her Lord and King.  Peter explains that the present world is "reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men" (2 Peter 3:7 KJV, emphasis added).

The church is pictured in Scripture as the wife of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9).  He may discipline her in love, but His ultimate purpose is to present her to the Father as His perfect bride.

The concept of the rapture is expressed in the biblical terms "caught up" (Greek, harpazo) and "gathered together" (Greek, episunagoges).  Hogg and Vine observe that harpazo is the same verb used of Paul ("whether it was in the body or out of the body ... caught up," 2 Corinthians 12:2-4); Philip ("Spirit ... caught away Philip," (Acts 8:39 KJV); and the man child ("caught up unto God," (Revelation 12:5 KJV).

This explains that harpazo conveys the idea of force suddenly exercised and is best rendered "snatch" (John 10:28-29 NIV), where Jesus promises that "no one can snatch them out of my hand." He alone does the snatching at the time of the rapture!

By contrast, episunagoges refers to that which results from the "catching up" (harpazo).  Once caught up into the clouds, we shall be gathered together with the Lord.

In commenting on (2 Thessalonians 2:1), Hogg and Vine observe: "Here it refers to the 'rapture' of the saints into the air to meet and to be forever with the Lord."

The basic meaning is to "assemble together."

The raptured church is pictured as the great "assembly" (synagogue) in the sky.

George Milligan observes: "The word goes back to the saying of the Lord in (Mark 13:27)("gather together His elect"), and is found elsewhere in the New Testament only in (Hebrews 10:25), where it is applied to the ordinary religious assembling of believers as an anticipation of the great assembling at the Lord's coming.

There can be no valid system of biblical eschatology (Bible Prophecy) without a rapture.  The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church will be "caught up" and "gathered together" with her Lord.  The only real debate is when.  Any eschatological system that dismisses the rapture as some hoax has forfeited the essential biblical teaching that Christ will come and snatch away His bride to the great assembly in heaven.

Jesus will come in the clouds to rapture The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church.  He will come for those who are living at the time of His return; He will come for every believer Scripture promises: "We will all be changed" (I Corinthians 15:51).

The church will be raptured to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7).

The only appropriate response to these prophecies is to repent of our sins and try to bring as many people as possible to Christ.

Our political concerns can never diminish the ultimate priority of evangelism.-

Jesus told His disciples, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15 KJV).

He further added that "repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations..."
(Luke 24:47).

As we await the return of Christ to rapture The True and Faithful Bible Believing Church, we have the great commission to evangelize the world with the gospel of His grace.  Jesus said: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."(Matthew 28:19-20).

For the first time in history, we have the means to do it!

Let Us Pray Together--

PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN! 

Home Page

Document Page

Return To Top