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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

What is reality?

posted by jfletcher

There is an extraordinary paradox in our world today. As Bible prophecy is fulfilled in remarkable detail, before our eyes, more people are unaware of it. Or, perhaps worse, seek to discredit predictive prophecy.

Take the situation in Israel. The Jewish state is becoming more of a pariah in our world, and while this unfortunate scenario is a startling fulfillment of prophecy (see Psalm 83, Ezekiel 36-39, Zechariah 12-14, among others), most are focused on further marginalizing Israel.

Most incredibly, this line of attack on the credibility of Bible prophecy comes mainly from some in leadership in the American church! See 2 Peter 3 for that.

As I go to Israel this week and focus on these things, meditate on your own position on the Bible’s trustworthiness.

Do you think the Bible is true?

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Going up to Jerusalem

posted by jfletcher

The modern air traveler, seated (hopefully) comfortably, isn’t really aware that the plane itself is “whooshing!” through the air. In a plane, you are going really, really fast.

Next week, as I travel to Israel again, the plane can’t get there fast enough for me. Friends ask if I’m afraid to go to the Middle East.

No, I’m not. In fact, I feel safer in Israel than I do at home.

Among the many places I’ll visit is Mishkenot Sha’ananim, a community just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. It is an astonishing fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

In Zechariah 2:4, we read that one day, Jerusalem shall be “inhabited as villages without walls.” Of course, 2,500 years ago, that was absurd. Dwelling outside the fortifications of a city offered no protection from bandits, wild animals, and foreign armies.

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Yet in 1860, the prophecy was fulfilled when Moses Montefiore provided the funds for dwellings to be built outside the walls of Jerusalem.

The buildings are still there, a stone’s throw from Jaffa Gate.

Critics of the Bible often like to say it’s full of mistakes, contradictions, or that it’s outright myth. Mishkenot Sha’ananim, however, exists. The cold stones of its dwellings gradually warm throughout the day, as the regathered Jewish people pass by, themselves an astonishing fulfillment of prophecy.

Mishkenot Sha’ananim.

I can’t wait to see it again!

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Groaning

posted by jfletcher

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:22)

On a trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, my guide talked quite a bit about “Mother Earth” and how “she” groans under the weight of man’s abuse of his environment.

I agree with a bit of that, although I worship Father God. In the book of Romans, Paul wrote that the whole creation is groaning under the curse of sin, and he taught that there was an end-game.

I thought of this when the killer tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, just up the road from where I live. Even one death would have been devastating, but we are hearing about many deaths.

In the book of Isaiah, the Lord promises that one day, He will restore/remake the earth, for a final time. He promises this. I believe him.

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The Harold Camping fiasco—in many people’s minds—”harmed” the teaching potential of Bible prophecy enthusiasts. I disagree.

Camping was wrong on an epic scale, and many “predicted” he would be—it was easy to see his downfall coming—but sometimes we forget that the Bible isn’t wrong.

Paul and the other apostles taught, through revelation from the Creator God, that a day was coming in which there would be no more tornadoes, and no more dead children, and no more abuse of the creation.

Because predictive prophecy in the Bible authenticates Scripture, we can be confident that that day is not only coming, but that it is near.

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The Darkness

posted by jfletcher

There are all sorts of amazing prophecies in the Bible. Not all of them deal with antichrists and things that go bump in the night. But they do signal a season of darkness before the light dawns.

Among other places in the New Testament, the two letters that bear Peter’s name discuss “false teachers” and departures from the Christian.

Apostasy.

The apostle indicates that both false teachers and their “students” will do so willingly. In particular, 2 Peter 3 has a fascinating discussion of this, revealing to us that in the last days, there will come “scoffers” into the Church, specifically, and that they will first deny the origins accounts of Genesis, then they will, in effect, put up their hands and mockingly ask, “Where is the promise of His [Jesus] coming?”

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It doesn’t help Bible prophecy students and teachers today that men like Harold Camping are such bunglers. Because if people were able to see past the Harold Campings of the world, they would see clearly that Peter’s predictions are coming to pass every single day, especially among the liberal wing of the Church—and this includes the evangelical wing of Christendom. It is open season on believers who actually think that Jesus will physically return to Jerusalem, as He told his disciples He would.

One blogger recently said that we must be mindful of believers struggling with the mocking and that we should be “preparing them for the coming post-evangelical darkness.”

That’s interesting; post-evangelical darkness. If you don’t realize that those shadows are already falling, pay attention. Pay attention to the mocking jabs from those in the liberal wing and the so-called “Emergent” crowd.

Be mindful of 2 Peter 3; the scoffers today—within the Church!—are fulfilling the very prophecy they deny.

Isn’t that amazing?

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