Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Church, Missing In Action In These Last Days..............

The Church, Missing In Action In These Last Days

Traditionally, mainline churches have shied away from the cutting edge of prophecy as being irrelevant and speculative, often labeling it "sensationalism". They have taken the view that this age is going to end someday, but the details are so unsupportable that no one can say exactly how or when 
His return is near. This is lazy, taking the easy way out thinking and is disobedient to the word of God and command of Christ to be watching. This type of thinking, this end times blindness comes straight from satan.

Some even insist that the elements of Bible prophecy are so confusing that no one can understand them anyway. How very sad, and yet we can see that mind set occurring today even in some of the born-again churches with an attitude of "let's avoid the subject entirely rather than have disagreement." Perhaps that attitude will change as circumstances of these last days make things far less comfortable. satan knows the end is near and would prefer that the church was deaf, dumb and happy and the church is all too happy to remain silent and ignorant of God's end time plans.

For those that are informed and watching as Christ commanded it is obvious that the end times stage is now set up around the world. In the Middle East, Israel continues to fulfill its many prophecies laid out in Scripture, along with Russia, China, and others appearing in the news almost on a daily basis. Even more obvious, the prophesied one-world governmental system is quickly being forged into a recognizable form. America is being set up to remove all our rights and destroy our Constitution, to be replaced with an International one.

Can We Know When?

Can we know when the Lord Jesus Christ will return? 

Are we supposed to know? 

"O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times" 

                                                                                                              Matthew 16:3

The above, straight from the mouth of Christ, makes the answer to the above questions pretty clear.

The modern church is sound asleep as the end times surrounds them and we stand on the threshold of the most important events in modern history. 

First, Jesus did clearly say that no one will know the "day or the hour" of His return. However, a day is a pretty small slice of time -- only 24 hours. He did not say that you would not know the season.

Second, the "thief in the night" passage refers to unbelievers (1 Thessalonians 5:4). But in the very same passage Paul tells believers, "You are not in darkness, brethren, for that day to surprise you like a thief". In other words, if we are trusting in Christ and looking for His coming, even the very day does not have to surprise us.

Third, a large percentage of the Bible is predictive prophecy about the Second Coming. God went to a lot of trouble to document all this information on our behalf. Was all that to keep it a big secret from us? Or did he give it that His people, especially seekers, so that we 
might understand? The latter seems more reasonable. 

Fourth, at the time of Jesus' first coming certain ones knew the prophecies and understood the times. And Jesus rebuked those who did not understand the signs of the times in His day (Matthew 16:3). "O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times" (Matthew 16:3).

Fifth, it is true that when His disciples asked Him about the kingdom being restored, Jesus did tell them, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons" (Acts 1:7). However, he was speaking specifically to His disciples who were living almost 2,000 years ago and who would not be alive when Daniel's vision would be "unsealed," as we have seen in our generation.

It is 
clear that God actually does want us to seek and know at least the general period when Christ will return, except for a specific 24-hour period, and even then we may know so accurately that even the day will "not surprise" us, as Paul said.

Evidence from Israel: The 
 Key Prophetic Event Of Modern Times

After almost 2,000 years of dispersion and according to many prophecies, the nation of Israel has been reestablished in 1948. N
ever in history has a nation been destroyed and the survivors scattered around the world, then have their nation later restored, especially after nearly 2,000 years. In itself, the nation of Israel is a modern-day miracle. And the Bible seems clear--at Christ's return, Israel will be intact as a nation, something impossible until the last half of this century! 

It is very interesting that satan used Herod to attempt to kill all the Jewish babies to try to thwart Christ's first mission, and in this last century satan used Hitler to try to kill all the Jews to prevent Israel's rebirth, a prerequisite to Christ's return.

Israel is "God's time clock." Jesus Himself expressed such a view. He spoke prophetically of Israel and the future, saying that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the Jews scattered, which actually happened 40 years later in A.D. 70. He said Jerusalem would be trampled down by Gentiles "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). He also told a parable of the "fig tree," which clearly
represents the nation of Israel. He said when it begins to sprout, "you know that the kingdom of God is near" (Luke 21:29-31), and that "this generation,the one that sees the signs will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened" (v. 32).

The fig tree began to sprout in the last half of this century. Israel was reestablished in 1948. And in the miraculous 1967 Six-Day War, Israel recaptured Jerusalem from "the Gentiles," fulfilling Jesus' prophecy about "the times of the Gentiles" now being complete.  Again it is interesting that 
the number one Gentile nation, America, there has been in a precipitous cultural and spiritual decline precisely since--yes, the 1960s. Just like the bible said, God is right on time every time!

Evidence from the Prophet Daniel

Daniel, chapters 9-12, hold keys to the timing of the Lord's return. In about 550 B.C., Daniel prophesied the time of both Christ's first and second coming, and it can be demonstrated how the prophecy was accurately fulfilled at His first coming. It seems obvious that the passage also would contain the key to the timing of His Second Coming. However, the angel Gabriel, who gave Daniel this information, said that the understanding of the timing of the second coming was "sealed" until the "time of the end"; in other words, it could not be understood until this special period of history. In addition to other clues, Gabriel gave two key conditions that would prevail at that time: "travel and education (knowledge) shall be vastly increased" (chapter 12, verse 5).

Travel: World travel, and even interstate travel, was minimal until the previous 
century. And it was not until the middle of this century that travel literally exploded. The main factor was the advent of the jet aircraft engine -- which was first used on a commercial airliner in the 1950s! Almost everyone, at least in advanced societies it seems, is now traveling. Without a doubt, travel has "vastly increased" since the 1950s.

Education: Education and knowledge also exploded in the previous 
century. From the time of Christ until 1900, it is estimated that man's knowledge doubled. In just the next 50 years, from 1900 to 1950, it doubled again. Then it began an extremely rapid doubling; first every seven years, then every two years in the 1960's. It appears that the 1950's marked the time in history when knowledge and education "vastly increased" and literally began exploding.

This means that according to Daniel, sometime about 1948 when Israel was reborn, or soon there after in the 1950s, God unsealed, or is now unsealing, the vision of Daniel to give us understanding of the time of Christ's soon return.

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