Friday, June 8, 2007

A Bible Sign of the Last Days



The Big Question:

When?

Now don't get excited my Christian friend, history is littered with the wrecks of "prophets" whose predictions failed to happen on the dates they predicted. I'm not of that ilk, but what do we know that really defines the times we're living in? There is one prophecy that seems key to me as the defining prophecy--and the prophet is none other than Jesus himself:
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." - Matthew 24:14

Today the gospel is reaching all the world. So even in the most remote places on earth the gospel can be heard over radio or television. There's no doubt that we're in that time frame or season. Following the statement made by Jesus in verse 14, Jesus said this: When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:


Here Jesus is referring to a specific prophecy in the Old Testament book of Daniel. Daniel 9:27-
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

The fact that 'he' shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease is a reference to the sacrificial offerings of the Jewish religion. This won't happen until there is a Jewish temple. And Daniel said that 'he' will make a covenant (with the Jews) for one week. This individual will make a seven year peace treaty with the Jews who will at this time be living in safety. They will have re-established their Levitical sacrificial laws in their temple. After precisely three and a half years this treaty will be broken when 'he' will stand in the the Jewish temple and demand worship from the Jews. That act is called the 'abomination of desolation' according to Jesus. But there is no Jewish temple. There hasn't been one since AD 70! But if the Bible is true, and I believe with everything in me it is, the Jews will build their temple. Look for the Mosque of Oman to come down. It is sitting on the Temple Mount.
The 'he' who causes the abomination is known to believers as the Antichrist--Satan incarnate. I will elaborate on that in the future, since the Bible gives us a lot of information on him and his reign as world leader.
Since these prophecies come together, there's no doubt we're getting close.

4 comments:

TXatheist said...

Define close. A million years from now?

R. Hoeppneer said...

Well, Jesus warned us not to set dates but he also scolded those who couldn't recognize the 'seasons' and times earmarking those end times. There were things that Jesus and the disciples told us about that couldn't have happened until we developed the technology we have today.
For instance, the Bible talks about a man called "the Beast" (Revelation 13)known to believers as the Antichrist. He will have the ability to put a mark in the right hand or forehead of everyone in the world and be able to track every single one of their (financial) transactions. That technology is in place today and is being used. There are many other such evidences that I will be discussing in coming blogs...keep watching.

TXatheist said...

Wasn't the alleged JC the one who said we'd see the end of things before a generation passed? Mark 13:30-31.

Another false prophecy :)

R. Hoeppner said...

Jesus' reference was to the generation living during the time of which He spoke. The events will take place in the space of a generation. Most fundi's believe that generation began on May 14, 1948 when the *prophecy that Israel would become a nation was fulfilled. Others believe it began in 1967 after Israels six day war when Jerusalem was once again taken by the Jews. Either way we're close. We are the generation.
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*Amos 9:14-15:14 "I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
15) I will plant Israel in their own land,never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,says the LORD your God."