We are living in exciting times! For some time now, you have probably heard people say, “We are living in the Last Days.” You may have asked, “What does that mean?” They are talking about things in the Bible, more specifically, prophecies both fulfilled and soon to be fulfilled.
People are often skeptical of the Bible and what Christians believe. Lately, we have heard of the Mayans and their calendar containing prophecies, especially the one about the possibility of the earth ending in December of 2012. Previously, we heard a great deal about Nostradamus and his prophecies. The God of the Bible has something to say about prophets in Deuteronomy 18:20-22:
‘But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’—when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
The Jewish people who spoke for God, had to take it seriously, otherwise, they could be dead. If people like Nostradamus and others were going to be judged like God’s people judged their prophets, all of them would think long and hard before they spoke.
But the Bible does not just stand on prophecy. There are five pillars the Bible stands on: historical evidence, scientific accuracy, manuscript evidence, archeological evidence besides prophetical accuracy.
“Historical evidence routinely includes ancient literature, business records, and government documents, analyzed in conjunction with linguistics, geography, and archaeological analysis of physical objects (pottery, coins, remains of buildings, etc.), using forensic science techniques.” (www.ICR.org)
The scientific accuracy of the Bible is amazing! There are numerous examples in the Bible of scientific statements which were thought to be preposterous hundreds of years ago but have in more recent times found out that what the Bible said is true. For example, before Columbus sailed around the world, people thought the world was flat! Two thousand years before Columbus, the Bible stated that the world was round. The Bible speaks of specific design in the creation. There are scientists that acknowledge that there are at least 40 qualities of the universe that must be within certain measurements or life could not exist on earth (Austin American Statesman, October 19, 1997). For at least 98 other examples, review Ray Comfort’s book “Scientific Facts in the Bible.”
Manuscript evidence assures us that what you read today is the same as what the author wrote. The New Testament has over 24,000 documents, partial or whole, which are dated from 100 to 300 years after the original writings. Other literature does not compare. For example, Plato, 7 copies with a 1,200 year gap, Tacitus, 20 copies with a 1,000 year gap, and Caesar, 10 copies with a 1,000 year gap (FaithFacts.org).
Archeological evidence abounds! Consider this, there is an entire version of the Bible dealing with nothing but the archeological evidence that confirms what the Bible says is true. Archeologists would dig and find various ruins and artifacts, catalog them, and see where they matched up in the Bible. They realized the accuracy of the Scriptures so they began to reverse the process. Archeologists would read the Bible, figure out where a place should be which was described in various passages, determine where to dig and start sampling. More often than not, they would find what they were looking for.
Lastly, the evidence for accurate prophecies in the Bible abound. Just the number of prophecies concerning Jesus and His first coming number over 300! So, what is prophecy? The most common sense of the word prophecy is foretelling a future event. Some prophecies are very blatant while others are somewhat cryptic and others fall between the two.
Did You Get the Outline?
When you plan an event, certain preparations take place long before the main event happens. For example, if you were planning an anniversary party for someone, you might decide on having it at a nice place that you would need to rent. You, also, decide that you will have a band, cake, chairs, tables, refreshments, a meal, plates, etc., … You start lining up when all these things should arrive or happen. In the same way, we will see that God does the same thing with prophecy. You will see things that must happen in order for the main event and sometimes even so another event can take place.
In this book, I want to share with you prophecies concerning the Last Days. In order to help you with understanding these prophecies, some of the major events of the Last Days are as follows:
• Israel Becoming A Nation Again – This event happened in 1948 along with many other significant events that will relate to the Last Days.
• The Rapture of the Church – the word rapture comes from a Latin base. In the Bible, you will want to look for the phrase, “caught up” instead. The church refers to those who trust in Christ for salvation.
• The Tribulation Period Begins – Shortly after the Church is raptured, this seven year period will begin.
• One World Government – This may happen even before the rapture of the church. We can even see this coming to pass even now.
• The Temple of the Jews Rebuilt – The preparations have been made, everything is set in place. All that needs to happen is permission to start construction.
• The Desecration of the Temple – Half way through the tribulation period, the Temple will be defiled.
• Christ’s return.
Keep this outline in mind when going through the next section.
The End is Near!
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
How do we know the “end” is near? The Bible tells us of many signs that would be happening in the last days. The signs would come upon us as a woman is getting ready to give birth. The birth pangs a woman experiences start slow and increase both in frequency and intensity. If you were to map this out, you would get what mathematicians call a hyperbolic curve. In the same way, the each of the signs the Bible tells us of, also, increase in frequency and intensity. Most of these prophecies will not climax until the tribulation period, but our generation will begin to see these things increase in incidence and force.
Another issue we see is the number of prophecies which are being fulfilled at this time. We are seeing more of these prophecies being fulfilled at this time in history than any other. Here I have listed over one hundred prophecies and I am sure that this is not all of them.
The Bible is a book made up of sixty six books, by over forty authors, over a period of about twenty five hundred year and written over nineteen hundred years ago. Can you imagine trying to get everyone to agree on what was to be said?! Especially since some were writing at the same time in different places! It is an amazing book! Let’s look at some of these prophecies in this book we have been given and see how it relates to you and I. Be sure to read the last section carefully.