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 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine"   2 Timothy 4:2



Sure Word of Prophecy

By S.J. Black


“Daddy!  Are the doggies going to be ok and get away from the bad guys?”

That is what my five year old asked me one evening while watching the show “101 Dalmatians.”

Since I had seen the show in the past, I could confidently answer that “yes, buddy they will be fine.  Just keep watching”.

But this started me thinking.  If you know Jesus and know your Bible then as we watch the world seemingly go insane around us, we can have confidence that the Lord has it all under control.  The Lord is outside of time and space and has already seen the beginning and the end; there is nothing that is a surprise to the Lord.  He numbered your days in His book before the world was ever created.

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:19-21)

 You can have confidence that all is under God’s control and we have a more sure word of prophecy to back up this notion.

If you know Jesus in a personal relationship then you also have these promises you can rely on:

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:2-4)

“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:52-53)

The Bible gave large amounts of prophecy regarding Jesus’ first coming and each and every one against huge statistical odds was fulfilled exactly as foretold.  The Bible also contains many other prophecies that came to pass exactly as foretold. Looking backwards to fulfilled prophecy gives us assurance that all the yet future prophecy will be fulfilled just as accurately.

For example, many today are worried about what is going on in the Middle East.  Personally, I cannot honestly say I am the least bit concerned.  Numerous Old Testament and New Testament scriptures predict that this would be the case.

Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 foretell of an invasion of Israel that is coming from a confederation of Arab states and Russia.  Specifically, Gog / Magog (modern day Russia and her satellite republics) and Persia (modern day Iran) are mentioned.

Isaiah 17 speaks of the burden of Damascus.  At some point yet future Damascus will be utterly destroyed never to be inhabitable again.  Damascus is one of the oldest known cities in existence.  It has been captured or overthrown through the centuries but it has always been inhabited.  Some day it will be a ruinous heap and will never be inhabitable again.  The truth of the matter is that Isaiah 17 reads to me as though one day Damascus will be destroyed with a nuclear weapon of some form or fashion.

Isn’t it interesting that in this day and age, Russian scientist are working in Iranian nuclear plants that despite Iranian claims are being used to develop Iranian nuclear weapons.  At the same time have you noticed lately that Syria and Iran seem to be working more and more from the same play book these days?  The players that will attack Israel one day are lining up exactly as foretold.  Coincidence?  I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

All of the Muslim Arab groups including Tehran have no interest in peace with Israel.  It is stated in the charters of groups such as the PLO, Hamas and groups of similar persuasion that one of their goals is the annihilation of Israel.

But don’t worry about the Jews.  God says expressly in His word that a remnant of the Jews will be saved.  I wish I could say as much for so many that would seek to touch the apple of God’s eye…Israel (Zechariah 2:8).

In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus’ disciples came to him and asked, ““Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Here Jesus gave them a number of signs to watch for signaling His nearing return.

First, Jesus said there will be many false prophets and false Christ.  Certainly no shortage of wacko types making the claim to be the Christ these days.  There are also many false prophets around in this day and age.  Just flip on TBN any time someone like Paul Crouch or Benny Hinn is on if you need some examples.

Other signs Jesus pointed to were wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes in various places, famines basically everything you will find in the headlines of any paper these days.

Of the last days, Paul wrote to Timothy:

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

Do the verses above sound a lot like the world today?

If you know Jesus in a personal relationship where you have made Him the Lord of your life then you have nothing to fear.  God is in control and all is going according to plan.  You can look forward to our “blessed hope” when Jesus returns for His faithful church.

If you have never surrendered your life to Jesus then you indeed do have cause for concern.  The book of Revelation speaks of a time period of seven years coming on the earth that will be truly beyond any horror you can imagine.

Should you find yourself somewhere in between where you have prayed some prayer, maybe even gotten wet in a baptismal but never lived a second like you have truly surrendered your life to Jesus.  If it were me, I would start really searching your heart and seeking God in prayer to examine if you really know Jesus or are you simply religious and know about Jesus.

Make no mistake about it, time is short.  Please don’t make the error of some that will say if they see the rapture happen and the Anti-Christ come on the scene then they will believe. 

Let’s face it, living for Jesus today isn’t always easy but if you can’t live for Him now you certainly will not die for Him later.  The other issue is that Scripture speaks of those who have rejected the truth of God being given over to “strong delusion”.  This suggest to me that post rapture of the church you may have allowed yourself to become so deceived that repentance will be almost impossible at that point.

Why take the chance?  If the Spirit is speaking to you accept Jesus today if you never have.  If you are “religious” start seeking in and abiding in Jesus today while there is yet time.  I urge you to visit the four spiritual laws that can save you today.

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