Were you aware that the Bible is about 27 % prophecy? Were you also aware that the Bible was written on 3 different continents, in 3 different languages, over 40 authors in various parts of the world, 66 books, and yet has been 100 % accurate on its prophecies to date? It’s the one book that has no other like its kind and it has been the best-selling, most quoted, most published, most circulated, most translated, most influential book in the history of mankind. There is no close second. Maybe there is something to this book versus any other religious book and I say all of the above to support the validity in the Bible and what it says about future events. If the prophecies have been 100 % accurate to this point, it validates that not only God exists, He knows the future and we can trust in Him.
The Book of Revelation, along with the Book of Daniel, and several others illustrate what we should expect in the “last days.” I will get into another blog to prove the Bible is completely accurate based on fulfilled prophecy, archeological evidence, the consistency between all 66 books by different authors, extra biblical writings that verify historical events as they correlate to the Bible, etc. For now, just read this and assume the Bible is completely accurate. What do these different authors tell us about future events and what to expect before Jesus comes back to earth? I want to highlight some of the larger prophecies that are to take place during the “last days” and I want you to be the judge of what you think or believe. I encourage you to fact check everything I speak about and verify for yourself.
End-time Fulfilled Prophecy:
1. Israel becoming a nation in 1948
a. The “last days” couldn’t possibly have started until what the Book of Isaiah says as a nation being born in a day.
i. Isaiah 66:8 – Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born all at once? As soon as Zion’s pains came, she gave birth to her son.”) This historic year started the “end time” prophetic clock.The question to ask is how do we know how much time we have or how long this will be?
b. Jesus addressed this issue himself with his disciples on the Mount of Olives:
i. Matt. 24:3-34 (emphasis on verse 34.) “Verily I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” This is capitalized, why? To place emphasis on it. So Jesus said all of these things have to take place (not some) before THIS generation sees end-time prophecy come to pass. So how long is a generation biblically?
Psalm 90: 9-10 supports this definition. “For all our days pass away in Your anger. We finish our years with a quiet cry. The days of our life are seventy years, or eighty if we have the strength.” So a biblical generation is 70 years. 1948 (start of the end-times clock) + 70 years is 2018.
2. The Euphrates River Drying Up
a. Revelation 16:12 - “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.” Since prophecy has to occur in chronological order, the “bowl” judgments are the last set of 7’s to take place. (7 seals, then 7 trumpets, then 7 bowls). This river drying up but not being completely dried up is a precursor to the final set of judgments occurring, just before the second return of Christ. The river will be completely dried up at that point but this is to show that the second coming is close.
b. Here is an article from the NY Times that was published July, 2009 showing the Euphrates River (located in Iraq/Turkey) drying up, with the elders of the area saying this is the worst it’s ever been. This falls within the time frame Jesus himself said THIS generation will see come to pass. Look up the history of the Euphrates before 2009 and see if history ever shows this river drying up prior.
3. Solar and Lunar Eclipses
a. In Acts 2:19-21, it states “ And I will grant wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire, and vapor and smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
b. Revelation 6:12 states “ I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood. “
c. Israel has great significance not only to the world but end times prophecy. Since 1948, this world has seen 3 tetrads – or 4 blood moons in succession of years (http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/) 1947-1948 when Israel became a nation (4 blood moons). 1967-1968 – Israel’s 6 day war (4 blood moons). 2014-2015 – Israel’s war with Hamas and Palestine (4 blood moons). The significance to these moons is that they ALL fell on high Jewish holidays. Solar eclipses during these times also fell on Jewish holidays. All fell within the time that THIS generation would see things come to pass within.
4. Rebuilding of Solomon’s Temple
a. Daniel 9:25-27 says “Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler-the Anointed One – comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times. After this period of sixty-two sets of seven, the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing, and a ruler will arise which armies will destroy the city and the Temple. The end will come with a flood, and war and its miseries and decreed from that time to the very end. Desolations are decreed. And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”
b. In ancient days, the temple was used for sacrificed to atone for sins and Book of Daniel confirms that in the last days (specifically the tribulation period), the Temple will not only be rebuilt and used, but will have the Antichrist himself cause an abomination inside by declaring himself god. (3.5 years into the Tribulation period of 7 total years)
i. Daniel 12:11 confirms this – And from the time that the regular burnt offerings is taken away and the abomination that makes desolate (Antichrist claiming he’s god on the throne within the Temple) is set up, there shall be 1,290 days (3.5 years – the Great Tribulation period)
c. Although this Temple hasn’t been constructed yet and will only happen during the tribulation period, the blueprints have been drawn, animals bred for sacrifice (red heifers), all items within the Temple built and completed, etc. The only thing pending now is the approval from the Islamic community to rebuild it since the land that’s need is next to Islam’s Dome of the Rock.
i. Interesting tidbit of info on the red heifer - The Red Heifer is an extremely rare creature. According to Jewish tradition, during the two thousand years from the time this commandment was given until the destruction of the Second Temple in the first century AD, only nine red cows that met the biblical criteria were ever found
d. See the Temple Institute link for videos and articles about how everything is already prepared, built, and pending approval. The heads of the institute will tell you that this structure can be built in as quick as a year.
i. http://www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/rebuilding-the-temple-in-jerusalem/
5. Earthquakes, Famine, and Wars
a. Mark 13:8 – For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles; these are the beginning of sorrows.
i. Earthquakes: As a precursor leading up to the tribulation period and also what is seen within the Tribulation and Great Tribulation period, we see as stated in Mark 13:8 how wars, earthquakes, famines, and troubles will all be signs of the beginning of sorrows.
1. A common argument could be made that we have always had earthquakes, wars, volcanoes, famine, etc. That’s true. What makes the difference is the period from Israel becoming re-birthed again as a nation (1948) until now. You can look at the US Geological site at http://www.usgs.gov/ and the chart below to show that since 1948, the earthquakes have not only increased in number but increased in intensity – as birth pains of a mother who is about to deliver.
ii. Famine: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 805 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2012-2014. http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm#Number_of_hungry_people_in_the_world
iii. Wars: I think this one is self-explanatory and really needs no description but I want to make mention of a few things. Of all the countries in the world, Israel is the most hated and most fought against. Out of all the nations, Israel sees wars fall within the tetrad (4 blood moon) cycles that fell on Jewish Holy Days. Israel is key in endtime events and prophecy.
Thought: Why is it that out of all the curse words within any religious or non-religious society, the God of the Bible is the only one that’s cursed? Does that in anyway have bearing to people subconsciously believing in the God of the Bible verses any other god?
6. The Mark of the Beast
a. Revelation 13:16-18 – and he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
i. Up until this point, this particular part of prophecy has been debated as to what this means. Is this a literal thing or metaphorical thing? As you will see within a lot of endtime prophecy, things are more literal than metaphorical.
The RFID (Radio-frequency Identification) below can be implanted through the right hand or forehead.
ii. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_advcom_12-2006_rpt_RFID.pdf
v. Upon further research, you will see where the design of this product ventures into the cashless system, with everything being done through this chip implant. So far, this is the closest and most accurate thing to describe the mark of the beast, while also helping to show how the world can be on a one world currency.
vi. States such as Wyoming are already having this done as a “test run” per the new Obamacare mandate. (as of 2013)
a. Page 1502 of Obamacare mandate shows “National Medical Device Registry” (line 8) and “shall include each class III device (line 14). Look up what constitutes as a “class III device”
These are just some of the major key things that are discussed in end time prophecy that have either completely come to pass or are in process of being fulfilled. The God of the Bible is real and I will address that within another blog but for now, cast your eyes to heaven because we are no longer in the last days. We are in the last minutes…
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- The United Nations is set to vote on Palestine becoming a separate state/two state solution in September 2015 between The Feast of Trumpets and the last blood moon on the Feast of Tabernacles. News link to UN vote. Why is this important? Scripture talks about the nation of Israel being divided within the last days and then the nations involved get judged from God. - Joel 3:1-2. Interesting enough, verse 1 described Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and the second verse may be fulfilled later this year - all within the 70 year generation period.
- The Israel Temple Institute has now successfully bred a 100 % pure red heifer for the animal sacrificed that will take place within the temple during the tribulation period. Israel Raising a Red Heifer