The Promise of Christmas

Christmas meaningAs we have just finished celebrating Christmas I wonder how many realize what it was that we were celebrating. To some it was just a holiday from work. to some it was a chance to make money, to some it was a time to get and give gifts, and to some it was an excuse to party and drink. To some it was a time of fellowship with family and renewing old ties. To a few it was a recognition of God’s gift of salvation to mankind. But, I wonder how many saw the prophetic promise of Christmas?

God revealed it to His prophet Isaiah –

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,” – Isa. 9:6

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To Those Who Love His Appearing

21st centuryThe clock of history is ticking and the time of the Lord’s return is nearing. The 7th feast of the Lord has happened for this year, the feast of Tabernacles. No one knows for sure when the Father will tell the Son “Go and get your bride”. Jesus told many parables about this, for example ‘The master returning from a wedding feast’.

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” – Luke 12:35-40

In all these parables, the thought of being prepared and surprise at the coming of the Lord was heavily emphasized. In His teaching of the end times, Jesus said in Luke –

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When does the Rapture Occur?

battle_of_armageddon_lg1In a previous article, The End of the Age, I covered the marriage of the Lamb and His Bride, the battle of Armageddon, and the Thousand Year Reign of Christ on the earth. But, there was a question that arises from the end of the battle of Armageddon and the beginning of the 1000 year reign. I begin with Revelation 20 vs. 4 –

And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.” – Rev. 20:4 NKJV Continue reading

Daniel’s 70 Weeks – part 3

the returnWe have seen much of Daniel’s vision come to pass but now we enter into murky waters. The third part of the vision has yet to happen, but the elements that are needed for it to be fulfilled may already be working. We now look at the 3rd part of the vision:

“… and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolation’s are determined. 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 (or desolator).” – Daniel 9:26-27

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Daniel’s 70 Weeks – part 2

The Scope of Daniel

The Scope of Daniel

The Revelation Daniel received is sweeping in its scope; covering the Gentile empires that will rule the world and the future of the Israeli people and even the Church, beginning with the return from Babylonian captivity and rebuilding of Jerusalem in Daniel’s time, then stretching forward in time to the first coming of Messiah, and culminating with the coming of Antichrist at the end of the age. We are examining his vision concerning the 70 weeks of Jewish history after their return from Babylonian captivity. It is found in the Book of Daniel, chapter nine, and verses 24 through 27.

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Daniel’s 70 Weeks – part 1

daniel's visions

Daniel’s Visions

God has revealed His plans for man’s history in many places in the Bible and this is one of them. He has given to us the privilege of searching them out.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. – Proverbs 25:2

I would remind you that the New Testament often refers to believers as ‘kings and priests’, so it is our responsibility to search out the hidden wisdom God has left for us in His Scriptures.

The prophet Daniel was given visions that explain God’s plans for Israel and the nations of the world. None are more fascinating than his vision of The 70 weeks. In this revelation, given to Continue reading

The Promise of Christmas

nativity-scene1As we enter into this Christmas season, we celebrate peace but, there seems to be no peace on earth. The Russian Bear is stirring once again trying to regain the former prominence of the Soviet Union. China is building her military, challenging the USA for dominance in the eastern Pacific. In his article China: Sharpening Swords for War? Richard L. Russell reveals how China is developing weapons to challenge the US militarily and financially. At the same time, the Mideast is exploding with tensions that threaten the status-quot. ISIS  is building a new Caliphate drawing many nations into the conflict – Continue reading