This is a series of articles of which there are four parts:
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" Search from the book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these [prophecies] shall fail; Not one shall lack her mate." -- Isaiah 24:16
Prophecy in the News
One of the things we do as part of Berean Watchmen Ministries is search the world news headlines for items that may be of some prophetic significance as described in the Bible. It is amazing how these prophecies that were written so many years ago, seem to make more and more sense as the current events unfold around us. The bible tells us that this would be so.
"Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end ... and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand." -- Daniel 12:9-10
As we search for only those events which we believe fit into the end time prophecies of the Bible, it is amazing how more and more, every day, the headlines shout end times events with ever word. What once took only a few minutes a day 2 years ago, now takes over an hour to complete; and even at that, the search is by no means finished. One only needs to remember a few key ideas, and scriptures, to recognize for oneself - the Prophecy in the News
So what are those Prophecies? What should someone look for in the news? Do I have a checklist of endtime events? Well sort of.
In an effort to compile my own checklist, I have in essence created a commentary journey into the End times 'Signs' or 'Warnings' that exist in the scriptures. With such a check list, it could be used by almost anyone, with no 'real' knowledge of the bible, as a guide to the signs indicated 'When the end is near'. I am not providing you with a concise list however, at least not up front... not now. If you wish to make such a list, you can do so by following my discussions over the next few studies as I try to relay some of the things wandering around in this brain of mine (and in the haphazard notes in my archives).
So why watch the news?
This might suprise you but the bible tells us that the darkest days of Earth's history are not behind us.....but rather in front of us. The Bible warns that these dark days will contain awesome and terrifying events and that they will come upon the world with no immediate warning. All will be taken by surprise by these events, except for those that watch and know. You see, although we have no immediate warnings. The bible does have many 'signs' that we are to watch for to indicate that the time is near. Please note however that what the Bible predicts is a season of the Lord's return and there are no specifics leading toa day or an hour.
When we see someone buying a Turkey and decorations for Thanksgiving, we can say, "Ah, Christmas is coming soon". Not because Thanksgiving is directly related to Christmas, but because we know that Christmas follows on the coat tails of that celebration. The bible promises hope and escape from the terrifying days that are coming upon the whole world. For all who believe in the Christ, the Messiah the savior and the Resurrection; for all those who have accepted this free gift from God - we have a blessed hope. But to those who reject God and his Son - the times ahead are full of fear, pain, and devastation, for there is to be a fury unleashed on the world, such has never been seen before....in history.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.....For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, -- 1 Thess 5:4-6,9
God gave us prophecy in the bible so we could watch and know. Almost 30% of the bible is dedicated to prophecy. God obviously wanted us to know his plan for the future.... and he has told us to Watch and be Ready.
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 24:42-44
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. -- Revelation 3:3
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. – Revelation 16:15
So join me in the days to come. Join me as we look into the Signs of the end of the Age. We will begin our Journey next time with the most significant prophetic event in recent history.
I'll give you a hint.
I guarantee that the subject, or reference to it, will be in your paper tomorrow.
Serving the King,