Jesus Loves Me, This I Know. The Resurrection Proves It’s So!

Is there really a God?  If so, is He a good God? Does He care for me? How does He want me to respond to Him?

The resurrection of Jesus answers these basic questions.

Jesus predicted His death and resurrection, and He said

A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Because I live, you too shall live. – John 14:19-21

The Apostle Paul explained:

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

Jesus paid the debt of our sins, and offers forgiveness and eternal life to all who truly believe. The New Testament makes it clear that we must personally accept this gift of eternal life.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: – John 1:12

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. – John 3:13-18

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. – John 14:6

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. – Acts 4”12

The result of personally receiving Christ—acknowledging our belief in Him—is the gift of   eternal life.

And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. – 1 John 5:11-13

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

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Is Revival On The Way?

America was founded by strong believers in Jesus Christ. It was the world’s greatest example of freedom and Christian principles. It befriended God’s Chosen People, both before and after Israel was reborn as a modern nation. It was blessed by God in keeping with the promise given to Abraham.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you – Genesis 12:3

Prophecy students have wondered for decades why the United States will not apparently be a major player in the Bible’s End Times scenario. Europe is predicted as a Revived Roman Empire, but with a much weaker composition than ancient Rome. Ancient biblical lands will be involved in the prophetic future. They have modern names: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and others. But how could the one great “superpower” of our generation be ignored at the end of this age? Just a few years ago we could not have imagined how rapidly our beloved country would decline.

An honest evaluation of The United States today reveals that we are growing weaker economically, militarily, and above all, spiritually.

Many Churches in America are retreating from a literal interpretation of the Bible, and have allowed the corrupting influences of secular humanism, the sexual revolution, abortion, and other false beliefs and practices to slowly infiltrate their leadership. This change is predicted in the Bible. It is called apostasy, or a “falling away” from the truth.

As a result, our nation is in danger of God’s judgment. But like the biblical example of Nineveh, whose people repented in Jonah’s days, there could be a great revival first. We are praying for this!

In view of the surprising spiritual aspects of the latest presidential election, and in spite of some people’s honest doubts about Donald Trump’s migration toward Christian belief and practice, we should have high hopes that our nation will experience another “Great Awakening.”

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

If we do experience another great revival, like the “Jesus People” movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s, there might be another explanation about the apparent absence of the USA as a superpower during the End Times. Perhaps a large percentage of young people will have become true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and will have disappeared at the Rapture!

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2016 in Review: The Year in Bible Prophecy

 

At the close of a fascinating and tumultuous year Prophecy Central posts its report on the top ten categories of Bible prophecy, as determined by the greatest amount of relevant news posted on the various topic pages during the year.

Here is the “Top Ten List”…

1 – Wars and Rumors of War

2 – Gog and Magog

3 — Presidential Campaign

4 — Revival

5 – Mark of the Beast

6 – Apostasy

7 — Israel

8 — Islam

9 – The Rapture

10 — World Religions

There is a summary of the importance of each of these categories, and hyperlinks to all the news we have captured for you under these and many other topics.

Read or download your copy:

 2016 in Review – The Year in Prophecy

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No King But King Jesus

On Dec. 26, 2016 Prophecy Central posted this link:

RNC clarifies part of Christmas message after social media criticism

Republican Chairman Reince Priebus issued a brief statement about Christmas. He said that new hope was born into the world more than two thousand years ago…

“… a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.”

The comment was criticized on social media, thinking that he was suggesting that President-elect Trump will be a new king. However, RNC spokesman Sean Spicer said that the reference was not about Trump, but about Christ. He told CNN, “Christ is the King in the Christian faith.”

 This is a reminder of the beliefs of America’s Founders, and the loyal, God-fearing patriots of that amazing era. American History expert David Barton wrote that one inspiring motto of the Revolutionary War was,

                                     “No King but King Jesus!”

The kingship of Jesus Christ is also a major topic of Bible Prophecy.  Here are some of our commentary notes from the last book of the Bible: The Revelation of Jesus Christ…

And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. – Revelation 1:5

Jesus is said to be “the ruler over the kings of the earth.” This is primarily a preview of His glorious return, which will be mentioned in verse 7, and described more fully in chapter nineteen. When He comes to Earth again, it will be as “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:11-16).

In one sense Jesus already rules over the kings of the Earth, and in another way He is not yet “King of Kings” the way He will be at His second coming. You might remember that during His temptation, the Devil offered to give Him the earthly kingdoms if He would just worship him (Matthew 4:9-10). He could make that offer because on our sin-corrupted planet, evil is thriving. That is why the Devil is called the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4), and the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). There is no comparison between the evil empires of this world system and the future righteous kingdom Jesus will establish. On the other hand, as God the Son, He is still sovereign over His creation. God does set a limit of what He will allow. Psalm 75:7 says, “But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.”

Jesus had told his Disciples that the Kingdom of Heaven was “at hand” (Matthew 4:17). He knew his offer to be King at His triumphal entry would be rejected. Nevertheless, He will come in great glory in the future to establish it (Luke 21:25-31; 22:18, 30). In Acts 1:6 they asked Him, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He told them they couldn’t know the time, but when the Holy Spirit would come, He would enable them to be witnesses to the whole earth.

Evidently the Kingdom would not yet be established at that time. He would not yet reign on earth, and the Disciples would not yet reign with Him, but they would spread the message of the Kingdom, even as He had been doing.

That is why Jesus taught us to pray “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as [it is] in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10). We still pray that way because even though His Kingdom does already exist in Heaven, and He is our King already, it still has not yet been established here on earth.

Jesus told Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here” (John 18:36-37).

Born-again Christians are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven (Philippians 3:20). However, we are also citizens of our earthly nations. That’s why Jesus told His disciples,

“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”- Matthew 22:21

While we are here we are ambassadors, representing Christ and His Kingdom.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

During this time, we establish outposts of the Kingdom in our homes, churches, missions, and other Christian enterprises. We seek constantly to gain new members of the Kingdom by following His example of ministering to their needs and giving them the Gospel. There is much “Kingdom work” to do now even though it has not yet been established on earth.

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Prophecy Central’s 20th Anniversary !!!

pclogoSee Commen20 years ago Prophecy Central began to share “A World of Information about Biblical Prophecy” online. This ministry began when the Internet was a novelty, and about a year before the introduction of Google. During all these years Prophecy Central has usually been the first site listed by Google when searching for “Bible Prophecy.” What a wonderful 20 years it has been!. We give all glory to The Lord for allowing us this opportunity, and for blessing it all this time. The site has served approximately 30 million visitors during its existence. Prophecy Central features special sections for more than 100 topics relating to Bible prophecy. Most of them give a simple summary of the importance of these subjects to Bible students, a list of pertinent Scripture passages—with hyperlinks to them, articles of interest to each of the topics, and links to other resources. Each day top news stories of interest to Christians are featured. A summary of each of these articles is added as a permanent record, along with a link to the original trusted source of information. With the passing of years, many of these news stories disappear from the Internet, but our summaries remain, and in many cases can be traced on our site, year-by-year, all the way back to 1996. One of the most encouraging things to us was the realization that thousands of fellow-pastors use the information we provide to help them prepare their messages to enrich their congregations. If you have been blessed by this free resource, it would be wonderful to hear from you. We will be happy to publish your encouragements on the site during this anniversary month. You can email us at [email protected].

See our 20th Anniversary page for comments. Visit Prophecy Central for  additional information about Bible Prophecy:

Nearly One Third of the Bible is Prophecy!

Fulfilled Prophecy: Powerful Proof for Christianity

Future Prophecy: Impetus to Evangelism

The Good News of Prophecy: Christian History, Hope, Revival, and Encouragement

Prophecy Topics: One Hundred Categories and Counting

Prophecy Research: Lists of Prophecy Websites and an Amazing Search Engine in Our Archives

Balanced Prophecy: Biblical, Thoughtful, Encouraging

Prophecy Videos: Including a Complete Verse-by-Verse Study of Revelation

Prophecy Books: Our Books, and Reviews of other Good Resources

Ron’s Blog: Personal Reflections and Encouragements

 

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Why Vote?

vote2016A USA Today article, quoted Ralph Reed, saying that evangelical Christians made up 27% of the electorate in 2012. However, 17 million of them stayed home, allowing President Obama to win by some 5 million votes. As we approach the November elections, it is clear that a majority of evangelicals prefer the platform of the Republican Party, but are dismayed by the moral questions that swirl around both candidates. The answer for many is to choose the “lesser of two evils,” realizing that no one is perfect except Jesus (1 John 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15)—and He isn’t running. Another decision is to withhold their vote again. Here are three suggestions that should help with this dilemma. 1 – UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL WARFARE The Bible explains that, since the beginning of the human drama, world governments have been infiltrated by Satan. During the temptation of Our Lord, the Devil actually offered him the kingdoms of the world!

 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,  Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” – Matthew 4:8-10

On the other hand, the Bible also teaches that, in spite of corrupted governments and sinful rulers, God is still in control.

For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south.  But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another. – Psalm 75:6-7

God is sovereign. He allows rulers to be installed in order to accomplish His purposes. His plan may be to bless those who trust Him, or even to correct those who go astray. Sometimes he lets people have their own way to teach them a lesson. This happened in Israel’s history when they wanted a king. It also occurred during Moses’ time.

They soon forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel,  But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, And tested God in the desert. And He gave them their request, But sent leanness into their soul. – Psalm 106:13-16

2 – PRAY

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

This disappointing election could be just the wake-up call we need as a nation to return to the Lord, and hopefully experience another great revival for the sake of untold millions of young people in our country who do not know the Bible and have not yet accepted Jesus personally as their Savior and Lord.

3 – VOTE

Hal Lindsey points out that failing to vote is similar to the mistake made by the one character in Jesus’ parable of the talents who just buried his money in the ground instead of investing it.

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Prophecy Central: Your “Mobile-Friendly” Resource!

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Prophecy Central has been “A World of Information about Bible Prophecy,” since it was begun in November of 1996. Those were the early days of the Internet, nearly a year before the founding of Google! During most of the time since then, Prophecy Central has been the first choice in Google’s searches for “Bible Prophecy.”

Our site has been a primary source of balanced information about Bible prophecy and world events. More than 100 topic sections give links to relevant Bible passages, current news, and other resources. Headlines about issues relating to End Times prophecy, and news summaries for all these articles have been stored for the benefit of researchers. Some pages go back to the 1996-97 time period.

During the past decade it has become increasingly important for Internet sites to be useable on cell phones and other mobile products. Users of these devices have always been able to access Prophecy Central, but our wide-screen format required them to enlarge the sections they wanted to read.

So, at last, we have converted our site to Google’s “mobile friendly” standard.

Help us spread the word. It is especially important for our younger generations, who use these mobile devices the most, to know what the Bible teaches about the End Times, and about the glorious Gospel of Jesus!

Visit Prophecy Central

http://www.Bible-prophecy.com

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Free Online Videos of the Book of Revelation

rev1-4At last, our complete verse-by-verse video teaching of the entire Book of Revelation is now available online. It is a free series of live class sessions on YouTube!

Near the very beginning of this last book of the Bible, there is a promise of blessing to all who will read, or even listen to the words of this matchless prophecy.

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.- Revelation 1:3

Now you can join this class at your own convenience. You can watch for just a few minutes at a time, or dig in for hours of teaching any time you wish. The setting is a live class of committed Christians at our home church—Solid Ground Church, in Alta Loma California. You will hear some background noise, like laughter, or maybe someone coughing or rustling papers, but you will have the advantage of feeling that you are part of an interactive experience.

I first had the privilege of teaching Revelation verse-by-verse fifty years ago in my first pastorate at Community Brethren Church in East Los Angeles. Since then I have studied the subject extensively and have paid close attention to world affairs that could be part of the great Prophecy Puzzle of our generation. I have had the opportunity of teaching this subject repeatedly over the years in many places, and am now in the process of writing a multi-volume commentary on Revelation. The first volume, The Church in Prophecy and History is available now, and incremental additions are made regularly in our online commentary, Rejoicing in Revelation.”

I hope you will take the time to view this series. The entire list is available on our “Video Pages” at Prophecy Central.

Free notes for each session are downloadable, along with helpful charts and other materials.

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My Tribute to Dr. Tim LaHaye

conf 2011This week the Lord Jesus invited Tim LaHaye, one of His greatest Champions of the Faith, to join Him in Heaven. Tim was 90 years old, and had used all of his time to spread the Gospel, edify growing Christians, and bring much-needed hope to a needy world.

I met him in in the ‘60’s in the registration line of Campus Crusade for Christ’s great missionary movement. We had come to a Pastor’s Conference at Crusade’s new headquarters in Arrowhead Springs, California. We were there to learn how to share the “Four Spiritual Laws” with the hippie generation. I was a new, young pastor in Los Angeles (Community Brethren Church), and he was already the well-known pastor of the large Scott Memorial Baptist Church in San Diego and author of the book, Spirit Controlled Temperament, which would become a classic tool of Christian thought in the budding “Jesus People” generation.”

Tim continued to pastor the fast-growing church, establish Christian Heritage College (now known as San Diego Christian College), and write many other helpful books.

Fast-forward thirty very-eventful years; while I was pastoring Solid Ground Church in Alta Loma, California, I invited Tim to speak at our first Bible prophecy conference. It was shortly after he and Jerry B. Jenkins had released their first book in the “Left Behind” series. It was already popular, but at that time no one could have imagined that it would become the all-time best-selling 16-volume Christian fiction phenomenon, and result in the sale of more than 65 million highly-influential books depicting what Bible prophecy could mean to our generation.

We were planning a major Bible prophecy conference for January, 2011, in the Ontario Convention Center. A close friend at church noticed that we had a great line-up of highly respected speakers. He asked if I had invited Tim LaHaye to speak. I told him that since he had become the celebrated best-selling author, I didn’t know how to contact him. He just happened to have a phone number for Tim. The next day I reluctantly called the number, fully expecting to reach an impenetrable organization that might never give LaHaye the message. To my surprise, his wife Beverly, who is quite famous in her own right—as founder of Concerned Women of America, answered the phone, and promptly handed it to Tim. He was very friendly and polite, but asked how I had obtained that number. I mentioned our mutual friend and he laughed, and said they had just moved in to their new home and were surprised to get any call. However, he wanted to hear about the conference, and to my amazement, he said he had just developed a great message to share, and was wondering where he should give it. He said he would like to participate, and called out to Beverly to see if they had any plans for that weekend. She said, “No,” and he immediately told me, “I’ll do it!” Right then I knew that the Lord was putting that conference together! It really did turn out to be a fabulous event, and Tim’s message, “Prophecy as a Proof of Christianity,” was a special treat to the attendees.

We will miss him, but not for long. The Rapture is closer now than ever, and He is already with Jesus waiting for us to join them.

 

2011 Prophecy Conference

Tim LaHaye – Wikipedia

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Brexit: The Problem of Iron Mixed with Clay

The world was shocked this week by the unexpected outcome of a vote in The UK (United Kingdom) to leave the European Union (Thus “Britain Exit”).

The threat of uncontrolled migration by Islamic refugees from the Syrian battlefields and other places–where the emerging ISIS caliphate is persecuting Christians and even Muslims who don’t agree with them—is one of the main reasons the majority of British voters feel the need to regain autonomy over their own borders.

The Bible predicted that there would finally emerge a One-World Government. The Old Testament book of Daniel and the New Testament’s final book, Revelation, give some idea of how this global government will materialize.

Daniel’s visions of world empires conclude with a sort of “revived Roman Empire” in the last days. The European Union (EU) could very possibly be the head of this final world government. It is located in the same area as the old Roman Empire, and is expanding its influence year by year.

The first step toward the formation of a European superstate was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called “The Treaty of Rome,” those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which was called the Common Market for many years. Today the organization is known as the EU (European Union). In 1973 the United Kingdom joined the EU along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became a member of the union.  Since then the membership has grown to 28.

In Daniel, chapter 2, the major world empires are depicted in a series of dreams and visions.  Before this time Egypt and Assyria had already come and gone as world powers.  King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream about a giant statue. He asked his wise men to interpret the dream, but they could not.  However, Daniel, a devout young Hebrew captive, was given the ability to declare the dream and its interpretation to the king.

The statue had a head of gold that represented the Babylonian Empire and King Nebuchadnezzar.

The chest and arms were silver, and stood for the next world empire, which would have two parts.  This was fulfilled by the Medo-Persian Empire that eventually conquered Babylon.

 A bronze waist and thighs stood for another powerful empire that would arise.  This was a preview of Greece.

The legs were of iron, stronger than the other metals, and they symbolized Rome, the strongest of all empires, and the last world empire to reign over the known world.

The final aspect of the statue was the composition of the feet.  They were partly of iron, and partly of clay.  Then a rock fell from heaven, symbolizing the coming of Messiah to reign, and broke the feet, causing the whole statue to fall and break apart.  The rock then grew into a great mountain, representing the coming righteous reign of Christ.

What would the iron and clay mean? It is a Revived Roman Empire–partly of the old iron of the ancient Roman Empire, and partly of clay, something weaker and brittle, like the infiltration of Islamic groups that will not blend into the existing culture, and may even give rise to terrorism. When the stone comes out of Heaven and lands on these feet they will break. The stone from Heaven represents the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of Kings.  When he comes he will destroy the final evil empire and set up the Millennial Kingdom. (See also our blog from 2011: Iron and Clay)

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