The BEST of Israel & 2-Day Swiss Option

Your Invitation from Pastor Ron and Barbara Graff:

July 3 – 13 or 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

We invite you to go with us to Israel in July, 2018.  There is really nothing like this experience…to walk where Jesus walked, and visit so many of the places mentioned in the Bible where He taught and ministered.  This provides a permanent spiritual impact on us, to read God’s Word at these holy sites, to sing in ancient places of worship, and to have communion in the Garden where Jesus was raised from the dead.

We will travel in air-conditioned coaches.  Our first stop will be our hotel on the Mediterranean Sea.  The next day, at the Sea of Galilee we will enjoy separate apartments on the seashore for three nights.  In Jerusalem we will stay in a beautiful hotel with a view of the legendary Old City for the rest of our time in Israel.  Our tour guide will be one of the most outstanding young scholars in Israel.  He will explain the highlights of the Holy Land sites as we travel.

In the months prior to departure we will meet several times to prepare ourselves mentally and spiritually for a great  adventure.  “Anticipation is half the fun…”

Our superb option is a two-day excursion to Switzerland (it is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth).  We will visit Reformation sites of Calvin and Zwingli.  We will motor to Interlaken for two unforgettable nights, and a cog-railroad adventure into the wonders of the Monch, Eiger and the Jungfrau.  Optional:  You may choose to ride a cog train to the top of Europe’s highest railroad.

This tour includes airfares from Los Angeles, first-class hotels and daily meals, transfers, group luggage tags, personal lanyards, tips, entrance fees, Nazareth village tour & lunch, and your  Bible Lands Resource.

For your copy of the details, email:   [email protected]

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A Wonderful Surprise: Google Picks “Connecting the Dots” for Its Synopsis of Bible Prophecy

Every once in a while we check Google’s results for a search about “Bible prophecy.” Our website was actually started before Google, and for the past two decades it has usually been listed first in this category by Google (except for paid advertisements, and sometimes the Wikipedia article on the subject). We have always been grateful for the visits by tens of thousands of people to our site every week.

This time we were pleasantly surprised to see that our book on prophecy was chosen by their editors to illustrate the topic. We are humbled by this fact in the light of the hundreds of great books that exist in this genre. To God be the glory!

More good news: If you do not have the book, you can click on the image on Google’s page, and it will take you to the website where you can obtain one from Amazon (paperback or Kindle), or even download a free version from Prophecy Central.

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2017 in Review: The Year in Prophecy

Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. – Matthew 16:1-3

Jesus expected the spiritual leaders of His generation to know the prophecies and recognize that He was the Messiah. They should have realized that He was fulfilling those predictions. Most of those Pharisees and Sadducees never did recognize the truth about Him. It is the same way today. It’s time for Christians to recognize the signs of the times and do what they can to lead others to Christ while there is still an opportunity!

This report is a summary of the ten top developments during 2017 that are of interest to prophecy students. Most of this information has come from news stories and quotations from the daily updates on the Prophecy Central web site. There are more than one hundred different sections on the site that deal with the various topics that we cover.

Each of these sections is devoted to a particular aspect of prophecy. Links are provided to these pages. They typically start with a brief summary of the importance of that subject, followed by a list of pertinent Scripture references that are linked to online Bible sites for easy reading and access to other study tools and commentaries. Important current events are collected on each page during the year with the headline and a brief summary. Visitors can connect to the original article and read our summary of the story. These summaries remain for posterity even if the original news articles are no longer on line.

You may also search for information in our blogs, Commentary on Revelation, and the books we have written.

Go to:   2017 in Review: The Year in Prophecy


1 – Revival/Good News

2 – Israel

3 – World Order

4 – Wars and Rumors of War

5 – Gog and Magog

6 – Technology

7 – Apostasy

8 — Islam

9 – The Rapture

10 — World Religions


Go to:   2017 in Review: The Year in Prophecy

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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!


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!

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