Evangelism and Prophecy

This week a young man that I admire wrote to me, saying that he had read my book, “Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy.”  He said he enjoyed it, but wanted more information on how evangelism and prophecy fit together.  He said, that he had always heard that Jesus will not come back until every tribe, tongue, and nation have had a chance to hear the Gospel at least once. He added that the book gave the impression that the 144,000 Jewish evangelists will complete the evangelization of the world.

I think that this young man identified a most-important aspect of the teaching of prophecy that needs to be explained again to our generation.  There is a very close connection between prophecy and evangelism.

Here are some of the thoughts that occur to me now on the subject. The Lord willing, I will continue to think about it and write on the topic

Before the Rapture

Prophecy is one of the best ways to win people to Christ.  Fulfilled prophecy proves that the Bible is true and Jesus is different from all other spiritual leaders (Isaiah 46).

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fear is respect, but there is also the threat of judgment for our sins. Properly presented, information about future trials and judgments can be instrumental in bringing conviction of sin.

The Lord Jesus ascended into Heaven from the Mt. of Olives right after giving the Great Commission once more to His disciples.  The angels related His teaching and ascension to prophecy, saying that He will return again to the same place in the future (Acts 1:1-11; Zechariah 14:4).

Jonathan Edwards’ message, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” started the Great Awakening.

Billy Graham usually included a prophecy message in each crusade.

Hal Lindsey’s book, “The Late Great Planet Earth” was instrumental in winning great numbers of people to Christ.

Calvary Chapel and the Jesus People Movement were steeped in prophecy.  “Maranatha,” Signs inside cars, “Warning, Driver going up in the Rapture,” etc.

Salem Kirban’s book, Guide to Survival” was an extremely effective tool for witnessing.

Greg Laurie often speaks on the subject of prophecy at his crusades.

The “Left Behind” series was used by the Lord to win multitudes to Jesus.

In 2 Peter 3:11-12, Peter did say that we can speed the Lord’s return. This must mean that by winning other people to Christ we shorten the wait for His return.

During the Tribulation

Untold numbers of people will accept Christ immediately after the Rapture of the Church.

During the Tribulation it is likely that all true Christians will be “witnesses” for Christ and many will be “martyrs” (same Greek word, martureo).

The two prophets and 144,000 witnesses will undoubtedly preach the Gospel, being protected by God’s power (Revelation 11; Revelation 7; Revelation 14).

By wise use of technology, underground Christians will probably still be able to share the Gospel far and wide.

During the Tribulation there will be a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7:9-10).

The “Mark of the Beast” (Revelation 13) will force people to finally make up their mind, resulting in many brave conversions in spite of the consequences.

Finally the lord will use angels flying in the heavens to finish evangelizing the people during the tribulation (Revelation 14). They will proclaim the eternal gospel to all people and warn them of judgment.

This will fulfill the promise that the lord will not return until the whole world has heard, but this should not be an impediment to missionaries’ zeal.

It is likely that there will be a great End Times revival.  God warned people before various judgments, and some cultures were revived (like Nineveh) while others were not (Noah’s generation).

In summary, evangelism and prophecy go together perfectly!

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6 Responses to Evangelism and Prophecy

  1. val says:

    Prophecy is now being fulfilled…
    Satan has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9 until the woman of Rev 12 delivers the true word John 1:1 to the world Rev 12:5,13. There is no hell fire for any child of God no matter what their sins and God’s true word of love is now delivered and proven at http://minigoodtale.blogspot.com/

  2. ccfl halos says:

    i am totally for what egypt did more power to them

  3. Jack says:

    The only thing that evangelicals do to “prophecy” is twist it and pervert it. You people literally have no idea. In keeping with your general ignorance and complete disregard of whatever Christianity came before your 20th century American movement, you simply take the Bible and put your own ignorant interpretation on it. I doubt many of you will find humility, so I know my plea is bound to fall on mainly deaf ears. But I urge you all to put aside your arrogance and submit your own interpretations to that of Christ’s Church, meaning the Catholic Church He established while on earth and which has existed throughout these millenia.

  4. Lujack Skylark says:

    Joseph’s global famine (Genesis 41:57) now has been verified! Spread the news! Educate the world to ancient world history.

    Shang Dynasty emperor Ching Tang some Chinese historians stated his reign began in 1747 B.C. There are others who believe his reign began in 1675 B.C. Chinese emperor Ching Tang was recorded having a seven year famine verifying Joseph’s seven year famine in Genesis 41:30. This seven year famine occurred 1704-1697 B.C. Emperor Ching Tang must have been reigning during this time in world history.

    JOSEPH 7 YEAR FAMINE

    Joseph lived for 110 years 1741-1631 B.C. (Genesis 50:26) Joseph age 30 (Genesis 41:40-46) became governor of Egypt in 1711 B.C. There was 7 years of great harvest and the second year of famine Joseph age 39 in 1702 B.C. met his father Jacob age 130 (Genesis 47:9) in Egypt. Global famine 1704-1697 B.C. (Genesis 41:57)

    AFRICA

    (1) Jacob brought the starving Hebrew people into Egypt settling near Biblical On (Genesis 41:45) Heliopolis, Egypt in 1702 B.C.
    (2) Starving Hyksos Canaanite chieftain Sheshi lead his people into Avaris, Egypt trading their horses for bread (Genesis 47:13-17) in 1702 B.C. during the world famine. (Genesis 41:57)
    (3) Some Minoans from Crete also settle in Egypt’s delta in 1700 B.C. as archaeologist have found Minoan artifacts in Egypt’s delta.
    (4) The Kushite kingdom in eastern Africa arises in 1700 B.C. as Africans fleeing famine come together living in close knit community along the Nile river south of Egypt.
    (5) Some Black tribes migrate from central Africa and settle in southern Africa fleeing from famine. These people left their prescience known. Archaeologist dated their artifacts to 1700 B.C.

    EUROPE

    (6) Other Minoans from the island of Crete migrate to mainland Greece in 1700 B.C. spreading their culture there.
    (7) Nordic Bronze culture in northern Europe becomes established in 1700 B.C. where bronze weapons are produced used in hunting wild game.
    (8) Starving Indo-Europeans from western Russia migrate to central Europe and produce bronze weapons to hunt wild game in 1700 B.C.

    ASIA

    (9) People from central Asia-Minor migrate to the coast and build defensive walls around Troy VI to keep the starving barbarians out of the city.
    (10) Some starving Hittites move into western Assyria and adopt the Assyrian cuneiform style of writing in 1700 B.C.
    (11) Starving Indo-European Sealanders invade Amorite Babylon king Abi-Eshuh 1710-1684 B.C. settling in southern Babylonia in 1700 B.C. Abi-Eshuh dams up the Tigris river trying to starve the Sealanders out.
    (12) Starving Indo-European tribes invade Dravidan dominated India in 1700 B.C. Indo-Europeans destroy the Dravidan Mohenjo-Daro civilization in 1700 B.C.
    (13) Starving Indo-European tribes invade western China in 1700 B.C. Chinese archaeologist discovered Indo-European mummies in western China. The Indo-Europeans introduced the Chinese to the horse driven chariot. NOTE: Indo-European Kassites were first to use the horse driven chariot attacking Babylon in the reign of Amorite Babylon king Samsu-iluna 1750-1711 B.C. in his 9th year in 1741 B.C. NOTE: Joseph age 30 was given the Egyptian pharaoh’s 2nd chariot in 1711 B.C. (Genesis 41:43)
    (14) Chinese Shang Dynasty very early in the dynasty recorded a 7 year famine verifying Joseph’s account of the 7 year global famine in Egypt. (Genesis 41:57) It was Shang Dynasty emperor Ching Tang in Chinese annals these record his seven year famine which matches Joseph’s famine. (Genesis 41:30)

    NORTH AMERICA

    (15) The American agricultural Indians establish the Poverty Point Mound Culture in Louisiana in 1700 B.C. building their first city in North America during the world famine.
    (16) Olmecs migrate into the Yucatan Peninsula in 1700 B.C. Archaeologist state the Olmecs invented plumbing and the Olmecs were interested in water conservation at this time in world history.

    SOUTH AMERICA

    (17) South American Indians establish their kingdom in Bolivia during the global famine 1704-1697 B.C. according to archaeologist discoveries there at Tiahuanacu.

    Joseph’s account of the world famine (Genesis 41:57) is supported by archaeology and the migrations of ancient people’s in 1700 B.C. Why not pass this information along to people who are interested in ancient history confirming Joseph’s 7 year famine? (Genesis 41:30)

  5. Tom says:

    Can Israel’s ancient prophets reveal events in our modern times?

    Israel became a nation reborn on May 14, 1948 (Ezekiel 36:24)

    Four red moons followed. (1) April 13, 1949 Passover blood red moon (2)October 7, 1949 Sukkot blood red moon (3)April 2, 1950 Passover blood red moon (4)September 26, 1950 blood red moon.

    June 6 Day War in 1967. (1)April 24, 1967 Passover blood red moon (2) October 18, 1967 Sukkot blood red moon(3)April 13, 1968 Passover blood red moon (4)October 6, 1968 Sukkot blood red moon. (One red moon before the 6 Day War followed by three more red moons)

    What will happen in 2013 since Four blood red moons will follow? OR will April 15,2014 pass with one red moon like what happened in the Six Day War followed by three red moons meaning the Sunni Arabs will go to war against Israel sometime after April 15,2014 and before October 8,2014?

    (1)April 15,2014 Passover blood red moon (2)October 8,2014 Sukkot blood red moon (3)April 4,2015 Passover blood red moon (4)September 28,2015 Sukkot blood red moon.

    Will 2013 A.D. be the year when Israel crushes the Sunni Arab terrorists living along all her borders in fulfillment of the Psalms 83 prophecy? Or will this prophecy fulfillment take place after April 2014 & before October 8,2014?

    Syrian president Assad has told his generals should he die he wants his generals to launch their rockets upon Israel’s cities. Should the Syrian commanders follow Assad’s advice Damascus will be destroyed (Isaiah 17:1) in one night. (Isaiah 17:14)

    God used the sun to help Joshua destroy Israel’s ancient enemies. (Joshua 10:12-14) Today, God uses the four red moons to warn the Israelites their enemies plans of attack.

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