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Why The Prophecies Are Coming To Pass

Something is wrong with the world today, but why? There is a general breakdown and collapse – political, economic, social, and religious – all prophesied in the Bible! But why?

Daily news headlines tell us of momentous events fulfilling Bible prophecy. But why these prophesied events?

Why such things in Bible prophecy as the “Times of the Gentiles,” the “Great Tribulation,” the “day of the Lord,” the “Second Coming of Jesus Christ” etc.? Why? What is the object and purpose of these things in God’s Plan?

Stop for a moment and reflect. We become so interested in delving into various prophecies, in studying these individual prophetic subjects – that we seldom stop to inquire of their meaning, to understand their actual related purpose in God’s Great Plan! We seldom stop to ask, “Why”? For make no mistake, God has a Plan, and all things are working out according to the pattern of that Plan. And every one of these great occurrances are permitted to take place for a reason.

 Each of these great prophetic subjects, in itself, stands meaningless unless we clearly understand its purpose in God’s Plan. You know we can get so close to a single tree that we do not see the rest of the forest. So, interesting as these various prophecies are in themselves, let us stand for the moment afar off, viewing them altogether in proper perspective, taking as it were a birds’-eye-view of all these vital links in the chain of God’s great Plan for humanity, understanding the significance of each in the fulfillment of God’s purpose.

Let us begin at the beginning.

On the 6th day of this world’s first week, “God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:  So God created man in His own image . . . . . and said unto them be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. And God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was very good” (Gen. 1:26-31).

All was perfection and beauty. A material creation, all made of material substance, but perfect and beautiful none the less.

After completing the material creation in six days, God rested the 7th day of the world’s first week. And it must have been on the very first Sabbath, which Jesus said was made for man (Mark 2:27), and therefore made when man was made, that the Lord appeared unto the man and his wife and preached to them the first sermon, laying before them the fundamental spiritual law designed to regulate their relationship with God and with man – the way of right, of peace, happiness, joy, and success – the way to life eternal. Sin is the transgression of the law (I John 3:4), and in that very first sermon the Lord explained that the wages of sin would be death, but that the gift of God, which the man could freely have if he chose, was eternal life.

But Satan appeared and denied eternal life (Gen. 2:16-17; Rom. 6:23). God’s love in giving His Commandments, Satan induced our first parents to disobey what God had said. He also denied that the wages of sin is death, introducing the doctrine of the immortality of man: “Ye shall not surely die,” he cunningly answered.

Eve was deceived, but Adam broke God’s Commandments deliberately. Now when he obeyed the devil instead of God, he broke the first Commandment, placing another god before Him. When he permitted such inordinate desire for the forbidden fruit to take root in his mind, he broke the 10th command against coveting. And when he reached forth and actually took what belonged to God and was forbidden the 8th Commandment. And so “by one man SIN entered into the world, and DEATH by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom. 5:12).

And so it is recorded that when Adam sinned, God drove him out from the beautiful Garden of Eden. A curse came upon the earth. “Cursed is the ground  . . . . .  thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee” (Gen. 3:17-18). Then God said, “Lest he put forth his hand, and eat, and live forever; therefore the Lord sent him forth from the garden and he placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubims and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Gen. 3:22-24).

Driven out lest he gain immortality and live forever! Adam never received immortal life! None of his descendants has been born with it. He had sinned and all have sinned – bringing death upon the human race! And so here was man – mortal, doomed and hopeless!

But God has a Plan! “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Yet God will give eternal life ONLY to those who are willing to live it in peace, happiness, joy, the way of His Commandments! Why did God imposed the death penalty for disobedience? Because God is LOVE, and God loved the man too much to permit him to live immortally in the misery brought on by sin.

Let us understand it. God’s fundamental law for man was designed to bring man happiness. To keep him in his right relationship with God and with neighbor. The Law is spiritual (Rom. 7:14), holy, just and good (Rom. 7:12), perfect (Ps. 19:7), established forever and ever (Ps. 111:7-8). The law is LOVE – to God and neighbor-- a bestowal of God’s love up on man. It is the true way of life, the only way to peace, happiness and joy. But Adam chose a different way, and all have followed his false way of transgression. Thus unhappiness, poverty, anguish and woe has come to the human race. Sin is man’s enemy. Sin has made humanity miserable, and so God hates sin! For God is love, and God’s hatred for sin merely manifests His love for the sinner! A God of love could not give eternal life to one who chose to live it in the ever-increasing misery imposed by transgression of His perfect law!

And so redemption was made necessary only because man was in rebellion against the happy, joyous way of God’s Commandments! The whole object and purpose of His Plan is to REDEEM man from his false way of transgression with its attendant penalty, and, with his own consent, to restore mankind with eternal life into the way of His perfect law!

     But, oh, how the Devil would blind your eyes to that glorious central truth, even as he blinded the eyes of Eve! How he would blind you to the love in God’s Commandments!

But now what about the purpose by which this Plan operates? Just what do these prophesied events, now so rapidly occurring, have to do with it?

Now let us pick up the thread of the story – the story of the Plan’s application.

Before the days of Moses there was no nation known peculiarly as God’s nation upon the earth. There was no Bible! No written revelation from God. God spoke orally with Adam, He communicated with those patriarchs whose hearts were willing to hear. But how many, of all earth’s millions from Adam to Moses – the first 2,500 years of world history – do you suppose were even willing to walk God’s way?

Abel knew God’s Plan, and accepted it (Heb. 11:4). But, so far as is recorded, we read of only one other man between Adam and the Flood who was willing to walk with God – Enoch. Men rejected God’s way, flouted His law, went the way of human reason, gratified the desires of pride and of the flesh. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thought of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5), - and so, finding one man in all the earth who would listen and obey, God brought destruction to all living except Noah and his family – eight souls – in the Flood!

One would think those eight survivors and their descendants should have learned their lesson. But as soon as men began once more to multiply upon the earth we find them at the tower of Babel! And not another righteous man appears in the record until we come to Abraham!

And “because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws” (Gen. 26:5), God made an unconditional, unalterable covenant with him, selecting Abraham to be the father of a nation to be God’s peculiar nation on the earth.

Men had now multiplied into nations, all walking their own ways, building civilizations according to the thought of their hearts. Contrary to the fundamental principles of God’s law.

God’s ways must be vindicated! Man’s way must stand condemned, and in the light of human experience under every conceivable trial and test! So God now purposed to build a nation giving that nation every material help and advantage.

From Abraham sprung the twelve tribes of Israel.  In 430 years they multiplied into millions (Ex. 12:37). And Moses was prepared in a very special way to lead this people out of Egypt, and on to the Promised Land we now call Palestine.

At Mt. Sinai God made Israel a proposition. If they would obey His voice, and keep His commandments (Ex. 19:5-6), - that is, build a civilization based on the principles of God’s fundamental spiritual law – on the principles of love to God, and love to neighbor – the principle of give, instead of the selfish human principle of get – then God agreed to give them prosperity and power to dominate the world – “above all nations” (Ex. 19:5). And of course the people glibly promised.

After 400 long years of Egyptian servitude under taskmasters, without written Scripture, without opportunity for worship or religious assembly or instruction, Israelites as well as Gentiles had forgotten God’s law. And so at Mt. Sinai God appeared before the entire vast congregation of Israel, and with His own voice delivered direct to all the people (not by or thru Moses) Ten Points of His eternal spiritual law. Then God wrote these basic words with His own finger on enduring tables of stone (Ex. 20, Deut. 5:1-22).

Afterward the Lord gave this nation other laws – civil statutes for the governing of the nation, and a ceremonial or ritualistic law, known as the Law of Moses.

And so now consider! Here was a nation – God’s nation started out by the Almighty to build a civilization on His fundamental eternal law of love.

If this nation would continue to build a civilization upon the unselfish principles of love, if they would walk in God’s ways and keep His commandments, they had the promise of untold wealth and dominance over the nations of the earth (Lev. 26:1-13).

But if Israel refused, rejected God’s right ways, reverted to Gentile ways of human reason, God promised them a seven times punishment (Lev. 26:14-18, 21, 24, 28). This, we now understand, as they then understood – and as we have brought out in other articles on this specific subject – involved a duration of 2520 long years! 2520 years of national punishment, dominated by Gentiles!

God’s plan was to give a specially generated, specially chosen, sanctified, and instructed race every possible material advantage to build a perfect civilization. God’s purpose was to demonstrate thru human experience that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked,” – and that with every material advantage still man’s heart will turn from God and to his own selfish devices!  And God has demonstrated, too, that the ways of men must fail, and that they cannot produce happiness or anything permanently worthwhile.

For a while, Israel remained faithful to God’s principles – and so long as they did, the nation prospered and grew. They conquered in battle – they increased in wealth and in numbers and in power. But soon they wanted a man for their king, like the Gentile nations around them (I Sam. 8:4-9). Gradually this Hebrew race drifted more and more into the man-devised ways of the Gentiles –politically, socially, economically, and religiously. Soon they had sinned as grievously as that fallen son of the heaven—Lucifer-- could wish!

And so God true to His promise, drove them into national slavery and punishment. First the House of Israel – the Ten Tribes –were carried to Assyria about 721 B.C. After their captivity, Judah sinned worse even than Israel, and so the Jews were taken captive to Babylon, 604-585 B.C.

The complete dominance over the nations of the earth God had promised for obedience never was achieved! Israel had disobeyed. And at this juncture Almighty God turned the reigns of world dominance over to a succession of Gentile kingdoms, starting with Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. In the strange dream that came to this king, God revealed, thru Daniel, that starting with him four successive great Gentile kingdoms were to dominate the world during the “Times of Israel’s punishment. (Dan. 2nd chapter).

    And so the “Times of the Gentiles” have run thru their 2520 years – and the prophesied four kingdoms ruled as God had said. Babylon was succeeded by the Persian Empire, which in turn was conquered by Alexander and followed by the four divisions of his kingdom, and these eventually were swallowed up by the mighty Roman Empire. Out of Rome, since her fall in 476 A.D., has risen 10 successive smaller kingdoms or governments, continuing the Romans system to this day. And now we find, as prophesied, this once mighty Empire being once more revived by Mussolini, for a last final effort to make the Gentile way succeed!

Israel has refused to follow thru on God’s principles of life. And so, to demonstrate for all-time, by the actual results of human experience over 2520 long years, that Gentile ways are wrong ways – that Gentile civilization cannot bring happiness, prosperity, or lasting power, God gave these Gentile kingdoms an unmolested free hand to dominate the earth – to stand or fall on their own merits!

Now where are we, today, in the unfolding of God’s Plan?

The 2520 years of Gentile rule have come and gone. The Times of Israel’s and Judah’s national punishment have ended. The Gentiles have had their chance.

A Gentile civilization has been established, based on principles exactly contrary to God’s law. Instead of the generous principle of give – of love to God and love to neighbor, the world is engulfed in a civilization based upon GET.  A man’s success is gaged, not on how well he can serve, or how much he can give, but on how much he can get. Men have learned to love money, and the love of money is a root of all evil. The accumulation of money – often at the cost of his neighbors’ welfare – has become the standard by which a man’s success is gaged.

The Gentile nations have sought national wealth and growth, not by producing it out of the ground, but by conquest and armed aggression – taking it away from smaller and weaker nations. Every phase of this civilization, political, economic, social, and religious has been based on the selfish motive. The desire to gain for self is the inspiring motive that arouses ambition, stimulates incentive to succeed. Competition has become the life of trade. Even our social life is largely a competition to the gratification of vanity. And in our religious teaching, we have become saturated with the Devil’s delusion that God’s law is contrary to us - something harsh, and to be avoided! Thus Satan hides God’s love.

During the early middle dark ages, the Church didn’t Christianize Rome, but Rome did succeed in paganizing the Church! The octopus of gentile civilization stretched its ugly tentacles into the religious, as well as every other phase of human life. And so today “the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (Rev. 17:2), and “all nations,” including our beloved United States, “have drunk” of this false and paganized teaching (Rev. 18:3), until today we are in Babylon! Today another Jesus (II Cor. 11:4) is being preached, a Jesus who, in conflict with His Father, did away with God’s eternal spiritual law! But this is not the Jesus of the Bible! Another gospel (same verse) is being preached – a paganized doctrine, now dressed in some 600 various denominational creeds, yet entirely foreign to the faith once delivered to the saints! And today another spirit is abroad, deceiving people into every counterfeit of the true Holy Spirit of God!

Where are we today? What has the 2520 years of Gentile civilization produced?

     Look about you over the world! Everywhere poverty, suffering, anguish and woe! Everywhere restless discontent, unhappiness, strife! Every major nation in the world, with only four exceptions, overthrown in revolution since the world war! Most of the smaller nations, too! The nations now stand armed to the teeth, engaged in feverish preparations for world-wide destruction in war. An age of science – of knowledge – of progress – so we are told! Yes, progress, in what direction? The knowledge of science, in this modern machine civilization is now bending its every effort to invent more terrible engines of destruction of the war everyone knows will come! Look at modern industrial and economic progress! Strife, strikes, labor wars, trouble everywhere!  

Socially, we have degenerated to moral decay. Politics full of corruption, rottenness and graft. Crime is rampant, lawlessness stalks the land! Our prisons are poor-farms; our insane asylums are filled to overflowing. Racketeering and unnecessary taxes rob nearly half of every pay-check. Joy has fled from the hearts of men! The young men of today stare a hopeless future in the face. People are discouraged, bewildered, perplexed! Where are we to turn now? What is ahead, but collapse, total disintegration, and decay? A hopeless situation, indeed.

And that is the crowning achievement of 2520 years of Gentile civilization – of life in all its political, economic, social and religious phases built contrary to God’s fundamental spiritual law! And still the paganized modern preachers assure us “the law is done away!” Yes, that’s what Satan has been assuring the world, ever since he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yet men will not confess it!

But will man acknowledge his colossal failure? Not the deceitful and wicked heart of man! With the evidence on every hand, in every phases of life today, still the average man utterly refuses to admit the lesson of experience! He still insists we are headed upward on the bright highway to ultimate success. He still preaches his false doctrine of progress! He still deludes himself into believing man is improving – getting continually better and better.

This doctrine is being taught to college students in the guise of higher learning! Our modern colleges and universities turn out atheists by the thousands as the finished product of an advanced and intelligent age. What a mockery!

The politicians insist there is a way out, and each has his own plan or scheme. The business man thinks we will somehow someway, emerge out of this economic chaos, but no one knows exactly how! Those who love our pagan society still defend it, love it, and cling to it unto the death that now is yawning. The preachers who have lulled the people to sleep with their soft and smooth things and their deceits will not acknowledge their errors, nor set the people right. But with the energy they attack God’s law, and anyone who dares to uphold it!

No, with the most tremendous evidence ever to confront the world everywhere before him, the man of today refuses to acknowledge the TRUTH, and tries to deceive himself and others into believing we can yet save this worthless, hopeless wreckage of a Gentile civilization! He refuses to turn from his false ways that have plagued the human race.

Why The Day of the Lord?

And so now God is about to force man to see and acknowledge the result of human folly. Now God must plead with mankind in a language he will understand! Men will not listen to the preaching of the very few who have courage to preach and write the truth!

God will soon punish the inhabitants of this earth - the Day of the Lord is at hand! And as a destruction shall it come from the Almighty! For 2520 long years, God gave the Gentiles every chance and opportunity to demonstrate the results of their ways – without supernatural interference from Him. But now God is about to intervene. He is about to send a destruction. He is about to visit this world with plagues, terrible, swift and decisive!

Those who refuse to turn to God, and acknowledge the truth about His Commandments and His ways, coming to Him by Jesus Christ, will soon cry out for the rocks to fall on them and hide them from God’s wrath. Soon men will be gnawing their tongues for pain, scorched with great heat (Rev. 16:9-10); they shall desire to die, but shall be unable (Rev. 9:6). Just as any right-minded loving father finally will resort to physical punishment when a child defiantly refuses to respond to gentler treatment, so now God is about to punish the world for its evil (Zech. 1:14-17; Isa. 13:6, 11). And thus will He plead with all flesh (Jere. 26:31).

Between now and the end of these plagues, every phase of modern civilization will completely crash! World War III will come, destruction will be swift and complete! All will end in utter ruin – and that’s in the immediate future – during this very present generation! This present civilization is doomed! Government, industry, society, religion, as now organized is doomed! God is about to force men to acknowledge, the cruel lesson of human experience.

Then, during the last rattle of world war III, at Armageddon – at the time of the last of the seven last plagues, the same Jesus who once trod this earth and was taken up into heaven, shall so come in like manner as they saw Him go into heaven! He left us the blessed assurance, “If I go I will come again” and He is soon coming. He is our only hope!

    Christ has gone to a far country – heaven – to get Himself a Kingdom, and to return (Luke 19:13-16). And when He returns He will establish His Kingdom – a government, which shall rule this world! It shall shatter to pieces all the systems of government now bringing such misery and unhappiness to the people (Dan. 2:35, 44). Jesus will be the King of earth’s kings, and He will rule the world with a stern Rod of Iron.

When He comes, those whom God has called during this dispensation, who have been chosen, and remained faithful, acknowledging the way of God’s law, overcoming sin thru God’s power – shall be resurrected or changed to immortal life, and shall have power to rule the nations of earth, under Christ, the King (Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21).

And before Christ, as He finally sits upon the throne of His glory, shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats (Matt. 25:32.

Jesus Christ will then set up a new type of civilization upon this earth, God’s type of civilization, with government, business, society, religion all based upon the principles of God’s fundament spiritual law, the Ten Commandments! The law shall go forth from Zion (Micah 4:2), and nations will then seek to learn His ways! Christ shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off: neither shall they learn war any more (v. 3). False teaching will be eradicated; the earth will be full of the true knowledge of the Lord (Isa. 11:1). Satan will then be chained (Rev. 20:1-3). God will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people – lost, blinded Israel (Isa. 11:11, and so all Israel (who are willing) shall be saved (Rom. 11:26). The Gentile nations who have not heard Christ’s fame will then hear, and have their chance (Isa. 66:19; Micah 4:1-2; Zech. 14:16-19).

The world, then at last, will be governed by a Theocracy, receiving its just laws from God. Christ will rule sternly, yet justly, righteously (Isa. 11:4-5). Then the mortal humans of this earth will be forced to live under a civilization of God’s building, based on the eternal spiritual principles of love to God and love to neighbor! And this government will be administered to mortals, by those immortals who endure to the end in this time!

If you can see it, the whole object and purpose of this present dispensation is to fit Sprit-filled and Spirit-led Christians thru trial and test, thru development of Christian character according to the principles of God’s law, for a position as king or priest in the Kingdom (Rev. 5:10; 20:4, 6).

But God cannot set up His Kingdom upon the earth until every plan and device of man has had full opportunity to demonstrate, thru every conceivable test, has utterly failed. Over thousands of years of time God is permitting man to put his every idea and theory to every possible test. Only then will the deceitful, selfish heart of man ever be brought to acknowledge that God’s ways are the right ways, and only then can God’s perfect law ever stand vindicated in mans’ eyes.

And when God’s Kingdom finally rules the world-- bringing peace and joy to human hearts restoring all thing as God first created them - men will be forced to look back upon the wreckage of every human effort in opposition to God. What a colossal ruin! What chaos! What utter, complete, total failure! But with God’s Kingdom will come peace, happiness, prosperity – and then joy will spring from the human heart. War, strife, competition will be but a memory of the folly of the past. Love will rule, and achievement and success will be gaged by service and love, and in terms of dollars. There will be plenty then for all – God speed that day!

And in the meantime, let us come out of Babylon, that we receive not of her plagues, and that we come under the divine protection during the soon-coming terrible Day of the Lord (Rev. 18:4). Let us accept God’s ways now, while we may, and escape these dreadful things shortly to come to pass (Luke 21:36).

Today we are so bound up into a Gentile civilization, so stooped to the false religious teachings that have emanated from paganized Rome – from Babylon – that it is difficult, indeed, for many to realize they have been deceived, misled, and have grown up as a part of this false system. But all who oppose God’s law – His spiritual law, the Ten Commandments-- are most certainly in Babylon, and it is upon them that the wrath of God’s plagues will soon fall. And so we plead – do not be offended! God is helping us, we know of no one who is warning you – and someone must have the boldness and courage to warn you before it to finally too late! Do not hate us for it – heed the warning, and come out of Babylon! Let us pray, THY KINGDOM COME, EVEN SO, LORD JESUS COME!

 
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