After many years of studying and being taught, we Christians have learned that about 1/3 of the Bible is prophecy (which is ADVANCE INFORMATION on what will occur in the future).
Do you really believe that a Great Spirit Being called GOD inspired the following statement?
Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me. DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING AND FROM ANCIENT TIMES THE THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, saying, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." Those "declarations" came through human prophets, led by the Holy Spirit.
GOD’S TRUE CHURCH HAS THAT AUTHORITY!
II Peter 1:19 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; WHEREUNTO YE DO WELL THAT YE TAKE HEED, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (A reference to Jesus Christ, the True Light) Also note this: Revelation 19:9-10 “And he saith unto me, write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS IS THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY.”
CHRIST WAS PROCLAIMED TO BE “A PROPHET” BEGINNING IN THE WRITINGS OF MOSES!
Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken. Verse 18, I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto me, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him.”
Jesus Christ fulfilled this very prophecy, even while He was a human being: John 14:23 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
THIS IS TRUE IN THE PREACHING OR PROPHESYING OF ANYONE WHO TRULY IS A REPRESENTATIVE OF JESUS CHRIST.
II Peter 2:1-2, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord (denying what He says)that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious (wanton, lustful) ways; ---”
The Apostle Paul warned of these deceivers in II Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth ANOTHER JESUS, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive ANOTHER SPIRIT, which ye have not received, or another GOSPEL, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. Verse 13, For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. Verse 14, And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Verse 15, Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; ---.” (See also Gal.1:6, 7)
THE GREAT PROPHET JESUS CHRIST PROPHESIED OF THE DAYS IN WHICH WE ARE LIVING
I want to zero in on a specific aspect of this end time prophecy: Matthew 24:15 “When ye therefore see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (or that maketh desolate), spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)”
Many times, PROPHECY HAS A DUAL FULFILLMENT - it has a former and latter fulfillment. Note:
Daniel 11:11 “And the king of the south shall be moved with choler (anger), and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he (king of the south) shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his (king of the north) hand” (THIS ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION could very well be a black statue of Jupiter that was moved into the Temple during the days of Antiochus lV, Epiphanes in 168 B.C. Antiochus IV was then known as the “king of the north” and his attempt to suppress Judaism by force, resulted in the Maccabaean rebellion.)
Continuing now in Christ’s very important prophecy of Matthew 24: 16 “Then let them which be in Judea flee unto the mountains. 17 Let him WHICH IS ON THE HOUSE TOP not come down to take anything out of his house:”
What about those on the HOUSE TOP in this dire end time prophecy by Jesus Christ? I believe the KEY to the TIME SETTING may be found in the Old Testament. Nehemiah 8:2 “And Ezra the priest brought the law(of Moses)before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month (day of Trumpets). Verse 9, And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites, that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. Verse 13, And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law. Verse 14, And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the Feast of the seventh month (Tabernacles) Verse 16, So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, EVERYONE ON THE ROOF OF HIS HOUSE, ---.” It may be, this most dangerous time in man’s history, OCCURS DURING THE FALL FEAST DAYS!
MORE ON DANIEL’S PROPHECY
Daniel 11: 23-27 “And after the league made with him he (European leader) shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people (peace keeping force?). He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his father’s fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, the riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices (military) against the strongholds , even for a time. And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall be stirred up to battle with a very great and mighty army; but he shall not stand: for they shall forecast devices against him. And both these kings’ hearts shall be to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet the end shall be at the time appointed.” (Intimating that these things belong to the closing scenes) --Bullinger’s Companion Bible
From my investigation of this prophecy, I turned to “Bullinger’s Companion Bible”: This proved to be such a deep and controversial study, that I wasn’t completely convinced that even Mr. Bullinger was TOTALLY SURE of his convictions! But he seems to think that, beginning with verse 21, the prophecy moves into the modern or final fulfillment.
Verse 28-31 “Then shall he return into his land with great riches; and his heart shall be against the “holy covenant” (the agreement made with the Jews at the beginning of the last seven years, already mentioned in 9:27); that forsake the holy covenant - perhaps apostate Jews? ; and he shall do exploits, and return to his own land. And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength (by putting up the “abomination”), and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.”
IN THE MODERN FULFILLMENT JUST AHEAD OF US, we believe this statue, now purported to be Peter, stands in a prominent place in the Vatican today! It might again be moved into the area by the FALSE PROPHET or MAN OF SIN, who has set up his headquarters in Jerusalem, seemingly in “THE TEMPLE OF GOD”.)
Notice II Thessalonians 2:1-4, “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him. (Matthew 24:31) That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come , except there come a falling away first, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that HE AS GOD SITTETH IN THE TEMPLE OF GOD , SHEWING HIMSELF THAT HE IS GOD.” Verse 8 calls him “that Wicked (one)”.
This man of sin is also called “the FALSE PROPHET&rdqo; in Revelation 19:20 “And the Beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”
CONTINUING IN CHRIST’S PROPHECY OF MATTHEW 24
THE NEXT FEW VERSES DESCRIBE THE BEGINNING STRIKES OF WW III, which will coincide with the setting up of this ABOMINATION by the Pope, along with the MILITARY ACTION , taken by the European “beast power”. It looks like the armies “compassing Jerusalem” may have initially posed as a “peace keeping force” and now will have BETRAYED THE JEWS AND STOPPED THEIR SACRIFICES AGAIN. At the same time, they would have to strike America, Britain and possibly Canada, to keep them out of the takeover of the Middle East. Some speculation on my part, BUT IT APPEARS LIKELY, according to the various prophecies involved.
Verse 21 “For then shall be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, THERE SHOULD NO FLESH BE SAVED (“alive”- Moffat): but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened. Verse 23, Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. Verse 24, For there shall arise false Christs, and FALSE PROPHETS, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they would deceive the VERY ELECT.”
YES, SATAN HAS A MINISTRY! And that includes FALSE PROPHETS! II Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth ANOTHER JESUS, whom we’ve not preached, or if ye receive ANOTHER SPIRIT, which ye have not received, or ANOTHER GOSPEL, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” Verse 13, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the Apostles of Christ. Verse 14, And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Verse 15, Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Again, it goes back to the opening statements of this article: II Peter 1:19 "WE have also a more sure WORD OF PROPHECY; whereunto YE DO WELL THAT YE TAKE HEED, AS UNTO A LIGHT ---. (Also read again Revelation 19:9, 10)
We believe God’s Church has proven itself, over the past 70 to 80 years, beginning in the early ’30s through Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong; continuing through the years, under the guidance of other faithful servants of Jesus Christ, such as Mr. Garner Ted Armstrong and other true leaders in True Churches of God. NONE HAVE BEEN PERFECT, BUT HAVE LOYALLY CONTINUED TO FOLLOW THE TRUTH! We, of the Church of God, New World Ministries, believe we still have a GREAT WORK to do and to PROPHESY AND WARN THIS WORLD OF COMING EVENTS YET TO OCCUR.
Ezekiel 33:1-11, “Again the word of the LORD came unto me , saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them , When I bring a sword (warfare) upon the land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their WATCHMAN: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. (Continue reading through verse 11).”
I HOPE YOU WILL BELIEVE GOD’S PROPHETS AND TAKE HEED TO HIS WATCHMEN!