FARAH ON THE RAPTURE:
Exceptional Presentation of Bible Facts
It is most refreshing to
hear someone boldly defend the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and Second Coming of Christ
position, but I find it astounding to find that the in theological gurus
are far less convinced than this journalist. This shows me that the Truth
of God's Word is leaving the institutional church and finding root in those who
have not been to Seminaries and Bible Colleges. Indeed, this is straighter
than Marv Rosenthal can get it.
When will Jesus return?
" Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us
a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall
be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince
of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall
be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to
establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The
zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. " (KJV)
As we celebrate
the birth of Jesus Christ this week and prepare for 1999 next week, I can't help
but think about how close we must be to the Second Coming -- when the Lord will
return for His church and personally rule over the Earth for 1,000 years.
Oh, I know, some of you don't believe in such things. You think it's just
a bunch of silly superstition. You prefer I stick to writing about news events
of the physical world rather than arcane spiritual matters.
a journalist and as a Christian, I can't ignore hard evidence -- no matter where
it may lead me. And the more I study the prophetic scriptures of the Holy Bible
and look at the condition of our world today, the more convinced I become that
we are nearing that time. In fact, I think we are very close.
just as Jesus' virgin birth in Bethlehem was foretold by the Hebrew prophets hundreds
of years earlier, so, too, was His return to Earth predicted. The only question
The most dramatic evidence for His imminent return our generation
has witnessed was the rebirth of the nation of Israel about 50 years ago. The
Jews, God's chosen people, were, as prophesied, scattered over the whole earth
for nearly two millennia beginning shortly after Jesus' death on the cross. Yet,
the scriptures leave no doubt that the Jewish state would exist once again before
Interestingly, Orthodox Jews have long taught that the
world would last for 6,000 years before the Messiah would come and usher in a
1,000-year period of restful human history. Since God created the world in six
days, according to Genesis 1:31, and rested on the seventh day, according to Genesis
2:1, they reasoned the world's history would climax the same way. They cite Psalms
90:4, which says: "For a thousand years in Thy sight are like yesterday when it
Likewise, Christians have looked to II Peter 3:8: "But
do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day
is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
church understood this "six-day theory" of world history. It was widely accepted
teaching for the first three centuries of the church. From the time of Adam, we've
got genealogical records to show that 4,000 years passed until the time of Christ.
From Jesus' time until the present age represents another 2,000 years for a total
of 6,000 years or six days.
There's also a three-day theory: Jesus
rose on the third day. Would the beginning of the third millennium -- or thousand-year
period -- not be the likely time for His return to earth? There is even strong
scriptural evidence for such a theory provided in Hosea 6:2: "After two days will
he revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight."
Note that this prophecy is not about the Resurrection of Jesus, it's either about
the resurrection of Israel after 2,000 years of dispersal or the physical return
of the Lord.
In 1772, Edward Gibson published "The Decline and Fall
of the Roman Empire," in which he cites early documents suggesting the Christian
disciples of the first century were taught that Jesus would return after 2000
years. We'll soon find out if they were right.
For many reasons, I
believe Jesus is returning soon -- if not in the year 2000, certainly thereabouts.
I'm especially drawn to II Timothy 3:1-5, which describes the state of the world
in the "last days." Tell me if this doesn't sound like our world: "But realize
this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers
of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents,
ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control,
brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied
its power; Avoid such men as these."
Christmas represents a time of
great hope for Christians. Of course, we're grateful that Jesus came 2,000 years
ago and died for our sins. Now we should be hopeful and expectant of His imminent
Merry Christmas. And happy birthday, Jesus.
Steve Van Nattan--
We at Blessed Quietness Journal do not give
notice to Christmass,
but the rest of
this article is very thought provoking.
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