Prophetic Evangelism

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Perhaps one of the most overlooked opportunities for Christian evangelism is in the realm of prophetic fulfillments. While many folks enjoy debating or even demeaning the truth of prophetic warnings regarding the return of Christ, the end of time, and earth’s ultimate destruction and re-creation (whether in biblical Scripture or elsewhere), once we begin demonstrating the indisputable fulfillment of biblical prophecies compared with non-biblical sources, people will be required to decide whether to explore them further and eventually believe or to continue with their proverbial head buried in the sand and argue against them. It truly is that “cut and dried.”

Just as the Apostle Peter prophesied centuries ago (2 Peter 3:1-4), the scoffers are everywhere, including among supposed Christians. Nevertheless, the truth is the truth and cannot be disproved, though it may be ignored, maligned, or even denied.

One such analogy of denying obvious truth may be found in the example of denying the reality of gravity and its profound effect upon everything and everyone on and around the earth. An individual may argue that he doesn’t believe in gravity and that it therefore doesn’t exist (presumably, simply because he refuses to believe in it), but that doesn’t alter the very real fact that gravity does indeed exist, and all one has to do to prove it is to try to escape the earth by jumping into the air. Gravity insists that he return to the earth, no matter how hard he jumps to try to escape the earth. He may succeed in jumping a few feet in any direction, but he cannot escape the earth without a significantly stronger propulsion, such as with a rocket. Now, considering that he can, in fact, escape the earth on a rocket, does that then prove that gravity does not exist? Of course not, but this is the same sort of lame refutation that atheists and other enemies of the One True God propose regarding the very real existence of God and the veracity of His Word, the Bible.

Let’s examine for a few minutes now some of the “end times” prophecies that are so often denied and/or maligned and relate them to a few other usually overlooked prophecies that are included with them. Jesus’ forewarnings about wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes in various places, and roaring winds and seas are the most frequently disputed among scoffers as events that have always occurred throughout history (Matthew 24:4-8; Mark 13:5-8; Luke 21:8-11 & 25). While it is true that these events have occurred throughout history, the main fact that these scoffers keep overlooking is that Jesus forewarned these events would occur in concert with each other with ever-increasing intensity just before His return. He calls these events “the beginning of birth pangs” (Matthew 24:8 & Mark 13:8 NASB). In other words, this is likened unto the onset of labor for a pregnant woman culminating with the birth of her child.

Since these events have been occurring in greater frequency and intensity over the past 30-50 years than at any time in recorded history, we must be nearing the “big push” when that “baby” (the return of Christ) will finally arrive. The increased frequency of earthquakes alone is proof enough for the validity of this prophecy. You can review the statistics for yourself at the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web site (http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php), if you’re interested. While the USGS disputes this increase with the clever claim that they’re better able to detect earthquakes than in years past (read their explanation here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/topics/increase_in_earthquakes.php), that seems to me like a rather fanciful mind trick which works only with the naïve and the willfully ignorant.

Two more, often overlooked, forewarnings that Jesus gives with these other warnings is to be on guard against widespread deception and numerous false Christ’s. In each of the passages referenced above, Jesus begins with a dire warning not to let anyone deceive us, because “many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He’” (Luke 21:8 NASB). While I haven’t heard of every false Christ, maybe you’ve heard of the same couple of more famous ones as I have: Sun Myung Moon and David Koresh. Just recently, however, while researching for this article, I came across a new one I haven’t heard of before: Maitreya Miranda, a “Feminine Christ,” as she calls herself. You can read her extensive blog at http://mirandalindaweisz.authorsxpress.com/category/jesuschrist/ for more details, if you care to. Someone who is this deluded is most likely possessed by an evil spirit who may have entered during a supposedly harmless yoga session. Shockingly, many Christians are embracing this Far Eastern religious practice in the name of “spiritual exercise.” If they only knew that they are opening themselves up for demonic attack (or even to demonic possession if they don’t already have a genuine relationship with the REAL Jesus Christ), they would not dare do this. Unfortunately, they have been deceived, even though Jesus has clearly warned to be on guard against this sort of thing.

How could we help someone from a distance (i.e., via digital evangelism) who is this engrossed in evil? Well, it might not be possible, unless the individual is truly seeking for a better way than the one he or she has been following. So long as a person is content to continue on the way he or she is going, there’s nothing we can do but pray for God to reach out to them. Even then, if they reject God’s overtures, God Himself can’t help them, since He has purposefully limited His divine will in people’s lives in order to grant us all free will. Nevertheless, if we were able to engage such a person who is truly seeking salvation using digital evangelism tools such as IRC chat or an online forum or even email, we could invite them to pray for deliverance, such as, “Lord Jesus, please free me from Satan’s control, forgive me of my sins, and save my soul.” As long as they’re sincere and repentant, this is all anyone has to pray, and God will most certainly honor it. After all, the thief on the cross beside Jesus asked only to be remembered, and Jesus promised that he would be remembered that very day.

There are still two more prophetic fulfillments to consider before we close which are indicators that we are truly living in the last days. In 70 A.D. the Roman Army completely destroyed the city of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount. They plowed the entire city like a field, and gave the whole region a new name: Palestine, which is the English translation of the Latin word Palestina, a variant of Philistia (see Smith’s Bible Dictionary for more about each of these three words). A few centuries before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., however, the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel prophesied that this dispersion would happen and that God would gather them back together in the last days. For nearly 19 centuries the nation of Judaea (the only remaining remnant of the nation of Israel) was scattered with the rest of the nation of Israel to the four corners of the earth, continually driven from one country to another under unrelenting persecution. The original Promised Land itself became a barren wasteland. Against all odds, though, God restored Israel to a fraction of their original Promised Land in a single day just as He said He would (compare Isaiah 66:8). Based on the authority of a United Nations charter, David Ben Gurion (the first Prime Minister of the new State of Israel) announced in their new capital city of Tel Aviv at 4 p.m. local time on May 14, 1948, that Israel was a newly-established and independent nation. I believe this major prophetic fulfillment began the countdown to the end.

Then just 19 years later, the second major prophetic fulfillment was brought to fruition with the end of the Six Day War (June 5-10, 1967) when the nation of Israel regained national control of their historic capital city, Jerusalem. Despite regaining control of Jerusalem, however, they fearfully placed their Islamic enemies in political control of the Temple Mount in the misplaced hope of maintaining peace. Much to their despair, they are not even permitted to pray on their own Temple Mount now, and even Christians are arrested for even appearing to be in prayer there.

Whether a generation is determined to be 70, 80, or even 100 years in duration, we are definitely within sight of the end based on Jesus’ promise that “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place” (Matthew 24:34; Mark 13:30; & Luke 21:32 NASB). Compare this with Psalm 90:10, but read the entire psalm, and notice it was written by Moses, who lived to be 120 years old. Gauging by the looks of world events, I’m more inclined to guess at 70 or 80 years than 100, and even 80 seems a bit of a stretch at this point. However, since Israel turned 65 on May 14, 2013, even if the Seven Year Tribulation began this year, it would go beyond the 70 year mark since Israel’s modern-day founding.

Although Jesus plainly said we can’t know the day or hour of His return (Matthew 24:36), He did command us to keep watch and pay attention to these signs as an indication of when the time of His return was drawing near (Matthew 24:42; 25:13; Mark 13:33; Luke 21:28 & 34-36). If we do our research and present the facts about these prophetic fulfillments in a clear and understandable manner, askers will receive, seekers will find, and door-knockers will gain entry (Matthew 7:7-8), while the willful opponents will have to make a deliberate choice to reject the obvious truth and continue on the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). The true difficulty lies not so much in being able to face up to the belligerent rejecters as it does in being able to find some willing truth-tellers (Matthew 9:37-38 & Luke 10:2). Let’s be among the few willing truth-tellers and join the Lord in bringing in His harvest!

 

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  • Mystic Mandy

    The Roman Catholic Church, according to even many biblical theologians, IS the first beast of the Book of Revelation and the false prophet. I’m surprised Christians condemn eastern religions as false prophets when how many people have been killed in Christs name through the church? That IS the false prophecy. Would Christ want so many people to have been burned, tortured and persecuted how he was or would he think that was the influence of the anti-christ? So, the church, as the biggest false prophet of them all, has claimed to speak for God and Christ, committed horrible atrocities in Their names. Instead of leading people away from the beast, they forced people further into the beast service, the laws and rules of other men rather than God (it can’t even honor its own principles set out within the Book of Galatians). It seeks control and, thus, is controlled.

    Not saying that I believe new-age is not false light, too and full of its own gurus, deluded people and false prophets.

    The real problem is that no one truly follows the real messages of the masters, because as the Book of Revelation reveals, all are deceived and taken in by the beast, working day and night in his labor. This is all pretty common sense stuff. I’m surprised how many people can’t see all this. If you read Buddha’s words (the dhammapada) and then read the bible, both are very similar (Buddha even talks about “Mara”). Both talk about the importance of letting go of service to the world, to greed, to laws of men, etc etc. Saint Francis is one teacher after Christ who seemed to better understand His message. However, not many of us are truly ready to follow their example. New-age or Christian, it is all verbal mumbo jumbo and a belief that fantasy thoughts (just believing in Christ or just thinking positively) will offer salvation. We have to BELIEVE in Christ enough to follow him. Those who do (walk away from the structures, institutions and systems of the beast — including laws and governments—as Christ did and died to show us the way) are the TRUE believers and in the book of life. However, the world is largely one of conformity–a choice to serve the beast above anything else, and this creates fruits of the environmental destruction, fukushima and other disasters (from our giving our power away to the wrong idols) which it is written that “despite these plagues, man will not repent (stop doing) the work of his hands (examining what he is creating)” he won’t stop worshiping lifeless objects that cannot see or hear or walk. Have you stopped worshiping these objects? or do you own a car, use petroleum and buy from other beast based corporations, since no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast?

    The making the “robes” white within Book of Revelation is referring to the strict Essene way of life (who the Essenes wore the white robes, practiced baptism, were community minded–sharing within the community rather than living by a monetary system, vegetarian, etc.). The Essenes tried to separate themselves from the Roman way of life. But most of us feel more comfortable living in deception, following our false Roman based democracy and gods, while worshiping a consumerism brand of idolatry as the environmental situation yields the fruits of such worship.

    In the end, both the bible and Buddha teach that we will know truth from the fruits, but no one is paying attention to the fruits at all. We all just keep obsessing on the wrong things instead of preparing the way for true salvation. Everything is about words that mean very little: a fake salvation that is overly passive and keeps us enslaved to the beast, structures, institutions, money system and other trappings.

    • http://www.parsonplace.com Michael White

      I’m not completely clear on how your comment applies to evangelism via a discussion of prophetic fulfillment, which was the thesis of my post, and I’m uncertain whether you’re equating Buddha’s writing with Christ’s words in the Bible (a position I completely reject), but I’ll permit your comment to display here for the sake of argument. In response to your question of whether Christ would “want so many people to have been burned, tortured and persecuted how he was…” He actually said that His disciples must be willing to die for Him and His Gospel as a demonstration of their faithfulness and loyalty (see Mark 8:35, John 12:25, and Revelation 12:11). He will judge those who persecute and kill His followers when the final judgment comes, but until then, we are to count our lives in this world as sacrifices to Him and His everlasting Kingdom.