PROPHECY THROUGH THE AGES…AND THE FUTURE – THE SIGNATURE OF GOD “(PARTS 1,2,3)”
Jack Kinsella – The Signature of God — Part 1 – By Jack Kinsella
“All things are mortal, except the Jew. Other forces pass but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” So wrote Mark Twain a hundred years before there was any place on earth known as ‘Israel.’
It’s a good question; the Jew has been the target of hundreds of separate efforts aimed at his annihilation down through the centuries — more so than any other ethnic group in human history.
SO, WHAT IS THE SECRET OF HIS IMMORTALITY? The simplest answer is the best.
The Jew, by his very existence, proves the existence of God. Therefore, his destruction would disprove Bible prophecies saying that when God forgets the laws governing the sun, moon and stars, then — and only then — would Israel cease to exist as a nation before Him. (Jeremiah 31:35)
There is a movement within the Church that attempts to spiritualize the Jews, transfer God s promises to the Church, and deny Bible prophecy by claiming all was fulfilled in AD 70 with the destruction of the Temple.
The existence of Israel is, therefore, a particularly difficult problem for their theological worldview, and so are Christians who support that existence based on the authority of Bible prophecy. They call us Christian Zionists and, if our forums are any indication, they hate us as much as they do Israel.
The Bible says,
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:3)
The Bible is under assault in America like in no time in its history. In a nation in which its freedoms are openly acknowledged as a grant from a Creator by its founding documents, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is facing jail for displaying the Ten Commandments.
There are scoffers a plenty out there, and it is incumbent upon each of us to be ready at any moment to give the reason for the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15)
Over the next three issues of the Omega Letter, we are going to look at Bible prophecy, past, present — and that which is about to come to pass.
PART ONE: THE FIRST ADVENT
About 27% of all Scripture, according to some authorities, is prophetic in nature. Bible prophecy is the Signature of God.
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: (Isaiah 46:9-10)
In this God establishes His uniqueness among the pretenders. There were no prophecies heralding the birth of Buddha or Mohammed. No other world religion makes the claim of absolute foreknowledge, let alone the added claim of 100% accuracy 100% of the time.
Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. (Isaiah 41:21-23)
So, where are the fulfilled prophecies of the other gods, that we may behold it together? The Bible prophesied the coming of the Messiah to Israel, His life, death and Resurrection, with such stunning attention to detail that the world prefers to believe He staged it all to fit the prophecies, that the Scriptures were manipulated after the fact, or say it is all a matter of interpretation.
THE BIBLE SAID OF THE FIRST ADVENT;
He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
He would be preceded by a messenger (Isaiah 40:3)
He would be betrayed by a friend. (Psalm 41:9)
His price would be thirty pieces of silver. (Zech 11:12)
His price would be thrown in the Temple and used for a potter s field. (Zechariah 11:13)
His Hands and Feet would be pierced (Psalms 22:16)
He would be wounded and whipped by His enemies (Isaiah 53:5)
He would be spit upon and mocked (Isaiah 50:6)
He would enter Jerusalem riding on the back of a colt. (Zechariah 9:9)
Lots would be cast for His clothing (Psalms 22:18)
We know all these events took place in the life of Christ, and we can track each prophecy back to its source. But none of the world s explanations can explain it away. Take the it was all staged by Jesus and His disciples theory.
Compare that to Zechariah 11:13.
And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was priced at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:15)
Note that it is God who says ‘Cast it to the potter that magnificent (sarcasm!) price at which they valued me…’ How could man put a price on God? It didn’t make sense until God Himself, Jesus Christ, came to earth and was valued and betrayed for exactly 30 pieces of silver!
“Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders…And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces…And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field…” (Matthew 27:3,5-7)
Interpretation? Seems clear enough just as it stands.
Were the Scriptures manipulated after the fact?
Every word had been studied and parsed, and each nuance extrapolated, long before Jesus was betrayed for thirty pieces of silver.
If the Scriptures were manipulated AFTER the fact to make it fit with the Gospel account SOMEBODY would have noticed. The Old Testament Scriptures had been around for centuries at the time of Christ. The scribes and the Pharisees attempted to trip Jesus up by using them against Him.
Why would Judas and the Sanhedrin want to cooperate in a conspiracy to give Jesus claims of Godhood credibility?
And that explanation demands that every single Jew who has ever lived since then was part of the conspiracy of silence about the manipulation of their Scriptures. And every archaeologist who s worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls and other finds that support the life and times of Jesus Christ. And so on.
And how could it have been staged by Jesus or His disciples? Jesus was in the Tomb and the disciples in hiding. This is one of the more ridiculous explanations, but it was the explanation advanced in the book, the “Passover Plot.” And there are plenty of people who believe it.
Finally, the coincidence theory. Mathematicians have calculated the probability of any one person fulfilling all these detailed prophecies in a single lifetime as a matter of random chance, and assigned the following odds.
One chance in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Professor Stoner illustrated what that number meant by saying it was the equivalent of marking one silver dollar, covering the state of Texas 3 feet deep with silver dollars, blindfolding a man, dropping him somewhere at random, and his finding the right one on the first try.
We are living in the last days, the time is short, and there are many more people who can cite the theories than there are who know the facts.
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. (Luke 10:2).
THE SIGNATURE OF GOD — PART 2)
Jack Kinsella – The Signature of God — Part 2 – By Jack Kinsella
In part one of this series, we looked at the incredible detail with which the prophecies concerning the Messiah’s First Advent were fulfilled in the life and times of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also discussed that movement within the Church that says all prophecy was fulfilled by AD 70 and that the Church has replaced Israel as the recipient of the promised blessings. (But none of the corresponding curses).
It was an easy enough sell in previous generations, when it seemed like that was the case. There had been no significant activity in the area of Bible prophecy for almost 2000 years, during which time, the only thing that fell on Israel were the curses.
But then, following the Second World War, a miracle occurred, setting the stage for a whole series of events, all prophesied by Scripture for the last days. Moreover, those events were lining up with Bible prophecy as specifically and with as much detail as did the prophecies regarding the First Advent. Remember Professor Stoner’s illustration of the odds that ten prophecies could be fulfilled in the life of one individual?
One chance in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.
PART TWO: Israel And Fulfilled Prophecy
What are the odds regarding the restoration of Israel to the same piece of ground from which she had been expelled twenty centuries earlier? Unfortunately, I don’t know. Nobody has calculated them, to my knowledge. Especially since those ancient prophecies are continuing to be fulfilled before our eyes.
The Bible prophesied of the nation of Israel;
Disobedience would lead to the nation of Israel being scattered amongst all nations. (Deuteronomy 28:64, Leviticus 26:33, Jeremiah 9:16, Ezekiel 12:15)
No rest for their souls while in exile amongst the nations (Deuteronomy 28:65-66) For nearly 2000 years following the destruction in AD 70, the ‘wandering Jew’ has lived without a homeland, flag, or national identity, apart from being a Jew. subject to the strongest racial prejudice and torment suffered by any ethnic group in all recorded history. The first nation to ever extend full citizenship to the Jew was the United States of America in 1776. To this day, in many nations, simply being a Jew is a crime.
God himself would restore the Jews to the land of Israel from all the nations. (Jeremiah 16:14-16. Jeremiah 3:14, 31:8-9, Isaiah 60:8-9, Deuteronomy 30:3, Amos 9:15.)
The desolate land of Israel would again blossom and be fruitful in the last days. (Zechariah 7:14, Leviticus 26:14, Ezekiel 15:8 Jeremiah 9:12-13, 23:10, 44:22 Isaiah 32:13, 35:1, Ezekiel 36:35) Israel is the single largest exporter of citrus fruit to Europe indeed, Israel exports tulips to Holland. But until the Jews returned to the land in the 20th century, it remained a barren desert.
God Himself would defend Israel and cause Israel to be mighty in battle. (Zechariah 12:8) Israel s military might is ranked among the great nations of the world. The rag-tag survivors of the Holocaust, equipped with obsolete war surplus arms and equipment, defeated the combined might of the Arab legions in 1948, then again in 1956, 1967 and 1973.
In the last days, Jerusalem would be a burden to the entire world. (Zechariah 12:2-3) Israel is just 0.01% of the world s population, but has been the object of one third of all resolutions passed by the UN.
In the end, all nations shall come against Israel. (Zechariah 14:2, Revelation 16:14-16)
The final battle will be over Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:2) Is there a city on the face of the earth whose ownership is more hotly contested?
The antichrist will come to power by confirming a seven-year covenant between Israel and her enemies. (Daniel 9:24) This is a prize sought after by all the nations of the earth and all the world s most ambitious diplomats peace in the Middle East.
Israel in the last days will be restored a pure language. (Zephaniah 3:9) Hebrew, a language dead since the days of ancient Rome, is today the working language of the Israeli state.
All these events have been fulfilled, or are clearly on the verge of being fulfilled, in this generation. There is no foreseeable outcome to the Arab-Israeli conflict, which is precisely the way the Bible said it would be when the antichrist makes his power play.
The conflict is the center of global attention at all times. And there is nobody who is neutral. Any nation who does not back Israel, actively works to destroy her. Those nations who do support Israel are immediate targets of terrorism.
“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces…” (Zechariah 12:3)
Those who assert that all Bible prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70 and that Israel’s blessings transferred to the Church almost invariably despise Israel and support the Palestinian ’cause’.
That much is evident from the exchanges that take place in our unregistered forums. The venom with which they advance their argument is ample evidence of its source, and we’ll leave it there. “By their fruits, ye shall know them” saith the Scriptures.
Clearly, Bible prophecy has been fulfilled literally concerning the First Advent and it is certain that God has not abandoned Israel as His plan for His Chosen People continues to unfold.
THE SIGNATURE OF GOD – PART 3
The Signature of God – Part 3 – By Jack Kinsella
As we’ve already seen, prophecy is God’s Signature. It proves the Divine Authorship of the Bible and establishes beyond all doubt that the Scriptures are truly the Word of God.
It was God Himself Who hurled the challenge to the pretenders, saying,
“Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.” (Isaiah 41:23) BECAUSE ONLY GOD CAN KNOW THE FUTURE.
Consider what it means for Ezekiel to describe, 2500 years in advance, the geopolitical alliances of the 21st century. It was only sixty years ago that the world was at war — the alliances described by Ezekiel didn’t exist until that war forced them into being.
It was from the ashes of the Holocaust that the nation of Israel was reborn, setting events in motion for the Final Confrontation to come. But take a second and see it in all its majesty with me.
Sixty years…six hundred years…sixteen hundred years…double that — it makes no difference. Every single event in every single generation from the day God revealed the future HAD to be exactly in order. What if Hitler’s maternal great-great-grandmother had died at birth? Would the Holocaust have occurred? Would Israel now occupy that narrow strip along the Mediterranean?
Would the Jews of Europe still be content in their homes and businesses, as they had been before Hitler’s madness? Without that single life, sometime in the 18th century, what would the world look like today?
The Scriptures say that the ‘hairs on your head are numbered’ — multiply that times every single person who ever lived. Every single one of them had free will choices and the choices made by our ancestors, no matter how far back we go, shaped the world we live in today. The same one foretold by the prophets.
Imagine picking out the winning team in the 2234 World Series? Who knows if we’ll even still play baseball?
But the Hebrew prophets named alliances between nations that didn’t exist in their world, and in some cases, didn’t exist until this generation.
We’ve seen the literal fulfilment of ten prophecies concerning the life of Christ. And the literal fulfilment of ten prophecies concerning the life of Israel.
Part Three: Prophecies Of The End Times
Now we’ll look at ten prophecies in the process of fulfilment in this generation.
‘Take heed that no man deceive you’ “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.” (Matthew 24:3-4)
It’s often been said that the ‘devil’s greatest trick is convincing people that he doesn’t exist’. Deception has been raised in this generation to an art form. We expect to be deceived by our politicians, our entertainment, advertisers and the media.
An increase in disasters and wars. “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (24:6)
World War One and World War Two were cataclysmic events that shaped the 20th century, but they were domestic disputes in comparison with what World War Three with the Soviet Union would have looked like. For fifty years, the two sides were locked in ideological combat in what history calls the Cold War. Every morning for fifty years, each side woke up wondering if the Cold War would turn hot — the ultimate rumor of war — that ended only a decade ago. But, as Jesus noted, see that ye not be troubled, for the is not yet. And it wasn’t.
The great “Falling Away”. “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” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
The Alabama Courthouse tragedy in which the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court lost his job for refusing to uproot a monument to the 10 Commandments from the courthouse is just the most recent example. I needn’t waste column inches on other examples. You know them as well as I.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4).
Until the beginning of the 20th century, very few commentaries existed on either Daniel or the Revelation. Both were considered to be filled with metaphors and symbolism. Even Calvin and Luther passed up the challenge. The words were ‘sealed UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END’.
IN THIS GENERATION, THE MYSTERIES OF DANIEL AND REVELATION ARE LARGELY UNLOCKED.
Columbus sailed to the New World 1500 years after the Apostle Paul made his Mediterranean journey. Both sailed on wooden ships equipped with sails, as did ships until the end of the 19th century. One hundred years later, the same trip takes a few hours by air. 1900 years to get from Paul’s ship to the Titanic. Sixty years later, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. We certainly can go ‘to and fro’.
Moore’s Law says that computer capacity doubles every 18 months. Knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate. There is technology being developed to make computers out of strands of DNA.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12) — Anybody else notice how many parents are murdering their children lately? Each of you can make as strong a case for the increasing tolerance of sin and the collapsing moral structure of society as eloquently as I can.
The emergence of the Antichrist. Daniel says that the Antichrist’s seminal act of power will be to make peace between Israel and her neighbours. Until this generation, there was no Israel to be at war. Today, the effort to bring peace is the single most important foreign policy goal of the US, EU, UN and Russia — who together form the “Quartet” that developed the current ‘road map’. The world is crying for a leader who can solve the global problems of the Middle East, terrorism and outlaw nations. Today. In this generation.
Earthquakes, Famines, Wars and Pestilences — Matthew 24:7 speaks to all of these as being like labor pains — growing in intensity and frequency as the time approaches. Earthquake activity is demonstrably on the increase, while ethnic wars rage across Africa and entire populations face starvation at a time when other countries are throwing leftovers in the garbage.
The entire sub-Saharan continent of Africa is facing extinction by the pestilence of AIDS — while the technology exists to arrest it. We can make computers out of DNA strands, but the earthquakes, famines, wars and pestilences just keep getting more intense.
As it was in the days of Noah and Lot (Matthew 24:37, Luke 17:28-30)
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5)
That wickedness is the hallmark of this age can be proved by picking up a newspaper. The president refers to ‘evil’ and ‘evildoers’ in every speech. What could be more wicked than deliberately blowing up a bus filled with children to make a political statement?
Television could be described as ‘imagination in a box’. We are entertained by vicariously participating in the story line. What entertains us the most? According to the box office receipts, murder, mayhem, war, destruction, occultic fantasy and sex.
Lot lived in Sodom, a place where homosexuality was rampant and widely accepted as an acceptable alternative lifestyle. Today, we have parades for homosexuals in drag, or in various stages of undress, flaunting their wickedness to the enthusiastic applause of the audience. (Romans 1:32)
9. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Right now, some of you are reading these words in South Africa. Others in the UK. Still others in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico City, Vancouver, Nigeria and Bahrain. That’s just the Omega Letter subscribers. There are literally thousands of Christian websites doing the same thing, with the same global reach. Soon, there will be no corner of the earth that the Gospel has not penetrated. Jesus said that once that happens, THEN shall the end come.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)