"This is what I meant when I said...that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled.' He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures..."
Made up of 73 books sealed in mystery, the Bible is the ultimate anthology of mystery ever written. It's words have been an enigma to everyone who has ever tried to read them. Only in Jesus Christ do all these mysteries make sense. I have compiled the following manuscript to probe scripture's riddles, and to illustrate how all of its books are interrelated and fixed on a common six-thousand-year timetable that seems now about to end.
All the prophecies, stories and essays of scripture were made for each other. None are independent of the others. Like diverse pieces in the same mysterious puzzle, they all fit together to form a single picture in Christ. The essence of that picture is eternal life -- an eternal existance tied ironically to the end of the world. The close relationship between the two is one of the most profound paradoxes in the Bible.
No discussion of the last days can ignore the prophet Daniel whose sealed writings, scripture reveals, pertain in a major way to the final catalclysmic events of history. God informed Daniel that the mysteries of his manuscript were to remain hidden, locked in a divine quarantine until the age for its unveiling should appear. Since then, many have tried to probe his document only to find the past. But that seems about to change.
In the apocalyptic milieu of our times -- one that has propelled the secular world to the brink of a destruction cataloged as 'minutes before midnight' on its own 'doomsday clock' -- we can see the kind of scenario for annihilation the ancient biblical authors chronicled. Coupled with the recent reconstruction of a Jewish Jerusalem, the sudden crystallization of Daniel's prophecies has coincided with several major and pivotal biblical signs. All of these together have added what many see as incontestable weight to the perception that Christ's predicted return is almost at hand.
Awash with violence, abandoning God and powerless to halt rapacious commercial interests from wantonly destroying the earth, the current age seems obsessed with global suicide. Issues and events that have molded this destructive climate are not only breaking open the seals on Daniel's writings, they have also exposed formerly enigmatic descriptions which fill the pages of the Book of Revelation as well, allowing us to view that manuscript with a clarity unknown even to our most recent predecessors. This has permitted us to explore the writings of the prophets in brand new ways that were not possible even a few years ago.
Since the Bible's revelations and their meanings are defined here in ways far different than most people are familiar with, it has been necessary to go back and re-explore the religious basis for all these prophecies as well.
In the Book of Hebrews, the developing Church was told that it was time to leave the elementary teachings about Christ (i.e., "...doctrines about baptisms, and the laying-on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment..." Heb.6:1-2). It explained that such teaching was 'milk for babies', and that the time had come to go on to 'solid food'. But this noble goal has proved elusive and overly optomistic. In actual practice, a great many Christians have difficulty dealing even with the milk.
Since the subject matter of this book concerns some of the heartiest of the solid food, a review of the basics seems essential. Especially since no one can understand biblical prophecy without a firm understanding of the ground rules which guide that prophecy.
At the heart of our investigation is the Mosaic template. God gave Moses authority to state the pattern of the Law, and then interwove Jesus into the program which Moses had defined. Approaching the future through the Mosaic past, therefore, is a major key to biblical prophecy, because it allows us to define God's plan by triangulation, using the Old Testament as one of the primary bases for our understanding. Combining that information with the New Testament and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, completes the triangle.
Jesus explained to His disciples that He was bound by the rules of heaven to fulfill everything written about Him in the Old Testament. And God's directive to Jesus that the Mosaic template be fulfilled in precise terms did not disappear with the cross. It is a rule that the Holy Spirit has decreed must be unerringly followed all the way to Armageddon. This fact assures us that the Law and the Prophets will continue to hold important messages for the world right up to the End.
In addition to defining important aspects of the Christian future according to circumstances described in the Old Testament, I have tried in these pages to answer key questions that have perplexed Christians from the earliest days of the faith. Probably the most important question in this regard concerns the Church itself.
Has the Holy Spirit been responsible for the development and definition of the Christian Church that we now see on earth? Or has Satan? No one would dare ask this question outright, but a great many seem to be doing so silently in their minds, because this is the hidden question that has divided Christians since the Middle Ages. It's answer is fundamental to our understanding of biblical prophecy and its fulfillment.
On one side of this question stand a vocal minority who see the older elements of the Church controlled by corrupt forces which they feel have virtually destroyed it -- and therefore as a misleading organization which should be publicly reviled and abandoned. Launching repetitive fusillades against it, these maintain that the traditional Church is wicked and should be torn down. They see no difference between it and the forces of Babylon.
On the other side are those who view the global Church as the architectural design of the Holy Spirit, promoting on earth the perfection of Jesus Christ in divine harmony with the will of the Spirit. In this view every church is seen to have unique importance because each contributes an essential ministry to the spread of God's life-saving Gospel across the world.
Central to this question is the issue of the Holy Spirit. Those who view a Church structure on earth succumbing on its greatest front to the destructive power of Satan, must admit an impotent Holy Spirit incapable of blocking the power of the devil on earth. On the other hand, those who see the Church filled with the power of God and working on all its fronts to do good while staving off the attempted penetrations of Satan, see a powerful Holy Spirit holding the forces of Satan at bay while the Church of God works its perfection on earth.
We can see the same issue raised again in Christ's statement that 'many would be called, but few chosen'. Jesus said that 'the way is narrow that leads to life and few would find it'. (Mt.7:13-14). The pivotal question in this declaration is simple. Is Christ's 'narrow way' to life a matter of theology or faith?
If it is theological, His statement would have to mean that there are just a few good small churches on earth surrounded by an enormous number of bad churches (especially those with the largest membership). Again, such a view implies that the Church of Christ on earth is mostly corrupt.
This assessment cannot be true.
If, on the other hand, Christ's statement is a matter of faith, i.e., a matter of faithfulness to His commandments, then all churches must be seen as good because they all preach the same righteousness -- Jesus Christ. In this case, the 'many' who are called are all who hear the Gospel proclaimed to them while the 'few chosen' are those who actually put into practice what is being preached. The narrow road in this view is not based on church theology, it is based, instead, on obedience to the directives of the Gospel.
The most controversial issue raised by this book -- the idea of a contemporary millenium -- has its roots in this question. Those who look toward a millenium tomorrow, must first disregard the world rule of the Christian church over the last 17 centuries. The opposite view is to see a millenium now, which acknowledges this 1700 year reign of the Church on earth as an act of God and a divine intervention in the secular course and rule of the planet.
This brings us to the whole idea of the "mortal wound" in the Book of Revelation (Rv.13:3) -- and to just what that 'wound' really means. Understanding this mortal wound is crucial to understanding the end of the world. That is because, according to the Book of Revelation, the mortal wound itself left Satan locked in an Abyss, divorced temporarily from his personal reign of deception on earth.
John said that it was only the healing of this wound at the end of time which could remove Satan's chains and allow him back into this world at the end of the millenium -- a return scripture says will quickly precipitate the final war by the world against God. (Rev.20:7-10).
In his prophecies, John describes Satan's return from prison as a time of great armies. Since we are living today in a time of global armies and unprecedented anarchy against the Gospel, we must contemplate the serious possibility that we are currently witnessing the unchaining of Satan and the massing of his forces for the war of Armageddon. If this is true, we are witnessing the millenium of Christian rule in the world about to end.
That is the subject of this book.
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