Many people may find scripture irrelevant, especially those portions dealing with prophecy. One reason for this attitude may be the fact that those of us who study the endtime prophecies disagree concerning the way the scenario is to play out. Be that as it may, scripture has never been wrong, only the way we sometimes interpret it.
The Bible can be a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our pathway (Ps. 119:105). This means it will tell us how to walk through life, and it will help us to plan for the future. Right now, the Bible appears to be sorely neglected in both areas. Few people seem to be living according to its teachings, and fewer people appear to know what is about to happen in our world.
We hold to the belief that mankind’s days of labor on this earth will be about 6000 years. That doesn’t mean that’s all the time there will be. We believe the seventh millennium will be the period in which the kingdom of Jesus Christ is on earth. We base this on the belief that, as God worked six days during the creation, so man will work for six 1000-year days. And, as God rested on the seventh day, just so, the seventh day of man’s existence will be a 1000-year day of rest. This is according to what the apostle Peter said about one day being as a thousand years and a thousand years being as one day (2 Pe. 3:8). The writer of Hebrews reminds us there is still a “sabbatismos” (the keeping of a Sabbath) of rest ahead (Heb. 4:1, 9).
When we examine the Bible account of the time that has transpired since Adam was created, we see there were approximately 4000 years from Adam to the birth of Jesus Christ. Since that event, we refer to time as being either BC (before Christ) or AD (anno Domini – the year of our Lord). 4000 years is four millennial days. Today, we are living in 2013 AD. That equates to another two 1000-year days. By that account, this present dispensation is nearing a close. The millennial reign of Christ is very near!
But, back to the powder keg in the Middle East. Apparently, when the powder keg explodes, we can just about guess what is about to happen after that. We believe the fuse will be lit when Syria attacks Israel. According to recent news reports, that could happen very soon.
Israel will have to defend herself. That tiny nation can flex some BIG muscles! At present, Israel is one of only a few middle-eastern nations with nuclear fire power. In order to survive any major assault, she will need her nuclear weapons. It will probably be the only means of survival! In addition to her military weapons, Israel has the promise of God. Those who dare attack Israel are, in essence, sticking their finger in the eye of God (Zech. 2:8).
The Bible foretells the complete and utter destruction of Damascus (Isa. 17:1). It will become a heap of rubble.
Once Israel disregards the plea of other nations to avoid war, she will become an outcast. With the present stance our own United States seems to be taking regarding Israel and the city of Jerusalem, it seem very likely that the little nation of Israel will be left entirely alone to face an angry world. Sadly, America seems to have forgotten that God has promised to bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse her (Gen. 12:3).
Once Israel is abandoned by every other nation, it seems very likely that the prophesied battle we read about in Ezekiel, Chapters 38 and 39, will ensue. In that battle, a Russian leader, which the Bible describes as Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, will lead an army that includes several Arab nations against the nation of Israel. That will be a very serious mistake on their part. God will rain down hail, fire, and brimstone, which will destroy five-sixths of that invading force (Eze. 39:2). The pictures of that event will probably be shown on television for weeks following that event.
Talk about a wake-up call! The whole world will become aware that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has not forgotten His promise. Anyone who is looking for the true God will not need to look any further. Sadly, many of those who have vowed their allegiance to another god will not be persuaded.
We believe in the soon coming of Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, to take His bride to Himself. Contrary to common misconception, the rapture of the Church cannot occur until millions of Christians have been martyred for failing to receive the mark of the Beast (Rev. 20:4-6). Those who will escape the tribulation period are those who have been patiently keeping the Word of God (Rev. 3:10) and those who are faithful to watch and pray. (Lk. 21:36)
Yes, the Middle East is a powder keg, due to explode at any time; but, for the children of God, glorious days are still ahead.
In a future article, we plan to explain the revival we believe will break out after God has dealt with the army that dares to come against Israel. That revival involves the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom (Mt. 24:14), which is always accompanied by miracles.