Friends, we are all aware of soon to happen dramatic changes coming to this world.
The Bible prophets tell us, in great detail of many things that will take place , leading up to the glorious Return of our Lord Jesus for His Millennial reign.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:32-33, when the fig tree buds, [the fig tree: a metaphor for the Jewish people, Jeremiah 24:4-7] then the present generation, those alive when that happens, will live to see it all.
The State of Israel, the Jewish homeland was declared in May 1948, so for anyone born then, a lifetime of 70 years is up by 2018. Therefore the end time events must commence on or before May 2018. That this is a possibility/probability, is evident from our current world, but more particularly: the Middle East situation.
Jesus quoted the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1-2a at the commencement of His earthly ministry. Luke 4:18-21 He carefully left off the remainder of that chapter, for what was not to be fulfilled at that time was the Day of the Lord’s vengeance and wrath.
This terrible world changing Day, Zephaniah 1:14-18, Revelation 6:12-17, is what we can expect to happen in the near future. It will be triggered by an attack onto Israel by an Islamic confederation of peoples and nations and Iran will attempt to fire nuke missiles at Israel, but God will cause their weapons to explode upon themselves. Psalms 7:12-16, Joel 3:4, Jeremiah 49:35-37
Many prophesies say how all those who believe in God and keep His Laws, should call upon His Name, [Jesus] on that Day and they will be saved. Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21
He will protect us; sending [angels] from heaven to save His own people, Psalms 57:1-3, Isaiah 43:2, as He did for the 3 men in the furnace; Daniel 3:19-27
Then, we have the Lord’s promises of the gathering of His Christian people into all of the holy Land, Ezekiel 34:11-31, to live there as He always intended; being His witnesses and sending out missionaries to proclaim the coming Kingdom of Jesus.
Over 100 years ago, a teaching was promoted, saying that before any disasters would happen, God will take His people up to live in heaven and they would Return with Him for the Millennium.
This teaching is not found in the Bible, as Dr John Walvoord; a rapture proponent, did actually admit. Scriptures like John 14:1-3 and 1 Thess. 4:15-17 are touted as rapture proofs, but they pertain to the end of the Millennium and at the Return of Jesus respectively and in no way do they, or any other verses say anyone will go to live in heaven. Jesus refutes that false idea in John 3:13 No one goes to heaven, except the One who came from there.
What we Christians are all exhorted to do when disaster strikes, is to pray for the strength and God given protection to survive that Day, 1 Cor 10:11-13, 1 Peter 1:7 and to be found worthy to live in the holy Land, as the Israel of God. Galatians 6:16
Remember this truth: all the promises of God to Israel now applies to Christians. Galatians 3:26-29 Jesus came to extend salvation to all who will accept it and now we are His people, bought by Jesus’ blood, formed by Him and destined to be with Him on earth. Isaiah 49:8, Revelation 5:9-10 Bruce McKerras October 2016