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Bible Prophecy: Why Study It?

bibsAmongst Christians, there seem to be two schools of thought concerning Bible Prophecy. One school of thought, possibly the vast majority of Christians, simply chose to ignore it; while at the other extreme they embrace it to the point of ridicule.

So how should we Christians regard Biblical Prophecy? To answer this question we need to look at a few facts concerning prophecy in the Bible and then ask ourselves a few pertinent questions. Hopefully we will be able to come up with a sensible answer to this apparent dilemma.

Firstly, let us make it very clear that we believe, and know, that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God.

There are various estimates about how much of the Bible concerns prophecy, but we go along with the view of a number of Bible scholars who have calculated that some 30% of the Bible is prophetic; therefore making bible-cover-pageprophecy a substantial portion of the Bible. They also calculate that 80% of Bible prophecy has been fulfilled; leaving 20% of it unfulfilled.

The Bible contains about 31,000 verses and if we assume one prophecy = one verse, we find that over 9,000 Bible verses are prophetic with nearly 2,000 prophetic Bible verses remaining to be fulfilled.

Since God included so much prophetic insight in His Word, how can we simply ignore it? Primarily prophecy is a message from God, not merely foretelling future events. Of course it goes without saying that we have to be careful not to interpret unfulfilled prophecy to suit our position, whatever that may be. Date setting is one particular example where some Bible scholars have opened themselves up to ridicule, as well as bringing disrepute upon Christians in general and the Bible in particular.

So yes, we believe in the importance of Bible prophecy and the need to study it to try to help us explain some of the events currently taking place or unfolding in the world. Some of these we will look at and discuss from time to time.

We also believe that we need to be aware of the “signs of the times” so that we are not like the people (and religious leaders) of 2,000 years ago who, from prophetic scriptures then known to them, should have known the time of Jesus’ coming.

We don’t want the rebuke they received from Him when he said in Luke 12: 56:

“Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?” NIV

Chris, from our fellowship, has an interest in Bible prophecy and from time to time will share his views with us on current events and how they relate to prophecy in the new series of “Bible Prophecy” on this blog.

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The Moon Turned to Blood…

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,

I will show wonders in heaven above
And signs in the earth beneath:……
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.”

(Acts 2:17-20)

Could we be on the brink of seeing this verse of scripture fulfilled?

Next year on 15th of April the first in a series of four full lunar eclipses will occur.  A full lunar eclipse creates a “Blood Moon” as the earth’s shadow passes over the surface of the moon, rendering the moon a deep blood-red colour.  This is a rare occurrence.

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What’s more interesting is that it falls on Passover next year.  The 15th of April 2014 is Passover.

Yet more rare is the fact that the lunar eclipse on Passover will be followed by another three full lunar eclipses, in the beginning of what’s known as a “tetrad” – a sequence of four consecutive full lunar eclipses.

And guess what else?   The following three lunar eclipses, or Blood Moons, will also fall right on Biblical feasts!

Here are their dates:

15 April 2014 – first Blood Moon on first day of Passover

8 October 2014 – second Blood Moon on the eve of Tabernacles

(20 March 2015 – Total Solar Eclipse on Nisan 1, the Religious New Year)

4 April 2015 – third Blood Moon on first day of Passover

28 September 2015 – fourth Blood Moon on the first day of Tabernacles

Could it be that God is trying to get our attention??

After all He did say in Genesis 1:14:

“..Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens…for signs and for seasons…”

The rabbis say that signs in the moon are for Israel.  In May 2018 Israel will celebrate her 70th birthday anniversary – could this be connected?  We know that 70 years seems to have significance attached to it in relation to Israel – ie, the 70 years captivity in Babylon; also it was 70 years after Jesus Christ was born that Israel’s temple was destroyed.

The rabbis also say that signs in the sun are for the nations, or Gentiles.  On 20th March 2015 there will be a total solar eclipse.  This is when the sun goes dark …”the sun shall be turned into darkness…”

Over the last 500 years there have been three lunar tetrads falling exactly on Biblical Feast days.  These signs in the moon were all preceded or followed by major events for the Jews or Israel.

Derek Prince says in “Appointment in Jerusalem”:        “On May 14, 1948, the modern State of Israel was born.  Of the countless prophecies in Scripture that refer to the close of the present age, all without exception assume one thing: the presence of Israel as a nation in their own land.  Until Israel was thus restored as a nation, none of these prophecies could be fulfilled.  Now the way is open for the fulfillment of them all.”

We are living in very interesting times.

“Therefore…what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Peter 3:11, 12