Prophetic Witness Magazines

Prophetic Witness - March 2020

Prophetic Witness - March 2020

The Hidden Connection

by Todd Hampson

Brexit, Impeachment, Israeli Elections, and the Hidden Thread That Binds Them

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” — Luke 21:28.

What do Brexit, the 100% politically-motivated impeachment of a US president, and an unprecedented third round of Israeli elections (in less than a year) have in common? One word —Globalism.

Forget Democrats vs. Republicans. Forget right vs. left. The real battle is between Nationalism and Globalism, and the real enemy behind it is none other than Satan himself. That may sound spooky or sensational to you, but give me a chance to explain.

This is all a preview of what’s coming in the opening throes of the future tribulation period. That future period will be characterized by three sets of seven judgements — 21 in all. The first set of seven judgments are known as the seal judgments.

Prophetic Witness - February 2020

Prophetic Witness - February 2020

Climate Change In Prophecy

by John Williams

2019 was a year in which climate change became prominent like never before. In particular, a young girl named Greta Thunberg, became an instant celebrity because she boycotted a school lesson to protest climate change. Since then, she has inspired young people in various countries to strike. In March last year, globally, over 1 million people joined a climate protest. In May that same year, there were 1600 events across 150 countries. On September 20th last year, there were an estimated 4500 strikes, including over 4 million people, most of them being school children. Greta gave a very passionate speech to the United Nations, during which she stated the following words:

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

In other words, Greta sat there stating that unless human governments drastically intervene, she, and those she speaks for, have no hope. Recently, there has been a rise in what is being called, ‘eco-anxiety’ or ‘climate change despair’ - so called mental health issues. There is a generation at the moment, who because of the media narrative surrounding climate change, have no hope and are given over to fear and despair. Greta also ended her speech by saying, “change is coming whether you like it or not.”

Yet as Christians, we should not look to the media, politicians, or little girls for our source of hope and truth. We look to the Word of God.

Prophetic Witness - January 2020

The Purpose Of Prophecy

by Philip Jones

1. Introduction
The Bible says this about itself: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Do we believe that all Scripture is ‘God-breathed’? Let us think through the implications of this statement for a moment. If God actively inspired each book, chapter and verse that we have in the canon of Scripture, then each passage of text has a divinely-inspired purpose, i.e. each passage carries a message that God wants us to know.

This assumption leads us to believe that God also determined that Scripture should contain each of the different types of literature that we find there, for example the Law, the Gospels and the Wisdom Literature, and that each has its own unique (although sometimes overlapping) purpose. So, ask yourself this question: what is the unique purpose of prophecy, as a class of Scripture? It is not as easy to give an answer to this question as it is for some of the other types of Scripture. It is relatively easy to see the unique purpose of the Law, or the Gospels, but what of Prophecy? A simplistic answer might be that prophecy tells us about future events, so that we can be better prepared for them. But this answer does not explain the purpose of the vast majority of prophetic scriptures, which deal with events that have long-since passed. So how might we answer this question? The following are fairly typical responses.

Prophetic Witness - December 2019

Prophetic Witness - December 2019

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS
 

The promise of a coming Saviour was first spoken of by God to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. The seed of the woman was to crush his head. Genesis 3:15.

Adam and Eve must have been overjoyed at the prospect of a promised Saviour. They had as yet no children, and the first thing they did when banished from the garden was to get on with being fruitful and increasing in number. Genesis 4:1.

But it was not to be that straight forward. Man had a lot to learn. Salvation comes at a price and redemption is very costly. "No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him - the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough - that he should live on for ever and not see decay.” Psalm 49:7-8.

No, it could not be just anybody. It had to be someone very special. "For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6. "When Christ came into the world, He said ...a body You prepared for Me; ... I have come to do Your will, O God." Hebrews 10:5-7.

Prophetic Witness - November 2019

Prophetic Witness - November 2019

A TERRIFIED WORLD AND
SILENT CHURCHES

by Donald B. Cameron

Two decades ago, as the year 2,000 approached, there was widespread optimism. Now the world is fearful - fearful for the planet and fearful for its inhabitants. On 7th May 2019 the ‘I’ newspaper carried the headlines, “Planet in crisis: ‘one million species at risk of extinction”, adding, “Future generations will be at risk of starvation as food and water shortages grip the world, warns landmark UN report.” Human behaviour, climate change, over-development and intensive farming ‘destroying nature's safety net’. Numerous other factors instil fear, such as terrorism and senseless violence and, above all, huge arsenals of weapons of mass destruction, some in the hands of rogue regimes.

Paul wrote: “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20). This is how we are to fulfil our great commission, as encapsulated in Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 24:47: ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ... “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” If we read on into the book of Acts, we find that both aspects are essential: being reconciled to God involves repentance leading to remission of sins. There is no other Gospel.

Prophetic Witness - October 2019

Prophetic Witness - October 2019Event In The Life Of Isaac

Dr Alec Passmore, PWMI President
 

Essential reading: Genesis chapters twenty two and twenty four.

It has been said that the New Testament is CONTAINED in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is EXPLAINED in the New. The New Testament is CONCEALED in the Old, and the Old Testament is REVEALED in the New. The Old Testament ANTICIPATES the New Testament and the New Testament AUTHENTICATES the Old. Also, in the Old Testament, the New Testament LIES HIDDEN, but in the New Testament the Old Testament LIES OPEN. It is further often stated that The Old Testament PREDICTS a person, the New Testament PRESENTS that person. There is much in the Old Testament which is not in the New. Expansive descriptions of the millennial kingdom are found in the Major Prophets, along with Israel's glorious future restoration and Daniel's “seventy weeks” prophecy, giving the chronology of the Last Things.

Christ is in all the scriptures from Genesis chapter one and verse one to the closing words of Revelation! Often People and events in the Old Testament clearly foreshadow the Lord Jesus and His purposes in redemption. Often,  seemingly ordinary recorded events, are clear predictions or “fore gleams” of the glorious person and work of Christ. Bible Students call these instances “types” or “shadows” pointing forward and providing historical proof of the divine unity of God's Word the Bible. In this study, we trace events in the life of one of the most endearing persons in the Hebrew Narrative whose name is ISAAC. His name in the Hebrew tongue means "laughter", which we will explain here shortly. It should come as no surprise to us that the divine Son of God should be found in type and picture all through the Old Testament for He Himself said, "Search the scriptures (the Old Testament) for in them you think you have eternal life, AND THESE ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME" (John 5:39).

SIX EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF ISAAC WHICH POINT TO CHRIST.

Prophetic Witness - September 2019

IN ONE HOUR!

by Samuel T. Carson, Northern Ireland.

 

Among the many cities mentioned in scripture there are two that are at once literal and symbolic. The first is Jerusalem and the second Babylon.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is God's city; it will be the physical centre on earth from which the Lord Jesus will administer His coming Millennial Kingdom. Describing it as it will be in that still future day, the Psalmist wrote, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the Great King” (Psa. 49:2).

Prophetic Witness - August 2019

Prophetic Witness - August 2019Dragons, Dinosaurs, and The Bible

by AB Robertson

The title of our study is: -

DRAGONS, DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE!

When we talk about DINOSAURS it is amazing to see just how much effort, money, resources and time have been invested by ‘Evolutionary’ Scientist's on this subject. On the other hand, although this subject is very relevant in our secular world, we seldom if ever hear any reference to the subject in the Christian Church.

In fact many Christians are intimidated by the subject of Dinosaurs and the "fact” that they are supposed to have died out millions of years ago. In this study want to show that Dragons and Dinosaurs have existed all over the world  since they were created by God on the fifth or sixth day of creation and that they only died out in fairly recent times.

In the Bible we learn about many animals. However, some of these animals are now extinct in Bible lands, but we have no doubt that they existed. One of those animals no longer living in the wild in Bible Lands is the Lion, but we have no doubt that they existed. The proof of their existence in Bible lands is the same proof that we will use to show that Dinosaurs and Dragons existed all over the earth in human history!

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Prophetic Witness - July 2019

Prophetic Witness - July 2019

John: The Apostle Of The Love Of God

by Samuel T. Carson, Northern Ireland.

“More than a prophet” is how the Lord Jesus described His forerunner, John the Baptist. All the Hebrew prophets had been like finger posts pointing forward to the coming Messiah, and the Baptist had done the same. But there was an added dimension to his ministry. Besides pointing forward to the coming One, he had the privilege of actually pointing Him out.

Looking upon Jesus one day as He walked, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Clearly, the emphasis that day was on the work Christ had come to do; to take away the sin of the world. The next day, however, the focus was on who Christ is: He is the Lamb of God. And so John said simply, “Behold the Lamb of God” (John 1:29 & 36). Taken together the person and work of Christ constitute the core theme of the gospel.

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