Prophetic Witness Magazines

Prophetic Witness - September 2020

Prophetic Witness - September 2020

Some Glad Morning

by Derek Lindley

Let me take you down memory lane when we used to have hymn books in the back of which were sections such as, “The Second Coming of Christ” and “The Future Life.” Perhaps it’s decades ago since you last sang “Over there, over there, oh think of the home over there”, “In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore”, “He the pearly gates will open so that I may enter in” or “Face to face shall I behold Him, far beyond the starry sky.” Why were hymn writers of previous centuries often aware of Christ’s return and impacted so forcibly by the 404 verses of the ‘Revelation of Jesus Christ’ given to John on Patmos Island? Are we selling our fellowships short by curtailing teaching on the second coming and dodging the detailed exposition of prophecy because it requires too much study? A young lady said to me recently, regarding the Second Advent, “It fascinates me to an extent, but it also frightens me.”

It is essential that Christians should know what the Bible says about the Second Coming of Christ.

Teaching on the Second Coming seems like a wave of the sea. It gains prominence and rises and crashes on the shore. Then it seems to fall away and people say, “I can’t remember when I last heard a message on the Second Coming.” It’s surely time another wave rolled in as we are obviously nearer now than we have ever been.

Prophetic Witness - August 2020

Prophetic Witness - August 2020

The Calm Before The Storm

by Joe Southerland

A Time Like No Other

Throughout the world, Mankind’s overly busy, hectic lives have come to a screeching halt. In a time like no other in history, nearly half of the world’s population of now over seven billion is in a forced lock-down imposed by their governments. Vast swaths of humanity are now in a mandatory, isolated pause, relegating us to small groups and social distancing. They are also being told the best thing they can do is stay isolated. People are reassessing their lives amidst the backdrop of an ever-lurking invisible killer, which is bringing forth random death and chaos about us.

COVID-19 is a global event that is occurring to nearly all Mankind simultaneously, and its lingering impact is yet to be determined. This pandemic is unlike any other before. Due to the interconnected global community sharing entertainment, commerce, and transportation, the virus has rapidly spread more quickly than any previous pestilence in history.

Prophetic Witness - July 2020

Four Horsemen

Cast Long Shadows

Donald CB Cameron

INTRODUCTION

The opening days of a new decade mock the optimism for environmental relief as devastating bush fires set much of Australia’s residential areas ablaze. A ninety-eight year old agnostic naturalist and a sixteen year old Swedish schoolgirl are heralded as heroes in the struggle for global survival! The voices of those who treasure the Bible as an authoritative source of apocalyptic revelation are ignored or scorned. The idea of a righteous God intervening in judgment in His own Creation is anathema to the multitudes. Three days into the new decade and international conflict escalated dangerously in the Middle East; the region chiefly identified for end-time wars. No student of prophecy this side of the Rapture dares to be specific about all sequences, or every identity, but we are abundantly provided with signs of the times to keep us on our toes.

Everybody seems to have heard of ‘The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’, the ominous number 666 and the Battle of Armageddon - everybody, that is, except a lot of people in our congregations who should be aware of them. The secular world and film producers have adapted them into the world of fantasy and science fiction, unaware that they concern coming judgment on a world in rebellion against its Creator.

Prophetic Witness - June 2020

Prophetic Witness - June 2020

Pre-Tribulation Rapture Signpost:

The Restrainer

by Jonathan Brentner

The false report informing the Thessalonians that the day of the Lord had already begun, put the new believers there in a state of severe panic. In response, Paul assured them this was not the case, and then provided evidence to back up his assertion.

This brings us to the next word on our signposts: “Restrainer.” Why is this word so significant? A key event at the start of the tribulation, the revealing of the antichrist, cannot happen until God removes this “Restrainer”, who is currently holding back his unveiling to the world.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Paul writes, “Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.” The apostle later identifies the “restrainer” as the one preventing the revealing of this “man of lawlessness,” the antichrist (2:7-8).

The Identity of the “restrainer” is the key to understanding the events of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 that tell us the day of the Lord has not yet begun, starting with the departure.

Prophetic Witness - May 2020

Prophetic Witness - May 2020COVID-19

by Tod Hampson

I have lived through several impactful - even game-changing - historical events, which all occurred within 1 year. I worked in DC (District of Columbia) on 9/11, during the DC sniper murders, and during the DC anthrax mail attacks. That condensed time period was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Things were never the same. Our Gen-Z population doesn’t know what it was like before 9/11, just as my Gen-X generation doesn’t know what it was like before the culture-shaking events of the 1960's. After 9/11, people filled churches again - but only for a time. As life returned to normal, so did the cultural default position. In fact it has worsened. In the West - including in America - there has been a steady decline of belief in the Bible or the God of the Bible. The great falling away predicted in Scripture continues and escalates. If trends continue, the next generation of leaders and decision makers will be “nones.” “Nones” are those who do not identify with any religious affiliation or belief system. Like most of Europe, It will be wholly secular - which IS a belief system in itself, but I digress.

As more and more people fall away from true, Biblical Christianity - so too will they fall away from its principles, wisdom, sound-logic, and blessings. There’s no doubt that our country has been blessed so tremendously, because it was founded on Biblical principles (and because we have blessed the nation of Israel - Genesis 12:3). I’m not saying our country is perfect by any means, but to the degree that we have followed God’s ways in our culture - we have also experienced God’s blessing and protection.

Prophetic Witness - April 2020

Prophetic Witness - April 2020

San Remo - 100 Years On

 

On the North West Coast of Italy lies the beautiful town of San Remo, a popular holiday resort for Italians and other nationals too.

For those of Jewish heritage, San Remo is more than just a holiday resort; it is a place that has great significance in the history and development of the modern State of Israel. Next to May 14th 1948 the most important date in Israel’s latter day development must be surely be Sunday April 25th 1920.

It was on this date that the Supreme Council of Allied Powers, comprising of Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan, concluded their several days of deliberation that resulted in the redefining of the Middle East. Following the end of World War One, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and Britain’s seizure of Jerusalem from the Turks, plans had to be made regarding the whole of the Middle East region.

Uppermost in the minds of the four great powers (the USA were also in attendance but only as observers), was the famous Balfour Declaration made three years previously, in which Britain had pledged to find a homeland for the Jewish people at the end of the war. Any resolution coming out of San Remo would have to take this into account to gain acceptance from the British delegation. On the said date of April 25th, a 500 word document was released by the Council of Allied Powers, spelling out the conclusions which they had arrived at.

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.

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